The Daily Editors' Blog
Experts recently squared off on the use of medical websites, and whether they can help keep patients engaged in their care or run the risk of misinforming them about serious medical conditions (and annoy their caregivers in the process).
Navigating those so-called easy forms often turns out to be about as effortless as walking across the Amazon Jungle with just a machete.
As tragic as the death of a certain bagpipes-playing gentleman was, we can draw lessons from it to potentially help long-term care residents.
I'm not sure what I'll be most looking forward to on one of my next business trips — coloring in the the giant coloring book, the Gasoline Alley pub on the convention floor, the wheelchair-assembly service project or the Halloween costume contest.
The Real Nurse Jackie
Oh, canned core care plans, I so despise you! There's no way I can personalize you!
There's a thing or two new nurses can learn from us "veterans." Those of us who make it to veteran status tend to share some common habits. Let me break them down for you.
Taking, posting, and sharing unauthorized images of residents via social media (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Instagram, etc.) can constitute abuse in violation of the Federal Conditions of Participation (COPs) for nursing homes.
Maybe I'm getting old, or the world is more complex, but lately I find my thoughts drifting to simpler times and moments that shaped me into the person I am today. Take, for example, by experience with Helen when I was 18 and she was 90.
Things I Think
This isn't just a story about the World War II veteran who got to fly again, inspiring though it most certainly was. I know, because I was there — holding a video camera, unsteadily at times, as the emotion of the experience threatened to undermine my professionalism.
So, now we learn that flossing is probably useless. It's not even recommended anymore. The government said so.
The World According to Dr. El
Why are they keeping track of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? I appreciate their concern that residents might have our lunches served late, but what about the tuna fish sandwiches? And the chicken? Doesn't it matter if those are served late as well?
I told residents that I was writing an article on advice from elders about how to live life and their responses were immediate and enthusiastic, as if they'd been waiting for someone to ask.