Celebrate Patient Experience Week 2018
Apr25

Celebrate Patient Experience Week 2018

When I first saw that Patient Experience Week 2018 is April 23-27, I was a bit confused. I wasn’t really sure what “patient experience” meant. To me, it didn’t really sound like the most interesting thing in the world, so I decided to do a bit of digging. Turns out, it’s a pretty awesome celebration! Below, I’ll outline what I learned about Patient Experience Week, and provide a few different ways...

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Celebrate Perianesthesia Nurse Awareness Week
Feb05

Celebrate Perianesthesia Nurse Awareness Week

You’ve probably seen a handful of the videos. It’s usually a groggy teenager who’s just gotten his or her wisdom teeth out. With the effects of anesthesia wearing off, it can often make for some comical and viral sound bytes. However, anesthesia is a serious medication, and it’s important that a trained professional monitors patients as they come out of a procedure. This is why a perianesthesia nurse plays a vital role in the...

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Nurses Stand With DAPL Protestors
Nov18

Nurses Stand With DAPL Protestors

National Nurses United has recently deployed a second group of volunteers to help on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. As the conflict grows, this brave group of volunteers has vowed to support protestors with medical aid “As a nurse, I understand the necessity of preserving and protecting our water. Water equals life, and the Dakota Access pipeline threatens the health and well-being of millions of Americans,” said RN...

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What Makes Smart Rooms So Smart?
Oct28

What Makes Smart Rooms So Smart?

Smart Rooms Tech giant, IBM, recently announced their $200 million investment in Watson, a data analytics platform responsible for smart rooms in hospitals. Although smart rooms have been implemented and tested in several different facilities throughout the country, this investment may just be the ticket they needed to get their idea from 2005 up from the ground. Watson powered smart rooms use cognitive computing, giving patients the...

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Silver Tsunami: Will Your Facility Sink or Swim?
Sep21

Silver Tsunami: Will Your Facility Sink or Swim?

Tsunamis in nature are caused by a shift in the tectonic plates, in other words, an earthquake. But, tsunamis also serve as the perfect metaphor to describe the current global aging population crisis. From 1946 to 1964 an earthquake felt around the world happened known as the baby boom. The result? A silver tsunami 65 years in the making. In 2030, we expect the population of older Americans to double to 72.1 million and life...

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Autonomy Granted for Nurse-Run Clinics
Jul22

Autonomy Granted for Nurse-Run Clinics

Nursing Legislation In 2015, nurse practice laws in the state of Minnesota were changed to give advance practice nurses the autonomy to see patients without a physician oversight. The amendment to nursing regulation is being picked up by more and more states in an effort to fill the need for primary and specialized care. Thus far, 21 states and the District of Columbia have taken on this legislation, allowing nurse practitioners more...

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