Beyond Labels

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Monday: Dobbs

In recent months, we’ve discussed the prospect of a Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade. This coming Monday, we’ll look at the actual opinion issued by the Court, together with the concurrences and the dissent.

  • What do they tell us about the direction of the Court?
  • Are the conservative justices in lock-step, or is there “daylight” between their positions?
  • What next?

Here’s a link to the opinion, the concurrences, and the dissent.

May 16: The Nursing Shortage

One of the effects of the pandemic has been to highlight, and exacerbate, the shortage of skilled heath care professionals such as RNs, CMAs, etc. On Monday, we’ll discuss the extent and causes of the shortage, as well as what can be done about it.

Here are some relevant readings:

State of Nursing 2022 (

Nurses are not OK (Grid News)

Board Report on Closure (Island Nursing Home, Deer Isle)

If you haven’t already read the Island Nursing Home report in this week’s Packet, I encourage you to do so. It provides real, local information on many challenges we have discussed in the past.

May 9: Roe v. Wade

Although we had considered a topic relating to nursing (and other health care professional) shortages, I’m sure we won’t be able to avoid discussing the implications of the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion reversing Roe v. Wade.

So let’s make that the topic of the day, and we can turn to staff shortages next week.

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