Unsung Healthcare Heroes: Inspired Comfort Winners Announced

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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.

How to Make a Glove Christmas Tree

How to Make a Glove Christmas Tree

Unfortunately, working holidays is also a big part of the nursing game. One holiday that many nurses find particularly difficult to work is on Christmas. So many nurses miss the time with their families and familiar traditions.

But there’s no reasons to let working holiday’s completely bum you out. There are plenty of ways you can spruce up your work setting and making even create a few new holiday traditions, like perhaps a glove Christmas tree.

Heart Rate and 3 Other Medical Tests You Can Do At Home

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Your ability to perform medical tests with equipment you have on hand may mean the difference between finding a potentially life threatening ailment before it becomes a real problem. It could help identify some symptoms if a doctor isn’t present, and give you an idea of someone’s state of health. Whenever possible, you should seek real medical attention from a certified professional, but in a pinch there are a few tests you should know about…

Knowing Your Family History is Good for Your Health

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(Family Features) A number of celebrities have graced recent headlines by making some drastic decisions about their health, and in turn, raising awareness for the importance of knowing one’s family medical history. For instance, according to the CDC, a history of breast, cervical or ovarian cancer indicates a strong risk of cancer in some women, and thus proactive and preventative measures, like having a mastectomy or hysterectomy, may be warranted.

Care Beyond Treatment

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To the lay person, a nurse’s job may seem pretty simple: Nurses provide care for patients.

But the word “care” is a bit complicated. In a medical sense, it means to tend to needed procedures, carry out instructions from physicians, and do the clinical things that are required for an ill or injured person.

On top of all that scientific caring, there’s sociological caring as well. That means providing an equal level of commitment to the emotional situation, making sure that the patient and family members are coping with the complexities of their particular cases.

Super Cute Nurse Cakes from Pinterest

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There any many celebrations and occasions that justify having an awesome nurse cake. Here are just a few:

Getting accepted into Nursing School
Graduating from Nursing School
Getting your first nursing job
Getting a promotion into a administrative nursing job
Coming off a 5 day stretch of 12 hours shifts
Okay… so the last one may have been a little much, but there are still plenty of awesome reasons to have a nurse themed cake.

Check out these awesome Nurse and medical themed cakes found on Pinterest.

Ever Considered Being an Egg Donor? Hear Lisa’s Story

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Many women struggle with various infertility issues and treatments. Some of these women use donor eggs, fertilized and implanted through IVF, to help carry successful pregnancies to term. Donor eggs are growing in popularity, but very little is said about the women who contribute these donations. Like My Egg Bank, most egg donation companies keep donors anonymous, meaning we rarely hear egg donor stories straight from the women who make it a possibility.

Network Scanning Makes Electronic Medical Records Work

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Network scanners are an excellent solution for busy medical facilities who have multiple staff members who need to scan documents. This enables more than one person access to the technology thus saving an organization money by reducing the need for multiple scanners. This also can help improve employee moral by allow the staff to complete their own work without having to rely on others in the organization to do all the scanning.

Career Options and Outlook for Medical Assistants

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Medical assistants are often the first line of contact between the patient and the physician, and they work in a variety of medical environments, including hospitals and private clinics. On an average day, a medical assistant could check patients in at the receptionist’s desk, perform patient interviews and record medical histories, and organize patient files. From a clinical standpoint, they could perform diagnostic tests like blood pressure and respiratory readings, collecting samples from patients, and labeling and transferring those samples to the lab.

Funding Your Own Nursing or Medical Business

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Regardless of your reasons for wanting to start your own practice, one thing is for sure: you’re going to need to come up with a lot of money to get those doors open and people walking through them. So how do you do that? How do you get the funding you need?