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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
  • Mistakes Were Made

    Wall Street failures. The housing market and mortgage industry collapse. The epic, disastrous BP oil spill. Huge mistakes with dire consequences for a large chunk of the global population. How can ''these people'' sleep at night after pulling the wool over our eyes? The answer, according to a newly released book, is the wool most likely covers the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on June 15, 2010
  • ‘Nurse Jackie' -- How Real Is She? Have You Ever Known One?

    Have you ever known a Nurse Jackie in your own life? You know the kind -- full of swagger and bravado, oozing with street smarts and clever comebacks, never one to turn away from conflict. Showtime, which aired the latest episode last night, recently asked that question to its viewers. Online respondents revealed: ''Jackie reminds me ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on April 21, 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
  • 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