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Nurses Week 2014

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Announcements, Candy the Nurse, General Information, Go With The Flo, Podcasts, Webinars | 2 comments

Hello, and heads-up, Nurses! This coming Nurse’s Week, I’m speaking as part of an exciting new event called the Art of Nursing. It’s a four-day series bringing together 12 extraordinary nurse pioneers to share their thoughts on how we can bring back the art of nursing – that healing presence and patient-focused practice first envisioned by Florence Nightingale. I know how passionate you are about the nursing profession, so I wanted to personally invite you to join us and explain how you can register. How it Works The Art of Nursing begins on Nurses’ Day, Tuesday,...

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Regina’s Story

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in General Information, Go With The Flo, IPE and IPC | 0 comments

 First in a series on interprofessional teamwork… At the fourth international healthcare conference, entitled, “Collaborating Across Borders,” here in veritably verdant Vancouver,B.C., the plenary speaker was the widow, Regina Holliday. Ms. Holliday’s presentation centered around the miscommunication, misunderstanding, and mishandling of her husband’s illness within the US healthcare system. Her story and accompanying artwork made me think of the times I returned from work as a nurse clinician, and wished I could paint the fears, frustrations, and ugliness I...

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Hub-Caps to H-CAHPS

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012 in General Information, Legislative Watch | 0 comments

As surely as the white-walled hubcaps on my father’s shark-finned ’59 Buick, which I drove when I was 16, would have been replaced with wire-rims (were it still running), the CAHPS (Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and System) assessments have morphed into H(for hospital)CAHPS. (Say, “H-Caps.”) What does this mean? And who cares? You should, dear reader. The HCAHPS is the next generation, Ralph Nader-type of brainchild that healthcare consumers (i.e., all of us, eventually) conceived in the early 2000’s.  It all started as a back-lash movement against the...

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Mom’s Need to Nurture

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Candy the Nurse, General Information, Uncategorized | 0 comments

My daughter, who moved  home to finish a master’s degree in healthcare administration, will be taking off to Europe again today. She has lived abroad before, so I know she knows how to navigate in a foreign country. She is also going to meet up with one of her best friends, and they will visit one of our previous exchange students, so I know she’ll be in good company. She’s brushing up on her german, so I know she won’t starve.  Then why am I fretting? If she were married, or in her own place,  I wouldn’t be a part of the getting-ready process. Out of the...

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So You Wanna Run Barefoot?

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in General Information, To Your Health | 0 comments

     This really sounds like something you’d say to your toddler, with a wry smirk on your face.  Be the interlopers rocks, glass, or just the random asphalty-hardness, what child hasn’t learned, as the punsters say, the hard way?      Then what sense can we make of the newest adult-fad, barefoot running? Despite the much-touted book on the subject, there exists no reliable scientific evidence to cushion the fall.  (Could it be a nefarious podiatrist’s plot to garner more customers??) Not surprisingly, sports’ medicine experts and cast-adorned would-be...

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Posted by on May 11, 2012 in General Information | 0 comments

Hello, Readers! ‘Coming up for air after having finished a business plan for an interprofessional healthcare workshop for communication and team building, and I realized this is Nurses’ Week! Considering that in an annual survey, nurses have earned the highest ranked public trust for the 11th straight year,what does that mean to you? We  function as patient advocates and professional healthcare providers, both at the bedside and behind the scenes. Since I have the distinct privilege of playing a part in several healthcare areas, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on...

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