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CMS Policy Hurting Hospice Patients & Families
July 29, 2014 8:40 AM by Guest Blogger
A hospice patient in Oklahoma City is being denied his medications to treat his COPD, while coping with a diagnosis and treatment for tongue cancer. In Cadillac, Michigan a patient struggling with colon cancer is being denied insulin to treat his diabetes Read More...
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ANA Lauds Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Bill Introduced In Senate
May 19, 2014 10:36 AM by Guest Blogger
The American Nurses Association (ANA) collectively applauds the introduction of federal legislation in the U.S. Senate that empowers registered nurses (RNs) to drive staffing decisions in hospitals, protect patients and improve the quality of care. The Read More...
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Instituting Controversial Bans on Hiring Smokers
March 25, 2014 6:28 PM by Guest Blogger
By Anny Su, BSN, RN Approximately 45.3 million people smoke in the U. S. (CDC, 2008) Many of these smokers seek employment in healthcare institutions. Within the past 6 years, healthcare institutions have stepped up to challenge this unhealthy behavior Read More...
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Healthcare is a Human Right
February 10, 2014 9:56 AM by Chuck Holt
This post is written by Mbettie Worrell, BA, BSN, RN, a graduate student in the Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia. Consider these scenarios: A six-year-old girl is found dying 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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Take Your Coat Off, Doc, Sit a Spell
October 9, 2013 11:39 AM by Chuck Holt
I have a confession to make: I suffer from White Coat Syndrome. My brow sweats, my heart pounds and my blood pressure spikes with each doctor’s office visit. Some call it White Coat Hypertension . Fortunately, I finally have a doctor who understands this, 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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Tornado Drives Home Meaning Behind National EMS Week
May 21, 2013 10:55 AM by Chuck Holt
I grew up in Kansas City, on both the Kansas and Missouri sides of the state line and smack dab in the middle of Tornado Alley. One of my earliest memories is of my dad, my three older brothers and me scrambling to get out of our station wagon and getting Read More...
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The Flu Shot: 101
October 15, 2012 8:23 AM by Rebecca Hepp
If you haven’t been vaccinated for the flu yet, it should be on your weekend to-do list. October is the unofficial start of flu season, and you don’t want to come down with the nasty virus — or have your kids miss school because of it. Only 46% of Americans Read More...
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Government Mandate Threatens Jobs
September 17, 2012 1:42 PM by Rebecca Hepp
Even in this tough economy, the healthcare sector has managed to create 169,800 jobs in the first quarter of 2012 alone, which accounts for one out of every five jobs created, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But a recent report released by Read More...
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Great Black Nurses in History
February 22, 2012 1:22 AM by Chuck Holt
As I search the Internet for information on the contributions of great African American nurses in history, I find myself wishing I had more time. More time to learn more about people like Mary Eliza Mahoney, RN, (1845-1926), who in 1879 became America’s Read More...
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HPV Vaccinations for Boys?
November 21, 2011 4:36 PM by Joe Darrah
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the CDC is endorsing vaccinations against human papillomavirus (HPV) for boys of ages 11 and 12. This announcement comes on the heels of new research that reportedly documents the rise in cancers caused Read More...
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Under the Radar
November 7, 2011 6:30 PM by Robin Hocevar
Those of you who’ve had long careers in acute care were probably the only members of the reading public who weren’t surprised by the Chicago Tribune’s report that 85 percent of hospital complaints were ignored by the state of Illinois last year. Grievances Read More...
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Minimizing MRSA?
September 6, 2011 11:50 AM by Joe Darrah
On my morning drive into work today I heard a radio report that, rather nonchalantly, described the increasing incidence of community-associated MRSA - explaining that the condition is more treatable than the hospital-acquired variety, which was said 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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