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COVID19 Vaccines, Part 2

COVID19 Vaccines, Part 2

In December, we published our first issue on the COVID19 vaccines entitled, "All I Want for Christmas is the Vaccine." Two months later and well, many of you are still waiting for that vaccine. Last week, my sister said, "It reminds me of the days trying to log on to...

Tips to Get Information

Tips to Get Information

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Though 2021 has had a rough start in the U.S., with record numbers of people contracting and dying from COVID, at least 2020 is over and there is a vaccine at the end of the tunnel! But, with the extraordinary numbers of patients requiring...

All I Want for Christmas is the Vaccine

All I Want for Christmas is the Vaccine

Well, in a year that we'd all soon like to forget, finally we have some very good news. This past Friday, the FDA gave an Emergency Use Approval (EUA) of the BioNTech-Pfizer COVID vaccine. No doubt as you read this, vaccines are being shipped to hospitals, physician...

Listening in the Year of COVID

Amidst last week's anxiety about the election results and dire news about increasing COVID infections, hospitalizations and deaths, we were interviewing a candidate and asked her, "In your opinion, what is the most important skill a nurse advocate can have?" Her...

Medicare 101 — Understanding the Basics

Not even a pandemic can stop the Medicare Open Enrollment Period! As many of our friends, neighbors and colleagues prepare to enter their "golden years," their dreams of retirement are likely interrupted by nightmares of turning 65 and having to sign up for Medicare....

Yes, You DO Need a Flu Shot

Yes, You DO Need a Flu Shot

No one will argue with you if you say this has been quite a year. And it's very likely that we will all breathe a huge collective sigh of relief when 2020 comes to an end. But, before it gets too late this fall, it's time to think about getting your flu shot. And this...

Silver Linings Amidst the Pandemic

Silver Linings Amidst the Pandemic

I don't know about you, but the last five months have been---shall we say, a bit challenging for me. Like you, I am getting through it. I can hardly believe it's almost September! And how many of us will be very happy to see 2020 end?? The impact of COVID19 hasn't...

Do You See What I See

Do You See What I See

Right now in 2020, all across the U.S., even BEFORE the coronavirus pandemic arrived, data showed that people of color---Black, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, Asian American, and others---suffer disproportionately from some of the most devastating health...

Busting More COVID-19 Myths

Busting More COVID-19 Myths

What if I just run my hands under an air dryer? Won't the heat kill the virus? No. You still need to wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub. Once your hands are clean, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air...

Caring for Someone with COVID19 in Your Home

Caring for Someone with COVID19 in Your Home

Two things to put at the top of your list:   Know where your nearest hospital emergency room is, write down the name and phone number and post it on your fridge. Look for emergency warning signs in the patient. These include difficulty breathing or shortness of...

Celebrating the Year of the Nurse and Midwife

Celebrating the Year of the Nurse and Midwife

In January of 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) made the official proposal to declare 2020 the year of the nurse and the midwife. And voila! It is now 2020! The World Health Organization is a global institution that services the countries of the United...

Coronavirus 101

Coronavirus 101

About the Coronavirus The 2019-nCoV is spreading from person to person in China and limited spread among close contacts has been detected in some countries outside China, including the United States. At this time, however, this virus is NOT currently spreading in...