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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
  • Nurses Can't Seem to Escape Being Honest & Trustworthy

    As most everyone knows by now, nurses have for several years been ranked the ''Most Trusted Profession'' in an annual Gallup survey of Americans. But now a new study reveals nurses are also very good at assessing the quality of care delivered in the hospital units in which they work.  In short, it turns out nurses are not only trustworthy ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on October 9, 2012
  • Lessons Learned

    As I write this, I'm preparing to go back to Michigan (from California) for my 40th high school reunion. In addition to thinking about seeing old friends (pun intended), I've been taking stock of some of the lessons I've learned in the last 40 years. Some have been helpful (learning how to drive a stick shift) while some have been ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on July 18, 2011
  • Leading by Example: Obama Kicks the Habit

    That old contradictory adage, ''Do as I say, not as I do,'' doesn't cut it when it comes to helping people stop smoking. In 2009 President Barack Obama signed into law anti-smoking legislation aimed at keeping young Americans from the grip of nicotine. Yet the young president was himself lighting up. Tsk, tsk. However, it turns out ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on February 9, 2011
  • Wanna Laugh? Check Out Bloopers from Medical Records

    Exploring the Web for inspirational quotations pertinent to nurses, I tripped across Medi-Smart which listed, instead, ''funny quotes from medical records.'' The site states, ''The following quotes were taken from actual medical records dictated by physicians.'' Wow! Do Leno or Letterman know about these guys? This material is killer. Ah, the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on October 4, 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
  • Striking Nurses: Do Ends Justify the Means?

    When nurses go on strike, it can be a thankless undertaking. They may be fighting for an ideal of better patient care, while at the same time walking away from the patients for whom they are caring. It's a ''damned if you do, damned if you don't'' situation. At Philadelphia's Temple University Hospital (TUH), that scenario is playing out as some ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on April 7, 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
  • Take It All Off, Part 4

    Just when you least expect it, great advice pops up.      ''The Association of Weight and Health Promotion Practices of Middle Aged Women'' is the erudite title of the doctoral dissertation of Ann Townsend, DrNP, MSN, APRN-BC, RN and director of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Outpatient Heart Failure Center in Camden, NJ. ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on August 27, 2009
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