Sometimes in healthcare it seems we are asked to let it all hang out there. We are questioned constantly by healthcare providers about our medical and family history. But they don’t stop there. They ask us about drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and about *gasp* sex. After that is out of the way, usually we are asked to strip naked and wear a thin paper gown. With such sensitive information becoming more pertinent to healthcare providers, the issue of privacy has forged its way to the top of the…

I have an idea for a medical app. I’m writing it here now so that if it ever happens, you all know from whom the idea came. Recently, I have worked with a lot of very large wound and incision infections. Because of the type of wound, it is very unlikely that the wound will ever totally heal (sad, but true). It is possible that with the slew of broad spectrum antibiotics and wound vacs these wounds may improve a bit, but they will never dissolve completely. Each…

I do not wish simply to use the buzz word of the hour. Nor do I wish to assert that I have all the answers. I genuinely desire to bring to light an interesting conflict that has plagued the nursing profession for decades. Bullying. Why in a profession centered around the concepts of compassion, caring, and healing has a mindset of bullying permeated the culture. Even more confusing is that most often, this bullying is a “lateral aggression”, not one of superior to subordinate. We have all heard…