Freshening the Air with COVID-19

“Never be afraid of open windows … .” ~ Florence Nightingale, 1860. This timeless adage came back to relevance during a phone call last week. When asked by a director of nursing at a nursing home in LA County whether his staff may open windows to give isolated residents fresh air, I froze. I told myself, “This is exactly what Florence Nightingale preached.” However, I […]

Staff Decorum, Dignity and Respect

I have a friend. Let’s call her Jill. Jill is a middle-aged woman who leads a healthy and active lifestyle, and has since childhood. Last Spring/Summer, Jill began experiencing stressors in her personal and family life. Over a six-month period of time, these stressors started to manifest physically, as evidenced by significant weight loss and cardiovascular symptoms. Upon seeking medical attention, Jill encountered a multitude […]

Care Planning for Cannabis Use: Vaping

During Prohibition, “Bathtub Gin” (a spirit made at home by amateurs) caused documented instances of sickness and death among American citizens. As cannabis legalization rolls-out across America, cannabis vaping concentrates manufactured for and sold on the black market exhibit a similar public health risk. Over the past year, users of cannabis vaping products following national news and public health concerns may have lost their spark […]

The Dyad of Nursing and Law

On 11/12/19, at 1:00 p.m. EST, the American Nurses Association (ANA) hosted a webinar (Title, Managing legal issues in nursing leadership) describing the intersection of day-to-day nursing leadership and the law. The offering was educational and free (as part of ANA membership). Nurse managers and risk managers were its intended audience. During the webinar, the Presenter (Edie Brous, Esq., PC) provided a global survey of […]