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Best Of Nurse Talk: RNs Deborah Burger and Jean Ross on Robot Doctors and the Robin Hood Tax

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Ahhhh, technology! It’s a very good thing, but when are we going too far? Should ROBOTS replace doctors and nurses? Can they diagnose and treat patients? Well it’s already happening in some hospitals. Get the good, the bad, and the ugly on this emerging trend when Casey and Shayne visit with National Nurses United RN Deborah Burger.

Also, Jean Ross, recaps on the importance of the Inclusive Prosperity Act and reports back on the SEA OF RED SCRUBS march. Read more…

Global Nurses? Yes, It’s Necessary

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We mentioned a few weeks ago that we attended the National Nurses United Conference here in San Francisco. We met nurses from most of the states and from over 13 other countries. It’s very interesting to talk to nurses from around the world because even though the healthcare systems are different than ours in the U.S. (most we talked to have a form of universal healthcare), the problems and challenges are the same. RN and Co-President of National Nurses United, Deborah Burger shares the global vision.

Leaders of the initial participating unions of the newly formed Global Nurses United
Leaders of the initial participating unions of the newly formed Global Nurses United

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RNs DeAnn McEwen and Michelle Mahon on Electronic Medical Records

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RNs DeAnn McEwen and Michelle Mahon tell it like it is. EMR, or Electronic Medical Records, systems are rolling out “live” in hospitals across the country. BUT WAIT! Were nurses at the table when these systems were designed and then implemented? Did these hospitals insure the safety of each patient by making sure nurses were trained and staffing was adequate? Unfortunately the answer to all of these questions is NO. This is a must listen to podcast and just the “tip of the iceberg.” Read more…

There is No Other Planet We Can Go To.

There is No Other Planet We Can Go To.

“Of all the unions I’m talking to, nobody has a better global vision than nurses,” Brown said to big applause. “If you can link your immediate occupational objectives with the larger sense of what we need to do as human beings, you become a very powerful organization.”
- California Governor Jerry Brown

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With the magnificent expanse of the Golden Gate Bridge as backdrop and pathway, nurses from across the U.S. rallied on Thursday to call an end to the Keystone XL Pipeline project, a ghastly effort to transport poisonous tar sands 1,700 miles from Canada to Texas, exposing hundreds of communities en route to calamitous spills, ruined water systems and deleterious health effects. Nurses also called for an end to the politics of austerity, one that puts the false choices – jobs through environmental degradation – before us.

“Nothing related to Keystone XL is good for our families, our communities, or our planet,” announced Debra Burger, RN and NNU co-president from the rally stage.  Read more…

Summer Vaycay. Clowns Without Borders. Forced Flu Shots?

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Clowns without Borders in Spain

The nurses are on vaycay this week. Well, not really, they still have their day jobs…but our sound engineer is in Barbados. Well, not really, its probably hot there now, but she IS taking a breather in an undisclosed location. And who could blame her? So, this week we rewind an inspiring Best of Nurse Talk for you.

What a wonderful find this was: Clowns Without Borders, founded in Barcelona in July 1993. The idea began when Tortell Poltrona, a professional clown in Spain, was invited to perform in a refugee camp in Croatia. This performance unexpectedly attracted audiences of more than 700 children, proving to Poltrona that there is a great need for clowns and entertainment in crisis situations. He founded Clowns Without Borders to offer humor as a means of psychological support to communities that have suffered trauma. The clowns have organizations in nine countries Spain, France, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, South Africa, Canada and the United States. Read more…

Michael Lighty on the Keystone XL Pipeline

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Try as we might to stay away from polarizing issues on our show, it seems you can’t talk about health and healthcare without touching on these controversial topics. The Keystone XL Pipeline is one of those issues. It could have a significant impact on the health of communities in the tar sands production areas along its route and refinery fence-line communities where the heavy sour crude will be processed. In addition, the emissions from tar sands will exacerbate climate change, affecting public health more broadly even than the widespread direct impacts of the tar sands industry. Director of Public Policy forCalifornia Nurses Association Michael Lighty talks with Casey and Shayne about the health and environmental concerns related to the Keystone XL Pipeline. Read more…

Nurses to March on Golden Gate Bridge Thursday With Call to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

Nurses to March on Golden Gate Bridge Thursday With Call to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

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Nurses and environmental activists from across the U.S. are joining hands this week to step up the message that there is still time to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline before it stops all of us.

Join us for a march across the Golden Bate Bridge in San Francisco Thursday, June 20, beginning with a noon rally at Battery East, near the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion at Fort Point adjacent to the Bridge. (More details here.)

It’s an event that that will feature a land, sea and air protest that matches a triad of reasons to oppose the Keystone project – for health, economic, and, of course, environmental imperatives.

With massive pressure from the political and economic powerhouse fossil fuel industry mounting on the Obama administration to green-light KXL, the movement opposing the pipeline is also growing. Instead of a green light, they say, let’s have a green economy, as well as a safer environment and a healthier planet. Read more…

7 Ways the Affordable Care Act May Shift Costs to Patients

7 Ways the Affordable Care Act May Shift Costs to Patients

KarenHigginsThe burden of cutting costs is on patients, not corporate healthcare profiteering.
by Karen Higgins, National Nurses United

With the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act near, it’s time to ask if the decision to put the burden of cutting costs on patients, not corporate healthcare profiteering, is the fatal flaw in the plan.

The law’s tepid cost control measures targeted at healthcare spending that is gobbling up an increasing percentage of the economy and pricing more people than ever out of access to care have been widely viewed as the ACA’s biggest pitfall.

But from the outset, the Obama administration dismissed the most effective means to reduce costs by a) refusing to consider a single payer alternative that combines genuine universal coverage not based on ability to pay with global budgeting, b) rejecting a proposal to authorize the federal government to negotiate bulk purchasing (a concession to the drug companies), and c) failing to regulate price gouging by hospitals, drug companies, insurers and other healthcare corporations. Read more…