Co-workers describe Laurie Ketterl, a nurse manager in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as someone who continually challenges her peers to think outside of the box in order to provide excellent patient care. Ketterl jumped into action earlier this year when a premature baby, born at just 29 weeks, and his critically ill mother were in separate Intensive Care Units. Since the mother had never seen her son and would soon undergo a life-saving surgery, Ketterl arranged for the mother and baby to see each other for the very first time via a video call using two iPads. When the mother kissed her child on the forehead using the screen, surrounding staff watched in amazement as the baby responded with a kick. Thanks to Ketterl’s innovation and exceptional care, the hospital’s foundation has since funded iPads for the NICU.
Instead of becoming a gym rat or trying to track your fitness progression by staring in the mirror each week, there are a number of new gadgets available on the market for great ways to stay fit in the New Year. It will not only work to provide accountability, but will prove an accurate way of keeping you healthy and toned for those with fitness goals.
Today’s seniors are unlike many of past generations. These days, older Americans expect things their counterparts in previous generations wouldn’t have considered.
For example, most want to stay in their own homes as they age. They want to take care of themselves. And many want to avoid being the stereotypical befuddled senior citizen who doesn’t understand technology.
Macular degeneration is a condition characterized by the loss of vision and other serious symptoms. Often resulting in total vision loss and other complications, there are two types of this illness: dry macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration. While dry macular degeneration progresses slowly and is often associated with age, wet degeneration, though less common, is typically more severe in nature, as it usually appears abruptly and progresses at a rapid pace.
It can be challenging to transition into healthcare IT and informatics, but one piece of advice I often give nurses and others looking to make the change is to learn about the career and what job responsibly it has. One great way to do this is to look at job listings, job requirements, and networking with recruiters and hiring managers to determine the skills and training you need to be a viable candidate.
If you are a nurse practitioner, it means that you’re going to have to hire some more office staff to help you process the Medicare and Medicaid claims to make sure you get reimbursed for the treatments you offer. Hopefully, the number of new patients you see will equal the amount of money you’re going to have to pay out of pocket in expanded staff!
Nursing school is one of the most exciting, difficult, and stressful times in a nurses life. On the one hand you are totally excited to be accepted into a nursing program and are eager to learn. On the other hand, there are times when you aren’t even sure why you wanted to be a nurse to begin with and you feel like you’re just treading water. The highs and lows of nursing school are epic and no one enjoys every aspect of it.