The National Black Nurses Association was founded by 18 nurses due to the lack of representation and leadership roles for Black nurses in the American Nursing Association during the 1960’s and 1970’s. December of 1971, in the home of Dr. Mary Harper, the nurses unanimously voted to approve the establishment of the National Black Nurses Association. By September 6th, 1972 – almost a year later—the … Continue reading Making Changes Towards Equality in Health Care: Brief History of the National Black Nurses Association
So here I sit on New Year’s Eve contemplating this year of 2014. I will not be sad to leave it behind and as the eternal optimist I look forward to a better year in 2015. It’s a surprise that we can get up every morning if we listen to the media. So much hate, so much violence, so much war, so much obesity, so … Continue reading Bang Head Here!
Several of my friends, independently, have told me their stories about their experiences with Obamacare. All the stories are similar in many ways and entail recounting of large deductibles and small coverage. The news media has recounted different stories, each with a different problem, but basically all with the same theme. My favorite of the most recent ones in my realm is of a wife … Continue reading Are We Sinking Ourselves in Medical Debt?
It was reported last week by CNN that at least 40 veterans have died waiting for treatment at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System. They revealed the secret list that patients were shuttled to when they didn’t have time nor room to serve them They did this to hide the fact that thousands of veterans were waiting months to get an appointment. The whistleblower … Continue reading Broken Trail of Promises at the VA Hospitals
I am confused this week by the conflicting stories in the news. Just what is human euthanasia? When is it justified? Who qualifies for it? Much press was given to the botched execution of the Oklahoma killer where the 3-drug lethal injection protocol failed. I had a very hard time understanding how physicians or drug companies in charge of allotting the dose of the cocktail … Continue reading Debates Over Human Euthanasia
Why is it that I believe certain truisms? Did I learn them as a child or was I taught by the television ad? We are much more likely to believe an anecdote or story than we are to believe the scientific evidence. Mothers that believe they know the cause of a child’s illness are unlikely to be swayed by hundreds of scientific studies that say … Continue reading Influences and Perceptions: How our intuitions deceive us
From the Urban Dictionary: an employer of a particularly evil nature, completely devoid of empathy or concern for anyone else, the deadly hybrid of boss and asshole. In this enlightened time, when we speak fervently about leadership skills and innovation, it is improbable that bossholes still exist. We do know that this is not a genetic trait but learned. No MRI or research is going … Continue reading You May Know One, You May Work For One or You May Be One: The Bosshole!