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ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Sight, Sound & Smell
June 16, 2010 11:09 AM by Gail Guterl
My husband says we can't remember everything about a book or a movie or a vacation, so our minds fixate on the most vivid impression and that's what we remember. I just finished reading Nursing in the Storm: Voices from Hurricane Katrina by Denise Danna, Read More...
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Mistakes Were Made
June 15, 2010 4:57 PM by Matthew Patton
Wall Street failures. The housing market and mortgage industry collapse. The epic, disastrous BP oil spill. Huge mistakes with dire consequences for a large chunk of the global population. How can "these people" sleep at night after pulling the wool over Read More...
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Nurse Jackie: Understanding All Patients
May 12, 2010 4:34 PM by Gail Guterl
I just finished reading Finding Frances, a book by Janice M. Van Dyck . Frances is Frances Baldwin, a lifetime heavy smoker who is dying of COPD. After suffering with the condition for some time, she learns there are treatment options for her; she can Read More...
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Sara Dale, RN: Caring Nurse or Predator? What's Your Call?
May 12, 2010 3:19 PM by Valerie Newitt
You probably don't know the name Sara Dale, RN - then again, perhaps you do. The British nurse has been the target of investigations, allegations of scandal, and loss of livelihood since it came to light that she had romantic relationships with the spouses 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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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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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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A Lone Ranger Tweets for Blood
November 17, 2009 10:55 AM by Valerie Newitt
Some people scoff at the younger generation's seeming dependence on social media. "Who needs text messaging or Facebook or MySpace? What's wrong with picking up the phone and calling someone?" ask some old-schoolers. And they'll further the attack with, 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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Prescription Drugs: A ‘Perfect Storm' That Almost Became a Killer
October 29, 2009 3:10 PM by Valerie Newitt
My mother, despite her 92 years of age, maintains the mind of a brilliant, life-loving 30-year-old. Unfortunately, her physical self never sipped from the fountain of youth. Her sight has dimmed, her mobility is nil, and she's done battle with cancer, Read More...
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Flu-id Thinking: Do Your Part to Educate
October 26, 2009 5:48 PM by Valerie Newitt
A friend called me the other day and read an H1N1 memo that had been distributed to the approximately 120 employees at her Southeastern Pennsylvania office. It read: Workers are expected to be at their work stations. If you have been exposed to H1N1, 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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Realities of War: My Trip Home
October 15, 2007 3:44 PM by Erin James
During the 9-hour flight home from Ramstein Air Force Base to the states, med techs, nurses, respiratory therapists and one physician provided seamless care. Flight nurses provided ongoing assessment of about 43 patients. While most patients were ambulatory, Read More...
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