Empowering Nurses at the Bedside and in Business

Blog

Nurses’ Strike in Illinois with Doris Carroll, President of the Illinois Nurses Association

Lorie Brown, Nurse Attorney, of Brown Law Office, P.C. and EmpoweredNurses.org, interviews Doris Carroll, President of Illinois Nurses’ Association and founder of Nurses Take D.C., to discuss the recent Nurses’ Strike in Illinois including Safe Patient Limits, Mandatory Masking, PPE for Nurses, and COVID Hazard Pay. Also discussed is the mission of Nurses Take D.C. and how to help get […]

Read More

Update on New York State Nurses Association Lawsuit

Not long ago I wrote about the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) filing a court claim against Montefiore Medical Center for failing to have proper PPE to reduce the risks of its member nurses contracting COVID-19. The union specifically demanded that Montefiore Medical Center (1) increase the number of PPE available to nurses including respirators and gowns, (2) provide […]

Read More

Nurses: From Heroes To Zeroes

When COVID-19 first erupted, nurses showed up to the University of Illinois Chicago Hospital to care for affected members of the community in their great time of need.  The nurses risked their lives and those of their families to be at their job while the rest of us were in lock down. A week ago, when the union contract at […]

Read More

Sexual Harassment Against Nurses

Employment law was constructed out of a master/servant relationship.  There are very few instances where you can sue for wrongful termination.  Those are limited to discrimination against sex, age, race, and religion.  However, under the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC), sexual harassment in the workplace is a form of sexual discrimination which is protected. Unfortunately, sexual harassment against nurses is […]

Read More

Coping With Covid

Every morning I wake up feeling like I am in a dream.  My life as I had known it is now completely different and I can no longer do most of the things I used to enjoy doing. I can’t imagine what it must be like for nurses on the front lines to go to work every day to take […]

Read More

Two Sides To Every Story

Erin Marie Olszewski is an Army combat veteran who served our country on the front lines in Iraq during Desert Storm.   Earlier this year, as a nurse, she traveled from her Florida home to work at Elmhurst Hospital in New York to work on the COVID unit. Having worked in an ICU COVID unit in the Sunshine State, she was […]

Read More

Nursing Students In Times Of Covid

Can you imagine being in nursing school while a pandemic flourishes all around you?  I remember how scared I was when I first graduated, wondering if I was going to remember anything, if I was going to get it right and/or whether a patient was going to die.  To also worry about the effects of an ongoing virus outbreak would […]

Read More

Spirituality And Nursing

As our society continues to become more technologically oriented, there is less and less time to have interaction with others, especially during this trying time.  In addition, in nursing, we rely so heavily on technology and are usually “knee deep” in watching monitors, taking vitals, performing assessments, doing treatments, passing out meds and charting on the computer that we can’t […]

Read More

NO Security In Nursing

Years ago, when I first realized that I wanted to be a nurse, my parents thought that was great and told me, “Oh, you will always have a job.” At the outset of my career, I had 7 interviews and 7 job offers.  Unfortunately, with COVID, that is not the case at this time.  As hospitals continue to lose revenue, […]

Read More

Shining The Spotlight On Nurses

This is National Nurses Week although the World Health Organization has declared 2020 as the Year of the Nurse.  The American Nurses Association has made this the month to celebrate nurses with May being nurses’ month. Regardless, every day should be Nurses Day and nurses should be celebrated for all they do. This pandemic has spotlighted nursing and has thrust […]

Read More

As Seen On: