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I never want to be a government-employed physician. Here’s why.

Every health care system in the world is facing its fair share of challenges. Aging populations, the exponential increase in chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, expensive new treatments—all at a time when most countries desperately need to curtail rising health care costs to save their economies. At the two extremes, we have fully public-funded (socialized) medicine versus entirely free-market (private) health care delivery systems. I’ve written previously about my own experiences working in a number of different environments including the U.K., Australia, and U.S. — three countries with vastly different systems, and how the ideal probably resides somewhere in-between the two extremes. I don’t think that a fully centralized system such as the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) is something that any country should ever be aspiring to. As fair as it sounds — completely free health care at the point use — patients, unfortunately, don’t always get the choice or service that they need in a top-heavy bureaucratic setup.

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Kaiser’s New Medical School Focusing On Physician Diversity

Though California is among the most diverse places in the nation, its doctors, unfortunately, don’t reflect the demographics of the state. Overall, physicians here are older, whiter and more likely to be male than their patients, and that’s just one of several ways in which California’s health care lags the demands of the market, not to mention patients’ needs.

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    by Johnson&Johnson on October 12, 2017 at 3:12 pm

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  • Frontier Nursing University Hires Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
    by Frontier Nursing University on October 5, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Hyden, KY -- Frontier Nursing University (FNU), a graduate school offering nurse-midwifery and nurse practitioner programs through distance education, has hired Dr. Maria Valentin-Welch, DNP, MPH, CNM, FACNM, as its first chief diversity and inclusion officer to lead the University on matters of equity, diversity and inclusion. Dr. Valentin-Welch is a certified nurse-midwife and has served as a course coordinator at FNU since 2013. She will assume the new role on October 1, 2017.&nbs […]

  • Burnout in Nursing
    by erica@diversitynursing.com (Erica Bettencourt) on October 4, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Burnout amongst Nurses isn't a new thing. In fact, it could be getting worse. With a combination of Nurses retiring and an influx of aging patients, this can become too much to handle and some will leave their profession.According to Fierce Healthcare, several stressors lead to high levels of pressure and Nurse burnout.  These include: […]

  • The Vital Role of Nurses in Addressing Climate Change
    by Contributor on September 28, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    This article was written by the MODERN NURSE at www.discovernursing.com […]

  • This Photo Of A New Mom And Her Nurse Goes Viral
    by erica@diversitynursing.com (Erica Bettencourt) on September 25, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Appreciation – we love to feel appreciated for what we do, but often, it feels like our work sometimes goes unnoticed. Here’s a story we think you’ll enjoy. It’s all about appreciation and the work Nurses do. This is a big Thank You to Labor & Delivery Nurses, Midwives and Doula’s.Mother of four, Jill Krause, recently saw a photo by Katie Lacer that moved her. She was overcome with memories and gratitude for the Nurses. Jill shared the photo with her thoughts about the labor, delivery, and postpartum Nurses […]