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Patients use social media to band together with others who share the same challenges, female viagra pills to find support and encouragement.
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What if the quality of the rest of your life depends on the decision you make with the information you get, female viagra pills now.
Who advocates for you/us then?
The entire healthcare team advocates for you.
Nurses and physicians advocate for you.
They advocate for you by making sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision on any plan of care.
They advocate for you by telling you all of the options open to you, female viagra pills including no treatment.
They advocate for you by making sure you understand all of the information and education provided.
They advocate for you by respecting the fact that you are able to advocate for yourself and respecting the decisions you make.
Doing all these things is the right thing to do.
It’s also the law.
When a nurse assesses that a patient does not have the information needed to make an informed decision about their care, female viagra pills either because they have not been informed, female viagra pills or because they did not understand the information provided, female viagra pills the nurse has a duty to:
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I have written to the Arizona Board of Nursing for a copy of the original complaint, female viagra pills which should be public record.
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I am not militant.
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But I would take to the street for this.
I am that angry.
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My gut tells me, female viagra pills there is not.
My nursing instinct tells me there is not.
My nursing instinct tells me that a hospital corporation got upset because a “rainmaker” (in the legal world, female viagra pills that means “moneymaker”) got angry at an RN, female viagra pills ergo, female viagra pills she must be punished.
Most hospitals just fire people, female viagra pills Banner Health reports them to the Arizona Board of Nurses.
God help the nurses at Banner Health, female viagra pills because I’d be watching my derriere 24/7 if I worked there.
Corporate healthcare at it’s finest.