Category: Articles and Coursework

Americans are depressed and suicidal because something is wrong with our culture.

Don’t pathologize the despair that is a rational response to a culture that values people based on ever escalating financial and personal achievements. In September of 2004, I received the call that every person dreads: My father had dropped dead of a heart attack at the age of 61. It came at a time when I […]

PC leader challenged to produce health care funding plan.

Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) president Vicki McKenna, RN, has written an open letter to Doug Ford, calling on the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader to release a full-costed platform on health care and to show how the PC Party would fund its health care commitments if elected to govern. “Ontario nurses feel we can no […]

Why we need to clear our cluttered minds.

By: Jonathon Gatehouse If the world feels like it’s getting more complicated, that’s because it is—in ways both large and small, and with discombobulating speed. In 1976, the average supermarket stocked 9,000 different items. Today, its shelves are packed with 40,000. The spread of TV, video and computers—at work, at home and in our pockets—means that […]

‘My truly sick patients’ safety was at risk:’ Overworked nurses seek burnout relief.

By Ginger Christ, The Plain Dealer gchrist@plaind.com Eight years as a local emergency room nurse was enough. The high-stress career, coupled with staff shortages, pushed a local nurse to look for a different career in medicine. “It was too stressful and not worth it to me any longer. I felt like I was working so […]

Think you’ve got a tough job? Try being a nurse.

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning.  If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Modern-day nursing has come a long way since the days of its founder, Florence Nightingale. Today, the 400,000 nurses in health-care facilities […]

Nursing Theory: An Application of Watson’s Theory of Caring Model

Nursing is a profession that often advocates for professionalism, collaboration, prevention, and education to promote and meet a high standard of care. There are many reasons that propel an individual into becoming a nurse, but the trait of caring is often commonly noted. Under the theory of Jean Watson, the essence of nursing involves caring. […]

Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories

In a widely read article on antidepressant withdrawal published on April 8, The New York Times invited readers to describe their experiences coming off the drugs. More than 8,800 people responded — teenagers, college students, new mothers, empty-nesters, retirees. Dozens did write in to say the drugs had been lifesaving, literally so. “You fail to […]

‘You feel like your world is over’: Problems and solutions for medical graduates without residencies.

Record numbers of Canada’s best and brightest medical graduates are having their careers stalled by a lack of residency spots, a problem that could snowball for doctors and their patients. Medical school graduates have an MD after their name. But they still need to complete years of supervised training, or residency, in specialities such as […]

The Mistake I Made With My Grieving Friend.

A good friend of mine lost her dad some years back. I found her sitting alone on a bench outside our workplace, not moving, just staring at the horizon. She was absolutely distraught and I didn’t know what to say to her. It’s so easy to say the wrong thing to someone who is grieving […]

The Rock reveals secret depression battle.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has opened up about his secret battle with depression which left him “devastated and crying constantly”, one month after he revealed he had witnessed his mother attempt suicide when he was 15. The wrestling legend turned actor, 45, candidly discussed the darkest time of his life in a new interview with […]