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Nurse practitioners want to change law that requires them to make deals with physicians to prescribe strong painkillers

Melissa Patrick

This story by CHMP Media Fellow Melissa Patrick first appeared on the Kentucky Health News website.   Since 2006 Kentucky’s nurse practitioners have been able to prescribe Schedule 2 drugs, the highest level of legal painkillers, under the supervision of a physician. Now their lobbying group says it’s time to let them work without that restriction […]

May 25, 2017

Rural Hospitals

Diana J. Mason

I just wrote a blog post for JAMANews Forum on the closure of rural hospitals. It describes why they close and discusses policy responses that could ensure that these hospitals are able to promote the health of their communities in myriad ways, not just by providing acute care services. As it was being posted, Trump […]

May 25, 2017

Nurses and Patients and Plagiarism, Part 2

Joy Jacobson

In the six years or so that I’ve blogged at HealthCetera, I’ve written about the use of reflective writing in clinical practice and education, and I’ve examined poems that elucidate aspects of health and health policy. And in that time the post of mine that has been viewed most often—by far—is one I wrote three […]

May 23, 2017

Kentucky nurses and their allies seek a mandate for a nurse in every school

Melissa Patrick

– Advocates say move would improve learning outcomes   Putting a full-time nurse in every Kentucky school would not only provide health care, but improve education outcomes, say advocates of the idea.   “We need a nurse in every school because we need to quit thinking about health and education as separate entities, because they are […]

May 9, 2017

Nurse Tina Carlson’s Poems on the Generational Consequences of War

Joy Jacobson

It’s National Poetry Month for another minute or two, and since you probably haven’t dedicated as much time to memorizing poems as the month might suggest, I offer you absolution in the form of a poem composed by a woman whose work concerns itself with absolution.   Tina Carlson, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, released her […]

April 28, 2017

CAPABLE Program Helps Seniors Age in Place

Liz Seegert

  We know that most older adults want to age in their own homes and communities, but the environment, health disparities, and lack of home and community supports can make that impossible. More public pressure and outreach can help change the situation.   I was pleased to attend a recent panel at the Association of Health […]

April 25, 2017

Sustainability: Consumer Awareness and Action

Eve Adler

Sustainability is a broad and widely debated topic, which gives insight into most aspects of the human world from business to technology to the environment and the social sciences. “Sustainability is not just about the environment, it’s also about our health as a society in ensuring that no people or areas of life suffer as […]

April 13, 2017

Seeking Solutions to Kentucky’s Nursing Shortage: Part II

Melissa Patrick

  Ed. note: This is the second of a two-part look by CHMP Media Fellow Melissa Patrick at nursing shortages in Kentucky hospitals. How are they, and nursing schools, coping with demand? In many ways, Kentucky’s situation mirrors the challenges in other states – which hit rural areas especially hard. Read Part I here.   This […]

April 7, 2017

Seeking solutions to Kentucky’s nursing shortage: Part I

Melissa Patrick

This article was originally published by Kentucky Health News. Reprinted with permission as part of the CHMP Nursing and Healthcare Workforce Media Fellowship.   Some hospitals in Kentucky can’t find enough nurses; they and nursing colleges work toward short-term and long-term solutions.   While studies show Kentucky will have a surplus of registered nurses in […]

April 6, 2017

HealthCetera Radio: Supporting the T: Not just about a bathroom

Kristi Westphaln

Supporting the T: Not just about a bathroom What do a bus, a water fountain, and a bathroom all have in common? The Trump Administration rescinded President Obama’s Guidance regarding the rights of transgender children to use school restrooms of their choice; many are wondering if this truly is just about a bathroom. Many civil […]

March 23, 2017