Thank you for the article “This is their fi ght song.” This subject is close to my heart as my son was diagnosed with infantile idiopathic progressive scoliosis.

— Michelle Van Luvanee, BSN, RN Bernville, Penn.


A July 21 Facebook post referred to an article about a nurse who says she experienced intimidation and harassment at her workplace. Here’s how readers responded.

If there’s no one to go to with this complaint, I would document it and fi nd another job. In addition, I might consider fi ling a complaint with the medical board. Recognize your worth and bring your skills to an organization that will appreciate them. — Linda Tieman

A fellow slammed an OR door into me on purpose. On another day, he threw a bloody knife at me. I quit. I was young and didn’t realize that I could have pressed charges.

— Amber August Gilio

I don’t tolerate it. MD doesn’t equal God, and I have no problem standing my ground. This doctors-can-do-no- wrong attitude hospitals have has been going on since the beginning of time.

— Melissa Guy

Wise nurse Thank you for publishing the End of Shift article “A wise nurse once said ...” (Nurse. com/Article/EOS/Wise-Nurse). It was truly an inspiration for me to read during National Nurses Week. After being an RN for about a decade, I appreciate and relate to many pieces of advice given in this article. Nursing is a passion and a journey, during which it is important to try diff erent opportunities and to have balanced professional and personal lives. Lifelong learning and genuine caring also are essential to nursing, as well as a healing spirit and determination. In my own nursing practice, I aspire to communicate clearly and to prioritize eff ectively as well as to serve as a pillar for my patients and as a professional role model for others.

— Polina Moore, RN San Francisco

The article “A wise nurse once said ...” is fan- tastic. I’ve been a nurse for 31 years, and I thought Susan’s advice was very on point and well-stated. Thank you for a meaningful article.

— Gina Bohn, MSN, RN, CCRN-K Bradenton, Fla.

Infant pain Thank you for the amazing coverage in the article “In the palm of our hands” (Nurse. com/Article/Schiavenato-Orb) regarding an invention that alerts others to preemie pain. An invention that alerts adults to a baby’s unspoken pain can hopefully be

applied across the board to patients of any age who cannot or do not use words to communicate. Someday I hope this inven- tion can be used on animals who also are disregarded as having pain simply because they use their own way to express it.

— Mary McDermott, BA, RN Belmar, N.J.

Rural health I really appreciated the article “Healthcare in the outlands” ( care-in-Outlands). The article is spot on with the nursing needs in major cities and rural areas. In Montana, I say we are geographi- cally challenged. In our healthcare sector, we work with direct care staff and nursing care managers to meet clients’ care needs in their homes. Client and family expectations con- tinue to be high. Having the clients’ homes as the care setting adds another challenging element, and there is a supply and demand issue that is diffi cult to address. Thank you for getting the facts reported

for proper planning in all healthcare regions and settings.

— Kris Carlson, MBA, RN Kalispell, Mont.

Correction The Letter to the Editor “Diversity in leadership” in the July/August issue was submitted by Kesha K. Patel, BSN, RN, of Streamwood, Ill.


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