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Mandatory Flu Vaccines for Nurses: The Wrong Choice
September 8, 2014 2:22 PM by Guest Blogger
By Priscilla Ngo, BSN, RN, a staff nurse on critical care staff unit in Philadelphia and Family Nurse Practitioner student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. For many years, the flu vaccine has been recommended for healthcare workers, Read More...
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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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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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Using Fish Skin to Heal Human Wounds
November 7, 2013 4:23 PM by Chuck Holt
I live in South Florida very near to the Gulf of Mexico, but I’m not exactly an avid fisherman -- although most everyone I know has a good fish story to tell. And while what I’m about to say may sound like another one of those, it is not: There’s a new 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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Don't Miss a Step: What Every Nurse Can Do to Help Stop C.diff
June 4, 2012 10:26 AM by Chuck Holt
It all started with a missed step. The bottom step of a stairway at my brother's house that is, which my mom completely missed one morning about 18 months ago causing her to land funny and break her left ankle. At 75, and having fought a 30-year battle Read More...
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Proposal: Healthcare Workers Should Get Flu Vaccine
September 2, 2010 2:54 PM by Gail Guterl
I recently received an article from a Midwestern hospital whose experience with H1N1 influenza in spring 2009 motivated them to create a pandemic plan that can be used for any outbreak. In their article, the nurses pointed out employees at this facility Read More...
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PTSD Through a Child's Eyes
July 14, 2010 10:20 AM by Gail Guterl
It's been all over the news for a week now. Veterans of war no longer have to prove a specific event led to their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In his announcement of the change in Veterans Administration policy, President Barack Obama said, 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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Alzheimer's, From the Inside Out
April 14, 2010 2:55 PM by Valerie Newitt
When I was a kid, I used to walk my great grandmother ("Gramma" to me) around and around the yard, then up and down the front path. Nearly blind, she couldn't see where she was going; she only knew it was quite a distance. "You're a very nice girl, and Read More...
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Uncle Sam Wants YOU to Stay Healthy
September 2, 2009 4:04 PM by Chuck Holt
Here's kudos to our federal government for its efforts to spread the word about the prevention, treatment and containment of the novel 2009 H1N1 influenza virus as we head into the fall flu season. From three federal agencies teaming on a series of televised Read More...
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Take It All Off, Part 5
September 2, 2009 11:59 AM by Valerie Newitt
Ah, the seduction of food. That's right, you heard me. Seduction. There is absolutely an unspoken attraction to a firm mound of mashed potatoes and a pool of satiny butter. And there is no doubt that a warm apple pie, with a dollop of vanilla ice cream Read More...
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Reporting From NBNA—Promoting AIDS Testing
August 7, 2009 10:10 AM by Robin Hocevar
AIDS seemed to be a hot topic Wednesday at the National Black Nurses Association Convention in Toronto. The last full day of the conference commenced with a spirited skit that raised awareness about how nurses can best encourage testing and navigate sensitive Read More...
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