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Joined Mar 14, '04 - from 'California, USA'. herring_RN is a retired registered nurse. She has '>40 years' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Critical care, tele, Medical-Surgical'. Posts: 16,599 (72% Liked) Likes: 32,185

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  • Feb 22

    I bet not working kills more.

  • Feb 13

    A couple of places that I have volunteered for are the Red Cross teaching CPR to foster families and at the local pregnancy resource center. Good luck!

  • Feb 13

    The single most effective way to reduce the number of abortions is access to safe and affordable contraception. PP provides that and has been doing so for a century.

    Pro-life people like OC understand that. Forced pregnancy people don't care because the "real" issue is control of women's sexual behavior and has nothing to do with reverence for life.

  • Feb 13

    Quote from pmabraham
    When the human unborn baby gets a choice, then we can talk pro-choice or anti-choice. The opposite of pro-life is pro-death, and death is what happens when a human life ends. As someone who finds it pure hypocrisy concerning those who have been born fighting for the right to determine whether one unborn child has value and can be born or another has no value and should be killed. As such, I do hope that Planned Parenthood does not receive a single taxpayer penny.
    I agreed with you up until the last sentence. Planned Parenthood is much more that an abortion clinic. So many low income women (& men) go to PP to seek care not related to an abortion. To get rid of it would put many of those low income earners in a tough spot. I'm sure they wouldn't seek medical help otherwise or that is their only option.

    I am not pro-choice but I have to be realistic. If we ban abortions completely, what will happen? Girls will try to abort themselves, go to a back alley to get someone to do it & the luckier ones will be able to go somewhere where it is legal. If the girls from the first two examples don't get a complete abortion or in the process hurt themselves, they will need medical care. Medical care they will be afraid to receive due to laws that could put them in jail.

    There is no way to please both the pro-choice & pro-lifers. I think getting rid of Planned Parenthood is a huge mistake & banning abortions can lead to dire consequences.

  • Feb 9

    This would depend on the facility where you work. Back pay for GNs becoming RNs is not standard in most facilities. They pay you less as a graduate nurse because you cannot function fully independently as an RN. Once you become an RN and can work as such, you get paid as such.

  • Feb 4

    Your state should have their own nurses' association that lobbies on issues in the state legislature. This is a GREAT way to get involved on issues that actually affect your local communities and use your leverage as a nurse with your lawmakers.

  • Feb 1

    When you really need them they are there though and better than having attorney! That's just my feelings! I was against unions for years but I am proud to be in the union and supportive of unions to protect our rights . We need a lot of change and laws to enforce nurse: patient ratio
    should be national and throughout the US not just Cali. I believe that is the Unions main goal now

  • Feb 1

    In my facility, management can't be a part of the nurses' union...and I think this is the norm in most places. If a nurse decides to move from the bedside to a managerial role, his/her union membership is terminated. If he/she returns to the bedside, he/she can rejoin.

  • Jan 28

    Hi there! I applied for a Nurse Manager position a few weeks ago at a unionized hospital in Florida (NNU) and I didn't know it was unionized until just today. I have had 2 phone calls with a recruiter who most recently said he was going to circle back with the hiring managers and be in touch with me soon if they're interested in an interview. I am currently an Assistant Nurse Manager across town in a non-union hospital.

    I am not against unions, I am familiar with NNU and my politics line up with theirs as well, for the most part. I just had no idea there were union hospitals in Florida and I don't know anything about how they work since I've never worked for one, nor how that would affect me as a Nurse Manager. My thought is, as long as I am keeping my nurses' wellbeing in mind and doing everything I can to foster a good working environment with safe staffing ratios etc to the best of my ability, I shouldn't have anything to worry about, right? Would I be expected by the nurses to join the union or vice versa would management expect me to be anti-union? Any thoughts on how, if at all, this would affect my day to day job if I were hired there?

  • Jan 26

    I had the incomparable experience of working with Tommy, first as a nursing assistant, and then, as an a new grad RN. There is a light that shines from this man that is inextinguishable. He is a paramount example of not only a nurse, but of a human being as well. Everything he did and continues to do is in service to others -- essentially, if he can do anything to make a positive impact he will. He is literally a living legend at CHLA. I cannot emphasize the goodness of this man.

  • Jan 26

    This is a wonderful tribute to Tommy Covington, a remarkable nurse. I just had to share it.

  • Jan 25

    The Republicans have had 7 years to come up with an Obamacare replacement. They haven't. Why would they come up with one now?

    Obamacare isn't perfect. Neither were Medicare or Social Security when they first passed. They were modified, not destroyed. Until very recently, they were untouchable.

  • Jan 25

    I agree with AliNajaCat.

    Having worked for the largest safety net hospital network for several years in a large urban community with a disproportionate refugee population, I can say from firsthand experience that the ACA has been a G-DSEND for millions of people.

  • Jan 25

    ACA is not perfect. However, it does offer some protections that were not available previously: pre-existing condition protection, college student coverage to name just a few. The old way didn't work; it needed to be fixed. At least the ACA was an attempt at that. Saying repeal or don't repeal isn't enough. The system is broken.

  • Jan 25

    I challenge any of the above posters to describe one person they know well who has worked hard all his or her life and whose health has deteriorated over the last fifteen years since they saw a physician for lack of health insurance. I challenge them to describe an elderly person they know personally who would be on the streets or dead without the "handout" that is Social Security. I challenge them to describe what their life was like when they themselves had, say, a soft-tissue infection that went untreated for months because they couldn't afford self-pay without health insurance. I challenge you to describe the daily life of an accident victim whose money is gone and who sits right now in a darkened room in a third-rate SNF rotting away.

    I assure you that I know all of those people personally, and have been among them myself. The first guy earned less than $24,000 last year; he is among the working poor but the health plan I got him into has subsidized ("handout?") premiums which have allowed him to have both medical and dental care for the first time in more than fifteen years. This, in turn, has not "bankrupted" him, but made it possible to keep working.

    If you don't know these people or see them regularly in your work, you have no business whatsoever shooting off your mouth about what a "disaster" the Affordable Care Act is and how it hasn't done anything of substance. What was it supposed to do? What has it done? Dropped the uninsured rate to its lowest level EVER in this country. Dropped the childhood uninsured rate to less than 2%. Made it possible for millions and millions of people to be immunized, have cancer screens, get routine dental care, have reliable contraception, get medications for chronic conditions like diabetes, COPD, MS, CP, and others. And why do you think the insurance companies aren't screaming to make the ACA go away? Because they're making money, too.

    OK, you want to wave a wand and make that all go away? Maybe it's easy for you to say that....because you don't know anybody for whom it has been life-saving. I do. Look around you, see those people you ignore on the streets or in your ERs or your children's school cafeteria. And tell them it's all gone. And you-- will you help them then?