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Did You Know OTs Work in All of These Settings?

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If you are someone who thinks that Occupational Therapists only work in hospitals or a clinic, you may want to think again.  OTs have been educated in the basics of health and healing to include anatomy, psychology, neuroscience, and more.

The Latest Trends in Occupational Therapy

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While the roots of occupational therapy can be traced back to ancient times, it was conceived as a health profession around 1910 with the first professional occupational therapy association being founded in 1917. 

Diabetes Alert Day: Are You At Risk?

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Let’s talk numbers.  I am going to list a series of numbers, and you can see if you know what the numbers represent.  Are you ready?  Here we go 30.3 million, 1.25 million, 25.2%, 84.1 million, and finally 252,806.  Considering the title of this article, how many of those numbers can you decipher?

Take the Time to Recognize and Celebrate Achievements

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I was blessed to have grown up with parents who lived with a “celebrate every chance you get” mentality.  From celebrating every achievement to recognizing milestones and birthdays, and even having “Sunday Fun Days”!  There was always a reason to draw attention to something and have fun with it.

Top Healthcare Issues for 2018

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In 2018, there is no shortage of issues impacting those in the healthcare industry.  Healthcare industry organizations are navigating changes from Washington regarding tax reform and regulatory changes to the Affordable Care Act.  New technologies, industry mergers, and rising costs all contribute to the stress being experienced throughout the industry.  While any listing of issues impacting the healthcare industry could easily turn into a novel-length dissertation, for brevity sake we will choose five topics that will be newsworthy in 2018 and beyond.

It’s Patient Safety Awareness Week

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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is urging everyone to participate in Patient Safety Awareness Week from March 11th through March 17th.  The focus this year is on two critical issues – safety culture and patient engagement.  Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW) will be filled with events and activities for both healthcare professionals and for healthcare consumers.  PSAW resources for healthcare professionals can be found here, while resources and information targeted for consumers is found here.

Finding and Retaining the Right School Healthcare Professionals

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As the winter snows slowly melt away and students and faculty are thinking about their spring break recess, most people might believe that school districts are on auto-pilot this time of year.  And those thinking that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  In fact, this is a prime time for school districts and school staffing partners to be heavily involved in planning for the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Let’s take a look at how Supplemental Health Care (SHC) supports their district clients at this very critical time of the year for recruiting and retaining school nurses and therapy professionals.

Budgeting for the Cost of School Healthcare Employment

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Across the nation, school systems are struggling under the weight of the rising costs of providing health services for the more than 6.4 million students receiving nursing or therapy services as part of their general or special education program.  Determining the total cost of school healthcare employment can be difficult

Flu Season Update

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Unless you have been living under a rock this winter, you have heard that this year’s flu season will go down as one of the worst in decades.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 43 states plus New York City, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are experiencing higher than average incidents of influenza-like illnesses. 

Pros and Cons of a National Nurse Licensing Compact

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The enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) has been in the news lately, and we have been following the action pretty closely in this space.  What we haven’t spent much time on are the reasons why the eNLC makes sense to some and is less than ideal for others.  Below is a brief look at the Pros and Cons of having a National Nurse Licensing Compact.

National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Week: January 21 – 27

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January 21st-27th marks National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Week. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) uses this time to say thank you to the more than 52,000 CRNAs across the country who deliver services to almost 43 million patients each year and also to educate everyone from patients to policymakers on this advanced credential.

Enhanced Nurse Licensing Compact is Almost Here

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As a means to improve access to care across state lines, the original Nurse Licensing Compact was enacted in 2000 and slowly grew to 25 participating states over the next 15 years.  Since the intent of the compact legislation was to attract participation from all 50 states, after 15 years, it was clear that changes needed to be enacted to attract more member states.

Wrapping up Our Season of Service

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Throughout the month of December, Supplemental Health Care has been celebrating a “Season of Service,” through our partnership with Ronald McDonald House and other charities across the United States.  As healthcare professionals, I know you are already giving of yourself each day by providing amazing care with compassion to those in need.

Knowing When “Maybe just a half a drink more” Is Too Much

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Spiked eggnog, mulled wine, and hot buttered rum are just a few examples of beverages that go with being in the holiday “spirit.” Cranberry juice and orange liqueur mimosas are aptly named Poinsettias as the star of holiday brunches, while family members bring their favorite six-packs to evening gatherings.

The Hands-On Approach to Keeping Germs Off

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Something so simple can often be overlooked or taken for granted. For example, thoroughly washing your hands can be the difference between sickness and health. In honor of Handwashing Awareness Week, we wanted to review proper techniques and protocol to ensure you remain healthy during prime flu season, a time when germs can run rampant.