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...

Types of Nursing Degrees

        Recently, I graduated from Nursing School with my 4th degree in Nursing. I was shocked to know people still do not understand nursing education. People would ask me, “Are you finally an RN.” What? I just completed a DNP in Nursing. I have been a nurse educator for the last ten years. People also ask, “Why do you need a doctoral degree to teach nursing?” There is a need to educate the general public on nursing degrees and programs. I have been a nurse for over 22 years. Many people start their nursing career providing basic nursing care. You can start you nursing career with a certificate in nursing. There are a few nursing training programs available to complete. Nursing Training Certificate Programs (CNA) (LPN’s take NCLEX-PN) CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant – takes six weeks-6 months and developed by a technical school. Passing the state exam is required to be certified. LVN/LPN – Licensed Vocational Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse – takes 1-2 years and developed by a technical school. Passing the NCLEX is a requirement to practice. In 1990 after returning home from Desert Storm, I decided to pursue nursing instead of medicine. I started out as a home health aide and a sitter. I did not take a course to do either. I wish I had completed a CNA program. I always knew I would pursue an education in nursing. Many people may be ready to pursue a degree to become a registered nurse. Entry into Nursing Degree Programs (upon completion can take the NCLEX-RN) Diploma in Nursing – takes three years and the...

5 Ways to help with Men’s Health

      5 Ways to help with Men’s Health As a nurse, we have to educate people and men about men’s health. Men have high rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are all on the rise. Also, depression, high blood pressure & prostate issues are common with age. By educating men to stay healthy, they can reduce their risk of stroke, heart attack, and other major complications. This means men have to be proactive and take charge their your own health. It means you have to be responsible on an ongoing basis. Here are five ways you can get started. 1 Get a checkup. Take a man to the doctor. When was the last time you saw your doctor? Regular checkups are an important part of staying healthy. 2 Get moving. Start a weekly exercise program. As a man realize that, exercise is good for you. Exercise can help with weight control and can effectiviely reduce other diagnosis’s such as Stress, Diabetes & High blood pressure. 3 Get hydrated. Let make a daily water drinking schedule. As humans sometimes we are guilty of not getting enough water. Let’s drink enough to stay hydrated. Water can help prevent dehydration & regulate body temperature. 4 Get calm. Have a plan to prevent stress. Remember stress is bad for you and especially men. Stress can lead to serious health problems. To combat stress you can do breathing exercises and meditation. 5 Get to bed earlier. Have a regular sleep schedule. Men have to remember not to cut into their sleep. Most men may need between 7 and 9 hours a...

1st Annual Nursing Success Summit – May 14, 2016

      1st Annual Nursing Success Summit Date: May 14th, 2016  (11am-8pm) Location: Darien Bath and Body 1332 sycamore square, Midlothian, Virginia 23113 This is a Networking Event for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals to Meet & Greet and share information. Below are 3 options for Nurse Entrepreneurs to participate on Saturday, May 14th. This year we are offering FREE Vending located in a retail shopping area to nurses in business (please contact me if you plan to be a vendor). Bring tent, table & chairs. 1) 11-3pm Health & STEM Education Fair (FREE vending) 2) 4-6pm Perfume Making Session for Nurses (Additional Fee) 3) 6-8pm Dinner with Nurses in Business (Additional Fee) For questions and comments, please connect with us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/252554655091040/271570973189408/ The Nurse Dolls would like to introduce the Nurse Nicole Doll & Nurse Linda Doll as nurse gifts for the next generation of nurses. Nicole M. Brown, MSN, RN Founder: The Nurse Dolls Founder: Nursing Success College http://www.thenursedolls.com/ http://nursingsuccesscollege.com/ Submit a...

Top 12 Nurses to Remember for Nurses Week

1. Mary Todd Lincoln was wife of President Abraham Lincoln, during the Civil War worked as a Nurse. 2. Clara Barton is known as the founder of the Red Cross, which began as she worked battlefield during the Civil War. 3. Lillian Wald pioneered public health nursing by placing nurses in public schools & the National Organization for Public Health Nursing. 4. Janet Jagan a Nurse who co-founded the People’s Progressive Party. She was the first woman to become Prime Minister & President of Guyana. 5. Colonel Florence A. Blanchfield was the first nurse granted a regular Army commission in the Army Nurse Corps.  Has a Army Community Hospital in Fort Campbell, KY named after her. 6.  Jane A. Delano was a nurse, administrator and leader who was a pioneer in her field, overseeing the mobilization of U.S. nurses overseas during World War I. 7. Mary Breckinridge focused on Mothers and Babies & founded the Frontier Nursing Service focused on Nurse-midwifery. 8. Margaret Sanger was a Nurse who founder 1st Birth Control Clinic in USA in 1916 in NY, which later became Planned Parenthood. 9. Virginia Henderson is often referred to as “the 1st lady of Nursing” developed nursing theory by Identified 14 basic needs. 10. Dorothea Dix was a Nurse devoted to the mentally ill & lobbyed legislators to establish state hospitals for the mentally ill. 11. Dr. Jean Watson is a Nurse who developed the Human Caring Model with 10 Caritas Factors. 12. Florence Nightingale – famous nurse in history, known as The Lady with the Lamp & The Mother of Modern Day Nursing. During Nurses week from May...

Educators must promote STEM Careers: Nursing is a STEM Career.

        Educators must promote STEM Careers: Nursing is a STEM Career. There is a shortage of almost 1 million Nurses by 2025. We need more nurses and health career professionals!!! Nursing has four primary components of STEM: science, technology, engineering and math. Is a career in Nursing considered STEM? The program includes a number of science courses–primarily in the “hard” sciences, such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry and microbiology–as prerequisites to entry into the program in addition to courses within the program that focus on both the acquisition and application of science-related content. In addition, other prerequisites included are technology and math courses. Educational innovations in STEM are needed throughout the different stages of education, to equip students with the information, skills and knowledge required to promote their choice of STEM studies. The President recognizes the importance of exposing all of our learners to STEM experiences. In his State of the Union address earlier this year, the President challenged all of us to provide every student with authentic STEM experiences to learn subjects like science, math, and computer science. (White House Blog, 2012) Specifically, educational innovations that directly affect the following priority areas of action are necessary: Educational factor: Improving the acquisition of STEM skills: knowledge, abilities and attitudes. Psychological factor: Promoting the active involvement of students in recognizing their skills and interests and matching them with those required in STEM. Also, participation of teachers and families in this process, oriented to positive reinforcement (assessment and communication) of the scientific and technical capabilities of adolescents. Informative factor: Academic and professional advice with the aim of publicizing job opportunities in the...

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