Breast cancer, Doctors, nurse practitioner, Nurses, Nursing Stories, primary care provider

Firing My Doctor

      More Voices: Worry  Firing My Doctor Marianna Crane 31 May 2018   I didn’t decide to "fire" my doctor on the spot. During my last appointment with her, I'd filled Dr. Green in on the details of my mastectomy. I happily reported that the surgeon had declared me "cured"--the tumor's margins were… Continue reading Firing My Doctor

Nurse Manifest, Nurses, Off the Charts, SheSource, Woodhull Study

Are Nurses Losing Ground? Part 2

In my last post I discussed the Woodhull Study that was published in 1998, which showed nurses were quoted in the media (newspapers) 4% of the time. The 2017 replication of study showed a drop to 2%. Click here to view a video discussing the study, findings, limitations, and input from a panel of journalists/media… Continue reading Are Nurses Losing Ground? Part 2

Breast cancer, DCIS, Death & Dying, Nurses, Nursing Stories

Twenty Years After the Cancer Diagnosis.

Next Sunday, November 5th, will be the 20th anniversary of my mastectomy. Afterward, my surgeon draped her arm over my shoulders and said I was “cured” as she escorted me out of her office on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C. Each November 5th , I would make a big deal of the anniversary date of… Continue reading Twenty Years After the Cancer Diagnosis.

Doctors, Home Health, Nurses, Nursing Stories, Telling Stories

Don’t Question the Doctor Part 2

I posted last week about my friend Lois’ run in with a nasty doctor soon after she graduated nursing school in the 60s. Here is my story about working with a difficult physician that took place in the mid 80s. The medical director, Doctor X, sat me down in her office on my first day… Continue reading Don’t Question the Doctor Part 2

Medscape, Nurses, Nursing

Are You Glad You Became a Nurse?

I found an interesting study regarding nurses' satisfaction with their career choice. Note the respondents were middle-aged (45 - 64) and predominately female. Since my specialty is gerontology, I have included the comments made by three older nurses. Yes, Yes, I know they are all positive. I look forward to a study that includes younger… Continue reading Are You Glad You Became a Nurse?

Doctors, Health Care Services, Heart Valve Surgery, ICU, Nurses, Nursing Stories

 I Am Grateful to the Nurses

In 2013 I toured the new intensive care units back at the hospital where I volunteer. At the time I was acutely aware how outdated my nursing skills were and realized that I wouldn’t even be safe to flip on a light switch. The state-of-the-art machines were daunting. I never thought that three years later… Continue reading  I Am Grateful to the Nurses