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Doctor Breaks Neck, Sees Reality of Hospital Care

A Harvard physician undergoes treatment for nightmare injury

(Newser) - Arnold Relman was in pretty good shape for a 90-year-old—until the day he fell down the stairs and fractured three vertebrae in his neck, he writes in the New York Review of Books . He was rushed to Massachusetts General, where a crack medical team saved his life by performing... More »

WHO: Doctors Not Always No. 1 When It Comes to Care

Midwives, nurse practitioners can be as good, better

(Newser) - Not only do midwives, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants do as good a job as doctors, they sometimes do better—and patients would agree, according to a World Health Organization bulletin. NBC News gives an example: When it comes to delivering babies, midwives use less drugs and perform fewer episiotomies... More »

California May Let Non-Physicians Perform Abortions

Bill on governor's desk makes them less restrictive

(Newser) - While states like Texas and North Carolina move to make abortion ever more restrictive, California seems to be headed in the opposite direction. State lawmakers recently passed a bill that would allow early abortions to be performed by non-physicians, like nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and physicians' assistants, the LA Times... More »

What It Was Like to Care for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Inside 9 nurses' very tough 6 days with the suspected bomber

(Newser) - Nine trauma nurses at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center were asked to care for suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev—and though many were uncomfortable with the idea, all of them agreed. The Boston Globe walks us through the six days they spent with Tsarnaev, from the four checkpoints they... More »

Australian DJs in Hoax May Face Criminal Charges

Scotland Yard looking into it

(Newser) - The Australian DJs whose royal hoax led to the suicide of a nurse they duped might face criminal charges, reports news.com.au . Scotland Yard says it working with the Crown Protection Service to determine whether any laws were broken, without providing more details. Meanwhile, Australia's media watchdog is... More »

Army Nurse in Afghanistan Dies While Skyping With Wife

Cpt. Bruce Clark worked at Afghanistan medical center

(Newser) - An Army nurse in Afghanistan died Monday in the middle of a Skype conversation with his wife, the El Paso Times reports. The cause of Cpt. Bruce Clark's death has not been disclosed by the Army; an investigation is underway. "Bruce's wife tragically witnessed her husband's... More »

Swedish Hospital Hiring 'TV-Hot' Nurses

Hospital says phrase came from a former patient

(Newser) - If you've ever been admitted to the hospital and thought, "Man, these nurses really aren't as attractive as the ones on TV," apparently you should visit Sweden's Stockholm South General. In a recent job advertisement, that hospital recruited nurses who are "motivated," "... More »

Top 5 Dying Regrets

No 1: I wasn't true to myself

(Newser) - What are the most common regrets of people on their death beds? An Australian palliative nurse named Bronnie Ware, who spent years tending to patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives, compiled a top-five list in book form . Here's a peek, from the Guardian : More »

UK Docs, Nurses Face Cleavage Ban

Crackdown follows patients' complaints

(Newser) - Following patient complaints, health care workers outside London have been warned to rein in “excessive cleavage” and cover midriffs, the Telegraph reports. The national health care service has also barred shorts, mini-skirts, denim, and unkempt beards. The goal: a “professional and consistent” appearance. “There had been complaints... More »

Accused 'Angel of Death' on Internet Pleads Not Guilty

He allegedly posed as a nurse, coaxed victims into suicide

(Newser) - Update on a case that involves a disturbing twist on social networking—in which a Minnesota nurse stands accused of urging people he met online to commit suicide. William Melchert-Dinkel pleaded not guilty to felony counts stemming from the deaths of two individuals, one in England and the other in... More »

Nurse Caught on Tape Switching Off Ventilator

British nurse's blunder leaves man brain-damaged

(Newser) - A British quadriplegic who installed hidden cameras in his home because he was worried about the quality of his care was left severely brain damaged by a mistake that confirmed his suspicions. The cameras captured a nurse who lacked the proper training accidentally disconnecting his ventilator and then struggling to... More »

Nurse Saves Toddler's Life—Via Facebook

She notices problem with the girl's eye

(Newser) - While browsing Facebook photos of her friend's daughter, a UK pediatrics nurse noticed something wasn't quite right. Nicola Sharp was looking at a photo of Grace Freeman, 2, when she saw that the girl's left pupil appeared white, while the right pupil had the normal "red eye" effect from... More »

Women Battle 'Birth Rape'

Uncaring, brutal exams can traumatize laboring moms

(Newser) - The mothers of the world are mad, and they're not going to take it anymore. A growing movement against "birth rape" is placing institutions on notice that women in labor oppose any vaginal intrusion by "fingers, hands, suction cups, forceps, needles and scissors" without consent, notes the Sydney ... More »

Postpartum Depression Is Preventable

... if trained nurses get involved

(Newser) - The solution to preventing postpartum depression may lay in the hands of ... nurses, according to a new study. Researchers in the UK found that women who received a visit from a nurse who had been trained to assess and psychologically support new moms were 30% less likely to have become... More »

Temp Firms Keep Hiring Lousy Nurses

They skimp on background checks in lucrative industry

(Newser) - Agencies that supply hospitals with temporary nurses skimp on background checks and allow incompetent workers to move from one facility to the next, reports ProPublica. The reason? The nation's chronic shortage of nurses has created a lucrative $4 billion industry with little oversight. The investigation documents cases of nurses with... More »

Brit Nurses Fear Swine Flu Vaccine: Poll

One third won't have it for fear of danger; one third undecided

(Newser) - A full two thirds of British nurses are undecided about or outright against getting vaccinated for swine flu, the Telegraph reports. Some 60% of those who plan to decline say they are concerned about the safety of the untested treatment. “I would not be willing to put myself at... More »

Obama Praises Nurses, Recalls Sasha Scare

Prez has lifelong respect for nurses after infant daughter's hospitalization

(Newser) - President Barack Obama’s White House Internet town hall meeting yesterday wasn’t all business: he also discussed his soft spot for nurses, People reports. During his response to a health policy question, the president remembered the care given to daughter Sasha during her hospitalization with life-threatening meningitis at age... More »

Octuplet Mom Spills to Dr. Phil, But Not on Stripper Past

Suleman defends firing free nurses

(Newser) - Nadya Suleman tells Dr. Phil her version of her home's staffing shakeup in an interview airing today and tomorrow, E! reports, while attorney Gloria Allred fires back, saying Angels in Waiting nurses filed three reports with Child Protective Services and that Suleman's octuplets are in danger. “I personally felt... More »

Octu-Mom Cans Free Nurses

Suleman freaks when one reports her to CPS

(Newser) - Never a dull moment in the octu-house: Nadya Suleman fired four Angels in Waiting nurses helping with her octuplets after one filed a report with Child Protective Services, the Orange County Register reports. The nurse was concerned the house was overcrowded, says Suleman’s lawyer. Two nannies are still... More »

Air Force Nurse Charged in 3 Deaths

'Soldier of mercy' allegedly gave lethal doses to terminally ill

(Newser) - An Air Force nurse has been charged with giving lethal amounts of medication to three terminally ill patients in his care. Capt. Michael Fontana, 35, was formally charged in military court with deliberately giving three patients at Wilford Hall Medical Center—the Air Force's largest hospital—lethal amounts of medication,... More »

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