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Affordable Care Act is About Wellness & Prevention
July 7, 2014 9:02 AM by Guest Blogger
By Elinor Abraham, MSN, APRN, BC, Nurse Coordinator, Federal Occupational Health Unit, Program Support Center, National Courts Building, Washington, D.C. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is designed to help health professionals like me have more time and Read More...
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The Right or the Duty to Die: Making the Case for Physician-Assisted Suicide
May 5, 2014 2:36 PM by Guest Blogger
By Susanne Marie Johnson, BSN, RN In February 2013, Barbara Mancini of Philadelphia was arrested and subsequently charged with a felony of assisted suicide. The prosecution asserts Mancini provided her 93-year-old and terminally ill father, Joe Yourshaw, Read More...
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Instituting Controversial Bans on Hiring Smokers
March 25, 2014 6:28 PM by Guest Blogger
By Anny Su, BSN, RN Approximately 45.3 million people smoke in the U. S. (CDC, 2008) Many of these smokers seek employment in healthcare institutions. Within the past 6 years, healthcare institutions have stepped up to challenge this unhealthy behavior Read More...
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Mental Health & the Stigma Question
February 14, 2013 11:14 AM by Rich Krisher
The horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December rekindled discussion of the link between mental health and gun violence, and violence in general. Some in the mental health community have come out strongly against associating Read More...
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Missed Lesson of Sandy Hook Elementary School Murders
December 17, 2012 5:36 PM by Rich Krisher
Friends, friends of friends and total strangers emotionally raw over the mass murder of students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, expressed rage all weekend on my social media networks about the presence of guns in our society. Read More...
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Managing Marijuana Use
November 14, 2012 1:18 PM by Robin Hocevar
Last week, Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize marijuana for non-medical use. Many nurses, especially those in oncology, have had years of experience of with patients using the substance for pain relief. More than 6,000 studies Read More...
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Is My Passion for My Job Killing Me?
April 19, 2012 4:44 PM by Chuck Holt
I thoroughly enjoy editing articles. Whether written by a trio of PhDs, a CNO, a staff nurse writing for her first time, a freelance journalist or another ADVANCE editor, I just can't let a sentence be until it sounds right in my head. A long-time telecommuter, Read More...
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Hoarding as a Mental Health Disorder
November 9, 2011 4:12 PM by Barbara Mercer
Have you caught an episode of Hoarders lately? While I try to avoid reality television, something about this show draws me in. It’s akin to entering a strange land where customs and communication are unlike anything I’ve encountered. Ultimately, each Read More...
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For Those Who Remain
September 22, 2010 3:59 PM by Adrianne OBrien
According to the American Psychiatric Association, 90 percent of Americans will be exposed to a traumatic stressor at some point in their lives. We’re living in stressful times by any measure, a topic I was discussing last week at ADVANCE ’s Baltimore Read More...
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PTSD Through a Child's Eyes
July 14, 2010 10:20 AM by Gail Guterl
It's been all over the news for a week now. Veterans of war no longer have to prove a specific event led to their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In his announcement of the change in Veterans Administration policy, President Barack Obama said, Read More...
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Assisted Suicide: What If It Were Me?
June 23, 2010 12:26 PM by Chuck Holt
I recently edited a compelling article on physician-assisted suicide (PAS) written by Lisa Siminski, BSN, RN, CHPN, staff nurse, St. Luke's Hospice House, Bethlehem, PA. In her report on PAS , Siminski points out straight away that the American Nurses 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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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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Beyond the Birth
June 11, 2009 1:40 PM by Abigail Scott
My son’s birth and first newborn days should have been some of the happiest of my life, but my mind had other plans. It was a long labor and delivery in March 2006, starting with an inducement, progressing through 24-30 sleepless hours of labor and concluding Read More...
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