I hate those days when I’m struggling to finish my chart notes. Those days when I feel drained and my brain feels like mush. It sucks. Plus, I want to avoid having personal relationships get the dregs of my energy. While I can feel in the flow with patients, I can find getting my notes […]
In my last blog post, I introduced the concept of a clinical reasoning framework and how it can help you reduce decision-making overwhelm and fatigue. I outlined why it’s important to develop your own clinical reasoning framework and the benefit of owning your framework. Today, I want to walk through the three key building blocks
You’re looking at the assessment data you’ve scribbled on your sheet of paper or in your EMR. Feelings of anxiety and overwhelm start to bubble to the surface.
It sucks when you get thrown for a loop with a patient. They can throw off your day and it can feel hard to bounce back from these encounters. It can be especially unsettling when flare-up symptoms are more dramatic than expected.
Clinical work can be draining and we can easily find ourselves feeling exhausted, going through the motions and experiencing burnout. One day bleeds into the next and little excites us in our day.
Clinical work is demanding. And often times it can feel that we’re on the edge, between feeling good and giving it our all, and feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and burnt out. A number of years ago I was sailing on Lake Okanagan with a friend in a hobie cat sailboat. One of the thrills of this
Anxiety. It can range from minor annoyance to crippling. And there’s no lack of opportunities to feel anxiety when seeing patients. Whether it’s an assessment that is running behind, a more complex assessment than expected, or a patient who appears to be rapidly losing motivation for treatment. I’m no stranger to anxiety and have found
Clinical flow. It’s a topic infused in everything I have written about. But sometimes it can feel a little fuzzy as to what it means. Today I dive into the concept of “clinical flow”. I believe that every clinician should improve their capacity to operate in a flow state. In my view, the ability to
I find that sometimes I get stuck. Not unlike when I was in my teens and my brother and I got our parent’s 1987 Ford Taurus stuck on a forestry service road in the Cascade mountains. No matter how many times we tried to go forward and backwards we were stuck. (I’ll share more of