I was one of about thirty authors who attended the program, Authors in Your Backyard: A Celebration of Local Writers, held at my neighborhood library on a Sunday afternoon not too long ago. I arrived with copies of my book: Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic, and the syringes to lure readers to my table. I didn’t … Continue reading Meeting Nancy Panko
Barbara Jonas, 84, collector of art and patron of nursing, died on October 23, in Manhattan. I had never heard of her. But the heading of her obituary in the New York Times on November 9th grabbed my attention. She was a patron of nursing along with her husband, Donald Jonas. In 2016, the couple sold off … Continue reading Patron of Nursing
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
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
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.
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
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?
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