This week, my 90 year-old incredibly beautiful and independent great-grandmother was hospitalized. Despite the circumstance, it was a lovely opportunity to spend more one-on-one time with her. While my husband, Daniel, and I were visiting, the physicians in charge of her care came by, and as a nurse practitioner myself, we starting talking about her treatment, different medication options, her medical conditions, this and that. In fact, my family had stationed me with great-grandma because I would “understand” what the doctors had to say. I really didn’t think anything of it. After they left though, Daniel starting laughing about the conversation I had with them and said, “sometimes I wish I spoke medicine too!” His comment made me reflect.
Medicine is a language. It’s a language that I’ve been studying for the past 10 years, and I’m not simply talking about the Latin that I studied in junior high. It’s much deeper. Many times, I think medical providers inadvertently get more caught up in providing the medical care than actually translating it.These past few years in practice, I have learned that empowering the families I work with through education is equally as important as the evidence-based care I provide. According to one study though, approximately 1/3 of families spend less than 10 minutes a year with their pediatric health provider. Where are families going for education on keeping their children healthy? Parents are undeniably flooding the internet for answers, and rightfully so. However, sorting fiction from fact in the realm of online information can literally cause parents to lose sleep at night. And who can blame them? You start googling your child’s runny nose, the consistency of their BMs, their rash, a fever, etc., and somehow all online roads lead to cancer or the Bubonic plague.
This is why I am so excited about Kid Nurse! Instead of just providing education to families in the exam room, I’m taking it online! I am so eager to provide reliable, trustworthy, easily comprehensible and applicable information on children’s health to the online community of parents.Please join me! Ask me questions. Give me topics. What are your concerns? Together, let’s demystify children’s health and raise healthy children that can change the world.
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