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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...