The Placenta Incident & The Shawshank Redemption

So I ran RNchat last night to open up discussion about The Placenta Incident (click over to read about it).

It’s a movie in the making. Generally speaking, I sometimes wonder if the ghost of Warden Samuel Norton in The Shawshank Redemption still possesses a part of the nursing profession.

Unless the patient related to this story was actually harmed, the story is largely pretty humorous.

And yet dramatic events like these, which garner media attention, displace important issues that get almost none.

I mean: there are so many horrifying things that happen in Healthcare every single day:

  • Someone hangs a bag of Dopamine thinking it’s normal saline and runs it in at 250
  • A bitter, burnt-out nurse curses out a a student for forgetting his pin and the patient in the room behind them falls out of bed and breaks her hip
  • Ralph in Accounting shows the CFO that the hospital can save $250,000 a year by cutting nursing staff and the next year the hospital pays out $2,500,000 in litigation due to nursing burnout

And now we have social media thrown into the mix:

  • Nursing instituions lead by (good) people who don’t know the difference between “a” Twitter and a sparrow are handing out sentences on a generation that uses both everyday without taking the time to find out what it’s all about.
  • The generation that grew up on digital technologies and social media are learning hard lessons about the consequences of a dopey tweet, a weird status update on Facebook and that picture of their sprawled out naked body on the floor of Delta Tau Delta.

It’s so easy to miss what matters most when you’re stuck on what matters least.

That may have been what’s happened here in this story.

I don’t know about you, but I think we’re kinda losing our minds and I think the best option we have of saving ourselves from our own dopery is mindfulness.

Social media may be the most disruptive part of human evolution – ever. It comes, however, with prices: mindfulness may be its biggest.

We really do live in interesting times.

No shortage of material for artists to grip.

Maybe there’s a metaphor for the need of a re-birth of nursing somewhere in that placenta.

Nursing will never be emerge from all of the dopey stereotypes dumped on it over the decades unless it finally puts down to rest all the emotional violence within its own house.



Humor. The laugh is the crowning achievement of evolution. Let’s use it more often – in nursing and everywhere else.



Notes On What I’m Doing

Hi, readers. How are you? I hope you’ve been enjoying life.

I just want to update you on what I’ve been enjoying and some of my plans.

First, Health Is Social has turned out to be a pleasure – it’s created a new niche to discuss the intersection of technology and health.

I’m having a great time with the project – and it was through it that I got my first chapter published in a book. That book was my friend Bob Fine’s The Best of Social.

If you subscribe to HealthIsSocial Newsletter, you”ll get a nice flow of good stuffs and find out what more about what’s going on over there.

Second, I’ll continue to serve on the Advisory Board for Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. It’s an exciting opportunity which I hope will tug healthcare farther into the 21st Century.

Third, I’m looking to build small groups of passionate people who want to really get into the vibe of things in the 21st Century. More on that as developments proceed.

Fourth, I have a confession. Well, not so much a confession, but an opening-up.

I never felt like I belonged in the 20th Century. I was never good at following rules; there was never much sense that the little guy and lady could truly voice themselves; and I felt like my career was doomed to be a series of paid enslavements – in spite of the successes I enjoyed as a younger man.

Things feel differently now. There’s definitely something in the air.

I’m not sure it’s all good – but I do think we have been gifted with a dangerous opportunity.

Technology is now deeply embedded in us. There nothing we can do about that now.

Social Media isn’t social. People are (hopefully). Let’s not think otherwise.

But these media can be glorious opportunities to enrich the way we live.

Anyhoo, that’s what I’m up to these days.

Thank you for being a part of my life.

Your readership has changed my life forever.

Love and well wishes,




QuoraQuora interests me.

Yes, it’s Silicon’s current shiny new object. There’s tons of those.

I feel differently about Quora.

Quora feels like an emerging convergence of what we can do at the intersection of technology and people.

Unlike Facebook, which is about people, Quora is about questions.

Unlike Twitter, which is about pulses from brains and machines, Quora is about deeper waves of thought, knowledge and experience.

Unlike LinkedIn, which is about connecting with people’s credentials, Quora is about connecting with the manifestation of their intelligence.

Unlike Blogging, Quora inverts the post and the comment.

What’s more: Quora can weave in and out of Facebook, Twitter, blogs – and perhaps eventually LinkedIn – to propagate the questions and calls for answers. That could give it a big boost.

Here’s even more:  Quora’s API isn’t out yet. Depending on what Quora does with its API, the service could become a major repository of findable and social knowledge.

Remember how you felt when you first took a look at Twitter? Yup. That’s Quora.

I’l have more to say about Quora. See HealthIsSocial for early thoughts: Quora Concerning Suicide.

My questions and answers are Phil-Baumann on Quora.