Thrilled and humbled beyond words!

  So thrilled to hold the paperback of Navigating Your Hospital Stay in my hands…    Said paperback received approval from my 97 year-old hospitalized friend Rita.  Rita suffered a fall about a month ago and has successfully navigated her way (with the help of her son and attentive nieces) through an acute care hospital stay.  She is now in rehab and starting to make progress in her walking.  Hopefully she will be headed home soon.  Rita’s son used a lot of the information found in Navigating Your Hospital Stay to guide them through her hospital stay with a noticeable decrease in stress and anxiety.  What helped them?

  1. Understanding that a three-night stay in the acute facility was necessary if Medicare was to cover her rehab stay.
  2. Knowing who to speak to about the nuances involved in picking a rehab facility and the logistics of getting her there.
  3. Understanding the importance of keeping track of the myriad of specialists managing her care, and to whom to direct specific questions.

I have received a number of emails telling me specific ways in which the content of my book has already helped!!

This thrills me beyond words.  I am humbled!

Be well!


Continue Reading

Navigating Your Hospital Stay Launch

WOW!  All I can say is WOW!

OK.  If you know me at all, you know I cannot leave it at that.  But WOW is the overwhelming emotion I am feeling today.

My new book, Navigating Your Hospital Stay, is really, truly, and finally being born today!  This book is a culmination of my entire nursing career.  It is a guide for anyone and everyone that faces a hospitalization.

The odds are that either you, or your loved one, will have cause to visit an Emergency Room, be scheduled for an outpatient or inpatient surgical procedure, or have a medical condition that will require treatment at a medical facility.  This can provoke feelings ranging from fear and panic to sadness and even hopelessness.

The goal of Navigating Your Hospital Stay is to empower you through education and support.  The book tackles tough topics, such as advance care planning (what it is, why you need it, how do you go about getting it done), choosing a hospital that will meet your needs, and what an advocate is, and why you need one.  It also helps you pull together a medical history to add to your permanent medical file, so your medical providers will have an accurate picture of who you are.

Have an emergency?  My book will introduce you to the emergency room staff and procedures.  You will know what you need to take with you when you go, and what you can expect once you get there.

Surgery?  I will introduce you to the “players”, the equipment, anesthesia, recovery and what you need to know to ensure your physical safety and comfort.

Inpatient admission versus observation – do you know the difference?  Do you know the impact this difference will have on what your medical insurance will cover?  You will after reading this book.

There is so much information included in this book.  It is my hope that after reading Navigating Your Hospital Stay, any anxiety and fears you may have will be eased.

I loved writing this book – that was the easy part.  The tough part is what came afterwards: the editing, formatting, and marketing process!  LOL.  That isn’t my forte, however, it’s all a part of getting my message into the hands of those who can benefit from it.

Download it now to any e-reader device from  The paperback will be available very soon!

Continue Reading