Sharon New PicSharon Gauthier, MSN, BSN, RN, CCM is a business owner and CEO of Patient Advocate for You, LLC. since 2008. Her 20 years of nursing experience includes; certified emergency nurse, post masters certificate in geriatrics, surgery unit, radiology special procedures, neonatal ICU, case management, nursing manager, community nursing, and adjunct professor.

Sharon has received numerous awards including; Business Champion Start Up Business of the Year Award Metro Alliance 2012, Healthcare Hero Award 2013, Platinum Award – National Patient Advocate Institute, Women of Distinction – 2011 – Family, Community Project Award – 2007 University of Hartford, and Peer Recognition Award – 2007 University of Hartford.

Chambers include: Metro Hartford Alliance - Strategic Partner, Windsor Chamber, Simsbury Chamber, Glastonbury Chamber, and Avon Chamber - Education committee. Organizations include; Connecticut Women’s Alliance Board Member, Connecticut Women’s Council Member, North Central Aging Commission Advisory Board Member and Board Member. Sharon is a member of multiple healthcare organizations, presented at Patient Advocate Institute Conference and Connecticut Nurses Association, and published in Advance Healthcare Network.

Sharon now hosts a weekly morning radio show called Revolution Health Radio Show on 1360 Connecticut Talk Radio. The show’s focus is healthcare issues and fields phone calls from the public.

www.ptadvocate4u.com

 

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Janet Henriksen
President/Founder/CEO Nurse Advocacy Association

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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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NAA Connecticut is our newest organization.  The organization kicked off their first committee meeting on June 29th led by Sharon Gauthier.  Committee members discussed the history and mission of NAA then moved into discussions about the need to become active and visible at the State Board of Nursing meetings.  The members were encouraged to attend the board meetings as a mechanism of understanding what is happening to nurses and their rights to due process.  Networking is cornerstone to the work of the organization, nurses must encourage other nurses to join NAA and to work collaboratively to correct problems in the profession.  In addition, making contact with other key stakeholders who can join forces with NAA is critical to effect change that is needed.  NAA is very excited to have our new organization and look forward to working together as a team.  We encourage nurses in other states to join NAA and to start an organization in their state.  Please contact Janet Henriksen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.today to learn how to become an active member.

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Advanced Practice Nurses Play an Essential Role in Health Care

Let’s change antiquated laws that limit what APRNs can do


 

Few professionals enjoy the trust and respect that nurses do. They’ve earned every bit of it and deserve even more.

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Nurse staffing ratios: What is the 2018 Massachusetts ballot question all about?

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Repeal of Reporting "Minor Incidents" Proposed by Texas Board of Nursing

 The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has proposed the repeal and replacement of the reporting requirements for minor incidents. The Nursing Practice Act defines a "minor incident" as "conduct by a nurse that does not indicate that the nurse's continued practice poses a risk of harm to a patient or another person. This term is synonymous with 'minor error' or 'minor violation of this chapter or board rule.'" §301.401(2).

The Board "believes protection of the public is not enhanced by the reporting of every minor incident that may be a violation of the Texas Nursing Practice Act or a board rule." 22 Tex. Admin. Code §217.16(a). When there are mechanisms in place to identify nursing errors and take corrective action to remediate deficits in a nurses training or skill, then reporting to the BON is not necessary.

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Why Nurse Practitioners Should Not Do Primary Care Without Physician Oversight

“She said my back pain was caused by micro kidney stones.”

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