Midnight Musings

Midnight Musings

Midnight Musings Why I’m a Nocturnist Hi.  I’m Tim Meehan. I’m one of the nocturnists at UIHealth.  I’m hoping this semi-regular column will help shed some light (hehe) on the practice of EM in the wee hours of the day. Things that we will (hopefully) talk about over the course of this experiment: How to

Well Aware

Well Aware: Crisis Mode

This post is inspired by the recent devastating hurricanes that have affected millions and tested the perseverance of many healthcare professionals in the areas. I started writing this blog post over a month ago, after spending a few minutes out on my sunny stoop with a cup of coffee and a cooing baby. Like so

Weekly Wellness

Weekly Wellness 11/11/2017

“All frustrations are self-induced. The world can invite us to be upset, but ultimately we accept the invitation” – Unknown On your next shift, take note each time someone voices frustration. A nurse, frustrated because her medications didn’t come up quickly enough. Techs frustrated that they have to go to the supply room because someone

Well Aware

Well Aware: Feel the Burn

Burnout. It’s a hot topic in medicine in general, and EM specifically. It seems that every single month one journal or another brings mention of burnout. Even the internists are worried about us: a JAMA Internal Medicine Study found that emergency physicians are the most burned out specialty in medicine, with 65% self-reporting burnout. Let’s

Well Aware

Well Aware: Taking Worry Home

“Don’t worry.” It’s one of the most common refrains in our house, spoken in my general direction. Because I worry about a lot of things. Many of these worries are low-level, background noise. They’ve been kicked into overdrive with recent life changes, and this has prompted a reflection on the ways in which our jobs

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Well Aware: Shifting Around

Welcome to wellness! That sounds appropriately optimistic,  but a bit misleading, given that wellness is certainly not a destination to be reached and luxuriated in. Achieving good physical and mental health is a constant process, and almost ironically, it can be quite a struggle to maintain a balance between the rather unique pressures of our