Letters To The Editor 5/25/2019
Editor: Certified registered nurse anesthetists are the best-kept secret in health care.
We’re usually the last people patients see before a procedure begins and the first to greet them when they awake. That’s because we’re there by their side for every heartbeat, every breath.
We’re so good at anesthetizing our patients that they sometimes don’t remember us. The state Legislature often forgets us, as well.
Pennsylvania is one of just two states that fail to formally recognize “certified registered nurse anesthetist” in some form. Because there is no definition for nurse anesthetists under the state’s Professional Nursing Law, they are recognized only as registered nurses, despite the advanced, specialized training and extra education needed to practice.
That brings logistical and financial challenges.
Pennsylvania nurse anesthetists who serve in the military must secure designation in another state to provide anesthesia in the armed services because we do not officially recognize them here. We cannot assist on rapid response teams in states affected by natural disasters because we lack formal credentials. After receiving training in Pennsylvania, a national leader with 13 nurse anesthetist programs, many nurse anesthetists relocate to states where they can utilize the full scope of their education and training in clinical practices, which contributes to the state’s “brain drain.”
Fortunately, bipartisan measures, including House Bill 1064, which is co-sponsored by Rep. Tarah Toohil of Butler Twp., serve as a wake-up call to address these issues. It’s past time to finally recognize the importance of certified nurse anesthetists and appreciate the value of the men and women behind the surgical masks.
Editor: The politics of state Rep Brian Sims is not the issue. The issue is, he is a bully.
The Philadelphia Democrat badgered women recently who were praying outside an abortion clinic. Sims not only bullied these people. He was offering $100 donations to Planned Parenthood if people identified protesters he was allegedly bullying. He even went so far as to chase an elderly woman who was simply praying the rosary.
Smith is a bully. He is unfit and unworthy of fulfilling his duties as a state representative. This is less about the pro-life issue and totally about free speech.
SOUTH ABINGTON TWP.
Editor: Recently, I wrote a research paper analyzing the emotional and physical health benefits that people experience from volunteering.
As it should be, these benefits are experienced at their highest level when volunteering is done without self-interested motives, such as getting an award or impressing someone. When service is provided in a selfless manner, the volunteer experiences a “helper’s high.”
Volunteers also can experience increases in life satisfaction, self esteem, self-autonomy, longevity, high functioning and motor ability, and decreases in depression, pain, blood pressure, cholesterol and chronic illnesses. Just an average of at least two hours per week can allow an individual to reach the “volunteer threshold” and reap the benefits of service.
Creating a more trusting and caring environment is a constant issue that we try to solve. Reminding citizens that volunteering is worthwhile could help lead to a healthier, happier community and lower health care costs. It could increase the bonds between neighbors and families.
Research from institutions like the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control provides data that support the push for more volunteer awareness.
Give children a gateway into good futures and give adults a meaningful way to maintain their health. Encourage organizations and businesses to create volunteers to come out and interact with the community and the benefits will skyrocket.
No matter what age an individual begins volunteering, as long as people find meaning to what they accomplish, they will experience the benefits. They will continue to come back and bring others with them. Volunteering is a never-ending cycle of positivity. It is a hidden gem and we must make others aware of it for the benefit of their health and the community’s health.
Stars left out
Editor: Congratulations to the 25 students selected as the 2019 Scholastic Superstar team and to all 70 students nominated for that honor.
As an educator, it is proudly humbling to witness such awesome potential. I wish all of these students well in their future endeavors.
Once again, however, I urge The Times-Tribune and PPL Corp., the sponsors of this recognition, to allow the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County to nominate a scholar. Despite the broad recognition by virtually every business owner, economic development professional and most politicians that Northeast Pennsylvania suffers from a dire skilled worker shortage. Continuing to value book learning above skilled craftsmanship is a fool’s errand.
Times-Tribune Publisher Don Farley asked the superstars, “…come home and share your success. Make our community a better place to live…” Apparently, Farley feels that doctors, lawyers, professors and Tony Award-winning playwrights are more important to our local communities than cosmetologists, chefs, welders, auto technicians and others. How about if some readers let him know what they think?
THOMAS BAILEYS, Ed. D.
CAREER TECHNOLOGY CENTER OF LACKAWANNA COUNTY
Editor’s note: All seniors enrolled in classes in The Times-Tribune coverage area, including those attending Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County, are considered for the Scholastic Superstar program when nominated by faculty and administration at their home schools.