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Dr. Mona Shattell is a registered nurse, scientist, professor, and author. She currently is the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development in the College of Science and Health, and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, at DePaul University. She studies mental health-related issues including psychiatric treatment environments, patient-provider relationships, and the mental health of various vulnerable populations. She is an Associate Editor of Issues in Mental Health Nursing and the author of more than 90 journal articles and book chapters.

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'Institutionalizing' Recovery in Mental Health Care

(3) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 5:17 PM

Co-authored by Linda Beeber, Ph.D., RN, CS, FAAN, professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Madeline A. Naegle, Ph.D., PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, professor at New York University

Does the U.S. need more "asylums" to treat or house persons with severe mental illness? A recent article...

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Registered Nurses Are Ebola Fighters and Scientists/Researchers

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 5:03 PM

This post was co-authored by Dr. Kimberly Baltzell, Director, University of California San Fransiciso School of Nursing, Center for Global Health.

Registered nurses are many of "The Ebola Fighters," which just last week TIME magazine named as the 2014 Person of the Year. To the vast majority of...

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Hope and Engagement, Not Control and Coercion, in Psychiatric Care

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 12:43 PM

Too much attention is paid to violence perpetuated by persons with mental illness and the associated solutions that focus on control and coercion. I'm writing in response to Steven Seager's op-ed titled "Where Hell is Other Patients" that was published in the New York Times on Nov. 10,...

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What Hazmat Suits, Ray Rice, and the Washington Redskins Have in Common With Human Trafficking

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 2:13 PM

Co-authored by Jaclyn Houston

Leading up to Halloween, there has been a surplus of offensive costumes floating around on the internet -- hazmats suits for Ebola, dressing up like members of ISIS, and making light of domestic violence by dressing up as former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray...

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From Music Festivals to College Campuses: Trans* and Women's Communities

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 9:14 PM

Co-authored by Elizabeth McConnell

Some of you may have read the article "When Women Become Men at Wellesley," authored by Ruth Padawer, in last week's New York Times Magazine. Padawer skillfully and thoughtfully brings to light the challenges related to transgender students at Wellesley College and other women's...

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Setting the Record Straight on Sexual Assaults on Campus

(17) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Sexual assaults on college campuses have been in the news of late, since the Department of Education released the names of 55 universities and colleges under investigation for allegations that they mishandled sexual violence complaints on their campuses.

College-aged victims of sexual assault and student activist groups have...

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Building a Transmedia Project for Young Adults With Mental Illness, Their Families and Their Health Care Providers

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 12:08 PM

Co-authored by Anuradha Rana, MFA, MA, instructor in digital cinema, and Doris C. Rusch, Ph.D., assistant professor for game design at DePaul University.

Transmedia has become a catchy word often heard at media conferences, academic symposia, glass enclosed conference rooms of ad agencies and the milieu of creative firms that...

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How Video Games Can Improve Dialogue on Mental Illness

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 4:28 PM

Co-authored by Doris C. Rusch, Ph.D., assistant professor for game design, and Anuradha Rana, MFA, MA, instructor in digital cinema at DePaul University.

The darkness is closing in around you. You know what to do to make it stop, to keep the rising anxiety at bay -- you perform the...

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How an Interdisciplinary Transmedia Project Can Address Mental Illness Stigma

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:21 PM

Co-authored by Doris C. Rusch, PhD, Assistant Professor for Game Design, and Anuradha Rana, MFA, MA, Instructor in Digital Cinema at DePaul University

Interdisciplinary research is all the rage in higher education. Faculty members are encouraged to conduct research with interdisciplinary teams. These interdisciplinary teams and the research that comes...

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Let's Just Be Real. Let's Be Ourselves

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

I have been told that I "keep my cards close to my chest", which I assume means that I don't reveal a lot about myself - I withhold myself or parts of myself. Given this trait...

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Why Lesbian Identity Matters

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 7:59 PM

Co-authored by Peggy L. Chinn, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN, Professor Emerita at the University of Connecticut

Today's social movement toward equal civil rights for all LGBTQ people has unleashed a host of reactions from well-meaning folks who have yet to understand why sexual and gender identity matter. Recent reactions posted to...

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Why Are Lesbian Nurses Still Invisible?

(17) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 8:18 PM

Coming soon to MTV is Nurse Nation, a new docu-series that chronicles the work, and play, of nine young travel nurses.

Nurse Nation is supposed to illustrate the challenges of the nursing profession. I hope that the nurses who "party hard" do not overshadow the images and...

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A Nurse's Muse: How One Patient Made a Difference

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 1:02 PM

The PBS television show Call the Midwife recently began its second season. The show, set in the East End of London in the 1950s, is based on the bestselling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth -- a former district nurse and midwife.

Call the Midwife, and upcoming...

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Good Intentions Are Not Enough: On Community, Voice, and the Ethics of Inclusion/Exclusion

(1) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 1:00 PM

"The Ugly Truth" advertising campaign hit Chicago this week. You may have seen the signs on public transportation -- in the "L" or on a CTA bus -- on the sides of a bus shelter, or on a digital billboard at the airport. One sign reads "Prostitution, there's...

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Hooters Opens Nursing School

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 3:39 PM

"Male Nurses Make More Money" was published last week in the Wall Street Journal. As a registered nurse and a woman, I was angered and appalled at the comments that this article spawned, about the sexualized physicality of women nurses.

Here are just a few of the comments:

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Better Nurse-to-Patient Ratios a Must for Psychiatric Hospitals

(7) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 2:43 PM

Minnesota could be the next state to enact legislation that would ensure adequate nurse staffing in hospitals. Washington, D.C. is also making gains, if legislation introduced last week by D.C. Council Chairperson Phil Mendelson passes.

A recent article in the Washington Post recounts cheers when...

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In Psychiatric Emergencies, Emergency Rooms Not Always Safe

(12) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 2:56 PM

Last week, a 32-year-old woman shot herself to death in an emergency room in Silver City, N.M. at Gila Regional Medical Center. Police -- who were called by the mother, who reported that her daughter was suicidal and that she had a loaded gun -- took the suicidal...

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When the Most Trusted Profession Falls Prey

(7) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 9:45 AM

Say what you will about whether there is more to British nurse Jacintha Saldana's alleged suicide than we know. The post-mortem report, and perhaps details of the newly revealed suicide note, will be released soon. But one thing, surely, is clear. Nurses are ranked as a...

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