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Tips for Dealing with the Heat

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We are in the midst of one of the hottest summers on record here in the United States.  As a medical professional, you typically work in an air-conditioned environment, but what about when you are at home with your children and pets.  For those of us that don’t have central air in our house or apartment, let’s take a look at a few simple ways that you can keep yourself and your pets safe from the heat and sizzle of summer.

How Will Robotics Impact Jobs in the Healthcare Industry

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Alarmists have predicted that nearly 50% of all jobs will be lost to automation and robotics in the coming decades.  While it is true that robotics will have some measure of impact on jobs across all sectors, including healthcare, analysts are publishing reports now that are more balanced regarding jobs lost versus jobs created.  For example, Forrester Research published a report in August of 2015, titled “Robots Will Not Steal All Our Jobs”.

Nurses Role in the Opioid Epidemic

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The raw numbers are staggering.  Each day, 78 Americans die from an opioid overdose.  Heroin-related overdose deaths have more than tripled in the past six years, with a 39% increase between 2012 and 2013 alone.  Nearly half of all opioid overdoses involve a prescribed medicine, while sales of prescription opioids in the U.S. have quadrupled between 1999 and 2014.  Clearly, there is an opioid crisis in our country and it has reached epidemic proportions.  Let’s examine the role that nursing professionals can play in addressing this opioid epidemic.

How the 2016 Presidential Election Will Impact Healthcare

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The 2016 presidential election is still over five months away, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t dominating the 24-hour news cycle.  For simplicity sake, we are going to examine the positions of the two presumptive nominees for the Democrat and Republican Party.  Unless something other-worldly occurs, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the respective party nominees so let’s take a look at their healthcare policy statements.  NOTE: The information used for this comparison has been published by both campaigns, and neither candidate is being endorsed through this writing.

Nurses Role in Skin Cancer Prevention

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Thus far, the spring and early summer of 2016 have been hot; we’ve had a steady dose of sun and higher temperatures across much of North America.  Weather patterns like this are a perfect reminder of the dangers of excessive exposure to the sun and skin cancer.  Each year in the U.S. alone there is more than 5 million reported cases of non-melanoma skin cancer, and another 5 million cases of other forms of skin cancer.

Disaster Preparedness: How Nurses Can Stay Prepared

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In every 24-hour news cycle, there is typically one or more stories about a man-made or natural disaster occurring somewhere within the United States. These disasters can include any number of victims from 5 to 10 to 50 or more and as a medical professional, nurses have to be prepared for that unwanted call at any time. The American Red Cross recommends that every family should talk about and prepare a plan for how they will react to a local disaster.

Straight Facts About Zika Virus

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As concern over Zika virus grows, it is important to sort out the growing amount of misinformation and false information about the outbreak.  The following are the straight facts about Zika virus culled directly from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

How to Spot a Nurse on Vacation

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Now that summer has finally arrived, people from every corner of America are venturing out on their annual family vacation.  Whether out on the road, at the beach, amusement park, or camping grounds, vacationers are going to cross paths with dozens of people they have never met.  Some may strike up a friendship, while others will just be casual observations.  Out of all of the people you will meet this summer, will you be able to spot the nurse on vacation?  By the time you have finished this article, it is a safe bet that you will be able to spot the nursing professional in any crowd.

6 Reasons Men Avoid the Doctor

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We get it; men are supposed to be tough.  Men are wired to be the fixers of problems and pain is “only temporary”.  While more fiction than fact, those statements do have some truth to them, but what about when it comes to healthcare.  Surveys show that more than 50% of men avoid going to see their physician and most claim that they only visit their doctor when really sick.

The Latest Technology for SLP Professionals

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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM).  An annual series of events designated to raising awareness about communication disorders and highlighting the Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) and Audiologist professionals who are dedicated to providing treatment.  The theme for 2016 is “Communication Takes Care”, with the focus being how today’s personal technology and its overuse can be harmful to the long-term development of communication skills.

How Hospitals are Benefiting by Using Travel Nurse Staffing

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Hospitals and other facilities rely on travel nurses for a variety of reasons, including providing coverage while the full-time staff is being recruited and hired, coverage for long-term absences, and support during busier seasons of the year.  Let’s take a look at other ways that Hospitals are benefiting through of use of Travel nurse professionals.

5 Nursing Technologies Improving Patient Care

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In the past, part of the appeal for science fiction movies was imagining how life would be if some of the wondrous technologies being portrayed on the big screen became a reality.  Today, if we sat down and watched some of those science fiction movies from the 1970’s, we would probably chuckle at the technologies that we thought were unattainable back then. 

Current Trends in Nursing 2016

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As the nation celebrates Nurses Week 2016, let’s take a look at a few of the trends that will continue impacting our nursing professionals who are working on the frontlines of healthcare.  While it is clear that the healthcare industry, in general, will continue its evolution throughout the rest of this decade and beyond, one could also say that nurses bear the most weight of this changing landscape. 

Top Traits for Good Bedside Manner

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As today’s healthcare facilities are placing a greater emphasis on cultivating a patient-centered experience to drive positive patient satisfaction levels, more time and training is being spent on bedside manner.

Immunization Awareness

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Every year, since 1994, an effort has taken place throughout the United States to raise awareness about the critical role that immunization programs play in protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. 

World Health Day 2016: Talking About Diabetes With Your Patients

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The World Health Organization has declared April 7th, World Health Day with this year’s focus on halting the worldwide Diabetes epidemic.  This call for action on diabetes is an effort to educate and highlight the need for nations around the world to increase efforts to prevent and treat the disease. 

Occupational Therapy Trends for 2016

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Consistently ranked near the top of the listings of best jobs in healthcare, Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) have a career with a very bright future.  As people are working well into their 60’s and the baby boomer generation ages, therapies that help individuals maintain their independence, recover from ailments and improve the quality of life will remain in high demand.

The Affordable Care Act: What to Expect in 2016

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Since being signed into law in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been slowly phased in towards full implementation.  While full implementation of the law is still a few years away, this calendar year, 2016, is critical regarding the financial impacts of the sweeping health care law.  Let’s review what to expect from the ACA in 2016.

2016 Trends in Healthcare

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Four months into the new year it is increasingly apparent that 2016 will be a big year for change in the healthcare industry.  From the unknowns presented by the upcoming presidential election to ongoing debates about the costs of the Affordable Care Act to changes on the business side of patient care, we are in for an interesting and challenging year.