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How to Acquire a Multi-State Nursing License

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With all of the legislative changes surrounding the eNLC thus far in 2018, we want to make sure to provide nursing professionals with the latest information as it becomes available.  According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), there are currently 29 states participating in the eNLC.

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. 

Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact – Latest News

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As we reported in this space earlier this month, 2018 is the year that the nurse licensure compact is being updated in an attempt to re-energize the efforts to attract all of the states to join. The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) was enacted in July 2017 and will be officially implemented on January 19, 2018.

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.

Physical Therapy Licensure Compact is Coming Soon

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Physical Therapists (PTs) and Physical Therapy Assistants (PTAs) have long waited for legislation allowing them to practice in multiple states without having to apply for individual state licenses.  Like their healthcare professional counterparts, Registered Nurses, a multi-state licensure compact is both a necessity and difficult journey. 

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.

Latest Updates on the Opioid Epidemic

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We have previously discussed the opioid epidemic in the space and tried to outline the role nurses play in combatting the frightening trends we are seeing in this country.  As promised, we have put together the following update on the opioid crisis and the actions being taken across different fronts.

American Diabetes Month: A Look at Treatment Advancements

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Each November is recognized as American Diabetes Month® to bring awareness to the chronic disease that impacts nearly half of all American adults.  Diabetes is an illness requiring lifelong management and Diabetes month sheds light on strength, courage, and determination of those suffering from Diabetes and also their caregivers.

Power Up for School Psychology Awareness Week 2017

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The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) wants to remind everyone that November 13 – 17, 2017 is School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW).  This year’s theme is Power Up! Be a Positive Charge to highlight how small positive actions, or sparks, create connections leading to positive change.

Protect Yourself for Flu Season 2017 – 2018

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The most dreaded season of the year is upon us, the one that has everyone young and old dreading its arrival and waiting for it to end.  No, I am not referring to the Holiday Season, I am talking about “Flu Season.”  According to the CDC, flu season typically arrives in October and can last until May.

New Technologies in Physical Therapy

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As part of National Physical Therapy Month, it seems natural to extend the conversation about the amazing care being provided by our nations’ Physical Therapists to also touch on new technologies that are or will soon be available.  As in every industry, technology is having an impact, and in the world of physical therapy, advancements are helping to improve treatments and provide greater access to care.

Turning Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Beginning in 1985, the month of October has become synonymous with Breast Cancer Awareness.  First observed in the United States, October is now known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month around the world.  In 1993, the Breast cancer Research Foundation was formed, and the pink ribbon was chosen as the symbol for breast cancer awareness.

National Physical Therapy Month

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Annually, the month of October is utilized to recognize the great work that physical therapists are doing to help patients optimize movement and enrich their lives.  Known as National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM), the American Physical Therapy Association℠ has announced that this year’s theme will again focus on the damaging Opioid epidemic in the United States.

Trends in Hospital Patient Care

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The Health Care industry continues its rapid evolution partly in response to legislative changes and also due to technological advances and financial pressures.  As one would expect with all of the industry tumult, patient care is undergoing its share of change as well.  Let’s take a brief look at four emerging trends hospital patients are seeing in 2017.

National Backpack Awareness Day™

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This school year, there are more than 80 million students across the United States back in school.  If you take a close look at some of these students, you will see that many of them are struggling under the weight of their overloaded backpack.  Further, each year more than 22,000 students suffer strains, sprains, dislocations, and fractures from overloaded, incorrectly sized, or improperly worn backpacks.