Washington Post: Elizabeth Shedlick, nurse to two presidents, dies of covid-19

Washington Post: Elizabeth Shedlick, nurse to two presidents, dies of covid-19. “As a child, Sarah Anderson knew that her mother, Elizabeth Shedlick, had worked at the White House, but she didn’t think it was that special. It was only years later when Anderson fully appreciated her mother’s career in the Navy and her role as a trusted caregiver for two presidents. Shedlick was there for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson when they needed medical care or felt unwell. A 1961 Washington Post article describes her as an efficient nurse for Kennedy when he had a virus. And a Baltimore Sun article from the fall of 1965 says she was among the team caring for Johnson after a surgery.”

ABC News: Indiana nurse allegedly removed COVID-19 patient’s oxygen

ABC News: Indiana nurse allegedly removed COVID-19 patient’s oxygen. “A southern Indiana nurse has been charged with practicing medicine without a license for allegedly removing a nursing home resident’s oxygen mask hours before he died from COVID-19 last year. Connie Sneed, 52, was charged Thursday with the felony, which in Indiana carries a potential penalty of one to six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.”

Nurse .org: ANA Launches Hub of COVID Vaccine Facts For Nurses

Nurse .org: ANA Launches Hub of COVID Vaccine Facts For Nurses. “Today, the American Nurses Association (ANA), along with 19 other leading nursing and healthcare organizations launched COVID Vaccine Facts for Nurses, an educational resource to bring ‘critical, current, and culturally sensitive COVID-19 vaccine information to the nation’s nurses on the frontlines of the pandemic and those caring for patients in every community across the country.’”

New York Times: ‘At Your Age, It’s the Vaccine or the Grave’

New York Times: ‘At Your Age, It’s the Vaccine or the Grave’. “…much of the racial disparity in vaccination rates, experts say, can be tied to a longstanding mistrust of medical institutions among African-Americans. Many Baton Rouge residents can readily cite the history of abuse: starting with the eugenics campaigns that forcibly sterilized Black women for nearly half of the 20th century, and the notorious government-run Tuskegee experiments in Alabama that withheld penicillin from hundreds of Black men with syphilis, some of whom later died of the disease.”

AP: Nurses fight conspiracy theories along with coronavirus

AP: Nurses fight conspiracy theories along with coronavirus. “Bogus claims about the virus, masks and vaccines have exploded since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic a year ago. Journalists, public health officials and tech companies have tried to push back against the falsehoods, but much of the job of correcting misinformation has fallen to the world’s front-line medical workers.”

San Francisco Chronicle: ‘You’re not Chinese, are you?’ Bay Area health workers describe racism during pandemic

San Francisco Chronicle: ‘You’re not Chinese, are you?’ Bay Area health workers describe racism during pandemic. “In California, 25% of active registered nurses are either Asian-born or Asian American, according to research from the Healthforce Center at UCSF. As workers on the front lines, they’re more likely to be exposed to COVID-19. They’re also more likely to die. The changing health care workforce is a result of 60 years of the United States recruiting Asia-trained nurses — especially from the Philippines — to fill shortages in American public hospitals. Now, these nurses are experiencing anti-Asian bigotry while they work to save American lives, said Catherine Ceniza Choy, professor of ethnic studies at UC Berkeley.”

Mother Jones: Online Nurses’ Groups Are Rife With Vaccine Disinformation

Mother Jones: Online Nurses’ Groups Are Rife With Vaccine Disinformation. “In a December survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 29 percent of health care workers expressed doubt about the COVID-19 vaccines. In some hospital systems, the number is much higher. The LA Times reported that half of health care workers in California’s Riverside County refused the vaccine. Some reasons for their hesitance are understandable: Many worry that the vaccine was hastily developed; others resent overbearing hospital administrators forcing them to get a shot on top of increasingly impossible pandemic workloads. For some health care workers of color, wariness is rooted in their history of trauma at the hands of the medical establishment. Thus far, there’s been no unified effort on the part of the government to address these valid concerns.”

“COVID In Rural America Is A Horror Story”: How The Pandemic Is Devastating Small Town Hospitals (BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News: “COVID In Rural America Is A Horror Story”: How The Pandemic Is Devastating Small Town Hospitals. “Healthcare workers in smaller towns are as exhausted and despondent as their counterparts in bigger cities. They, too, are facing shortages of personal protective equipment and are watching hospital beds and ICU wards fill up rapidly. But these medical workers also often find themselves treating patients that they know.”

WTVD: Nurse who bragged about breaking COVID-19 rules on TikTok has lost her job

WTVD: Nurse who bragged about breaking COVID-19 rules on TikTok has lost her job. “An oncology nurse in Oregon who bragged about flouting COVID-19 restrictions in a TikTok video ‘is no longer employed with Salem Health,’ the hospital system confirmed to CNN. In the video, Ashley Grames can be seen wearing scrubs and a stethoscope around her neck, pretending to scream with a caption that reads, ‘When my coworkers find out I still travel, don’t wear a mask when I am out, and let my kids have playdates.’”

As thousands of athletes get coronavirus tests, nurses wonder: What about us? (Washington Post)

Washington Post: As thousands of athletes get coronavirus tests, nurses wonder: What about us?. “As sports lurched back to life over the summer, health experts debated the ethics of entire leagues jumping to the front of the testing line. But ultimately the leagues, with billions of revenue dollars at stake, contracted with private labs to pay for the best and fastest tests available — a luxury many hospitals and other healthcare providers, reeling from the pandemic, can’t afford.”

Covid Combat Fatigue: ‘I Would Come Home With Tears in My Eyes’ (New York Times)

New York Times: Covid Combat Fatigue: ‘I Would Come Home With Tears in My Eyes’. “About 2 a.m. on a sweltering summer night, Dr. Orlando Garner awoke to the sound of a thud next to his baby daughter’s crib. He leapt out of bed to find his wife, Gabriela, passed out, her forehead hot with the same fever that had stricken him and his son, Orlando Jr., then 3, just hours before. Two days later, it would hit their infant daughter, Veronica. Nearly five months later, Dr. Garner, a critical care physician at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, is haunted by what befell his family last summer: He had inadvertently shuttled the coronavirus home, and sickened them all.”

NBC News: 70-year-old nurse who came out of retirement to teach dies of Covid-19

NBC News: 70-year-old nurse who came out of retirement to teach dies of Covid-19. “Iris Meda retired in January excited to start her new life. After a 35-year-long-career as a devoted registered nurse, Iris had planned on spending more time with her grandkids, catching up with her siblings, and joining her local senior center. But soon after her retirement, the pandemic arrived and with it, a change of plans.”