Nurse Nina Pham is a hero: Stop blaming her The director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia apologized for implying that the nurse in Texas was responsible for her own infection with the deadly Ebola virus. This comes less than two weeks after hospital officials from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and other prominent officials blamed a different nurse for releasing the patient with Ebola from the emergency ...

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The Ebola outbreak: Dont blame the nurse There is a lot of talk about why the man diagnosed with Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was sent home from the emergency room not having been tested for Ebola despite telling the triage nurse he had been in Liberia. Because they let him go, he came in to contact with up to 20 people including a handful of school aged children. ...

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5 ways to bridge the communications gap with doctors In an age where technology dominates our medical world, communication between patient and doctor often leave me wanting. Over the last few years as a patient, I have learned a number of strategies to help bridge the communication gap with doctors. For patients: Speak up. Nobody likes confrontation, but it doesn’t have to be an argument if you are calm and respectful with your ...

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To catch you up, I received short term disability payments through my employer over the summer. After an initial denial of my claim, I appealed the decision and eventually was approved based on a suspected diagnosis (and the pulling of strings of top executives in the company). With long term disability, I have not been so lucky. My initial claim was denied because they did not see sufficient evidence in ...

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When it comes to doctor- nurse interactions, when is enough, enough? Recently, I dealt with an upsetting situation involving a physician and nurse. A little background: The nurse has been working on our unit for years (since it first opened). She is very smart and savvy when it comes to nursing. She constantly gets feedback from the patients as being one of the kindest, most thorough nurses. I look up to ...

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Another crazy three days at work and I begin to think about the similarities of Seal Team 6 and nurses. Methodical. Precise. Nursing is not a glorious profession. Even though my father thinks I sit at the bedside of the sick and dying and hold their hands all day, the fact of the matter is, I simply do not have the time. We run around attempting to tread water with ...

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If you have been at your nursing job for a while, you’ve probably almost forgotten. Forgotten what it was like to come in to the healthcare system you now work for and realize there are hundreds of new protocols for you to learn and adhere by as a nurse. After years of routine, you now go about your day as if you actually have some choice in the way you give ...

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I do not wish simply to use the buzz word of the hour. Nor do I wish to assert that I have all the answers. I genuinely desire to bring to light an interesting conflict that has plagued the nursing profession for decades. Bullying. Why in a profession centered around the concepts of compassion, caring, and healing has a mindset of bullying permeated the culture. Even more confusing is that most often, this ...

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