Summer Vaycay. Clowns Without Borders. Forced Flu Shots?
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. We’ll visit with RN and president of “Clowns,” Tim Cunningham. This is just a beautiful story.
AND—Flu shot controversy rages on. What do you think? Nurse Talk took a Facebook poll and we got some very passionate answers about mandatory flu shots for health professionals. We share what we heard with you in this show. Very interesting—and no less interesting was a mainstream media newscast we’ll share. Fired for not getting a flu shot? One hundred and fifty at TriHealth, Cincinnati’s largest employer live to tell.
RN and co-president of National Nurses United, Karen Higgins joins us to discuss this “vibrant” topic.
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And remember, laughter is the best medicine!