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  • Instituting Controversial Bans on Hiring Smokers

    By Anny Su, BSN, RNApproximately 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 by instituting controversial bans on hiring smokers with the goal of stigmatizing smoking ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on March 25, 2014
  • Healthcare is a Human Right

    This post is written by Mbettie Worrell, BA, BSN, RN, a graduate student in the Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia. Consider these scenarios: A six-year-old girl is found dying from a disease that has had a vaccine available for decades. A young woman lay ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on February 10, 2014
  • 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
  • Pulling for Sarah: A Unique Perspective on Lung Transplant Case

    My brother has a lung disorder related to rheumatoid arthritis which may eventually cause him to need a lung transplant. It’s as troubling to write about as it was to hear about a few months ago. Were my brother at the top of the lung transplant list and a judge decided to change the rules and give the next available donor lung to a little girl ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on June 12, 2013
  • The 24/7 Nurse

    In the past weeks, there has been much discussion surrounding the nurse who allegedly denied an elderly woman CPR at an independent living center in California.  The 87 year old resident passed away while the nurse argued with a 911 dispatcher about the facility's policy about (not) administering CPR.  The story has raised ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on April 22, 2013
  • Flu Vaccine Mandate

    It's the middle of summer and flu season seems a long way off, but a new Joint Commission requirement that went into effect July 1 serves as a reminder about an often controversial topic: mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers. The Joint Commission is not mandating influenza vaccine for accredited organizations, but it is establishing a ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on July 23, 2012
  • 50 & Pregnant

      50 & Pregnant It sounds like a Lifetime movie, but extreme middle age births are exploding. According to the most recent CDC statistics, 8,000 babies were born to women 45 and older. That's double the number since just 1997. Of these, an alarming 541were born to women age 50 and older, a 375 percent increase in the same time ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on May 31, 2012
  • Confronting the Bullies

    Everybody's talking about it and too few are doing anything about it. ''It'' is bullying in the nursing workplace. When we published an article on the subject in January, readers posted an avalanche of responses. Many related personal stories of unresolved bullying at work. One stated she is ''ashamed to be part of this profession''; another ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on April 24, 2012
  • Introducing CE Live

    ADVANCE for Nurses is excited to present CE Live, a brand new educational series. In these webinars, experts will share their knowledge in topics across the continuum of healthcare. These nursing continuing education online courses are a convenient way to earn those valuable credits. Viewers can watch the talk live or in ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on March 26, 2012
  • Great Black Nurses in History

    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 first African-American graduate nurse. According to the Bridgewater (MA) State University ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on February 22, 2012
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