Frontline Friday - RACmonitor

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As a Director of Case Management and Social Services at a busy suburban Chicago medical center, the COVID-19 front looks different for me and my team. The case management RNs and social workers have been impacted by the virus in their work in a dissimilar way to the “frontline” healthcare…
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To live is to give! What a grand and noble ideal.   It’s a slogan best suited to doctors, nurses, and other skilled healthcare workers. But this was not for me! I was going to be a research zoologist and study the pride life of lions (think Jane Goodall) and also…
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The word “better” is one of those unusual words that can function as an adjective, a noun, an adverb, and a verb. During my recent reincarnation from the administrative afterworld into clinical life as an ICU physician, I learned a fifth function of better – as an incantation. The reason…
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On the news last night, two individuals, one an ICU nurse and the other an ED physician, shared their experiences by way of self-made video.  “I never thought I’d treat an illness that could turn around and kill me,” the doctor said. (He must have missed freshman orientation.) The nurse…
May 8, 2020

A Call to Serve

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When I heard the words coming out of my mouth, volunteering for the COVID-19 team at my hospital, I wanted to give myself a good shake. What am I getting into? This is not just a bad flu; this is very serious. Healthcare workers, young healthcare workers, are on the…
May 8, 2020

Alone

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I’m a social person by nature. I love talking, interacting, and learning with and from others. Never in my career as a nurse did I think that I wouldn’t be able to be social. COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives; some might be out of work and stuck at…
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At this delicate time of history, we are experiencing one of the most severe pandemics ever: COVID-19. It’s a test of how our healthcare system will handle the impact of a serious pandemic. So far, we are not doing a great job. The lack of equipment, education, response, and protocols…
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Over the past few years, our utilization management (UM) team has been hard at work to shift the habits of admitting physicians when it comes to assigning appropriate admission status. Nothing like a pandemic to create a utilization management nightmare. Mustering confidence amid so many unknowns associated with COVID-19 has…
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As a wary nation emerges from lockdown, front-line healthcare workers know that an uncertain future remains ahead. One of the most stressful things about the COVID-19 pandemic is how fast things are changing. Emergency medicine has always been a stressful career, and the nature of the work, combined with the…
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A healthcare administrator who returned to the ICU amid the coronavirus epidemic had a memorable patient to care for – with a little help from an app. When I was a child, there was a show on TV called The Naked City. At the conclusion of each show, a baritone…