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Nursing the Whole Person: Reconciling the Mind-Body Split in Times of Collective Crisis

Nursing the Whole Person: Reconciling the Mind-Body Split in Times of Collective Crisis By Michelle Danda, MN MPN RN CPMHN(C) We are living through two public health emergencies, the COVID-19 pandemic and the opiate poisoning crisis. Direct care nurses are feeling the pressure of a healthcare system strained by a sharp increase in critically ill patients, with no certainty about when these syndemic crises will end. As patients visit emergency… Read More »Nursing the Whole Person: Reconciling the Mind-Body Split in Times of Collective Crisis

“It’s Okay to Feel This”: Meditation and Mindfulness in Uncertain Times

"It's Okay to Feel This": Meditation and Mindfulness in Uncertain Times By Elisabeth Bailey, RN, DNP My path to mediation was a fairly well-worn one - I was suffering. My father had passed away and while grieving this loss, I was challenged by my work as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at a clinic called The Trauma Center in Boston, MA, USA. As the name implies, this clinic serves people… Read More »“It’s Okay to Feel This”: Meditation and Mindfulness in Uncertain Times

I’m Bargaining for Courage: A Director of Care’s Thoughts on Leadership in Hospice

I'm Bargaining for Courage: A Director of Care’s Thoughts on Leadership in Hospice by Jane Slemon, RN Where am I these days of global pandemic, of a virus coming towards us that may kill off those I love? Where am I as a director of care, running a hospice whose 10 beds are filled with vulnerable people, people who desperately need their own people to be close at this time… Read More »I’m Bargaining for Courage: A Director of Care’s Thoughts on Leadership in Hospice

Shining a light on nursing during COVID-19

Shining a light on nursing during COVID-19 by Scott Ramsay, RN "Health is not only to be well, but to be able to use well every power we have to use." -Florence Nightingale  Yesterday I was writing about Generalizability Theory for a term paper in a class that I am currently taking on reliability and psychometrics as part of my Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program at the University of… Read More »Shining a light on nursing during COVID-19

Implementing Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment in BC

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Implementing Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment in B.C. by Maja Kolar, RPN MSN The Mental Health Act (MHA) mandates the involuntary treatment of people with mental health issues (MHI) in British Columbia (BC). As per the Guide to the Mental Health Act, involuntary treatment is deemed essential for circumstances involving people with MHIs experiencing impaired insight and an unwillingness to accept voluntary treatment to mitigate substantial risk of deterioration, as well as… Read More »Implementing Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment in BC

Nurses for Planetary Health: A Call to Action

Nurses for Planetary Health: A Call to Action Contributors: Barb Astle, PhD, RN; Lisa Bourque-Bearskin, PhD, RN; Dzifa Dordunoo, PhD, RN; Amanda Egert BSN, RN, MSN student; Rebecca Houweling, BScN, RN MSN student; Nicole Moen MSc, RN; Katrina Plamondon PhD, RN; Raluca Radu, BSN, RN, MSN student; Darlene Sanderson, PhD, RN; Catherine Smith, MSc, RN  Indigenous populations have inhabited the lands across the globe for tens of thousands of years.… Read More »Nurses for Planetary Health: A Call to Action

Mandatory Influenza Immunization for Health Care Workers: A Recent Policy Change

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Mandatory Influenza Immunization for Health Care Workers: A Recent Policy Change by Angela Wignall, RN   In 2012, the Government of British Columbia implemented a mandatory influenza immunization program for healthcare workers. This public health policy implemented a requirement for healthcare workers to either receive the influenza immunization each year or wear a mask while in patient care areas during flu season. Compliance with this policy included self-reporting on immunization… Read More »Mandatory Influenza Immunization for Health Care Workers: A Recent Policy Change

Why Nurses Care About the Charter Challenge: Standing Up Against the Threat to our Publicly Funded Health Care System

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Why Nurses Care About the Charter Challenge: Standing Up Against the Threat to our Publicly Funded Health Care System by Sally Thorne, RN   BC nurses have been closely watching the case of Dr. Brian Day, CEO of the for-profit Cambie Surgeries Corporation, who has been challenging the constitutionality certain key provisions within our BC Medicare Protections Act, the Act that protects our health care system. His attempt to remove… Read More »Why Nurses Care About the Charter Challenge: Standing Up Against the Threat to our Publicly Funded Health Care System

Why Canada needs a Chief Nursing Officer - Now

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Why Canada needs a Chief Nursing Officer - Now by Sonya Grypma, PhD, RN   (#CanadaCNO) As a nurse historian I love the fact that my tenure as President of the Canadian Association for Schools of Nursing runs through 2019 and 2020 – two years of historical significance for Canadian nurses.  First, the year 2019 marks 100 years of baccalaureate nursing in Canada, with the offering of the first university… Read More »Why Canada needs a Chief Nursing Officer - Now

Unintended Equity Consequences of Canadian Cannabis Policy: Reflections on Implications of Medical Cannabis Taxation

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Unintended Equity Consequences of Canadian Cannabis Policy: Reflections on Implications of Medical Cannabis Taxation by Emily Jenkins RN, MPH, PHD   One of my proudest moments as a nurse came during the Senate study of the Cannabis Act when both the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) provided testimony positioning the voice of their respective professional bodies. During this proceeding, the CNA stood out for endorsing… Read More »Unintended Equity Consequences of Canadian Cannabis Policy: Reflections on Implications of Medical Cannabis Taxation