Apr 18, 2020 • 1HR 8M

Nurses on the Front Lines/Captain Bligh

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Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader talks about what’s happening in America, what’s happening around the world, and most importantly what’s happening underneath it all.
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Jean Ross, president of the largest nurses’ union in the country, National Nurses United, joins Ralph to talk about how healthcare workers are not being protected from Covid-19. And Yale psychiatrist, Dr. Bandy Lee, comes back to update us on the Donald Trump’s mental pathology.

Jean Ross is an acute-care nurse and the President of National Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses in the United States. National Nurses United aims to create a vision of collective action for nurses so that nurses are able to have more influence over the healthcare industry and a larger voice in public policy. 

“As far as the equipment that we need, they keep talking about a shortage. We are not sure how short they are. They are doing battlefield triage making nurses wear the wrong equipment or bring bandanas to work. And they say this is in order to save. Well when an employer tells us to save it’s all economical. I know they want the public to think they’re just trying to conserve supplies so there’ll be enough for how long this thing lasts. But it’s not. It’s money. We know that, because we see the equipment in some of the hospitals. It’s under lock and key, and they tell us we can’t have it.” 

Jean Ross, President of National Nurses United 

Bandy Lee is a forensic psychiatrist at Yale School of Medicine and an internationally recognized expert on violence. Dr. Lee is the President of the World Mental Health Coalition and has worked with various governments to implement violence prevention programs in prisons and the community. Dr. Lee edited the book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President”. 

“[Donald Trump’s] destructiveness, if it were purely criminal, purely intentional that is, then it would go only so far. But the reason why it is critical to distinguish between what is pathological versus normal and healthy is that [pathology] ends up being far more efficient….  He ends up being almost exclusively destructive and never productive because pathology is so efficient it brings about damage and death. And it is far more effective than anything we can consciously, rationally plan.” 

Dr. Bandy Lee, author of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President”