Frontline Friday - RACmonitor

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…
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