Monday, June 22, 2015

What The Nurse Writer Is Up To These Days

Busy, busy! Posts have been slow because my work life has been keeping me busy. Here's a quick fly-by post to explain what's been happening for those who have been asking:

I am still the Director of Content over at Sepsis Alliance (part-time), an organization that is dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about sepsis. It's frightening how few people know about sepsis, yet it touches so many lives.

In addition to working with SA, this past May, I started working with the Partnership for Palliative Care as their Content Strategist (also part-time). As a nurse who worked in hospice nurse, this particular organization is doing work that I strongly believe in. It also has the same challenges that Sepsis Alliance has in some ways. The word "sepsis" is not known by many in North America and many who have heard the word don't know what it means. "Palliative care" faces the same issue. Not many people know exactly what it is. They may confuse it with "hospice," which isn't really correct. Hospice is end-of-life care, while palliative care is supportive care that can - and should - be given to anyone who has a life-threatening or serious illness or condition, to help them live as good a life as possible. Palliative care is also given at end-of-life, but it's not solely about end-of-life care.

I've been also been actively marketing my book, Just the Right Dose: Your Smart Guide to Prescription Medicines & How to Take Them Safely. It's a long-term project, trying to get this book in front of people who may need it - which is really just about anyone! I'm hoping that this book will be the first in a series; I have other ideas in mind. But first, we need to get this book out there. It's gotten great feedback from healthcare professionals and people who know little about medicine and health-related issues. If you take any type of medicines, I encourage you to have a look at the book. And if you have read the book, please consider leaving a review on or .ca. The more reviews there, the more visible it gets when people look for certain types of books.

And then there's my regular writing. I've been writing some articles, paid blog posts, and more.

If you have any ideas you would like to see me cover in this blog, leave it in the comments, and I'll see what I can do. I want to write about topics that you are curious about.