Day: September 21, 2015

“The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives” by Theresa Brown, RN

“The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives” by Theresa Brown, RN c.2015, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill $24.95 / $33.95 Canada 272 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Nobody likes being poked. Nobody woke up this morning and said, “Cut into me and make me hurt for a month.” No one asks for misery, nausea, aching pain, bedpans, stitches, needles, or risk. But there it is: it happens. And if it does, after reading “The Shift” by Theresa Brown, RN, you’ll know exactly who you want by your side. It’s often dark when Theresa Brown leaves her Pittsburgh-area home to bike to work, using her commute to clear her head in advance, to think about her family, and to prepare herself for the twelve hours ahead. She’s an oncology nurse who will most certainly face a full load of four sick patients at the hospital for which she works, and that preparation is essential. Her workday starts at 7 a.m. when she learns that, on this particular morning, she’s been assigned an empty bed and is first in line to receive any new admits. With that in mind, she collects information about her days’ patients, taking notes, understanding that no detail is unimportant. One patient had recently arrived at the hospital in the middle of the night, with abdominal pain and blood issues. Another was going home...

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Schrader talks transportation

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Long-term plans call for improvements to the Interstate 5/Chemawa Road interchange in Keizer. A model of how to do it may be barely 10 miles to the north. U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Canby) was among the dignitaries on hand for the ribbon cutting of the Woodburn Interchange and Transit Facility project on Monday morning. That afternoon, Schrader visited with the Keizertimes editorial board to talk about transportation, among other topics. “At the state and the federal level we need to get our act together for transportation funding, something states can count on for funding,” Schrader said. “We need to be competitive globally. The surface transportation package is one of the big ones.” Schrader said getting votes to support large transportation projects in Washington, D.C. is getting more and more difficult. “We have the mantra these days that all spending is bad,” Schrader said. “It’s capital funding versus operational funding. I agree with the Republicans about the operational funding. But one of the arguments that gets brought up is the bridge to nowhere. Well, a bridge to nowhere would not exist under the current rules.” Schrader was impressed with what he saw in Woodburn. “The Woodburn interchange is vastly improved,” he said. “Truck after truck was going by (on Highway 219) I was shocked by the number of trucks on cross streets.  Not only is...

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