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The Troubling Erasure of Trans Parents Who Breastfeed

The Establishment | Posted 11.30.2015 | Gay Voices
The Establishment

Brochures, websites and PSAs promote the picture of a woman lovingly looking at her child as the baby suckles at her breast. The language accompanying this imagery is inevitably gendered, specific to cisgender women who are nursing a baby that they themselves gave birth to.

To My Wife And All Nurses Everywhere, Thank You

Rhet Troxell | Posted 11.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Rhet Troxell

This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for all you nurses out there -- who abandon everything about your own needs and wants, to make this world a better place for everyone else you take care of. I'm thankful for my wife -- an ICU nurse -- my hero.

A Letter To The Family Of My ICU Patient

Brie Gowen | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Brie Gowen

Some people love us. Some people hate us. I can promise you that you do not want to be a patient in my unit. If you are then that means you're really sick. But I can also promise you that if you end up here you will get stellar care by a team of the best health care providers available.

What's Love Got to Do With It?

Leona deVinne | Posted 11.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Leona deVinne

What's love got to do with It? I can hear Tina Turner singing that line in my head as I write -- let me tell you one thing she got wrong while she ...

A Letter to the Baby Nurses

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

Right now, there is a baby nurse who is searching online and deep inside for an answer. There is a brand new member of the profession who is questioning her calling. Dearest baby nurse, don't let this scary new world drag you down

Living Passionately: 21 People Who Found Their Purpose -- And How You Can Too

Jim Luce | Posted 10.26.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jim Luce

In our hearts, we all wish for a life filled with meaning and purpose, but how many of us are meeting this goal? Life seems to continually throw obsta...

The Anatomy of a Waiting Room

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 10.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

Part jungle. Part jail cell. Where awkward smiles cut through silence with surgical precision. A waiting room, foul and filthy; faith and family; cold and sterile like the operating suite. Cool down on your treadmill. Check the time on your microwave. But every watch is broken in the waiting room -- better to count your blessings than to measure the seconds.

A Nurse Did That

Lexi Behrndt | Posted 10.09.2015 | Parents
Lexi Behrndt

The one who sat next to me the first night, as my newborn was whisked away and a medical team swarmed like honeybees around him. The one who passed tissues, held my hand, rubbed my back. Without her, my tears and I would have been alone as I whispered fervent prayers for my son's life to be spared. A nurse did that.

Why Nurses Get Burned Out

Brie Gowen | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Brie Gowen

As a nurse when you hit the wall mentally and physically of what you can do you aren't allowed to take the phone off the hook. In life and death situations you can't even walk away for a second to collect yourself. So when you reach the end of your rope you just magically find some more slack.

In Defense of Nursing

Gregory Roloff | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Gregory Roloff

The field of nursing has an attribute that many others lack. Even on the worst of days, nurses will never leave the workplace wondering if they just did something meaningful. My hope is that that the public outcry to the incident on The View revives a deeper respect for nursing.

How "The View" Made Me Proud to Be a Nurse Again

Jed Ryan | Posted 09.23.2015 | Entertainment
Jed Ryan

A few of my peers, who are not nurses themselves, wondered just what was said on The View that was so offensive. I told them that it wasn't even so much the words themselves as much as the general tone of the conversation.

Scientists Should Contribute to, Not Shun, Social Media

Mona Shattell | Posted 09.22.2015 | Media
Mona Shattell

Social media provides us with a tremendous opportunity to support the ongoing and future development of our nurses, scientists, and professional leaders.

America's Heartbeat and Our Stethoscope

Kateri Allard | Posted 09.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Kateri Allard

A beautiful woman in a beauty pageant put on baggy clothes and humbly walked across the stage to talk proudly about her career, and her passion for caring for other human beings, and the only thing the women on The View could muster in response were insults grounded in ignorance.

Thank You, NICU Nurse

Natalie Romero | Posted 09.17.2015 | Parents
Natalie Romero

NICU nurse, I don't know if you know the impact you had on our family. I don't think I thanked you. I hope it's not too late. Thank you for rocking my baby when I couldn't be with him at night. Thank you for making feel like a normal mother in the moments when I felt anything but normal.

Why This Nurse Still Has a View

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 09.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Shelly Lopez Gray

Don't worry, you don't have to worry about this nurse banning your show. After all, I'm the nurse that works 13 hour shifts at two different jobs, the nurse that volunteers once a week teaching prenatal classes to underserved women, the nurse that is still in school (for my Doctorate in NURSING Practice) so I can do better for my patients and my nursing profession.

My Job Prevented Me From Breastfeeding

Whitney Lloyd | Posted 09.17.2015 | Parents
Whitney Lloyd

This is the reality of millions of working mothers across the United States. Unpaid parental leave doesn't just affect our wallets, it can affect the way we care for our babies.

10 Warnings for All Working Parents

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 09.16.2015 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

I've said this before, and I'll say it again, you don't know what tired is until you're a parent. Exhausted doesn't even begin to describe it. It's kind of like every ounce of energy has been sucked out of you, leaving you fighting a constant state of exhaustion.

19 Pet Peeves Every Nurse Will Understand

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 09.15.2015 | Healthy Living

Nurses are pretty much unstoppable, but every so often, they get pissed off like the rest of us. Endless hospital shifts, vomiting patients and not en...

A Nurse to My Own (Part I: Are You Okay?)

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 09.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

Today I am feeling quietly concerned but calm. Yesterday I was motivated to overcome the challenge at hand. Tomorrow? Who knows. Every single day will be punctuated by a different emotion, a different version of the woman who I am.

Pregnant Leading into Breastfeeding for Almost a Decade

Regan Long | Posted 09.11.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

After celebrating my fourth baby's 1st birthday, I have come to realize that by the time I am done breastfeeding her, I will have been pregnant and/or nursing for almost a decade. Wow.

What You May Not See When You Look at Your Nurse

Brie Gowen | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Brie Gowen

Nurses perform their duties with a smile, with an air of efficiency, and often what seems to be an indifference. You will not see their calm expression falter even as the feces hits the fan. You might see them stoic while you cry, or even laughing later in the hall.

9 Things Every Male Nurse Should Know

Femi Borisade | Posted 09.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Femi Borisade

Some men shy away from the nursing field because of the perception that nursing is a female-dominated field. But, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the proportion of male nurses has increased significantly over the years. As a male nurse myself, here are nine things that I have learned along the way.

Reflections Of A Nurse: The Little Things Matter

Whitney Koenig | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Whitney Koenig

If you hope to be a good nurse (or coworker, or person with a heart), you're going to spend the majority of your working life doing things you SO mistakenly think are beneath you. The "little" stuff is rarely small. It's heavy and you can't carry it by yourself. So yes, little nursling, you are here to pass trays.

30 Truths Your Nurse Wants You to Know

Brie Gowen | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Brie Gowen

We don't usually have to work five days a week. We're so lucky. Instead we work a string of grueling, exhausting 13 hours days. We also work most holidays with little to no compensation for the fact.

Is There A (Male) Nurse In The House?

Jenny Kanevsky | Posted 09.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Jenny Kanevsky

I can see in my mind's eye several of nurses, both female and male who have helped me heal. I have had it proven to me that nurses, a heck of a lot of them, really care about their jobs and their patients. And, I am glad so many caring men are among those doing the healing.