Spotty internet in the beautiful mountains leads to delayed blogging

I’m catching up on blogging for the past couple of days.

On day 2, the theme was transparency and communication with the patient and family. Both of which I find incredibly important and vital components to care. Communication with patients and families is an area that I am, specifically, passionate about as I have completed a grand rounds presentation and communication simulation training (CST) program on this topic. We need more training in communicating. Didactics don’t work. Simulation does. After today, I plan to incorporate disclosure and consents in the scenarios for future CST sessions.

On day 3, care for the caregiver was a new concept to me which is astonishing. How did this concept not cross my mind sooner? I believe it’s because healthcare professionals are so passionate about their careers and responsibilities that we often forget to take care of ourselves. If we are unable to care for ourselves, we won’t be able to provide the best care to our patients and their families. The tremendous support ‘care for the caregiver’ provides is amazing and has inspired me to investigate the options my institution can provide.