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Nurse Talk Short | RN Staffing, Acuity and Victoria Sweet’s God’s Hotel

Nurse-to-patient ratios? What’s acuity got to do with it? On this show we visit with RN Tracy Pelletier, a med surg nurse from the Aroostook County Medical Center in Presque Isle, Maine. As Maine goes so goes the nation. Tracy says staffing levels and acuity […]

RN Tracy Pelletier on Staffing and Acuity in Maine

Need a nurse? Let’s hope you can find one when you are in the hospital. Every week we talk about hospitals around the country and the nurses who work in them. Most people don’t realize that nurses take an oath to advocate for their patients. […]

God’s Hotel. I Need a Nurse…But There Isn’t One! 89-Year-Old Goes Rogue. Or Does He?

San Francisco Giants“How about those GIANTS”, says co-host Shayne Mason. “What about them?” replies host Casey Hobbs. Disgraceful but true. It turns out neither one of them knew their own San Francisco Giants were in the national baseball playoffs! I know they’re nurses but–I also know nurses get around. Go GIANTS!

God's HotelWow! Do we have a great show coming up. A couple of months ago Casey read a book called God’s Hotel, A Doctor, A Hospital, and A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine. The book was written by San Francisco physician Dr. Victoria Sweet about San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital, the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Hôtel-Dieu (God’s Hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle Ages. Ballet dancers and rock musicians, professors and thieves — “anyone who had fallen, or, often, leapt, onto hard times” and needed extended medical care — ended up there. Dr. Sweet ended up there herself, as a physician. And though she came for only a two-month stay, she remained for twenty years. Casey couldn’t put the book down and then couldn’t stop talking about it. So we decided to invite Dr. Sweet to talk with us about her amazing book. Read more…

The State of Maine’s Health Care | RN Judy Brown Segment | Show 409

RN Judy Brown calls in to play “Wheel of Misfortune” with us. Of course that is the game where you spin the wheel and land on one of the country’s ten worst governors. Right now Arizona governor Jan Brewer is ahead by one spin! Judy […]

Find out who the worse governor in the nation is…

Is it Arizona’s Jan Brewer for eliminating state funding for low-income Medicaid patients in need of organ transplants? Or Ohio’s John Kasich, Ex-Lehman Bros. exec., whose anti-union law bars public employees from bargaining for healthcare, staffing levels, sick leave and much more? Well, spin the […]