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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.

Top 5 Benefits for Travel Therapists

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When most people talk about travel jobs for healthcare workers, they are referring to Travel Nursing.  In fact, Nursing specialties do make up the majority of healthcare workers who travel, but there are plenty of opportunities for Physical and Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, and other Allied Professionals who want to be a working tourist.

7 Apps for Healthcare Professionals

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You probably already use apps on your phone to enhance your personal life every day. They are useful for anything from checking the weather to keeping in touch with relatives across the country. Apps can also enhance your professional life. You can carry a library’s worth of information in your pocket and keep up to date with medical news.

Helping School Districts Meet Special Education Demands

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It is anticipated that nearly six million school-age children will rely on therapy services and special education programs this upcoming school year.  As Supplemental Health Care’s partnership with school programs continue to grow, we are proud to announce the expansion of our Schools Division and the appointment of Keiley Giboney to Division Vice President of Schools.

7 Unexpected Perks of Being a Nurse

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Some jobs come with perks like a corner office, an on-site fitness center, or the occasional catered lunch. Being a nurse you might not get any of these, but you do have #BetterPerks that no other job can offer. Here are just a few of the many unexpected perks of being a nurse.

Best Ways to Talk to Your Patients about Heart Health

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One out of every three deaths in the United States can be attributed to heart disease and stroke, adding up to nearly 2,200 deaths per day.  Since 1964, February has been designated as American Heart Month in a nationwide effort to raise awareness and focus on making lifestyle changes to prevent heart disease.  As healthcare providers, and in honor of American Heart Month, let’s take a look at the best ways to talk to your patients about heart health.