June 7, 2013

“Dov, I want you to officiate at my funeral.”

This was the only request that Dr. A. had of me after her diagnosis with stage IV breast cancer. The story was devastating: discovery of a […]
May 31, 2013

Focus on the Patient

I remember how, on one of my first shifts as a registered nurse, the monitor started ringing when I was in a patient room. The alarm […]
May 28, 2013

Who says that healing begins and ends with medicine?​

Close your eyes and forget about everything else for about five minutes.  Gedaliah Aronson and Matisyahu live in Pittsburgh
May 12, 2013

Nuclear war and nursing care

The Air Force recently demoted 17 officers from duty at a nuclear missile site, citing “rot” in the overall discipline. These officers were entrusted with nuclear launch codes and acted in a way that compromised the integrity of said codes.

  • According to the news report, one of the complaining commanders reported “‘such rot’ that that even the willful violation of safety rules — including a possible compromise of launch codes — was tolerated.”

  • Officers’ missile launch skills were “marginal, the equivalent of a ‘D’ rating.

  • One of the service’s generals is quoted as explaining that the “rot” relates to poor morale stemming from limited commanding jobs available. In other words, launch officers feel they “have no future.”

    Nurses have a similar job to nuclear officers