education

What in fact does a nurse use a stethoscope for?

Daytime television isn’t historically the best place to educate thyself, but isn’t this “The View” moment a great opportunity to explain to our patients what we do as nurses? So far as I can tell, a lot of everything pretty much everywhere. “Nurse” covers a heap of credentials, too. It may be the CNA or Certified Nursing […]

Poetry Monday

Saturday I had the pleasure of listening to Margaret Mohrmann give the keynote at the UVA’s End-of-Life conference. Blow. Me. Back. The weight of the subject matter and her nimble language. The stories steeped in years of experience ecclesiastical and medical. Is frank compassion a thing? I think it may be her thing. One of […]

Health Policy Quiz

image So I’m working up the guts to post a statement of benefits that will help show the calculus that goes into medical billing. As I’m finding the courage, take these two super-fun health policy quizzes! It’s like Jeopardy but the only category is health policy! IS THIS HEAVEN?! International health policy quiz Medicaid quiz Final […]

CDC Recommends Antiviral Drugs For At-Risk Patients : NPR

CDC Recommends Antiviral Drugs For At-Risk Patients : NPR. The flu is awful this year. I’m in the bathroom washing my child’s hands all Lady Macbeth the second he gets home from school. In this interview Tom Freiden, Director of the CDC, explains plainly why the flu is so bad right now and why people […]

BBC Radio 4 The Future of Medicine – Dr Atul Gawande – 2014 Reith Lectures

image BBC Radio 4 – The Reith Lectures, Dr Atul Gawande: The Future of Medicine – Dr Atul Gawande – 2014 Reith Lectures. Gleaned from these lectures, questions IMO we should ask all patients. At least once a day for those in the hospital: “What is your understanding of where you are with your condition or […]

Big Hero 6, starring a nurse, tears of sad and tears of happy.

image I don’t advise anyone to have children (period, cause that’s none of my business) but if I did my first pro argument would be the super children’s movies out there. This week we took my son to see Big Hero 6. It was the greatest. Baymax the robot, main character, IS A NURSE and the best thing […]

Where is my mind?

image I have really enjoyed dropping off the face of the earth for a few days. The academic schedule suits my glutton-for-punishment alternating with complete and total slacker personality. Of course I can be as maniacal at slacking as I am at work. Over the past week I read a 700 page novel in time to […]

Interlude

Y’all, I’ve lived nearly all my adult life in rural Virginia. I’ve tried to leave it and do something shinier with my life, to no avail. It calls me back. As I hone in on where I want my practice to go I’m more and more certain that health care access and preventative care issues […]

Now everyone feels bad about the pies.

(Image from CDC) Happy day after Thanksgiving. Now that we’re all in regret mode, diabetes! This is a slow-motion public health train wreck, amiright? And it’s another marker of race disparity in health… but I’ll save that for another day. Diagnostic for diabetes: Hemoglobin A1C>=6.5 OR 8 hour fasting plasma glucose of >= 126 mg/dl OR […]

Open Access. For journals. For everything.

The journals that publish those papers are, in many cases, for-profit institutions — and they prefer charging for access. via The Gates Foundation pushes to make more academic research free and open to the public – Vox. The (TAXPAYER FUNDED) National Institutes of Health, which spends about $30 billion yearly on medical research, began in […]

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