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Discussion Triggers can Help Students Discover Blind Spots, and Biases

Patricia Benner, RN., Ph.D., FAAN June 24, 2016 Copyrighted This month,  we offer all our newsletter subscribers free access to a wonderful new video on people’s responses to the news that someone has been recently diagnosed with cancer. Kristin Johansen and Ben Dziuba collaborated on this collection of people’s responses to the news that Ben was …

Marcus Engel Meets Jennifer, of the "I'm Here Movement". Jennifer, A Medical Technician stayed with Marc through out the Emergency Room all night holding his hand and saying, “I’m here Marc.”

Being Present, Meeting the Patient as a Person, Preserving Personhood, Taking up the Ethical Call of Nursing

Patricia Benner, November, copyright 2015 Learn more about Marcus Engle at ImHereMovement.org I lay there listening to the sickening sounds of my mechanical breathing, all the while praying the oxygen tank wouldn’t run dry. If the hose got twisted and the oxygen stopped flowing, a short alarm would sound. Immediately, a nurse would appear to …

Kitra Cahana: My father locked in his body but soaring free

Students will be inspired and instructed  by Ted Fellow Kitra Kihana. This strong loving family, and the strong spirit and love of life, has moved Rabbi Cahana beyond a “locked in brain syndrome.” The family began exercise range of motion exercises immediately, and wove a web of love, and direct action in the care of …

Healing in Chisasibi

This is a wonderful Ph.D. documentary from a doctoral dissertation.  It is perfect for any cross-cultural and public health class on the health impact of colonization. Many of the stories have to do with addiction to alcohol and drugs. In each case healing involves recapturing a sense of Cree identity and spirituality. The short video clips 2-7 minutes …

Learning Activities for Teachers and Nursing Students Working with Discussion Triggers

By Patricia Benner, copyright 2015 Download PDF 1.     Find a film excerpt, a documentary excerpt, patient experience excerpt, news stories, or op-ed pieces that would work for a particular classroom discussion.   2.     Compile a list of media sources for discussion triggers.  Note: you may choose to assign a longer film, or documentary and have …

Pilot, an Airline Safety Expert, Seeks to Improve Patient Safety after the Death of his Wife

This is a dramatization of the medical error that caused the death of this Pilot’s wife, in what should have been a simple routine surgery. This is a great presentation on patient safety and team work problems that contribute to patient care errors.  In this re-enactment of a real event, the physicians are fixated on …

Patient Safety: Listening to Family Members

In this compelling discussion a Mother describing her attempts to get medical attention for her jaundiced newborn, and living with delayed diagnosis and treatment for her husband’s cancer. The outcomes in both cases, are tragic, and the Mother seeks to prevent future such errors.This is a great discussion trigger for patient safety and for patient …

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Discussion Triggers: Putting the Patient First

In this 14 minute discussion trigger taken from American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, Dr. Patricia Benner and Dr. Stone address the issues of improving interprofessional collaboration, and recommending early interprofessional education within the health care team. Mutual respect in the context of honoring the patient in the context of Civic Professionalism are discussed. Students …