Can Clinical Integration Help Physicians Cash in on What They Were Sold?

Can Clinical Integration Help Physicians Cash In on What They Were Sold

“Clinical integration” are just buzz words that most physicians aren’t concerned with early in their careers. Many future doctors go to medical school with bright starry eyes and a version of their careers that they will likely never see come to fruition.  Their goal is usually simple: to help people. But many find themselves helping […]

Interview with Labor and Delivery Nurse and Royal Midwife: Risa Rispoli, BSN, RN, RM, CNM

Interview with Labor and Delivery Nurse and Royal Midwife

Recently, I had an opportunity to talk with Risa Rispoli. She has been a labor and delivery nurse and midwife for 34 years, and answered a few questions about her career, the patients she cares for, and gave some words of wisdom to nurses who are interested in working in labor and delivery.

Why Nurse Empowerment is Import for the Future of Healthcare

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The future of healthcare is changing. To so this is a scary time because there is so much uncertainty in the future of healthcare and nursing This is especially the case in the United States were the Affordable Care Act and the HITECH Act are causing drastic change in the way healthcare facilities and providers are reimbursed for the care they provide and the requirements linked to documenting patient care.

How Do Physical and Psychological Health Co-Exist?

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Physical health and psychological well-being may seem unrelated. However, these two areas of health are linked in a number of ways. From mild mood disorders to cognitive illnesses, psychological health is greatly affected by physical well-being. The following explores the link between mental and physical health, and includes information on how to improve virtually all areas of well-being.

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.

3 Dental Implant Developments That Improve Patient Care

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Patients who used to shy away from dental implants 4-5 years ago now consider it as an affordable and effective solution for missing teeth. This has been made possible due to advancements in dental implant technology allowing for easy integration and stability of the implants.

The developments have also increased the efficiency of the healthcare providers and reduced the total time for dental procedures. According to Smiles, 3 million individuals in U.S. opt for dental implants every year, and the number is expected to grow by an astonishing 500,000 each year.

Nursing Home Employees Reportedly Turning Blind Eye to Abuse

WKRG in Alabama made national news when they reported the story of a former nursing home employee, one who is speaking out against the travesties she’s witnessed. Although the news agency is keeping her identity a secret, they are helping her get her message to the masses. This has prompted some New Jersey residents to wonder what’s happening in their local nursing homes.

The former nursing home employee explains that she witnessed staff abusing elderly patients, who couldn’t speak or were thought too senile to be telling the truth. Oftentimes, these staff members would target patients who didn’t have family to tell.

Do You Know an Amazing Nurse? Nominate Them!

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Do you know a nurse that is just Amazing?

A nurse that has “inspired you with their skill, comfort, and care?”

Nurses make an impact in people’s lives every day. They are on the front line of healthcare and have the opportunity to make a big different for patients that are in need. But what most nurses don’t realize is they have an opportunity to make a positive impact on even more patients.

The Value of Nursing: Expanding the Role of Nurses

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Sally Okun, who is vice president of patient advocacy, policy and patient safety for PatientsLikeMe, was the very first nurse to speak at TEDMED. She used this opportunity at the 2013 event to focus on how nurses could, and should, play a bigger role in healthcare.

5 Excellent Books Written For Nurses and By Nurses

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With over 3 million nurses in the United States it’s not surprising to hear about ways they practice nursing that are a little less traditional. Nurses are becoming authors at an increasing rate and bringing quality content to a growing library of books written for nurses. It’s not surprising that the best nursing books are written by men and women who have actually practice nursing and can identify with other nurses.And these nurse author aren’t just writing text books or “how to” guides for nurses. The are writing compelling stories of the drama they face everyday on the floor. They are writing powerful tales that nurses can identify with. They are telling the untold stories of patient care.