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U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and 33 other members of
the House of Representatives recently sent a letter to Centers for Medicare
& Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner asking her ''to adopt
recommendations that would adequately reimburse Medicare providers for having
voluntary discussions about end-of-life care and ...
By Priscilla Ngo, BSN,
RN, a staff nurse on critical care staff unit in Philadelphia and Family Nurse
Practitioner student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.For many years, the flu vaccine has been recommended for
healthcare workers, especially nurses who have direct patient contact, to
prevent the spread of the influenza ...
By Casey Hill, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, who
is a nurse educator in
Recently I attended a nursing orientation at a hospital, composed of
both new graduates and experienced nurses. As a nurse educator, I enjoy being
in this type of setting, seeing former students grow into their new role as a
registered nurse. Yet, like my ...
A hospice patient in Oklahoma City is being denied his
medications to treat his COPD, while coping with a diagnosis and treatment for
tongue cancer. In Cadillac, Michigan a patient struggling with colon
cancer is being denied insulin to treat his diabetes and is in danger of
Due to a recent and poorly ...
By Susanne Marie Johnson, BSN, RN
In February 2013, Barbara Mancini of Philadelphia was arrested and
subsequently charged with a felony of assisted suicide. The prosecution
asserts Mancini provided her 93-year-old and terminally ill father, Joe
Yourshaw, with the bottle of morphine that allowed him to take a lethal dose in
an attempt to end ...
Petrillo, MSN, RN-BC
As nurses, we are charged with the responsibility of ensuring patient
safety and improving patient satisfaction. Although at first it may seem like
another task to add to the list, hourly rounding can help us achieve these
goals while also organizing our workflow. Hourly rounding, or checking on the ...
By Anny Su, BSN, RNApproximately 45.3 million people smoke in the U. S. (CDC, 2008) Many
of these smokers seek employment in healthcare institutions. Within the past 6
years, healthcare institutions have stepped up to challenge this unhealthy
behavior by instituting controversial bans on hiring smokers with the goal of
stigmatizing smoking ...
In the wake of the massive data breach at retail giant Target, nurses likely
will find patients expressing concerns about identity theft and the safety
of their healthcare information.
The threat is real. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 5%
of identity theft victims report medical fraud. In response, FTC in ...
I live in South Florida very near to the Gulf of Mexico, but I’m
not exactly an avid fisherman -- although most everyone I know has a good fish
story to tell. And while what I’m about to say may sound like another one of
those, it is not: There’s a new treatment option for the millions of people out
there suffering from chronic wounds -- ...
have a confession to make: I suffer from White Coat Syndrome. My brow sweats, my
heart pounds and my blood pressure spikes with each doctor’s office visit. Some
call it White
I finally have a doctor who understands this, after seeing another who insisted
on prescribing blood pressure medication ...