Just Some Good Ole Boys

So, we’re out at a local bar that has an “open mic night” on Mondays, and the spousal unit requested the old Dukes of Hazard theme song “Good Ole Boys.”

I’m seriously conflicted about how much I like this song.  When I watched it as a kid, Bo and Luke Duke were all about standing up to the corrupt establishment. Specifically Boss Hogg, who represented every corrupt cop everywhere. And it was made explicitly clear (though I don’t know how often) that they were about fairness to everyone regardless of societal prejudices.

Today, as an adult, I’m far more conflicted about enjoying that song. They drove a car called the “General Lee” for Gods’ sakes.  It had a Confederate flag on it, and wtf is that about? In-universe, however, I absolutely accept that Bo and Luke Duke, and their Uncle Jessie and cousin Daisy, were only in favor of fairness against the establishment.  In fact, I probably can credit them with some of my present-day SJW tendencies.

But .. the General Lee. The Confederate flag. Those symbols mean something. There’s a reason people have been pushing to get them taken down.  There’s a reason I strongly support that.

I told the spousal unit, this is why I’m conflicted about liking this song, as opposed to outright hating it. Life isn’t simple. Ever.

This is the stuff we need to impart to our front-line patient-care staff.  It;s never simple.  It’s never textbook.  If you focus on what the patient needs, and respect their wishes, you’ll do your job well. If you let your explicit or implicit biases guide you, you will not. I guess that’s the point.

Working Towards LGBTQ Health Equity

Great post on equality versus equity in healthcare!

GLMA Nursing

In health care, we inherently understand that care must be tailored to individuals, as patients have different needs. For example, if a patient walks in with an ear infection and another patient comes in with a broken arm, we treat each patient differently, according to their needs, in order to provide the best care possible.

For some reason this logic fails us when we are working with patients across marginalized identities, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals. This, mostly unconscious, bias in favor of majority identities perpetuates health disparities. For example, LGBTQ individuals are “significantly less likely than others to have health insurance, are more likely to report unmet health needs, and, for women, are less likely to have had a recent mammogram or Papanicolaou test.”

When training health professionals, I’ve heard folks at various levels (medical assistants, nurses, providers, etc.) say that they don’t need training on LGBTQ patient…

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Stand with the ANA

So glad to see the ANA responding so promptly to this! Advocating for our patients is one of the biggest responsibilities in nursing, and this legislation would hurt so many.

NurseManifest

Today, within hours of the US House of Representative acting against the health and well-being of all Americans, the American Nurses Association issued a strong statement opposing this action. While many nurses do not belong to the ANA, it is an important organization with a strong voice for nursing. Here is the press release:

For Immediate Release
May 4, 2017
Contact: Veronica Byrd
301-628-5057
veronica.byrd@ana.org

David L. Allen
301-628-5391
david.allen@ana.org

American Nurses Association Disappointed with the

Passage of the American Health Care Act  

SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Association (ANA) strongly opposed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and is deeply disappointed with the passage of this legislation by the United States House of Representatives.

ANA, which represents the interests of more than 3.6 million registered nurses, has expressed serious concerns throughout negotiations about the critical impact the AHCA would have on the 24 million people who…

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Dear Senator – an idea for an invitation!

Brilliant! I hope at least some accept this invitation/challenge.

NurseManifest

We recently received a message from Suzanne Fontanesi in Baltimore, sharing a letter she is sending to her Senator asking them to shadow a nurse to inform their health care debate by seeing reality up close and personal. She has given us permission to post the letter here so that other nurses can follow through with their senators as well!

Dear Senator _______,

I am a nurse writing to you on behalf of tens of thousands of my fellow nurses, who are deeply concerned about the possibility of Americans losing health care coverage. Before the Senate votes to repeal and/or replace of the Affordable Care Act, Congress members should be very clear eyed about who will be impacted, and how that impact will shape lives.

Nurses are ranked as the most trusted professionals in the nation. Members of Congress are ranked among the least trusted. In the eyes of the American…

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The Ethics of Nurses Being “Political”

NurseManifest

A few weeks ago (I know, don’t tell me it feels like months!), when the 45’s “Muslim Ban” was in full swing, Pamela Cipriano, the current President of the American Nurses Association, issued a statement that reads as follows:

“Nursing is committed to both the welfare of the sick, injured, and vulnerable in society and to social justice. The ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements establishes the ethical standard for the profession in its fervent call for all nurses and nursing organizations to advocate for the protection of human rights and social justice.Therefore, ANA opposes any action that erodes the human rights of people, and strives to protect and preserve the rights of vulnerable groups such as the poor, homeless, elderly, mentally ill, prisoners, refugees, women, children, and socially stigmatized groups.This underlying principle must be considered in light of the current Administration’s efforts to halt refugee admissions…

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Selfcare as Warfare

Working on my workshop for True Colors, and as I was looking for a source on the famous Audre Lorde quote about self-care, found this excellent post that examines why she would even have needed to say it. As a bonus, this blogger has an actual resource section with full citations! Many thanks for that!

feministkilljoys

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

This is a revolutionary, extraordinary sentence. It is a much loved, much cited sentence. It is an arrow, which acquires its sharpness from its own direction. It is from the epilogue to Audre Lorde’s A Burst of Light, a piece of writing so profound, so moving, that it never fails to teach me, often by leaving me undone, beside myself. This writing is made up of fragments or notes put together as Audre Lorde learns that she has liver cancer, that her death could only be arrested; as she comes to feel that diagnosis in her bones. The expression “a burst of light” is used for when she came to feel the fragility of her body’s situation: “that inescapable knowledge, in the bone, of my own physical limitation.”

A Burst of Light

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The Call for Community, Art, and Artists in the Resistance Movement

A reminder that the arts are one of the ways we not only #resist but also rejuvenate ourselves.

NurseManifest

This week, members of the Nurse Manifest Team gathered together by the warmth of our computer screens for engaging video conference. We took the time to welcome some new members and talk about the future of the movement. I have to say for me, being with like minded #NurseResisters was so energizing (even though I have been suffering through a bout of the flu this week!) and also very comforting.

It’s important for #NurseResisters to remember we are not alone and to gather those around us during these challenging times: when change seems to be happening at a rapid pace, when social media pages are filled with what resisters might find to be concerning or bad governmental news, when there are 10 things you would like to take action on, but you can’t be on the phone all day….it can become easy to become discouraged, overwhelmed, or burned out. This is…

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