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July 2009 - Posts

ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Take It Off, Take It All Off
July 29, 2009 8:20 AM by Valerie Newitt
Relax, the headline was meant only to get your attention. What I want all of us to take off is extra poundage. And yes, I know, I know... you don't want to hear one more holier-than-thou voice saying "you really ought to lose some weight..." or "you have Read More...
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Healthcare Reform: President Obama's Plea
July 24, 2009 11:52 AM by Kathleen Bensing
As a member of the ADVANCE for Nurses task force on healthcare reform (I'll discuss resources we will offer nurses on this topic in my Career Beat column next month), I volunteered to cover President Obama's press conference on healthcare reform July Read More...
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More Peas & Apples Please
July 16, 2009 1:06 PM by Amy McGuire
Like many kids, I hated peas when I was young. I couldn't stand the "squish" that inevitably took place between my teeth. But that wasn't the real problem. I attended a Catholic elementary school where the nuns stood guard at the cafeteria trash can to Read More...
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‘Nurse Jackie’: Not a ‘Nurse’ Thing
July 16, 2009 9:13 AM by Ainsley Maloney
In the sixth episode, which marks the halfway point for Nurse Jackie 's first season, the producers broach a heavy topic: Whether Jackie should help an old nursing friend die the way she wants to. The friend is Paula, and she was a nurse at All Saints Read More...
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Nurses' Voices Heard Round the World
July 15, 2009 1:12 PM by Valerie Newitt
If you were grilling hotdogs in the backyard on the recent Fourth of July, chances are you completely missed the multi-day 24 th Quadrennial Congress of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in Durban, South Africa. Not to worry. Some of the most Read More...
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Twittering from the OR
July 14, 2009 12:50 PM by Linda Jones
"I would feel better if I knew what was happening in there." A thought many family members have as they wait for a loved one who is in surgery. "When will someone come out to tell me how it's going?" In an age where news is delivered in real time to anyone Read More...
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HIPAA be damned? Celebrity death fuels debate about privacy rules in healthcare
July 13, 2009 5:49 PM by Lyn A.E. McCafferty
If you think the fictional Nurse Jackie and HawthoRNe are bad for nursing’s image, just wait until you hear about one real-life nurse in California. Like many, I could not escape the media frenzy following Michael Jackson’s death. Internet, TV, newspapers, Read More...
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Lost & Found: New Nurse on 'HawthoRNe'
July 8, 2009 2:18 PM by Adrianne OBrien
The July 7 episode of ‘HawthoRNe’ brought more examples of Christina Hawthorne, played by Jada Pinkett Smith, spending an unrealistic amount of time on direct patient care when compared to the average CNO. The fact that the show’s portrayal of an executive-level Read More...
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'HawthoRNe:' Yielding
July 2, 2009 12:27 PM by Adrianne OBrien
Episode three of HawthoRNe (confession: I skipped episode two) brought some meatier storylines than the pilot episode, but also a continuation of the silly stuff and stereotypes. A bright spot continues to be Jada Pinkett Smith's performance. Her Christina Read More...
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