Was browsing the net, then the allnurse site, then noted Y'all's topic and thought I would note 2 references of possible interest. I am the Webmaster for the Virtual Nurses Memorial. Except for an ad banner that appears in exchange for free web site space, the VNM is a noncommercial site that memorializes nurses who have died in the line of nursing care. 9 nurses were murdered in the attack on the WTC. Should you wish to view their backgrounds and circumstance of death, click on the WTC area once you get to the Memorial Listings page of the VNM http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Woods/6780
The other reference is in regard to RAWA, The Revolutionary
Association of the Women of Afghanistan http://rawa.fancymarketing.net/index.html
that existed prior to 911, to attempt to deal with the oppression of women that Y'all have probably seen reference to in the news. While there is great excitement the past view days about the progress of the war, there is a chilling article referenced towards the end of the opening page entitled "What will the Northern Alliance do in our name now? I dread to think...'Why do we always have this ambiguous, dangerous relationship with our allies?'
In terms of relevance to nursing, RAWA is trying to reopen Malalai Hospital which they "founded in 1986 in Quetta, Pakistan for the purpose of providing health care to Afghan women and children refugees. It served 400 patients per day and developed a reputation of being one of the best hospitals in the area particularly in helping land mine explosion victims."
For what it is worth, my understanding is that Mavis Leno, Jay's wife, is actively and financially involved in aiding the plight of Afghan women.
If anyone knows that RAWA is not actually what it is purported to be, please advise.
Well I think I am running out of space so I'll leave you with a QOTD: Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the
inside. (anon) Bob