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...

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...

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...

The Nurse Dolls

          Hello, I have been working on this dream since 2009. A toy line focused on the most trusted profession in the world: Nursing. Each time I left for work in my white lab coat and scrubs on, my children would ask me, “Are you a doctor or a dentist?” I could not find any toys to educate my children about nursing and health topics on store shelves or online. So, I decided to start a product line with books, DVD’s and dolls to educate children about nursing. My biggest job is as a proud mother of three. I’m dedicated to providing positive images of the nursing profession for children and the world, including writing children’s books, developing animated DVD’s and a doll line focused on nursing. This is for those looking for products to provide health education and nursing role models to children. I think when too many people think nurse, getting sick or being hurt comes to mind. But, I hope to teach kids at a young age that seeing a nurse is a good thing. It means they’re getting well.           Explaining the ins and outs of nursing to my children inspired me to write my first two children’s book, N is for Nurse, and Wash Your Hands, from The Adventures of Nurse Nicole series. True to life, the book describes a mom who is a nurse explaining nursing to her three children.  In addition to books, I also created an animated DVD that explains how nurses and mom’s outsmart germs, entitled, “Battle of the Germs.”. Also, new to...

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