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Triumph over adversity and my rock and roll hero

Triumph over adversity and my rock and roll hero

I’ve done a lot of thinking about overcoming adversity lately.  Like anyone, I’ve had my share.  I tend to admire those who have become greatly successful despite significant challenges faced.  Part of my recent reflection comes from meeting one of my heroes the other day. […]

Three of my top surgical hacks and “Ideas that Work”…

Three of my top surgical hacks and “Ideas that Work”…

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for ways to make things simpler, especially with all the challenges of managing surgery.  Life is rough enough.  Our brains are already saturated with to do lists, passcodes and deadlines.  With my dark nursing humor […]

My ED visit this week, and the power of quality nursing…

My ED visit this week, and the power of quality nursing…

My  sharp witted Australian WWII Nurse mother-in-law took a fall this week, and was brought to the emergency room.   As I waited, I quickly became grateful for mom’s nurse.  Christian provided excellent care, and I quickly realized that he had the qualities we would all […]

NTOD is coming…

NTOD is coming…

June 10th is NTOD….National Time Out Day.    It may seem like we are bombarded with safe surgical checklists, time out, and correct site language all the time, but it makes sense to make Time Out a focus in our facilities one day a year […]

They say you can’t go home again…

They say you can’t go home again…

  I am writing my blog this week as I sit in an old friend’s breakfast restaurant drinking coffee in the town where I grew up.  I came here for a long weekend to visit some great friends. It has been nostalgic driving down the streets where I […]

The Driveway Incident and the school of hard knocks…

The Driveway Incident and the school of hard knocks…

I have a confession…I am a car girl.  I love cars, especially muscle cars.  If I win the lottery, I will buy a 60’s model GTO.  My current car isn’t  my dream car, but it is a beautiful color blue, and I treat it lovingly. […]

Field Trip!

Field Trip!

Last week, I traveled to a brand new center in the Pacific Northwest.  I have never had the opportunity to work in a new  center, and felt like a kid on my birthday with all the new equipment and surroundings.  For those of you like […]

Check your dance moves…

Check your dance moves…

I once had a conversation with a surgeon about his frustration with a hospital due to  slow turnover.  He lamented that, at worst, it could be an hour or more.  He shared that their process included a turnover team that came in for both the […]

Superbugs should only be in scary movies.

Superbugs should only be in scary movies.

If you are anything like me, you sighed out loud in hearing about the outbreaks this week at some care facilities linked to potentially contaminated scopes. The word superbug should  be only something found in scary movies, yet is unfortunately very real.

I just love writing, reviewing, and revising policies…said no one ever!

I just love writing, reviewing, and revising policies…said no one ever!

  If you are anything like me, policy review and revision is something I tend to dread. Sometimes, there is an exhaustive thick policy book that rivals War and Peace. Sometimes, there are several books that have been divided up by category.  Always, no matter […]