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C-SPAN's After Words
September 30, 2015

The Leonard Lopate Show
September 28, 2015

 

Barnes & Noble Review
September 23, 2015

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Boston Globe
September 29, 2015

The Wall Street Journal
September 18, 2015

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 22, 2015


RECENT COLUMNS & NEWS

Lightening Nurses' Loads
Slate.com, May 10, 2016

The best way to appreciate nurses during Nurses Week is to support legislation that would help them better care for their patients.

What I'm Reading: To Make Everything Possible, Lean In
American Journal of Nursing, May, 2016

Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook, and her book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (Knopf, 2013) has become a manifesto of sorts for women who want to succeed in business. 

When Hospital Paperwork Crowds Out Hospital Care
The New York Times, December 20, 2015

A FRIEND was recently hospitalized after a bicycle accident. At one point a nursing student, together with a more senior nurse, rolled a computer on wheels into the room and asked my friend to rate her pain on a scale of 1 to 10.
She mumbled, “4 to 5.” The student put 5 into the computer — and then they left, without further inquiring about, or relieving, my friend’s pain.

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF NURSING - What I'm Reading: Unforgettable: At the End of Life, Knowing What's Vital, November 2015

Scott Simon, the NPR journalist and commentator, made news in the world of social media when he tweeted the details of his charming, theatrical mother's final days, which were spent in a Chicago ICU. His latest book, Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime (Flatiron Books, 2015), expands on those tweets, and it's a pleasure to get the full story, especially since Simon is a big fan of nurses.

Finding the Meaning of Death in a Concert Hall
The New York Times, October 4, 2015

“Death and Transfiguration,” a 25-minute tone poem by Richard Strauss, is the type of entertainment I’ve tried to avoid since becoming a hospice nurse. I worry it will make me feel the job too deeply in my time off. But this performance was by the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, in which my son plays first violin, so we went.

Miss Colorado Started a Needed Conversation about Nurses
TIME.COM, September 18, 2015

For the talent portion of the Miss America contest this year, Kelley Johnson performed a monologue about her work as a nurse and her relationship with an Alzheimer’s patient. The next day, the hosts of The Viewcriticized Miss Colorado’s performance. Host Joy Behar’s asked, “Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on?”

Not "Just a Nurse"
Slate.com, September 18, 2015

The View’s Joy Behar made a surprisingly ignorant comment about nurses this week during a discussion of the Miss America pageant. Miss Colorado (Kelley Johnson), dressed in scrubs and wearing a stethoscope around her neck, gave a heartfelt monologue about her work as a registered nurse. Behar was incredulous, asking why the nurse was “wearing a doctor’s stethoscope.” Behar apologized the next day, but not before the #NursesUnite hashtag had caught fire on Twitter and the American Nurses Association had issued a sharp rebuke; advertisers Johnson & Johnson and Eggland’s Best have also pulled advertising from The View.

Working a Shift with Theresa Brown
American Journal of Nursing, July 20, 2015

Many of you may be familiar with Theresa Brown, nurse and author of Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between, as well as a blogger for the New York Times. Brown also writes a quarterly column for AJN called What I’m Reading (her latest column, which will be free until August 15, is in the July issue). Her new book, The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives, will come out in September, and I was able to read a prepublication copy. (You can pre-order it.)