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U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and 33 other members of
the House of Representatives recently sent a letter to Centers for Medicare
& Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner asking her ''to adopt
recommendations that would adequately reimburse Medicare providers for having
voluntary discussions about end-of-life care and ...
By Casey Hill, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, who
is a nurse educator in
Recently I attended a nursing orientation at a hospital, composed of
both new graduates and experienced nurses. As a nurse educator, I enjoy being
in this type of setting, seeing former students grow into their new role as a
registered nurse. Yet, like my ...
A hospice patient in Oklahoma City is being denied his
medications to treat his COPD, while coping with a diagnosis and treatment for
tongue cancer. In Cadillac, Michigan a patient struggling with colon
cancer is being denied insulin to treat his diabetes and is in danger of
Due to a recent and poorly ...
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 opportunity to see our patients and help them remain
A large ...
The following is a statement released June 17 by Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority Director and Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Robin Robinson, PhD.
This week, our nation reached a milestone in battling influenza, with
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s first approval to manufacture ...
The American Nurses Association (ANA) collectively applauds the
introduction of federal legislation in the U.S. Senate that empowers registered
nurses (RNs) to drive staffing decisions in hospitals, protect patients and
improve the quality of care.
The Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2014 (S. 2353), crafted with
input from ANA, is ...
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, with the bottle of morphine that allowed him to take a lethal dose in
an attempt to end ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...