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Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month 2018

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The month of June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month.  The Alzheimer’s Association is promoting the need for families to discuss memory and cognitive challenges sooner so treatments can begin as soon as possible.  Early diagnosis has many benefits, including medical treatments and effective lifestyle interventions.  If a loved one is showing warning signs of Alzheimer’s or other cognitive distress, it is important for family members to encourage them to seek medical attention.

National Safety Month: No One Gets Hurt

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The month of June is recognized as National Safety Month (NSM) and thousands of corporations across the country are participating in safety-related awareness events. This year’s theme is “No One Gets Hurt,” and that includes healthcare workers. 

Future Technologies in Speech-Language Pathology

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, speech-language pathology as a career is continuing to grow faster than the average through 2026.  There are currently 145,000 SLP’s in the U.S. and most healthcare systems and school districts will tell you that more are needed. 

Speech Language Therapy Career Settings

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Throughout May, Better Hearing & Speech Month, we are celebrating all of the therapy professionals who help their patients overcome and adapt to communication challenges.  For those interested in learning more about a Speech-Language Pathologist career, let’s review the variety of employment settings for SLPs.

Celebrating National Women’s Health Week May 13th - 19th

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In addition to Sunday, May 13th being Mother’s Day this year, it also marked the beginning of National Women’s Health Week (NWHW). This is the 19th year that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women’s Health, has dedicated an entire week to serve as a reminder for women to prioritize making health and wellness a larger part of their life.

Celebrating Nurses - Nurses Week 2018

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In 1954, the first National Nurse Week was observed from October 11 – 16 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. In the years following, various legislators tried and failed to have a formal resolution passed to recognize registered nurses in various ways.

Wrapping Up the 2017-2018 School Year

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Amazingly enough, another school year is winding to a close.  Even though most of us are dreaming of sunshine and warmer days ahead, Supplemental Health Care understands school professionals are focused on executing final checklists in preparation for the end of the school year. 

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.