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Nurse, writer. Health care is a human right. Using the power of the pen to spread the good work done by those dedicated to patients across the country.

Preparing for disaster is a civic responsibility.

First things first: There is a person saying that the mortality count from Hurricane Maria is a political trick. It is not. Here’s the source, found in Sheri Fink’s August 28, 2018 article for the New York Times (emphasis mine): The revision came just hours after the release of a new assessment of excess deaths in the […]

I’ve been lucky this past many months. One day a week I am a home infusion nurse, caring for the same patient each week. It brings me all the satisfaction of hands-on trouble shooting and the technical skills of clinical care. Also, it’s a leisurely visit with a person I care about and plenty of […]

Nurses’ week profile from OptumCare Clinician Insights

This past month the great people I work with at client Optum, interviewing subject matter experts and writing content for their Clinician Insights website, gave a great push to acknowledge nurses’ week. Together we went from concept to published article in under a month. Considering that the process is for a corporate client with markets blanketing the […]

How to turn that blog into your content marketing strategy! (Melissa liveblogging from AMWA)

Some people will sign up for an aspirational marathon, hoping that this act will give them the discipline they need to get out and train so they don’t die (of humiliation of rhabdomyolisis) on race day. I have a habit of signing up for public speaking gigs that are a bit over my head, hoping […]

Surgery: what are you consenting to?

In the hospital recovery room, receiving patients from the OR goes like this: sometimes you have the chance to review their medical record between the time you are assigned and when they arrive. Sometimes (like when they are coming through the doors and someone calls your name), you don’t. A body shaped lump of warm […]

Fun with writing: OptumCare Clinician Insights

Some years ago I was catching up with an old friend who has a prominent position at a managed care company. Intimating that I might want her to help me get a new job, she offered “sure, if you’re okay with coming to the dark side.” My answer? There is no dark side. In health […]

Five painless ways to network and market your business (even if you’re a certified introvert)

Writers and scientists are not known for their outgoing natures. Personally, I have been criticized for my habit of bringing books to parties. Having these characteristics, I find the self-employed person’s mandate to “SELL YOURSELF!” a challenge. Fortunately, in the business of writing most work is found through networking, and with a small amount of […]

Writing as patient care

I remember a rough day, one of my last days in the hospital. I had a patient immobilized from the waist down and fresh out of surgery who could. Not. Stop. Peeing. In her amnesiac withdrawal from anesthesia, she was rapidly cycling through refusing to use a bedpan and demanding a bedpan. It was madness. […]

Site changes and how a freelancer lives!

Note: I did do a conference call. It’s not all Jenga and mac and cheese.

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