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  • 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
  • Alzheimer's, From the Inside Out

    When I was a kid, I used to walk my great grandmother (''Gramma'' to me) around and around the yard, then up and down the front path. Nearly blind, she couldn't see where she was going; she only knew it was quite a distance. ''You're a very nice girl, and I'm glad you're taking me home to my Anna,'' Gramma would say, referring to my grandmother ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on April 14, 2010
  • Facing the Future

    In the movies, 2010 has been portrayed as a year of odyssey, finding answers to difficult questions and then finding a way to work together with others toward a common goal. That view sums up my entire list of New Year's resolutions this year, and if I do it right, my journey will take me to new personal and professional goals. For the umpteenth ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on January 6, 2010
  • Prescription Drugs: A ‘Perfect Storm' That Almost Became a Killer

    My mother, despite her 92 years of age, maintains the mind of a brilliant, life-loving 30-year-old. Unfortunately, her physical self never sipped from the fountain of youth. Her sight has dimmed, her mobility is nil, and she's done battle with cancer, gall bladder disease, vertigo, hypertension, insomnia and muscular and joint ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on October 29, 2009