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Affordable Care Act is About Wellness & Prevention
July 7, 2014 9:02 AM by Guest Blogger
By Elinor Abraham, MSN, APRN, BC, Nurse Coordinator, Federal Occupational Health Unit, Program Support Center, National Courts Building, Washington, D.C. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is designed to help health professionals like me have more time and Read More...
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Identity Theft: Who’s Got Your Number?
January 21, 2014 4:08 PM by Chuck Holt
In the wake of the massive data breach at retail giant Target, nurses likely will find patients expressing concerns about identity theft and the safety of their healthcare information. The threat is real. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Read More...
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Pulling for Sarah: A Unique Perspective on Lung Transplant Case
June 12, 2013 4:32 PM by Chuck Holt
My brother has a lung disorder related to rheumatoid arthritis which may eventually cause him to need a lung transplant. It’s as troubling to write about as it was to hear about a few months ago. Were my brother at the top of the lung transplant list Read More...
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In Print or Online? It's Up to You.
January 14, 2013 9:07 AM by Chuck Holt
Editor's note: This blog was written by Elizabeth Rosto Sitko, managing editor of ADVANCE for Long-Term Care Management. Last week, Newsweek published its final print issue . As a magazine enthusiast (I subscribe to many, I've studied them, and I work Read More...
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New Jersey APNs and Joint Protocols
December 11, 2012 12:52 PM by Rebecca Hepp
Cross your fingers, New Jersey advanced practice nurses (APNs), because if Senator Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) succeeds in passing his recently introduced S-2354 — the “Consumer Access to Health Care Act,” — you will be able to prescribe medications without Read More...
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Managing Marijuana Use
November 14, 2012 1:18 PM by Robin Hocevar
Last week, Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize marijuana for non-medical use. Many nurses, especially those in oncology, have had years of experience of with patients using the substance for pain relief. More than 6,000 studies Read More...
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Guide to Professional Health in an Otherwise Unhealthy Environment
January 26, 2012 1:54 PM by Guest Blogger
Colleen Claffey RN-BC,MSN,CEN,CPEN, is nurse educator in the emergency department/critical care at Jackson North Medical Center in North Miami Beach, FL. Never had I imagined that hospital workers, including nurses, would be mandated to take leave without Read More...
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Pay to Play
February 18, 2011 7:40 PM by Candy Goulette
Quality is the name of the game in healthcare, and nurses are consistently seen as playing a major role in improving hospital quality. As the demand and requirement from payers (both governmental and private) for high quality healthcare delivery grows, Read More...
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Assisted Suicide: What If It Were Me?
June 23, 2010 12:26 PM by Chuck Holt
I recently edited a compelling article on physician-assisted suicide (PAS) written by Lisa Siminski, BSN, RN, CHPN, staff nurse, St. Luke's Hospice House, Bethlehem, PA. In her report on PAS , Siminski points out straight away that the American Nurses Read More...
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Striking Nurses: Do Ends Justify the Means?
April 7, 2010 1:28 PM by Valerie Newitt
When nurses go on strike, it can be a thankless undertaking. They may be fighting for an ideal of better patient care, while at the same time walking away from the patients for whom they are caring. It's a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation. Read More...
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Faith & Community: A Nursing Natural
January 13, 2010 11:49 AM by Chuck Holt
Nursing’s ranking as the most trusted profession in America the past 8 years in Gallup’s annual Honesty & Ethics poll is testament to the reverence with which the public holds the caring profession. It’s a sentiment nurses return each day when they Read More...
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For Vets, Healthcare Gaps May Be More Deadly than Modern Warfare
November 11, 2009 7:43 AM by Valerie Newitt
On a brief jaunt last week, I met a fellow traveler -- a retired military officer whose career spanned various deployments to Germany, Panama and Vietnam. We discussed at length the tone of the nation in the 1960s when he was fighting an unseen enemy Read More...
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Primetime Portrayals
June 24, 2009 5:45 PM by Luke Cowles
Most of us probably know by now that no less than three primetime shows are featuring nurses in primary roles. After decades of St. Elsewhere, Quincy, House Calls and most recently ER and Grey's Anatomy ; it's about time a healthcare drama was put forward Read More...
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Parents Ignore Science in Son’s Cancer Treatment
May 20, 2009 4:22 PM by Rich Krisher
How can anyone view the Minnesota parents who are refusing medical treatment for their son with lymphoma as anything but neglectful? If you haven't been following the case, Daniel Hauser, 13, was diagnosed with second-stage Hodgkin's lymphoma in January. Read More...
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ED Overuse, Misuse & Drug Abuse
April 28, 2009 11:43 AM by Amy McGuire
You're homeless, indigent and addicted to drugs. You haven't eaten in days and yet you're feeling nauseated from all of the drugs in your system. Word on the street tells you to find an emergency department - any hospital will do. By law, you can't be Read More...
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