Nursing Code

Custom Mix Tasks for Database Seeding

Why a custom Mix task? I love the built in support for seeds with Phoenix, but sometimes I don't want to programatically generate a bunch of stuff, sometimes I just want to initalize the database in a known state. This is particularly useful for things t…

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Ember Data for the Curious

So a topic that often comes up for folks new to Ember is Ember Data. There's a whole bunch of fear around the topic and Ember Data (ED) is frequently maligned. I hope that I can provide some insight into the way ED works, particularly when you have an AP…

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On Mentorship

What even is mentorship? Let me start by clarifying some things. Mentorship is not: A manager / subordinate relationship A teacher / student relationship An experienced person telling a less experienced person what to do A disciplinary / punitive process…

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Am I My Code?

I read this quote on Twitter from Avdi Grimm today and it really resonated with me People don't tell singers "you are not your songs", or artists "you are not your paintings". #iammycode— Avdi Grimm (@avdi) May 20, 2015 This…

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Chew gum and I'll cancel your surgery

Fasting, compassion and evidence As clinicians we are often expected to follow practices that are 'known' to be beneficial. It is widely expected by the public that what we say is based on evidence and is indeed 'best'. It has long been considered good p…

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Driving Change with Artificial Scarcity

Have you ever wondered how to get people to adopt a new practice? I'm guessing that if you've worked in health for any length, the answer would be yes. Think about that change. How did it go? Was it accepted to universal acclaim, or was subject to resi…

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Measuring Quality - The Art and the Science

In a previous post I clarified the meaning of quality as being more than clincally competent care, but being much broader True quality is the difference between being grateful for something and begrudging acceptance.1 Now this definitely covers the qual…

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The Modern Quality Movement

In this post we will explore some aspects of the modern quality movement in healthcare. As consumers have grown in knowledge, trust in the medical profession has decreased. No longer do doctors and nurses 'know best', consumers are well informed and expe…

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