It’s that time of year again. The sun is getting just a little bit lower in the sky, the little league fields are emptying, and every other commercial on TV is for a new sale at the Gap. It must be back to school season! While most grown-ups may have long forgotten the particular joys and agonies of this time of year, having repressed them deep down inside along with any and all bathroom-related kindergarten incidents and hormones-gone-wild high school embarrassments, school-based therapists and nurses get to experience them over and over again! What a delight.
While you school healthcare professionals might like to believe a lot has changed for you since that fateful first day of 3rd grade when Billy Thompson gave you a swirly (yes, we know about that. The world will never forget), the truth is that going back to school is the same as it ever was for you. Skeptical? Here are a few aspects of going back to school that haven’t changed a bit since you were spritely, bright-eyed youth. Continue reading “Back to School for Healthcare Providers”
As a member of society, we are all faced with moral and ethical dilemmas on a daily basis. Most of us want to do the right thing and want others to do the same, but we have also been conditioned to believe that being a “tattletale” or a “snitch” is a negative course of action, so we do what we can to stay in our own lane. However, there are times when the only ethical thing to do is to report what you have seen or what you suspect, regardless of the consequences. Continue reading “Ethics: Four Times You MUST Speak Up”
We live in an age where, no matter your gender, race, or religion, you are able to go into any profession you wish. Unfortunately, we also live in a world where there is a large amount of stereotyping and discrimination still taking place. While legally you may be able to take on any role that you would like, there are those who may hold personal beliefs that you are not qualified for your job due to the color of your skin, your age, or other factors. What are you to do when faced with a patient or even a colleague who distrusts you or refuses your service because you or your staff members don’t fit their personal ideal for a doctor or nurse?
Continue reading “Diversity in Healthcare: Handling Discrimination in the Workplace”
Working in the medical field often makes for long, stressful days that can be filled with tedious tasks. While the workload may not seem to ever get smaller, finding ways to make your days more efficient can help to reduce some of the stress and allow you to spend less time on the mundane tasks that keep you from enjoying life outside the office. Continue reading “Five Things That Will Increase Efficiency in Your Practice”
June is National Safety Month, and all across the country, the National Safety Commission is urging everyone to take a look at their environment and ensure that safety standards are being met. What does this mean for you as a physician? As every office and practice is different, it could mean a lot of different things, but here are a few things that you should go over as you’re inventorying the safety of your practice. Continue reading “Physicians’ Safety Checklist for National Safety Month”
First, do no harm – the words of the Hippocratic oath are forever embedded in the memory of every person who spends even a moment in the medical profession. While our time is spent working to make the best decisions possible for the patients that have entrusted you with their care or the care of their loved ones, at the end of the day, we are all simply human. Mistakes will be made and whether they are the result of a judgment error, lack of information, or simply from distraction and being overworked, they can be detrimental and consuming. Continue reading “Coping with Mistakes as a Medical Professional”