Book Birthdays - 10th November 2017
Happy Book Birthday to the following 2 books today which have been added to my To Be Read pile:
An indispensable guide to reducing the suffering―of patients and caregivers alike―and to improving healthcare delivery for all
In our efforts to treat patients, cure illness, and manage institutions, healthcare professionals too often overlook the fundamental purpose everyone in the industry shares: to alleviate suffering.
Press Ganey’s Chief Nursing Officer, Christina Dempsey, has worked everywhere in healthcare, from the ward floor to the hospital boardroom. She has also experienced the system as a patient and as a family member of a critically ill patient. In The Antidote to Suffering, this 30-year healthcare veteran and patient-experience thought leader argues that the key to improving healthcare is to reduce the suffering―physical, psychological, and emotional―of patients and caregivers alike through Compassionate Connected CareTM.
Drawing on her 360-degree perspective, Dempsey offers a comprehensive, detailed, evidence-based plan that addresses the clinical, operational, cultural, and behavioural dimensions of care that every patient and caregiver experiences, in every setting. When suffering decreases, Dempsey argues, outcomes improve for patients and those who care for them. A virtuous cycle takes hold, leading to increases in morale, loyalty, and productivity and results in a culture that drives quality, safety, and value. It paves the path for creating a new national healthcare culture―one that values compassion, fosters efficiency, and drives innovation
The Antidote to Suffering is the first book to explore the pervasiveness of suffering in our healthcare system, and to provide the strategies and tools to:
* Identify and measure suffering throughout your organization
* Create a system in which every clinical response is informed by compassion
* Operationalize staff behaviour to promote meaning and purpose
* Increase productivity by building a culture of collaboration
Reducing human suffering isn’t just a moral imperative for healthcare providers. It’s a practical way to improve organizations and fix our broken system―without sacrificing the respect, dignity, and compassion we all deserve.
When Adah bat Shallum finds the governor of Judah weeping over the crumbling wall of Jerusalem, she learns the reason for Nehemiah’s unexpected visit—God has called him to rebuild the wall around the City of David.
Nehemiah challenges the people of God to labour on the wall and in return, the names of their fathers will be written in the annals for future generations to cherish. But Adah has one sister and no brothers. Will her father, who rules a half-district of Jerusalem, be forgotten forever?
Adah bravely vows to rebuild her city’s wall, though she soon discovers that Jerusalem not only has enemies outside the city, but also within.
Can Adah, her sister, and the men they love, honour God’s call? Or will their mission be crushed by the same stones they hope to construct?
I'm excited to read both of these books - watch out for the reviews!