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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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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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Haiti Update: Dean Says Help Is on the Ground at Nursing School
January 18, 2010 2:07 PM by Valerie Newitt
Dean Hilda Alcindor, RN, of Haiti's FSIL School of Nursing offered words of hopefulness this morning in a communication to Marcia Lane, director of Haiti Nursing Foundation . She tells of help that has finally started to arrive in Leogane. It follows, Read More...
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Haiti Update: Nursing School Dean Found Alive and Providing Care
January 15, 2010 9:43 AM by Valerie Newitt
Yesterday I blogged that Dean Hilda Alcindor, RN, of FSIL School of Nursing , the first BSN nursing program on the island of Haiti, was among the missing. Amidst the tragedy came good news: The dean is alive and well. She is, however, mourning the loss Read More...
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Faith & Community: A Nursing Natural
January 13, 2010 11:49 AM by Chuck Holt
Nursing’s ranking as the most trusted profession in America the past 8 years in Gallup’s annual Honesty & Ethics poll is testament to the reverence with which the public holds the caring profession. It’s a sentiment nurses return each day when they Read More...
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'Taking Responsibility' for Terror: If Only...
December 30, 2009 9:15 AM by Valerie Newitt
It just galls me that al Qaeda "takes responsibility" for the failed Christmas terror attempt at blowing up an airliner at the Detroit airport. Takes responsibility ? I beg to differ. There's more to taking responsibility than admitting guilt. Taking Read More...
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Girls Forced to Eat to Become Delicious Wives
December 14, 2009 10:22 AM by Valerie Newitt
I was at the gym, doing the obligatory 40 minutes on an elliptical. I was willing to read anything I could get my hands on to help pass time and minimize the drudgery of pumping toward nowhere. To my great joy, wedged among the body-building magazines Read More...
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For Vets, Healthcare Gaps May Be More Deadly than Modern Warfare
November 11, 2009 7:43 AM by Valerie Newitt
On a brief jaunt last week, I met a fellow traveler -- a retired military officer whose career spanned various deployments to Germany, Panama and Vietnam. We discussed at length the tone of the nation in the 1960s when he was fighting an unseen enemy Read More...
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Who Are the Real Victims of the Winkler County Case?
October 1, 2009 11:00 AM by Amy McGuire
At some point in our lives we'll all want a personal patient safety advocate to stand up for us when we're not receiving the care we need. As nurses, this job often falls in your lap. In fact, you're mandated by your boards of nursing to report substandard 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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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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Primetime Portrayals
June 24, 2009 5:45 PM by Luke Cowles
Most of us probably know by now that no less than three primetime shows are featuring nurses in primary roles. After decades of St. Elsewhere, Quincy, House Calls and most recently ER and Grey's Anatomy ; it's about time a healthcare drama was put forward Read More...
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Parents Ignore Science in Son’s Cancer Treatment
May 20, 2009 4:22 PM by Rich Krisher
How can anyone view the Minnesota parents who are refusing medical treatment for their son with lymphoma as anything but neglectful? If you haven't been following the case, Daniel Hauser, 13, was diagnosed with second-stage Hodgkin's lymphoma in January. Read More...
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ED Overuse, Misuse & Drug Abuse
April 28, 2009 11:43 AM by Amy McGuire
You're homeless, indigent and addicted to drugs. You haven't eaten in days and yet you're feeling nauseated from all of the drugs in your system. Word on the street tells you to find an emergency department - any hospital will do. By law, you can't be Read More...
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