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SMYS Supports Women Leaders Launch of TIME’S UP Healthcare

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TIME’S UP announced today the launch of TIME’S UP Healthcare, a new affiliate which aims to drive new policies and decisions that result in more balanced, diverse and accountable leadership; address workplace discrimination, harassment and abuse; and create equitable and safe work cultures within all facets of the healthcare industry. TIME’S UP Healthcare is the newest industry affiliate of TIME’S UP, joining a coalition of women across industries dedicated to advancing the organization’s mission of creating safe, fair and dignified work for women of all kinds.

Show Me Your Stethoscope, through our STAMP Out Violence campaign, has striven to raise awareness to the epidemic of violence and harassment that Nurses endure everyday while on the job and has stood by our colleagues, helping to amplify the voice of a Nation of Nurses. We work to address a workplace culture that has come to expect that Nurses will be abused, encouraging all people to speak up and report incidents of physical, verbal and sexual assault.  Show Me Your Stethoscope is proud to support TIME’S UP Healthcare’s goal “To unify national efforts to bring safety, equity, and dignity to our healthcare workplace.”

SMYS’ Kelley Muldoon-Rieger MSN PNP and Julia Sierra-Sanchez will be on hand and speaking at the March 1 launch of TIME’S UP Healthcare.  

 

For more details on TIME’S UP Healthcare, please visit www.timesuphealthcare.org.
For more details on the STAMP Out Violence initiative, please visit https://www.facebook.com/STAMPoutviolence/
For more details on Show Me Your Stethoscope, please visit smysofficial.com

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Taking care of addicts made me angry. Then my step-daughter died from an overdose.

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By an anonymous nurse from Show Me Your Stethoscope

A member posted recently about being burned out from dealing with overdose patients, lacking empathy and compassion to care for them. I’d like to share with you that I felt that way too. It used to make me angry to have to take care of yet another overdose. Well, my focus and attitude has shifted since then. My stepdaughter died at the age of 26 on January 2, 2018 from an overdose. It was the call we knew was coming but yet still could not prepare for. We’d seen the exaggerated weightloss, scars on her once gorgeous face, track marks or her arms. We had prayed, counseled, begged, cried, pleaded, threatened, paid for counseling, paid for suboxone, paid for her food and living expenses while she sold her food stamp allotment, sold her body, and became more and more alienated from her 6 year old daughter and us. I’m angry and heartbroken. My family is broken. However, she didn’t choose this life. She was once a curly headed newborn angel, a silly toddler, a precocious little girl who loved to dance and perform. She was quite the artist and had an eye for trends and fashion. She was a mother, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. She wanted to be and do more in life…and then it all fell apart. I don’t know why she made the initial decision to try drugs, except the loss of her grandfather changed her. It altered who she was. It’s not an excuse but the fact that surrounded her first use. I realize she made a choice to try drugs. However, she wasn’t able to control it. The addiction controlled her. Her addiction made her into someone we no longer knew or recognized and no matter how much we loved her, wanted her, begged her, prayed for her….we were helpless to make it stop and unable to shelter and protect her. She left this world with a needle in her arm in a house full of addicts who didn’t even know her name. Our family will never recover from her absence. She wasn’t raised this way. She wasn’t exposed to a life of drugs. She was loved, wanted, encouraged, supported. So to answer on the empathy/compassion piece….I do understand your frustration because I feel it too. It’s senseless, it’s reckless, it’s dangerous and it’s a gamble on their parts. But if you cannot find compassion for the addict, I’m not judging you. It is impossibly difficult and exhausting. I would encourage you though to try to find it for us…the family who has exhausted all measures and spent countless thousands of dollars to save our addict, to rehab them, and who mourn the person we once knew before drugs.

 

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Show Me Your Stethoscope, Johnson and Johnson Nursing JLabs, and Nurse Innovators Meet in New York for the Nurse Innovators Quickfire Challenge

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Last week, SMYS Founder Janie Garner, met with Johnson and Johnson Nursing and other Nurse Innovators to discuss innovation in Nursing and to announce the Nurse Innovator Quickfire challenge.  The live panel discussion shared the thoughts and experiences of four nurse innovators and the process they went through to bring their innovations to fruition.

The Panel also announced the Johnson and Johnson Nurses Innovate Quickfire Challenge, inviting the more than 3.2 million nurses located throughout the U.S.  to submit ideas for new devices, health technologies, protocols or treatment approaches that have the power to profoundly impact patient care and human health. The nursing innovators with the best idea(s) will receive up to $100,000 in grants and access to mentoring and coaching from Johnson & Johnson, via Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS to help bring their ideas to life.

More information about the challenge can be found here

If you missed the Panel Discussion, you can watch it now!

 

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Thank you Massachusetts Nursing Association

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This year more nursing unions joined with their brothers and sisters at NursesTakeDC, the frontline nurse led grassroots movement fighting for safe staffing. The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) was one of the unions rallying in DC and deserves special recognition. Specifically, we’d like to acknowledge MNA president Donna Kelley Williams RN for her tenacious leadership and advocacy in Massachusetts. The MNA leads the fight for ‘safe patient limits’’; a term they developed that perfectly describes what we are fighting for.

Thanks to the tireless push from the MNA, Massachusetts voters will have a ballot question this November 2018 that decides if ‘safe patient limits’ will be written into state law. Nurses overwhelmingly support safe patient limits. However, the voters of Massachusetts will determine if this becomes a law or not. So far the polls suggest that voters will choose ‘yes’ to safe patient limits, but the fight isn’t over yet!

Massachusetts policy is often viewed as forecast of future national policy. This ballot question is monumental as several states have legislation that has been introduced but has yet to reach committee or the house floor for a vote. A win for Massachusetts nurses could tip the scales in the favor of nurses.

We’ve watched the MNA support the nurses of Massachusetts in their fight for safe patient limits. Now it’s time to do more that watch them work. Now we must support the nurses of Massachusetts in their push for safe patient limits in Massachusetts. We must gain public support and momentum to vote ‘yes’ on this ballot question. At SMYS we believe nurses should support nurses; nursing organizations should support each other; and all nurses in all settings, practicing at all levels should support policy that benefits nurses. Leading up to the November vote, we encourage every nurse to support the nurses of Massachusetts in any way they can.

Social media is a powerful tool. Every nurse can help this cause by sharing information about the ballot question online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. If you live in Massachusetts or one of the neighboring states (Main, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island), please consider showing up in person to support the Massachusetts nurses. A win for safe patient limits in Massachusetts is a win for all nurses and patients.

 

Thank you for being here and helping nurses unite,

Jalil A. Johnson PhD, MS, APRN, ANP-BC

Show Me Your Stethoscope Foundation I CEO

NursesTakeDC | Organizer

 

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SMYS Staff Member of the Week! Nichole Long

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Nichole Long RN. SMYS Ambassador Arizona

How long have you been a nurse and what kind of nursing do you do?
Nichole has been a nurse since 2011. Prior to that she worked in the medical field as a paratrooper medic in the Army in 2001. Today she works in acute care, Med Surg nursing.

What’s your role at SMYS?
Nichole is one of the SMYS Ambassadors in Arizona. She was instrumental in organizing the Arizona State House rally 5/12/16. Not only did Nichole and her team organize the rally their state capital in less than 3 months, they were able to get state legislators, political candidates, and a nurse lawyers to speak at their rally.

In many ways Nichole is a model SMYS ambassador. She and her team took the formula for organizing, improved and implemented it! She was able to pull off a successful event by sheer will, passion and determination! Nurses around the United States saw the SMYS Arizona team take action to advocate for them selves and create pathways for real change to happen! We are all so luck to have Nicole with us!

What is your favorite thing about working at SMYS?
Nichole says her favorite thing about working at SMYS is “seeing the same passion that I have for nursing in other nurses across the nation. The drive to care for people and each other is amazing!” Words from a true NURSE CHAMPION!

Why do you volunteer your time to help SMYS?
“I volunteer my time to help SMYS because I feel the members offer the support that we need to truly put the “care” back in “healthcare”. nichole

What do you want SMYS to be when it is all grown up?
Since SMYS is already involved in advocacy, philanthropy, and unity among members, I would like to see SMYS represented in nursing schools across the country to empower new nurses to use their voice and speak up for change.

You know, Nichole is really on to something here. We do need to pull nursing students into this movement. They should understand the challenges in our profession. More importantly, they should know that a nation of nurses stands behind them when they advocate for their patients and their colleagues.
For our nursing student members, don’t forget to apply for SMYS schollarships here http://www.prweb.com/releases/DailyNurse/SMYS/prweb13402699.htm and here http://www.hirenurses.com/tips-resources/2016/03/20/nursing_scholarships/. Good luck!

When you guys see Nichole Long on the message boards and in the forums, say hello, get to know her! She’s pretty amazing! If you’re interested in hosting an event in your local area she made this awesome video tutorial about how to put your team together. Check it out here https://youtu.be/ksrb2ghpeG0

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