I am an ICU nurse in Manhattan. I have seen my share of trauma, critical illness, and sorrow. But what is happening in my hospital and hospitals across America is on a scale of tragedy not even the most seasoned clinician has experienced. My hospital looks like any hospital in America. Serene on the outside. Typical day. Any day of the year. ...

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Recently after pulling a couple 20-hour shifts, people kept encouraging me to sleep on my break. They were obviously concerned for my well-being but it got me thinking more about the role sleep plays in our lives. If the average life expectancy is 78 then we spend 30 percent of our lives asleep which is also the same amount we spend in our cars commuting, and a meager 0.16 percent ...

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The recent horrible events involving racial profiling, excessive force, and gun violence are deeply troubling but not new. Who can forget the Bronx shooting of Amadou Diallo in 1999 when 41 bullets rained down on his unarmed body. I can uniquely identify with the black experience because of my own numerous experiences of being pulled over for no other apparent reason except for being in the wrong neighborhood, wrong state ...

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