The “B” Word

This article, Valued Reader, may seem redundant.  I have written in the past (see this article) about sexism in the PA profession but lately I have been having conversations with female professionals outside of healthcare and wanted to discuss something that is more global.  I want to discuss the “B” word. First of all, the word…

Masks and #11 Blades

What a dichotomy we working mamas live in. I am running around in blue scrubs putting out fires in the ER and I can’t stop thinking about sausage stuffed pork tenderloin. I’m in the “fast track” which typically means low acuity patients, in and out, treat em’ and street em’. I was looking forward to…

National Lampoon’s CME Vacation

Continuing medical education, or CME, has the potential to be a welcomed break away from the fam, or a family reunion, if you plan it right. It’s really easy to use up CME money when you are single and don’t have spouse or little ones to consider. “Hmmmmm, I think I’ll hop a plane to…

Rejection Happens

The letter came. I was sitting in my new boyfriend’s car. The envelope was little, making me immediately on edge. I pulled the single sheet of paper out and unfolded it, only reading the first line. The words are burned into my memory, “We regret to inform you….” Of what? That my dreams are crushed?…

Does Spirituality Belong in the ER?

During the holiday season I have seen many articles and Facebook shares about compassion in the ER. Blogs written by providers about taking an extra moment to truly understand why our patients are there and inquiring about their home life situations. Not only to evaluate whether or not the patient is suicidal, but also if…