Thoughts Concerning the Opioid Crisis from an Emergency Physician


By Daniel Stevens, DO I know that everyone has been watching the news and the coverage of the Opioid Crisis. There is a big push right now to decrease the use, abuse and prescribing of opiate-like medications. I have heard two streams of thought about pain medication prescribing during my years as a doctor: one for increased prescribing and one for less. I remember in the past discussing hearsay about doctors being sued for failing to treat pain adequately. I Read More

The Waves of Patient Flow: Streamlining Care to Save Lives

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By Nicole Ervast, Business Development Associate Featuring commentary from Tye Murray, RN, Nurse Liaison and Elizabeth James, MD, Regional Medical Director Every emergency department is different. That seems like a no brainer—but in an age of metrics, where hospitals are categorized by trauma level and lumped together based on payor mix, annual visits, and a host of other numbers, it’s important to remember that ED management isn’t one-size-fits-all. When it comes to patient flow, every ED really is a snowflake. Read More

Why I Don’t Wear a White Coat… and Neither Should You

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By Darryl Wenner, DO, Medical Director This piece is a response to a past blog post, Why I Wear a White Coat, and You Should Too. Let’s get one thing out of the way quickly: the title above is terribly misleading, however catchy. Granted, I do not wear a white coat during my clinical duties as an emergency department physician. However, I don’t really care whether you choose to wear a white coat or not. My goal here is simply Read More

Schedulers: The Superheroes of Work-Life Balance


By Nicole Ervast, Business Development Associate As a member of an ED staffing company not directly involved in the staffing itself, I’ve always been intrigued and impressed with the stories I hear of the endless struggle that is scheduling. Our scheduling team of 4.5 people (don’t ask me where that .5 comes from) staffs over a dozen EDs 24/7/365, making sure that no patient is left unseen. So, in an indirect but important way, they helping to save lives. Ergo, Read More

The Mysterious Syndrome of Clinician Burnout

By Nicole Ervast, Business Development Associate and Dawn Patterson, CFNP, ACNP, ENP, Director of Advanced Practice Providers As a layperson who has experienced feelings of non-medicine related burnout (I once had 4 part-time jobs while going to school full-time and juggling a relationship), I was curious to know how burnout is different for clinicians, and why it seems to have a heavier impact on them. As most of us probably know already, physician suicide rates are downright scary. A quick Read More

The (Not So) Magical Journey from Residency to Medical Director


By Darryl Wenner, MD, Medical Director at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Okay, so let’s just get this out of the way… I have it all. That’s right. I said it. I’m living the American dream. I’m 31 years old and in good health. I work in multiple emergency departments as a physician, and I am the Director of Emergency Medicine at a rural hospital. I have an absolutely gorgeous and amazing wife with whom I am currently building our dream home. Read More

Music as a Form of Therapy: Changing Lives One Note at a Time

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By David Ervast, MT-BC, NICU-MT, Board Certified Music Therapist Music is a universal language. You have probably heard that statement before, and it is true; music can communicate meaning, emotion, intention, and state of mind. Music is also a powerful tool; it can empower, intimidate, encourage, and validate. Music can do all of these things because of the connection that we, as people, have to music regardless of our favorite genre or our musical skill. However, a music therapist will Read More

I Have Respect for My Clinician Colleagues. Here’s Why.


By Nicole Ervast, Business Development Associate Let’s start with the obvious. Clinicians of all kinds (physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers, specialists) literally dedicate their lives to others. They work insanely long hours, often leaving their spouses and children behind. They spend so much time taking care of us (their patients) that they sometimes fail to take care of (and even respect) themselves. For the clinicians I work with, who take on administrative and leadership roles as well as clinical, burnout Read More

Taking Inventory of Current Changes in Healthcare Reimbursement


By Randy Wilson As we begin 2017 in the ever changing healthcare environment, it is important that we take inventory of current changes already on the books and evolving events that may impact the world of reimbursement in healthcare. The list is not meant to be all-inclusive and is to serve as a guide to the reader to be diligent in doing additional research to become more informed. Each of these items in itself could represent a career opportunity for Read More

The Biggest Statement a Healthcare Company Can (and Should) Make to Its Employees

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By Nicole Ervast, Business Development Associate Healthcare is one of the largest employment sectors in the US, and it is only growing. Between 2000 and 2010, healthcare employment increased 25% despite total unemployment going up by 2%. Between 2010 and 2020, the healthcare sector is expected to add 4.2 million jobs. Obviously, a lot of us are working in healthcare. Whether you’re a medical professional, or in healthcare administration, your company/hospital/practice should not only be devoted to the well-being of Read More