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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, May 29, 2015
From Day One of his first term in office (January 17, 2010) Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s administration has been pockmarked with allegations of corruption, wrong-doing, violations of Federal Law, incompetence, lies, thefts, and deceptions.
• 23-Felony Ethics Count indicted Rep. Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) re-elected GOP Speaker of the House
• Rep. Greg Wren (R-Montgomery) plead guilty to misdemeanor Hubbard-related ethics charge and resigned his House seat
• Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) charged with perjury and false statements related to Lee County grand jury in January in Hubbard case
• Moles in GOP Attorney General Luther Strange’s office attempting to corrupt Hubbard’s prosecution
• Prison rapes & long-term cover-up of criminal wrongdoing at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women, and Alabama Department Of Corrections (ADOC)
• ADOC purchased medicines on the black market for execution, which the FDA seized
• ADOC neglected prisoners’ minor healthcare problems, leading to their death
• Legislature reneged repayment on money “borrowed” from Alabama Trust Fund
Facing an immediate General Fund Budget shortfall of $250 Million, and a projected $750 Million long-term deficit, shortly after re-election to a second term, Governor Bentley reneged on a campaign promise to not raise taxes. The most fearfully pressing of the concerns remains the prospects of a Federal take-over of the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC). At 200% capacity, and grossly understaffed, the ADOC is still teetering upon the precipice of a Federal take-over by the Department of Justice. The DOJ took over California’s Prison System with with much less overcrowding, approximately 140%.
The DOJ sent Governor Bentley a 36-page “love letter” dated January 17, 2014 which was entitled Investigation of the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women and Notice of Expanded Investigation in which they detailed numerous counts of prisoner abuse, sexual abuse of prisoners, criminal activity by guards upon inmates, and other horrific crimes against humanity.
USDOJ Tutwiler ADOC Findings 1-17-14
Only today, Governor Bentley crowed about reaching a 65+ page Settlement Agreement with the DOJ in which ADOC promised to “implement all policies and procedures required by the agreement within nine months of the effective date of the Agreement,” and “will terminate when Defendants have achieved substantial compliance with each provision of the Agreement, and have maintained substantial compliance for three consecutive Court-filed compliance reports.”
While there is a nine month implementation time line, there is a possibility of a one-time extension of three months, which could effectively give a deadline of 12 months. “Unless otherwise specified in this Agreement, ADOC and Tutwiler shall have fully implemented, including the training of staff, all policies and procedures required under this Agreement within nine months of the Effective Date. The Monitor may grant ADOC an extension of time to meet a particular deadline, not to exceed three additional months.”
Jennie L. Lancaster, Monitor for Julia Tutwiler Women’s Prison
Jennie Lancaster has been jointly appointed by DOJ, ADOC & the State of Alabama to be the Monitor “to assess and report whether the provisions of this Agreement have been implemented, and whether this implementation is resulting in a reduction of incidents of sexual abuse and sexual harassment and professional treatment of inmates.”
Jennie L. Lancaster is the retired Chief Operations Officer for North Carolina Department of Corrections and served from 2012 – 2013 as Chief Deputy Secretary – Adult Correction.
The “Monitor’s fees and expenses will be borne by ADOC and Alabama,” and “will provide the Monitor a budget sufficient to carry out the responsibilities” described in the agreement, and may “contract or consult with other persons or entities to assist in the evaluation of compliance.”
The Monitor is wholly independent of USDOJ, ADOC or the State of Alabama, and “neither ADOC, Tutwiler, DOJ, nor any of their staff or agents shall have any supervisory authority over the Monitor’s activities, reports, findings, or recommendations.”
The strange, sad irony with the bitter sting of truth, is that the Alabama Legislature has NOT struck a budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2016, and if the Legislature does not provide enough money to perform EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY ITEM to the ‘T’ in the Settlement Agreement, the USDOJ will come in and place the entire ADOC into receivership (aka “Federal Takeover”) and then, they won’t give two hoots in Hell about where the money comes from to do what must be done to correct any problem – only that it shall be done, no questions asked, no permissions requested – it SHALL BE DONE.
California’s Prison System was placed into Federal Receivership with 140% capacity, and the United States Supreme Court upheld lower courts’ rulings that California MUST reduce their prison population, because it violated the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Alabama’s Prison System is at 200% capacity.
The reforms in Alabama are estimated to cost $26 Million annually.
Governor Bentley has briefly outlined the negative prospects of a bad budget (i.e., not just any old budget will do) by in a letter to the Legislature dated April 21, 2015.
Alabama Bentley Memo Legislature-RE-Budgets
Now, the reason this matters, and the problem(s) facing Alabama are myriad – and EVERY problem known and identified has been well-known, and expertly identified by the Legislature, news outlets, elected officials and citizens statewide. It’s not new, it didn’t happen overnight, last week, last month, or even last year. It has been an ongoing bugaboo of significant duration – meaning since 1901, which is the date of the Alabama State Constitution.
Before Governor Bentley was elected in his first term, he was an ineffectual, mamby-pamby milquetoast sop of a State Representative from Tuscaloosa, and as a member of the Legislature was certainly keenly aware of the budgetary and fiscal problems facing Alabama… as was every other Legislator, Representative or Senator. As Governor, he has been that in droves, and more. And yet, since he was elected to his first term, he and the GOP-dominated Legislature have steadfastly refused to come clean with the people about the dire fiscal straits in which the state finds itself, have similarly steadfastly refused to acknowledge the problem exists, and thereby have refused to imagine any potential solution to remedy the situation.
At the risk of boring you, the reader, here is a somewhat simplified overview of Alabama’s complex budgeting scenario.
The state has more than one budget. Again, that is a throw-back (translation: REQUIREMENT of) to the state’s 1901 Constitution which requires separate budgeting.
There is an Education Budget, which funds education.
Then, there’s a General Fund Budget, which funds everything else – including the ADOC, Medicaid, ALDOT, and every other state-funded government operation.
The state’s Education Budget for 2016 is $5.9 Billion, was unanimously supported by Legislators, with Educators’ support, and will be signed by Governor Bentley.
The state’s General Fund Budget has not been passed, although there has been a ‘stripped down, bare-bones, austerity’ version passed which will guarantee cuts to every state agency, including the entire Alabama Court System, National Guard, State Parks, Child Abuse & Domestic Violence Prevention, Department of Transportation (road construction & maintenance), ADOC, Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), State Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (State Troopers, Driver Licensing, Criminal Investigation, Waterway Safety, etc.), Department of Agriculture & Industries (diagnostic labs for animal husbandry/farming food safety), Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (effective closure of state park system), State Emergency Management Agency, Department of Forensic Sciences, Department of Human Resources, Department of Labor, Department of Mental Health, Office of Prosecution Services/District Attorneys, Board of Pardons & Parole, Department of Public Health, Senior Services, Youth Services, Economic and Community Affairs, Department of Insurance, Finance Department, etc.
In short, every state agency would be negatively affected.
The ‘stripped-down’ version of the General Fund budget would be $1.64 billion from the General Fund, which would represent a reduction of $204 million, or 11% from the 2015 Fiscal Year.
Recently, the idea was proposed before the Senate to transfer nearly $100 Million from the Education Trust Fund to the General Fund. The idea was never voted upon in the Senate. However, even if it had been, it would have been fraught with even more complexities, because by State Constitutional law, the majority of Alabama’s taxes (90%+) are ear-marked for specific purposes, and to “undo” any provision contained in the State Constitution would require state-wide voter approval of another State Constitutional Amendment to undo a previous State Constitutional Amendment. With 800+ amendments, Alabama’s 1901 State Constitution is the lengthiest of ANY constitution the world over – bar none.
Are you beginning to see the myriad complexities and ludicrousness of the scenario?
It would be far easier for the legislature to approve an increase in taxes to cover all expenses, i.e., grant Governor Bentley’s budget request in full (many of which are reasonable, such as Corporate income tax: Require combined income reporting for corporations that do business in other states, Insurance premium tax: Remove several credits for insurance companies, Public utilities license tax: Remove the exemption that applies to municipal utilities, Increase rates upon Automobile Rental now 1.5%, to 4%, Increase State Sales Tax upon Automobile Sales now 2%, to 4%, Increase State Tobacco Tax upon cigarettes by 82.5¢ per pack, etc.), then later, rework the entire budget process along with necessary Constitutional processes, and then rescind (lower) certain taxes previously approved. The Legislature could crow that they lowered taxes (albeit briefly raised them to avert disaster), which has – according to Republican ideology – proven popular in years past.
While that’s a politically risky idea (translate: unpopular), Alabama’s taxation system is similarly inherently pervertedly warped, and grossly inequitable (e.g., regressive – taxing the impoverished at a higher rate than the wealthy, and multi-billion dollar international corporate timber interests pay a lower property tax rate upon their vast timberland holdings than do homeowners), which further perpetuates injustices inherent in the system.
So, this is not merely a patch, upon a patch, upon a patch, upon a patch. And while for years, the State Legislators have proverbially “kicked the budget can down the road,” it is – quite frankly – do, or die time because of the external pressure from the very real prospects of a Federal Take-Over of the ADOC.
Opining, I predict a Federal Take-Over of ADOC because the Republican-dominated Legislature (House & Senate) will fail to approve new, additional funding to comply with the agreed-to provisions of the legal agreement to which the State of Alabama is a party.
In other words, Alabama will violate the terms of the agreement, which will force the Fed’s hands.
If there’s a moral to the story, it would be this:
Don’t hold your breath… we’ve always done it this way.
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, May 10, 2015
Brain Stimulation Reduces Racial Prejudice
Racial discrimination remains to be a pressing issue across the globe. In a study published in “Brain Stimulation“, Dutch researchers have now demonstrated that racial prejudice can be reduced with brain stimulation.
Scientists at the University of Leiden, Leiden, Netherlands, conducted an experiment in 60 healthy volunteers. Half of the group received transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) with a low intensity current administered by electrodes placed on the frontal part of the scalp. The other half received sham treatment.
During the treatment, the participants were Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, May 10, 2015
“Reset Button” For Internal Body Clock Discovered
Canadian scientists have discovered a type of molecular “reset button” for the body’s “internal clock.” In a study published in “Nature Neuroscience” they describe processes and proteins in the brain which play a role in synchronizing the circadian rhythm. They hope that their findings may contribute to treating disorders associated with a disruption of the body’s internal clock.
A team of researchers from McGill University and Concordia University in Montreal discovered that Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, May 8, 2015
Pancreatic Cancer Linked To Low Amount Of Sunlight
Researchers and scientists in the United States have found an association between sunlight deficiency and the occurrence of pancreatic cancer. The rates of pancreatic cancer are highest in countries with the least amount of sunshine (due to high altitude and heavy cloud coverage). Their findings were reported in a study published in “The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.”
Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, analyzed data from Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Opining upon the notion of Alabama State Senator Del Marsh’s casino gambling plan to fund Medicaid, someone wrote, “[It’s] The only voluntary tax I know of. If you don’t want to play don’t pay.”
The retort was, “I’m finding myself more open to this lately however; once someone loses their house, job, family etc., don’t come crying for taxpayers to take care of you.”
To which came this reply, “Those people are already finding ways to gamble their lives away. They don’t need a lottery.”
My response follows.
“Those people,” are the Legislators.
In this one thing, I share the Governor’s sentiment – which he ineffectually (no surprise there) communicates:
Lottery will NEVER remedy poor fiscal policy, with which Alabama is replete.
In almost every lottery situation, law demands that the proceeds from lottery are to be used to supplement – not supplant – existing revenue. And in this single instance authored by Senator Del Marsh (R, Anniston) it is being used to supplant – to replace – existing sources of revenue. And that is Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, May 1, 2015
The Bible never mentions abortion.
It doesn’t suggest it, nor does it even hint at it.
The Bible doesn’t forbid prostitution.
In fact, there are many things the Bible doesn’t even mention.
But it does forbid eating pork, shrimp, oysters, mussels, clams, cheeseburgers, wearing clothing made with cotton/polyester blended fabric, that a man should marry his brother’s wife if the brother dies before impregnating her, and several hundred other nonsensical rules, regulations and laws – almost all of which were religiously based upon ignorance.
At the time the Bible was written (approximately 4000 BC/BCE), there was no understanding of Germ Theory (1864). No one understood Bernoulli’s Principle (1783). In fact Bernoulli wasn’t even born then. No one understood the physics and principles of lift, low pressure, high pressure, or how weather systems occurred. Even the beer and wine that was made then was thought to have been made magically – as if it were some kind of mystical gift from the gods, a god, or the God. They had no idea – were literally clueless – that it was through fermentation, because Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Researchers: Diet To Blame For Obesity, Not Lack Of Physical Activity
Lack of physical activity is not to blame for the prevalence of obesity, but rather the wrong diet, report physicians from the United States, United Kingdom, and South Africa who published their findings in the “British Journal of Sports Medicine.” However, they emphasized that even regular exercise cannot compensate for poor dietary habits.
Excess consumption of sugar and carbohydrates is mainly responsible for obesity, say the experts. Even 40% of people with a normal BMI will consequently have metabolic abnormalities normally associated with obesity.
But it is problematic that the public firmly believes that development is exclusively due to lack of physical activity. That misconception is due almost exclusively to Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Disruption Of Sleep In Children Could Hamper Memory Processes
Sleep disordered breathing can hamper memory processes in children, according to a new study presented at the Sleep and Breathing Conference held in April in Barcelona, Spain. The research found that disrupted sleep had a negative effect upon different memory processes and how children learn.
Sleep apnea can also negatively affect growing children.
A team of researchers from the University of Szeged and Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary analyzed 17 children with sleep disordered breathing aged between 6 and 12 years. They looked at different memory processes compared to a control group of 17 children of similar age without any sleep disorders.
A story recall task was used to measure memories that can Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, April 28, 2015
As anyone who has been in a hospital – either as patient, or visitor – can attest, hospitals are NOT a place where rest occurs. And THAT! is a crying shame! For healing restoration can ONLY occur with proper rest, and that means SLEEP!
Study Reveals An Absence Of Consistent Standards In Children’s Hospital Environments
The sound, light and temperature levels in European pediatric hospital wards often vary, highlighting the lack of consistent environmental standards, according to a new study presented at the Sleep and Breathing Conference held in April in Barcelona, Spain.
Quietude aids healing and restoration
Children and parents often suffer sleep deprivation when the environment on a ward is disruptive, which can affect disease recovery and quality of life in hospitalized children. There are no general consistent recommendations covering sound, light, and temperature levels to help guide hospitals across Europe.
Researchers measured these three factors in five pediatric wards in Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Playing A Wind Instrument Could Help Lower The Risk Of Sleep Apnea
A study performed in India suggests wind instrument musicians are at lower risk for Sleep Apnea. Seen here, a B-flat trumpet.
A new study has found that wind instrument players have a reduced risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea. The findings, presented at the Sleep and Breathing Conference held in April in Barcelona, Spain suggest that this could be considered beneficial to those individuals who are at high risk of developing sleep apnea.
Researchers in India conducted lung function testing in Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Hyperactivity Helps Children With ADHD To Learn
When children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) are supposed to learn, adults usually ask them to sit still. However, a study published in the “Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology” now suggests that physical hyperactivity is essential for the cognitive learning processes.
Researchers from the University of Central Florida in Orlando conducted trials in 52 boys aged from 8 to 12. Of the group, 29 boys had ADHD, while the others showed normal development. The study subjects were asked to Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, April 27, 2015
Statins Increase Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes By 46%
Taking statins significantly increases the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. According to a Finnish study published in “Diabetologia,” the risk is 46% higher.
In their study, researchers from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital included 8,850 men aged from 45 to 73, who had not been diagnosed with diabetes at the beginning of the study. During the observational period of almost six years, Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, April 26, 2015
Supermarkets Make Adults Fatter
In developing and emerging countries, the shift towards purchasing food in supermarkets changes people’s dietary habits and may lead to an increase of weight in adults. That is the finding of a study carried out by German researchers which was published in “Public Health Nutrition.”
Scientists from the University of Goettingen analysed data from 450 households in Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, April 25, 2015
Household Animals Can Pass Along Diseases
While there are many positive effects of keeping household pets, they can also pass along diseases. In a study published in the “Canadian Medical Association Journal,” Canadian and American researchers warned that animals are able to transmit numerous pathogens to their owners.
Scientists from The Ohio State University in Columbus, and the University of Ottawa in Ontario performed a meta-analysis of existing literature, which mainly included reports on individual cases but contained no systematic studies.
For healthy people, the risk of contracting a disease was low if the animals were adequately kept and hygiene guidelines followed. However, children younger than 5, adults older than 65, people who are ill, and pregnant women were at increased risk of developing a zoonotic disease. Moreover, researchers found in that group of people the diseases may be more severe, symptoms may last longer, and the risk of complications was higher.
Practically all household pets can transmit pathogens. Transmission occurs through bites and scratches, contact with feces, when cleaning cages, or when an animal licks a person.
Dogs and cats can transmit the diarrhea pathogen Campylobacter jejuni, and cats also pass on Bartonella bacteria. Infection with resistant bacteria such as ESBL, MRSA or Clostridium difficile, is possible between humans and animals in both directions.
Parasites, such as worms, are usually contracted from dogs and cats. Cats can also pass on the bacteria Toxoplasma gondii, which can lead to serious birth defects in unborn children, or even miscarriage. Amphibians and reptiles commonly transmit salmonella. According to U.S. studies, about 11% of all salmonella infections in those under age 21 are caused through contact with those animals.
In general however, the companionship provided by household pets has more positive than negative effects. Dogs, in particular, contribute to protecting toddlers against allergies and respiratory infections. Furthermore, canines have positive effects on the psyche and especially have positive effects because owners get more exercise by taking the animal out.
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, April 24, 2015
Maple Syrup May Make Bacteria More Susceptible To Antibiotics
According to Canadian researchers, maple syrup may have the potential to make bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics, thus leading to lower usage of the medicines. That is the finding of a study recently published in “Applied and Environmental Microbiology.” The syrup extract also contributed towards destroying biofilms.
Using common maple syrup, researchers at McGill University in Montreal produced an extract Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Alabama State Senator Paul Bussman, DMD, is sponsoring SB234 in the 2015 Legislative Session, which would increase members of the Alabama Board of Nursing from 13, to 15.
Alabama State Senator Paul Bussman, DMD, a Republican from Cullman, is sponsoring SB234 which, among other things, would increase size of the Alabama Board of Nursing (ABN) from 13, to 15 members.
NOTE: Recent news suggests that the Substitute Bill would leave the ABN Board size unchanged at 13.
The ABN oversees 90,660 licensees, including Advanced Practice Nurses such as CRNAs (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) and Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs), Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs, sometimes also called Licensed Vocational Nurses, LVNs), and Nurse Aides/Assistants.
In stark comparison, the Board of Registered Nursing in the State of California manages 390,000 Registered Nurses exclusively.
California is also a “Walk-Through” state, which means that Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, January 22, 2015
I don’t recollect exactly what year it was when I first heard the song “Woman Child” by the late singer/songwriter artist/musician Harry Chapin. I do recollect, however, that a young lady then near my age, was a fan of his, and it was through hearing some of his music she was playing that I learned of him.
It was perhaps his 1978 album “Living Room Suite” which I had seen her playing, but it was his second album “Sniper and Other Love Songs,” released in October 1972, which I subsequently purchased, which so powerfully affected me.
Chapin died tragically in July 1981, aged 38, and though the exact cause of his death was undetermined, he was thought to have suffered cardiac arrest while driving, which was explained as the likely cause of his wreck. The truck driver into whose path he swerved, along with the assistance of a passer-by, rescued him from his burning 1975-model Volkswagen Rabbit, and he was subsequently flown to a nearby hospital where a team of perhaps 10 or more worked fruitlessly for nearly a half-hour to save his life.
Chapin’s artistic creative style might be considered similar, somewhat, to that of a troubadour or wandering minstrel, because each and every song on that album – and indeed, every song of his – was a well-crafted, and expertly told story. The stories weren’t from a fantastic, idealistic fantasy life, but were from everyone’s work-a-day life. The struggles, trials, tribulations, joys, victories and crushing blows of unjust defeats in life were all subjects in his songs. From “W – O – L – D,” to one of his best-known “Cat’s In The Cradle,” Chapin’s gift of lyric and music made each song a veritable raconteur’s masterpiece.
As many older older teens are, at that time Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, January 17, 2015
To be certain, there’s plenty of misunderstanding about what exactly Nurses do, and who exactly Nurses are.
So, to clear the air, let’s set the record straight, and get a quick backgrounder before diving into the deep end.
In whatever state they choose to practice, all 50 states requires all Nurses to be licensed before they begin practice. Licensed Vocational Nurses (LNVs) are considered technicians, while Registered Nurses (RNs) are professionals.
The LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse), which in some states is called LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse), most often has earned a certificate in less than a year, and has a significantly different educational track than a Registered Nurse (RN), even when the RN has an ADN (Associate Degree Nursing). The RN utilizes critical thinking skills, and the responsibilities the RN has are more complex, and therefore always supervisory in nature over the LVN/LPN. Because of the complexities and advances in healthcare, and patient care, LVNs are NOT permitted by license to do the same things as a RN. Pay, of course, comes along for the ride, and RNs are paid more.
Registered Nurses may begin practice by earning an Associate’s Degree Nursing (a two-year degree) typically at a Junior or Community College, or by earning a Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN), a four-year degree most often earned from a University. Both the ADN & BSN must pass the NCLEX – the National Council Licensure Examination – before they can practice Registered Nursing.
Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) are BSN-prepared RNs whom have obtained additional education and training, typically a Master of Science Nursing (MSN) in a specialty area of Nursing practice such as Gerontology (specialized care for the elderly), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), etc. Frequently, following earning their MSNs, APNs have also obtained National Certification in their area of specialty, and many have prescriptive authority, depending upon the laws of the state in which they practice. Because they have more education, more experience, and more responsibility, they are also paid more. APNs may also continue education and training to the doctoral and post-doctoral levels.
In some states, APNs are allowed independent practice, and are not required by law to be supervised by a physician. Other states have laws that limit practice of APNs – even though they may be Board Certified – and require physicians to collaborate with them, or in some cases, to oversee their work. Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia all allow APNs to practice independently. Alabama is one such state which does not allow Board Certified Advanced Practice Nurses independent practice. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, “in at least 45 states, advanced practice nurses can prescribe medications, while 16 states have granted APNs authority to practice independently without physician collaboration or supervision.”
There’s an entirely different can of worms when comparing the practice of APNs and physicians. One of the ways they differ, are that Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, December 19, 2014
McD’s began rationing French Fries Wednesday morning, December 17, at it’s 3100 Japanese locations as an emergency airlift of 1,000 tons of spuds and an extra shipment by sea from the U.S. East Coast set sail.
Industrial Food Manufacturer McDonald’s continues to spread diet-related disease internationally.
The highly processed frozen spuds are deep-fryer ready, and a leading U.S. export. Folks in the Land of The Rising Sun love their French Fried spuds, and eat more than 300k tons of the imported American tuber annually, according to USDA figures. Of particular note, most of Japan’s locally grown potatoes are eaten fresh.
McD’s continually denies any responsibility, role or contribution to increased obesity, either in America, or abroad where they conduct business. But increased rates of Japanese obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, suggest not conspiracy, but wanton disregard for, if not flagrant violation of, Japan’s Ministry of Health 2008 ‘Metabo Law’ that requires men to maintain a waist line less than 33.5 inches and women less than 35.4 inches.
A McDonald’s in Japan
The American Fast Food Industry was introduced to Japan in the 1970’s, and since then, consumption of rice in the daily Japanese diet has decreased and been replaced by bread, meat, dairy products, hamburgers, French fries, milkshakes and doughnuts.
Similarly to America, one of the time-honored Family Values of enjoying freshly prepared food at home has declined, and consumption of Industrially Prepared Food, and use of video games has risen.
Even though the Japanese diet still includes much more fish having omega-3 fatty acids, the adoption of a more ‘Western Diet’ is causing health problems. O3FAs are thought to protect against heart disease, and on average, the Japanese eat much less food high in saturated fat than Americans.
The Japanese government has quickly acknowledged the damaging health effects of Industrialized Food Production, which is known as the Standard American Diet, and has moved to disincentivize their citizens from becoming obese like Americans.
Japanese people have historically enjoyed a high life expectancy, very nearly 80 years, although in recent years, their increase in longevity has slowed to 1.2%. The Japanese health care system provides Universal Coverage primarily through local government or employer insurance, and the system is foreseeing dire financial trouble because chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, high blood pressure, high glucose levels and cholesterol will significantly burden the system.
As the Japanese population ages and their health begins to deteriorate, the workforce will not be large enough to cover those health costs. The government sees an opportunity to cut costs by lowering rising obesity.
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, November 29, 2014
It was one of the few times I have wept over others’ misfortunes – especially my patients.
I went into a closet to weep very bitter tears.
The thought of others seeing me so heartbroken was unconscionable, one which I simply could not bear.
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