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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
  • Whistle-Blowing

    Did you read the article on the ADVANCE Web site about the nurse who has been acquitted after whistle blowing on a doctor? What she and her colleague must have gone through! And for doing the right thing! Even as they were following the proper employer channels and still not getting results, they were brave enough to take it farther, and lost ...
    Posted to Nursing: You Wanna Know What I Think? (Weblog) on February 19, 2010
  • 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 To my great joy, wedged among the body-building magazines was an outdated issue of Marie Claire magazine.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
  • For Vets, Healthcare Gaps May Be More Deadly than Modern Warfare

    On a brief jaunt last week, I met a fellow traveler -- a retired military officer whose career spanned various deployments to Germany, Panama and Vietnam. We discussed at length the tone of the nation in the 1960s when he was fighting an unseen enemy in an Asian jungle. Eventually, we talked about the sadness he felt when he returned to ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on November 11, 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