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Over the past month I have had some very challenging
patients. I will often question, why and how did someone end up here at the
correctional facility? I believe it is better I do not know. Actually, it is
none of my business; it keeps the care unbiased and pure and it does not impact
how I treat them. If one of the inmates upsets the ...
There was a disturbing incident
that occurred a few weeks ago. I also look at this experience as an eye-opener
for me. I have long come to this realization, but it was never more evident
than when the incident happened. First, let me start off by stating, prior to my
opportunity to work in corrections, I was judgmental and biased and I ...
I was before, but now I am an even greater advocate of the
pill box. Every patient with a lackluster memory, or taking multiple
medications, or time sensitive medications should own one. There is nothing
better than a physical reminder to keep a body on track.
I was recently confronted with an HIV positive patient on a
cocktail of ...
Lately it seems a rash (no pun intended) of patients have
asked me how it was that they contracted their Staph infections. Some had MRSA,
others MSSA. Some suffered from bacteremia, others osteomyelitis, and others
still were challenged by skin/soft tissue infections in the form of painful and
unsightly abscesses. Some had recently undergone ...
My contact with pain patients was extensive during my
residency in Aurora, North Carolina, a coastal town of about 400, with a
patient population compromising of retirees, commercial fisherman and
above-ground miners from a phosphate mine. I knew from that experience that
even if I never found a job as an NP, I would not choose to do pain ...
I don't know how many of my fellow NPs and PAs have seen and
or heard about HBO's four-part documentary on obesity in America, The Weight of the Nation, but I can't
recommend it enough: it is an awesome and totally relevant examination of
health in the States.
So many of the individuals profiled in this series were reminiscent of ...
In the last month and a half I have met and treated two women, both newly
diagnosed with HIV and previously unaware and unsuspecting of their
corresponding diagnoses. In both cases the women contracted it from their
former husbands. I say former because one of the men died approximately one
month before his wife, patient #1, learned of her ...
I attended at cozy talk about HIV
prevention and treatment earlier this year at the suggestion of my mentor. The expert
presiding over the talk was a local expert in HIV management, thus it was an
opportunity I did not care to miss. During the discussion he started to
reference recent study data suggesting the use of antiretroviral ...
In discussion with a colleague, we came to an impasse. Both of our viewpoints were opinion based; neither of us was willing to sway. She ended our exchange by saying, ''This is why you are going to die old and alone.'' I know this to be a joke of affection, but also a reference to one of the things we, as a culture, fear most.
What brings this ...
There are several divisions to the medical department at the correctional facility, and for the most part, everyone works collaboratively. There is the medical team consisting of myself, my collaborative physician and our nurse, an LPN. Also, there are nurses, an RN and LPN, who distribute the medication, perform physicals, administer TB testing, ...