Daniel McAtee

October 8, 2018
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If you are trying to convince yourself that you are brave, this is not the career for you.
October 1, 2018

Patient Advocacy: Broke?

If you are trying to convince yourself that you are brave, this is not the career for you.
September 27, 2018

Who Do We Call?

If you are trying to convince yourself that you are brave, this is not the career for you.
September 20, 2018

Just Say No

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March 14, 2018

Special Treatment

Sometimes patients are overt in their desire for privileged treatment. Sometimes coworkers want to convey a desire for exceptional care for certain people. But in many circumstances, the lines are a little blurry.
November 7, 2017

Dear Margaret

In our "Dear Patient" series, providers share their experiences by talking to the patients that left a mark in their life.
October 26, 2017

What If I Killed Someone?

Despite the 10 hours of tattoo work that he flaunts from between the buttons of his hospital gown, a lab draw is still more terrifying than a policeman's taser. I donate blood every year, and that 16 gauge straight needle stays in the whole time. I don't need a tattoo to prove I'm tough. My service to my community is twice as scary as taking a bullet, and blame, for a friend trying to steal a car. At least, that's what my patient thinks. But every once in a while, a patient tells you something that makes you think.
October 3, 2017

Self Maintenance

How effective can we be if we don’t take care of ourselves? And the worst of it is, I’m cutting a piece of myself every day hoping that sacrificing myself today will somehow make tomorrow better. And every day my patient reminds me that there is no bigger lie.
September 7, 2017

Do Not Fear Disaster

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May 31, 2017

Different Teams On The Same Side

I observed how in the busiest of times when an ER nurse was trying to move patients “upstairs” (MedSurg or ICU), they would often feel a palpable amount of cultural tension. Not only did other departments appear to work at different speeds, but had very different goals and ways of doing things.
April 12, 2017

Pants Full Of Shrimp

I turn [...] and say, “Something isn’t right. I don’t feel right.” She agrees; “Yea me too. Is it a full moon or something?” You’ve probably felt “that feeling;” the pre-diarrhea, vague rumble in your gut that lets you know something suuuuuper uncomfortable is about to pop off. “That feeling” doesn’t always come, but when it does, it’s always right.
March 29, 2017

When They Are Us

I was sitting in the driver’s seat of my own ambulance when this story started to flood social media. Not that long ago, we would have heard about this story later that night – maybe the next day – and would’ve imagined how horrible it had been......We don’t get to imagine things anymore.
March 27, 2017

Running A Little Late

Then the pager goes off. Highland. OR 6. I kegel, pound the rest of the latte, and start the car. OR 6 is where the big stuff happens – the stuff you see on the news. Many very bad traumas go in and few come out.
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