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The Most Trusted Professionals Need a Title!

Today I sent a letter to my Congressman, using a nifty widget that the ANA sends out from the RNAction platform. I had to select my “title” from the following list:
Lt Gen
The Hon.
The Right Reverend
The Very Reverend

THERE IS NO TITLE FOR NURSES! We are supposed to come to the table as equal partners with physicians according to the IOM’s plan to reform our health care system in a meaningful way…yet we have no title.

Nurses are the most respected professionals in this country for 17 years straight but still we have no professional title? I call BS! It was explained to me that Congress has not yet approved an official title for nurses, so we can’t use one. Well, time to create one! If we can, as a profession, choose and propose a title, we can make it happen. Please help me send this around to all the nurses you know, so that we might engage in a profession-wide discussion and finally get the respect we deserve by having a title.

We can create a hashtag such as #TitleforNurses, #NursingProfessionalTitle or #Nrs.isMyTitle

Let’s make it happen! Please complete the poll below.

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Diversity in Nursing, and in our Nation – We Must Protect our Greatest Strength

MULTICULTURALCAPELLAGRADSBuilding a nation of immigrants was long considered America’s greatest strength, and many of our fine Presidents have expressed this eloquently. George Washington, arguably the country’s founding father, said, “The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges…” Woodrow Wilson is quoted as saying, ““We came to America, either ourselves or in the persons of our ancestors, to better the ideals of men, to make them see finer things than they had seen before, to get rid of the things that divide and to make sure of the things that unite.”  Franklin Roosevelt is blunt, “Remember, remember always, that all of us, you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” Unless a person is a Native American, we are all immigrants. Period.

More recently, George W. Bush considered this subject and stated, “Nearly all Americans have ancestors who braved the oceans – liberty-loving risk takers in search of an ideal – the largest voluntary migrations in recorded history… Immigration is not just a link to America’s past; it’s also a bridge to America’s future.” The photo above was taken last week at Capella University’s commencement ceremony. These five women earned their Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN), specializing in the area of Informatics. They represent President Bush’s prediction that immigrants are America’s (and nursing’s) future. Each one is either an immigrant or a first-generation American. They represent diverse heritages – Jewish, Jamaican, Nepali, Polish, and Hispanic. All are under attack at this terrible time in our country’s history – by neo-Nazis, white supremacists, racists, xenophobes, and the current administration. Why?

The politics of division. Adolf Hitler used this strategy in Germany to upend a society, brainwash and corrupt a citizenry, and murder 6 million innocent people. Because they were not considered “white enough”. Unthinkable in today’s world? Unfortunately the Dylan Roofs of this country continue the tradition of murdering innocents based on nothing more than the color of their skin or the religion they practice. President Wilson said we must get rid of the things that divide. How can we let this continue?

Nursing leaders understand the importance of culturally competent care. National standards for culturally and linguistically appropriate services in health and healthcare (CLAS) have been established by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Diversity in the nursing workforce is slowly manifesting, but if this photo is any indication, diversity in nursing leadership is rapidly on the rise. We are tasked to practice in a culturally competent manner. But we need to to more. We must #resist. We must work together with the American Nurses Association to advocate for health care for all, for sane immigration policies, for continuation of the Dream Act, for strengthening of the Affordable Care Act, for the health of our people and our nation.

The current administration’s efforts to build a wall are antithetical to George W. Bush’s view of immigration. This policy direction is unacceptable. It’s un-American. We must take action, and build President Bush’s bridge to the future. It’s the only way to make America great again.

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Nurses Provide Vision for New Administration – Letter to Mr. Trump

Dr. Cipriano, head of the American Nurses Association has sent a letter to the President-Elect, with guidance and goals for achieving health care reform that promotes the health of the nation, progress, and economic growth.

It is well worth reading, which you can do by clicking the link below:


You can also print, share, send it via email to those who would benefit from having this information, and take an opportunity to participate in the conversation.

Nurses must get involved in policy and politics at all levels. As the most trusted group of professionals in the country, the voice of nursing speaks with authority! We are called to action by our own code of ethics.

Please read and share this important letter with colleagues, friends, representatives, and anyone who might be willing and able to join with nurses in prioritizing health and wellness for all our citizens.


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Termination Forces Nurse Anesthetist to Induce Early Labor – No Joy for the #Michigan68 in 2016!

What kind of a country do we live in, when highly educated, skilled, and accomplished CRNAs have to induce their baby to come two weeks early because they will be losing their health insurance benefits tomorrow? Barbaric! While mother and baby celebrate the New Year in the hospital (hopefully NOT St John Providence), 65 of the other #Michigan68 are also losing their jobs, their income, and their hearts as they are forced out by a sketchy physician fronting a shell corporation and a hospital administration that gives no quarter.

Here is the shocking story:


I assume that all of the readers understand the extent of academic rigor, preparation, and training that a CRNA must undergo, but at the risk of preaching to the choir let me just give you an overview. In order to be admitted to a CRNA program, the applicant must have at least one year of nursing practice in a critical care setting, and submit to intense questioning regarding everything from their knowledge of Arterial Blood Gasses and the Acid-Base Balance to their philosophy of nursing and past contributions to professionalism and advocacy for nursing.

A very interesting fact is that numerous outcomes studies have demonstrated ZERO DIFFERENCE in the QUALITY OF CARE PROVIDED BY CRNAs and their PHYSICIAN COUNTERPARTS (http://www.aana.com/ceandeducation/becomeacrna/Pages/Nurse-Anesthetists-at-a-Glance.aspx).

So the CRNAs would like to be fairly compensated and treated like the professionals they are, but the physician community REFUSES to recognize their apparent parity, equity, equal ability – call it what you will but the patient outcomes are THE SAME. So why doesn’t the hospital support it’s CRNAs? Incredible.

The real villain in this scenario is #DominickLago, a physician who  purports to provide a new administrative and employment framework for the #Michigan68 CRNAs, but who in fact is a front man representing a yet as of unnamed company that has treated the CRNAs as if they were bad children who should just listen and shut up. See this story here:


So while I am going out in a little while to enjoy a “Happy New Year” my thoughts are with my friend and the #Michigan68 who lose their jobs at midnight and must scramble to keep their children fed, clothed, and housed in 2016. So what can we do about it?

Keep tweeting about the #Michigan68, add a new thread about #DominickLago and keep the pressure on. Oh yes, and keep the faith. Happy 2016, #Michigan 68 – we stand with you!




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