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Monitoring the health of patients around the clock is a challenging job. From the physician’s standpoint, that is just one aspect of what happens during the day. It’s even more challenging to meet the many other needs that patients have, such as answering questions and keeping them happy and comfortable. Good nurses know how to juggle all these jobs, and many more.
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The American Nurses Association of California is excited to announce that one of the most important ways for nurses to speak out has begun.
Through the American Nurses Association's virtual voting booth, we’re making sure that all our members have the opportunity to speak up in this critical election year.
Your vote today will impact what happens in Washington long after election day. By supporting a candidate who will fight for the nursing community, we also help make sure that our advocacy for better policy and regulation is more effective — because nurses are a real political force, and the candidates know it.
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Members of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Committee on Nursing Practice Standards are conducting a research study to obtain information on the dissemination and adoption of ANA’s Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice document. Researchers are seeking active registered nurses in the United States of America, regardless of practice role or setting, to complete an anonymous 10-minute survey. To participate, click on the study link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ANAScope-Standards. Thank you in advance for your time, participation and dissemination of this research participation opportunity to your colleagues and acquaintances. For more information about this study, contact Verna Sitzer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date is Feb. 29, 2016.
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March 19-20, 2016 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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This special two-day workshop will offer an overview of developmental trauma from a NARM™ perspective, as well as an opportunity for being introduced to the basic NARM skills. Understanding and being able to work with developmental dynamics is critical for helping our clients in their healing process. We will look at how clients’ life experiences present themselves in the context of a complex, psychobiologically-driven relational framework that is often largely unconscious. This framework, laid down by our early attachment experiences, shapes our development, who we are in the world (our self), and how we relate to others. When clients are having difficulty shifting out of patterns of dysregulation, these implicit dynamics are at play and must be addressed. The NARM approach weaves together a somatic or body-based (bottom-up) process while simultaneously working with clients’ identity and relational dynamics (top-down).
This free course is for healthcare worker leaders engaged in patient lifting and handling. It is designed to provide worker leaders with the skills necessary to work with co-workers and employers to ensure effective implementation of the Cal/OSHA safe patient handling regulation.
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A study of pregnant women in Brazil has confirmed the presence of Zika virus in the amniotic fluid of two women who had displayed Zika-like symptoms during their pregnancies. The women's fetuses had also been diagnosed with microcephaly, a birth defect where babies are born with abnormally small heads and an increased likelihood of incomplete brain development.
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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) a deficit of 20,400 primary care physicians by 2020.1 In the state of Connecticut, experts predict that the demand for primary care providers will also increase in response to the state's rising population of older adults. HRSA also projects that Connecticut will need an estimated 111 additional primary care providers to effectively meet the needs of patients in the state's health professional shortage areas. According to state data, the average primary care provider in Connecticut is middle aged and a significant number are older than 60, resulting in a projected deficit in the number available to manage the health and illness needs of the state's population.
It may be good for hospitalized stroke patients to be taken out of bed for frequent but short periods of movement, researchers report.
The study authors from Australia looked at more than 2,100 patients in a hospital stroke unit and found that getting them out of bed and moving around soon after their stroke benefited them.
The more often this was done, the better their physical recovery and their chances of regaining their independence three months after their stroke, according to the study.
We see it in emergency rooms everywhere, as I saw again this week. I was amused, thinking of sharing the story with colleagues, as inwardly, I rolled my eyes and sighed. Here was yet another "frequent flyer", one of the patients for which healthcare has identified no solution. She had just been discharged, but here she was, suitcase packed, ready for another stay.
Soon enough, she begged her husband to remove the oxygen for a cigarette break, even though the windchill was subzero in the designated smoking zone.
By Lynn Hetzler
New point-of-care diagnostic testing could help doctors detect wound infection in less than a minute, according to a new study in Wound Repair and Regeneration. This new testing would present a vast improvement over the 24 hours it currently takes to plate and incubate bacteria.
Point-of-care diagnostic testing has progressed rapidly in many areas of clinical practice.
Two nursing associations are collaborating to help better address the needs of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Last week the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) announced they are teaming up to provide a more well-rounded perspective on the medical and academic needs of children with ADHD.
Patients with diabetes may become overwhelmed and exhausted after managing their disease for years. Medical providers often misinterpret this diabetes burnout as a patient's deliberate resistance to self-management. If the burnout is not addressed, the patient's diabetes control can worsen, leading to reduced self-esteem, symptoms of depression and other emotional and physical issues.
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Cancer care today is so complex that cancer patients end up seeing clinicians from almost every facet of a health care system — oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, palliative care team members, social workers, dietitians, rehabilitation therapists, and more. For most people who work outside of the health care system, it can be daunting and overwhelming to learn how many different specialties are involved in the care of one cancer patient.
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The American Academy of Dermatology has released its new "Guidelines of care for the management of acne vulgaris," including acne treatment recommendations for adults and adolescents.
Dermatologists have found that a combination of two or more treatments is the best option for most patients. The new evidence-based guidelines include recommendations on topical therapy, antibiotics, isotretinoin and oral contraceptives.
By Joan Spitrey
According to a recent report, nurses occupied only 2 percent of institution and hospital board positions. This is in stark comparison to the 22.6 percent of physicians who occupy board positions, clearly demonstrating a growing need for a diverse perspective. The Nurses on Boards Coalition is setting aside the week of Feb. 29 to March 4 for a "Leap into Leadership" initiative and a call to action for all nurses to meet the goal of 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020.
Female nurses with hypertension and high physical activity at work are at increased risk for ischemic heart disease, according to findings published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Researchers analyzed 12,093 female nurses from the Danish Nurse Cohort Study aged 45 to 64 years at baseline in 1993.
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