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April 2010 - Posts

ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Nurses Getting Involved
April 30, 2010 11:48 AM by Adrianne OBrien
Whether or not you support President Obama's healthcare reform, whether or not you're a member of the ANA, nurses can agree on one thing: the healthcare bill was one big piece of legislation, and the ANA and nurses were involved in its creation . Get Read More...
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New Vaccine Again Proves Cancer is Costly, not Curable
April 29, 2010 4:46 PM by Joe Darrah
The FDA has granted its first approval to a vaccine to treat cancer. Should you be excited? Sure, if you've got a bank account that rivals that of Daddy Warbucks. Intended to treat prostate cancer that has spread and not responded to hormone therapy, Read More...
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Sometimes We Need Inspiration
April 22, 2010 12:02 PM by Gail Guterl
The other day, while tidying up, I picked up a book, Inspired Nurse by Rich Bluni, RN, and leafed through it. My first reaction: How did I miss this book? My second: Wow, what a great book to tell nurses about, especially in this stressful time and especially Read More...
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‘Nurse Jackie' -- How Real Is She? Have You Ever Known One?
April 21, 2010 10:05 AM by Valerie Newitt
Have you ever known a Nurse Jackie in your own life? You know the kind -- full of swagger and bravado, oozing with street smarts and clever comebacks, never one to turn away from conflict. Showtime , which aired the latest episode last night, recently Read More...
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Surviving the Tragedy
April 15, 2010 10:24 AM by Gail Guterl
I'm anxious to see what nurses think of the May/June ADVANCE Online Book Club selection Josie's Story: A Mother's Inspiring Crusade to Make Medical Care Safe by Sorrel King. While the book is about the strength of human resolve - detailing how one family Read More...
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Alzheimer's, From the Inside Out
April 14, 2010 2:55 PM by Valerie Newitt
When I was a kid, I used to walk my great grandmother ("Gramma" to me) around and around the yard, then up and down the front path. Nearly blind, she couldn't see where she was going; she only knew it was quite a distance. "You're a very nice girl, and Read More...
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Nurse Jackie: Ethical or Criminal?
April 14, 2010 2:31 PM by Gail Guterl
In the latest episode of Nurse Jackie (played by Edie Falco in this Showtime series), Jackie is quintessential Jackie. In past shows, we saw Jackie acting as a medical Robin Hood, never hesitating to rob from the rich (those who bestow health insurance) Read More...
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SOS: Save Our Soda!
April 8, 2010 11:18 AM by Joe Darrah
I'm not certain that the protesters who recently flocked to City Hall in Philadelphia to rally against a proposed tax on soda by Mayor Michael Nutter should be too concerned. Fearful that scores of people who work in the beverage-company industry will Read More...
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Striking Nurses: Do Ends Justify the Means?
April 7, 2010 1:28 PM by Valerie Newitt
When nurses go on strike, it can be a thankless undertaking. They may be fighting for an ideal of better patient care, while at the same time walking away from the patients for whom they are caring. It's a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation. Read More...
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Nurse Jackie: Ego Episode
April 6, 2010 2:38 PM by Gail Guterl
On vacation last week, my husband and I were sitting in a great restaurant with a quartet of septuagenarians at the table across from us. After several drinks their conversation got a little louder and I perked up when I heard one woman say, "One show Read More...
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