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Sustainable Corporate Social Responsibility
December 1, 2014 8:54 AM by Guest Blogger
By Susan Salka, President and CEO, AMN Healthcare Most public companies dedicate some resources to good corporate citizenship. They choose to spend these resources - time, money or both -- on endeavors aligned with the company's mission and goals in win-win 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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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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Is My Passion for My Job Killing Me?
April 19, 2012 4:44 PM by Chuck Holt
I thoroughly enjoy editing articles. Whether written by a trio of PhDs, a CNO, a staff nurse writing for her first time, a freelance journalist or another ADVANCE editor, I just can't let a sentence be until it sounds right in my head. A long-time telecommuter, Read More...
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Validating Professional Nursing
November 13, 2011 10:29 PM by Candy Goulette
It’s about time. A guilty plea by Dr. Rolando Arafiles in a West Texas courtroom last week closed a painful chapter in the long career of Texas nurses Anne Mitchell, RN, and Vicki Galle, BSN, RN. As part of a plea bargain, Arafiles admitted guilt to retaliation Read More...
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What’s In a Name? Nurses as Doctors
October 7, 2011 8:15 PM by Rich Krisher
"Hi. I'm Dr. Patti McCarver, and I'm your nurse." That's how an Oct. 1 New York Times article describes a nurse-patient interaction in a primary care setting. McCarver is a nurse practitioner who recently earned a doctorate. The trend of nurses earning 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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Nurses Lose Licenses Due to Loan Defaults: Fair or Unfair?
February 2, 2011 3:15 PM by Lisa Brzezicki
In October, Tennessee came down hard on nurses and other healthcare professionals who were in default on their student loans - and in violation of a decade-old statute that requires licensed professionals in the state to repay education loans, or face Read More...
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Facebook Post Gets Nursing Students Kicked Out of School
January 5, 2011 9:50 PM by Chuck Holt
Doyle Byrnes, a 22-year-old nursing student at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS, is suing the school in federal court for dismissing her from its registered nursing program in response to a photo she posted on her Facebook page showing Read More...
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Penicillin: Before & After the Fire
November 5, 2010 12:30 PM by Gail Guterl
We all know Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin; most of us don't know it was 1928. I had to look that up. Also, few of us know when penicillin became a common treatment. There's an interesting and tragic story behind how this miracle drug made its Read More...
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NHS Looking For Volunteers
October 26, 2010 2:42 PM by Candy Goulette
In 1976, more than 120,000 female registered nurses signed on to the first Nurses' Health Study to volunteer information that would be used to assess risk factors for cancer and heart disease in older women. In 1980, questions were added looking at diet 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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