Who are these people? I don't always know but I'm lucky they're here.
Today is my birthday! And thanks to Facebook and other social media means, I'm able to be connected with people I know, once knew, and am getting to know! This is a blessing I am able to enjoy *virtually* every day! The diversity of people and experiences that make my life rich make me think--in very specific ways-- about precisely who is out there and what the challenges to making healthcare safe, effective, efficient, timely, equitable, and patient-centered really are.
Here's something that made me smile last week, reprinted with permission from my cousin's Facebook page:
Nick: "What's this?"
Dad: "It's a pamphlet that tells you all about the flu shot you just got. You can read it if you want."
Nick: *reads briefly, then BIG eyes* "I'M GONNA GET PREGNANT?????!!!!"
Thanks Ant and Nick! You left a great reminder that the toughest topics begin with basic steps to help people--all people--understand that when it comes to healthcare, patients are the ones with the biggest dog in the fight!
A seasoned nurse, educator, project manager, safety analyst, and healthcare consumer, I'm still standing.
This is my personal blog. The ideas I share here are a snapshot of my thinking at the point in time when I post them. Patient safety is an emerging science and my perspective and experiences, like yours, are works in progress. Information on this blog should not be construed to represent positions held or endorsements by clients or employers (past, present or future).
Oh, and I don't provide medical advice or offer nursing judgment to individuals.