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October 2013

Nursing Stereotypes: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, by Lori Campbell RN

There has been a lot of discussion about the image of nursing in the media lately – why all the buzz?  Well, on Thursday, October 24, MTV aired its new reality show Scrubbing In, which follows a group of 20-something travel nurses in Southern California. Based on the trailer, in which these nurses are shown with a heavy focus on looking attractive, partying, and being “hell raisers”, many nursing organizations… Read More »Nursing Stereotypes: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, by Lori Campbell RN

Nurse Practitioners: Essential Health Care Professionals, by Carrie Murphy NP

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recently released a report entitled What’s Really Behind Canada’s Unemployed Specialists.  A subsequent Vancouver Sun article noted that the report doesn’t address whether there are too many specialists for the Canadian health care system, but does identify a number of possible reasons why newly certified specialists are having trouble finding work (i.e., competition for resources such as operating rooms, hospital beds… Read More »Nurse Practitioners: Essential Health Care Professionals, by Carrie Murphy NP

After the Error: How the Nursing Profession is Saving Lives, by Robin Wyndham and Susan McIver

Three years ago I began working with Susan McIver on a book about Canadians who had endured personal tragedy as a result of medical errors. After the Error: Speaking Out About Patient Safety to Save Lives (April 2013, ECW Press, Toronto) tells the stories of these patients and their efforts to prevent similar suffering of others. The book provides numerous examples of what has been done to promote safer health… Read More »After the Error: How the Nursing Profession is Saving Lives, by Robin Wyndham and Susan McIver

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