New Opium Epidemics, Old Problems: Ellen La Motte and the Anti-Opium Crusade

By Lea Williams, PhD

In his 2014 State of the State address, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin devoted significant attention to the growing epidemic of opioid addiction in his state where the number of deaths from heroin overdoses doubled between 2012 and 2013 with a 770% increase in treatment for opiate addiction from 2000-2013. This situation continues to play out across the country with numerous news stories highlighting the contemporary heroin problem. Continue reading

Ebola Quarantines: Nurses’ Perspective

Pictured: Kaci Hickox, nurse at the center of Ebola quarantine controversy (Photo: AP)

As a continuation of the themes explored on the recent Echoes and Evidence post Ebola, Epidemics, and Nursing Care, Penn Nursing‘s Connie Ulrich and Julie Fairman have co-authored a post for Philly.com’s The Public’s Health blog entitled “Ebola quarantines: nurses’ perspective.” Check it out here and follow Dr. Fairman on twitter @fairmanjulie.

When The Crisis Fades, Remember the Nurses

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By Marian Moser Jones, PhD, MPH

The fall of 1914, much like the fall of 2014, witnessed an urgent call for American nurses and doctors to join humanitarian missions involving diseases across the globe. Unprecedented modern warfare, not an unprecedented epidemic, was the cause of the crisis a hundred years ago.

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Ebola, Epidemics, and Nursing Care

Medical staff treating Ebola victim in West Africa (Photo Credit: Sylvain Cherkaoui)

By Connie Ulrich, PhD, RN and Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN

The World Health Organization has now estimated that 5,000 to 10,000 new cases of Ebola a week are projected within two months if more is not done to combat this emerging crisis.   Two health care workers have now been diagnosed in the United States, and several other providers have contracted the disease abroad and returned to the US for treatment.

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Echoes and Evidence: An Introduction

Echoes and Evidence

By Jean C. Whelan, PhD, RN and Julie A. Sochalski, PhD, RN, FAAN

Welcome to Echoes and Evidence, a new blog from the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing that brings hidden treasures from nursing and health care’s rich history and their policy implications to the public arena. Echoes and Evidence delves into the instrumental place that nurses and the nursing profession hold within the wide scope of health care history and health policy.

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