Drug Diversion – A Major Issue

A major problem in hospitals over the past few years, drug diversion is the illegal distribution or abuse of prescription drugs or their use for unintended purposes. The hospital policy is very strict regarding partial doses of controlled substances, like opioids and benzodiazepines. The protocol calls for employees to “waste” any excess medications while being […]

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Critical Cover-Up Receives Award

Exciting News! CRITICAL COVER-UP has won an award and has been selected  as a Finalist for the  Book Excellence Awards. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I received the email with the Congratulations Announcement this week. Congratulations! You are a 2018 Book Excellence Award Finalist! 🏆 It is with great pleasure to announce […]

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When Patient Safety is Compromised

Patient safety is a major concern and priority in today’s healthcare system. Each year the Joint Commission establishes new National Patient Safety Goals. Most if not all medical facilities have policies regarding patient safety and even include it in their mission statements. Typical mission statements like these grace the walls in hospitals and medical centers […]

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Interview with Detective Derning

An Interview with Detective Derning Question: As a homicide detective, what kind of schedule do you work? Well, as you can imagine, most murders do not occur during bakers’ hours. Frequently they happen at night, so my hours have to be flexible. Once I arrive at the crime scene, I’m on duty for however long […]

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The Stress of Critical Care Nursing

Critical care nursing is challenging. Not only mentally stressful, but physically demanding, it’s ideal for the twenty-something and thirty-something nurses. Yet the average age of an ICU nurse has continually increased in recent years. Today it’s forty-seven or forty-eight. The level of experience of those nurses is phenomenal, and makes one wonder how they are […]

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