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If you're like most nurses, the demands of the holiday season plus an already challenging career and family life can really take a toll on your health and well-being. As nurses well know, stress can tear down your mind, your body, and your spirit. Of course, stress isn't always a bad thing, but too much of it can certainly be. That's why it's absolutely crucial that you practice self-care during the next several weeks.
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The East Ave. Nazarene church in Chico has set up a medical triage unit and shelter for Camp Fire refugees. All medical attention is on a volunteer basis. This shelter currently houses over 200 low income victims, many with chronic illnesses. As current and past student nurses, let’s lend our helping hands and critical thinking skills to help those in need. Click here to volunteer.
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It’s clear that the Nov. 6 midterm elections were a successful day for the nursing profession and healthcare more broadly. The American Nurses Association Political Action Committee paid dividends for its members and the profession by spending more than $422,000 to help elect longstanding champions of nursing like Reps. David Joyce (R-OH-14) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ-6), as well as Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Tom Carper (D-DE) while helping usher in fresh faces for the 116th Congress like Rep. Elects Joe Morelle (D-NY-25) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD-At-Large).
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Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (1 hour session)
Credits: 1 CEU
Overview: Violence or abuse experienced in the workplace is a critical issue that many organizations face. Nurses are at increased risk for experiencing workplace violence due to their close contact with patients as well as working in an occupational environment marked by stress and burnout. It is imperative that nurses be well educated and fully informed as they deal with this daunting topic. This course will review the topic of violence in the workplace, discuss steps that can be taken to prevent or diffuse its effects. The purpose of this course is to provide nurses with information so they may better recognize, address, and prevent violence in their workplaces.
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Dec. 7, 2018 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. ET
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Glove use in healthcare settings is a potential barrier to hand hygiene, especially among nurses, according to study findings published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.
“Hand hygiene and the use of examination gloves in healthcare is critical. WHO highlights that healthcare personnel should perform hand hygiene, either using alcohol-based hand-rub or soap and water, before and after donning gloves and that gloves should only be worn in certain scenarios,” Richard A. Martinello, MD, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine and medical director of infection prevention at Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale New Haven Health, and colleagues wrote.
Named from the Greek kloster, for spindle, a class of bacteria known as Clostridia abounds in nature.
Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, can cause diarrhea and a life-threatening infection of the intestines. The bug was associated with nearly 30,000 deaths in 2011.
First seen as a problem mainly confined to hospitals and nursing homes, research suggests C. diff rates in the community are on the rise, and that traditional risk factors may no longer tell the whole story.
Small increases in influenza activity occurred in the United States during the week ending Nov. 10, but activity is still low, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At 1.9 percent, the nationwide percentage of patient visits reported through the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network for influenza-like illness remained below the national baseline of 2.2 percent. They define ILI as having a body temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater and cough and/or sore throat.
By Keith Carlson
The healthcare system runs on people power. From nurses and physicians to food service and housekeeping, the hearts, minds, and hands of real people are the engines behind many aspects of healthcare delivery and organizational infrastructure. As the use of artificial intelligence and robotics increase, how we approach the management of human resources will say a great deal about our values, workplace culture, and the healthcare industry writ large.
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Increased parental and medical provider identification of autism spectrum disorder, among other factors, have contributed to the increase in ASD prevalence over the past four decades. Existing studies have shown that children with ASD have greater health service needs and generate higher costs in both medical and non-medical care. In this cross-sectional study, parent-reported data from the 2016 NSCH was used to estimate the prevalence of parent-reported ASD and associated patterns in healthcare access and utilization.
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Cancer treatments are suspected to accelerate certain aging processes in the body. A new study has found that indicators of such biological aging correlate with declines in cognitive function in women who had undergone breast cancer treatment several years earlier. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings point to an aging-like effect of cancer treatments and further connect this to cognitive decline.
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Due to technological advancements in recent years, medical science has made huge leaps — many with vast implications for medical and neuroscientific research. A new discovery has revealed a part of the human brain that was unknown until now. Prof. George Paxinos, an anatomist with Neuroscience Research Australia — an independent medical research institute in Sydney — has suspected the existence of a new brain area for three decades.
The researcher, who specializes in brain mapping, has only now been able to confirm his suspicions, with the help of innovative staining and brain imaging techniques.
Prof. Paxinos has called the brain area Endorestiform Nucleus, and he detailed his discovery in his book Human Brainstem: Cytoarchitecture, Chemoarchitecture, Myeloarchitecture.
By Dorothy L. Tengler
About 75 million American adults (32 percent) have high blood pressure — that’s one in every three adults. High blood pressure costs the nation $48.6 billion each year, a cost that includes healthcare services, medications, and missed days of work. A new study suggests that blue light can reduce blood pressure. Blue light increases levels of nitric oxide, an important signaling molecular that protects the cardiovascular system.
Using 2014 nationwide readmissions data, researchers found that patients with serious mental illnesses were nearly twice as likely to have an unplanned 30-day medical and surgical hospital readmission than those without serious mental illness.
“Risk-adjusted 30-day readmissions are an important indicator of quality care used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to guide pay for performance,” Hayley D. Germack, PhD, RN, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues wrote in JAMA Psychiatry.
An experimental Alzheimer's disease vaccine may soon be able to cut dementia cases in half and delay effects of the degenerative brain disease by five years.
Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas said the new vaccine showed promising results during recent animal testing and are hopeful the vaccine will make it to human trials.
The journey from animal tests to human use is long and arduous, and many promising cures do not withstand it. But a senior author of the research published this week in the journal Alzheimer's Research & Therapy told USA Today that if the vaccine is proven safe and effective during human trials, it could reduce the total number of dementia diagnoses in half.
A team from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim looked at activity levels of 4,400 children and their parents over 11 years to discover if there was a link in their weights.
They found that if a mother lost weight, their children followed suit.
Doctoral student Marit Næss said: “Parents have a major impact on their children's health and lifestyle. Behaviors that lead to obesity are easily transferred from parent to child." But the researchers found no significant link between a child’s weight and a father shedding or piling on the pounds.
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