May 2011

May 2011 posts

A cyberbully is not a mean robot

Technology can be amazing, astounding and wonderful, but just as fantastic as it can be in the right hands, in the wrong hands it can be devastating, demoralizing, even destructive.

When our children are young, we teach them how to wield a fork safely at the dinner table and to not hit other kids during play-dates. We must also teach them how to harness the power of the internet for good. Learn to knit or tie knots; speak Spanish or play the guitar. Keeping up with friends and distant family on Facebook can be a lifesaver for the homesick. There are so many amazingly wonderful experiences that can be had on the internet.

Unfortunately, the dangerous sense of anonymity online can lead some to cruel and horrific activities resulting in unimaginable suffering for all involved. Children need guidance. Their brain is not as developed as an adult’s brain and we can’t expect them to think like an adult.

So, at what point have you taught, or will teach, your kids about cyberbullying?

Issaquah Links & Resources

 Here are some links and related resources for Swedish Issaquah:

Issue 2 - Opening bargaining sessions kicks off on positive, collaborative note

 Opening bargaining sessions kicks off on positive, collaborative note




Yesterday, Swedish and SEIU 1199NW kicked-off contract negotiations that will focus on wages, benefits and other issues for RN’s, technical staff and service workers at the Teamsters’ headquarters in Tukwila. SEIU and Swedish’s bargaining teams conducted introductions and then Diane Sosne gave a presentation that identified common goals and challenges highlighting the potential for collaboration and made the remark that “if we have been successful before we can do it again.”

In its opening presentation, SEIU 1199NW pointed to a number of external factors impacting their members, including the economy, healthcare reform and an aging workforce. Many of these same issues also impact Swedish; thereby creating an overlap in some of our respective interests.

The opening presentation called out many of the areas where Swedish and SEIU have worked together to achieve success, including:


Making a difference, one nurse at a time

I recently had the opportunity to 'meet' one of the many great nurses at Swedish, Sue Averill. I say 'meet' because while I'm currently blogging from Seattle, she's volunteering her time in Guatemala and serving as a medical coordinator for a Doctors Without Borders project. Sue and another great nurse, Staci Kelley, are both ER nurses at Swedish Cherry Hill, Ballard, and Mill Creek. They started a non-profit organization three years ago to help nurses become involved in volunteer work at home and abroad. They offer a free directory of organizations using nurse volunteers that can be sorted to match nursing interests and skills to the needs. They also offer scholarships to help offset trip costs for nurses volunteering on international missions. 

I had the opportunity to chat online with Sue while she was in Guatemala to learn more about "One Nurse At A Time" and her passion for volunteer nursing:

You work as a nurse in Seattle, caring for patients in Swedish's emergency departments. What made you think about volunteering your extra time as a nurse?

Sue: In 1999 a friend of mine was volunteering for Healing the Children and needed a Spanish speaking nurse to work recovery on a facial surgery team in Guatemala. I went and in one week, was hooked! I loved the work, the people, the process, the culture, the kids. I learned so much and gained far more than I gave. It was the hardest thing I’d ever done and by far, the most rewarding.

Sue Averill in Manila.

What sparked your interest in volunteering abroad? How did you find out about opportunities for nurses?

Issue 1 - Contract negotiations with SEIU begin this week

Contract negotiations between Swedish and SEIU 1199NW starts this week. In these negotiations, Swedish is seeking a fair and balanced outcome for all. Look to Negotiations News for updates throughout the bargaining process.

Five Tips for Better Hearing

Did you know that portable music players produce sound at up to 100 decibels? That’s approaching the level of a jet plane taking off, which measures 120 decibels. Any volumes higher than 85 decibels can cause hearing loss if listened to for prolonged periods of time.

May is Better Hearing Month, celebrated by the American Academy of Audiology. It’s a great time to assess the health of your hearing, and recognize its importance in daily life.

Small changes in day-to-day activities can go a long way in maintaining good hearing in the future:

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