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National Handwashing Awareness Week

National Handwashing Awareness Week

  In short, washing hands saves lives. If you had given birth or been born in 1847 in an overcrowded hospital in Vienna, Austria, you’d probably agree. The infant mortality rate was 26 percent at the time, and the average life expectancy was less than 40 years. A young Viennese physician, Ignaz Semmelweis, was recently ...

How to communicate better in the clinic and in the lab

How to Improve Clinical and Lab Communication

  Good communication comes in handy a hundred times a day, but in a healthcare setting, it’s a matter of life and death. Decades of studies have shown a clear and significant correlation between a clinician’s ability to explain, listen, and empathize with biological and functional health outcomes — not to mention patient satisfaction. With ...

6 ways to approach problem-solving holistically

6 Ways to Approach Problems Holistically

  Whether you’re the kind of person who loves a splash of drama or you avoid conflict at all costs, obstacles are a fact of life. You can worry about them or pretend they don’t exist, but what you’re really trying to do is take control of your life. You want that complication gone! But ...

Why should I get my BSN?

10 Reasons To Get Your Bachelor’s Degree In Nursing

We all had our own reasons for becoming an RN. Perhaps you desired a more meaningful career. Maybe it was the allure of a profession that keeps us on our toes. Some look to travel or to have greater job security. It certainly wasn’t for shorter working hours or a less stressful environment!

What to Expect From a Halloween Nursing Shift

Halloween night, 2002: A night-duty nurse was noting her patients for the evening and spotted a favorite older gentleman whom she hadn’t seen in a few days. The two exchanged a smile and since he was looking better than ever, the nurse gave him a thumbs up. She looked back down at her notes and ...

How to work with elderly patients

Understanding How To Provide Care To Elderly Patients

The number of Americans over the age of 65 is projected to double, from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060, which will make up almost 24 percent of the population. Yes, you read those numbers right! In all branches of healthcare, and because we’re living longer on average as a society, a ...

Empathy is important for quality healthcare

Tips for Being Empathetic When Providing Care

Suppose you pulled a muscle in your back while doing housework, and you’ve been in severe pain for the past three days. You need a hand to help sit or stand, and sleeping is almost impossible because you can’t find a position that doesn’t cause your back to ache. You’re in tears when you finally ...

Former Ameritech RN student gives emergency care

Recent Ameritech Grad Saves Life

Throughout nursing school, Emilee Kelly struggled. While many other students at Ameritech already had a CNA license or experience working in healthcare, she had neither. The only experience the new mother had with the healthcare system was as a patient herself, in the delivery room. But one summer afternoon, shortly after nursing school graduation, Emilee ...