“I am an old man and I have worried much about things that have never happened.” Mark Twain In 1990, the year I received my pharmacist’s license, there was no such word as compliance. HIPPA did not even exist. Medicine policed itself based on high moral and ethical standards. Obviously things have changed. As a result of regulatory increases and the possibility of immense fines, health care organizations have had no choice but to implement […]
More than 50 % of providers report some degree of emotional, physical, or bureaucratic burnout. The unintended consequences of entering the medical field can be devastating to one’s health, wellness, and circle of influence.
“I had spent 50 years looking for something that was always there, but wouldn’t reveal itself to me until I finally surrendered to it.” Corey Jahnke “God?!? There is no God!” he said in obvious frustration as he walked by the table of three women who were discussing their faith in the hospital break room. I watched as he continued towards the coffee machine. His posture and intensity of expression seemed to create an aura […]
“Resilience is knowing that YOU are the only one who has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.” Mary Holloway “You are way over budget! If you don’t fire two people by Friday, you will be given a written warning, and I WILL!” My hands shook with frustration and anger as I hung up the telephone with Paul, my district manager. I looked out at the line of customers that seemed to go […]
“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen “Doctors are such assholes!!” he blurted out after drinking about half of the tallest beer I had ever seen. We were sitting in a lounge at The Yacht And Beach Club at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. I was lost in a daydream fueled by the ambient music and the memories of the day. Our wives had gone […]
The operational definition of irony exists for the provider who loses his cool. Great internal conflict is created whenever we scar the very people we care most about. Unfortunately, life as a human being is a messy business. We can learn how to reinvent ourselves as the calm, collected care giver that we originally set out to become. Anyone, can become a person who manages anger well; even in the face of great adversity and […]