Selected Writing by Olaf Kroneman

This is a selection of the stories written by Olaf Kroneman. If you enjoy one, or more, please share them with your friends and feel free to visit the Contact page to leave feedback!

A Battlefield Decision

The black spot on my arm looked different. I tried to ignore it but it was impossible. I rubbed it, it was elevated, and the color was not uniform: danger signs. Projections spiraled from the body of the lesion. It bled. It would have to be removed. I looked in the directory for a dermatologist…

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The Dive

I don’t want to brag, pride comes before the fall, but I’m very important. The CEO makes eight million a year. I make thirty- four G’s with no retirement plan and shitty health insurance. But without me, the hospital would crumble. I’m in charge of environmental services for the operating rooms. I make sure the…

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Since You’re Going To Die Anyway

You know, Doctor that every year I look forward to your Christmas card. It’s always the first to arrive. I wait for it. It starts the season. It’s not politically correct, it’s always something religious. But then you and your brother are really into religion.  That’s why you forgave them. I’m better now, but not…

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The Nurse Killer

It’s called a stump. Dr. Balinger never thought it was a very delicate term, but it is what it is. It’s a stump. The man’s amputated leg was bandaged below the knee. Dr. Charles Balinger removed the gauze from the wound. It was healing. He will do well he thought. It was the best solution…

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Medicine’s First Responders: The Unselfish Dedication of Nurses by olaf kroneman

Medicine’s First Responders: The Unselfish Dedication of Nurses

In the interest of patient care the Massachusetts Nurses Association seeks legislation to put a limit on the number of patients assigned to an individual nurse. They request one nurse to care for four patients in the non-ICU setting and a one to one ratio in the ICU. A recent editorial in The Wall Street…

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What Emily Post Has to Teach Us About Cultural Competency in the Clinical Encounter by Olaf Kroneman

What Emily Post Has To Teach Us About Cultural Competency in the Clinical Encounter

In my essay “Fighting to Heal,” I described my relationship with a former prizefighter who must undergo a kidney transplant. There was some concern about his ability to trust the medical establishment but the fears were allayed by the patient’s trust in me. My boxing background and familiarity with its culture helped in my solid doctor–…

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