Here’s a little of what I’ve been reading recently:
What has taken your attention lately?
I have a nursing bias. I know that. I consider it a strength. Not everyone shares my thoughts, though. And that’s okay. Diversity of thought is a tremendous strength of any organization.
People I share numerous meetings with and those that know me best can pretty much guess what I’m going to say or ask…Where are the nurses on this committee?…How does this impact the nurses doing the care?…Have you asked any frontline nurses what they think of this?…Let me get back to you; I need to talk to the nurses…I see an administrative leader and a medical leader involved on this group; I strongly believe we need a nursing leader involved, too.
Being the lone nurse in the room a lot of times is difficult, but it’s a tremendous honor and responsibility. I’ll never quit advocating for nurses, no matter how uncomfortable it is at times. And uncomfortable it can most certainly become; I remind myself frequently that if I don’t speak up now, I’ll have to answer for it later by looking into the eyes of nurses and patients asking the very same questions that are running through my head.
We’re the ones putting hands on patients; we’re the backbone of the healthcare system; we’re worth advocating for.
Congratulations, I think, to Marilyn Tavenner, a former nurse and hospital executive, on her U.S. Senate confirmation May 15, 2013, to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She has served as the acting administrator of CMS since late 2010, and she is the first permanent leader of CMS since 2006.
I’m not sure her work changes at all – except for maybe having to stop justifying that she can do the job and just get on with it. There is, indeed, much work. Best wishes to Tavenner and her team as they implement the Affordable Care Act and attempt to reinvent CMS services.
Here’s a sampling of my informal reading this week:
What articles in the hydrant-force information stream caught your attention this week?
Today is the Union for International Cancer Control‘s (IUCC) World Cancer Day. A lot of myths surround cancer. As healthcare professionals, it is our duty to help dispel these myths. Often, though, we are part of the perpetual myth-movement, standing silently by the wayside.
Are you perpetuating or dispelling the cancer myths?
Go ahead – pick up the crystal ball. Take a look at what 2013 holds or may hold for health care.
Two organizations have already laid out their thoughts on the next year in healthcare. Medscape’s slideshow is quick and easy to follow, and Modern Healthcare reporters present several videos highlighting topics.
Do you agree? What do you think will happen in your healthcare neck ‘o the woods this year?
It’s Jimmy V Week. It’s okay if it’s new to you; it was new to me. My husband actually educated me on it and the namesake of the Jimmy V. Foundation for Cancer Research – Jimmy Valvano. Apparently there was even a made-for-TV movie about Jimmy V., his life, and his legacy. (I apologize to all the ESPN watchers, sports fans, and made-for-TV movie lovers…my husband was just as disgusted at my lack of knowledge.)
Jimmy Valvano started his basketball coaching career at Rutgers University, and he coached the North Carolina State University basketball team, the clear underdog, to the 1983 NCAA championship against the Houston Cougars, 54-52. Jimmy was diagnosed with cancer – metastatic adenocarcinoma of unknown origin – at the age of 46. His 1993 ESPY speech is as inspirational as it gets. He passed away weeks after that speech but not without first forming the Jimmy V. Foundation for Cancer Research with the help of ESPN, which provides funding for translational cancer research. According to their website, the Jimmy V. Foundation has granted more than $90 million in grants to researchers.
Reading more about Jimmy V. inspired me. He made my day because I definitely laughed, thought, and cried. I hope the same for you today. Remember his words.