TeleHealth News


March 8, 2018




Reza Ghadimi

  A Salute to Our Nurses

The rays of the sun coming through the open window of the hut, woke me. Looking around the unfamiliar surroundings, I rose on an elbow and smelled the coffee.
"Good morning", she said smiling.
I sat on the cot and smiled back, "what time is it, did I oversleep?"
"Oh, no. It is five thirty, you are fine."
She looked clean, fresh, happy and full of energy, even in that early hour of the day. I wondered when she awoke or if slept at all. She kept her composure throughout the time we were there.
It was the first day of our four day visit to this remote mountain top community. I was there with three other providers. Two dentists and an ophthalmologist. I was to provide general primary care. The village was far from any medical establishment - a two day journey by horse and mule. The so called clinic we were to work out of was a two room hut run by two nuns, one was an RN. We flew in on a small aircraft. A follow up visit for our eye doctor and one of the dentists. A first for me and the other dentist. We saw over two hundred patients in those four days and could have seen hundreds more. Their appreciation and gratitude toward us was contagious, even by the ones we didn't get to see. I felt ashamed and guilty to leave after our short stay.
Our missionary nun/RN had been there for many years, providing spiritual as well as medical care to the many Indians living throughout the mountains and valleys. She knew everyone by name, their medical and social problems. Acted as interpreter, assistant, immunizer, phlebotomist, and above all else; nurse. In our absence, she would be a provider, midwife, and dentist as well till the next group of volunteers arrived - whenever that would be. I learned much from her on that short visit.
I have had the opportunity to meet and work with many nurses like her in my years of medical work. I learned more from them than all the schooling I got otherwise. Perhaps the greatest and most important lesson has been how to be compassionate in the face of adversity, care for everyone even when they themselves stop caring. How to teach while learning and learn while teaching. As Maya Angelou once said; “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”
Today our world is in dire shortage of trained and dedicated nurses. Every country needs more of them - some more than others. Even here in our great rich country there is need for many more nurses. Philanthropists spend money on programs to provide healthcare to needy regions of the world but little on training nurses to deliver that care.
In this digital age of Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education we can do much more in helping our nurses deliver their wonderful care to everyone around the world. Whether in a hut on a mountain top, in a tent on the battle field, on the streets of a famine driven city far away, or a state of the art hospital in an American or European city, they need our support and appreciation. We salute our dedicated and caring nurses everywhere.


In the News:

In collaboration with the World Health Organization 
and International Council of Nurses, Nursing Now 
aims to raise the status and profile of nursing.  
News from HIMSS18
Washington Program Trains Dental
Super-Generalists to Serve Rural Communities
  Bringing health care on foot to women in Haiti  
Jared Kushner says 'Trump administration 
has a new plan for interoperability'
Healthcare IT News
Monsoon Season Threatens More Misery for Rohingyas  
Getting to the Root of the Problem: Stem Cells Are 
Revealing New Secrets about Mental Illness
Scientific American
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Of Interest:

A poem by Mike Essig
For The Nurses Of Vietnam
Twenty or twenty-one. All volunteers. Barely women.
Straight from school in a thousand small towns.
Straight into the mud and blood and madness.
We dragged our dying to their open arms.
Twelve hours shifts; often more. Wreckage of violence.
Round eyes. Smiles that healed. Hearts that broke.
Girls treating boys. Telling the necessary lies.
You're OK. You're fine. You're going home.
Valor danced in their faces. Lips that spoke hope.
Old now or dead. But forever young and alive
in the memories of 150,000 wounded soldiers
they saved and sent back to the world.


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