Category: Relationship with your Doctor

Common Themes In Healthcare Today

Today’s healthcare system can be both frustrating and confusing. I know this through firsthand experience since wherever I go, as soon as people learn of my profession, they follow-up with a list (sometimes quite a long list!) of questions. I resist providing too much specific advice – there is quite a bit of “it depends”… Read on…

Tips for Reducing Stress In Our Daily Lives

We all know (more or less) what stress is. Dictionary.com defines it as: a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. Interestingly, stress in this emotional context is a relatively new term, first coined by Hans Selye in 1936. He defined it as, “the non-specific response of… Read on…

Managing the Opioid Crisis: More Grey Than Black and White

Opioid addiction is all around us. And, contrary to the prevailing stereotype, it’s not something that only happens to “bad” or “irresponsible” or “other” people. Rather, it crosses race, gender, age and socioeconomic lines. It’s a medical condition – like alcohol addiction or heart disease – and its management requires the same type of responsible… Read on…

Challenge the Process

I had a visceral – and negative – reaction the moment I read the Facebook post. It was by a new college graduate with a degree in nursing who was working in an acute care hospital. She recounted the story of how a patient had become angry with her that day because he had to… Read on…