The Daily Editors' Blog
If you asked long-term care providers what their main concern is, you would think it would be "patient care," right? It turns out, that's not reality. Most providers, it appears, are consumed by documentation.
The National Labor Relations Board's willingness to let smaller groups of people form "micro unions" has many operators on edge.
Healthcare professionals tend to have a belief in facts, and as a corollary believe in conventional wisdom that knowledge is power. Of course, what people SAY they want to know and how they actually act is often miles apart.
After five years, Gary Gamponia says he has had enough frustration. His message to nursing home administrators and activities directors would likely be, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" — if only he had enough leverage, that is.
The Real Nurse Jackie
With apologies to Dr. Seuss, let me begin: I do not like these acronyms, these baffling lettered synonyms ...
As I've mentioned before, I believe nursing documentation is the bane of any nursing director's existence. Frankly, I think the look on my face when opening a medical record to the nurse's note section is exactly the same face I make when opening the stall to a public toilet. In other words, I never know what I'll find, and I'm prepared for something scary!
As a psychologist observing the effects of medical interventions on the mental health of the long-term care resident, I often ask, "Is this aggressive procedure helping?" As it turns out, so are others.
Think of credibility as having benefits similar to that of a house's foundation during a huge storm. If the foundation is sound, then it will hold up against raging waters.
Things I Think
My very adorable, but now elderly puppy has developed a serious problem with wandering. The last time, he was almost hit by a truck. It's rather troubling, to say the least. But long-term care providers may have shown me the way.
Growing old is a choice. I realize that now. But it took some straight talk from neurosurgeon and likely Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson to help me see the light.
'Tis the season to be giving. My cousin shared with me recently that she had her coffee paid for twice in the past week when going through the drive-thru at a Starbucks. I feel that we could all pay it forward in non-monetary ways to our fellow co-workers and residents.
You might be thinking this is going to be about the intriguing restaurant chain The Melting Pot. While I do love fondue (especially the cheese and chocolate varieties), I want to look at something crucial to our profession, and not just our palates.