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The Return of Nurse Ratched – because we fear strong women

By Barbara Glickstein

September 8, 2017

Poured my coffee and grabbed The New York Times Weekend Arts section to see what’s happening culturally this weekend to make plans that would provide balm for my soul.

 

I turned to page C3, Arts, briefly and this headline jumped out at me: “Netflix Acquires Series on Nurse Ratched”  a Netflix series from Ryan Murphy, the creator of the horror series “American Horror Story”, Sarah Paulson will be the star of the show. It will focus on the the character Nurse Ratched in Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. It was adapted as a film in 1975.

 

I asked myself, why now?

 

It’s 2017, the President of the United States has been widely called out for his objectification of women – he has a tendency to criticise them for their looks – and he makes sexist remarks. This administration is back peddling on policy issues that directly impact women from access to equal pay, parental leave, and reproductive justice (to name just a few issues on a long list).

 

So Netflix is producing a 2-season 18 part horror series based on the female character, Nurse Ratched. “Ms. Paulson will play the title character, tracing her evolution from low-level nurse to the manipulative tyrant who terrorizes mental institution patients in Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel.” In the film, her nickname was “Big Nurse”.

 

In the film adaptation (and in the book) Ratched is depicted as a powerful and threatening woman who emasculates and belittles men on the unit she commands full control over. Ratched also holds absolute power over the male and female staff. She makes them do what she wants.

 

One message: When this woman is in charge. Fear her to the fullest degree.

 

The book, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was written in 1962, a period of social turmoil, the Civil Rights movement and Second Wave Feminism.

 

I guess the backlash on women moving forward, nurses working towards full scope of practice is still as threatening now as it was in 1962.

 

We have our work cut out for us. But we already knew that. I’ll be tuning in as a feminist nurse media analyst.

 

I didn’t even touch on the portrayal of people living with mental health issues and how we still can’t talk about it or provide access to care.

 

Barbara Glickstein
Barbara is a founder of the Center for Health, Media & Policy, as well as a nurse, media guru & activist in New York City. She is the chairman of the board of Project Kesher and a consultant to many health care organizations and creative projects. Barbara tweets and 'grams @blickstein.

Trump cuts budget to inform people of ACA open enrollment by 90%. Social media responds #SaveACA

By Barbara Glickstein

September 3, 2017

Andy Slavitt, former President Obama’s former head of Medicare and Medicaid, used Twitter to respond to President Trump’s actions to cut 90% of the ObamaCare enrollment outreach program. The funding will be cut from $100 million last year to $10 million this year impacting the ad and in person assistance program.

Slavitt’s first Tweet re the cuts said, “this does not save taxpayers one penny. This is generally money paid out of user fees from insurers being cut.

Pure undermining.”

Later that morning he sent this Tweet:

 

 

The response by his followers was swift. Today, he posted this Tweet:

 

 

This campaign is growing  as others take to social media to get the word out. Can the public’s social media response fill the void this dramatic cut to the ObamaCare enrollment and reach those in need? Stay tuned. We’ll keep you posted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Glickstein
Barbara is a founder of the Center for Health, Media & Policy, as well as a nurse, media guru & activist in New York City. She is the chairman of the board of Project Kesher and a consultant to many health care organizations and creative projects. Barbara tweets and 'grams @blickstein.

Charlottesville ER Nurse Kellen Squire on What Happened in the ER

By Barbara Glickstein

August 14, 2017

Kellen Squire is an Emergency Room nurse in Charlottesville, VA. He’s running for a seat in the House of Delegates in Virginia’s 58th General Assembly District. On his campaign site he shares his position on HealthCare and opens with this statement:

Health care is not just a political issue for me.  It’s something I live every day of my life as an Emergency Department nurse.  I have the honor of working alongside real-life heroes: police officers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, nurses, doctors, and other professionals in our community.

PhotoCredit:Squireforyou

 

He worked in the ER this past Saturday and the Daily Kos published his article on Sunday, August 13, A Charlottesville ER Nurse Speaks After a Day of Decompression . He shares his experience being with the ER team caring for victims following a car attack by a 20 year-old man identified by police as James Alex Fields Jr. Fields, drove his Dodge Charger into a crowd of anti-racist counter-demonstrators, and peeled away in reverse. Fields, of Ohio, was charged with second-degree murder for allegedly injuring 19 people and killing one, Heather Heyer.

 

On this morning’s news shows, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the deadly car attack amid a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend met the definition of domestic terrorism.

 

“I’ve sat here at my keyboard staring at the blinking cursor for awhile. There’s words inside me that need to come out about what happened in our community yesterday, but… I dunno. They’re stuck there. Nothing seems right. Especially after watching everyone’s “hot take” on a community you’re from. But there’ll be time later to go over those- particularly those of the President and my Congressman. It doesn’t help either that our community isn’t out from under the specter of the Nazis who visited us- there are vigils across the country for Charlottesville, but our own vigil was canceled because of a credible threat by white supremacists to invade it and take it over.”

You can continue to read the entire article here.

 

 

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Barbara Glickstein
Barbara is a founder of the Center for Health, Media & Policy, as well as a nurse, media guru & activist in New York City. She is the chairman of the board of Project Kesher and a consultant to many health care organizations and creative projects. Barbara tweets and 'grams @blickstein.