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Fee-for-service quick and dirty

In my holiday fervor, I forgot some key points. Doing a quick lit search brought up this lovely paper from 2008 “Health care reimbursement: Clemens to Clinton” by John T. Preskitt, MD. (John you and I should just settle down and raise a family we are perfect for each other). The answer to my stutter […]

St. Elizabeths Asylum, Washington, DC.

Lo, I did write thee a splendid piece on my visit to the National Building Museum exhibit on Washington, DC’s great Asylum hospital, St. Elizabeths (no apostrophe). But ay I did it waiting for a surgery to close, needing something to do something with my nervous energy. The patient, when asked the standard pre-surgical question […]

Good Lord “Mercy Street”

I’m obsessed with our image. On a scale of 1 to Gray’s Anatomy (1 being no pain, Grey’s Anatomy being the worst pain you’ve ever felt in your life), most portrayals of nurses on TV and in the movies land in the 7 region. The faces pain scale really works for this: A few years […]

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 […]

Why the cops don’t get called for campus sexual assaults.

Law

How does it make sense that universities are responsible for adjudicating sexual assaults on campus? Well, Title IX and US Supreme Court rulings dating back to the 1970s. Read the article, it explains the why and makes clear just how short UVA and others are coming up in complying with the mandate. Ugh. via No, We […]

A seat at the table. Psst this is a feminist issue.

I spent all day yesterday and half of today at the hospital, then the other half of today writing a paper about my profession, then came home and watched this 26 min documentary about the future of nursing. I am so thoroughly in brainwashed/in love (that’s the same thing, right?). I’m on board with all […]

Cholera Gave a British Doctor the Idea for IVs – The Atlantic

via Cholera Gave a British Doctor the Idea for IVs – The Atlantic. WOO IV therapy! That’s my bread and butter! Hydration, volume expansion, insulin drips, antibiotics, everything you could want while unconscious. Plus just like in early days, it’s always there for a last ditch attempt. Coding? FLUIDS! Also, science was much drunker before IRBs and […]

Panic, Paranoia, and Public Health — The AIDS Epidemic’s Lessons for Ebola — NEJM

Panic, Paranoia, and Public Health — The AIDS Epidemic’s Lessons for Ebola — NEJM. Please read this because we have to remember our history to learn from our history. Various politicians called for quarantining of anyone who tested positive for HIV, and commentator William F. Buckley infamously penned an op-ed in the New York Times saying that […]

A father’s scars: For Va.’s Creigh Deeds, tragedy brings unending questions – The Washington Post

A father’s scars: For Va.’s Creigh Deeds, tragedy brings unending questions – The Washington Post. I’ve been sitting on this for several days trying to think of what to say. Ultimately, what comes across in the beautifully written article is how completely, tragically unresolved it all is. Personally for Deeds. By extension for everyone else […]

More sexy nurses than you can handle

and by sexy I mean dogged, intelligent, intuitive, creative, and progressive. When I started my nursing education I was looking for the technical skills to care for those in need. Learning more about the field I’ve come to realize that being a nurse is a call to be a strong advocate, influential progressive, and great […]

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