Tech Helps House Calls Make a Comeback

House calls once seemed a thing of the past, but a growing health care company based in Denver, DispatchHealth, has teamed up with Bon Secours Richmond Health System in Richmond, Va., to bring a medical team directly to your door with the push of a button. The program, which launched on Nov. 14, sends a car with nurse practitioners and physician assistants to a patient’s home when summoned via app, website or phone call, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. The total cost of care runs between $150 and $300, according to the report, and the service is covered by the major national insurance carriers, Kevin Riddleberger, co-founder and chief strategy officer of DispatchHealth, tells the Times-Dispatch. Richmond is the fourth city to launch the program so far, and to date DispatchHealth has four nurse practitioners employed in the city and one car active. “Our industry is changing, innovation is happening with technology, we’re thinking about the world differently, and quite frankly the baby boomers are demanding things differently,” Toni Ardabell, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia health System and Bon Secours Richmond Health System, said in the story.

Tips for Battling Holiday Burnout

Nursing is stressful in general, but the holidays have a way of amping that up. During the holiday season especially, nurses need to be reminded to take care of themselves as well as others, reports. Simple ways that nurses can reduce stress include taking time off when possible, practicing self-care, being mindful of their schedules and more. You can read the full list here.

Leave Those Diabetics Alone

Speaking of the holidays, Turkey Day brings the reminder for hospital staff not to push food on patients who have diabetes or others with restricted diets. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and Elisa Nielsen, a nurse with CentraCare Health system in St. Cloud, Minn., urges staff to back off with patients who are uninterested in indulging. “They can get food pushers that say go ahead and eat this, don't be so restrictive. But when people are trying to make a lifestyle change, it's important to be supportive in what they need to do to make that change,” she tells WJON AM radio station.

Thanks to RN Who Helped in Son’s Death

Amanda Smith recently penned a touching letter to one nurse who was there during the birth and death of her son. In the letter, which was originally published on The Mighty, Smith credits this particular labor and delivery nurse for her care and compassion in the face of such a crushing moment. “You let us take our time saying goodbye to Robby. You did not rush us. When our family was done saying goodbye to Robby, you took him in your arms like he was a baby who was still alive, and carefully carried him away. The moment I handed him over to you was one of the hardest moments of my life, but your kindness helped,” Smith wrote. “Thank you kind nurse for being so thoughtful, understanding and caring during that terrible time,” she concluded in her letter.