Many of us make assumptions based on a person’s appearance, behavior, our personal experiences, and what we believe that person might be thinking. But sometimes, we hear someone say something completely unexpected, causing us to reevaluate our opinion of that person. “Oops, I didn’t think about that!”
In . . .
John C. Calhoun, seventh Vice President of the United States, said, “The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism.” This seems to . . .
Mary Kean* is a 62-year-old woman who has had hypertension for the last 30 years. She has not taken her medicine routinely because, as she tells her physician, it’s very expensive and she doesn’t feel sick. She also doesn’t adhere to a low-sodium diet . . .
You know from your experience that some patients will choose not to call for help before getting up from a bed, chair, or toilet, even though you orient them to the reason to call for help and how to use the call light to do so. When admitted to the . . .
“We shall a new rule of life make: a little kinder than is necessary be.”
Yoda-speak for a famous quote from Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie
Problems can arise from the differing mindsets and communication styles of workers born in different eras. “Managing a multigenerational workforce is an . . .
When I was a nursing student making rounds with a surgeon, he decided to remove a patient’s stitches. I hurried to the treatment room for a sterile suture pack and laid it out for him on the tray table. The hemostat didn’t work, so he threw it in . . .
Patients undergoing a total laryngectomy can expect to experience significant lifestyle changes after surgery. Preoperative education is essential in helping them cope with these changes and to recover quickly after surgery. Research shows that surgical patients who perceive they did not receive proper preoperative education experience more dissatisfaction after surgery . . .
Just as the seasons of the year change from fall to winter to spring and finally to summer as we journey through life, we experience the seasons of life: wellness, illness, and finally death. The seasons of life will be different for every person, unique to each of us. This . . .
Margie is an 86-year-old nursing home resident who has developed a bladder infection. As is the case with many elderly women, she also is confused as a result. On her way out the door to a hospital, she struggles and yells that “they better not tell anyone else . . .
Have you ever heard of risk-adjusted mortality? Maybe you’re thinking, “No! It sounds like something only a healthcare administrator or researcher would be interested in.”
Actually, every healthcare professional should know—and be concerned—about risk-adjusted mortality. Risk adjustment refers to methods of determining if a patient . . .
“I fear the power of life and death at human hands. I know no one, not myself nor any other, whom I would trust this power.” — Margaret Meade
A few years ago, my sister Patty was trying to convince me that it was time to put down my dog, Zach . . .