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What ‘Nurse Jackie’ Gets Right About the E.R.: A special post by RN Theresa Brown

A lot of nurses hate the Showtime series “Nurse Jackie,” which will wrap up its sixth season on Sunday evening. Actually, to be precise, they hate the show’s lead character, the emergency department nurse Jackie Peyton. There’s much to dislike: She is an adulterer, a liar, an unreliable mother and, most significantly, addicted to prescription painkillers. (That’s hardly giving anything away, but be warned: spoilers ahead.)

Many nurses will tell you that Jackie’s addiction makes the entire profession look bad. Lives are at stake in hospitals, and health care requires constant multitasking and focused attention. A nurse — or doctor — tanked up on OxyContin is likely not only to do a poor job, but also to place patients in jeopardy.

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theresaTheresa Brown is an oncology nurse and the author of “Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between.” 

RN and President of Massachusetts Nurses Association, Donna Kelly Williams

RN and President of Massachusetts Nurses Association, Donna Kelly Williams talks about The Hospital Profit Transparency and Fairness Act. Hospitals and large health care corporations are putting profits before patients with CEO’s making millions while patients and communities serviced by those hospitals are being put at risk. Most hospitals in Massachusetts receive more than half their revenues from taxpayers.Continue Reading

An American Nurse

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Passionate insight about nurses from Filmmaker/Director Carolyn Jones as she and Producer Lisa Frank join us to talk about their new documentary, An American Nurse. And a bit of fun with flashbacks from 1956 and a lesson about “algorithms”at the hospital.

This Week On Nurse Talk

This Week On Nurse Talk

Nurses Say No To The Keystone XL Pipeline. Host’s Casey Hobbs and Shayne Mason discuss the Keystone XL Pipeline and why nurses are at the head of the line with their opposition to it. RN Katy Roemer talks about 10 reasons to oppose the pipeline. Photo: RN Katy Roemer

This Week on Nurse Talk

This Week on Nurse Talk

In January, a U.S. District Court in Ohio ordered Affinity to cease and desist the intimidation and retaliation, reinstate a longtime RN, Ann Wayt fired for patient advocacy, and begin contract talks with the RNs after months of the hospital’s stalling and refusal to recognize RN rights. Join RN’s Michelle Mahon and Pam Gardner asContinue Reading

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s latest budget moves mean nurses will be responsible for a lot more than patient care.

Producers Note: While we applaud the wonderful medical care given by Vanderbilt Hospital we are disturbed by this article. Do you really want your nurse to be busy cleaning bathrooms when you need her/him because your life depends on it? The Channel 4 I-Team has learned some Vanderbilt nurses will now be in charge ofContinue Reading

Craving Cigarettes? 5 Things You Can Do to Resist the Urge

Craving Cigarettes? 5 Things You Can Do to Resist the Urge

We all know that smoking is bad for you. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2010 alone (the most recent year numbers are available), 158,248 people in the U.S.Continue Reading

The Good Fight

We received this inspiring video and message from our friend Ben Wikler of “The Good Fight”. Sister Simone Campbell is one of the most inspiring spiritual activists of our time. No matter what your political or religious leanings—don’t let it keep you from listening to her amazing story. Pattie Lockard, Executive Producer, Nurse Talk RadioContinue Reading