Month: May 2011

Walt Whitman’s Birthday

Today marks the anniversary of the birth of poet Walt Whitman, who during the American Civil War served as a nurse in military hospitals. Here, an excerpt from his poem "The Wound-Dresser" in the book of his wartime poetry, Drum Taps: I dress a wound in the side, deep, deep; But a day or two … Continue reading Walt Whitman’s Birthday

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CFP: SERI Conferences

The South-East Research Institute is now accepting submissions for upcoming conferences. SERI conferences bring together academics, health care professionals, industrials, entrepreneurs and business leaders to share news, views and developments and to analyze strategic developments in health care administration, business and technology, to disseminate scientific discovery to promote innovation and inspire change. The conferences offer … Continue reading CFP: SERI Conferences

Review: Wood & Ross-Kerr, Basic Steps in Planning Nursing Research

Wood, M. J., & Ross-Kerr, J. C. (2011).  Basic steps in planning nursing research:  From question to proposal (7th Ed.).  Sudbury, MA:  Jones and Bartlett Publishing. 511 pp. Wood and Ross-Kerr, both nursing faculty members at the University of Alberta, have developed a guide for planning nursing research in their 2011 edition of Basic Steps … Continue reading Review: Wood & Ross-Kerr, Basic Steps in Planning Nursing Research

CFS: Alternative and Complementary Therapies

Alternative and Complementary Therapies provides the latest information on evaluating alternative therapies and integrating them into your clinical practice. Topics include: botanical medicine, vitamins and supplements, nutrition and diet, mind-body medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, ayurveda, indigenous medicine systems, homeopath, naturopathy, yoga & meditation, manual therapies, energy medicine, and spirituality and health. Journal features … Continue reading CFS: Alternative and Complementary Therapies

How Reliable Is Peer Reviewed Health Science Research?

Two articles questioning the reliability of peer-reviewed research came to our attention recently. David H. Freeman's "Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science" (Atlantic Monthly, November 2010) asserts that "much of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong. So why are doctors--to a striking extent--still drawing upon misinformation in their … Continue reading How Reliable Is Peer Reviewed Health Science Research?

Nurse Valinoti/Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine

Recommended reading, Eileen Valinoti's first-person narrative on the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine: After graduating from nursing school in 1954, I went back home until a hospital apartment became available. My mother bragged about my achievement to all the neighbors (my nursing expertise; my brilliant grades; my job offers overflowing in the mailbox). Our … Continue reading Nurse Valinoti/Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine