Does the language of health care matter?

Disclaimer: Dammit Jim, I’m a nurse, not a linguist!     We’ve been arguing over the language of the healing professions for a long time. Providers. Midlevels. Doctors. Physicians. Physician Extenders. Do the semantics matter to the development of the roles? To the patient experience? To the politics and payment?     In a 1951... Continue Reading →

Rx: Vacation. Stat.

Did you take a vacation this summer? How about last year? Did you really go on vacation, or were you checking email on the beach (oops). Were you relaxing, or were you feeling guilty? (yup, that too). How did it get so hard to actually take a real vacation from work? Where is this coming from?... Continue Reading →

Food for thought (or not).

In addition to being a blogger, a yogi, and a nurse practitioner, I’m a graduate student. (I’m doing doctoral work in nursing). I’m spending this week at the NIH in Bethesda at a research workshop/conference. Academic types do a lot of this type of thing: convene at a hotel or university (or government facility), listen... Continue Reading →

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