Stephen Kiernan's The Hummingbird follows seasoned hospice nurse, Deborah Birch, as she cares for a retired professor and as she tries to help her husband re-acclimate after 3 tours served in Iraq. The book is a moving portrayal of the hard work and touching relationships formed by a patient and a hospice care worker at the end of life. Throughout the story, Deborah and her patient teach each other about forgiveness and helping the people in their lives heal.
A new study concludes that the inclusion of pharmacists on palliative care teams can reduce pain and save money. "The study shows the value of a collaborative approach in caring for patients at the end of life," said Dharma Naidu, PharmD, from the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in California.
The mumms Team visited the New Orleans World War II Museum for a PT Boat Tour last week. The World War II museum is currently working on reconstructing Patrol Torpedo Boat - 305 (PT-305). The boat is being worked on entirely by volunteers, and when it is complete, it will be the only cruising PT Boat in the states that has seen combat.