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Public Health Nursing and the Myths of Poverty

Amanda Redhead | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Amanda Redhead

As a public health nurse I receive referrals for a myriad of reasons. I work with families at what is likely one of the lowest times of their life. Th...

The Tricky Subject of Breastfeeding -- Why We Do It and What We Need!

Julia Wiklander | Posted 02.05.2016 | Parents
Julia Wiklander

Despite the strong evidence of the benefits of breastfeeding (see below) and WHO's recommendations to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months and continue for the first 2 years, women around the world do not have the support they need to breastfeed.

How Will You Protect Moms and Babies From Zika?

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 02.01.2016 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

Avoiding exposure is best. When traveling to areas where Zika has been reported, take all precautions to avoid mosquito bites including the use of EPA-approved bug spray with DEET, covering exposed skin, staying in air-conditioned or screened-in areas and treating clothing with permethrin.

My View For Today

Leyna Juliet Weber | Posted 01.21.2016 | Parents
Leyna Juliet Weber

I want to fast-forward; then I want to rewind. I don't know what the hell I want.

Mercy Street - wounding and caring, and more wounding, and more caring during the American Civil War

Joseph Cooper | Posted 01.15.2016 | Entertainment
Joseph Cooper

"Your dress is abominable, most abominable.... I do not wish my nurses to dress in that manner. These boys must be looking to their recuperation, no...

Mothers Climb Mountains

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.06.2016 | HuffPost Home
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Mothering is an uphill path as our children get older, so do we. We all reach different stages of development at the same time. It's an upward climb. ...

This 6-Year-Old's Response To Someone Shaming His Mom Is Priceless

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 12.31.2015 | Parents

Australian mom Telaine Smith was at a loss for words when she was shamed for expressing milk in her own car. But her 6-year-old son Dallas-Gus came to...

10 Secrets That Nurses Keep From Their Patients

Brie Gowen | Posted 01.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Brie Gowen

I guess nurses are a secretive bunch. But if it's right what they say, that the truth will set you free, then here are 10 secrets your nurse has been keeping from you.

Nursing Diversity: Why Backstories Matter

Susan Kools, RN, PhD, FAAN | Posted 01.25.2016 | College
Susan Kools, RN, PhD, FAAN

Diversity in nursing matters more than it ever has. A good nurse is not the sum of his or her test scores, high school grades and extra-curriculars. And while lessons come from classroom work and practice, they're also developed through plain, ordinary lived experience.

A Nurse and a New Year

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 12.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

Because as a nurse in the intensive care unit, I've learned -- while I'm relatively young, I possess an old soul -- that nothing in this life is promised. We have no guarantee. We cannot push off what we crave today unto tomorrow, because there is no certainty that tomorrow may come.

100 Ways to Consider Time

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 12.23.2015 | Arts
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Working women still struggle to combine the many parts of self, the worker, the mother, the person. I don't know if Marilyn had this in mind when she created this work of art, but for me, it is a timely political statement.

Lighten the Load on Our Nurses for Better Health Care

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Prior to the OSH Act, workplace safety was a concept only familiar to those with a good union or an unusually goodhearted boss. There was no law saying your employer had to send you home every day in one piece. The OSH Act changed that.

I Confess My Regrets About Being a Successful Career Woman and a Mother!

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 12.15.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

It's time for me to me to speak up. Please hear my voice so I can try and shed my regrets about having career and motherhood at the same time.

'Tis the Season for At-Risk Drinking: A Reminder to Health Care Providers -- Screen, Intervene and Refer

Mona Shattell | Posted 12.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

During the holiday season at-risk alcohol use is common, either because of holiday parties and celebrations or in response to stressors such as grief and loss, depression or financial troubles.

Dealing With the Loss of a Tiny Patient

AWHONN | Posted 12.09.2015 | Healthy Living
AWHONN

She was a beautiful, healthy, full-term baby that didn't make it. This was the hardest to come to terms with. Premature babies are not ready, not mature, we know sometimes they fight to live and it still it isn't enough. A full-term baby, though, without any defects or complications?

How to Infuse Social Media into a Conference of Tech-Naive Attendees

Mona Shattell | Posted 12.04.2015 | Technology
Mona Shattell

Conferences have long been opportunities to connect, share information, develop new working relationships and uncover new ways to approach solutions to vexing problems. Before the widespread use of technology and social media, that information was limited to those in attendance. Even then, connecting with other attendees could be difficult. Anyone unable to attend the conference missed out all together!

The Troubling Erasure of Trans Parents Who Breastfeed

The Establishment | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.