What is at the core of this sad miscommunication story?

When doctors don’t talk to doctors, by Allison Bond depicts a dying patient’s wishes that were honored by one doc while another unknowingly went forward in an unwanted intervention.  Check it out and see what you think is the most underlying core issue. I think it is a lack of respect for others.  We could […]

How Bullying Language Can Be Disguised as an “I-Statement”

“I-statements can be tricky!  There are gray areas for using them such as with patients or children and they can be misused!  Recently, there was a very active Facebook (FB) discussion involving some inappropriate language and a conflict that was apparent.  (I’ll have more to say about that in a separate blogpost very soon).  In […]

Brainstorm Invitation: Silo-Prevention Idea for Healthcare Professionals’ Education!

We know that working in silos prevents patients from receiving the most optimal care from healthcare teams.  We all bring different expertise and experience to the table and it can be challenging for leaders, even collaborative ones to make sure that all voices are heard. Time limitations, more urgent priorities, poor communication skills, and toxic cultures contribute […]

Mike Ackerman, DNS, RN on Mission to Stop the Silence in Healthcare

Michael (Mike) Ackerman has held just about every role in nursing a nurse could hold including Candy Striper to Senior Director.  His entire career has been in the critical care arena from staff nurse, nurse manager, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner and most recently Senior Director of Nursing. He has a consulting business and is […]

‘No Innocent Bystanders’ is Important Online Too!

A recent article by Michael Accad, MD called “Were losing the war on error and here’s why” sparked some interesting discussion and what I would call some hostile comments.  I shared my perspective on the discussion as well as a comment about the hostile remarks.  A little while later there was a reply to my […]

3 Ways to Improve Medicare! In Support of Single Payer Health Insurance

I think Single Payer Health Insurance (aka Medicare for ALL) is the most socially conscious, cost-effective, and morally responsible way to go! Medicare, one of our nation’s most valuable and popular social programs, turns 50 on July 30. Medicare is a federal health insurance program enacted and signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon […]