This parallels a topic I'd like to write about soon, the difference between "tolerance" and "understanding".
Estimated read time: 5 - 8 minutes
I spent the day today in silence at a meditation retreat, and I was almost run over by a car on the way there. These experiences could hardly be more different (I made a chart!) but what strikes me most is that I learned lessons from each that I would have expected from the other. I'll explain after the break.
It's funny: random events big and small teach us volumes about ourselves. The inability to predict your instincts, even if you know what an event will be, keep you from predicting the lesson in advance. It's amazing when silence exposes anxiety and life-or-death situations instill peace.
The marketing team for a Masters of Nursing program has done an amazing job compiling stats and drafting an infographic.
It's rather long, but expand the post to see how the scope of medicine has changed from 1950 to today. Patents are living longer (68.2 years vs 78.6), diabetes is an enormous problem, as are the economics.
Estimated read time: Article 5 - 8 minutes
Estimated read time: Attachments and sources 1.25 - 3 hours
Communication breakdowns happen all the time, but there's a phrase inherent to every setting that causes unintended turmoil: Don't work too hard.
What we say (typically) conveys what we believe is acceptable. But miss-communications often happen when what you think is acceptable fails to be relatable. It's an important distinction.
Clearing the air and bridging the gap
Lets get one thing out of the way: working long hours isn't inherently bad. For some people, it's the key to career success. For others, it's a fast-track to the ICU.
Estimated read time: Article 8 - 18 minutes,
Estimated read time: Attachments and sources 65 - 93 minutes
Bad press releases overshadow good science
Science and research, like anything else, suffers from bad marketing. The trivialization and commercialization of important concepts should disappoint us. But when this letdown centers around the success of our children, it should upset us.