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Walden University’s nursing program now accredited

November 4th, 2010

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has awarded accreditation to the Walden University School of Nursing’s bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) completion program in its first year of eligibility.

All Walden nursing degrees conferred after April 19, 2010 will be accredited for five years, which is the maximum term of accreditation a new program can have.

“Accreditation of Walden’s BSN program, particularly in the first year of eligibility, speaks to the quality and integrity of our curriculum,” said Dr Sara Torres, associate dean of Walden’s School of Nursing.

Current and potential nurses may be aware that the healthcare reform bill provides additional funding for their education. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the need for these professionals will increase by 22 percent by 2018 – a rate that is much faster than the average for other occupations.

Walden is aware of these trends, and Torres feels the accreditation can only “strengthen” current and potential students’ career prospects in this field. 

It is CCNE’s mission to ensure the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency nursing programs through the identification and assessment of programs with effective educational practices, according to officials from the organization.
 

Walden University

November 4th, 2010

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has awarded accreditation to the Walden University School of Nursing’s bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) completion program in its first year of eligibility.

All Walden nursing degrees conferred after April 19, 2010 will be accredited for five years, which is the maximum term of accreditation a new program can have.

“Accreditation of Walden’s BSN program, particularly in the first year of eligibility, speaks to the quality and integrity of our curriculum,” said Dr Sara Torres, associate dean of Walden’s School of Nursing.

Current and potential nurses may be aware that the healthcare reform bill provides additional funding for their education. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the need for these professionals will increase by 22 percent by 2018 – a rate that is much faster than the average for other occupations.

Walden is aware of these trends, and Torres feels the accreditation can only “strengthen” current and potential students’ career prospects in this field. 

It is CCNE’s mission to ensure the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency nursing programs through the identification and assessment of programs with effective educational practices, according to officials from the organization.
 

Institute of Medicine recommends that nurses pursue additional nursing degrees

November 4th, 2010

In a recent report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) – which is called The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health – researchers concluded that today's nurses may require better training and higher levels of education, including enrollment in additional nursing programs.

Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the two-year, $10 million study was designed to identify ways for the the nursing community to evolve in order to meet the needs of the redesigned healthcare system.

According to the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), there are more than 3 million licensed registered nurses, making this field the largest workforce segment in healthcare. The IOM believes that, because so many nurses are currently caring for those in need, further education will only improve patient outcome and safety.

“We will expect 80 percent of the nurses in this country to have bachelor’s degrees within a decade,” said former DHHS head and RWJF initiative’s committee chair, Donna Shalala to HealthLeaders Media.

Shalala recommends that public and private organizations provide resources to help individuals who have already earned associate nursing degrees complete a bachelor's program within five years of graduation.

50 Excellent Therapists Who Blog

November 3rd, 2010

It takes a lot of commitment and soul-searching to get up the courage to see a therapist. For some, admitting that we can't help ourselves all alone is troublesome, while others are embarrassed to share deeply personal issues that negatively impact their families and lives. If you're still working up the nerve to see a therapist or want to learn a little more about a disease or friend's mental health condition before seeking professional help, therapists' blogs are a great educational resource. They can't substitute for in-person treatment, but these 50 therapists are excellent virtual substitutes until you can make an appointment with someone in your area.

Child and Family Therapists

To help children and teens cope with issues, read these blogs.

  1. The Kid Counselor: Breanna formerly ran a child therapy practice, and while she's now a full-time mom, she blogs to share tips and resources with other parents. Recommended Posts: Common Sources of Behavior Problems in Children and Raising Kids: Wisdom from The Dog Whisperer
  2. Cognitive Therapy for Kids: Elisa Nebolsine has a master's in clinical social work and was named a "top therapist" by other therapists in her area. Read her blog for stories on mental health and kids, ADHD, and more. Recommended Posts: Social rejection in kids linked to 3 factors and Exercise can help kids mental ability
  3. Family Dysfunction and Mental Health Blog: David Allen helps exasperated parents cut through the myths and scare tactics to solve family problems. Recommended Posts: Teacher, Teacher, I Declare and Shooting Down Helicopters
  4. Mental Notes Recommended Posts: Child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist Dr Jim Baker works in and blogs from Dallas. Read posts about common issues related to mental health, sleep disorders and ADHD. Recommended Posts: Is being a couch potato genetic? and Why email and texting feel addicting
  5. Child in Mind: Former child psychiatrist and now pediatrician Claudia M. Gold writes this blog about child-parent relationships and more. Recommended Posts: True Empathy: A Physical Sensation and Dyadic Therapy: Working with the Parent-Child Relationship
  6. The Thoughtful Parent: This blog is maintained by Amy Webb, a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences, and explains complicated research in a way that's accessible for the average parent. Recommended Posts: Are Picture Books Just for Babies? and Attachment Theory Part 2
  7. Teen Mental Health Blog: Dr. Stan Kutcher and a team of experts blog to help teens, parents and other counselors learn more about common issues and problems, and provide healthy advice. Recommended Posts: So what is the allure of the drugs and alcohol and creativity connection? and When is behavior an illness?
  8. Practice What I Preach: From Child Psychiatrist to Parent and Writer: Child and adolescent psychiatry specialist Dawn Barker is a parent and expectant mother who blogs about writing a book and child development. Recommended Posts: Autism in Children and Fear and the attachment system
  9. The Teen Advice Blog: Licensed Marriage and Family therapist Sandra Dupont helps teens answer tough life questions here. Recommended Posts: Teens: Need to Tame Your Anger? and Puberty Freaking You Out?
  10. Child Psychology Research Blog: Those in the industry and who want to really educate themselves on psychiatry can read this blog from various therapists who comment on current issues like bullying, stress, and more. Recommended Posts: Effects of bullying on children with special needs and ADHD and Conduct Disorder: Delinquency in teens with ADHD and other conditions

Relationships and Marriage Therapists

Open communication lines, overcome infidelity, and work through common marital issues with the help from these therapists.

  1. A Marriage Therapist's Blog: Jay Slupesky is a licensed marriage and family therapist has also received counseling for his own marriage. Recommended Posts: The Three Phases and Believing in the One You're With
  2. NYC Therapist tells all…okay some: Dr. DeMarco is the founder of Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy of New York blogs and writes about mental health news, bullying, and more. Recommended Posts: Surprises and Fun in LTRs and Quote of the day: "I tried to cry but my antidepressants won't allow it."
  3. The Marriage Counseling Blog: Posts on this popular blog cover family issues, self-help, friendship, and marriage. Recommended Posts: What's a Half-Day Intensive? and Is Your Marriage Worth Saving?
  4. San Diego Therapist Blog: Expert Advice on Building a Healthy Marriage: Jennine Estes is a family and marriage therapist in San Diego who shares quick tips, relationship advice and common issues for all types of couples. Recommended Posts: How to Keep My Marriage Alive: A Simple Step to Maintain the Bond and From Single to Hitched: Tips to help make the adjustment to the marriage
  5. Couples Transformations: Jesse and Melva Johnson offer relationship therapy and counseling here, for various types of couples. Recommended Posts: Marriages Strained by Couples Wanting a Child and Being Supportive
  6. Marriage Counseling: Robert Heard is a therapist with an extensive background in therapy and counseling, and here he writes about the different stages of marriage and general advice for struggling couples. Recommended Posts: Stage 1: Passion and Stage 3: Rebellion
  7. MarriageAdvice.com Blog: Get marriage advice on all kinds of topics from expert therapists. Recommended Posts: What to Throw Overboard When Your Marriage Is In Trouble and Codependency
  8. Barbara Massey, LMFT: Find quizzes, tips, advice, support and more for stress management, abuse, general relationship problems, and more. Recommended Posts: Talking About Money in a Marriage and Marriage Conflict Styles
  9. Advice: Advice is the name of MFT Lisa Brookes Kift's blog, where you'll find tips on intimacy, premarital counseling, and more. Recommended Posts: My Girlfriend is Depressed and My Fiance Won't Give Me Time to Myself!
  10. Long Island Marriage Counseling: Dr. Diane Kramer is a marriage counselor and psychologist who blogs about the counseling process and how to deal with common problems in your marriage. Recommended Posts: You Can't Change Your Spouse and What is Polarization?

Addiction and Abuse

If you want to learn about addiction, recovery options and rehab, listen to these therapists.

  1. Bay Area Sex Addiction Blog: If you want to learn more about sex addiction, read this new blog from various sex therapists in the Bay Area. Recommended Posts: Dopamine: why it's so hard to "just say no" and thoughts on addiction and grace
  2. Addiction and Recovery Blog: Find an addiction therapist through this blog or just read state-specific stories and news about detox, rehab and other issues. Recommended Posts: Unconventional Options for Addiction Treatment for Drug Abuse in Nebraska and Holistic Detox for Alcoholism Treatment in Kentucky
  3. Addiction Recovery, Drug Rehab and Recovery Resources Blog: The PineGrove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services therapists blog here. Recommended Posts: Dr. Scott Hambleton talks Eating Disorders and Energy Drinks and Recovery: A Dangerous Mix by Scott Hambleton, MD
  4. Addiction in Society: Stanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D., blogs for Psychology Today considers how addiction is influenced by and impacts society. Recommended Posts: Problems We'll Never Solve — Coddled College Students and Other Cultural Addictions and The New World of Alcohol
  5. The Canyon Rehab Blog: The Canyon rehab and abuse treatment center keeps a blog full of tips, information about addiction, and more. Recommended Posts: Drug Cravings Related to Stress and Support and 7 Stages of Alcohol Addiction
  6. Cirque Lodge Drug Rehab Blog: Get drug rehab information and advice from Cirque Lodge. Recommended Posts: Taking the Steps to Recover and The Struggle of Prescription Drug Abuse
  7. The High-Functioning Alcoholic: Here is another blog for Psychology Today that reveals surprising statistics and personality traits of a "hidden class of alcoholics." Recommended Posts: The Great Wine Myth and Summertime parties and the beach! A Quick Guide to Coping with Alcohol Cravings
  8. Making Connections for Recovery: The Treatment Solutions Network educates while encouraging troubled individuals to get help. Recommended Posts: Managing Stress and 10 Reasons Not to Try Meth
  9. Safe Harbor Blogs: This women's treatment center blogs about different types of drug rehab, alcohol recovery, PTSD, and more. Recommended Posts: Rapid Detox and Long Term Drug Rehab
  10. Life in the Recovery Room: Learn about today's recovery and rehab programs from Jamie Huysman, PsyD, LCSW, CAP. Recommended Posts: It's the Weekend — Do Not Isolate! and Are Mel and Lindsay the Only Addicts We Care About?
  11. Counselor Magazine Blog: Addiction therapists get together on this blog, but it's a great resource for anyone wanting to research treatment and addiction issues. Recommended Posts: Present Perfect and Learning to Let Go of Resistance and Attachments

Specialty Therapists

Here you'll find blogs from therapists who specialize in conditions like OCD, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders.

  1. The Therapist Within Blog: Learn more about anxiety disorders and treatment here. Recommended Posts: How to Make Faster, Better Decisions and Are Your Panic Attacks "Wrong?"
  2. Dr. Shock: Dutch psychiatrist Walter van den Broek writes about his work with electroconvulsive therapy and depression. Recommended Posts: Adolescents' Narcissism on Facebook and 5 Differences between Psychotic and Nonpsychotic Depression
  3. Beck Institute Blog: Learn more about cognitive behavior therapy research and the industry from this blog. Recommended Posts: Family Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is Effective for Youth With OCD and Anorexia Nervosa Relapse Prevention Benefited by CBT
  4. Phoenix Men's Counseling: Jason Fierstein is a men's therapist and counselor who blogs about all types of mental health, relationship, emotional and life issues. Recommended Posts: The Anger Handbook: On How To Deal With Anger Effectively and The Problem with Open Marriages
  5. Bipolar You: University of Virginia Director of counseling and psychological services Russ Federman, Ph.D., ABPP, blogs monthly about bipolar triggers, struggles and more. Recommended Posts: Why Is Bipolar So Hard To Treat? and University Life, Bipolar Disorder and Inadequate Sleep: A Risky Combination
  6. Shari Cohn: Certified sex therapist Shari Cohn dispenses advice about addiction and treatment here. Recommended Posts: Partners-Spouses of Sex Addicts Are Traumatized and Isolated and Sex Addicts and Partners Calling For Help Is Hard
  7. Thin From Within: Dr. Katz comments on the inner conflict behind eating disorders. Recommended Posts: Meeting Your Inner Obstacles and Different Paths to Peace With Food
  8. Anxiety Files: Learn how to deal with everyday stress without becoming overly anxious. Recommended Posts: The Worst Advice for a Worrier and Why Thought Stopping Doesn't Work
  9. OCD Center of Los Angeles: Learn more about OCD and recovery from this blog. Recommended Posts: Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Teens and Memory Hoarding in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

General

For blogs about general mental health concerns, turn to these therapists' sites.

  1. Niall McLaren's Psychiatry Blog: This Australian psychiatrist writes to bring psychiatry into the mainstream scientific discussion, too. Recommended Posts: Psychosis Risk Syndrome: Pseudoscience gets a name and Concept of Borderline Personality Disorder
  2. Blog Therapy: GoodTherapy.org's blog is written by Topic Experts — therapist from all specialties who share advice, news and stories to help families and individuals through their issues. Recommended Posts: and Recession's Psychological Fallout Isn't Limited to the Unemployed and Antidepressants Reduce Aggression by Altering Moral Judgment
  3. American Counseling Association Weblog: Counselors and therapists blog for each other on this active blog, which features posts about career-related topics, idealism, different diagnoses, and more. Recommended Posts: Will I Be an Awful Counselor? and Does the Group Dynamic Fumble?
  4. Shrink Rap: This is a blog for psychiatrists and therapists to share news, humor, questions, lessons learned, and more. Recommended Posts: What I Learned Part 1 and Why Can't We Be Sad?
  5. The Best Counseling Blog: Tina Cannon, PhD, LMHC, writes about positivity, family issues, marriage counseling, and a lot more. Recommended Posts: Marriage Counseling: Three Danger Stages In Your Marriage and How to Change the Negative to Positive in Your Life
  6. Chicago Counseling Blog: Counselor Tinley Park is based out of Chicago but blogs for people everywhere who want help dealing with depression, fatigue, stress, and anxiety. Recommended Posts: Coping with Depression: One Writer's Description and 10 Tips for Getting the Most out of Counseling
  7. Psych Central Blogs: Get the latest stream of posts from experts and therapists blogging for Psych Central, on a range of issues. Recommended Posts: Finding a New Therapist is Like Dating and Shorter Sleep Duration Linked to Mental Distress
  8. Shrink Central: Dr. Katrina Wood's blog covers topics like parenting, marriage and relationship counseling, communication, depression, addiction, and more. Recommended Posts: Getting to know triggers from the past and Vision boarding: A compass for your life
  9. MentalHealth.net: Find various blogs from experts, therapists and counselors on everyday topics as well as more serious conditions and mental health diseases. Recommended Posts: Do I Have Bipolar II Disorder? and Did You Know? Some Surprising Data about Stress
  10. Dr. Roher Psychotherapy Blog: Dr. Daniela Roher has been a practicing therapist and counselor for over 30 years, and she covers "all things psychological" on this comprehensive blog. Recommended Posts: Do I Suffer From Social Anxiety Disorder? and Couples Who Survive Infidelity

American Sentinel University offers nursing program for registered nurses

November 3rd, 2010

Due to the fact that more than 3 million nursing professionals are expected to play a key role in transforming the U.S. healthcare system, more nurses are being asked to return to school nursing programs to gain additional knowledge.

A number of current and prospective nurses are turning to online nursing programs, such as those that are offered by America Sentinel University (ASU), to obtain an advanced nursing degree designed for registered nurses.

The complexities in treatment regimens and additional knowledge of genetics that are required to help treat patients with multiple co-morbidities – in addition to new legislation – will mandate that professionals in this field pursue further education, experts suggest. As a result, many nursing professionals are updating their skills in an effort to remain competitive.

"I looked at a variety of options: online, traditional classroom and combination programs and I decided on ASU because its online doctor of nursing practice was the best match for my needs," said Kim Sharkey, vice president of medicine and chief nursing officer at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta.

Experts expect the healthcare reform bill to heavily invest in nursing education and forward-thinking programs that will create and maintain tomorrow's nursing workforce.

Online nursing programs reach out to nontraditional students

November 2nd, 2010

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses (RNs) can choose from a variety educational options if they wish to advance their careers. While a diploma and associate's degree are both acceptable qualifications in the eyes of many employers, individuals who earn a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) maybe eligible for more career opportunities than those who have completed less formal training.

While these certifications typically take four years to complete, there are several campus-based and online nursing programs that are intended to serve students who have already earned some college credit in another field. In addition, some courses of study are designed to be convenient for individuals who have work or family responsibilities.

In fact, some of these institutions are launching mutual efforts to reach out to busy degree seekers. For instance, Indiana Wesleyan University recently announced that it will partner with Central Texas College for the second consecutive year in order to offer an online nursing degree.

The Adult Learning and Leadership program requires students to work in cohorts to complete a core nursing curriculum, discuss issues that are pertinent to the current healthcare industry and finish their assignments, according to school officials.  

Shortages inspire nursing programs, advocates to offer financial aid opportunities

November 1st, 2010

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an increased emphasis on preventative care and technological advances in healthcare will create a great need for registered nurses (RNs) over the next eight years. In fact, more than 580,000 new jobs for these professionals are expected to become available during this time period.

Consequently, many of the best nursing schools and healthcare advocacy organizations are increasing their efforts to encourage undergraduates to enroll in a related program.

For instance, the Helene Fuld Health Trust recently made a $600,000 donation to Michigan State University, which will use the funding to provide scholarships to advanced nursing students, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Half of the gift will be used to create financial aid packages that will be disbursed over the next eight years, while the remaining $300,000 will be reserved for future scholarship opportunities.

Individuals who are enrolled in the school's accelerated bachelor's program in nursing will be eligible for these awards. This course of study, which was launched in 2005, is intended to help students begin working quickly. The curriculum can be completed in as few as 14 months. 

20 Common Illnesses that Kill People in the Developing World

October 31st, 2010

For those living in corners of the world where clean water flows, food sources sit (mostly) safe and inspected on grocery store shelves, and vaccines, antibiotics and prenatal care are readily available, complacency oftentimes clouds reality. When they suffer from diarrhea, they rarely fret over whether or not it signifies their impending demise — so they easily forget that millions across the globe oftentimes perish violently from the exact same affliction. The flu, measles and other "everyday" diseases that leave an American child out of school for a few days can kill a full-grown man in Somalia. Cures exist for many, but political, cultural, economic, logistical and supply issues all hinder the medical professionals trying to quell the global health crises. The following diseases, supported by statistics from the World Health Organization, exist as some of the more easily dismissed (if not outright invisible) in the developed world — yet they cut a fatal swath through the developing. This list purposely leaves off entirely incurable or shakily unpreventable illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes and heart disease, as all of those place a massive dent on high-income populations as well. Rather, it focuses on those for which medical solutions or vaccines already exist instead as a means of illustrating divides between different regions.

  1. Malaria: WHO's statistics estimate 247 million instances of malaria in 2008, with roughly a million recorded deaths. The disease is responsible for at least 20% of all childhood deaths on the African continent. Doctors use combination therapies with an artemisinin base in treatment, and a combination of vaccines and insect-proof netting prevent all four strains — transmitted exclusively by mosquito bites.

  2. Influenza: In developed nations, vaccines prevent between 70% and 90% of cases and reduce the risk of death in the elderly by 80%. Most strains are highly curable, and death rates remain low in nations with enough resources to prevent and control outbreaks. However, developing nations must contend with anywhere between 250,000 to 500,000 fatalities year, most of them over the age of 65.

  3. Asthma: Compared to most conditions and diseases out there, asthma kills far fewer people and causes serious issues in developed and developing nations alike. No cure exists for the 300 million individuals affected by respiratory disorder, though inhalers and painstaking care to avoid allergens and other triggers do alleviate some of the problems. In 2005, asthma killed about 255,000 people worldwide, and children in developing nations without the proper mechanisms stand as the most vulnerable demographic.

  4. Lower Respiratory Infections: In 2004, lower respiratory infections killed 2.94 million people in developing areas — making it responsible for 11.2% of total deaths in that particular socioeconomic bracket. WHO's statistics show it as the number one killer. By contrast, developed nations only faced 0.31 million and 3.8% of total deaths that same year. Bronchitis and pneumonia (covered below) usually require antibiotics for successful treatment, which are sadly not always an option in poorer corners of the world.

  5. Pneumonia: This nasty LRI kills more children worldwide than any other disease, with a tragic death toll of 1.8 million, and more people than measles, AIDS complications and malaria combined. WHO believes that 20% of afflicted children do not receive nearly enough antibiotics to counteract the infection. In Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia alone, it accounts for around 85% of deaths yearly.

  6. Syphilis: Two million pregnant women in South Asia contract syphilis every year, with 80% resulting in prenatal and antenatal tragedies. Stillbirths and miscarriages are sadly common, and many newborns enter the world with the disease, a painfully low birth weight and/or some other type of infection. And all this could be prevented with greater access to testing, penicillin and prenatal care.

  7. Cholera: Sanitary water supplies, oral rehydration salts and a supplementary oral vaccine can all prevent this violent digestive disease. Eighty percent of the 3 to 5 million estimated cases worldwide may not have happened were treatments more readily available. Nor, perhaps, the 100,000 to 120,000 deaths. Interestingly enough, 75% of infected people never even develop symptoms.

  8. Measles: WHO considers measles one of the deadliest childhood illnesses that can be easily prevented with a vaccine. It considers South Asia the most afflicted region, as around 220,000 deaths occurred there in 2000 alone; that's 29% of worldwide fatalities. Limited access to vaccines and compromised immune systems greatly contribute to the continuing issue.

  9. Tuberculosis: About one-third of the world's population hosts the TB bacillus virus, but only between 5% and 10% ever grow ill from it. That may sound like a low percentage, but tuberculosis ended up claiming 1.3 million lives in 2008, though the numbers have been dropping. There are vaccines and drugs available to curtail it, but some strains have evolved that resist both — though treatment options exist for them as well.

  10. Prematurity: Even in the developed parts of the world, prematurity still occurs — though hospitals possess enough resources to keep most suffering newborns stable. But diseases and inadequate or nonexistent prenatal care render prematurity and low birth weight one of the leading causes of death in low-income nations. An estimated 3 million stillbirths and 1 million premature fatalities happen annually, with most of the latter occurring within the first 28 days after birth.

  11. Tetanus: Though highly preventable and treatable, 61,000 people worldwide died of tetanus in less than 5 years prior to 2008. Most of these obviously occurred in developing nations with limited medical resources, and neonatal tetanus ranks as one of the disease's most tragic manifestations. 59,000 infants died of the disease in 2008. Though far lower than previous years, WHO's efforts to eradicate it entirely have not yet come to fruition.

  12. Pertussis: Better known as whooping cough, pertussis killed 195,000 children in 2008 — almost all of them living in developing nations. Vaccinations prevented an estimated 687,000 fatalities, but not nearly enough were available to stop the disease entirely. They are also most effective when administered to infants and young children.

  13. Hepatitis B: Even adults who survive hepatitis B as children face a heightened risk of developing cancer or cirrhosis in the liver. About 2 billion people in the world have contracted the virus, with 350 million suffering from chronic symptoms and 600,000 dying yearly. The vaccine available to prevent and fight the disease boasts a 95% success rate, but the usual shortages and logistical issues make it difficult to bring it to those needing it most.

  14. Diphtheria: Even with proper immunization and treatment with antitoxins and antibiotics, diphtheria still kills between 5% and 10% of patients yearly. The highest percentage of fatalities occurs in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, with between 17% and 23% succumbing to the contagious respiratory disease.

  15. Polio: Many in developed nations tout polio as "a thing of the past," but the reality for their developing neighbors is far grimmer. Successful vaccination programs have wiped it out in most of the world, but India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria still report new cases; so long as it exists, it can spread. Children — the disease's preferred demographic — in 25 countries faced re-infection between 2003 and 2005, with 1 in every 200 cases experiencing irreversible paralysis. Between 5% and 10% of these kids will die of polio when the muscles needed for respiration succumb to it.

  16. Typhoid: Vaccines for this violent water-based infection are available, but it does not provide full coverage. Education and improved public health remains only way developing nations can fully prevent the 17 million instances of typhoid occurring each year. Ten percent of cases end in death, though proper antibiotic treatment lowers the number all the way down to 1%.

  17. Yellow Fever: This virus mostly affects tropical developing nations in Africa and the Americas, though worldwide it roughly results in 200,000 diagnoses and 30,000 deaths every year. No definitive cure exists, so survivors have symptom treating to thank, but a highly effective vaccine exists. Within a week, the immunization kicks in and provides prevention with 95% effectiveness for 30 to 35 years. Sadly, environmental, political, economic and public health issues have led to an increase in cases.

  18. Perinatal and Neonatal Diseases: In 2004, statistics show that 3.4% (or 0.90 million individuals) of deaths in low-income nations stemmed from some form of perinatal or neonatal condition. WHO considered it one of the top ten killers that year. Causes do differ from patient to patient, of course, but many of these medical issues come from untreated STDs in the mother. Statistics for syphilis were mentioned earlier, but 10% of fetuses and infants exposed to gonococcal infections will also die either in or shortly after exiting the womb — just to give an example. Providing access to proper prenatal care and any drugs needed to kill infections exists as the best possible solution to the problem, but it is — alas — easier said than done.

  19. Diarrheal Diseases: Considered the third highest cause of disease-related fatalities in developing regions, the various diarrheal diseases kill 1.81 million — or 6.9% of the population – people yearly. Most of these involve microbial contamination with varying treatments and vaccines (if any) depending on the strain. However, ensuring clean water, food and personal hygiene amongst the populace is the only route towards near-complete eradication.

  20. Severe Acute Malnutrition: Most of WHO's statistics regarding severe acute malnutrition revolves around children under 5, the most vulnerable demographic. Thirty-five percent of childhood deaths worldwide come about due to poor nutrition both inside and outside the womb. Not every nation possesses the resources (or, sadly, compassion) necessary to ward off malnutrition in its peoples, which is the only path towards sustained public health. Aid programs and hospitals, however, offer special regimens meant to nurture the afflicted in a safe, humane manner and get them to eat and soak up necessary nutrients. But it's a temporary fix for a much larger, overarching issue.

Online nursing programs make higher education more accessible to working adults

October 29th, 2010

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of jobs for registered nurses (RNs) will increase by 24 percent over the next eight years. Although this career field is expected to be quite lucrative, individuals who wish to compete for the top positions may want to consider enrolling in a nursing program.

In an effort to answer the need for these professionals, many schools are creating courses of study for both working adults in the industry and individuals who wish to become a nurse. Furthermore, many institutions are offering extensive financial aid packages in an effort to help capable degree seekers obtain higher education.

For instance, Western Governors University (WGU) recently forged a partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), which will help members of the organization reduce their educational costs.

NACHC members will now be eligible for a 5 percent discount on tuition for nursing programs at the school and an application fee waiver. In addition, these students may apply for one of 15 NACHC-WGU Community Health Scholarships, which are worth $2,000 each. 

All About Accelerated Nursing Programs

October 28th, 2010

Nurses are an integral part of the healthcare industry. With the rapid growth, increasing high demand in healthcare, and a shortage of nurses, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, estimates that the industry will need hundreds of thousands of nurses in the next several years. With such tremendous job growth and opportunity, its no surprise that nursing schools and colleges are offering plenty of programs for students to go to school and get the training and knowledge necessary to excel in the field. More schools and universities are offering students the chance to become certified in the field through accelerated nursing programs.

Generally speaking, accelerated nursing programs allow students that wish to enter the nursing field a way to do it quicker than in the normal time frame that it takes through most traditional programs. Accelerated nursing programs generally apply to candidates that have already earned a bachelor degree in any subject, whether it is in the nursing field or not. It is for those students that wish to return to school to become registered nurses. The typical degrees offered through accelerated nursing programs are Bachelor of Science in Nursing, also known as BSN, and Master of Science in Nursing, commonly known as an MSN. Additionally, these programs may also make it possible for nurses that have associate degrees to earn a bachelor degree or higher.

Many nurses that are already certified to practice by the state, enroll in nursing programs to have better job opportunities, room for advancement in their careers, and for higher salaries. Typically, rather than a 3 to 4 year commitment, which is standard for students pursuing a bachelor degree in nursing, these programs last from about 12 to 18 months. While admission requirements will vary by school, many accelerated nursing programs require that students have pre-requisite courses in human growth and development, biology, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, and ethics.

Programs can vary greatly by school and by state requirements, so individuals should find a program that caters to their accomplishments and goals. Accelerated nursing programs are offered both online, and at traditional campuses across the country. It is also important to remember, that some nurses enrolled in accelerated nursing programs already work as registered nurses, and that these programs require students to be extremely hard working, goal oriented and self-motivated. Because most BSN accelerated programs are intense and some require course work as well as supervised clinical practices, they can be rather time-consuming.