Nurses have tough jobs, with long hours, lots of stress and pay that doesn't always match up to the demands. But at least they now have a radio station all their own.
OK, so radio station is not exactly accurate. Nurseradio.org is a Web site with original programming that can be downloaded 24/7.
"Traditional radio is dying," says Georgianna Donadio, the host and executive producer of nurseradio.org.
The site currently features 18 interviews with nurses on a wide array of topics, from trauma care to the history of nursing to public health and the business of nursing.
Supported by the New England School of Whole Health Education in Wellesley, Mass., among others, the Web site costs about $50,000 annually to maintain, according to Donadio, who is also an associate professor and program director at the school.
Most of the interviews posted on the Web site are with nurses with a holistic bent. But all are welcome to contribute, Donadio says.
The stories are compelling and educational, she says, whether the nurses talk about treating patients in the inner city or what it was like to patch up soldiers on the front lines during the Vietnam War.
Response from nurses has been great, Donadio says, with 500 interviews downloaded since the program's launch in late spring.
He can sympathize: No one has to tell Jeffrey Barbakow how frustrating it is to lose a bundle owning stock in a scandal-plagued company, according to news accounts of a lawsuit Barbakow filed recently.
The former Tenet Healthcare Corp. chief executive officer and his wife, Margo, filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, saying they lost "tens of millions of dollars" when their 1.5 million shares in the telecommunications company then known as WorldCom became worthless upon the company's bankruptcy, the Los Angeles Times reported. They would have sold their shares, the complaint alleges, but WorldCom's investment banker, Citigroup Global Markets, former Citigroup stock analyst Jack Grubman and accounting firm Arthur Andersen covered up the problems at the company, the Times reported. The three defendants are accused of helping the company, now known as MCI, manipulate its financial statements to inflate profits by $11 billion.
The collapse of Tenet stock from $52 in 2002 to just under $13 now enrages Tenet shareholders all the more because Barbakow cashed in millions of options worth $111 million in January 2002-nine months before the company's collapse.
A spokesman for the most persistent critic of Tenet and Barbakow, the Tenet Shareholder Committee, called the suit "the ultimate irony."
Outliers decided to revisit the site of one of the stranger items of recent vintage-a Massachusetts hospital where streaks in the middle of a broken double-paned window formed, in the eyes of some, an image of a robed Madonna. The image at Milton (Mass.) Hospital drew tens of thousands of people to gawk and pray, forcing officials to place security guards near the window from July to October 2003.
A year later the faithful herds have dwindled to 10 or so believers per day, and the guards and reporters are gone. But officials have a new dilemma for hospital officials: What to do with the money the crowds left behind? The 127-bed facility has about $12,000 in donations left in a box someone put underneath the window.
One obvious use of the money has been suggested: helping to pay off the costs incurred in handling last year's crowds, estimated at some $55,000, a hospital spokeswoman says. Using the money to fix the window seems futile at this point. "In the beginning, when the crowds were unmanageable it posed problems. Now they're not; it's just a nonissue."
A touchdown for kids
Peyton Manning and Garfield the cat have something in common: They both have a room dedicated to them at St. Vincent Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.
The quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts actually has four rooms decked with Manning memorabilia, and they were unveiled last week.
Manning has been working with the hospital as a celebrity ambassador since 1998. He and has wife have donated what the hospital likes to call a "significant" sum of money, but the Mannings refuse to disclose how much. The money donated by the family will fund programs and provide charity care for children in families with financial need, hospital spokesman Tom Wiser says.
Some of the donated money also went toward decorating the private pediatric rooms. The walls of the rooms display pictures, footballs and other keepsakes of Manning with the Colts and from his playing days with the University of Tennessee.
Wiser says the hospital will try to accommodate children who request one of the Manning suites. Those who do stay in one of the rooms will be able to compare their hand size to plaster handprints that the NFL Pro Bowler left behind.
Healthcare industry, watch out.
Michael Moore, director of "Fahrenheit 9/11," about the failings of the Bush administration, has set his sights on the "holes in the American (health) system," he told The Observer, a British newspaper, referring to his belief that insurers and hospitals don't do enough to help the poor.