A Personal Account of Alzheimer’s. Donna Smith with a Look Back on 2011. Comedian Lynn Ruth Miller Unplugged and Out of Control. Hiatal Hernias.
Happy New Year from all of us at Nurse Talk…where laughter is the best medicine.
So much happened this past year: nurses joined the protests in Madison, Wisconsin; went on to the nation’s capitol to march outside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; hit Wall Street to demand a transaction tax—before Occupy even pitched a tent; announced the Main Street Contract; fought for RN-patient ratios; joined world leaders at the G-20 summit in Cannes; and 20,000 RNs staged a one-day walk-out against Sutter Health Corp. in Northern California…whew! And all the while spending 40+ hours a week caring for their patients. Not a surprise that for 1th straight year—and the 12th time in 13 years the Gallup Honesty and Ethics Survey again ranked nursing as the most honest and ethical profession by a wide margin.
Cheers to the nurses!
On the show this week…Casey reads from a blog post—a first hand account of what it is like to know you have Alzheimer’s written by 89 year old Barbara Taylor Vaughan, Putting A Face on Alzheimer’s. Barbara started a Facebook page to facilitate an open dialog about the disease. She hopes educating others will inspire them to volunteer to help ease the suffering of those with the disease, families and caregivers. Host Casey has also had first hand experience with Alzheimer’s and knows the heartbreak all too well. Her mother (who was an RN) died of Alzheimer’s in 2009.
AND…She has been hailed as the “Meryl Streep of nurse activism”, our great friend and D.C. correspondent Donna Smith adds color commentary and perspective to our 2011 year in review.
If there were a radio jail…we’d be in it! After comedian Lynn Ruth Miller gets together with Casey and Dan—there “is” no “is” left in “is”! Lynn Ruth makes some predictions for 2012 and that is where the mischief begins! For the record I did my best to intervene—as did our sound designer. The bleep button only goes so far.
Coming up in 2012—Nurse Talk Live…on stage! Yes, that is what we said. Cameras in the studio? Yes, that is what we said!
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Remember, laughter is the best medicine.
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