(GOOD NEWS AFTER THE ARTICLE) This study shows so much of what’s wrong with medical research today | The Incidental Economist

This study shows so much of what’s wrong with medical research today | The Incidental Economist. I won’t wade too deeply into this pool right now. Every moment I spend is borrowed time from NCLEX studying. But it’s worth mentioning that despite the incredibly difficult environment of academic research I see all around me nurse […]

Waiting for NCLEX.

Good news: I graduated! Along with the smartest, finest looking group of nurses this side of anywhere. We are all pretty sure we’re going to fix health care. Be on the lookout. Bad news: I hurt my back moving boxes and carrying around my 45 pound child. Good news: It’s you and me laptop stuck […]

RFK on MLK and the actual struggle.

Graduate school has decided to be acutely painful in its final days. I’m couch-surfing through my last week. After that my friends I will resume responsibilities as mother, occasional blog writer, and amateur critic of everything that crosses my path. Had to share this as I went down a rabbit hole on a health policy […]

Poetry Monday

Saturday I had the pleasure of listening to Margaret Mohrmann give the keynote at the UVA’s End-of-Life conference. Blow. Me. Back. The weight of the subject matter and her nimble language. The stories steeped in years of experience ecclesiastical and medical. Is frank compassion a thing? I think it may be her thing. One of […]

Universal health care through the lens of national history, identity.

The Lancet-The Trap of History Every country has its own story, its own fears and dark shadows. One of the biggest unacknowledged challenges facing global health is adapting evidence to these national stories, resolving a persistent and troubling discrepancy between knowledge, history, and identity. A MUST READ. Also though not directly related, an argument for […]

Health policy incontrovertible truths

Sorry y’all for all the personal posts of late. I’ve had some trouble crossing the Lethe that runs between the hospital and my house (rt. 29). Forgive me, that’s the last time “death” becomes a tag in three consecutive posts. From my policy textbook this AM, I thought I’d share: The evidence that insurance and […]

The Story of Medicare-Video from the Kaiser Family Foundation

image I booed, I cheered, I said OH SNAP when the senior protesters lost it on Reagan for passing a bill on the backs of the elderly. Thanks to Dr. Rick Mayes for making this part of our coursework.

Can This Treatment Help Me? There’s a Statistic for That –

image Can This Treatment Help Me? There’s a Statistic for That – Who over the age of 65 doesn’t take an aspirin a day? For every medical intervention practitioners look at a cost/benefit analysis. Sometimes it’s a big deal–we surgically remove the tumor on your spine at great risk to your life and mobility, but […]

Where the strength comes from.

This week has been crushing. Just crushing. I’ve been looking for something to settle the outrage. It’s the stuff needed by everyone who practices moral distress for a living. The things that get you by when 5 out of six patients in the ICU are bodies begging to be let die. When you feel helpless, without recourse, […]

Open Access. For journals. For everything.

The journals that publish those papers are, in many cases, for-profit institutions — and they prefer charging for access. via The Gates Foundation pushes to make more academic research free and open to the public – Vox. The (TAXPAYER FUNDED) National Institutes of Health, which spends about $30 billion yearly on medical research, began in […]

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