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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nurse Jackie: Ethical or Criminal?

    In the latest episode of Nurse Jackie (played by Edie Falco in this Showtime series), Jackie is quintessential Jackie. In past shows, we saw Jackie acting as a medical Robin Hood, never hesitating to rob from the rich (those who bestow health insurance) to help the poor (those who don't have it or aren't served well by their health insurance). ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on April 14, 2010
  • Haiti Update: Nursing School Dean Found Alive and Providing Care

    Yesterday I blogged that Dean Hilda Alcindor, RN, of FSIL School of Nursing, the first BSN nursing program on the island of Haiti, was among the missing. Amidst the tragedy came good news: The dean is alive and well. She is, however, mourning the loss of one of her students. The bright nursing hopeful had left the safety of the school ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on January 15, 2010
  • 'Taking Responsibility' for Terror: If Only...

    It just galls me that al Qaeda ''takes responsibility'' for the failed Christmas terror attempt at blowing up an airliner at the Detroit airport. Takes responsibility? I beg to differ. There's more to taking responsibility than admitting guilt. Taking responsibility does not mean gloating over a mere chance to incinerate hundreds of innocent ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on December 30, 2009
  • Girls Forced to Eat to Become Delicious Wives

    I was at the gym, doing the obligatory 40 minutes on an elliptical. I was willing to read anything I could get my hands on to help pass time and minimize the drudgery of pumping toward nowhere. To my great joy, wedged among the body-building magazines was an outdated issue of Marie Claire magazine. So with legs straining and heart thumping, I ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on December 14, 2009
  • 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
  • Eight Is (More Than) Enough

    As most of us know by now, Nadya Suleman, of Whittier, CA, gave birth to octuplets on Jan. 26. I don't think I'm alone, here, in having a moral and ethical problem with this. Suleman, 33, is already a mother to six children, and is a single parent. The fact that she is a single mother isn't the issue. The issue is that she is now a single mother ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on February 4, 2009