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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: 17,112 (73% Liked) Likes: 34,069

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    Kooky Korky and sevensonnets like this.

    Quote from DallasRN
    I don't know where you work or what you do but I haven't heard anything even remotely like what you've said. Zero, zip. And why would you want to steal Wubbel's thunder by trying to demonize the president and bring politics into this thread?
    Frankly, i can only hope I would have the courage to stand up for my patients rights as she did. One strong woman representing our profession!
    There was one. ONLY ONE ridiculous post in a different thread. I don't think the poster is a nurse.

    I hope and do believe most of us would advocate for our patient as Nurse Wubbels did.

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    By releasing the video she gives an example of patient advocacy. We all must be ready advocate in the best interest of our patients.
    Nurse Wubbels continues to do so.
    She gives an example of why nurses are considered the most ethical and respected occupation.
    From my state's standards for registered nurses:
    [A registered nurse shall be considered to be competent when he/she consistently]

    ... Acts as the client's advocate, as circumstances require by initiating action to improve health care or tochange decisions or activities which are against the interests or wishes of the client, and by giving the client the opportunity to make informed decisions about health care before it is provided...

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    Quote from Jlsalt02
    I am currently in healthcare policy. We had to suggest a policy we where passionate about and I choose to mandate the implementation of screening tools in the ED to help the nurse identify human trafficking victims. I have to identify and set up a meeting with an identified legislator/policy maker to review and ask question. I cannot change my topic and I do not have to have a specific screening tool in mind. I live in California and have been confused on who to go to. [COLOR=#000000]I located our state assemblymen for policy located in Sacramento, CA. Hisname is Joaquin Arambula and is a committee member on healthcare deliverysystems. However, looking further, I found Blanca Rubio who is the chair of human services committee that I believe would be able to assist with this implementation more. However, when I asked my teacher about it she asked if I considered The Joint Commission . Does anyone have any suggestions on someone I could contact within the state or at TJC.[/COLOR]
    I can't find any Joint Commission policy on human trafficking. Here are some people you can try:
    Contact Us Directory | Joint Commission

    Here are some links for information:

    Identification of human trafficking victims in health care setting | Health and Human Rights Journal

    Healthcare Providers Play a Crucial Role in Victim Identification | Polaris

    The California State Senate has a bill pending. Already information relating to slavery and human trafficking must be posted in certain establishments. The pending bill would
    require the notice to specify that a person can also text a specified number for services and support. Two of the required places are Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centers. The Bill:
    Bill Text - SB-225 Human trafficking: notice.

    You may want to contact one of the authors or their staff with some questions. Or one of the officials mentioned in one of these articles:
    SB 225, Stern. Human trafficking: notice. - Google Search

    Call or email your own State Senator or Assembly member's local office. Then ask if he or she would be interested in mandating the implementation of screening tools in the ED to help the nurse identify human trafficking victims.
    It would be an addition to Title 22. I'm not certain which section. Here is the one with nurse staffing by department:
    View Document - California Code of Regulations

    Contact information for State Senators:
    Senators |

    I hope this helps.

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    Quote from AtomicWoman
    I am surprised there are no other comments on this story yet. Especially coming so soon after the story of the Utah nurse who was assaulted for protecting her patient from an illegal blood draw. I found this article horrifying and depressing. Are nurses so used to abuse that it seems almost "normal" to us?
    Last month there was a thread on the topic:
    There's an epidemic of violence towards nurses, and a cultural acceptance of abusive behavior. Why is violence towards nurses so pervasive?

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    operations likes this.

    I think it may be appropriate to post this here. It is my post from another topic about ER nurses working hard to get police protection for themselves, their patients, other staff, and visitors:

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    Quote from RNrhythm
    I like having the police and our security staff on my side and comfortable in my unit. Sure, this particular officer and this experience were both horrible and, yes, problems or confusion should be taken up with managers, BUT I do not like the idea of barring PD from patient care areas.
    I met nurses who worked for having a police officer assigned to the ER to protect staff, patients, and visitors.
    I posted about it here:

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    Ted likes this.

    Quote from No Stars In My Eyes
    Loved those videos, herring!

    (comment from the other room...hubby says, "WHAT are you LISTENING to???? I guess he ain't got no culture !!)
    I used 1920s Cab Callaway, the "Hi Di Ho Man".
    He sometimes did it on TV through the 1980s.

    Esther Jones was in his show. She was the inspiration for Betty Boop!

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    An interesting story.
    Baby Esther - Wikipedia

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    shibaowner likes this.

    Most Americans trust their healthcare providers to be honest and ethical, but few other professions fare so well in Gallup's annual look at honesty and ethical standards among various fields.
    Nurses top the list with 84% of the public rating their standards as "high" or "very high,"...


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    shycat likes this.

    Here is the Canadian Nurses Association's Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses.
    It was updated in 1997 and again in 2002 because nurses had become more autonomous in their practice as a function of the development of nursing knowledge and research and changing patterns of care, greater opportunities to provide benefit to people and communities through integrated team work requiring clear and effective communication, the emergence of communicable diseases, once thought conquered, and new infectious diseases that created serious public health challenges and reinforced the reality of the global community, nurses need knowledge and ethical guidance help our patients/clients to make well-informed choices about the appropriate use of many of the advancements in biological, genetic, and reproductive medicine, and to keep the focus of healthcare on the person's health rather than the business interests.
    I've attached it for you to read. Here is a very basic quote of the outline:

    The Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses is structured around eight primary values that are central to ethical nursing practice:
    • Safe, competent and ethical care
    • Health and well-being
    • Choice
    • Dignity
    • Confidentiality
    • Justice
    • Accountability
    • Quality practice environments
    Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses (22) | Ethics Codes Collection

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    shycat likes this.

    Quote from Tetra
    Has anyone here seen someone refused care in the US due to lack of insurance?

    Health insurance executives get millions in compensation.
    Shareholders are paid dividends. The corporations have a fiduciary duty to their shareholders, not to the people who pay for healthcare that some never get.
    We pay for the corporation to pay for the healthcare our physicians order. At least for now that cannot deny care or refuse to sell a policy due to a pre-existing condition. This was before Obamacare.

    When we achieve single payer healthcare the millions in executive pay can pay hospitals and those who care for people.

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    Tetra likes this.

    How about discussing the topic and not each other?

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    Tetra likes this.

    I think this thread is regarding whether or not healthcare is a human right.

    If we wish to discuss our political ideas and beliefs we should go to the Breakroom Lounge. There we can discuss non nursing topics including pets, technology, personal finance, fashion, aging, food, drink, and recipes, games, family, and silliness.
    Nurses & Students Lounge | allnurses

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    shibaowner likes this.

    I remember when in the 1990s Canada had a contract with the University of California San Francisco Children'd Hospital for sick babies and children to be flown there from the Northwest Territories for care. The most common was repair of a congenital heart defect. Often one or both parents would fly with their child.
    The NWT Health Care Plan paid for this.

    I believe there others.

    Ontario Ministry of Health has agreements with some Detroit hospitals for imaging tests, bariatric, heart and other services that have long waiting lists in Ontario.
    Rather than paying out of pocket for crossing the border, the bill is paid by the plan, sort of like staying with an in network doctor if you have private insurance in the U.S.
    Canadians crossing the border for U.S. health care? – Cafferty File - Blogs
    I met a nurse who lives and works in Houlton Maine who gets all her healthcare in Canada. She holds dual citizenship.

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    shibaowner and Tetra like this.

    In 1994 I injured my shoulder. At first I thought it would get better .After a couple weeks I went to my knees with pain pulling off the blue cover on an IV bag.
    I went to my doctor the next day. He told me not to move if it hurt and referred me to an orthopedic specialist.
    My insurance was PacifiCare. (I paid part and the hospital paid part of the premiums,)
    PacifiCare told me I had to wait 2 weeks for authorization to see the specialist. My doctor, who is my doctor now too, filled out state disability forms for me.
    After two weeks of pain I saw the orthopod.He did and X-ray and ordered an MRI.
    Another two weeks to get the authorization AND a week to send the result to the orthopod.
    Then two more weeks for authorization to return to the specialist.
    He gave me a referral to PT. Two more weeks. (Why do I feel like I'm typing a Laurel and Hardy skit?)
    Finally I went in pain with a frozen shoulder to PT. My hero, Nancy told me I'd havd to do a lot at home because I only had authorization for 3 visits. I did one a week. Doing PT by myself every day with equipment I purchases did get me healing and able to move my arm.

    Without the silly PacifiCare policies I could have been off work a couple weeks. As it was I was in pain for EIGHT WEEKS OF WAITING FOR AUTHORIZATIONS FOR CARE MY PHYSICIANS ORDERED.

    This was a for profit corporation traded on the stock market with multi million dollar compensation denying care.
    Thankfully it wasn't a life or death condition.

    Six years later my other shoulder was hurt. I had the same insurance because without an employer policy I could not afford insurance.
    My doctor was going to send me to a PacifiCare specialist. I told him I would pay myself so I didn't have to wait. He then referred me to a better orthopedic surgeon. She sent me right to PT. That PT center was able to start me right away and get the authorization via FAX.

    That ortho Doc only took Medicare as payment. She had her insured patients send in paperwork to be reimbursed after paying her.

    Her older and/or disabled patients got top care.
    PacifiCare patients did not.