The nursing profession requires a ton of heavy lifting – figuratively and literally. Unfortunately, this means those who practice it tend to be prone to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), such as back injuries. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that, as of December 2014, nursing assistants have some of the highest incidence rates of MSDs, totaling about 393 … [Read more...] about 7 Vital Tips for Avoiding Back Injury as a Nurse
Getting and staying fit has is important to live an healthy and full life. Some of the best health and fitness apps for Android can help you on that path by giving you to the tools you need to be accountable for your exercise, food choices, and lifestyle. Many people desire to get fit purely for vanity. There are are also those who do so because they wish to be healthier … [Read more...] about 4 of the Best Health and Fitness Apps for Android
Nurses: Do you get frustrated when your documentation in the EHR doesn't match your workflow? Clinical Analysts: Do you get frustrated by making frequent revisions to nursing assessments and other EHR charting fields? Healthcare Leaders: Do you want your next EHR project to be a success? The solution to all these frustrations may lie in a process that is often omitted from … [Read more...] about Join me for a #HealthcareChat Tweetchat on EHR Clinical Readiness Oct 27 at 9pm ET
The Ebola situation has many in the United States at panic levels. We’ve already had several patients with Ebola on U.S. soil. We’ve already already had a death caused by Ebola. The media is spreading panic and is doing a terrible job at informing the public of any real facts. Mistakes have been made in this Ebola epidemic. For example, the hospital that released the Ebola … [Read more...] about Ebola Facts and Checklist for Healthcare Providers (and Everyone Else)
"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 paperwork, insurance companies, and … [Read more...] about Can Clinical Integration Help Physicians Cash in on What They Were Sold?
Do you work at a hospital or physician’s office that is part of a clinical integration network? Do you know what a clinical integration network is? There are many definitions, but one of the best comes from the American Hospital Association: “In essence, clinical integration involves providers working together in an interdependent fashion so that they can pool … [Read more...] about Let’s Talk About Clinical Integration
I remember when I first became a nurse and we would have monthly staff meetings to discuss various topics and issues that hospital administration had pushed down to us. I often grew frustrated with these meetings because the same topic kept coming up: HCAHPS scores. At which point the majority of the nursing staff would grumble and groan and complain about a standard that was … [Read more...] about Should Nurses Care about HCAHPS Scores?
Even famous nurses make mistakes on social media. Katie Duke, who has a massive following on twitter and instragram, is one of the stars of the ABC hit NY Med. At this point, however, I should probably say “was” a star, since a recent episode revealed that Katie was fired after posting this photo of a trauma room to her popular instagram account (thekatieduke). The … [Read more...] about Katie Duke Shows Nurses How to Not Use Social Media
Father’s Day is just around the corner, which often brings about fond memories of fishing trips and little league. However, some Americans do not have a memory for times spent with their father. This issue isn’t experienced by a small sector of the population. According to an article by Dr. Janet Taylor the United States Census Bureau found that 24 million children in America … [Read more...] about How to Secure the Fatherhood Connection
The practice of nursing is ever-changing. There are always new guidelines and regulations that nurses are asked to adhere to, often with little information to accompany it. Nurses sometimes feel like they are just surviving because they are being asked to take on new challenges and aren’t completely sure of themselves. This is because many organizations will give out new job … [Read more...] about Nurses Can Thrive When They Are Given Ongoing Feedback
Recently, I had an opportunity to talk with Risa Rispoli. She has been a labor and delivery nurse and midwife for 34 years, and agreed to answer 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. What made you decide to pick labor and delivery as a nursing specialty and what … [Read more...] about Interview with Labor and Delivery Nurse and Royal Midwife: Risa Rispoli, BSN, RN, RM, CNM
A recent survey, conducted by Identigene, shows that nearly half of adults in the United States plan to make a major life change in 2014. These changes range from buying a new house, having a new baby, paternity testing, getting married, or contemplating a divorce. Understandably enough, 90% of individuals who are planning a major life change state they are nervous about … [Read more...] about Are you Nervous about Making a Major Life Change?
Healthcare Facilities and nursing administrators are constantly struggling to meet the needs of patients and conform to ever-changing regulatory demands. Often times issues with patient care are dealt with on a case-by-case basis rather than addressing the underlying problem: the need for continued training in evidenced-base nursing care. In order to ensure that … [Read more...] about Focusing on Quality Evidenced-Based Nursing Practice during Hiring, Onboarding, and Throughout Employment
As an informatics nurse, I am often presented with paper challenges that require digital solutions. I sometimes even find my own trouble and investigate inefficiencies in current process and workflow. More often than not, the most inefficient processes involve paper and a physical checklist. For some reason healthcare just has a hard time letting go of their paper. Paper … [Read more...] about Eliminate Paper and Improve Patient Care Across the Continuum with Tracked Clinical Competencies
I’m excited to announce that I will be hosting a twitter party to celebrate Buzzy’s premier on ABC’s Shark Tank. The episode will air on 2/28/14 at 9pm EST and the twitter chat will start immediately after at 10pm EST. When I attended CES I had the opportunity to see tons of new and innovative product and meet many passionate individuals. What I found to be interesting, … [Read more...] about Take a Bite Out of Needle Pain with Buzzy on Shark Tank