Roberta Proffitt Lavin

169 Flips | 6 Magazines | 12 Likes | 106 Following | 30 Followers | @robertalavin | I am a retired U. S. Public Health Service officer that now works in academia. In my career I've lived in 7 states plus DC. I have worked in Federal prisons, Immigration Health, mental health, and disaster preparedness and response. I have volunteered with the Red Cross, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, and community health clinics. Professionally I am a nurse practitioner, a professor, an administrator, and a policy analyst. Personally, I am the same superimposed on being a wife, a rescuer of cats, and a Catholic who finds peace at a Zen center.

Australian nurses who spread anti-vaccination messages face prosecution

Nurses and midwives who ignore scientific evidence by promoting anti-vaccination to patients and the public are being cracked down on in a tough new position statement from their industry regulator.<p>The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia released the vaccination standards in response to what …

Research highlights: A new era in disaster research

<i>By Bob Brustman, U-M Civil and Environmental Engineering Department</i><p>University of Michigan researchers have received a $2.5 million NSF grant to …

University of Michigan

Guest column: Take evacuation warnings seriously

To evacuate or not evacuate?<p>460,000 residents in Duval County faced this difficult question last week. As a resident of the beaches, I have asked it …

CIOB project launch

<b>CIOB funded 'Long-term Sustainability of Post-Disaster Re-Construction Projects' research project launched in Sri Lanka.</b><p>“Long-term sustainability of …

Sri Lanka

Doctors have become less empathetic, but is it their fault?

‘I don’t like to take medications,’ Hernando (not his real name) told me when I recommended a strong dose of ibuprofen for the pain in his thumb …

FBI: Texas Hospice Boss Texted Nurses Execution Orders for Patients

The founder and CEO of a hospice services company instructed nurses to administer fatal overdoses to patients who had ‘been on the hospice service …

Clinton, Sanders had opposing views on biomedical research

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were on opposing sides of certain types of biomedical research …

Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants Near Prescribing Authority Florida

Legislation that grants nurse practitioners and physician assistants prescribing authority for controlled substances like painkillers and medicines for attention deficit disorder awaits Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s signature, ending decades of opposition by a rare holdout state.<p>Florida is the last …

Nurse practitioners expand access to health care

—<p>HARRISBURG - As lawmakers consider proposals to update Pennsylvania's outdated nurse practitioner law, five recently released academic studies …

The impact of the DNP degree

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Editorial: Gun violence epidemic is a public health concern

Federal data collection should not be blocked<p>No business would prohibit its research arm from tracking a problem that threatened the lives of its …

Nurse Practitioners Urge Congress To Improve Health Care Access

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, March 22, nearly 300 members of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners …

Louisiana nurse practitioners pushing bill to allow practice without physician oversight

Louisiana nurse practitioners are once again trying to rid themselves of a state mandate that requires them to have formal written agreements with …

Nurses Score Victory With New Prescribing Powers, Transfer Compact Signed Into Law

Florida has joined a multi-state nursing compact making it easier for nurses from other states to practice here. And some highly trained nurses and …

The Catholic Church puts one foot forward on the path to including women

In her 50th Easter season as a nun, Sister Antonia Sanchez participated in something new.<p>For the past 49 years, since she joined the order of Religious Mary Immaculate at age 16, Sanchez has watched priests wash the feet of men on Holy Thursday. This week, Sanchez was before the altar herself at …

Seven Zen Stories That Could Open Your Mind

For centuries, Zen masters have used stories and koans, or paradoxical riddles, to help students realize their true nature. These stories are often …

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It’s a long walk from the confessional back to the office. The moment you step out of the box, you’re sin-free. But, oh, there are so many opportunities to screw up between then and now. Passed a homeless guy, didn’t give him anything. Pushed past an old lady on the escalator, didn’t say sorry. Got …

Challenges of Conducting Disaster Research: The Case of the Sichuan Earthquake - Hu - 2015 - Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy

Few studies involve disaster fieldwork, not to mention fieldwork in China where disaster management has long been politicized. Drawing upon the …

Using Twitter as a data source: An overview of current social media research tools

The popularity of social media sites and the ease at which its data is available means these platforms are increasingly becoming primary sources for …

Jacinda v David: think of the children when disaster strikes

Despite the trauma of the earthquake, Canterbury DHB receives less funding for mental health services than the rest of New Zealand.<p><b>OPINION:</b> I was 6 …

Responding to criticism: A choice to grow

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A 69-year-old monk who scientists call the 'world's happiest man' says the secret to being happy takes just 15 minutes a day

Matthieu Ricard, 69, is a Tibetan Buddhist monk originally from France who has been called "the world's happiest man."<p>That's because he participated in a 12-year brain study on meditation and compassion led by a neuroscientist from the University of Wisconsin, Richard Davidson.<p>Davidson hooked up …

The Value of Systems in Your Practice

Look closely at any successful practice (or business) and you realize business success is not the result of doing just one thing. As a matter of …

Could gun violence research curb gun violence?

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Three years ago this month, in the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook, President Obama ordered the Centers for Disease …

Report Reveals Terrifying Flaws In College Campus Gun Laws

Don't assume people with permits to carry firearms have had weapons safety training.<p>Colleges and universities that are forced to allow guns on campus should not assume students with concealed carry permits are actually trained in how to use the weapons, a report released Tuesday warns.<p>A new report …

Gun violence not a mental health issue, experts say, pointing to 'anger,' suicides

<b>(CNN) —</b> If there's anything both sides of America's heated and polarizing gun debate may agree on, it's the need to keep firearms out of the hands of people with serious mental illness.<p>That is not the same as saying gun violence is a mental health issue, which has become a renewed area of …

The Invisible Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners continue to be healthcares’ best kept secret.I recently moved to Jefferson City, MO which feels a world away from living in a …