Women are the Family Medical Officer

On Christmas Eve, just after I managed to wrap the last gift and stuff the last stocking, I was ready to sit down with a nice glass of eggnog.  It was then, at 11:15 pm that the phone rang. I didn't think it was Santa, or Rudolph and took a deep breath, bracing myself for what could possibly be going on.  It was my elderly neighbors, who I'd spent most of the afternoon with at the local urgent care center....more

Primary Care Provider

Sign up now for Health Perks.  It's free when you use Nurse Barb as the code.  This is like having access to medical and nursing school without the tuition costs or the pressure.I recently sat down with Dr. Carolyn Stratz to discuss the importance of obtaining a Family Medical History....more

On-line Health Research: What's Credible?

"I read on-line........"  This phrase has changed medicine, nursing and the way that we care for patients. Like many of my colleagues, I love it, when patients do their own research, because they are invested and interested in their own health. They're much more likely to make healthier choices and I see their research as an opportunity....more

Making our List and Checking it Twice

Reflecting on 2011, it was a year of birth, tests, changes and growth for Jill's List.  We are proud to share with you our accomplishments in 2011 and our plans for 2012.In 2011, the Jill’s List team: ...more

NaBloPoMo 23

Some days it feels like this.  You work hard to try to help someone, and they burn you.  Humph, just made a funny.  You see, we had a young patient with severe burns this week.  They'd been working on a piece of machinery which caught fire burning their hands and their face....more

Don't Stop Your BP Meds Even if Your Insurance Stops

I received a phone call this weekend from a friend, who was in the hospital because their partner, who was only in his mid 40's had a stroke. A stroke? He's too young, he doesn't smoke, what happened?  My brain was working overtime.  Maybe he has an inherited clotting disorder or there was an aneurysm or an AV malformation?  Something didn't make sense....more

Patient Satisfaction with Nurse Practitioners

What do patients think about the care they receive from Nurse Practitioners? Well according to a recent survey, they're very satisfied.Why is that?   It Comes Down to a Few Things:...more

Turning Knowledge into Wisdom: Being an Effective Advocate

Sue has a serious chronic medical condition and visits many different doctors each month. She is on top of her medical situation and sometimes brings in new research papers to discuss with her team. When a new doctor prescribed her a medication without explaining what and why, she gently but firmly told him, "I am happy to follow doctor's orders as long as I understand them. When would be a good time to answer my questions?" ...more

The best (and cheapest) healthcare in the country...

The busy weekend continued yesterday.  After my short but sweet date night Friday night, I had a jam packed day to follow.  I had two parties to attend, with baby girl.  But I was going it alone, no trusty husband by my side for companionship, but more importantly, for help!Off I went to the first party, chipper and happy.  Husband packed up the car for me and then headed off to his cousin's bachelor party.  The first party was a breeze, Evie slept through it. I put clicked her back into the carseat and off we went.  Next stop, my mom's house....more
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My Planned Parenthood Story: I'm Participating in This Blogging Event Today, and You Can Too!

This post  is cross-posted from my blog,  Build Peace,  which is participating in a blog carnival today organized by two Hoosier-based blogs, What Tami Said and Shakesville in support of Planned Parenthood which  as you know is under siege from Right Wing extremists.  Check out the Blog Carnival here. ...more