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PT Compact Licensure Update

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Beginning in July of 2018, the process of traveling as a Physical Therapist is going to get a little bit easier if you are traveling between a group of 21 states.  In case you hadn’t heard the news, in July, the 21 states that have enacted the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact will begin issuing privileges.

Tips for Nurses Adapting to Technology

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Can you imagine providing patient care without having a stethoscope around your neck or in your pocket? I didn’t think so, but when the stethoscope was introduced in the early 1800’s clinicians rebuked it as being too invasive and against typical practices.

What It Takes to Be a School Nurse, Therapist or School Professional

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Like most jobs in the healthcare industry, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics project that job opportunities for school professionals, nurses and therapists are expected to be plentiful for the next ten years.  If you are looking to direct your teaching, psychology, counseling, nursing or therapy career toward the school setting, there are some things you need to know. 

Protect Your Skin This Summer!

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Once Memorial Day weekend is in the books, everyone’s attention immediately turns to summer vacation mode.  Children are wrapping up their school year, and dreaming of heading to the beach, lawns and gardens are waiting to be tended, and fun summer festivals are right around the corner. All of these activities and more come with a fair share of danger to your skin, but the good news is that it is a preventable danger. 

Travel Housing - The Extended Stay Gourmet

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I sing the praises of the extended stay hotel all day, every day in my line of work. “It may not be your cheapest option but the benefits are hard to ignore” (That’s me quoting myself there) Extended Stay hotels offer the perfect opportunity for a traveling medical professional.

April is Occupational Therapy Month

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If you or a loved one has a disability, or have ever had to recover skills after an injury or accident, then you already know of the impact Occupational therapists, and OT Assistants can make on our everyday life.

Today is World Autism Awareness Day

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April 2nd is recognized internationally as World Autism Awareness Day.  For the past 11 years, this day has been used to raise awareness, increase understanding, and foster worldwide support for the millions of people affected by autism.

Focusing on People First

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From the talented healthcare professionals who are providing care to patients on a daily basis to the recruiting teams and administrators who play a similarly important role behind the front lines of care, the foundation of Supplemental Health Care is our people.

Know Your Rights as a Nurse

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It was an incident that sent shockwaves through everyone in the medical community, the July 2017 physical arrest of a nurse in Utah.  To recap, an ER Nurse was ordered by a law enforcement officer to perform a blood draw on a car accident victim.  Rightfully, the nurse refused because no warrant was presented and she was protecting the rights of her patient.  She pulled out the policy manual, called her supervisor on speakerphone and proceeded to inform the officer that she was unable to comply until a warrant was presented.  Everything she did was according to procedure, but the officer forcibly arrested her anyway.

Substance Use Disorder in Nursing

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It is a condition you can find across all walks of life, and throughout all types of careers, substance abuse disorder isn’t confined to anything.  For healthcare professionals, substance abuse poses challenges that impact both co-workers and also the patients relying on them for care.  In a profession that is dealing with life or death decisions on a daily basis, recognizing a problem, reporting it, and intervening is critical in saving patients from unintended harm and helping a fellow nurse recover from harmful addiction.

Don’t Snooze on the Importance of Sleep

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One of the most under-rated aspects of a healthier lifestyle is good sleeping health.  The National Sleep Foundation is trying to change that through the promotion of this year’s Sleep Awareness Week, March 11th through March 17th.  The campaign for 2018 is “Begin with Sleep” to highlight the benefits of optimal sleep and how it affects your health, well-being, and safety.

March is National Nutrition Month®

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“Go Further with Food” is the year’s encouragement put forth by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for National Nutrition Month® (NNM).  This annual campaign started in 1973 as a week-long event focusing on the importance of making better food choices and encouraging people to create healthy eating and physical activity habits.

Is Becoming A Nurse Manager Right for You?

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If you have been a Registered Nurse for a few years and feel as though it might be time to pursue the next step in your career, you might want to consider pursuing opportunities to become a Nurse Manager.  If you like the feeling of being in charge and co-workers naturally seek out your advice or counsel, you probably already have some of the skills necessary to take on a leadership position.

Five Tips to Reduce the Stress of a Job Search

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One old adage that really rings true is “The best time to search for a job is when you already have a job!”  Truer words were never spoken, but unfortunately, circumstances happen, and you may one day be forced to look for a job while unemployed.  Fortunately, as a nurse or other healthcare professional, your services are in pretty high demand so you may have more options than most job seekers.

January 25th is IV Nurse Day

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Since 1980, every January 25th is the day set aside to recognize infusion nurse professionals around the world.  The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) is encouraging healthcare professionals worldwide to celebrate the meaningful patient care that is being provided by dedicated IV Nurses.