Gov. Whitmer can’t solve COVID alone. She needs everyone to do their part.

As you may know (and as many health experts, including myself, have warned) Michigan is currently a hotbed of new COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and subsequent morbidity and mortality. While vaccines are ramping up in our state, we continue to see these alarming trends. This comes after 13 months of public health efforts to avoid this very fate.

At the outset, Governor Whitmer was in line with the efforts of other early hit states like California and New York. We had a new, quickly spreading virus we knew very little about. We had very few tools at our disposal. With the…

May her memory be a revolution. RBG wants you to keep going.

Ok, so… yes 2020 has been the worst year on record. Which seemed like an apt culmination of one of the worst eras in American history. It’s been a lot to deal with, and today, many people are feeling like they’ve hit rock bottom. While there are glimmers of hope on the horizon for 2021 (COVID vaccine, Biden/Harris, mask bonfires, etc) many people are feeling pretty helpless on the last day of this year long train wreck.

Personally, 2020 has been a year full of loss, disappointment, fear, grief and sorrow. My usual coping mechanisms (which mostly involves HUGS FROM…

Image from Bridge Michigan article by Robin Erb, October 12, 2020

Image from Bridge Michigan article by Robin Erb, October 12, 2020

In an article written by Robin Erb in the October 12, 2020 edition of Bridge Michigan, a top Michigan Republican has officially gone on record as embracing “herd immunity” as a valid strategy to address our current COVID-19 crisis. Erb reports that Shirkey is arguing that the state “should allow the coronavirus to spread in the hopes of achieving “herd immunity.” The Shirkey arguing to embrace a herd immunity strategy in Michigan is the Michigan Senate Republican Majority Leader Mike Shirkey.

He made similar statements at a rally covered…

We Must Demand More From Those In Power: Holding Police Officers to A Higher Standard

My nursing school badge circa 2003

While I’ve never been a police officer, I know what it’s like to endure constant threats of violence in the workplace and the need to make life or death, split second decisions, about my life and others’. I know that we are right to demand more from those in whom we place enormous trust to make the right call in tough situations.

When I was in college, I worked at the VA Hospital my last summer before graduation. I worked as a nursing assistant and…

Taken from the Oakland County COVID Dashboard, last updated 4/10/2020 at 12:30 PM.

Dead people can’t work. Businesses can’t operate with sick and dying staff. COVID-19 doesn’t care what kind of job you do, it is maiming and killing indiscriminately. No job is “safe” or “unsafe” when it comes to working outside the home during this outbreak.

All jobs are all unsafe right now. But some are essential for survival.

We need food, we need clean water, shelter, and public hygiene infrastructure, including sewers that work (especially now that we’re all going to the bathroom at home, hence the struggle to keep TP on the shelf). We also need our critical infrastructure to…

Look, plainly speaking: healthcare is my jam. It’s not a hobby for me, it’s my life’s work, and I’m not afraid to talk about it’s incredibly complex nuances.

I started my first year of nursing school nearly 20 years ago, and ever since then, I’ve been fascinated by all things related to providing my fellow humans with the care they need. First, I learned the fundamentals: how to start an IV, how to safely pass medication, how to do a thorough head to toe assessment. After I graduated and became an experienced nurse, I learned more advanced skills: how to…

Know What You Have Before You Give It Away

Jamie, at age 4, suffered a catastrophic brain injury during a head on collision and had to be air lifted from the scene to Children’s Hospital of Michigan. (Shared with permission.)

May 7, 2019

Dear Members of the MI House Judiciary Committee,

As we start the celebration of Nurses’ Week here in Michigan and across the country, I would like to enter into the record a nurse’s response to the proposed House Resolution №23 regarding the assumptions regarding abortion care in the state. This proposed resolution has no basis in medical ethics or evidence based practices and reads more as a religious tome than one related to public health.

Denial letter dated December 21, 2018

January 15, 2019- I’m pleased to report that my appeal was successful. This should be an example to everyone out there struggling with denials — there is hope. It just takes some courage, organization, and a tenacious spirit. My communication with senior leaders at The Hartford was not fruitful enough to convince them to change their processes (for now) regarding automatic denials based on the first initial form. But nevertheless…. I am relieved to have this coverage, and hope every single day that I never have to use it.

Stay strong, friends. Hope springs eternal.

While out door knocking this past election cycle, in which I was running for State Senate, I walked by a man standing in front of his home, which proudly displayed a Confederate flag. He stared me down, spit on the ground in my direction, turned and went back into his house.

Down the street, I knocked on a door, with the hopes of talking to the owner about his plans to vote, and to answer any questions he might have about me as a candidate. Instead, he released his pit bull from the leash, who proceeding to run at me…

Julia A. Pulver, RN, BSN, CCM

Julia A. Pulver has been an RN for over 14 years. She has spent her career working with the most at risk populations in Southeast Michigan. @VotePulver

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