When a patient initially comes in for care, their end-goal is to be free from whatever illness or injury is plaguing them. Though this can be the case after a period of treatment, sometimes even the simplest illnesses require more intervention than expected. Patients can become frustrated when they aren’t seeing progress in their treatment, and they may begin to question doctor’s orders and treatments. Communication can help to manage these expectations and create an environment that allows for discussion and change of direction, as well as a better understanding of possible outcomes. Continue reading “Managing Patient Expectations”
The holiday season is here, which means celebration, travel, and showing appreciation to all of the important people in your life. It’s time to deck the halls of your practice and get ready for all of the merry-making of the season. There is more to consider when preparing your practice for the holidays than just how much tinsel is too much or which meat to serve at the holiday staff luncheon. Here are a few tips that can help you get ready for the season while keeping your staff and patient morale high. Continue reading “Preparing Your Practice for the Holidays”
Your life’s work is creating a healthier life for your patients, but have you taken the time to develop an environment for your nurses, assistants, and office staff that supports that mission? Happy, healthy people are more efficient and productive, so it only stands to reason that considering how your work environment affects the health of your employees should be a priority. Not sure where to get started to create a healthier practice environment? Here are a few simple tips. Continue reading “Creating a Healthier Practice Environment”
A few weeks ago, there was a story all over the news and social media, featuring a video of a nurse being taken into custody after refusing to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient. In the video, a police officer was demanding that he be allowed to draw blood from the patient who was under her care, though he had no warrant to override direct consent from the patient, which he was unable to give. The officer became irate at her refusal, though she explained that it was her job to protect the rights of her patient, and placed her in handcuffs.
In the end, the nurse came out as the hero, and there was an investigation of the officer who was wrongfully asking for the blood sample and wrongfully placed her into custody. It was a dramatic scenario and quite frightening to any medical professional who cares about their patients, even though the final outcome was positive.
At some hospitals, this has caused serious discussion about the place of nurses and other care providers in being the point of contact with the police. Changes are being made at some facilities to remove those directly responsible for patient care from the equation so they are no longer required to interact with the police. If your facility is not one of these, it is important to know how to protect yourself and your patients in similar scenarios. Continue reading “Protecting Yourself while Protecting Your Patients”
The years of residency may seem like they will never end, but while the days may seem long, the years will fly by. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to take on your first position as a physician. You should take care during your residency to begin preparing for the next phase of your career. Not only should you be trying to soak up as much knowledge and experience as possible, but also start to lay the groundwork for the next steps in your future as a physician. Continue reading “5 Things to do During Residency to Prepare Yourself for Practice”
When patients are diagnosed with a condition that requires extensive or long-term treatment, going the “take two of these and call me in the morning” route might seem the simplest way to go, but it can be detrimental to their personal outcome. Patient education is a very important part of the diagnostic and treatment process that should not be overlooked or glazed over. In fact, some hospitals and practices employ patient educators whose specific job it is to work with patients to improve their understanding. Those who have a better understanding of their condition, how it can affect them, things they can do to improve their own outcome, and the why and how of their diagnosis and prognosis are better patients and will have a better outcome and outlook as they go through treatment. Continue reading “Educating Patients is as Important as Medicine”