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?
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 infrastructure and resources, and develop, implement and monitor protocols, “best practices,” and various other organized … [Read more...] about Let’s Talk About Clinical Integration
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
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: 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
How do you find help with medical bills? You can start by asking a nurse. A nurse may not be your financial adviser, but nurses may be able to help you make sound financial decisions that can save you hundreds, even thousands, on medical bills. Nurses play an important role in our health and sometimes with patient finance. Anyone who's been admitted to a hospital knows that they are the front liners--always there to address patient needs. But did you know that their role goes beyond … [Read more...] about Ask A Nurse: How To Find Help With Your Medical Bills
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?
Medical practice managers have a tough job. This article will outline tools, tips, and tricks to help medical practices run more efficiently and economically. Nowadays medical offices are some of the busiest places around. With hundreds of patients each day, as well as pharmaceutical representatives, or other people who aid in the business of medicine, it can be extremely overwhelming. But with healthcare, it is essential that there is a high level of organization to help the doctors, nurses, … [Read more...] about How Medical Practice Managers Can Optimize Their Workplace
We all know that nurses educate patients, their families, and other nurses. But what about doctors? What is the Doctor Nurse relationship (or the nurse doctor relationship)? There are so many cases of doctors learning from nurses. The Doctor-Nurse Relationship Many nurses are able to carry a great sense of pride knowing that their knowledge and expertise is shared with others. In addition to helping to train an educate new nurses in the workforce, many nurses also are unofficially tasked with … [Read more...] about The Doctor-Nurse Relationship: Nurses Teach Doctors More Than You Think
Technology continually improves healthcare and our daily lives and telemedicine is imperative for reaching people that might not be able to get to a doctor. Telemedicine: How An Online Chat With A Doctor Makes A Difference Not surprisingly, almost everyone in America today has access to the internet, but not everyone has access to certain doctors, such as trauma surgeons, though there are apps for patients to talk to a doctor online. The video below is a fantastic example of technology saving … [Read more...] about Telemedicine & Online Doctors: Reaching the Unreachable
Already know Amanda Trujillo's story, and want to find quickly out how to help? Go here for support, donation, and media details. There are times in my nursing career when I am so very proud of how far we have come in advancing our profession. Unfortunately, there are also times where I am reminded that this is still very much an uphill climb we must make to legitimately participate in truly collaborative healthcare. Today is one of those days in which I am reminded we still have battles to … [Read more...] about Arizona Nurse Has License Threatened By Doctor After Providing Patient Education
I do not think there will ever be any a real robot nurse. That's not to say that robots won't enhance nursing care, but a human will always have to be a part of the discussion. I read a story on Girl Meets Geek about Brick Walls. It's based on a post from on wolfhirschhorn.org: THE REAL STORY ABOUT WOLF-HIRSCHHORN SYNDROME. You should read the post. It’s powerful. In summation, there is a little girl who needs a kidney transplant. The doctor refuses to do it for "quality of … [Read more...] about Why the Robot Nurse is Pure Fantasy
2nd.MD is a revolutionary new service that is breaking down barriers in terms of access to healthcare. If you or a loved one has ever face a challenging medical diagnosis and wanted an second opinion from a specialist, then you know what a challenge it can be to find experts nearby. I’ve known parents who had to fly their sick children across the country to consult with a specialist about their diagnosis. It’s bad enough to have a disease process that is inconveniencing your life, but having … [Read more...] about 2nd.MD: Easy Access to Leading Doctors Online