Category Archive: The Issues

Let’s talk health policy, health care reform and more…

Apr
16

Have You Had Your Conversation?

Good morning! Today is the 8th annual National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). NHDD “exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be” …

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Mar
30

The Emperor of All Maladies: The Documentary

You may remember my awed review last year of Siddhartha Mukherjee’s incredible book The Emperor of All Maladies. Turns out Ken Burns has been working on a documentary of the same name, based partially on his work. Pardon me while I squeal like a kid in a candy store. (Yes, I am aware that I am a …

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Nov
06

Thoughts on Brittany’s Choice

Chances are, you’ve heard the name “Brittany Maynard” uttered frequently over the past several weeks. Chances are, your social media feeds have been full of videos, articles and opinions posted about the decision the 29-year old made to publicly share her decisions related to her terminal glioblastoma diagnosis. Chances are, you have strong feelings about …

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Mar
14

The Issue of Nurse Bullying

Today’s guest post comes to us from Erica Moss, who is the community manager for Georgetown University’s online acute care nurse practitioner program. You may remember hearing about the program on this blog due its partnership with the fabulous Nursing License Map. Erica is here today to give voice to important problem for nurses…bullying. You’ve …

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Mar
05

Efficiency vs. Quality: Never the Twain Shall Meet?

One of the unintended consequences of health care reform has been nervous anticipation about the financial consequences of revised reimbursement policies. As federal programs adjust their reimbursement standards from procedure-based to outcome-based (and private insurance companies eventually follow their lead), a lot of hospital and hospital systems that were making a HUGE profit from procedures …

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Dec
13

Nursing as Portrayed on Television: Dispelling Myth from Reality

If you’ve been around for a while, you know that I haven’t been shy about my opinions regarding medical television shows and their portrayal of nurses. I’ve even been told that I take these shows “too seriously”. And while I’ve learned not to nitpick about accuracy or realism, I still think popular culture does nurses …

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Nov
06

Your Vote

Today is Election Day. If you haven’t voted already, please take some time and get to the polls today. Whoever your presidential candidate may be, exercise your right to have your voice be heard! It DOES matter!


Oct
14

“Call the Midwife” Delivers

I’m always on the lookout for shows about health care providers (particularly nurses). Perhaps I’m a glutton for punishment, because they usually disappoint. But thanks to The Truth About Nursing, I’ve discovered a gem. Call the Midwife is a BBC series about a group of midwifes and nuns serving the East End of London in the …

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Jun
13

Unacceptable

Anybody else a big Ally McBeal fan? One of my favorite refrains from the show is John Cage hollering the word “Unacceptable!” Cracks me up every time. But unfortunately I feel Mr. Cage’s pain. In the midst of migraine hell a couple years ago, I posted about my less-than-desirable encounters with the health care system …

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Mar
14

Control

This whole birth control debate has left me steaming. I’ve avoided publicly posting about it because not everyone who reads this blog shares my beliefs. I’ve tried to be respectful of that and acknowledge that the goal of this site is not to spout my own political opinions (save for the occasional note of sarcasm). …

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