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...

Happy Veterans Day

  “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” –President Woodrow Wilson Nov 11 1918   I am proud to be a Veteran of The United States Army. Not many people understand the discipline and self sacrifice required to serve in the military. As an educator I often ask questions to gain a better understanding of what motivates people to think the way they do. Today I decided to ask this question of random people that I encountered while running my errands “Why is it important to celebrate Veterans day?” The responses ranged from offended looks to the standard answer of “because the people that died for our freedom deserve recognition”. As a result of this experience, something very important occurred to me; many civilians that have not served in the military have no idea about the origins of Veterans Day or why we should celebrate it. Nothing to fear, Nurse educator Nicole is here. On any given day I wear a number of hats. I am a mom, daughter, sister, Nurse, educator, entrepreneur, and an Army Veteran.  Today I’m putting on my Veteran and educator hat. Answers to commonly asked Veterans day questions are listed below. Knowing these answers will make you a more informed citizen. My hope is that...

Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place every year during the first full week of October. During this week, mental health advocates and organizations across the U.S. join together to sponsor a variety of events to promote community outreach and public education concerning mental illnesses such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Examples of activities held during the week include art/music events, educational sessions provided by healthcare professionals, advertising campaigns, health fairs, movie nights, candlelight vigils, and benefit runs. Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. An estimated one in four adults – suffer from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year. However, the stigma surrounding mental illness is a major barrier that prevents people from seeking the mental health treatment that they need. Programs during Mental Illness Awareness Week are designed to create community awareness and discussion in an effort to put an end to stigma and advocate for treatment and recovery.  A few important facts surrounding Mental illness: With appropriate medication and a wide range of services tailored to their needs, most people who live with serious mental illnesses can significantly reduce the impact of their illness and find a satisfying measure independence. A key concept is the development of strategies to manage the illness process. Early identification and treatment is of vital importance; By ensuring access to the treatment and recovery supports that are...

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