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Crazy Mary

A review of A.R. Gurney's new play
By Claire Fagin, RN, PhD, FAAN

 
May 19, 2007 -- This is a wonderful play, the entire cast is superb, and the directorial hand is perfect--almost. The play takes place in a private psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts and concerns a long term patient, her distant cousin who is now the Trustee of her estate but is "hungry" for the money, the patient's son, a psychiatrist, and a nurse. All parts are played beautifully by Sigourney Weaver, Kristine Nielsen, Michael Esper, Mitchell Greenberg, and Myra Lucretia Taylor (right). My concern is the part of Pearl the nurse. more...

 

Allowing a Natural Death

March 16, 2007 - Today the weekly radio show "Healthstyles" on WBAI (New York) featured a typically enlightening discussion of key health issues from a nursing perspective. The show is hosted by American Journal of Nursing editor-in-chief Diana Mason, RN, PhD, FAAN (right), who also serves on the Center's advisory panel, and Barbara Glickstein, RN, MS, MPH. Today's topic was end-of-life care, specifically the importance of advance directives and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders--or, as one of the guests noted, what some have started calling "Allow a Natural Death" (AND) orders. In addition to Mason herself, who hosted today's show, two of the three guests were nurses, and the show provided an excellent forum for all to educate the lay audience about these health ideas. Mason and her guests proposed taking a more holistic, patient-focused approach to dying, which will often mean no aggressive treatment for terminal patients. This alternate approach runs counter to what even many health workers still assume patients want. Of course, in giving nursing leaders the chance to make this case, "Healthstyles" also shows its audience that nurses are articulate, knowledgeable health professionals. We salute Diana Mason and WBAI for the show. more...and hear 4 sound clips or the full show...

 

Reading is fundamental

March 1, 2007 - Today The Middletown Press (CT) ran a story about Rose Quiello, who is both a veteran nurse and a professor of English at Southern Connecticut State University. Shannon Becker wrote the piece, "Professor, nurse to lead novel discussion series." The article uses a short series of talks Quiello has planned at a local library to bring out links between Quiello's two careers, and between health care and literature generally. The piece gives the public a good profile of a literate, articulate nurse. Quiello rightly suggests that looking closely at literature can improve nurses' powers of clinical assessment and empathy. We would go even further: because textual analysis can help us understand and respond to human behavior, it can help nurses become better advocates for their patients--and themselves. We thank Shannon Becker and the Middletown Press for this helpful, interesting piece. more...

 

Barbara Ficarra looks at the nursing shortage

May 23, 2007 -- Barbara Ficarra, RN, host of the radio show "Health in 30," has launched an online video series on ScribeMedia.org called "Nurses in Motion." Over the past few months, Ficarra has hosted several shows looking at the causes and effects of the nursing shortage, as well as potential solutions. See Part I with Linda Honan Pellico, PhD, MSN, RN, and Christine Kovner, PhD, RN. See Part II with Diana J. Mason, RN, PhD, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing and Ruth Amos, RN, JD. See Part III, which focuses on the proposed Office of the National Nurse, with Edie Brous, RN, JD, and Keith Olsen, RN. And see today's episode, Part IV with Fred Pescatore, MD.

 

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