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  • Identity Theft: Who’s Got Your Number?

    In the wake of the massive data breach at retail giant Target, nurses likely will find patients expressing concerns about identity theft and the safety of their healthcare information.   The threat is real. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 5% of identity theft victims report medical fraud.  In response, FTC in ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on January 21, 2014
  • The Flu Shot: 101

    If you haven’t been vaccinated for the flu yet, it should be on your weekend to-do list. October is the unofficial start of flu season, and you don’t want to come down with the nasty virus — or have your kids miss school because of it. Only 46% of Americans get the flu shot every year, according to CDC statistics, but there are so many reasons why ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on October 15, 2012
  • Top Tweets of the Week (1-16)

    Celebrating Martin Luther King Day. Kids' mental health in military families. Debate on pediatric transplant eligibility. The future of healthcare reform. Here's a list of tweets just for you. And, of course, be sure to follow ADVANCE for Nurses by going to @ADVANCENurses. @RWJF_PubHealth ''I believe Dr. King would ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on January 20, 2012
  • Dealing with Drug Shortages

      Earlier today, the Emergency Nurses Association issued a statement supporting the Preserving Access to Life Saving Medications bill (SB 296), which was recently sponsored by Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Robert Casey (D-PA). In short, the bill will provide the FDA with improved capacity to prevent drug shortages by requiring drug ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on August 22, 2011
  • New Vaccine Again Proves Cancer is Costly, not Curable

    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, Provenge won't prevent or cure the cancer, but it is expected to cost close to ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on April 29, 2010
  • Faith & Community: A Nursing Natural

    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 go to work. In fact, for some that sense of commitment to caring about and for ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on January 13, 2010
  • HIPAA be damned? Celebrity death fuels debate about privacy rules in healthcare

    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, magazines and even my iPhone was giving me minute details of the singer’s final days, his ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on July 13, 2009