Clinical

  • 10/15/18
    Two deaths, 24 serious injuries and 32 device malfunctions. Those are the number of reports received by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2011 related to enteral device misconnections. And despite the educational and awareness efforts of many organizations, misconnections continue to occur.more...
  • 10/11/18
    I live in a growing and desirable part of southeastern United States. To get just about anywhere by car however I have to drive through rural America. Recently, I stopped at a small, independently owned gas station and noticed something strange behind the counter. There was only one choice of cigarettes. In my experience, tobacco sales were a big business in this part of the country and gas stations made a pretty good margin on every pack sold. I asked the attendant if those were the only...more...
  • 10/02/18
    The health care landscape has been changing over the last 20 years to meet the increased pressure of providing high quality care while controlling costs. While hospital administrators have focused on pressing department leaders to lower supply costs and streamline operations to gain efficiencies, the physician shortage has continued to grow, creating more challenges.more...
  • 09/28/18
    Approximately one in five adults in the U.S.—43.8 million or 18.5 percent—experiences mental illness in a given year. When I was almost 40 years old, I discovered that I was one of those five individuals. The problems began when I was only five years old and continued through my 30s, which is when I “bottomed out.” I finally reached out for help and began treatment with medication. After three years of finding the right medication and adjusting to the right dosage, I...more...
  • 09/14/18
    Several years ago, a 16-year-old girl was brought to the emergency department at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va. for care. Police officers had found her in a local motel room after she had been kidnapped from a bus stop in North Carolina. The investigation showed she was being forced into prostitution and trafficked between Maryland and Virginia.more...
  • 08/20/18
    Nurses are often said to be at the heart of health care and recently, five other nurses and I went on a medical mission trip to Malawi, which is known as the “The Warm Heart of Africa.” It took five flights and 70 hours to travel the 8,000 miles from my home in North Carolina to reach Malawi. Once we arrived, it was then a two-hour van ride to reach our final destination for our week-long mission. Now that I'm back in the States and looking back on the trip, my heart is full...more...
  • How hospitals can be ready for the next outbreak
    07/20/18
    In August 2014, fear struck the globe, when the Ebola epidemic breached the continent of Africa’s borders and reached the United States. While proving to be a formidable opponent, the Ebola crisis was ultimately contained, but not before infecting two unsuspecting health care workers in Texas and claiming the lives of two others; both of whom contracted the virus outside of the U.S.more...
  • 07/12/18
    The Overall Hospital Star Rating system from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is meant to give consumers an easy way to pick the best hospitals for them and their loved ones. Yet, due to the methodology that drives the ratings, consumers don't always have a complete and accurate picture of the quality of care being offered by the more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide noted in the CMS system.more...
  • 07/02/18
    It’s no secret: It’s not easy being ‘green’ in the nursing profession. Nurse bullying, particularly against newly licensed registered nurses, happens more often than you may realize. They can experience verbal or emotional mistreatment, ranging from rude comments, yelling or scapegoating to hiding supplies, gossiping or even sabotage.more...
  • 06/19/18
    Just how mature are you? Ask a teenager that question, and you’ll elicit a response that probably borders on premature, with their developing drive toward independence and control. One thing we do know is that during adolescence, we all mature at different rates. But in time, we do mature. We develop processes that help us manage life, set goals and decide when it’s time to take action.more...