Celebrating Nurses!
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by Anne Llewellyn
4d ago
The American Nurses Association celebrates National Nurses Week 2024, May 6 – May 12, and throughout May. This year’s theme, “Nurses Make the Difference,” honors the incredible nurses who embody the spirit of compassion and care in every healthcare setting. In this post, I wanted to celebrate and share highlights of my journey as a nurse. I began my career as a Licensed Practical Nurse on the recommendation of my cousin because I did not want to be a secretary. I graduated from St. Mary’s School of Practical Nursing in 1973. It was a brutal program, but with hard work, determination, and per ..read more
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It’s National Stress Less Week
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by Anne Llewellyn
4d ago
I recently came across an interesting post on LinkedIn. The post announced that this was “Stress Less Week.” I had never heard of this week, so I dug deeper and found that ‘Stress Less Week’ is a biannual event hosted by Active Minds at colleges and universities across the United States. The event aims to create a supportive and healthy campus environment for young adults by normalizing conversations about mental health. It also aims to raise awareness about stress and anxiety and develop communities where speaking up about struggles is a sign of strength and self-awareness. ‘Stress Less Week ..read more
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Setting Realistic Expectations in a Challenging Healthcare System
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by Anne Llewellyn
4d ago
One of the most important things nurse case managers can do when working with patients and their families is to help them set realistic expectations of the healthcare system. Before people enter the healthcare system, they think it is organized and coordinated and works for them. The reality is that the healthcare system works for the healthcare system and not the people who use it. When people realize this, they can be demoralized and can lose hope. The role of the nurse case manager is to help their patients learn how to set realistic expectations so they can navigate the system and meet th ..read more
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Book Review: “Caregiver a Role We Least Expected – Tips and Tidbits to Help in Your Role”
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by Anne Llewellyn
4d ago
Caregivers face emotional and physical demands that strain even the strongest person. In her new book, Caregiver a Role We Least Expected—Tips and Tidbits to Help in Your Role, Peggy Rossi, a friend and colleague from LinkedIn, shares information to help caregivers cope. I asked Peggi why she wrote this book. She said it is written to explain some of the areas in healthcare that are confusing to caregivers and to educate them on the resources they can explore, as one plan does not fit all. I want to help caregivers educate themselves on their loved one’s injury or illness and then explore res ..read more
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Storytelling is Educating
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by Anne Llewellyn
4d ago
Storytelling is one way to educate. Stories allow us to see things in a new light and help us understand how we relate to the situation. Storytelling can help someone see things differently and develop ways to handle a challenge. In this post, I share some of the stories I have used to educate and empower people. I hope these examples of storytelling encourage you to use your experiences to educate and empower others. We all have our stories, and stories are powerful! We Are Made of Stories: Stories from a Nurse Advocate is a compilation of a few of the most meaningful Blog Posts from my week ..read more
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Engaging Patients in Decision-making and Behavior Change to Promote Wellness
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by Anne Llewellyn
1M ago
Last week, I shared a story titled When the System Works It Works Well. A comment from a reader made me rethink this story and see a different perspective that I had not considered. I wanted to share it with you as it was an important realization that we must remember as nurse case managers and other healthcare team members. The Comment: Great story. In this case, as was the patient, healthcare professionals were thoughtful and willing to be flexible. The insurer was willing to work with both parties and approve payment. The result was a successful treatment and healthy outcome. The success c ..read more
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When the System Works: It Works Well
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by Anne Llewellyn
1M ago
Many good outcomes happen in healthcare. In this post, I want to share an example that shows when the system works, it works well. I had such a case a few years ago where I was asked to work with a man who hurt his back while working as a pipefitter in Jacksonville, FL. I will call him Jake. My service request said that Jake had severe back pain due to a work injury. He worked in Jacksonville, FL, but his home was in Miami, and he wanted to be closer to home for treatment. Once cleared from the emergency department, his company arranged for him to be brought to Miami by ambulance. I was to wo ..read more
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Patient Centered Care for Real
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by Anne Llewellyn
1M ago
Over the weekend, I watched several college basketball games. I like college basketball as it is all about heart and soul. As I watched, I recalled how I got interested in the sport. I remember back to March of 1986 when I did a few home care cases for extra money. One of the patients was John. John had advanced ALS. He could not do anything for himself but was awake and alert and could still talk. Allowing us to carry on some interesting conversations. I worked with him all through March when the  college basketball teams were having their tournaments to see who would get into the NCAA ..read more
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Communicate with ChatBots Without Losing Your Mind
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by Anne Llewellyn
2M ago
What is a ChatBot? Take a few minutes to read this article to learn more. Chatbots, artificial intelligence, and machine learning tools are becoming part of everyday life. Here is an example of a recent run-in I had! I was trying to upgrade my Vimeo account and had a few questions about the best plan for me. I had been on a free account but was notified when I went to save a few files that I was out of space and needed to upgrade my account to continue saving files. So I started reading the information on the website about the various plans, but the page did not give me the answer I was looki ..read more
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10 Tips on Being an Active Member of YOUR Healthcare Team
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by Anne Llewellyn
2M ago
To be an active healthcare team member, you must start with being organized. Here are some ways to get started: Be aware of who’s who. In your doctor’s office, ask to meet the office manager. When you meet them, ask for their business card. Let them know when things go well. If there was a problem, let them know and suggest a way to improve the system. As the patient, you see things differently from the staff and may have a good idea that can help others. Keep all the cards you collect in your notebook to use if you need to reach out. After appointments, you can go into your patient portal t ..read more
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