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Your Head Just Ain’t Right: Coming to Terms with My Tumor

I obtained the MRI results and read for myself what the radiologist thought my my brain mass. Apparently I have a pituitary macroadenoma and has suffered a headache related to something called pituitary apoplexy.

The neurologist referred me to both an endocrinologist and an neurosurgeon. The result was the recommendation to undergo Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Surgery to remove the tumor through my nose.

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Nurses Listen Up: Sleep or Die [Infographic]

What I found particularly interesting is that less that 5 hours of sleep can actually increase your risk of diabetes by as much as 2 1/2 times. It can also lead to increase in heart attack by 45%. In general it increases your risk of death by 12%. A 12% boost in death likelihood over a few hours of sleep every night. Pretty impactful.

Lack of sleep can also make you gain weight and feel lethargic. Your body goes into fight or flight mode and does not process food properly causing it to store excess fat. Over time the results of this can be noticeable and life impacting.

As you can see, the above infographic gives an excellent visual of how lack of sleep can contribute for various comorbidities that can certainly contribute to your early demise.

How to Improve Nursing Morale and Avoid Burnout

How to Improve Nursing Morale and Avoid Burnout

Nursing can be a monotonous and stressful profession. Your daily routine can become so persistent and the appreciation you feel for what you do often seems minimal. While there are some that feel the paycheck should be enough, there are others who picked nursing as their profession because they wanted more than just money in the bank.

Unfortunately, nurses often give of themselves to the point where they may begin to feel defeated. They may start asking themselves “Why did I start doing this?” “What made me want to be a nurse to begin with?” “Does what I do really matter?”

In order to prevent getting to this point as a nurse, it is important that you take steps to prevent burnout. In the process you will also help to improve nursing morale. It’s not hard. It’s just a matter of being proactive and positive.

Bomgar: Compliant Remote Support for Health Information Technology [HIT]

In terms of remote support for healthcare, Bomgar is an exceptional tool for those in HIT. Having a HIPAA complaint remote desktop support solution for your healthcare organization is key to future success. The audit trail will surely make any HIMS director happy. Your end users will appreciate having their issues solve more quickly and efficiently and reducing the need for onsite visits by as much as 90%! Your COO will be thrilled with the time and cost savings associated with improve productivity of your IT staff. And you will love having the tools to solve the problems and meet the needs of your customers.

Telemedicine & Online Doctors: Reaching the Unreachable

Technology continually improves healthcare and our daily lives.

The video below is a fantastic example of technology saving lives by providing improved access to trauma surgeons in areas that don’t have them on staff. Trauma surgeon Rafael Grossmann MD(@ZGJR) reached out to me on twitter and shared with me the video. In it, he discusses iPod Teletrauma: the $229 130 million sq. ft. Trauma Room.

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AfterShokz: Bone Conduction Headphones are Healthy for Your Ears

There are several advantages that bone conduction technology has over traditional headphones.

Bypassing the eardrum decreases the likelihood of potential damage from listing to music at extreme volumes.
Reducing the amount of contact with your ear canal with objects that can harbor bacteria can help to decrease the risk of ear infections that you can encounter with earbuds.
If you are a runner or a bike rider and like to listen to music while you exercise, you will increase your safety by not having your ears obstructed so that you can hear cars that may be around you. Decreasing the risk of being hit by a car can have a pretty big impact on your health!

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Buy Glasses Online Cheap – Save Hundreds of $$$ on Prescription Eyeglasses by Buying Online

You can buy prescription glasses online for a fraction of what you pay in a retail store!
In stereotypical nerd fashion, I am an eyeglass wearer.

One of the biggest annoyances in wearing eye glasses is the constant smudges, dirty, dust, oil, fingerprints, toddler drool, toothpaste, oatmeal and other oddities that can find their way onto my lenses. Luckily, many advances in eye wear technology are becoming available to improve our glasses wearing experiences.

A Guide to Nursing Specialties

A Guide to Nursing Specialties: Infographic

Options for nurses have grown dramatically as breakthroughs in treatment and science have exploded in recent years. And demand? With nearly 55% of all nurses expected to retire during the next decade, opportunities for those with the skills and passion to serve in this profession are vast. Exploring this prestigious calling is a first step for all future, licensed nurses. Of those taking the examination all licensed nurses must take and pass, 59% held an Associate Degree in Nursing. Many who pass this exam will continue on to receive their R.N. and advanced degrees in nursing.

7 Free Things Hospital Administrators Can Do to Increase Morale and Improve Nurse Retention

According to a fact sheet on the nursing shortage presented by the American Associate of Colleges of Nursing, healthcare is one sector of the job market that continues to grow, despite tough economic times. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 283,000 jobs have been added in just the last year alone. In fact, even with the staggering levels of unemployment, nursing jobs sit open: According to a report released by the American Health Care Association in July 2008, more than 19,400 RN vacancies exist …

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How Many People Are Involved in Patient Care?

Today when my preceptor was showing me a report for infection control, it made me realize just how many people are involved in the care of every patient that walks through the doors of a hospital. We know that as nurses on the that we can’t take care of our patients all by ourselves. We need the help of doctors, aids, other nurses, and other departments. What I don’t think most nurses think about is just how much goes on behind the scenes to make sure that the patient care a reality.

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