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Janet Henriksen
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Website hosting provider Squarespace has shut down the website of the group America’s Frontline Doctors following a press conference they held in Washington D.C., according to Dr. Simone Gold. According to a screenshot posted by Gold, the web hosting service shut down the group’s website for “activity that’s false, fraudulent, inaccurate or deceiving.”

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The video of the physicians speaking in Washington DC needs to be heard.  Censoring medical experts for political reasons is insanity and puts the health of the public at great risk.  Physicians Need to be Heard

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Lisa Brosseau, ScD, is a nationally recognized expert on infectious diseases. Brousseau taught for many years at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She may be retired from the university, but she’s not retired from teaching. She recently cowrote an opinion piecethat drew a lot of notice: In it Brousseau argues that cloth masks offer no protection from COVID-19. As one might imagine, it drew a lot of attention and caused a fair amount of controversy. She recently sat down with Infection Control Today®to talk about her strong feelings about cloth masks and that data she used to reach her conclusions.

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  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged Thursday that it is combining the results from viral and antibody COVID-19 tests when reporting the country's testing totals, despite marked differences between the tests. First reported by NPR's WLRN station in Miaimi, the practice has drawn ire from U.S. health experts who  say combining the tests inhibits the agency's ability to discern the country's actual testing capacity. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told The Atlantic. “How could the CDC make that mistake? This is a mess.”Viral tests — commonly referred to as PCR tests as most of them use a process known as polymerase chain reaction — are used by health professionals to determine whether or not a person is currently infected with the disease. During the pandemic, viral tests have been the most effective way of being able to diagnose a positive case of COVID-19. They are what state governments have been counting to track the number of confirmed cases of the virus they have.Antibody, or serology, tests serve a different purpose. Unlike viral tests that are taken by nose swab or saliva sample, antibody tests examine a person's blood to see if their immune system has created antibodies to combat COVID-19. These tests allow doctors to see if someone has previously been exposed to the virus. As the push for widespread testing in the U.S. has strengthened, antibody tests have been widely produced, many experts have balked at saying that antibodies equate to immunity from COVID-19. Serology tests are also less accurate than PCR tests, increasing the chances for a false negative.    Continue Reading
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(CNN)Ten nurses were placed on administrative leave from Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, for demanding they be given N95 masks while treating Covid-19 patients, two of the nurses told CNN.

Two nurses at PSJHC told CNN that they, along with eight other nurses, were suspended with pay after refusing to enter coronavirus patient rooms on April 9 without N95 masks.
The hospital said there were no N95 masks for them and insisted they wear surgical masks instead, the nurses said​, even though other healthcare workers at the hospital were provided N95 masks.
In a photo shared with CNN, taken after nurses refused to enter Covid patient rooms inside the facility, eight nurses are seen with seven raising their fists inside PSJHC.
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A third doctor and a nurse now say they have been fired after raising concerns about COVID-19 safety measures inside hospitals.

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FLINT (WJRT) - (04/15/20) - Members of the McLaren Flint Registered Nurses Union are publicly speaking out about hospital working conditions during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the hospital has responded to their claims.

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American Nurses' Association's Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (2015) is the nursing professions non-negotiable ethical practice standard.
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"Unstoppable." That's the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' 2019–2020 theme and, given the way nurses have had to battle against COVID-19, it seems that no better word has been chosen to describe nursing. While many Americans are sheltering in place due to stay-at-home orders, nurses and other healthcare professionals are heading to work each day to care for patients with and without COVID-19.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) - As doctors and nurses continue to be on the frontlines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, KFOR has received emails from several viewers accusing hospitals of refusing to let healthcare workers wear masks while dealing with patients.  

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Here at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), we are working hard to determine how we can best help the global health and health care community in this uncertain time. One way, we hope, is by providing you — professionals, as well as students, faculty, and residents — with free access to these IHI Open School courses now through May 31, 2020:

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - As the world continues on in the fight against an invisible enemy, the Pennsylvania Department of State said Wednesday that it is looking to bring back retired healthcare workers to fight COVID-19.

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Mia Mungin's older sister died from asthma 18 years ago. Now her younger sister is fighting for her life in the same hospital.

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We are passionate about lobbying for change in Board's and in Administrative Law that fail to offer basic civil rights and due process to nurses who are accused of violating their state practice act. We believe that nursing boards operate with impunity. They deny the accused the protection of their civil rights, they assume guilt without first establishing guilt, they accept and consider as evidence hearsay and they fail to offer due process. The civil rights of an accused is guaranteed in civil and criminal law but is not afforded in Administrative Law. Nursing Boards all too often do not offer a pursuit of the truth and justice. The truth does not matter (but it really does.) Nursing Boards claim the right to such latitude because they claim responsibility for protecting the public. Boards of nursing in their failure to determine the truth as proven by evidence do fail to protect the public.

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The time is now...the call for the creation of state boards of nursing practice. Traditional state boards of nursing fail to provide effective or necessary oversight of nurses practices because the role of these boards is to protect the public from harm and not to oversee the actual practice of nurses.  State boards of nursing are comprised of more than just nurses, most boards are staffed with non-nurses appointed by the Governors of individual states. These individuals do not have the specialized training, experience, or education to oversee the actual practice of nurses, yet they are the very individuals who are making decisions about nurses' practices.  It is mere hypocracy for licensed professionals not to have a practice board made up of only nurses who have the knowledge and experience to judge the practice of another nurse as a prudent nurse peer.  The very practice act and scope of practice which govern nurses' practices includes the requirement for nurses to exercise prudent and professional nursing judgment to ensure the nursing standards are met at all times. Each nurse must practice within the level of his/her education preparation, experience, knowledge, and physical and emotional ability to provide safe and effective care, but they need a reliable board who can guide and support the practice of nurses as experts and experienced nursing professionals.  It is time to restructure the profession of nursing to include state boards of nursing practice.  These boards must operate separately, yet in collaboration with the current boards of nursing to protect nurses and patients.  We can no longer accept the status quo which is destroying the lives and professions of nurses. 

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