How many times have you heard this mentioned in casual conversation amongst healthcare providers?Perhaps during a heated exchange on television, or when talking about doing things we aren’t comfortable doing to our patients. Perhaps you have even mentioned it yourself.
The fact is, it takes a lot – A LOT – to lose a medical license or license to practice. Yes, bumps along the road in our career can happen, but realistically speaking, what licensing board would have a vested interest in removing providers from an already strained healthcare system?
[Read more…] about “I’m not putting my license on the line”
Current Healthcare Education
One of the challenges of deciding what content to provide your online community is the amount and frequency of new information that is being published. As healthcare providers, the task is daunting just to keep up with what is going on in your specialty, even more so if you are reviewing your profession in general. One of the benefits of Provider Practice Essentials workshops for attendees is the personalized attention provided by faculty. This not only includes hands on workshops but plenty of Q & A opportunities. In one of my recent discussions with Course Director, Rachel Beatty she shared some of the numerous questions asked by attendees. One of the most pressing questions surrounded the topic of “age adjusted d-dimer”. [Read more…] about Age Adjusted D-Dimer
Head Injury Actions
You will or have seen a multitude of pediatric head injuries come into your practice setting with sometimes frantic parents/caretakers with great concern over their loved one’s wellbeing. The first determination to make, which may be done quickly, is taking immediate action or rather reassure and prevent unnecessary intervention/radiation exposure. In situations such as this, there are available evidence-based clinical tools/algorithms to help assist your plan of care.
In our society significant emphasis is placed on higher education, specifically the number of levels of higher education. At one point in time, having a high school diploma was sufficient for most professions, and a college degree made you stand out and put you in line for management of some sort. Doctorate level education was reserved for professionals such as Physicians and Dentists, or career academics like college level professors. As more and more people went on to college and obtained degrees, the Bachelor’s degree replaced the High School diploma as the entry level of higher education and the Master’s degree was conferred upon those who sought more advanced training in specific fields and wished to further their careers.
Let’s explore a few areas where just a simple change in our own actions can reap huge benefits for both ourselves and our patients.
The Stress of Hospitals
Emergency departments can be a stressful place, both for patient’s and healthcare providers. Patient’s are often scared, in pain or other distress, and anxious about what is happening to them, and what is about to happen to them. As Providers, we are often caring for multiple sick and/or injured patients who all want one-on-one attention, constant interruption by nurses and other staff, plus keeping things like patient satisfaction and turn-around times in the back of our minds so that we can satisfy administration’s expectation of us. This mixture can easily lead to dissatisfaction by both patients and Providers, which is completely counter to the reasons many of us went into the practice of Emergency Medicine in the first place. It doesn’t have to be like this, and I can show you some ways to help improve everyone’s experience in the ER.