Let’s Change How We Think About Difficult Patients

The Nurse Keith Show

Let’s Change How We Think About Difficult Patients

March 29, 2024

Let’s Change How We Think About Difficult Patients

On episode 467 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing and healthcare career podcast, Keith interviews Dr. Joan Naidorf, an emergency physician, speaker, and author based in Alexandria, VA. In the course of their conversation, Keith and Dr. Naidorf discuss her 2022 book, Changing How We Think About Difficult Patients: A Guide for Physicians and Healthcare Professionals.

Dr. Naiforf’s thesis is that we can all too easily fall into the habit of thinking negatively about our patients. She also contends that, when it comes to how we think about our most challenging patients, there are clear steps that we can take to change that calculus and stop allowing our relationships with patients to be poisoned by negativity, judgmental attitudes, and resentment.

Dr. Naidorf trained at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. She is board-certified in emergency medicine.

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Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, professional podcaster, published author, award-winning blogger, inspiring keynote speaker, and successful nurse entrepreneur. Connect with Nurse Keith at, and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Nurse Keith lives in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico with his lovely fiancée, Shada McKenzie, a highly gifted traditional astrologer and reader of the tarot. You can find Shada at The Circle and the Dot.

The Nurse Keith Show is a proud member of The Health Podcast Network, one of the largest and fastest-growing collections of authoritative, high-quality podcasts taking on the tough topics in health and care with empathy, expertise, and a commitment to excellence. The podcast is adroitly produced by Rob Johnston of 520R Podcasting.

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