Photo Essay – The Pot of Gold
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"In life, sometimes there are difficult, narrow bridges to cross. But with the proper clinician support system in place, we can continue to be connected to our strengths as we venture ahead on our pathway to the beauty of being there for others."
Gold Mine Support Beams – Represents a Supportive Work Environment
Stop Waiting for “When...”
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If you are like me and my clients, you run on empty, running on overwhelm, faster than the speed of life. Our culture (and our saboteurs) have trained us to say, "I will be happy when all my work is done....when I get this project done....when....when....when..." We are always striving to pass up our current circumstances waiting for the when. Now if you are like me, as soon as a when goes by, as soon as I got through a class in college, or a big test, or a hard day at work, I felt a VERY brief sigh of relief until it was immediately off to the next when....If you have any questions, Dr. Lawson can be reached
The Power of Being Present
Working in the emergency department, we see many patients suffering from insomnia, anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic pain, grief or end of life concerns, chemical dependency, or homelessness. It is striking how frequently these issues relate to patients’ presentations. Even more striking is how big the gap between their needs and what we tangibly have to offer can seem. In these cases, the pharmaceutical and procedural interventions we are trained to implement can fall short. It is a difficult thing to witness so much suffering as a provider in a healing profession, when so often it feels that the system is, and therefore we are, failing these patients. We come away from these encounters with a residue of our own suffering.Read More »
Flying on My Spiritual Jet
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I lay my head back…
Looking out through my window
And what do I see…
I see a beautiful blue sky of spirit
With soft white clouds of intent…
I see the sparkling light of my inner energy
Shimmering along the leading edge of my wings…
EM Wellness Week Updates
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The first Emergency Medicine Wellness Week was held January 24-30, 2016. During that week, emergency physicians were asked to adopt at least one healthy practice in the areas of physical health, connections (family, friends, etc.), or career engagement. The success of this project is due in large part to the work of Nancy Calaway and ACEP Communications staff that took the concept and created a professional and appealing product. In addition, the Well-being Committee and Wellness Section provided content for the website and emails. Note that much of the material can be reused next year and in the future.
Read More for summation of the week from ACEP’s perspective.
Make A Difference: Write That Council Resolution!
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Many College members introduce new ideas and current issues to ACEP through Council resolutions. This may sound daunting to our newer members, but the good news is that only takes two ACEP members to submit a resolution for Council consideration. In just a few months the ACEP Council will meet and consider numerous resolutions.