Novice to Expert

The novice-to-expert yellow brick road has been examined form many perspectives, including the nursing perspective.  Having been pretty hard on nurses in “There is a Nursing Shortage—NOT,” I feel compelled to give the profession credit for its awareness that novice nurses are not as proficient as expert nurses, and the profession’s attempt to get a…

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North Dakota Medicaid and Erectile Dysfunction

There’s a lot of talk, much of it really nasty, about how physicians overcharge patients by providing numerous unneeded services to pad their bills. It’s time to stop using physicians as scapegoats for this country’s obscenely expensive health care. Physician salaries account for 10 percent of this country’s health care costs. Physicians have very little…

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The Story Space Between Physician and Patient

The healthcare mess just seems to be growing into a what appears to be a bigger and bigger train wreck bound to happen, fueled by the ridiculously black-and-white mentality of partisan politics, all whipped together into a froth of total uselessness by this being an election year. After the election, the political nonsense continues. Where…

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Useless Access to Patient Data

Patient access to their own health care data has snagged center stage for some time. Now there is a movement to make lab tests directly available to patients. Sure, patients like to get phone calls from their practitioner’s nurse about the results of their lab tests, even if those tests are normal. In our area,…

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