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April 8, 2007 - Today the Sunday Mail (U.K.) ran an article about the May Day for Nurses campaign, which asks U.K. football (soccer) stars to donate one day's pay to what the Mail calls "a hardship fund that can be claimed by the poorest nurses across the U.K." Steve Dineen's piece is mostly about the involvement of the football stars. And the supportive but vague quotes from them and the campaign founder, political economist Noreena Hertz, do little to explain why U.K. nurses are so desperate, or how this campaign might help in the long term. But the piece does direct readers to the May Day campaign web site, which explains the campaign's hope that "the awareness raised will hopefully make the government give nurses their due." That site also argues that nurses are severely underpaid relative to other public workers, and even goes beyond the standard "nurses are noble"-style rhetoric of the Mail piece to note that lower nurse staffing means worse patient outcomes. We thank the Mail for its coverage and Noreena Hertz for this innovative campaign to highlight some key nursing issues. more...


"Swaziland is dying. Will the last nurse on duty please turn off the lights?"

December 11, 2006 -- Recent articles by IRIN (Integrated Regional Information Networks) highlight the deadly interaction between the HIV/AIDS crisis and the lack of resources for nurses in sub-Saharan Africa. "Malawi: Health worker shortage a challenge to AIDS treatment," posted on November 17, describes how that nation's acute shortage of nurses and other key health staff impedes ambitious efforts to expand anti-retroviral treatment. Today's "Swaziland: Nurses fleeing the HIV/AIDS frontline" focuses more on the nursing shortage. In Swaziland, the shortage reportedly stems from a combination of emigration for better opportunities and attrition caused by HIV/AIDS itself--an estimated 38% of the nation's remaining public and mission sector nurses are HIV positive. Both pieces effectively show how the AIDS crisis and the nursing shortage exacerbate each other. We thank IRIN for this coverage. more...



In response to our item about the January 25, 2007 episode of "Grey's Anatomy," entitled "Great Expectations," a nurse has submitted a great script idea. Our analysis focused on a scene in which attending Mark Sloane punishes two surgical interns by giving them what is presented as the trivial, grotesque task of treating bedsores, suggesting that he's not asking the nurses who would normally do it because he likes them. Please see below for a powerful idea for the scene written by Mandy Mayling, RN. Ms. Mayling envisions what might have happened if Seattle Grace actually had nurse managers. Click here to see the script...


American Academy of Nursing Gives 2006 Media Awards

November 11, 2006 - Tonight the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) presented its 2006 Media Awards at the group's annual ceremony in Miami. The four Media Award winners were: "Critical Care: The Making of an ICU Nurse," an extensive series about Massachusetts General Hospital nurses published in The Boston Globe in October 2005; "13 Weeks," an Internet "reality" show about travel nurses created by Access Nurses; "Kids' Health Matters," a public health publication created by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP); and "Nurse shortage puts school kids at risk," a long article about the school nurse crisis published in USA Today in December 2005. The Globe and USA Today pieces also won Golden Lamp Awards from the Center. The Center congratulates all the winners. more...


Does nursing require a college degree?

Many nurses have contacted us about the PARADE article from April 15, 2007, stating that nursing requires no college degree. We will address it in next week's news alert. In the meantime, if you have comments on the article, please send them to Parade at and copy us at Thank you!


Please place RN patch orders for May graduations now

Over the last few weeks we have taken a number of orders for bulk "RN" and other nursing patches for upcoming nursing graduations. Many schools are giving out patches to their graduates instead of flowers. If you would like patches, please order them in the coming week so we can guarantee delivery in time for May graduations. Thank you. The regular member price for an "RN" patch is $1.50, but in bulk of 50 patches or more, patches are just $1.00 each. Click here for more information or call us at 1-410-323-1100.

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