Sunday, March 14, 2021

New CDC report shows that mask mandates only lowered COVID-19 cases and deaths by 1.32% during the first 100 days after the mask policy was implemented:"For about a year now, we’ve been told to mask up to slow the spread of coronavirus around the country. In 2020, 39 states and the District of Columbia (DC) issued mandatory mask mandates. However, a new report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the mask mandates were not as effective as everyone had hoped."

#CDC #Covid #Covid19 #Masks #MaskMandates #Restaurants #Dining

Friday, March 5, 2021

 SoCal nurse who got COVID-19 after vaccination urges others to still get the vaccine, March 2, 2021:"A Southern California nurse who got COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated is coming forward to share her story. She wants people to know that even though she got sick, the vaccine works."

#Covid19Vaccines #Covid #Covid19 #NurseUp #Covid19Mandates #ThisIsOurShot #Covid19Vaccine

Thursday, March 4, 2021

 Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced on Thursday that his state would soon be making significant reductions to restrictions that the state implemented in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

“Most of the changes will go into effect on March 19, with several more coming down the line over the following two weeks,” the Hartford Courant reported. “The decision comes as President Joe Biden warns states not to move fast on reopening. Lamont said the decision was a result of Connecticut’s dropping COVID-19 metrics.”

#Connecticut #MaskMandates #Covid #Covid19

 'The last thing we need is the Neanderthal thinking': Biden responds to decision to end mask mandate in Texas:“And the last thing, the last thing we need is the Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it," said Biden. "It still matters...It’s critical, critical, critical, critical that they follow the science."

During his announcement Tuesday, Abbott acknowledged that COVID-19 has not disappeared, but said that based on recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices, state mandates aren't needed."

#Texas #JoeBiden #MaskMandates #Covid #Covid19

 Lawmakers (Kansas) introduce bill that would block employers from requiring vaccines against COVID-19, other diseases:"Lawmakers are considering a move to bar employers from mandating vaccinations, an effort that experts believe has its roots in the anti-vaccine movement and comes as millions of Americans are getting inoculated against COVID-19.

Nursing home facilities in other states have required employees to get the vaccine because of their work with high-risk individuals, although there are no confirmed reports of workplaces taking that step in Kansas."

#Covid19Vaccines #Covid #Covid19 #NurseUp #Covid19Mandates #ThisIsOurShot #Covid19Vaccine #NursingHomes #LTC #Geriatrics

Thursday, February 4, 2021

 Norwegian Cruise Line will require crew members to get the COVID-19 vaccine before boarding as sailings continue to be pushed back:"Norwegian Cruise Line and its Regent Seven Seas Cruises brand will be asking all of its crew members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine prior to boarding, the cruise companies' spokespeople told Insider in an email statement."

#COVID19vaccines #COVID19 #nurseup #Cruises #NorwegianCruiseLine

 White House COVID-19 update: Fauci says vaccine mandate unnecessary:"Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky and Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, both said at a White House briefing on Wednesday that it's too early to consider such a mandate."

#COVID19vaccines #COVID19 #nurseup

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Cost of Incarceration, August 1, 2018 #CorrectionalHealthcare #Corrections #Prisons #Innmates

The cost of incarceration, August 1, 2018:"The jail contracts with Smoky Mountain Urgent Care for a nurse who is on site five days a week for four hours.

“We have a jail nurse and she tries to keep those numbers down,” Cochran said. “She sees most of the inmates complaints and if they go to a doctor it has to be a very needed thing. Of course we’re not going to stop people from going to the hospital if they have to.”

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Why NursesTakeDC 2018? Theresa Ward Puckett, @ExcuseSickNurses, Ohio Nurse Advocates

Why NursesTakeDC 2018? Theresa Ward Puckett, @ExcuseSickNurses, Ohio Nurse Advocates

        I’ve been a nurse for over 18 years and a nurse educator for over 15 years. During my career, my enthusiasm and enjoyment of the profession has ebbed and flowed. When I first started teaching, I couldn’t understand why anyone wouldn’t want to be a nurse. Now, I worry that not enough nurses will be attracted to or retained in the profession. I look at my bright, motivated undergraduate students and wonder if they really know what they’re up against as they launch into their first job (they don’t). I also wonder if they will care about the profession and the patients enough to continue the fight for workplace safety.

        This year has been the most trying year of my career. I contracted the flu around the holidays and was sick for three weeks. During this time, I was fired from a PRN job that I loved because I missed three shifts. Even though I had doctor’s notes covering the days of my absence, I was fired per the hospital’s “No Fault” attendance policy. The hospital management that I had worked so hard to please texted me the news of my firing. I felt betrayed and like a fool for working extra shifts and leaving my family to cover holiday shifts that were above and beyond my obligation as a PRN nurse. I stood by them in their time of need, but they didn’t stand by me in mine.

        The second slap in the face came from co-workers at that same job. These were people who I considered my “work family”. We socialized outside of work and celebrated each other’s special days. Several of them had just attended my wedding four months prior to the firing. A few months after my firing, I had only heard from one person. Losing their support because I was fired when sick felt like a betrayal. Aren’t nurses supposed to stand together in times of need?

         The final event that rocked my sense of normalcy, security, and peer acceptance was being told that I was not invited back to teach at Kent State University next fall. The university and the hospital from which I was fired have close clinical ties. I’ll never forget the look of disgust thrown my way by the Dean of nursing after my story broke on CNN. Why wasn’t I being congratulated for speaking up?

        In walks Andrew Lopez, Show Me Your Stethoscope, and Nurses Take DC. When I learned about Nurses Take DC, I hoped that attending the event would bring me in contact with people who were like-minded and not embarrassed for me for what I did. I knew that I would be surrounded by people who are concerned about workplace issues that are ultimately patient safety issues, such as safe staffing and workplace violence, but would they see my issue as being just as important of a safety issue?

        Nurse Take DC. What did the experience mean to me? It meant being accepted. It meant having nurses who recognized me approach me with a thank you. Above all, it was validating. It validated that I did the right thing. It validated that my speaking out did not ruin my career, but took my career in a different, more important direction. It gave me hope that together, we can make changes. Below is a photo of myself standing at the Nurses Take DC rally. See all of those people standing with me? They are my new nursing community. They don’t just punch in and out of their shift and complain in the locker room. They do. They act. I couldn’t be more excited to be on this journey of patient safety together.


NursesTakeDC 2018 details here:

Andrew Lopez, RN
Nursefriendly National Directories
38 Tattersall Drive 
West Deptford, New Jersey 08051
856-415-9617, Fax: 856-415-9618,, @nursefriendly

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Why #NursesTakeDC 2018? Emily Cardwell, MSN, RN, @kynurse4change #NursesTakeDC #NurseUp #NursesUnite #NationofNurses

Why #NursesTakeDC 2018? Emily Cardwell, MSN, RN, @kynurse4change

I’d say that “NursesTakeDC not just for the nurses of today, but for the day we will be patients. We are on the front line and see the shortcomings from lost due to under staffing, but it is the patients who suffer the most immediate ramifications. Those are friends, family, and eventually, each and every one of us.” Is that what you meant?

I often think the single biggest mistake nurses make is forgetting that they too will need the care they provide others, and not acting aggressively to force change to protect patients and staff until they fall victim to the understaffed system that has put nursing care on the chopping block.

It bothers me to see such wonderful, empathetic, educated professionals not consider what they would do if it were them in the bed tomorrow. Would they go to their own facility? Or would they fear for their safety? If the answer is the latter, then they need to advocate now.

I’ve been sick for years, and I know I won’t live long enough to see a total overhaul of healthcare. But I’d love to see nurses take back power over healthcare.

Emily Cardwell, MSN, RN @kynurse4change

NursesTakeDC 2018 details here:


Andrew Lopez, RN
Nursefriendly National Directories
38 Tattersall Drive
West Deptford, New Jersey 08051
856-415-9617, Fax: 856-415-9618,, @nursefriendly