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Stop Everything! Lynn Ruth Miller. Nurse Talk App. The Safe Lift Bill.

Stop Everything! Lynn Ruth Miller. Nurse Talk App. The Safe Lift Bill.

Stop everything!
(…not really or the nurses will have to get the Defibrillator paddles out. The charge nurse has a few announcements…)

The big day is coming! (Well, at least for us.) On Saturday, October 27, at 12 noon/pst, Nurse Talk will be presented via live stream audio/video on our website at www.nursetalksite.com. Other outlets will be announced soon! For anyone who may be interested, you’ll be able to interact with Shayne, Casey and their guests via social networking and live chat. We’ll be discussing all kinds of things and you can jump right in. Have a medical question for the nurses? Save it for 10/27. Have a question or comment about the Affordable Care Act? Our experts are in. Healthcare advocate and Executive Director for Healthcare For All Colorado, Donna Smith, will be with us. Have a question about flu season? You won’t want to miss our third annual “Fall Flu Fashion Lineup.” Are any of last year’s flus in the running? Check it out.

 

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Image by Christian Turkoanje

COMING SOON: The Nurse Talk APP.

It’s a FREE download and it is amazing. Not only can you listen and interact but we will have special offers for our Nurse Talk APP loyals! Loyals not Royals. We’re making it easier to listen and participate, even if you don’t want to!

 


 

This week on Nurse Talk: Lynn Ruth Miller

What’s it like to be a stand up comedian traveling the world? Oh..did we mention…an 80 year old stand up comedian traveling the world? Our resident comedian, Lynn Ruth Miller, is with us to talk about what keeps her young at her ripe age and how laughter saved her life.

 


Safe Lift Bill
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We’ll also visit with Marti Smith, RN Government Relations Lead for the California Nurses Association. Marti will talk about why hospitals are not complying with California’s Safe Lift Bill (AB 1136) passed in January of 2012. Is this something we non-medical people should be concerned about? YES! Trust us when we say you do not want to be dropped on your next hospital visit! Is this possible? Yes, indeed, so stick around and find out why you should know about your neighborhood hospital’s “safe lift” policy.

 


And the usual

Health Trivia: Does anyone out there know when and why fetuses develop fingernails? We do, and you’ll find out when you listen. Note: If you don’t have time to listen to the broadcasts just visit our website for all of the shows and features since the beginning of time.

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isten and laugh every week, on KNEW 960AM San Francisco at 10 pm every Saturday, or check out our favorite apps featuring Nurse Talk on your listening devices: Progressive VoicesTuneIn and iHeartRadio. You can also listen to any show anytime here at NurseTalkSite.com or on iTunes. Like us on Facebook, and you can listen there too.

 

And remember: Be kind to nurses…even if they are cranky!

Just kidding!

Best Of: What Would Florence Think? $11.2 Billion Surprise. Mental Health Coverage. Ms.Swan Holding Up the Line.

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This weeks’ laughter comes courtesy of one of our favorites, Mad TV’s Ms. Swan.

 


Nursing Without Borders
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This week we take on a controversial issue, and in doing so we learn ALOT (as if that never happens!). Healthcare Journalist Heather Boerner joins us to talk about an article she recently wrote for National Nurses United Magazine. The article, “Nursing Without Borders,” provides an in-depth look at the unique factors at play in providing the best care for undocumented patients. Ms. Boerner interviews undocumented families who do their best to stay off the radar for fear of being deported and therefore do not often seek medical treatment.

AND here is a statistic that will surprise most of us: Contrary to what the politicians and others tell us, according to the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, undocumented workers (in 2010) paid about $11.2 billion in state, local, and sales taxes, yet they do not qualify for healthcare services. How do nurses and other healthcare workers deal with this issue?

Also joining us for this lively conversation is RN Tatiana Saenz. She knows first hand what it is to be undocumented and to serve this population. Ms. Saenz became an RN in 2012 four years after becoming a U.S. citizen.

 


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What Would Flo Think?

She’s considered the founder of modern nursing and one of the most influential nurses of all time. So much has changed since the days that the “Lady with the Lamp,” Florence Nightingale, was a practicing nurse (for one thing, she wouldn’t need that lamp anymore!). What’s been the biggest technological change since Flo’s era of nursing?

Listen as Casey and Shayne count down the top 10 modern technologies that would shock Florence Nightingale. Oh and there is one on the list that was slipped in. Hmmmm.

 


Two Weeks And Counting

HealthcareReformPublicDomainWell, as we’ve said from the beginning, it isn’t exactly what we wanted but The Affordable Care Act is almost upon us. The State Insurance Marketplaces will open for business October 1, 2013 and there is FINALLY a good stream of information coming out so people understand how to access the information. Yes, we know our Republican friends (and we do have them) are launching yet another defunding measure in the House and they are planning a showdown, but we continue our efforts to get the FACTS out to our listeners. Our new website will have all of the latest state and national Affordable Health Care resources available and the Nurse Talk Expert Panel will be on the show regularly.

Speaking of experts, you won’t want to miss Dr. Ron Manderscheid’s conversation with Casey and Shayne. Dr. Manderscheid is the Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors (that is a long title…but he’s earned it). The association represents county and local authorities in D.C. and provides a national program of technical assistance and support. Dr. Manderscheid joins us to talk about why he is working so hard to get the word out about the Affordable Care Act and how it will help his constituents. He says, “…over 11 million uninsured persons have behavioral health conditions. We have a huge task ahead to promote health insurance enrollment as broadly as possible.” For more ACA information and to read Dr. Manderscheid’s articles visit www.behavioral.net.

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And of course we wouldn’t miss your email questions, health trivia or In My Day with our beloved Lynn Ruth Miller.
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Listen in on Nurse Talk on Progressive Voices with the TuneIn app, the iHeartRadio app, and iTunes as well as Nursetalksite.com, our flagship station, KNEW 960AM, San Francisco Castle Rock Radio, WHAN 1430AM/102.9 FM in Ashland, Hanover, & Richmond, Virginia and anywhere in between.

911 Homework. Hospital Corps & the ACA. Lynn Ruth Miller: “Get a Horse.”

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Help!

A few weeks ago we had some fun with a 911 call from a woman who was having trouble getting her hamburger cooked the way she wanted it and was circling her neighborhood fast food restaurant in a panic. Well, this week we couldn’t help ourselves. Seems a four-year-old needed some help with her math and when all else failed…she called 911. Check it out.

 


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A look at the concerns about The Affordable Care Act from those who work for hospital corps.

This week Michael Lighty, Director of Public Policy for California Nurses Association,  joins us to talk about why he thinks the Affordable Care Act is “Bad Medicine” for nurses. The article, “Bad Medicine” recently appeared in the National Nurse Magazine and states, “…the biggest health reform of our lifetime does little to rein in healthcare corporations and insurers. Instead, it shifts even more in costs onto workers who can’t afford it and, at the same time, threatens the practice of registered nursing.”

 


Professor Shayne!

Nurses, we may send you mixed messages from time to time but now is (honestly) a great time to consider getting a master’s degree.

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And we have the best program in the nation (maybe we are prejudice since our co-host Shayne Mason just happens to be an instructor) to share with you. Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Dr. Enna Trevathan is with us to talk about the MSN/RN Online Program with the University of California. For more information or to hear our podcast visit www.nursetalksite.com.

 


And the usual…80-year-old Lynn Ruth Miller is in the house this week with another edition of “In My Day,” discussing depression in the old days (how can that be funny?). Also Health Trivia and your email questions.

Remember…laughter is always the best medicine.

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Listen in on Nurse Talk on Progressive Voices with the TuneIn app, the iHeartRadio app, and iTunes as well as Nursetalksite.com, our flagship station, KNEW 960AM, San Francisco Castle Rock Radio, WHAN 1430AM/102.9 FM in Ashland, Hanover, & Richmond, Virginia and anywhere in between.

What Would Florence Think? $11.2 Billion Surprise. Mental Health Coverage. Ms.Swan Holding Up the Line.

So we begin another edition of Nurse Talk with RNs Casey Hobbs and Shayne Mason…this weeks’ laughter comes courtesy of one of our favorites, Mad TV’s Ms. Swan.

 


Nursing Without Borders
Boerner
This week we take on a controversial issue, and in doing so we learn ALOT (as if that never happens!). Healthcare Journalist Heather Boerner joins us to talk about an article she recently wrote for National Nurses United Magazine. The article, “Nursing Without Borders,” provides an in-depth look at the unique factors at play in providing the best care for undocumented patients. Ms. Boerner interviews undocumented families who do their best to stay off the radar for fear of being deported and therefore do not often seek medical treatment.

AND here is a statistic that will surprise most of us: Contrary to what the politicians and others tell us, according to the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, undocumented workers (in 2010) paid about $11.2 billion in state, local, and sales taxes, yet they do not qualify for healthcare services. How do nurses and other healthcare workers deal with this issue?

Also joining us for this lively conversation is RN Tatiana Saenz. She knows first hand what it is to be undocumented and to serve this population. Ms. Saenz became an RN in 2012 four years after becoming a U.S. citizen.

 


FlorenceNightingale

What Would Flo Think?

She’s considered the founder of modern nursing and one of the most influential nurses of all time. So much has changed since the days that the “Lady with the Lamp,” Florence Nightingale, was a practicing nurse (for one thing, she wouldn’t need that lamp anymore!). What’s been the biggest technological change since Flo’s era of nursing?

Listen as Casey and Shayne count down the top 10 modern technologies that would shock Florence Nightingale. Oh and there is one on the list that was slipped in. Hmmmm.

 


Two Weeks And Counting

HealthcareReformPublicDomainWell, as we’ve said from the beginning, it isn’t exactly what we wanted but The Affordable Care Act is almost upon us. The State Insurance Marketplaces will open for business October 1, 2013 and there is FINALLY a good stream of information coming out so people understand how to access the information. Yes, we know our Republican friends (and we do have them) are launching yet another defunding measure in the House and they are planning a showdown, but we continue our efforts to get the FACTS out to our listeners. Our new website will have all of the latest state and national Affordable Health Care resources available and the Nurse Talk Expert Panel will be on the show regularly.

Speaking of experts, you won’t want to miss Dr. Ron Manderscheid’s conversation with Casey and Shayne. Dr. Manderscheid is the Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors (that is a long title…but he’s earned it). The association represents county and local authorities in D.C. and provides a national program of technical assistance and support. Dr. Manderscheid joins us to talk about why he is working so hard to get the word out about the Affordable Care Act and how it will help his constituents. He says, “…over 11 million uninsured persons have behavioral health conditions. We have a huge task ahead to promote health insurance enrollment as broadly as possible.” For more ACA information and to read Dr. Manderscheid’s articles visit www.behavioral.net.

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And of course we wouldn’t miss your email questions, health trivia or In My Day with our beloved Lynn Ruth Miller.
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Listen in on Nurse Talk on Progressive Voices with the TuneIn app, the iHeartRadio app, and iTunes as well as Nursetalksite.com, our flagship station, KNEW 960AM, San Francisco Castle Rock Radio, WHAN 1430AM/102.9 FM in Ashland, Hanover, & Richmond, Virginia and anywhere in between.

Best Of: Babies. Victory. Asthma or Acid Reflux? Obamacare.

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The Royal Baby and Dixon Has Two Moms…
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Well, Casey and Shayne are no different than the millions of others who were, well, mildly interested in the birth of the Royal Baby. It’s old news now, but Shayne couldn’t help but wonder how it feels to be born and immediately have money, a job, a title and lots of attention. But all is not lost for Shayne and his family! Here’s a hint from the our show coming up:

“Casey, it must be nice to be born and already have money and a job. No resume, no experience—just a bloodline. On another note our family had some good news at the same time—but of course it wasn’t front-page news.”

Casey: “Oh, what’s that Shayne”?

Shayne: “Casey, on the very same day the Royal Baby was born, my niece in Oklahoma, Karla Sue Mason, had a bouncing baby girl, weighing 10 pounds and 8 ounces.”

Casey: “Does she have a job yet? Maybe she could follow in your footsteps and be a nurse? What did they name her?”

Shayne: “Dixon”

Casey: “Oh that’s a—well, an interesting name. Dixon Mason? Lovely—she could almost join the ranks of Blanket Jackson, North West, and Moon Unit Zappa. Well we wish both babies and their moms and dads well.”

Shayne: “Dixon has two moms. I just wanted to say that. Modern family, Casey, modern family!”


Victory for Nurses in Northern California!
…AND a victory for nurses across the country!

Last week, a federal administrative law judge with the National Labor Relations Board handed nurses a victory, finding Sutter Bay East Hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area engaged in illegal “unfair labor practices” when it unilaterally cut paid sick leave and eliminated all paid healthcare coverage for RNs who work less than 30 hours per week, affecting hundreds of nurses and their families. Read More.Continue Reading