I have been given the honor of being chosen as one of 10 Blog Posts to read before the November 4th election by the author of the informative Online Nursing Degrees.org site. See the press below:
9 months to birthing my bestseller…,"posted by Adrienne Zurub in September 2008. Here is a slightly outrageous and totally irreverent article that rolls together current healthcare reform and the nursing crisis."
Blast Through the Obama & McCain Healthcare “Policy” B.S.
10 Blog Posts You Must Read Before You Go Into a Voting Booth in November
Where can you get a real, unvarnished perspective on our healthcare system, and fast?
Further down in this article you’ll find links to 10 blog-posts you must read before you go into a voting booth next month. I’ll warn you: these are bloggers without fear, unlike the candidates. They are not politicians and the Oval Office is not at stake. But first, let’s blast through some of the b.s. that both Obama and McCain have dished out.
The 10 Blog Posts—A Pre-November 4 Reading List
Warning: The following posts are innovative, unflinchingly realistic and even outrageous. Read them as if your life depended upon it. Bookmark or email them to a friend. Herein lies grassroots politics, real dialog and idea exchange too easily buried under our current hollow Healthcare rhetoric
Enjoy and VOTE!
Thank you (in Mandarin!)
Oh Snap! (do they still say SNAP?) My New Book!
REFLECTIONS ON DOCTORS
Nurses' Stories about Physicians and Surgeons
Terry Ratner, RN, MFA
Anyone who has been a patient or visitor to a hospital knows that the long-tine image of nurses as helpful ladies in white who administer IV's and wake patients every four hours to take their temperature, is not the role of modern-day nurses. Coming from varied educational paths and scopes of practice that place them side-by-side with doctors, nurses are no longer the "obedient handmaidens" to doctors that they once were perceived to be. If they disagree with doctors' orders, nurses today can and do refuse them. The relationship and power dynamic between nurses and doctors has evolved with nurses now trained to ask questions and seek answers.
Through nearly two dozen provocative essays REFLECTIONS ON DOCTORS: Nurses' Stories about Physicians and Surgeons (Kaplan Publishing; September 2008; $14.95 Paperbaack/$16.95 Canada), readers are taken behind the closed doors of the OR, the rapid pace of the ER and to many other venues where medical situations are exceedingly intense, and the integrity of the intertwined relationship between nurses and doctors is consistently challenged.
As REFLECTIONS ON DOCTORS' editor Terry Ratner, RN,MFA says, "The nurses of this anthology represent a spectrum of voices and perspectives, reflecting upon their work alongside physicians. The majority of these nurses have witnessed revolutionary changes in the nurse-physician relationship over time. They are our messengers, our heroes and our scribes."
The intimate and at times shocking stories in REFLECTIONS ON DOCTORS abound with the honesty of each writer's respect of and conern for the nursing profession, and the care that patients receive from doctors and fellow nurses alike. For example, in her fascinating essay, A Truth about Cats and Dogs, Adrienne Zurub, RN, MA, CNOR says of the competitive environment within the cardiothoracic operating rooms where she has worked, "Arrogance, entitlement, outstanding talents (nurses and doctors), and palpable confidence dominate the entire operating room suites. A nurse pushes herself or himself through this encompassing fog of testosterone. I say testosterone because the surgeons, the ones who are in charge, are all male. To work in this environment, one has to have the personality and the chutzpah--the balls--to think quickly and react perfectly. Weakness or hesitation is normally not considered an option."
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Terry Ratner is a registered nurse, freelance writer and creative writing instructor. Her nursing career has spanned more than 17 years at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, a level-one trauma hospital in Phoenix. She has written for many publications including NurseWeek, Nursing Spectrum, and John Hopkins Nursing.
ISBN: 978-I-4277-9825-I /Nursing