Thursday, 20 November 2014

Stop Calling Me 'the Ebola Nurse'

FIRST PERSON-Nobody should’ve had to watch me ride my bicycle out in the open as politicians fed the public false fears and misinformation. Illustration: Kirsten Ulve for Guardian US Opinion
I never had Ebola. I never had symptoms of Ebola. I tested negative for Ebola the first night I stayed in New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s private prison in Newark. I am now past the incubation period – meaning that I will not develop symptoms of Ebola. 
I never had Ebola, so please stop calling me “the Ebola Nurse” – now! 
This is what did happen: I was quarantined against my will by overzealous politicians after I volunteered to go and treat people affected by Ebola in west Africa. My liberty, my interests and consequently my civil rights were ignored because some ambitious governors saw an opportunity to use an age-old political tactic: fear. 

Christie and my governor in Maine, Paul LePage, decided to disregard medical science and the constitution in hopes of advancing their careers. They bet that, by multiplying the existing fear and misinformation about Ebola – a disease most Americans know little about – they could ultimately manipulate everyone and proclaim themselves the protectors of the people by “protecting” the public from a disease that hasn’t killed a single American. 
Politicians who tell lies such as “she is obviously ill” and mistreat citizens by telling them to “sit down and shut up” will hopefully never make it to the White House. 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Minn. hospital patient attacks nurses with metal pipe

A Minnesota hospital patient goes berserk and begins attacking nurses with a large metal pipe he obtained by disassembling his hospital bed.

The entire incident - caught on camera - points out the danger that hospital employees can face.

The 68-year-old man surprised nurses at around 2 a.m., running through the hospital with the bar. He injured four people, including one nurse who suffered a collapsed lung.

Police confronted the man with a Taser. He died later that night.

"By every stretch of the imagination, this was a highly violent incident," a police spokesman said.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Namibia: Angry Mob Storm Clinic After Nurse Burns Security Guard

Sibbinda — An angry mob of Sibbinda residents stormed a clinic on Saturday to vent their frustration with one of three nurses on duty after she allegedly scalded a security guard with boiling water.

The nurse is alleged to have caused serious abdominal burns to the security guard who called her to attend to patients awaiting treatment, to which she apparently took offense.
The residents were stopped from entering the clinic by three other security guards who locked the gate. The police were later called to calm the situation and the nurse was whisked away under heavy guard.

The nurse is accused of having poured boiling water on the guard after he called her to attend to patients who had been waiting in a queue to be treated for quite some time.
Describing the attitude of the nurse as awful, the residents noted that the latest incident was the last straw after having endured mistreatment from the nurse for the past two years.

Plight of African Nurses Risking Their Lives To Treat Ebola Patients Revealed

 Shunned by their families, evicted from their homes and paid next to nothing
  • Nurses treating Ebola victims are routinely thrown out of rented homes
  • In Sierra Leone, many are shunned by their terrified friends and families
  • 57 per cent of medics treating Ebola have succumbed to the disease
  • Liberia and Sierra Leone are the countries worst hit by the epidemic 
The women’s staff room at Hastings Ebola Treatment Center in Western Rural Area, Sierra Leone, is cramped, stuffy and hot from the sunlight flooding through the window.
Nurses in blue scrubs squeeze onto the rickety beds and try to sleep during their break in the Green Zone.
Later, they will go to the Yellow Zone, pull on their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and go back to the wards - the Red Zone.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Is Gossiping GOOD for You?

Gossiping about people boosts self-esteem?

  • Gossiping lets us to compare ourselves to others, improving confidence
  • But gossip should be treated with a 'critical attitude', researchers warn
  • Women who receive negative gossip experience higher self-protection
  • Men who receive positive gossip become more fearful in the long term

  • Pope Francis recently warned gossip 'fills the heart with bitterness and also poisons us'.
    But a new study suggests that gossiping may in fact be good for our self-esteem because it allows us to compare ourselves to others.
    Dutch researchers have found hearing positive and negative gossip about another individual boosts self-reflection and self-evaluation.

    Hundreds Of Australian Nurses Willing and Able To Fight Ebola In Africa

    More than 100 nurses and midwives would fly to west Africa to help prevent the spread of Ebola if the federal government lets them, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says.
    A national survey conducted by the ANMF revealed 135 nurses would volunteer to be a part of a health team to fight against Ebola if the Australian government coordinated the effort.
    ANMF federal secretary Lee Thomas said it is time the federal government listens to its allies as well as Australian nurses and midwives.
    "Nurses are both willing and able to help in the ongoing fight against this epidemic," Ms Thomas said on Friday.

    Saturday, 25 October 2014

    Why is Ebola less deadly in America than in Africa?

    So far, every story of an American infected with Ebola has ended happily, most recently, with today's news that Dallas nurse Nina Pham — the first patient to contract Ebola in the US — has been discharged from hospital, Ebola-free.

    Beating the virus has become a familiar, almost expected, narrative here: Seven out of the eight Ebola patients treated in the United States have survived. These are hugely better outcomes than in Africa, where approximately 70 percent of patients die.It is true that the average West African has a lower life expectancy than the average American. And a much smaller number of Americans have so far contracted, and been treated for, Ebola. But those who have show remarkably good results. "Yes, it’s a small sample size," says Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, adding that there are still "enough data points to say there's something meaningfully different."

    Nurses are so busy and overworked they haven't got time to eat

    Most nurses are so overworked because of Government cuts they don’t have time to eat properly at work.
    Royal College of Nursing research found 79 per cent failed to get a break long enough for a healthy meal in shifts stretching up to 14 hours. Nearly two thirds questioned said workplace stress led to them snacking from vending machines.
    Half said low staff levels caused by cutbacks meant they had no time to get a sit down meal in canteens that were often too far away.
    And 75 per cent on nights said machine snacks like crisps were often the only food available during their shifts.

    Monday, 20 October 2014

    3-year-old Ebola patient proposes to nurse

    SIERRA LEONE(NPR)- According to NPR, Isata Kallon, a nurse at Kenema Hospital in eastern Sierra Leone, remembers the day 3-year-old Ibrahim showed up at the Ebola treatment center. He was with his mother and two older brothers, ages 5 and 8. They all had Ebola. Ibrahim was especially sick, vomiting constantly.
    “The chance of survival was very low for him,” says Kallon, who’s in her 30s. She sits at a picnic table outside the Ebola ward, her hair pulled back with a hairband and her blue nursing scrubs tinged with sweat around the neck.

    She spent much of the next week caring for the family, along with dozens of other patients in the makeshift Ebola ward — a large white tent near a sloping hill outside the hospital. Each time she entered the unit, she would find Ibrahim in a different place.
    “I [mostly found] him lying on the beds of other patients,” she said. She wasn’t sure if he was lonely or confused, but she had trouble keeping him in his own bed. “So every time, I had to take him, give him a bath and dress him up and put him back [on his own mattress],” she said.

    Spanish Nurse Infected With Ebola Has Recovered

    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish nursing assistant infected with Ebola after treating missionary priests with the disease repatriated from West Africa has managed to beat it after nearly two weeks of treatment in Madrid and has no traces of the virus in her bloodstream, according to test results released Sunday night by Spain's government.

    Teresa Romero, 44, is believed to be the first person to have caught Ebola via transmission outside of West Africa in the current outbreak. Two nurses in the U.S. later contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian man who died at a Dallas hospital.
    Romero was among Spain's team of health care workers caring for the priests in August and September and told officials she remembered touching a glove to her face after leaving the hospital room of Father Miguel Pajares, who died Sept. 25. She entered his room twice — once to change his diaper and another time after he died to retrieve unspecified items.

    Romero, who remains quarantined at Madrid's Carlos III hospital, must undergo another Ebola test to make sure she is virus free after testing positive on Oct. 6.
    The second Ebola test is usually performed within two to three days and Spain's committee dealing with the country's Ebola crisis said in a statement that the confirmation test to make sure Romero no longer has Ebola would happen in "coming hours."
    Her husband, Javier Limon, is among 15 people who came into contact with Romero after she started feeling feverish after treating Pajares and stayed mostly at home in the Madrid suburb of Alcorcon before being hospitalized. Spanish authorities said none of them — including Limon — have shown symptoms of Ebola so far.