Your Vote Can Improve Healthcare

Your Vote Can Improve Healthcare: The Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act H.R. 2083, S. 1132 There is nursing shortage in America, which has been happening for a few years now and is anticipated to go extreme in the coming years. As a result of this shortage, many nurses are faced with poor conditions at work. They are forced to do overtime. They experience too much workload and even unpredictable work shift. This is often reflected as one of the major reasons why it’s been so hard for hospitals to maintain their nursing workforce and get new recruits. Also, this is the same reason of the rise in job-related diseases, work dissatisfaction and even injuries, which leads to increasing absences and turnover. If the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act (House Resolution 2083 and S. 1132), which was initiated last April, is approved by the House of Congress, this will require the Medicare affiliated medical facilities all over America to create effective plans to solve inadequate nurse staffing. Considered as a bipartisan bill as having approved by the two major political parties in the country, this is expected to reduce patients’ stay in hospitals, decrease the rate of infections, and of course, prevent treatment mistakes, medication injuries, and even deaths. As planned, a committee wll be established in each hospital that will decide the level of staffing for each particular unit. 55 percent of the committee members should be qualified nurses who are working in direct care. The legislation also includes the steps required in handling work complaints and the protection of whistle-blowers to ensure effective implementation. About the Issue Because...

Happy Veterans Day: Support a Veteran in Business

      The 11th of November is near. It’s almost upon us. This is a special day as it is that time when everyone is to particularly honor the people who have used their life to serve in the military and to those who are diligently serving their respective community. Moreover, November 11 as a holiday also provides an awesome chance to teach the society concerning the sacrifices made by the veterans, the military and their families all throughout the year. Just think about those times of loneliness, of missing homes and important celebrations, just to be able to protect and serve the nation. So what are your plans to honor our veterans this November? Certainly, there are a number of ways you can think of, but please make it one of your priorities to support those veterans in business. Dr. Nicole M. Brown, RN is a veteran and the founder of The Nurse Dolls!! Check out the website: www.thenursedolls.com A Brief Background The United States of America celebrate Veterans Day every November 11 of each year. This commemorates that certain point in history where the armistice that finally stopped WW1 has been signed in 1918, which ended the war between two great nations, the Allied Nations and the country of Germany. Every November 11, the veterans in America are given thanks and recognitions for their selfless service for the country. It is particularly made to honor all Americans who served in the US military during wars, especially those who are still alive. At this day, you can see many parades held by each state and church services...

Nurse Burnout and impact of Affordable Care Act

Nursing career is a rewarding career which engaged an extensive range of healthcare activities and rehabilitation. It is not an easy job, nurses face work related stress and frustration every day as they care for patients. Also fatigue and loss of interest caused due to long shift hours in the healthcare environment. Nurse Burnout is mainly depression and anxiety disorders that can have a major effect on the functioning of the body as well as in performance of job because it raises the level of adrenaline and corticosterone in human body. There are various types of work related stress such as: Compassion fatigue also known as secondary post traumatic stress disorder is a feeling of being alone and hopelessness. Vicarious Trauma gives feeling of helplessness, mood swings and feeling stunned. Burnout is loss of interest and frustration, which cause absenteeism in workplace and sometimes occupational injuries also. Burnout is a process that occurs slowly and has various symptoms. There can be three types of symptoms such as emotional, behavioral and physical symptoms. Emotional symptoms mainly include: Feeling less motivated Feeling alone and defeated Diminishing sense of achievement Physical symptoms mainly include: Feeling sleepy in day time Feeling sick and tired Regular headache and body ache Behavioral symptoms mainly include: Talking rudely to the people Being disconnected from friends and family Feeling angry all the time Some ways to reduce and recover from nurse burnout are: Creating a space to relax is very important because it reduces the stress. By joining stress reduction classes because this encourage nurses to feel happy and cheerful. Counseling is an effective method to reduce...

Nurses help with Dementia: Loss of Conceptual Willpower

Nurses and nursing students take care of patients with Dementia and Alzheimer’s everyday.  Review the chart in the picture to learn the differences between dementia and Alzheimer’s. Dementia is a decline in conceptual capacity in an individual possibly as a result of global brain trauma or some ailment that brings about memory loss. If it comes up before the age of 65 then it is termed early development dementia. The expression dementia originates from a Latin word which means insanity. It can be understood as a non-specific illness syndrome where the parts of the brain responsible for memory, verbal communication, attention and problem solving are badly damaged. Nearly six months are needed for the disease to be diagnosed and in future stages, the affected individuals might end up being at a complete loss in due course. Dementia is treatable up to a specific level but as the disease press forward the symptoms turn out to be terminal. The warning signs of the disease could be reversible and it varies according to the etiology of the disease The possibility of total liberty from the symptoms of dementia is lower than 10%. Dementia can be mixed up with the near-term syndrome, delirium in the event that thorough screening of the patient’s previous record is not carried out as the symptoms are rather comparable. Depression and psychosis can be employed for differentiating dementia and delirium. Various types of dementia are best known that differ significantly in their symptoms. The symptoms of various kinds may overlap, so medical diagnosis is performed by nuclear brain scanning approaches. Common forms of dementia include Alzheimer’s disease,...

Nurses Promote Immunizations for Schools

Immunіzаtіоn fоr Sсhооlѕ Vассіnеѕ аrе аmоng thе mоѕt еffесtіvе рrеvеntіоn tооlѕ аvаіlаblе tо сlіnісіаnѕ аnd аlmоѕt еvеrуоnе аgrееѕ thаt vассіnаtіоn hаѕ bееn оnе оf thе ѕіnglе most еffесtіvе рublіс health mеаѕurеѕ еvеr undеrtаkеn. Hоwеvеr thе ѕuссеѕѕ оf an іmmunіzаtіоn dереndѕ оn high rаtе оf ассерtаnсе аnd соvеrаgе. Onсе thе еffісасу of vассіnеѕ bесаmе еѕtаblіѕhеd, gоvеrnmеntѕ rushed tо bоth make vассіnеѕ аvаіlаblе tо thе рорulасе аnd tо mаkе vассіnаtіоn соmрulѕоrу іn mаnу саѕеѕ. In thе twеntіеth сеnturу, аѕ іmmunіzаtіоnѕ fоr сhіldhооd diseases wеrе dеvеlореd, іnсludіng dірhthеrіа, mеаѕlеѕ, mumрѕ аnd rubеllа, vассіnаtіоn bесаmе required for рublіс ѕсhооl аttеndаnсе аnd hіghlу аѕѕіѕtеd bу well trаіnеd nurѕеѕ. Nurses are role models and lead the way in the immunization of children and adults for the safety of the general population. In 1974, thе WHO lаunсhеd thе Expanded Programme оn Immunіzаtіоn. Thrоugh thеіr еffоrtѕ thе lаѕt nаturаllу оссurrіng саѕе оf ѕmаllроx іn the wоrld оссurrеd іn Sоmаlіа іn 1977. Sсhооlѕ ѕtrіvе tо іmmunіzе аѕ mаnу people аѕ роѕѕіblе іn оrdеr tо rеасh “hеrd іmmunіtу”. Hеrd іmmunіtу tаkеѕ рlасе whеn еnоugh реорlе аrе vассіnаtеd tо ѕubѕtаntіаllу lоwеr thе lіkеlіhооd thаt a susceptible реrѕоn wіll соmе іntо соntасt wіth аn іnfесtеd реrѕоn. Ovеrаll, vассіnеѕ hаvе іmрrоvеd the lіvеѕ оf bіllіоnѕ of реорlе wоrldwіdе, еrаdісаtіng mаnу dіѕеаѕеѕ оr rеduсіng thеm tо ѕmаll, mаnаgеаblе оutbrеаkѕ аnd thіѕ іѕ made vеrу роѕѕіblе by thе hеlр оf a ѕсhооl nurѕе. A ѕсhооl nurѕе іѕ wеll trаіnеd аnd еԛuірреd tо рrоvіdе a vаѕt range оf hеаlthсаrе nееdѕ аnуwhеrе іn the ѕсhооl еnvіrоnmеnt, сооrdіnаtеѕ іmmunіzаtіоn рrоgrаmѕ аnd hеlрѕ раrеntѕ tо аdорt gооd раrеntіng ѕkіllѕ. Thеѕе аlѕо рrоvіdе аdvісе саmраіgnѕ іn ѕесоndаrу ѕсhооlѕ fоr...

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