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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 as they talk about Ann’s return to work.

Sen. Sherrod Brown Visits Ohio Affinity RNs Read more…

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 of cleaning patients’ rooms, even bathrooms. Sanitized environments in hospitals are critical to a patient’s health, but the new cost cutting measure has at least one nurse concerned.

“Cleaning the room after the case, including pulling your trash and mopping the floor, are all infection-prevention strategies. And it’s all nursing, and it’s all surgical tech. You may not believe that, but even Florence Nightingale knew that was true,” said a hospital administrator to staff in a video obtained by the Channel 4 I-Team.

The new cleaning changes were also detailed in an email sent to staff of the Vanderbilt Medical Center East team, which – according to a hospital employee – works in surgery areas and patient rooms. Read more…

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. died from lung cancer.
For people trying to quit smoking, it’s easy to forget these dire numbers when a cigarette craving hits. People trying to quit have two options when they experience a nicotine craving: they can give in to their urge and light up, or they can take their mind off their craving by doing something else instead. If you are trying to quit and have powerful cravings, here are some ways to distract yourself until the urge passes.

1. Endure pain

You can train yourself to associate cigarette cravings with pain. Luckily, you don’t need to endure terrible pain in order for this technique to work. Read more…

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 Radio

Dear friends,For anyone glad that Obamacare is finally here—glad that millions of Americans are, at last, covered by health insurance—this podcast is guaranteed to cause a smile.It tells the inside story of the final battle to pass the bill, in the final week before the final vote. But it’s not a story about politicians. It’s a story about an unlikely group of heroes who saved the day: Catholic nuns. And it’s a story pulsing with enough humanity and warmth to make us forget about the polar vortex.Click here to listen to the podcast (and subscribe for more) on iTunes!

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New Data – Some Hospitals Set Charges at 10 Times their Costs

New Data – Some Hospitals Set Charges at 10 Times their Costs

National Nurses United Press Release, 1/6/14
Nurses Warn of Ongoing Harm for Patients Needing Care

With growing national attention to hospital pricing practices, new data released by the nation’s largest nurses organization today showed that hospital charges continue to skyrocket with some U.S. hospitals charging more than ten times their cost – nearly $1,200 for every $100 of their total costs.

“Such inflated practices continue to price far too many Americans out of access to needed medical care or expose them to financial ruin. It’s long past time to rein in the price gouging, and recognize that a healthcare system based on profiteering puts all of us at risk,” said Jean Ross, RN, co-president of National Nurses United, whose research arm, the Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy, conducted the research.

NNU and IHSP list the 100 most expensive hospitals, top 10 for each state, and the 50 most expensive hospital systems.

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A CHRISTMAS POEM from all of us at Nurse Talk

A CHRISTMAS POEM from all of us at Nurse Talk

Excerpted from Maya Angelou’s Book

It is the Glad Season
Thunder ebbs to silence and lightning sleeps quietly in the corner.
Flood waters recede into memory.
Snow becomes a yielding cushion to aid us
As we make our way to higher ground.
Hope is born again in the faces of children
It rides on the shoulders of our aged as they walk into their sunsets.
Hope spreads around the earth. Brightening all things,
Even hate which crouches breeding in dark corridors.
In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.

We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now. It is louder.
Louder than the explosion of bombs.
We tremble at the sound. We are thrilled by its presence.
It is what we have hungered for.
Not just the absence of war. Read more…

NNU Philippines Update

We saw 208 patients in a three and a half hour clinic held in a small primary school in the remote Barangay Binangig in Panay. There
was roof damage at the school so we got seriously rained on when a torrential rain came. Hoping we can make it the 11km rutted dirt road back. Pictures attached: on way to clinic, patients lined up waiting when they arrive and a group shot.

group shot 11.28.13 on way to clinic 11.28.13 patients waiting 11.28.13 Read more…