Why Are Nurses Suing the EPA?

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How is it that our shampoo can contain carcinogens and our floor cleaner reproductive toxicants? For over a decade nurses have been working with a wide range of partners, including other health professionals, environmentalists, and health-affected groups, to up-date the nation’s chemical safety policy. Written in 1976, the Toxic Substance Control Act was an ineffectual safety net for people and the environment from exposures to toxic chemicals in our air, water, food, and products. It did not require companies to …

Mental Health First Aid: Increasing Knowledge and Awareness

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by Commissioner Lynn Beshear, Alabama Department of Mental Health   Prevention and early intervention are essential to changing the way we support those with mental health or substance use disorders. One way to proactively assist those in need is obtaining training in Mental Health First Aid.  Just as CPR helps one learn the skills to save an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid provides the know-how to assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. …

Legal Corner: “Me Too” & Workplace Bullying

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by Don Eddins, JD The “Me Too” movement corresponds with concerns and a survey the Alabama State Nurses’ Association conducted concerning workplace violence in Alabama medical facilities. A Huge Percentage Of Nurses Have Been A Victim ASNA sent out approximately 1,500 surveys, of which about 1,000 – an incredible number of responses for so few surveys– were answered and returned. The huge percentage of returns – about 90 percent – indicated the registered nurse had been victim of some sort …

Domestic Violence: 10 Tips on Cell Phone Safety & Privacy

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This is part 4 of a 4-part series: Read Part 1: Domestic Violence: A Growing Problem Read Part 2: Domestic Violence: There Is No “Typical Victim” Read Part 3: Domestic Violence: What Nurses Can Do Technology can have a major impact on survivors of abuse. It can be used by a victim to access help, to strategically maintain safety and privacy, and to remain connected to family and friends. Technology is often used to prove guilt and hold offenders accountable. …

Domestic Violence: What Nurses Can Do

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By Charmaine Power, originally published here. This is part 3 of a 4-part series: Read Part 1: Domestic Violence: A Growing Problem Read Part 2: Domestic Violence: There Is No “Typical Victim” Read Part 4: Domestic Violence: 10 Tips on Cell Phone Safety & Privacy “Safety and security don’t just happen: they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children—the most vulnerable citizens in any society—a life free from violence and fear. In order to …

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