The Singing Nurse

From CBS Los Angeles:

A hospital can be a cold and lonely place.

But at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, patients call the tall guy with the curly hair: “The Singing Nurse.”

Belting out Broadway tunes and the classics, 26-year-old old nurse Jared Axen prescribes his own kind of pain relief.


Improving emergency health services in rural areas

Sen. John Thune writing in the Rapid City Journal:

However, by utilizing technology that is already available in hospitals across South Dakota and the country, there is a solution that both improves emergency care and creates a work environment that can make it easier to recruit physicians to rural areas. I recently introduced the bipartisan Strengthening Rural Access to Emergency Services Act that, if passed, would allow eligible hospitals in rural and medically underserved areas to use interactive telehealth programs that can connect at any hour of the day to a board-certified emergency physician to satisfy the federal emergency room staffing requirements. This use of emergency telehealth technology in this capacity would be permitted when an associate provider, such as a physician assistant or nurse practitioner, is already on site at the rural emergency room.

Often, small rural hospitals are not prepared to deal with complex patients and will sometimes need to transfer patients to larger, specialized hospitals. Immediate access to a physician that specializes in emergency medicine via telehealth can help the rural hospital determine whether a transfer is necessary. This ensures that precious time is not lost waiting for the on-call physician to arrive. It also benefits the hospital ensuring that, when appropriate, the patient can remain at their local hospital to receive care. This allows the small rural hospital to be reimbursed for services, making it easier for these safety-net hospitals to keep their doors open.