1/12/2022

 

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In This Issue...

  1. Hospitals in Trouble               5. Meet Nzingha                9. Choosing an Abortion
  2. MA Nurses Won Strike           6. Join Our Board           10. what if this body  13. Education
  3. Travel Nursing                        7. Join Our Community  11. Online Provider/Interview
  4. MLK/'Beloved Community'    8. TAC Residency           12. Dolly!                     14. Jobs

 



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Hospitals Are in Serious Trouble

Omicron is inundating a health-care system that was already buckling under the cumulative toll of every previous surge.

 "Here, then, is the most important difference about this surge: It comes on the back of all the prior ones. COVID’s burden is additive. It isn’t reflected just in the number of occupied hospital beds, but also in the faltering resolve and thinning ranks of the people who attend those beds. “This just feels like one wave too many,” Ranney said. The health-care system will continue to pay these costs long after COVID hospitalizations fall. Health-care workers will know, but most other people will be oblivious—until they need medical care and can’t get it."

That was from a story by Ed Yong, posted late last week on The Atlantic. Mr. Yong's writing puts the reader in different stakeholders' shoes, which can reveal some pretty frightening states of affairs. And, hopefully, give the reader a clearer view of the big picture...

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Massachusetts Nurses Just Won an Epic 10-Month Strike

A strike at St. Vincent Hospital ended this week with a big win for nurses, who had complained of dangerous patient-to-staff ratios.

"Nurses are the ones who know what good care looks like, and yet they are rarely seen as experts in their field. Marie Ritacco, a postanesthesia care nurse at the hospital, thinks that this has something to do with the fact that nurses are overwhelmingly female. “They think that just because we are women, we are built to care for people and can do it under any conditions,” Ritacco said.

The image of a motherly nurse is used not only to discredit nurses’ expertise but also to guilt them into doing care work under dangerous conditions. “In the prestrike days,” LeBlanc recalled being asked, “What would Florence Nightingale do? Would she ‘abandon’ her patients and strike?”"

Not one to put much stock in what Florence Nightingale would do, it makes the question even more irrelevant. No matter your opinion of that icon, it's clear management was trying to shame poviders into sucking it up. The nurses at St. Vincent didn't buy it and stood up for themselves and their patients. Brava to them! Read the rest of Aparna Gopalan's article, posted last week on The New Republic.

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The Big Business Behind Travel Nursing

During the Covid-19 pandemic, demand for nurses—already understaffed—surged to even higher levels, and travel nurses deployed to fill the gaps.

"BCSF staff onsite ​“controlled everything we did,” Jen says. ​“You were told what to do and when to do it, and that’s it.” When they weren’t working, nurses were to remain in their hotel rooms at all times, while managers came and went at will.

In the hotel, Jen says women in her cohort began to feel uncomfortable when male coworkers and BCFS managers cornered them for unwanted conversations and to solicit dates. In one instance, Jen alleges one colleague sent sexually explicit images to another nurse without the nurse’s consent.

“We had very young nurses there,” Jen says. ​“It’s so unfair to put these women in this crazy situation.”

On June 2, 2020, Jen called her supervisor, a Krucial representative onsite in New Orleans, to report her concerns. She says she described the unwanted advances from managers, as well as a rumor that the men onsite had been placing bets on which women they could sleep with. She told the representative that she was worried that added stress in an already high-stakes situation could create an unsafe work environment for female nurses.

Jen had been perturbed by the atmosphere at the hotel, but she was even more shocked by what she says came next. In emails to Krucial and BCFS obtained by In These Times, Jen alleges the Krucial representative dismissed her concerns and told her to ​“just keep her legs closed.”

The travel nurse quoted in that excerpt experienced retaliation from Krucial. Apparenly, that's not uncommon when someone complains of unacceptable conditions. Find out more -- read Alice Heran's story, posted last month on In These Times.

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Presented by The King Center

January 13 & !4 | The 2022 Virtual Beloved Community Global Summit

"The Virtual Beloved Community Global Summit focuses on the 2022 King Holiday Observance theme, “It Starts with Me! Shifting Priorities to Create the Beloved Community.” The Panelist and audience will engage in a variety of conversations around what it means to shift our priorities to address the myriad of social justice and societal challenges facing humanity globally; how we shift our priorities; and, why it is important to make these shifts. Each session will include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s prophetic words as a means for centering the conversation."

 

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Meet Nzingha Thompson-Hall, Our New Education Program Development & Research Assistant

Originally from Saint Louis, MO, Nzingha is an Atlanta transplant who earned her Master of Public Health degree from Morehouse School of Medicine with an emphasis in global health, health communications, and reproductive health. Nzingha has experience in the abortion care setting as an abortion doula, reproductive health counselor, and financial coordinator. Nzingha is a professionally trained diversity and inclusion facilitator and conducts presentations and workshops centering around unconscious bias, health literacy, and culturally competent sexual education. She is an alumna of the Erinn. J Vuley fellowship program, a leadership development program of Feminist Women's Health Center. Nzingha is the founder of "This is Black Sex ED!," a multi-media trivia game focusing on pop-culture and reproductive justice through a Black lens. Additionally, she is a 2020 Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights United Nations Fellow of African Descent. Nzingha’s passions include youth empowerment, women's health, reproductive health equity, transformative justice, and Black liberation. Nzingha speaks Mandarin Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese. She loves traveling, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.

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Join Our Board

Find out more about this great opportunity and how to apply.

The new deadline is February 15.

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Join Our Community 

Wouldn't you love to attend this members-only event?

If so, become an NSRH Member, and see you there :)

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Training in Abortion Care Residency

NSRH is offiering our first ever Training in Abortion Care (TAC) Residency for RNs. TAC pairs highly motivated registered nurses with clinical partners -- our newest partner highlighted above -- that provide full-spectrum sexual and reproductive healthcare for hands-on learning of procedures, particularly abortion care. In addition to clinical training, participants will also receive interprofessional programming to support their development as advocates for reproductive rights and justice. For this cycle, applicants must be RNs who are licensed to practice in the states of Tennessee and/or Kentucky.

Applications are open from November 3, 2021 - January 17, 2022.

Click here to learn more and apply!

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As a Mother, I Want What’s Best for My Family. That’s Why I Got an Abortion.

Choosing an abortion was the most selfless act of my life.

"Pleasure activist adrienne maree brown writes, “Pleasure activism is the work we do to reclaim our whole, happy, and satisfiable selves from the impacts, delusions, and limitations of oppression and/or supremacy.” It took me 90 days to have an abortion. It took me six months to finally leave. It has taken me the past seven years to learn to reclaim my whole self. To discover my own queerness, to center my own sexual pleasure, and to find strength, resolve, and community within the very real social and financial hardships of single parenthood. Every day has become a practice in creating liberated relationships.

My abortion story is not commonly told, yet it is so very common. At the root was a relationship composed under the oppressive umbrella of patriarchy. brown continues:

Liberated relationships are one of the ways we actually create abundant justice, the understanding that there is enough attention, care, resource, and connection for all of us to access belonging, to be in our dignity, and to be safe in community.

Our collective liberation will be rooted in liberated relationships: open and honest communication, imaginative exploration, and truly comprehensive sex education."

That was the conclusion of Danielle Holland's compelling story, posted a week ago on Rewire News Group. Please, start from the beginning; it's a must-read. (The photo is from the Sorry To Podcast This website; Ms. Holland founded said podcast.)

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From what if this body

By adrienne maree brown

ah but what if this is the ideal body after all
this body which once danced all night and still waited to see the sun rise
this body which caught mothers as they released babies from their bodies
this body which has known so many kinds of touch
from lovers who wanted and didn’t want it
from doctors who saw and didn’t see it
from children who did not hesitate to surrender tears or laughter or dreams
onto my bosom

what if this body has kept me from becoming a monster
kept me humble
stilled me from ego
with sufficient doubt

what if this body was the ideal protection
from the death throes of patriarchy
if this body was a lighthouse
to the lovers who knew
freedom was the arousing aspect

Continue reading

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Online Abortion Provider Robin Tucker: “I’m Trying To Remove Barriers. … It Feels Great To Be Able To Help People This Way”

"Robin Tucker is a nurse practitioner of women’s health and a certified nurse midwife who offers first-trimester medication abortion by phone call, video visit or online intake forms to patients in Virginia, Maryland and Maine. She charges a sliding scale fee up to $150."

Her Bethesda-based Metro Area Advanced Practice Healthcare serves “all genders, all lifestyles, all types of bodies” with reproductive and sexual health care, and offers telehealth, office visits and even house calls, with an “emphasis on harm reduction, trauma informed care and following the Health At Every Size philosophy.”"

Robin Tucker also happens to be a member of the APC Cluster -- brava! (Cluster events are cohosted by the Reproductive Health Access Network, NSRH and NAF.) Read Carrie Baker's interview of Ms. Tucker, posted last week on Ms. Magazine.

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And watching & listening to Dolly constitute self-care!

Presented by Washington DC History & Culture

January 15, 8pm EST | Dolly Parton's 76th Birthday Celebration - Music History Livestream

"We invite you to come join us in celebrating country music legend and pop culture icon Dolly Parton's 76th birthday! 

We'll learn about Dolly's inspiring life, listen to some of her best songs, and even see a few of her film and television clips."

The charge for this event is a donation of your choosing. (Free tickets are 'sold out.')

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Presented by the University of California, Berkeley

January 13, 12pm PST | Community Doula Care and Research Workshop

 "With Medi-Cal coverage of doulas coming, there will likely be more research about doulas and the impact of doula care. But what is research, why does it matter, and how does it impact you and your clients? Join us for a free workshop on Jan. 13 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (PT) to explore these topics with community doulas and researchers."

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Presented by WomenNC

January 19, 12pm EST | Critical Conversations: Roe V Wade in Jeopardy | Reproductive Health in NC


"Join SisterSong's Maya Hart and WomenNC for the first Lunch 'n' Learn of 2022 to discuss what is at stake for reproductive healthcare access on the eve of the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade!"

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Presented by Firestorm Books

January 19, 7pm EST | Reproduction and Race Reading Group

Every first, second, third and fourth Wednesday from January through February 9

"A five week series exploring Dorothy Roberts' Killing the Black Body, with supplemental readings from Bettina Judd's Patient. Hosted by local community organizer Ash Williams (he/him), participants will consider how the text relates to recent bans on abortion access, racialized and gendered state violence, and histories of medicalized oppression against marginalized bodies."

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Presented by the NAPW

January 20, 6:30pm EST | Fiction or Reality: The Future of Reproductive Justice

"On Thursday, January 20th, we invite you to join National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) for a spirited virtual discussion with a panel of experts from academia, journalism, and fiction writing, as they share their unique experiences in the reproductive world, and their thoughts on a post-Roe future. The event will also feature a virtual Q&A for attendees to ask our panelists their own questions."

"While there is no fee to attend this event, a suggested donation of $25 would be highly appreciated. All funds raised will go to support NAPW’s work as we fight for the rights of pregnant people and those with the capacity for pregnancy."

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Presented by The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium

January 28, 2pm EST | Special and Vulnerable Populations
COVID-19 Forum

 "Join several National Training and Technical Assistance Partner (NTTAP) organizations for the next session of the four-part Special and Vulnerable Populations Forum. The next one-hour session convenes Friday, January 28th and will address how COVID-19 has impacted health centers across the country and the special populations they serve. The Forum will identify, share, and promote promising practices, while highlighting and addressing challenges."

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Presented by STAT | Sponsored by Astellas Pharma

February 7, 1pm EST | The Exhaustion Epidemic: Examining the Covid-19 Burnout Crisis in Health Care

"The coronavirus pandemic has left health care workers beyond mentally fatigued and many are leaving the industry as a result.

Through this event, STAT will discuss the emotional burden health care workers are facing and uncover the solutions needed to support and retain them.

Speakers will include:

Amanda Bettencourt, Ph.D., APRN, CCRN-K, ACCNS-P, assistant professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; president-elect, American Association of Critical Care Nurses"

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ICAN! Community Engagement Manager
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