•   Text Size
  • Send
  • Print

Browse By Category

Recent Comments

  • Grabbar
    car dealerships in Valdosta georgia... A Day in the Life » Blog Archive ...
  • Roasting Vegetables
    [...] simmer rice in water and then add butter and salt, simmer ...
  • Benefits of Nuts and Seeds
    [...] Benefits of Nuts and Seeds – Lisa R. Young, PhD, RD, ...
  • Roasting Vegetables
    [...] simmer rice in water and then add butter and salt, simmer ...
  • Moving Mom
    Thank you for sharing your story. I am in the midst of ...

Blogs We Follow

blog_promo

Hospice, Hockey and Haven

guest November 1st, 2014, 9:20 AM
Guest
Author Profile
Permalink
Mark Messier meets Haven patient and fan. Also shown, wife Alejandra and Zenobia Brown, MD, Haven medical director.

Mark Messier meets Daniel, Haven patient and Rangers fan. Also shown, Daniel’s wife Alejandra and Zenobia, Haven medical director.

The VNSNY Haven Specialty Care Unit is an alternative to the hospital for hospice patients with increasing pain and symptom management needs. A 25-bed unit located in a special wing at Bellevue Hospital, Haven has a close-knit staff that works tirelessly to anticipate and fulfill the needs of patients and their families, often going the extra mile to make a difference.

Daniel, a 38 year-old patient at the Haven, was at the end stage of…

Read More

Become a Donor

smcternan January 12th, 2014, 9:22 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Author Profile
Permalink

As New Years’ resolutions go most have settled into working out, more family time, eating healthy and balancing work and life better. But for those of you who may not have chosen or even consider doing anything new with the New Year I urge you to consider becoming an organ donor. Why? Well for one thing there are so many awaiting organs, estimates are that about 15,000 people die per year that would make perfect donors had they consented to donation. For every person who donates there are multiple recipients…

Read More

Patient Visit: Receiving Hospice for Almost a Year

stav September 10th, 2013, 8:00 AM
Stav Birnbaum
Author Profile
Permalink

stroke_careNew Yorkers seem to resist hospice. Only 18% of New York City residents take advantage of hospice services, compared to 22% in New York State and 40% in the United States. It’s hard for anyone – doctors included – to have the end-of-life discussion. Doctors need to determine that a patient has less than six  months to live in order for hospice services to be available.

For Gerry, hospice has not been an end; it has been part of his life for over a year. After a debilitating stroke, Gerry declined…

Read More

Talking about Hospice Ethics

guest September 4th, 2013, 8:57 AM
Guest
Author Profile
Permalink

Kirk headshotTimothy W. Kirk, PhD, is ethics consultant to VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York, York College.

Hospice care is care supported by a team of nurses, social workers, spiritual care counselors, physicians and many others and is provided to patients at the end of life.  It is a philosophy of care that puts the goals and values of patients and their families first, developing plans of care tailored to their specific preferences and situations.  Sometimes, figuring out which care decisions do…

Read More

Talent for End-of-Life Care

stav September 3rd, 2013, 7:24 AM
Stav Birnbaum
Author Profile
Permalink

hospice_nurse2Dahlia’s experience with her mother’s passing influenced her to become a hospice nurse. She came to New York City and got a job with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, a job she loves. She left briefly to work at another hospice and, after one day, knew she wanted to be back with VNSNY. She called her old boss who welcomed her with open arms, because in just that one day, she was already missed terribly.

When I had asked VNSNY blogger and hospice manager, Vince Corso, if he knew of…

Read More

Taking Care of Mom Inspired Her to be a Nurse

stav August 26th, 2013, 9:23 AM
Stav Birnbaum
Author Profile
Permalink

hospice_nurse3I was honored to meet Dahlia Nichols, a VNSNY hospice nurse who has been with the company for many years. I followed her around for a day within her service area – Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan – and I learned so much about how hospice and end-of-life care.

Dahlia Nichols’s mom always thought she would be a great nurse, but Dahlia resisted. She was widowed and had two small children. Nursing school was not in her future.

She was living with her mom in upstate New York when her mom got sick.…

Read More

Scott Simon says Goodbye, I love you in 140 Characters

arspilka August 1st, 2013, 6:53 PM
Abby R. Spilka, Hospice Volunteer
Author Profile
Permalink

twitter logoI don’t Tweet personally. I understand that Twitter is a powerful social media tool and its uses are boundless… from announcing a revolution to writing disparagingly about the name of a celebrity baby. This past weekend, Twitter entered the national conversation about death and heralded a new chapter in communication.


The Twittersphere and the mainstream media were transfixed by NPR’s Scott Simon tweeting from his mother’s hospital room post-surgery until the day she died. I have been wondering all week how I feel about what he did, and I still don’t…

Read More

Tragedy, PTSD and Children

smcternan December 19th, 2012, 10:51 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Author Profile
Permalink

As news of the past week’s event in Newtown, Connecticut, flood all media, it is most difficult to understand why. Why a school? Were there any warning signs? What about the survivors? Children exposed to violence at any age need to have the compassion of a resposible adult to make sense out of the senseless acts that have occurred. Please do your best to curtail media exposure to your children. My television and internet were off most of the weekend, as I felt my children needed to understand, each in their own time, what…

Read More

Remembering Our Neighbors

jjue November 2nd, 2012, 10:27 PM
Jeffrey Jue, PT, Rehabilitation Consultant
Author Profile
Permalink

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy. I had spent a week assisting with the rebuilding efforts in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina hit. That was the last time I had seen up close the devastation that follows a natural disaster.

As a husband and a father of two young children, there were moments I felt helpless when my home was among many that lost power. Our household is safe, but my condolences go out to those who have lost loved ones.

For about two years, I…

Read More

How Objects Can Define a Moment

arspilka September 29th, 2012, 7:15 PM
Abby R. Spilka, Hospice Volunteer
Author Profile
Permalink

letterObjects tell stories. They tell us who we are, where we’re from, and how and why we exist in the world. There is great power in objects and I have experienced this power first-hand in the last day.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, has just concluded. It is a recent custom in less traditional households to send New Year’s cards.  My dad and step-mom have sent Rosh Hashanah cards to their collective six kids for as long as I can remember.

I did not open the one they sent in 2001.…

Read More