The Dress


White and gold or blue and black?  No matter your answer, you’re right.  This picture ran rampant through social media and the debate as to why it’s viewed differently by different people has been non-stop.

Theories abound as to why people see the dress differently.  Some say it’s context, others lighting and a more scientific explanations involve the distribution of rods and cones in your eyes.  I don’t know the answer, nor do I care to devote the time to find out, but there is a lesson.

We are all unique individuals and no two people see all things the same way.  We all tend to associate with others who share our outlook and values but even at that we don’t interpret all we see and all we hear in the exact same way.

We provide care to patients everyday and each patient has a unique set of needs and that’s why we individualize care for our patients.  Two different patients may have the same disease but no two patients respond to the disease in the same way.  We encourage staff to utilize the teach back method when educating patients on a new diagnosis or change in medication.  The teach back method allows the patient and caregiver to reverse roles.  Instead of asking the patient to acknowledge that he or she understands, the caregiver asks the patient to tell them what they know.  During the teach back process the caregiver is able to evaluate the patients real understanding of the information.  If the patient doesn’t demonstrate thorough understanding the caregiver is then able try alternate teaching methods or reinforce important aspects before asking the patient to repeat the teach back process.

The dress is white and gold to me but I wouldn’t swear to it….

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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