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 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. … [Read more...] about 5 Excellent Books For Nurses By Nurses
You know that feeling. Something’s not right. You've done a thorough patient assessment, and checked and rechecked the vitals and the labs. Maybe you even have a “hunch.” But you need orders. You have to go through the steps of preparing yourself and ultimately paging a doctor. Sooner or later, your nursing judgment will tell you that your patient has a need beyond your scope of practice. That’s when you need to be a patient advocate and call the doctor - even if it’s the middle of the night! … [Read more...] about The New Nurse’s Guide to Paging a Doctor at Night
"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 computers rather than helping actual patients. However, a likely solution to some of the problems that many physicians face is … [Read more...] about Can Clinical Integration Help Physicians Cash in on What They Were Sold?
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 inspires you to stay? “I’ve wanted to be a nurse since I was 10 years old. In the 70’s, nurses didn’t have to go to … [Read more...] about Interview with Labor and Delivery Nurse and Royal Midwife: Risa Rispoli, BSN, RN, RM, CNM
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, however, is that one of the most innovative products I saw at CES wasn’t displayed at a booth. Instead, Amy Baxter,MD, … [Read more...] about Take a Bite Out of Needle Pain with Buzzy on Shark Tank
Guest Blogger: Jenna Healthcare is one of the most important sectors of our economy. In nearly all geographical regions, the healthcare industry employs more people than any other industry. Likewise, when it comes to technology, the healthcare industry is at the head of the class. Medical technology helps in many different ways, from CAT scans, ultrasounds and MRIs that diagnose problems inside the body or monitor an infant before it is born, to the computers that keep our information and … [Read more...] about Healthcare and IT: New Tricks for the Old Dogs
Many nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals have to use a electronic health record systems. They often face the task of documenting on patient’s medical records begrudgingly and don’t appreciate the technology they are using. They feel that this time spent documenting could better bet spent with the patients. What many of them don’t realize is that the resentment they hold for for EMR (electronic medical records) can actually cause them to spend less time with their patient’s. It’s … [Read more...] about 3 Tips to Increase Staff Engagement in EHR Software and Increase Patient Satisfaction
Guest Blogger: Eric Ethington According to a national survey conducted by Wakefield Research, almost one in four physicians are currently working or have worked as a locum tenens provider, taking advantage of the various benefits the practice alternative provides. What's more, the findings indicate three out of four physicians are considering taking a locum tenens assignment in the future. Sponsored by CHG Healthcare Services, the study polled 1,000 providers from around the country. A loose … [Read more...] about 4 Benefits to Working Locum Tenens
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. It seems so often that nurses are often pigeon-holed and put into tiny little boxes. We are expected to stay put, do as we are told, and just be content with being good little nurses. We do what others don’t want to do. We get new … [Read more...] about The Value of Nursing: Expanding the Role of Nurses
Guest Blogger: Jenna Financial responsibility extends past just watching your everyday spending and nobody knows this better than college students. College is one of the biggest investments anyone will make in their lives and being responsible about it is vital if someone wants to get their degree with the least amount of debt possible. Those who want to study medicine will see the highest price for their degree with the average American medical school’s tuition coming in at nearly two hundred … [Read more...] about Have You Considered Caribbean Medical Schools?
Guest Blogger: Jenna The demonstration of clinical competence is required by anyone in the medical field who is going to provide patient care. Doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers are required to be clinically competent before they can start taking care of patients. In U.S, to be considered clinically competent you have to undergo United States Medical Licensing Examination- Step 2: Clinical Skills or USMLE Step 2 CS. In this exam, standardized patients are employed to test the … [Read more...] about What is Clinical Competence?
Guest Blogger: Jenna If you’re feeling sick, you may schedule an appointment to see your doctor or visit a hospital emergency room. However, before you head to the nearest medical facility, consider whether you can self-treat at home. Understandably, some medical issues necessitate a hospital or doctor visit. These include a fracture, chest pains and other sudden, intense symptoms. But if you’re suffering from a common ailment, such as a sore throat, a cough or flu-like symptoms, there is … [Read more...] about 5 Dirty Little Secrets About Hospitals – Namely, About the Dirt
There are so many useful apps for medical students. In the UK there are all of these horror stories about 4th year: ‘you will be made to work more hours than the doctors,’ ‘half of the year will have to retake because the exams are so hard,’ ‘your consultants will actually expect you to know stuff….’ So, it turns out all of these were right, but I have had a little helping hand with that last one. On the first day of my 4th year I received a shiny new iPhone 4s from my medical … [Read more...] about There’s an App for That: 10 Useful Apps for Medical Students
So many patients are experiencing overdiagnoses in healthcare. Wait. What? Too much treatment? That's a thing? Yes. And it needs to be discussed. Overtreatment in Healthcare The eye of the media is constantly focused on Americans who are lacking in healthcare. But what about the many individuals who do have health insurance and are being subjected to medical overtreatment? Far too often we are running too many scans, too many labs, and performing far too many procedures. And … [Read more...] about The Burden of Overtreatment – What is Unnecessary Healthcare and Why it is a Problem
Over 90,000 deaths occur annually due to hospital acquired infections. Most of these deaths could be prevented with simple solutions, like adequate hand washing. An innovative technology called Hyginex seeks to assist healthcare workers everywhere in ensuring they are meeting the standards for hand hygiene. To view a demo of Hyginex click here. Every healthcare worker knows the importance of adequate hand hygiene. Unfortunately there are many nurses, doctors, and other healthcare workers who do … [Read more...] about Washing Your Hands While Being Under Digital Surveillance