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Ten Tips for a Crisis: Lessons from a Soldier
April 2, 2020
A few days ago, I had a heartfelt conversation with my good friend Dr. Omayra Mansfield. Dr. Mansfield has been an Emergency Department Physician for more than 12 years. She is also the wife of another physician and the mother of two young children, the recently appointed Chief Medical Officer at a hospital at AdventHealth, and one of the first graduates of the Physician Leader Development Course I teach.
Dr. Mansfield explained that beyond caring for patients, one of her key concerns was the physical and emotional well-being of the clinical staff at her hospital: the physicians, nurses, technicians, and clinicians under her care. Getting to her point, she asked if I might have any suggestions based on my time and experiences in combat that might be helpful to her as she “cared for her troops” as they faced the battle ahead.
Her request was a good one. Lessons from my military past immediately rushed to my mind. I started scribbling and came up with a Top Ten list of recommendations for anyone going into a tough fight. Here’s what I sent to her:
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