Patients can suck sometimes

Bright Red Automobile Presentation

Yes. Yes they can.

Caring and advocating for a fellow human being is NOT easy. It’s down right hard. Patients can be difficult. Patients can be mean. Patients can tax our very being most times.

But they’re scared. They’re vulnerable. And they’re entrusting us to help pull them through this difficult time, regardless of how they act, or how we feel.

Will the unruly patient we care for ever go away? Nope. Probably never.

But the next time that unruly patient gets your goat… remember they are loved by someone. They are someone’s family.

How would you or your family member like to be treated? Would you want YOU in your family’s corner (as their Nurse)?

This knee injury and meniscal repair surgery has opened my eyes. Being a patient has been an extremely humbling experience.

Check out the video below. Click the title, head on over to my Facebook page and leave me a comment.


Don’t forget to share the video! If ya like what ya see…. tell someone. Hell, tell someone if ya don’t like it.

As always, thanks for watching and thanks for sharing. I love hearing from everyone.

If you haven’t noticed, comments have been disabled on my blog. I would love to hear your comments, questions and concerns.  So let’s connect. Or drop me a message on snapchat @seanpdent:


I hope to hear from you soon.



Newest Blogroll link on My Strong Medicine: This Nursing Journey


Introducing Amber and her blog “This Nursing Journey”. I stumbled upon Amber and her awesome story-telling blog many months ago and I have been a dedicated reader since my first visit. Here’s a lil’ bit about amber from her blog site:


Via This Nursing Journey

Amber’s blog is all about her adventures in nursing school. She puts a very intimate accent on her stories, which is what I truly enjoy. You can tell from her words how excited and nervous she is during her journey to becoming a nurse. Her passion is something I tell her she needs to keep and defend. We need more individuals like Amber entering our profession.

Here are some of her words in a recent blog post:

So we left the boy in the capable hands of the FOUR S1s that had ended up in the room somehow (lol!) and my partner and I went to our post-conference downstairs to talk to another instructor about what we liked, what we didn’t like, and if it was a good learning experience for us or not. We completed a questionnaire/survey, and then we were free to go! In all, we were there a little over 3.5 hours, but it went by SOOO fast. Insane! I can’t imagine what it’ll be like in a real ICU with more than 1 patient that I’m having to take care of…makes me excited to be in the ICU in upcoming semesters. 🙂

All in all I really enjoyed the experience, and I wish were had more of them in a semester! And I can’t wait until my S1 semester when I get to do that one over again, only as an S1!

Also…now it’s Saturday. You know what that means?? I only have one more pharm quiz, my HESI next week, and then FINALS the week after that and I’ll be DONE DONE DONE!!!

via Adult Simulation Lab

She’s also on Twitter: 

Be sure to pay her a visit, say hi, and tell her I sent ya!


National Nurses Week 2013: May 6 – May 12



Often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers. As nurses, we work in emergency rooms, school based clinics, and homeless shelters, to name a few. We have many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher – and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Via ANA 

This comes directly from the American Nurses Association website. Be sure to thank a nurse and recognize them for their efforts and their profession.

This year’s them “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care”:

(From the ANA’s website as well)

Nurses are always developing innovations and improving the quality of care in various ways. Sometimes innovative thinking helps one patient overcome a troublesome symptom. Other times, initiatives aimed at quality improvement and clinical practice innovation can benefit millions of patients system-wide.

ANA is highlighting nurses’ quality and innovation contributions in health care for National Nurses Week 2013 (see this article in The American Nurse for more detail), and is offering a webinar on how innovations in processes, technologies and best practices lead to improved patient outcomes.

Enhancing Quality to Improve Patient Outcomes

The Nursing Quality Database: 1 Million RNs and Counting

ANA is improving patient safety and outcomes through the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators® (NDNQI®), a program of ANA’s National Center for Nursing Quality®. More than 1,900 hospitals employing 1 million nurses – one-third of all U.S. RNs – participate in the performance database. Hospitals compare their performance, then devise and implement more effective nursing care strategies to improve patient outcomes.

Hospitals that won the 2012 NDNQI® Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality™  reduced patient fall rates and decreased hospital-acquired infections, among other improvements.

2012 NDNQI® research findings on the quality of care indicate:

  • Hospital units with low RN turnover where RNs also rate their work environments highly have fewer negative and costly outcomes, such as pressure ulcers.
  • RNs on units with more nursing care hours per patient and lower job turnover gave higher ratings to their unit’s quality of care.

Benefits of Nursing Services More Broadly Recognized

Other nursing advancements in quality care include:

  • Care coordination, a core component of nursing, helps patients understand their care plan, self-manage their condition, take medications properly, obtain equipment, and get referrals. Now care coordination is commanding more attention as a way to improve value, efficiency, and patient outcomes and satisfaction.
  • Up to 20 percent of Medicare patients are re-admitted to hospitals, often because of inadequate care coordination. But now Medicare is paying for certain care coordination services for the first time, recognizing that the quality of transitional care provided by RNs is crucial to reducing re-admissions.

Innovation: Researching New Ideas to Improve Patient Care

Nurses find better ways to care for patients and improve outcomes through research and evidence-based practices. Nurses serving as “innovation advisers” to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed these improvements:

  • A new role of “attending” nurse to promote continuity of care over a patient’s stay
  • A model predicting the likelihood of hospital re-admissions and interventions to address  causes

The American Nurses Foundation, ANA’s philanthropic arm, makes grants to nurse researchers for innovative exploration of health care issues. Studies include:

  • Analyzing coping strategies for nurses who are victims of workplace bullying
  • Evaluating how loneliness affects the health of older adults with chronic illness

Nurses’ Innovative Solutions That Make a Difference

The Edge Runners – RNs recognized by the American Academy of Nursing for contributions to  care strategies and health policy – are innovators. Their projects often lead to changes in the health care system and clinical practices and become permanent solutions to vexing problems.

For example, Edge Runners from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing developed these solutions to help older Americans remain healthier and more independent:

  • Living Independently for Elders has adapted a chronic care model to provide care to seniors in their own homes rather than a nursing home
  • Transitional Care Model, led by RNs, assists seniors with health risks during and after hospitalization, with the aim of reducing re-admissions

New Ways to Provide Care to More Patients

Nurses are integral participants in collaborative multi-professional models of care designed to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs, such as accountable care organizations and medical homes.

The Affordable Care Act is spurring creation of such performance-based models, and the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report calls for the full contribution of nurses’ skills and knowledge to transform health care.



 APRNs: Increasing the Reach

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are operating more independent practices, creating an emerging health care trend and providing primary care to more patients.  About 100,000 APRNs directly bill Medicare for services provided to 30 percent of beneficiaries.

APRNs are increasingly serving all populations through retail-based health clinics. These clinics treat minor illnesses and provide services such as screenings and diagnostics. Retail clinics have grown from 202 in 2006 to 1,355 in 2011, with projections to reach 2,854 by 2018.


Of course I especially like how they saved the best for last (yes, I have a biased opinion) when referring to Advanced Practice Nurses.

What cool activities do you have planned for this year’s Nurses Week?