Finding Meaning after Loss

Most of us in healthcare are familiar with On Grief and Grieving that David Kessler wrote with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross based on Kubler-Ross’s work with the terminally ill. People experience grief much like they experience death in five stages. The stages are anger, denial, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. As David Kessler points out these stages are… Continue Reading →

A Strategic Move for Your Career

Do you have a strategy for getting what you want out of your career? When you want to achieve goals—big or small—in your career, you need a way to reach them.  Too often we, in healthcare, have a goal, but we don’t have a strategy. The goal can be one you have for yourself or… Continue Reading →

Get the Thank You

I’ve seen this situation played out countless times: a very confused and frustrated patient askes for help choosing a remedy in the cough and cold section. Here comes her hero, from behind the pharmacy counter, in the white lab coat to save the day. He chooses the perfect medicine for what ails her. The pharmacist… Continue Reading →

Nurture Your Creativity

Almost every one of my healthcare friends has some sort of artistic endeavor they’re passionate about. I know a pharmacist that plays Oboe professionally, a nurse that repurposes scrap metal and makes them into funky fishing rod holders. I also know a social worker that writes poetry.  You probably have a creative outlet too—something you… Continue Reading →

Building a Community Around Values

In last week’s post, I shared why values are so important and why your values are the foundation for who you are as a leader. If you’ve ever found yourself feeling frustrated, burned out, or isolated as a leader, then you need to build a community.  You need people around you that share your values…. Continue Reading →

Be A Good Leader By Knowing Your Values

Last night, I went to the retirement party for one of my mentors, Trish. I had so much fun reconnecting with the pharmacists I worked with when I was fresh out of pharmacy school and started my first job at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Metro stays with me. I am the pharmacist I… Continue Reading →

How to Make Small Changes that Stick

Today my daughter said, “Mom, I listen to what you say. I read your blog posts. But then I try to make changes and then I forget.” Sounds really familiar, doesn’t it? I think many of us struggle with this same problem.  Little changes are powerful. Just making small changes to your diet such as… Continue Reading →

Today is a Great Day to Reconnect

Over Memorial Day weekend I was able to reconnect with someone from high school. I hadn’t seen him since the ‘80s, and it was fun to catch up. At some point in our trip down memory lane, I asked him about his only sibling, his sister. The mood went from light to serious as he… Continue Reading →


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