Rich teeth, poor teeth- Addressing the clearest indicator of class in America

Just after my daughter graduated from fourth grade, we took her to the dentist for her bi-annual checkup. After a series of x-rays, cleaning, and small talk with the hygienist, the dentist breezed into the treatment room, resplendent with his festive American flag bow tie. He went over her chart, interrogated her about how much brushing and flossing she did, what her diet was like; the normal stuff the dentist asks you every time you see them, and you say the same thing back to them as you always do (“Yeah, I know, doc- not as much as I should be”).

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Kellen Squire
Advanced Directives and MAID Laws Must Be a Part of Healthcare Reform

There’s no way to have a discussion about the state of the healthcare crisis in our country without discussing end-of-life care. The Kaiser Family Foundation notes that about 80% of the 2.6 million people who died in the United States in 2014 were people on Medicare, making Medicare the largest insurer of health care provided during the last year of life.

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Kellen Squire
The Strong Women Who Built Me

Mother’s Day is, perhaps, the most celebrated- but simultaneously most underappreciated- holiday in the world. Yes, brunch lines are out the door and around the block, and children have been pouring over barely edible breakfasts in bed. But celebrating what moms- and women in general- mean to us takes a bit more than that.

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Kellen Squire
"Well, ACTUALLY..." Storytelling and Politics in the Age of Trump

A while back, I was acting as the triage nurse in the emergency department I work at. It was an incredibly busy day; not quite a “oh $#@%!” on the busyness scale, but dang close. We had patients piling up in the waiting room, some who’d been there for hours, and it seemed like every time we’d start to make some headway, an ambulance would come in with a patient having a heart attack, or someone would roll in the front door having a massive stroke.

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Kellen Squire
The Moment I Knew I was a Nurse

I remember the exact moment I decided to become a nurse.

Hard not to remember- I was standing in the middle of a giant pile of wreckage in Pass Christian, Mississippi, where we had just found partially decomposed bodies.

There was no gradual realization. No buildup. It was an immediate and profound call to service- and it led me to where I am today.

Let’s rewind the clock a bit.

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Kellen Squire
Burnout only happens to other people. Not me.

For almost a decade now, I’ve been an emergency department nurse. Through the couple years I spent in Pediatric Acute Care, after dabbling in being a school nurse at three different age levels, I’ve always come back to the ER. For all its ups and downs, I love it. It’s just part of who I am.

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Kellen Squire