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National Nurses Week is May 6th through May 12th

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Throughout 2017, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has been running a “Year of the Healthy Nurse” campaign.  That theme is continuing during National Nurses Week, May 6 – 12, as “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit” is the overarching message.  Since 1990, this weeklong celebration of the nursing profession has been held between National Nurses Day on May 6th and the birth date of Florence Nightingale, on May 12th.

Current Trends in Nursing 2017

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Everyone in the healthcare field knows that the one constant in our profession is change! From changing legislation and regulations to changing technologies, each year we see new trends emerge.  Nursing professionals are typically exposed to the most change as they are navigating the front lines of patient care.  Let’s examine a few current trends that will impact nursing in 2017 and beyond.

Better Hearing and Speech Month 2017

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Founded in 1927, by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the month of May has been recognized as Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM).  This year’s theme: Communication: The Key To Connection highlights the need for awareness about communication disorders and the impact they have on an individual’s quality of life.  To put that statement into perspective, according to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders, approximately 46 million Americans experience a communication disorder.

Get Involved with Immunization Week

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Beginning in 1994 during the last week of April, a nation-wide effort has taken place to raise awareness about the critical role vaccinations play in protecting children and public health from preventable diseases.  Supplemental to the efforts here in the United States, the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsors World Immunization Week, this year running from April 24 – April 30th.  This year’s Immunization Week campaign is themed #VaccinesWork.

5 Conditions You May Not Know That Can be Treated by Occupational Therapy

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We continue our observation of Occupational Therapy Month by bringing to your attention conditions you may not know that can be treated by Occupational Therapy.  Some of the most common conditions that require OT interventions are obvious.  Individuals with ailments such as Osteoporosis, Stroke, Developmental Delays and other such conditions all benefit from treatments planned by an Occupational Therapist.

Top Eight Apps Every Occupational Therapist Should Have

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Today, one of the most important tools any OT or OTA should have at their disposal is an iPad or another tablet.  With the prevalence of apps made specifically for healthcare professionals providing therapy to patients, it makes sense that a handheld device is one of the first things out of your OT toolbox.

April is National and World Autism Awareness Month

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For almost 50 years, April has been designated as the month to promote awareness and acceptance of the tens of thousands of individuals facing an autism diagnosis each year.  Autism month is recognized both nationally here in the United States and around the globe.

Celebrating 100 Years of Occupational Therapy

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Each year since 1980, the month of April has been declared Occupational Therapy Month. This year is a special celebration as the field of Occupational Therapy is celebrating 100 years! The new theme for the American Occupational Therapy Association is “Occupational Therapy: Living Life to Its Fullest™” and is exactly what the approximately 115,000 Occupational Therapists (OTs) and 41,000 Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides (OTAs) help their patients do every day. OTs treat patients across the lifespan by helping them regain skills after injury or illness, helping them adapt or overcome the challenges of a disability, and take a holistic approach to promoting healthier living.

School Staffing Team in Championship Form

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For the past several weeks, sports enthusiasts everywhere have been glued to the Men’s and Women’s Collegiate Basketball Tournaments.  This coming weekend, tens of millions will be glued to their televisions to watch the Final Four as the teams battle it out to see who will play for the championship on Monday, April 3rd.  As we watch these teams demonstrate their skills, commitment, and hard work it is important to keep in mind that they didn’t just start preparing for the tournament a few weeks ago.  In reality, their preparation started months ago, before the season even started.  That preparation and planning is exactly what Supplemental Health Care’s School Division is working towards right now in preparation for the 2017-2018 school year.

Patient Safety Awareness Week 2017

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From March 12 to March 18, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is sponsoring Patient Safety Awareness Week.  The theme for 2017’s campaign is United for Patient Safety to highlight and reinforce that everyone within the healthcare industry has a role to play in keeping patients safe and free from harm.  The annual Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign is a vehicle to recognize that one in ten patients develop an acquired condition during hospitalization and that medical error causes between 44,000 to 98,000 patient deaths each year.

Healthcare HR Professionals Recognized This Week

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The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) of the American Hospital Association celebrates Heathcare HR Week during the week of March 12 – March 18.  ASHHRA is a professional organization with more than 3,000 members nationwide who are experts in the human resources field for healthcare organizations.  This recognition is important because of the critical role that human resources professionals play for healthcare organizations across the continuum of care.

5 Conditions That Can Be Treated With Physical Therapy

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When most people think of physical therapy, they associate the treatment with patients who are suffering from mobility deficiencies due to recent surgery, or helping patients manage chronic musculoskeletal ailments.  While this is all true, Physical therapy professionals will tell you that there are many conditions that can be treated by but are not typically associated with physical therapy.  Let’s examine some of these conditions.

What’s Next for Prescription Drug Costs

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We’ve all been there or have a friend or loved one who has been prescribed a drug to deal with a medical condition only to suffer a serious case of sticker shock at the pharmacy!  Even though millions more Americans have medical coverage through the Affordable Care Act or their employer's health plan, everyone is dealing with the continued rise of prescription drug costs.  Two things everyone wants to know are why are pharma costs so high, and what is being done to address it?

The Future of the Affordable Care Act

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Currently, the United States Congress is out on their Presidents Day break.  Upon returning next Monday, February 27th, one of the hottest items on their agenda is going to be deciding the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Now that the Republican Party controls both houses of Congress and the Presidency, it would appear that they have an opportunity to affect major change to our nation’s controversial health care law.

African-American History Month Profile: Bessie Blount Griffin

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In recognition of African-American History Month, a healthcare professional that is exceedingly deserving of having her story told is Bessie Blount Griffin.  Born in 1914, Griffin’s varied career saw her following her dreams of becoming a medical professional.  She originally received nurse’s training at Newark (now University) Hospital in New Jersey and later studied Physical Therapy in Chicago.

February 14th is National Donor Day

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Did you know that almost 120,000 Americans are on lists waiting for an organ transplant and countless others are in desperate need of tissue, cornea, blood or platelets?  On Tuesday, February 14th, as you perform your daily lifesaving tasks as a nurse or other healthcare professional, think about those multitudes of individuals waiting for donation services.  Since 1998, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has designated February 14th as National Donor Day. 

February is American Heart Month

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President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed February 1964 as the first annual American Heart Month.  This month our nation’s attention will turn towards recognizing the dangers of cardiovascular disease.  Heart disease and stroke account for more than 17 million deaths each year, and while significant progress has been made since the 1960’s, there is still much work to be done.  Researchers expect the death toll from cardiovascular disease to rise to more than 23.6 million within the next 10 to 15 years.

Mary Eliza Mahoney: A Healthcare Pioneer

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In 1976 President Gerald Ford determined that African American History should be recognized throughout the month of February.  Now in its 91st year, this national recognition will include a celebration of the contributions and successes achieved by African Americans throughout our nation’s history.  In 2016, we published a recognition of African Americans who made important contributions to the healthcare field.

Top Five Healthcare Industry Issues for 2017

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As we start a new year, it’s time once again to look at issues that will be facing our industry in the year ahead.  With a new president being inaugurated on Friday, January 20th, the healthcare industry will surely be facing a year of change and adaptation.  We will save the upheaval surrounding the controversial Affordable Care Act legislation for its own article.  What follows is an examination of the top issues that will be in the news throughout much of the next year.