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Celebrate the Opportunity to Do What is Right this Fourth of July…

We have all heard that “freedom isn’t free”, and that it is our armed services who are preserving our freedom. Not so much in this digital age. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released it’s investigative conclusions yesterday (July 3, 2018), which support the findings of the joint efforts of the NSA, CIA, and FBI. These findings include,

We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in
2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine
public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm
her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian
Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.

We also assess Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect
Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and
publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him.

Russia’s intelligence services conducted cyber operations against targets
associated with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, including targets
associated with both major U.S. political parties. We assess Russian
intelligence services collected against the U.S . primary campaigns, think
tanks, and lobbying groups they viewed as likely to shape future U.S. policies.
In July 2015, Russian intelligence gained access to Democratic National
Committee (DNC) networks and maintained that access until at least June, 2016.          Source: https://t.co/YFXgwl3BG9

As you gear up to celebrate, please prepare to enter into the most important battle for our freedom yet – one that depends not upon the military but upon civilian action to actively #resist, to speak out to #vote and to take back our country from foreign powers and puppet presidents. We, the nurses of this country, have pledged to do what is right for our patients, and to maintain a strict code of ethics. It’s now time to apply that to our country as the population to be cared for, to fight for, to know that our very values and fundamental structures are being subverted and to work against that subversion by all means possible. Please support the young people on their #RoadToChange, the #MarchForOurLives, and all efforts to use our #VoicesandVotes to remedy this situation.

Please. Ask yourself, what would Flo do?  Resist. It’s the only truly patriotic thing to do.

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Travel Ban, Boehner, and Obamacare – The Importance of Sane Policy

The photo above was taken on the last day of  #HIMSS17, the Health Information Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) 17th (inter)national conference in Orlando. The people are all “program assistants” – students who were selected by a very competitive process to attend and assist with the conference. I was fortunate to be one of them.

But look closely. As a white American woman, I was not really “one of them”. I was in the minority. The students were from all over the world –  Nigeria, India, China, Latin America, Singapore, and some were from the USA. But as an old white woman, I was an anomaly. These are the best and the brightest in the world of health information technology (HIT). We are made stronger by their presence in our country.

It was at HIMSS17 that John Boehner uttered the now famous words that a full repeal and replace of Obamacare is, “not what’s going to happen”. I saw it. I heard it. I believe it. Also brought up in the keynote discussion between former Speaker Boehner and former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell was the fact that 30% of the American People want to repeal Obamacare but keep the Affordable Care Act. Oy vey.

How can we educate the American People as to the importance of allowing immigration which benefits all of us, and informing themselves about health care policy and what it truly is and means for them? It’s up to each one of us to continue to #resist and educate our fellow Americans as to the realities in today’s health care sector. Our health depends upon it.

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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:

http://nursingworld.org/HomepageCategory/NursingInsider/ANAs-Letter-to-President-Elect-Donald-Trump.html#.WEwP-_br5G8.facebook

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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Innovation and Diversity – Why the US MUST Welcome All Immigrants

A team of biomedical engineers working in Germany has developed a low-cost alternative for skin sensor technology which would make this application widely available at little expense. A brief description of their work was provided by the lead researcher:

The sensor, which is called Paper Skin, performs as well as other artificial skin applications currently being developed while integrating multiple functions using cost-effective materials.

Wearable and flexible electronics show promise for a variety of applications, such as wireless monitoring of patient health and touch-free computer interfaces, but current research in this direction employs expensive and sophisticated materials and processes.

“Our work has the potential to revolutionize the electronics industry and opens the door to commercializing affordable high-performance sensing devices,” stated Muhammad Mustafa Hussain, KAUST associate professor of electrical engineering from the University’s Integrated Nanotechnology Lab, where the research was conducted.

“Previous efforts in this direction used sophisticated materials or processes,” Hussain continued. “Chemically functionalized inkjet printed or vacuum technology-processed papers — albeit cheap — have shown limited functionalities. Here we show a scalable ‘garage’ fabrication approach using off-the-shelf and inexpensive household elements.”

Speaking on behalf of the team, Muhammad Mustafa Hussain described their revolutionary and humanitarian approach. Taking a wild guess, I do not believe his grandparents came from Germany. It is of note that Germany has one of the most liberal immigration policies in Europe, and over great protest Germany’s Angela Merkel refuses to shut the door to fleeing Syrians refugees. Perhaps she knows people like Professor Hussain.

Politicians have made bold and provocative statements about “building a wall between the US and Mexico” and “not allowing ANY Muslim immigrants” to enter the US. These are inflammatory statements designed to provoke fear among the public, and do much more harm than good. As nurses, we have an ethical obligation to speak out and speak up for the oppressed, underprivileged, underserved, and excluded. It’s time. If you don’t want to speak up, at least make your voice heard as you make your way to vote. We cannot permit our country to be run by extremist fear-mongers.One such notable political leader in Germany’s past was named Adolf Hitler. Is this really the path we want to follow? I prefer Angela Merkel’s approach.

 

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