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  • Tax Time

    I've been getting all my ''important 2013 tax information'' documents the past few weeks.  I had to laugh, as I filed them away, remembering my first year as a nurse and how I treated those documents as if they didn't matter, as if someone else was going to keep track of these things.  I had absolutely no idea how to handle my finances ...
    Posted to New to Nursing (Weblog) on February 8, 2014
  • Two Weeks, Two Fears Faced

    ER nurses are often portrayed as fearless. We have to be tough skinned to survive in the trenches, but deep down, we all have fears. I can only speak for myself when I say I have a known for a while what my fears are. I have conveniently chosen to avoid them--at ALL costs. But recently, I decided it was time to face them head on. I don't expect to ...
    Posted to Nurse on the Run (Weblog) on July 10, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • And We Were There...

    This Memorial Day, as we remember our country's fallen heroes, I ask that you do not forget the brave Nurses who may have cared for and comforted them in their final hours; In the revolutionary War, Abigail Hartman Rice and Christina Hench were there... In the Civil War, Clara Barton and Louisa May Alcott were there...  In the ...
    Posted to Nursing: You Wanna Know What I Think? (Weblog) on May 30, 2011
  • Responding to Blizzard Emergencies

    ''A woman with stroke symptoms in Midwood, Brooklyn, waited for an ambulance for six hours, finally arriving at the hospital with telltale signs of advanced brain damage. In Forest Hills, Queens, bystanders waited for three hours next to a man lying unconscious in the snow before they were able to flag down help. And in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on December 29, 2010
  • PTSD Through a Child's Eyes

    It's been all over the news for a week now. Veterans of war no longer have to prove a specific event led to their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In his announcement of the change in Veterans Administration policy, President Barack Obama said, ''I don't think our troops on the battlefield should have to take notes to keep for a claims ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on July 14, 2010
  • Assisted Suicide: What If It Were Me?

    I recently edited a compelling article on physician-assisted suicide (PAS) written by Lisa Siminski, BSN, RN, CHPN, staff nurse, St. Luke's Hospice House, Bethlehem, PA.   In her report on PAS, Siminski points out straight away that the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses ''clearly specifies that nurses ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on June 23, 2010
  • Sight, Sound & Smell

    My husband says we can't remember everything about a book or a movie or a vacation, so our minds fixate on the most vivid impression and that's what we remember. I just finished reading Nursing in the Storm: Voices from Hurricane Katrina by Denise Danna, DNS, RN, and Sandra E. Cordray, MA, MJ. I set the book down with strong impressions of ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on June 16, 2010
  • Sara Dale, RN: Caring Nurse or Predator? What's Your Call?

    You probably don't know the name Sara Dale, RN - then again, perhaps you do. The British nurse has been the target of investigations, allegations of scandal, and loss of livelihood since it came to light that she had romantic relationships with the spouses of her deceased patients. As you can well imagine, it's a story well-suited for the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on May 12, 2010
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