WATCH: What can a magician teach a nurse?


Je Ne Comprends Pas

Imagine you’re on a planet and you can’t understand a thing, but everyone looks oh-so-serious. One doctor says, “take as needed,” a nurse says, “first morning urine,” while the dietitian says, “only 1,200 calories per day.” What does all of this mean?

Medical-speak helps us get the message across to one another as professionals, but we can’t forget that there’s a group that likely doesn’t understand us: the patients. So take a few minutes, stat, get into a comfortable position as tolerated and use your aural and ophthalmologic organs to listen to Javette Orgain, a family physician from Chicago’s inner city, as she talks about this issue:

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Marijke Durning
Marijke is a professional writer who began her working career as a registered nurse over 25 years ago. After working in clinical areas ranging from rehab to intensive care, as a floor nurse to a supervisor, she found she could combine her extensive health knowledge with her love of writing. Although she has been published in a wide variety of publications for professionals and the general public, her passion is writing for the every day person to promote health literacy.

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