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February 3rd, 2011
Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s (MRVAMC) residency program for postbaccalaureate nursing degree holders has received accreditation.
The year-long residency program is the result of a partnership between MRVAMC and the University of Florida College of Nursing. In it, new BSN graduates are paired with preceptors and mentors to provide a structured transition to their career.
Accreditation by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education makes this the first-ever nurse residency at a VA facility to receive this distinction.
Thomas Cappello, north Florida/south Georgia veterans health system director, said he believes that accreditation provides “national recognition of the quality of the residency and further strengthens” the organization’s nurse residency program.
According to university officials, the partnership program is a part of a five-year, $5 million-plus pilot initiative designed in part to address the need for more nursing students and faculty. High turnover rates in the healthcare industry can negatively affect workers and patients alike.
Data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing indicates that more than 75 percent of registered nurses believe the shortage of healthcare workers will have an impact on the quality of their work life and patient care.
February 2nd, 2011
It should come as no surprise that sitting around and not moving all day isn't really good for your body, but many may not be aware of just how many problems can be caused by such a sedentary lifestyle. Whether you choose to sit all day or are required to by the logistics of your job, you may want to take a new approach to your workday after learning just what health effects sitting can have on the body. It could impact not only your health, but the lives of your loved ones and expenditures towards healthcare.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis. Most are familiar with this condition through warnings urging people not to sit without getting up on long flights. The same goes for sitting for hours on end anywhere– at work or at home– without moving. If you don't get up and walk around occasionally, you could be putting yourself at risk of potentially deadly blood clots in your legs.
- Obesity. Surprise, surprise, sitting all day rather than standing or moving around can play a contributing role in obesity. While not burning enough calories is part of the problem, studies have also shown that being overly sedentary can slow your metabolism and change how your body functions, further contributing to weight gain.
- Increased Risk of Heart Disease. You think a workout after work is enough to make up for sitting still all day? Think again. New studies have shown that exercise once a day, even for an hour, isn't enough to make up for sitting all day at work. Those who work out and sit all day are just as likely to develop heart disease as those who don't work out and sit all day, something that should make any health conscious worker reevaluate their daily schedule.
- Risk of Diabetes. Along with an increased risk of heart disease, sitting for prolonged periods of time can increase your chances of developing diabetes by as much as 7 percent. Why? Sitting all day actually causes your body to slow down considerably and can result in increased blood sugar (since your body doesn't need the sugar for energy it simply stays in your system), insulin resistance and a much less healthy you.
- Raised Cholesterol. Those standing desks and treadmills desks won't sound so bad after you learn what other side effects sitting all day can have. Not only will it raise your blood sugar, but your cholesterol as well. Sitting causes enzyme activity in the body to drop by as much as 90%, preventing those helpful enzymes from grabbing that fat and using it for energy. In fact, after a few hours of sitting, healthy cholesterol plummets by 20%.
- Herniated Disk. Our bodies aren't really designed to sit all day long. Sitting puts a lot of pressure on your hips and spine, and can lead to some injuries in them over an extended period of time. One such injury may be a herniated disk. Continued pressure on your spine may cause a disk to come out of place, creating a painful condition that can require medication, physical therapy or even surgery.
- Poor Posture. Do you always sit correctly when you're sitting down at work or at home? More than likely you're not, which can put undue pressure on certain parts of your body and lead to poor posture even when you're not sitting at a desk. Weakened muscles and tight joints caused by prolonged sitting take their toll over time, and can leave you feeling tired, cause extreme lower back and neck pain and harm your body as a whole.
- Knee Pain. When you sit, your knees are generally at a ninety degree angle. At first, this doesn't seem so bad, but after sitting all day, for weeks on end, this can take its toll on your knees. Sitting in this position puts pressure on the kneecap and can lead to pain and swelling and may result in having to wear a knee brace while at work.
- Muscle Weakness. It makes sense that moving less results in loss of muscle mass and muscle weakness. One of the hardest hit muscles is the gluteus maximums, or the buttocks. It is one of the largest muscles in the body and plays a big role in just about any movement you could want to do, so it's essential that it stays strong. Weak gluteus muscles can result in lower back pain and hip bursitis as well.
- Increased Risk of Depression. Sitting at your desk all day may make you depressed through the sheer tedium of it all, but there's a scientific reason for it as well. Reduced movement means less blood flow. Less blood flow means fewer feel-good hormones are moving through your body, helping you keep depression at bay. The effects can be even worse for those who already struggle with or are more prone to depression.
- Slowed Metabolism. When you sit for an extended period of time, your body starts to slow and shut down on a metabolic level. Since you're not moving around, your circulation slows and you're burning fewer calories and fewer fat burning enzymes are moving through your body. All of this can lead to an overall slowed metabolism that can affect your energy levels and cause you to gain weight.
- Neck Problems. Many people who work at a computer extend their necks to see or bend them slightly when working. While over the short term this may not be a huge problem, but over long periods of time it can start to harm the muscles and joints in the neck and lead to pain even when you're not at work.
- Back Aches and Pain. One of the hardest hit parts of the body when you're sitting all day is the lower back. It is under a large amount of pressure and can begin to ache while at work and for hours afterward. While stretching, working out the muscles and moving around can all help, many sitting all day just don't realize how much they're hurting their backs and could face long term problems trying to get them back into shape.
- Shorter Life Span. Those who sit more than six hours a day are at an increased risk of early death from all causes, higher by an average 35% for women and 18% for men, for those who exercise. Those who don't exercise and sit all day are at a 94% higher risk of premature death for women, and a 48% higher risk for men. This is no joke for those who spend their days at a desk. Get up, get exercising and start reducing the effects of being sedentary before it's too late.
February 1st, 2011
Individuals with an interest in pursuing a nursing degree from the University of Phoenix may be interested to know that the institution has achieved re-accreditation.
The university’s College of Nursing was re-accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for 10 years – the maximum amount of time allowed. To school officials, this validation reflects the agency’s satisfaction and confidence in the institution’s program.
It is the responsibility of the national accreditation agency, CCNE, to assess bachelor and graduate nursing programs and ensure that they serve the public interest with effective educational practices.
Pam Fuller, dean of the College of Nursing, says that CCNE accreditation is an “important national evaluation of program quality that students, alumni and the public-at-large can rely upon for assurance” that a degree from the University of Phoenix can be viewed with “credibility and respect.”
According to university officials, the institution graduates more post-licensure nurses on an annual basis than any other program in the country. In addition to its goal of developing leaders with excellent communication and critical thinking skills, the school works to address the nation’s shortage of healthcare workers.
February 1st, 2011
General Electric (GE) Healthcare, a provider of medical technologies and services, recently announced that it will introduce a library of online courses for individuals who wish to advance their education beyond their nursing degree.
Through their subscription-based online library, GE Healthcare hopes its courses will appeal to registered nurses and professionals in specialty fields such as obstetrics, telemetry as well as emergency and critical care.
Jenne Meyer, marketing leader for GE Healthcare’s Education Services, describes the cost-effective educational nursing program as “diverse” and “flexible.” To make the courses more convenient for subscribers, the library is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Individuals who choose to take the online courses will encounter a number of current and relevant nursing topics. Performance quality, stress management techniques and blood donation are among the many areas of study that are addressed. In addition, the library receives continuous updates.
“We continue to hear from nurses about the need for better education on all levels to help them perform better at their jobs,” adds Meyer.
As the healthcare industry expands to meet the demand of a rising patient population, online nursing programs may provide an opportunity for professionals to advance their knowledge on their own time.
February 1st, 2011
Judson College in Alabama has announced its plans to offer an associate’s nursing degree in the fall of 2012.
The Christian college considered offering a nursing program in the early 1970s. However, it was the country’s current shortage of healthcare professionals and the institution’s commitment to community service that finally led to the formation of the associate’s degree.
According to Dr. David Potts, Judson president, more than two dozen other Alabama institutions with nursing programs have turned away qualified applicants due to enrollment limits.
A report by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing indicated that in 2009, U.S. institutions had to reject 54,991 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate programs int his field. This was due in part to a shortage of faculty and a lack of classroom space.
“Nursing is the most sought-after major by prospective students that Judson heretofore did not offer,” says Charlotte Clements, vice president for admissions. “We believe it’s an opportune time to proceed with a quality program.”
Due to Judson’s involvement in service projects in rural environments, the college’s nursing program will have a focus on healthcare these settings. Students will utilize two campus facilities, which Potts says feature “state-of-the-art” classrooms and equipment.
January 31st, 2011
In years past, the online chiropractic community was pretty sparse. But now, there's a wealth of blogs and other resources for chiropractors online, with practices, resources, news, and more. Read on to find the 50 best blogs in the chiropractic community.
General & News
Stay up to date on what's happening in the chiropractic community by following these blogs.
- The Chiropractic Blog: The Chiropractic Blog offers a resource for information on chiropractic.
- ChiroOrg: Find news, research and commentary on chiropractic on the ChiroOrg blog.
- Chiropractor Services: Read this blog to get news for chiropractors.
These doctors and practices share news, advice, and other helpful information.
- Compass Chiropractic: Compass discusses headaches, alignment accidents, pain, and more in relation to chiropractic.
- Waldorf Chiropractic Center: This chiropractic center shares information that can improve your quality of life.
- Dr. Davis' Back & Wrist Pain Blog: Dr. Eben Davis writes about chronic back, beck, and wrist pain treatment.
- Symmetry Chiropractic: Symmetry shares a community resource for optimal health and healing.
- The Blog of Franson Chiropractic: Franson Family Chiropractic is the headquarters of the Family Wellness Movement.
- Dr. Russell Brokstein: Dr. Brokstein discusses general health problems and more.
- Dr. Gray's Straight Talk: Dr. Gray offers honest and blunt healthcare discussion and advice.
- Belvidere Chiropractic Center: Belvidere discusses chiropractic caring for all generations.
- Dr. John Lay: Dr. John Lay is a practicing chiropractor as well as coach to other chiropractors.
- Chiropam: Chiropam is a female chiropractor, practicing in Perth, Western Australia.
- Glastonbury Chiropractor Blog: Read this blog for low back and chronic pain relief.
- Queen Anne Chiropractic Center: This Seattle chiropractor discusses health and chiropractic in the news.
- Everett Chiropractic Center Blog: Dr. Dennis Dilday discusses his practice on this blog.
- Westheimer Chiropractic: Dr. Matthew Westheimer's blog will inspire you to reach your true health potential.
- Life Beyond Pain: Dr. Carl Evans helps people reduce or eliminate pain.
- Arc4Life's Alternative Pain Relief Blog: Check out this blog to learn about pain relief for your neck and lower back.
- Raymond Chiropractic: Read the Raymond Chiropractic blog for a new direction in health and wellness.
Tune in to hear what these chiropractic bloggers have to say.
- Spinal Column Radio: Dr. Thomas Lamar is a podcast chiropractor.
- Chiropractic OnLine: Listen to today's HealthBeat on this podcast.
- The Beat of Chiropractic: Find answers to your chiropractic questions on The Beat of Chiropractic.
These chiropractic blogs focus on spinal care and more.
- The Atlas of Life: Dr. Brandon Harshe discusses upper cervical chiropractic care.
- The Spine Line: Dr. David B. Thomson offers daily insights and suggestions for continuing health.
- All-Star Chiropractic: Read about optimal posture, health, spine alignment, and more.
- Upper Cervical Chiropractic: Upper Cervical Chiropractic will help you discover the path to health.
- The Upper Cervical Blog: Get your head on straight with the Upper Cervical Blog.
- Ventura Spinal Care Center: This chiropractor dicusses back pain, headaches, and more.
- Spine Health: Find trusted information for pain relief on Spine Health.
- Dr. Jerry Kennedy: Dr. Jerry offers great advice for chiropractic wellness.
- Dr. Adam Tanase: Dr. Tanase encourages patients and readers to check the neck.
- Scoliosis Solutions: This chiropractor specializes in scoliosis.
- Thomas Chiropractic Care: Dr. Thomas offers an oasis of peace in a challenging world.
Learn about the field of sports medicine on these chiropractic blogs.
- Natural Sports Medicine Blog: Dr. Todd Narson discusses natural sports medicine on this blog.
- Doctor's Choice: This doctor discusses physical medicine and rehab.
- Performance Chiropractic and Sports Care: Dr. Yong Kim blogs about chiropractic in sports.
- Ducat Chiropractic & Wellness Center: This sports clinic takes a balanced approach to whole-body wellness and pain relief.
- Ayres Chiropractic & Sports Injury Center: Learn about overall health and sports injuries on this blog.
- Lowrey Chiropractic Blog: Read this blog to see posts on chiropractic care, sports therapy, and wellness.
Read these blogs to take a peek into the lives of chiropractic students.
- The Life & Times of a Sherman Wife: Abby Dunn discusses what it's like to be the wife of a chiropractic student.
- Chiropractic Student: Scott is a chiropractic student at Logan College of Chiropractic.
- Cleveland Chiropractic College: See what's happening at the Cleveland Chiropractic College blog.
- Holly Clarke: Holly Clarke discusses her chiropractic education.
- Sem Holloway: Get a student's perspective on chiropractic studies.
Follow these blogs to find marketing resources and more.
- Next Generation Chiropractor: This chiropractor discusses social media and web design for chiropractors.
- The UC Websites Blog: Check out this blog to find web tips for upper cervical chiropractors.
- Chiro Assistant 101: Katie Ramsey offers advice and resources for chiropractor assistants and more.
- Matthew Loop: Matthew Loop offers chiropractors advice for Internet marketing.
- Planet Chiropractic: Planet Chiropractic has content for the chiropractic minded.
January 28th, 2011
The University of Southern Maine will offer a new doctoral nursing degree program in the fall of 2011, reports the Portland Press Herald.
Students who choose to pursue the university’s doctor of nursing practice (DNP) will acquire the advanced leadership and management skills that are utilized by healthcare professionals on a daily basis.
According to the university’s official website, the DNP is for advanced practice nurses. School officials add that the program will be the first of its kind in northern New England at a time when interest in this field of study is growing.
That demand is due in part to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s decision to change the required level of preparation for advanced practice from a master’s degree to the doctoral level by 2015.
As the nation’s healthcare industry expands to meet the needs of an increased patient population, a push for higher levels of nursing education has arisen.
In October, the Institute of Medicine published a report – The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. In it, the organization recommended that care providers practice to the full extent of their education and training.
January 28th, 2011
Anna Maria College (AMC), a Catholic liberal arts institution in Massachusetts, will bring its nursing degree program online in January 2011 to cater to working professionals.
The institution’s registered nurse-to-bachelor of science in nursing (RN-BSN) program will service individuals who wish to obtain a degree in a quick and convenient manner. To further expedite their completion of the track, the college will offer up to six credit hours to students who have professional experience.
To Anne Marie Catalano, director of nursing programs, the time each student spends working in the field is “an invaluable asset that should be recognized and rewarded as he or she makes the important decision to pursue an advanced degree.”
Students who choose to enroll in AMC’s online RN-BSN curriculum will study the latest trends in holistic care. Courses will feature an emphasis on the health of a patient’s mind, body and spirit, in addition to a strong focus on the type of transcultural and multicultural nursing that is ideal for community-based care.
College officials say the Bureau of Labor Statistics' positive nursing career projections are one reason why they decided to offer the program online.
January 28th, 2011
The Continuing Education Association of New York State has recognized the State University of New York at Delhi’s (SUNYD) online registered nurse-to-bachelor of science in nursing (RN-to-BSN) degree program.
SUNYD’s degree was named the 2010 winner of the James C. Hall, Jr. Exemplary Program Award. The honor recognized the online offering’s ability to provide versatility and flexibility to registered nurses pursuing their bachelor of science.
According to school officials, the online nursing program offers the first degree of its kind in New York state. Its inception was a response to the shortage of healthcare workers that is currently afflicting the nation.
The nursing degree's online curriculum allows students to engage in either part- or full-time learning during the fall, spring or summer semesters. Select courses offer hands-on opportunities in the enrollee’s hometown region.
“This award recognizes the success of SUNYD’s RN-to-BSN in delivering quality, accessible and affordable nursing education programs to help meet the critical need for registered nurses,” said Candace S. Vancko, president of the university.
Since 2008, enrollment in this course of study has increased from 20 to 300 students.
January 27th, 2011
There are dozens upon dozens of nursing specialties out there for nurses to choose from, so whether you're considering a change of pace in your career or are still weighing your options while you're in school, there's a lot to think about. It can pay to explore what specialties are out there and hear from those who work in them before making a career change or choosing a specialty. Here are some great blogs that can help to educate you on what it's like to work in a busy ER, with newborns, in the ICU, on the road or even in a school to help make the right choice for your interests and goals and learn all you can about any specialty that sounds interesting.
These blogs provide tales of nurses working in ER and trauma settings, letting you hear all the good and the bad of it.
- Madness: Tales of an Emergency Room Nurse: Here you'll find a veteran nurse at an inner city hospital ER who shares her experiences.
- Emergiblog: Get insights into what really goes on in the life of an ER nurse on this blog.
- Call Bells Make Me Nervous: If a new nurse's perspective is more what you're in search of, consider this blog written by a professional who's only been on the job for a few years.
- EDNurseasauras: With 34 years of experience under her belt, this nurse has a wide range of ER nursing stories to share. You'll love the interesting and amusing stories she presents.
- Impacted Nurse: Nurse Ian Miller has been working in the Emergency Department of a hospital in Australia for over twenty years, giving you insights into the field as well as how things work in other countries.
- Crass-Pollination: Check out this blog by Nurse K, sharing the ups and downs of working in an ER in Montana.
- David Marciniak: Nurse and father of nine David Marciniak is a busy man, but somehow makes it all work. Learn more about his life and job here.
- Thoughts from the Night Shift: This ER trauma nurse works the night shift, when some of the weirdest and wildest cases come in.
- ER Nursey: Here you'll find some great stories about the healthcare, most of which focus on the work being done in ERs.
- Those Emergency Blues: This cynical nurse loves his job, but sees some problems with the health care system.
- Life In The ER a Nurse's Perspective: Here, an ER nurses rants and raves about work in a stressful environment.
Oncology nursing can be emotionally trying, but these blogs may show you that it's worth it to help those who need it most.
- AONN Expert Opinions Blog: Check out this blog for some insightful articles from the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators.
- Ashleigh's Oncology Nursing Blog: On this blog, you'll not only find posts about oncology nursing, but loads about using technology in health care as well.
Labor and Delivery
These nurses help new moms deliver and care for the needs of newborn babies.
- 10 Centimeters and Beyond: Nurse Lochia is a nurse who works the night shift in Labor and Delivery in the Midwest, and is also a mother herself. She shares stories about her work and her own life on this blog.
- At Your Cervix: This popular blog is home to a nurse who shares stories of working in labor and delivery that are amusing, inspiring and just plain interesting to read.
- Stork Stories: Here you'll find stories of birth and breastfeeding from an OB neonatal nurse.
- Adventures in Juggling: This nurse has five kids and an active family life and has to juggle it all while working as a NICU RN.
- Midwife Connection: Considering a career as a nurse midwife? You'll find a great number of resources on this site from the ACNM.
- A Midwife's Muse: Get an international perspective on being a midwife from this mom and professional working in the UK.
- Bethany Women's Healthcare: On this blog you can hear from one of the many great midwifery facilities in the United States.
- Pinky RN: This student nurse is working hard to become a labor and delivery nurse.
- Nurse's Watch: On Nurse's Watch, you'll get to read posts from a pediatrics and labor and delivery nurse.
Long Term and Palliative Care
On these blogs, you'll hear from nurses who are working with terminally ill or aged patients.
- Midwife for the End of Life: Visit this blog to learn about one nurse's experience working with those who are at the end of their lives.
- CAHF Long-Term Care Nurses Council: If you have an interest in long-term care nursing, this blog is an excellent place to start learning more.
- HPNA Blog: The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association posts their latest news and information on this blog.
- GeriPal: Learn more about geriatric and palliative care from this highly informative blog.
If working with the most critically ill patients interests you, check out these blogs written by wonderful nurses.
- Weird Nursing Tales: Nurse Tex shares his experiences working as a Critical Care Float Nurse in an East Coast hospital.
- CodeBlog: Gina offers up some great insights into what it's like to work as an ICU nurse on this blog.
- Florid Nightingale: This blogger is both an ICU nurse and a teacher, helping the next generation of students prepare to work in the ICU– a perfect read for those interested in the specialty.
- Nurse J: This blog offers readers a chance to read about the life of Nurse J, a Critical Care Nurse.
- Nurse & Lawyer: Hear the perspective of both an ICU nurse and a lawyer on the hot topics through this blog.
- Nurse Me: Love reading about life in the ICU and trauma unit? This blog is a great choice for stories about everything from dealing with stress to handling difficult patients.
- Taking the Scenic Drive: This ICU nurse deals with the littlest patients since she works in pediatrics, a great mix of two specialties in one blog for anyone who wants to learn more.
- The Man-Nurse Diaries: Here you'll find posts about health care news as well as stories straight from critical care.
- Nurse XY: A new grad, this blogger is taking on an internship in a critical care unit. Read about his experiences here.
These sites are perfect for learning more about nursing care in the mental health specialty.
- A Psychiatric Nurse's Blog: Life as a psychiatric nurse can be taxing sometimes. Learn about what it's like to work in this field from this great blog.
- Family Mental Health: This PsychCentral blog is a great place to learn more about family mental health issues.
- Mental Nurse: Read, comment and learn more about mental health nurse from this informative, overseas blog.
- Not a Nursing Student Blog…: This nurse not only works in mental health, but in forensic mental health, often dealing with violent and mentally unstable patients.
If you're considering pursuing additional education to become a nurse practitioner, give these blogs a read.
- Nurse Practitioner's Place: This blog is a wonderful resource for any nursing student or nurse interested in understanding just what it takes to be a nurse practitioner.
- What School Doesn't Teach About Being a Nurse Practitioner: You won't learn everything you need to know in school, as this blog will show. Sometimes, the only way to learn is to do it.
- A Nurse Practitioner's View: Read about trends, issues and policies that affect nurse practitioners working today through this blog, from someone who knows them best– a NP.
- New Grad NP: This blog will let you hear from a new NP on what's really going on in the workplace.
- It Shouldn't Happen in Healthcare: Nurse Practitioner Max started out as a pediatric nurse, but now works in general practical – something you can read all about here.
- The Makings of a Nurse: Read this blog by a nurse working in Clinical Nurse Leadership.
- NP Odyssey: This NP in training shares experiences from the hospital floor and the classroom.
No matter what specialty you choose, travel nursing may very well be an option. Read through these blogs to see if it's right for you.
- Adventures in Travel Nursing: This couple both have jobs as travel nurses, letting them see the country while sticking together.
- Travel Nursing Blogs: On this site, you'll find perspectives on travel nursing from a wide range of specialties as well as some really great general information.
- The Official Travel Nursing Blog: This blog can help you establish whether or not travel nursing is the right choice for you.
- Ask Conrad: Travel nurse Conrad answers all your questions about nursing on the road here.
These blogs touch on a wide range of specialties from nutrition to infusion nursing.
- Nursing Influence: Cath Lab nurse Amy discusses a wide range of topics that affect nurses on this blog.
- Junkfood Science: If you've got an interest in nutrition, consider a career as an RN and dietician with some guidance from this blog.
- Crzegrl, Flight Nurse: Those looking for a bit of excitement to go along with their nursing may want to read this blog from an Army flight nurse.
- Nurse Healers: If holistic nursing is more of your thing, give this blog a read.
- RehabRN: Learn more about what it's like to work in a rehab facility as a nurse by reading this blog.
- The Muse, RN: Nursing isn't just about helping patients, it's also about training and working with other nurses. This nursing blog can help you learn about a career as an educator and leader in the field.
- Tales of a School Zoned Nurse: If you love to work with kids, read through this blog for help determining whether or not a career as a school nurse is for you.
- Travelista RN: Check out this blog to learn about a nurse working towards being an RN and getting an MS in management at the same time.
- Infusion Nurse Blog: On this site, you can learn more about the nursing profession and infusion nursing.
- Insights in Nursing: No matter what specialty you're interested in pursuing, you'll find information here on this site loaded with interviews and articles from those working in health care today.