Friday, July 31, 2009

FREE Telesummit for Caregivers


I am participating in an important FREE telesummit sponsored by The Eldercare Support Group for anyone caring for an aging patient, friend or family member such as parent, grandparent, in-law, etc.
(UPDATE: My presentation will be Saturday Aug. 8 at Noon)

TELESUMMIT SCHEDULE AND FREE REGISTRATION

WHEN: Aug 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 2009
EXPERTS: Tonia Boterf, Denise Brown, Barbara Freisner, Andrew Mayoras, Danielle Miller, Kathy Quan, Hueina Su, Shelley Webb, Brian Willie, and Jason Young

To learn more about this virtual event, its speakers and how to register, visit:

Once you register, all the details about attending the calls will be emailed to you.

CAN'T ATTEND AT THE SCHEDULED CALL TIME?

That's not a problem because all the calls will be recorded and each will be available for 24 hours after it is completed. You'll also be able to RElisten in case there was something you wanted to hear again.

We also understand that you may want to listen several times or have the information available for family and friends to listen, so besides recording the calls, we are also going to turn them into MP3 audio recordings, CDs and transcripts. You'll be able to purchase them at a very affordable price at the time of registration.

But again, the sessions themsleves are all FREE to attend.

Won't you join us?
Again, here's the link to register:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tell ANA You Support a National Nurse

If you'd like to share your support of the Office of a National Nurse with the American Nurses Association, please send an email to the new CEO, Marla Weston, at marla.weston@ana.org.

The ANA opposes the idea of the ONN, but have they polled the membership or do a few officers make these decisions on their own? This is a burning question. If you are a member of ANA have you been asked for your opinion about this issue, or other issues that ANA takes a stand on?

Make your voice heard to the ANA on this issue.

You should also read Nurse Ratched's post.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The National Nurse & Health Care Reform

Recently, Alisa Schneider MS, RN and Teri Mills MS, RN, ANP, CNE spoke at the Democracy Fest in Burlington, VT on the subject of Health Care Reform. Alisa and Teri both spoke about the need for health care reform. Teri explained the need for an Office of the National Nurse and "quality health care that is affordable and available to everyone."

At the end of her speech, Teri had the honor to introduce Gov. Howard Dean who spoke about President Obama's plan for health care reform and why we need this kind of reform now.

The Center for Media and Democracy has video of these 3 effective speeches on their website. Take a few minutes to listen.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Link to Pete Dowan's Tribute to Nurses

You can link to a widget for Pete Dowan's musical tribute (Ladies in White) to nurses here.

We Need More of These Camps for Wannabe Health Professionals

There are a few of these camps but many more would be a terrific idea to encourage high school students to consider careers in health care. Here's one in Baltimore.

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Real Moon Walk 40 Years Later...


Where were you 40 years ago today?

I remember we were glued to the television set as we watched Buzz Aldrin step down at Tranquility Base on the moon, and say his famous words, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." President Kennedy had said in his inaugural speech in 1961 that we would do it in that decade and we did. It was a thrilling time. I had the opportunity to visit Cape Canaveral several years ago. My children were not impressed and could not understand what I thought was so fascinating. Then when they saw the movie Apollo 13 they understood, and I realized they had had no idea about the early days of our space program.

So for those of you too young to remember or before you were born, here's a little video from that great day... courtesy of NASA. It's not great video, but it's exactly as we saw it 40 years ago today, July 20, 1969.

I hope it inspires some of you to dream big and to reach for things well beyond your imagination.

Photo: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin Jr. the Apollo 11 crew. Image from NASA.gov

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Nursing Shortage is Not Over

I'll admit that I love to people watch. However, it has been a frightening thing lately because I have overheard far too many conversations with young people talking about wanting to become nurses, but there are no jobs.

The recession may have slowed the nursing shortage a bit, because so many older nurses have come out of retirement or semi retirement, but the nursing shortage is poised to be an even bigger problem as a result if all those nurse decide to make a mass exodus once the economy recovers.

New grads may have difficulty finding jobs right now in some markets, but if they expand their options, there are still plenty of jobs available!!! Read more....
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Need Some Translation for that Term?


If you have heard a medical term, phrase, acronym, etc., that you're not sure of, there's a site you might want to check out called SlangRN.com. Items are well categorized by the "latest" "top slang" and "random". There's also an alphabetized list and a tab for anyone to add to the ever growing list.
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Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy 4th of July

Hope everyone has a s safe and happy 4th of July....and for those of you who aren't in the U.S......have a great Saturday!!! Anyone who's working...enjoy the holiday with your patients.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

New URL

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The Nursing Site Blog now has its own URL: www.thenursingsiteblog.com. You might need to reset your bookmarks. Thanks for reading!

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