We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
Living in a retirement community in
South Florida as I did, for 12 years beginning in 1992. I became quickly acquainted with the problems patients have in navigating the Health Care System. As a working Registered Nurse, I knew the pitfalls of being in a state where nursing was simultaneously on the cutting edge – while still in the dark ages. It was an amazing realization to live amongst the elderly, and work amongst the dying in Hospice and in AIDS units, making home visits for friends in need and then doing it for a living – to realize that no one follows through to see what happens to people after their immediate distress call is made.
People say the Health Care System in this country is the worst they have ever seen if they are from Great Britain or Canada where Health Care is “free” Friends of mine who work in “high places” in medicine and psychiatry in the state of CT tell me that Florida is the Medical Model for the United States. (That is a little scary to me frankly, having done licensed skilled nursing care in both states!).
The “bottom line” is that there are many patients with questions too numerous to count who know they need an advocate – help – to navigate the United States health care system.
Friends and former patients ask me, “Am I in a network”? or, “If I change to this insurance company, am I better off than in a HMO or a PPO”?
What Is a POS service provider? “What does Rx mean?” “What is this chicken scratch on my discharge papers from the hospital supposed to mean? What must I really do?” “My aunt is in the hospital and they said I cannot visit her. The doctor phoned and said she is dying. How can they forbid me from seeing my aunt if she is dying? Don’t I have the right to pass through those doors and see her before she dies?”
I know there are nurses wondering how many CEUs they really need for a given license or certification, where to find “decent” employment, how to relax and avoid “burn-out” and stress, how to help their patients without compromising their own health and how to best educate themselves without going broke or losing valuable time and money at work.
I hope to bring you not only information from personal training and experience, but also hope this website can serve as a portal for you to find other resources for the information you need or crave. Hence, there will often be whole pages or whole sections of pages devoted to links I have found useful in doing my research. This link, National Institute of Health is one of my favorite resources. They conduct studies and trials there which are known to be reported accurately and without bias.
Happy surfing: www.nih.com (this is the Home Page from which you may choose to hit the “back” button to return to my site).
An important site for all to view with additional tabs relating to child health, literacy, animal protection, hunger, the environment and the Rain Forest.
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