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 patient stated the they did so because of a problem related to an EHR, but they later recanted. While I didn’t see it … [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 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
In my encounters with nurses over the years it seems that everyone of them is either loving or hating their career choice. They’re either driven to succeed and feel confident that they’ve made the correct career choice, or they are going through the motions hopeful that no one will notice how much the loathe taking care of patients. I’ve met a few who are somewhere in between these two states but with time these nurses usually choose “a side” and consequently choose to love or hate nursing. I … [Read more...] about Nurses: Are You Thriving or Just Surviving?
I’m so excited to share with you that an amazing project I have been working on for quite some time now is nearly complete. You guessed it: My book! The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology provides the tools nurses need to improve their practices, further their careers, and solidify themselves as assets to their employers. Written with humor and easily digestible sections of information, this reference guide supplies nurses with the practical application tools they need to embrace technology … [Read more...] about The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology: The Book
Guest Blogger: Jenna 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 … [Read more...] about Care Beyond Treatment
The family doctor is going to be the most sought after and most intensely recruited medical professional under the Affordable Care Act. Also, current trends in medical economics are dictating that more health care services are being moved into less costly outpatient centers, according to a national physician recruiting company. Also, a recent survey by the physician staffing company Merritt Hawkins shows that family physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants also are in high … [Read more...] about Demand Soaring for Family Doctors and Nurse Practitioners Under Obamacare
This post will include finance options an ideas to fund a nursing business. Regardless of your reasons for wanting to start your own nursing business, one thing is for sure: you’re likely going to need to come up with funding to get it started. The amount of money you need will vary based on the type of business you want to start. For example, to become a nurse blogger, you can start for less than $100. You can start as a legal nurse consultant for nothing, but may want to spend money … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Fund Your Nursing Business
Guest Blogger: Joe Whyte Healthcare professions are growing at a rapid pace and nursing is projected to be one of the quickest growing careers over the next five years. Certified nursing professionals are in high demand, so if you are considering a career in nursing, you have made a great choice. You can attend courses in a traditional classroom setting or through any of the accredited online colleges. Why Choose Nursing? Because the number of our nation's aging population is constantly … [Read more...] about Things to Consider When Choosing to Become a Nurse
People increasingly turn to the internet for all their information needs, even medical ones. A number of respected medical sites provide information to users who seek answers about their physical symptoms or treatments for their illnesses daily. These sites are a great resource for those seeking medical information via the net, but there is a fine line between practicing cyber medicine and simply being an online resource. That cloudy distinction is why these sites need to establish medical … [Read more...] about Ethical Challenges Of A Health & Medical Advice Website
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?
Every family has health concerns and you want access to the best care available. You want to make sure that you are well prepared for any health concerns that may arise. Some consumers might not realize that different benefit plan options exist for them in additional to traditional health insurance. One option is a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) – an employer-sponsored benefit add-on that allows employees to set aside pre-tax money for qualified health expenses. This can really be a huge … [Read more...] about Benefits of Having a Flex Spending Account
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
Guest Blogger: Melanie Gueira If you’re trying to decide if you should enroll in a criminal justice graduate program or a master of health administration program, why not combine your passion for both fields? You could seek a criminal justice degree and work in health care, or you could seek a degree in health administration and work in law. Health Care Law As a health care lawyer, you could specialize in two areas. You could help doctors defend themselves in malpractice situations, or you … [Read more...] about How to Combine a Love for Law and Health Care