Losing Control

Don’t you just love the smell of no kids in the house?  They went back to school in a flurry and now there is a moment to sit in a recliner and…sit.  Although the quiet is nice, there is something terrifying about the whole putting my kids in the hands of the educational system.  Last…

Transitioning from the ER to Management

One of my greatest criticisms of my previous employers throughout my career was that they put people in management that had no management training.  The roles were picked haphazardly and it had to do with willingness to lead, rather than capability.  I am in week three of my new management position, now look who is…

10 Mistakes Not to Make in the ER

The ER can be an intense place to practice medicine.  There are high-stress situations, high acuity patients, and fast paced decisions are constantly made.  Here are a few tidbits that I have learned over the years working in the ER. 1. Always remember to recheck abnormal vital signs.  You have a young healthy patient who…

Missing My Dad on Mother’s Day

My world filled with homemade cards and paper cups filled with dirt seedlings on Sunday.  My girls were happy to give me their sweet gifts on Mother’s Day, but it was short lived because I had to work a shift in the ER.  I had an unwelcome feeling creep into my gut on the way…

Curing (Compassion) Fatigue – PAs Connect

There is a very serious epidemic out there right now among healthcare providers.  Compassion fatigue takes the joy out of what we do.  Here is my latest PAs Connect article.  Please share if you care 🙂 Curing (Compassion) Fatigue – PAs Connect.

Nurses-Not Just Eye Candy!

We all know the old stereotypes.  Beautiful women nurses walking around with their perfectly coiffed hair and pressed uniforms.  They bat their eyelashes and say things like, “yes, doctor, right away!”.  In my experience, this stereotype has some validity. Now, before you get all hot and bothered, let me tell you what I notice in…

The Art of Saying Nothing – PAs Connect

This is my latest blog on PAs connect.  I’m pretty happy with it! Will you show me some social media love and share? The Art of Saying Nothing – PAs Connect.

I’m Unapologizing!

For a long time I was always saying sorry.  I’m sorry to my coworkers because I work fewer shifts than many of them do.  I’m sorry to my supervisors because I can’t always make it to the meeting scheduled for 7 PM on a weeknight.  I’m sorry to my kid’s school because I can’t make…