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ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Target Waste, Not Jobs
October 1, 2012 10:58 AM by Rich Krisher
A report issued in September generated headlines by forecasting hundreds of thousands of lost jobs if a 2% sequester (read: reduction) of Medicare spending set to begin in 2013 goes forward. The report, commissioned by the American Hospital Association, Read More...
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Government Mandate Threatens Jobs
September 17, 2012 1:42 PM by Rebecca Hepp
Even in this tough economy, the healthcare sector has managed to create 169,800 jobs in the first quarter of 2012 alone, which accounts for one out of every five jobs created, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But a recent report released by Read More...
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Another Jobs Projection
March 12, 2012 4:30 PM by Rich Krisher
U.S. News & World Report placed "registered nurse" atop its list of "The Best Jobs of 2012" published in February. In the accompanying article, a federal labor department official predicts the field will add more than 700,000 positions during this Read More...
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Great Black Nurses in History
February 22, 2012 1:22 AM by Chuck Holt
As I search the Internet for information on the contributions of great African American nurses in history, I find myself wishing I had more time. More time to learn more about people like Mary Eliza Mahoney, RN, (1845-1926), who in 1879 became America’s Read More...
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Under the Radar
November 7, 2011 6:30 PM by Robin Hocevar
Those of you who’ve had long careers in acute care were probably the only members of the reading public who weren’t surprised by the Chicago Tribune’s report that 85 percent of hospital complaints were ignored by the state of Illinois last year. Grievances Read More...
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What’s In a Name? Nurses as Doctors
October 7, 2011 8:15 PM by Rich Krisher
"Hi. I'm Dr. Patti McCarver, and I'm your nurse." That's how an Oct. 1 New York Times article describes a nurse-patient interaction in a primary care setting. McCarver is a nurse practitioner who recently earned a doctorate. The trend of nurses earning Read More...
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Sharing Medical Costs With Strangers, Sort Of
June 1, 2011 3:19 PM by Barbara Mercer
In case you haven’t heard, unless you don’t have insurance through an employer that offsets the cost, it can be very expensive (and even then, it can be pricey). For people requiring treatments or medications for chronic conditions, expenses can quickly Read More...
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March is National Women's History Month
March 10, 2011 12:21 PM by Chuck Holt
Did you know March is National Women’s History Month ? Designated by joint resolutions of the House and Senate and proclamations by five American presidents, it is an opportunity to honor and celebrate women's achievements throughout history. Nursing Read More...
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Leading by Example: Obama Kicks the Habit
February 9, 2011 11:25 AM by Valerie Newitt
That old contradictory adage, "Do as I say, not as I do," doesn't cut it when it comes to helping people stop smoking. In 2009 President Barack Obama signed into law anti-smoking legislation aimed at keeping young Americans from the grip of nicotine. Read More...
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Open Enrollment Blues
October 15, 2010 3:48 PM by Rich Krisher
What for many workers used to be a fall rite of completing paperwork and possibly adjusting to a new health insurance plan has become a harrowing tally of higher costs and reduced benefits. This year, it hit close to home: My weekly deduction for employer-provided Read More...
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Debating the Nursing Shortage
August 5, 2010 9:31 AM by Gail Guterl
Sometimes the right thing to do feels counterintuitive. When your car hits an icy patch and begins to spin, you automatically want to hit the brakes and steer away from the direction the car is sliding. That instinct is exactly opposite what experts recommend: 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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Actually, That's Not Privileged Information
October 26, 2009 4:44 PM by Adrianne OBrien
Know anyone -- maybe a patient or a family member -- who's taking an antidepressant to help with sleep, a relatively common off-label treatment prescribed by physicians for menopausal women? Or anyone who takes low-dose statin cholesterol-lowering drugs Read More...
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Healthcare Reform: ABC-TV's 'Prescription for America'
June 25, 2009 2:56 PM by Kathleen Bensing
Hopefully, many of you tuned into ABC last evening to view Prescription for America. Scheduled to be a 1-hour exchange of ideas about healthcare reform with President Obama and healthcare stakeholders, the meeting lasted 30 minutes longer, extending into Read More...
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ANA Rallies for Healthcare Reform
June 23, 2009 1:57 PM by Stacey Miller
To ensure nurses' voices are heard during the debate on healthcare reform, the America Nurses Association (ANA) and other organizations that comprise Health Care for America Now will hold a rally in Washington, DC, June 25. Nurses will meet at 11:30 a.m. Read More...
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