You might view it as a male call for the nursing profession.
The American Assembly for Men in Nursing announced that Davis Gray Productions will begin shooting scenes and interviews for a career exploration documentary titled "Career Encounters: Men in Nursing." The program is being produced under the auspices of AAMN with funding from Kaiser Permanente, the Johnson & Johnson Foundation Campaign for Nursing's Future and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
This program will feature about 10 male registered nurses from across the country who will tell why they chose nursing, what difficulties they found entering a traditionally female environment and what they think could be done to attract more men to the profession. Men represent a largely untapped resource to help alleviate the critical nursing shortage. It is estimated that less than 7% of U.S. nurses are male.
"Career Encounters: Men in Nursing" will be released this fall. It will be available for public television stations and will be distributed in VHS and DVD format to high schools, colleges and career counseling centers.
AAMN President Jim Raper, who is also an RN, says, "We are delighted to be sponsoring this program and expect that it will go a long way toward changing some of the stereotyping and misplaced perceptions that can discourage males who might otherwise become professional nurses."
The goal of AAMN is to provide a framework for nurses as a group to meet, discuss and influence factors that affect men as nurses.
Grisly discovery may lead to fines
A 5-pound piece of human flesh and other medical waste discovered at the Cerro Colorado Landfill may lead to fines against an area hospital and Albuquerque City Hall.
State environmental inspectors believe the improperly discarded waste came from Lovelace Sandia Women's Hospital last month, according to the Albuquerque Journal. The city of Albuquerque, which operates the landfill, and the hospital face citations and fines, says Jon Goldstein, a spokesman for the New Mexico Environment Department.
The hospital is supposed to keep its medical waste separate from its regular office trash. The medical waste is incinerated. As for the city, it's responsible for what's put into the landfill, Goldstein says.
"Ignorance isn't an excuse," he says.
The waste in question has since been cleaned up.
The incident began May 17 after a city truck driver picked up trash from the Women's Hospital. He noticed the flesh and other medical waste. City officials weren't sure what to do with it, so they accepted it at the landfill before calling the Environment Department, according to records released by the state earlier this month.
Porky Lithgow, director of the city's solid-waste department, says the city is not to blame. The hospitals sign agreements pledging not to send infectious or hazardous waste to the landfill, he says.
Arturo Delgado, spokesman for Lovelace Sandia Health System, says the hospital is investigating.
"Our policy is to routinely conduct audits to ensure infectious waste is properly disposed of," he said in a written statement. "Infectious and noninfectious waste is disposed of in color-coded bags. The bags are then picked up and removed by an outside contractor. . . . Upon learning of this incident, we reacted quickly and aggressively and sent our own infection-control team to re-bag and remove the waste from the landfill."
Goldstein says the Environment Department is investigating a second report of medical waste at the landfill, but it wasn't immediately clear where that waste came from.
The sound of reading
Books provide healthcare, in a way. So says Simply Audiobooks, which launched a charitable campaign earlier this month at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.
The audio book-rental provider, based in Oakville, Ontario, has pledged $50,000 in books on tape to be shared with 10 southern Ontario hospitals.
Company CEO Sean Neville addressed an audience of patients and staff gathered at a concert for Princess Margaret Hospital's diversionary activities program. He kicked off the campaign by emphasizing the important role literature plays in patients' lives.
"Books are vehicles that transport their readers to new worlds where the imagination comes alive," Neville said. "They stimulate the mind and can take you away from your stresses."
Heather Hardie, manager of volunteer services who coordinates the diversionary activities program at the hospital, says the donations will help patients better endure hospital stays. "A simple gesture such as offering audio books to pass the time can mean so much for patients. They tell us how much it helps to fill long days and how much easier they (audio books) are to use than holding a printed book," she says.
Neville will deliver 10 libraries of audio books to the other hospitals this month. In January, Simply Audiobooks provided $10,000 in audio books to members of the New Jersey National Guard serving overseas.