The field of nursing is always evolving and as the need for more efficient and personalized care grows, so does the demand for the technology that will meet those needs. In the consumer market alone there are already dozens of platforms and devices that track and interpret individual biometric readings. The exciting work for those of us in healthcare is to create ways to use these wearable devices to improve the delivery of care. And the good news is that we’re already experimenting.
Happy nurses week! This is a special week where we have the opportunity to pause and recognize you (our nurses) for the incredible work you do everyday to provide quality care to our patients. It’s also a chance to recognize your fellow nurses – the people you work with everyday – for their work. Our’s is a rewarding profession and I consider myself fortunate, as I’m sure you do, that I chose nursing as a career. Please take a minute to watch the video below for a special message. I hope you have a wonderful week and feel appreciated because…you… Read more.
It takes a special person to be a nurse. It takes someone who puts the needs of others before themselves and actively looks for ways to help. Manny Munoz at Del Sol LifeCare Center in El Paso, Texas fits this description perfectly.
Earlier this year I told you about a study to test a new approach in the fight against MRSA. The study, REDUCE MRSA, was conducted at 43 HCA-affiliated hospitals involving nearly 75,000 ICU patients over 18 months. It concluded that using antimicrobial soap and a nasal ointment on adult intensive care unit patients reduces bloodstream infections, including MRSA, by 44 percent. These results convinced HCA to begin implementing this protocol, called universal decolonization, in its adult hospital intensive care units in 2013.
Last week we told you about a newer nursing degree that has gained popularity in recent years. Today, we’re going to focus on a new nursing role – the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). A CNL is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in the Science of Nursing and has completed rigorous coursework and assessments.
Every year, an estimated 300,000 people die in the United States due to blood clots. Blood clots are an important part of healing from a cut, scratch or even surgery. Red blood cells collect near the wound and prevent bleeding. Some clots however, can form when a person becomes immobilized and muscles aren’t regularly contracting to push blood back to the heart. The blood becomes stagnant and can form small clots that become larger over time. When detected, a clot near the skin’s surface can be easily treated. But what if the clot has formed in a vein deep inside… Read more.
Cancer is a scary word. It has little regard for the plans you’ve made for your life and the relationships you cherish. As you may know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In 2012 alone, more than 200,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer; men and women. Still, there is hope. Every day, more and more research is being done to find a cure. The National Breast Care Coalition has even set a deadline for the end of breast cancer – 2020.
The use of diagnostic imaging like CT and PET scans is an essential part of modern medicine for both diagnosis and treatment. Radiation, when delivered in the right dose, can be very effective. A CT scan, for example, can help doctors see cross-sectional images of the patient’s bones and soft tissues and reveal internal bleeding, tumor location, blood clot and infection. To achieve these images, CT scans expose patients to much more radiation than a standard X-ray. Recent studies have raised questions about how multiple scans might be disadvantageous if not absolutely necessary. HCA set out to address this issue… Read more.
Picture this. You’re sitting on your back patio with a few friends on a warm summer night. Everyone is talking and enjoying their time together. Then it happens. You didn’t really notice it before but you definitely notice now that it’s gone. I’m talking, of course, about that moment when the air conditioning unit cuts off and you immediately feel the quiet. Now you can hear your friends without straining. Now you can breathe. You hadn’t noticed that you were straining to hear your friends or were tense and taking shorter breaths. But when the noise went away, so did… Read more.
Palliative care refers to the medical care of patients in the final hours or days of their lives. In 2010 a study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that patients who received palliative care for a terminal illness (like lung cancer for example) were happier and in less pain than those not in the palliative program. End of Life Care has been a passion of mine from the early days of my career as a critical care nurse. I worked in a surgical-trauma ICU. The most tragic part of my job was talking with family members in the… Read more.