Sharon New PicSharon Gauthier, MSN, BSN, RN, CCM is a business owner and CEO of Patient Advocate for You, LLC. since 2008. Her 20 years of nursing experience includes; certified emergency nurse, post masters certificate in geriatrics, surgery unit, radiology special procedures, neonatal ICU, case management, nursing manager, community nursing, and adjunct professor.

Sharon has received numerous awards including; Business Champion Start Up Business of the Year Award Metro Alliance 2012, Healthcare Hero Award 2013, Platinum Award – National Patient Advocate Institute, Women of Distinction – 2011 – Family, Community Project Award – 2007 University of Hartford, and Peer Recognition Award – 2007 University of Hartford.

Chambers include: Metro Hartford Alliance - Strategic Partner, Windsor Chamber, Simsbury Chamber, Glastonbury Chamber, and Avon Chamber - Education committee. Organizations include; Connecticut Women’s Alliance Board Member, Connecticut Women’s Council Member, North Central Aging Commission Advisory Board Member and Board Member. Sharon is a member of multiple healthcare organizations, presented at Patient Advocate Institute Conference and Connecticut Nurses Association, and published in Advance Healthcare Network.

Sharon now hosts a weekly morning radio show called Revolution Health Radio Show on 1360 Connecticut Talk Radio. The show’s focus is healthcare issues and fields phone calls from the public.

www.ptadvocate4u.com

 

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Janet Henriksen
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BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (WLBT) - Staff members in Mississippi hospitals are drained. COVID-19 has changed what their day-to-day looks and feels like.

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Vaccines may be on the way, but many on the front lines are burned out. Has the government done enough to help alleviate their stress?

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Betty Nelson discusses how the pandemic has changed nursing education, what changes may come, and how nursing educators are looking forward.


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Nursing education curriculum and clinical experiences need to adapt to remote and virtual platforms.

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Website hosting provider Squarespace has shut down the website of the group America’s Frontline Doctors following a press conference they held in Washington D.C., according to Dr. Simone Gold. According to a screenshot posted by Gold, the web hosting service shut down the group’s website for “activity that’s false, fraudulent, inaccurate or deceiving.”

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The video of the physicians speaking in Washington DC needs to be heard.  Censoring medical experts for political reasons is insanity and puts the health of the public at great risk.  Physicians Need to be Heard

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Lisa Brosseau, ScD, is a nationally recognized expert on infectious diseases. Brousseau taught for many years at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She may be retired from the university, but she’s not retired from teaching. She recently cowrote an opinion piecethat drew a lot of notice: In it Brousseau argues that cloth masks offer no protection from COVID-19. As one might imagine, it drew a lot of attention and caused a fair amount of controversy. She recently sat down with Infection Control Today®to talk about her strong feelings about cloth masks and that data she used to reach her conclusions.

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  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged Thursday that it is combining the results from viral and antibody COVID-19 tests when reporting the country's testing totals, despite marked differences between the tests. First reported by NPR's WLRN station in Miaimi, the practice has drawn ire from U.S. health experts who  say combining the tests inhibits the agency's ability to discern the country's actual testing capacity. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told The Atlantic. “How could the CDC make that mistake? This is a mess.”Viral tests — commonly referred to as PCR tests as most of them use a process known as polymerase chain reaction — are used by health professionals to determine whether or not a person is currently infected with the disease. During the pandemic, viral tests have been the most effective way of being able to diagnose a positive case of COVID-19. They are what state governments have been counting to track the number of confirmed cases of the virus they have.Antibody, or serology, tests serve a different purpose. Unlike viral tests that are taken by nose swab or saliva sample, antibody tests examine a person's blood to see if their immune system has created antibodies to combat COVID-19. These tests allow doctors to see if someone has previously been exposed to the virus. As the push for widespread testing in the U.S. has strengthened, antibody tests have been widely produced, many experts have balked at saying that antibodies equate to immunity from COVID-19. Serology tests are also less accurate than PCR tests, increasing the chances for a false negative.    Continue Reading
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(CNN)Ten nurses were placed on administrative leave from Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, for demanding they be given N95 masks while treating Covid-19 patients, two of the nurses told CNN.

Two nurses at PSJHC told CNN that they, along with eight other nurses, were suspended with pay after refusing to enter coronavirus patient rooms on April 9 without N95 masks.
The hospital said there were no N95 masks for them and insisted they wear surgical masks instead, the nurses said​, even though other healthcare workers at the hospital were provided N95 masks.
In a photo shared with CNN, taken after nurses refused to enter Covid patient rooms inside the facility, eight nurses are seen with seven raising their fists inside PSJHC.
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A third doctor and a nurse now say they have been fired after raising concerns about COVID-19 safety measures inside hospitals.

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FLINT (WJRT) - (04/15/20) - Members of the McLaren Flint Registered Nurses Union are publicly speaking out about hospital working conditions during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the hospital has responded to their claims.

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American Nurses' Association's Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (2015) is the nursing professions non-negotiable ethical practice standard.
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"Unstoppable." That's the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' 2019–2020 theme and, given the way nurses have had to battle against COVID-19, it seems that no better word has been chosen to describe nursing. While many Americans are sheltering in place due to stay-at-home orders, nurses and other healthcare professionals are heading to work each day to care for patients with and without COVID-19.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) - As doctors and nurses continue to be on the frontlines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, KFOR has received emails from several viewers accusing hospitals of refusing to let healthcare workers wear masks while dealing with patients.  

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Here at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), we are working hard to determine how we can best help the global health and health care community in this uncertain time. One way, we hope, is by providing you — professionals, as well as students, faculty, and residents — with free access to these IHI Open School courses now through May 31, 2020:

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