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    Job Profile: Registered Nurse

    Job Profile: Registered Nurse
    Adapted from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition Significant Points Nature of the Work Working Conditions Employment Training, Other Qualifications and Advancement Job Outlook Earnings Related Occupations Significant Points • Registered nurses constitute the largest health care occupation, with 2.4 million jobs. • About three out of five jobs are in hospitals. • The three major educational ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +8
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    Nurses Ask for Help Lifting Heavy Patients

    Nurses Ask for Help Lifting Heavy Patients
    A Cape Cod Hospital nurse told state legislators yesterday that the obesity epidemic is hurting American nurses -- particularly in the neck, shoulders and back. Speaking at a hearing on the proposed The Safe Patient Handling Act, registered nurse Beth Piknick said she developed a "never-ending back spasm" after 25 years of heaving lifting on the job. Heavier patients mean nurses ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Inmates Assist Ill and Dying Fellow Prisoners in Hospices

    Inmates Assist Ill and Dying Fellow Prisoners in Hospices
    ANGOLA, La. — Ted "Animal" Durbin expected prison life to be about brawls and knife fights — not changing adult diapers or bathing grown men. Four times a week, Durbin, 51, who's serving 140 years for armed robbery at Louisiana State Penitentiary, meets with frail, dying inmates at the prison's Treatment Center. He bathes them, provides other personal care and often ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Dr. Cures Baby's Brain Condition with Superglue

    Dr. Cures Baby's Brain Condition with Superglue
    Toddler Dafi Evans owes his life to nothing more than a blob of glue. Using a revolutionary technique hours after his birth, doctors used Histoacryl - similar to superglue - to plug a leak in his brain that would otherwise have killed him in a few days. He was suffering from Vein of Galen malformation, in which missing capillaries between arteries ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Nurses Fired for Facebook Postings

    Nurses Fired for Facebook Postings
    Protecting patient privacy is one of the cardinal rules in nursing (hello, HIPAA). The legalities behind breaking a patient's trust and breaching their confidentiality is one of the first principles nurses are taught. It doesn't matter how it's done — verbally, on paper, via texting or online — it's still wrong. Earlier this year, five nurses who worked at Tri-City Medical ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Nurses Learn to Help Patients Deal With Pain

    Nurses Learn to Help Patients Deal With Pain
    Hospital stays are generally considered uncomfortable at best, so nurses at Memorial Hospital in Belleville are working to help alleviate some of the pain. The hospital recently started a pain resource nurse program, which offers nurses extra training in pain management to help their patients become as comfortable as possible. Nurses attend a three-day training session at Northwestern University in Chicago ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Pain Drugs: When Nurses Get Caught in the Middle

    Pain Drugs: When Nurses Get Caught in the Middle
    On a scale of zero to ten, how often do you wish you could somehow wave a magic wand and know how much pain your patient is in—zero being never and ten being every day? Four? Ten? Twenty? ER Doc Brady Pregerson and Nurse Rebekah are ready to “go there” in the first of a four-part series on pain management. Dr. ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Nurses Ready to Give Shots

    Nurses Ready to Give Shots
    Edgecombe County Health Department Director Karen Lachapelle updated her Board of Directors Tuesday on the county's H1N1 (swine) flu plans for this fall at the board's meeting in Tarboro. The health director said that so far, nurse practitioners in the county have given their support to volunteer with vaccinations as they're needed. Out of 47 nurses approached by the health department ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Non-Profit Nursing Homes Give Better Care

    Non-Profit Nursing Homes Give Better Care
    After reviewing 82 studies, Canadian researchers say non-profit nursing homes give better care. The findings of the meta-analysis for thousands of mostly U.S.and some Canadian and Taiwanese nursing homes are published in the British Medical Journal. The studies of mostly U.S. nursing homes, but also some Canadian and Taiwanese nursing homes gauged care using measures such as the need for physical ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    State Nurses Garner Support for Mental Health Funding

    State Nurses Garner Support for Mental Health Funding
    EBENSBURG -- Nurses at the Ebensburg Center held up signs and handed out leaflets along Route 22 in protest of possible funding cuts for mental health and mental retardation facilities because of the state's budget crisis. The demonstration Tuesday was part of a statewide effort by nurses at state hospitals and mental retardation centers to retain funding they say is necessary ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    No Scars: New Obesity Surgery Goes Through Mouth

    No Scars: New Obesity Surgery Goes Through Mouth
    CHICAGO — Doctors are testing a new kind of obesity surgery without any cuts through the abdomen, snaking a tube as thick as a garden hose down the throat to snap staples into the stomach. The experimental, scar-free procedure creates a narrow passage that slows the food as it moves from the upper stomach into the lower stomach, helping patients feel ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Unusual Tooth-Implant Restores Blind Patient's Sight

    Unusual Tooth-Implant Restores Blind Patient's Sight
    A bizarre new medical technique may help some victims of impaired vision. While synthetic eyeballs -- either of electronic or organic nature -- advance towards one day replacing vision, scientists are also developing new near-term procedures to save or restore patients' vision. Among these is the osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis, or MOOKP, a bizarre technique that uses a tooth to implant a synthetic lens ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Health Officials Practice With Portable Hospital

    Health Officials Practice With Portable Hospital
    The next time a large-scale disaster strikes, emergency responders will be able to treat hundreds of injured people at the scene by emptying a couple of tow-behind trailers. Local responders on Tuesday got their first look at a portable hospital system that the Pennsylvania Department of Health has placed in Crawford County for use throughout the region. The system was set ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Sheriff Needs Relief With Jail Medications

    Sheriff Needs Relief With Jail Medications
    Nearly half of the inmates at the Houston County Jail are on medications, with some of them taking up to 10 drugs a day. The load -- and the consistently full house at the jail -- has led Sheriff Andy Hughes to ask the county commission to increase the hours of the jail pharmacist from 20 hours a month to 20 ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Waiting Isn't ER Patients' Top Issue

    Waiting Isn't ER Patients' Top Issue
    In what might be a counterintuitive take on crowded emergency rooms, patients say the time spent waiting is not their top concern, according to a customer satisfaction survey last year of 1.4 million patients. Though decreasing the length of the visit would improve overall customer satisfaction, the report says, patients' top priorities are how well they were kept informed about delays, ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Study: Bad Test Results Often Don't Reach Patients

    Study: Bad Test Results Often Don't Reach Patients
    CHICAGO - No news isn't necessarily good news for patients waiting for the results of medical tests. The first study of its kind finds doctors failed to inform patients of abnormal cancer screenings and other test results 1 out of 14 times. The failure rate was higher at some doctors' offices, as high as 26 percent at one office. Few medical ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Nurses' 'Vacation' a Mission of Mercy

    Nurses' 'Vacation' a Mission of Mercy
    Hawaii never crossed their minds, the women say. Italy, Spain or any of the popular vacation spots in the world didn't either. It was Bolivia where the oncology nurses were going to take their two-week "summer vacation" this year. Bolivia was where they were needed most. Young women were dying of breast and cervical cancer at an alarming rate in the ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Uninsured People Should Call Now to Register for Free Health Clinic in New Orleans

    Uninsured People Should Call Now to Register for Free Health Clinic in New Orleans
    Uninsured residents of Louisiana who want to attend a free health clinic in New Orleans on Saturday, Nov. 14, should call 877-233-5159 toll-free as soon as possible to schedule appointments. About 400 doctors and other medical providers and 700 other volunteers are expected to participate in the C.A.R.E. (Communities Are Responding Everyday) Clinic at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center sponsored ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Even Hairless Sphynx Cats Give Patients a Warm, Fuzzy Feeling

    Even Hairless Sphynx Cats Give Patients a Warm, Fuzzy Feeling
    Strange-looking cats? Maybe. Pam Moore concedes that if someone is accustomed to long-haired cats, a Sphynx can be off-putting at first. But after a Sphynx curls up in the lap of one of her patients, Moore, a registered nurse at J.W. Sommer Rehabilitation Unit in Muscle Shoals, Ala., says the animal brings about a transformation in the human. "They bring so ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Alternative Medicine Goes Mainstream

    Alternative Medicine Goes Mainstream
    BALTIMORE — At one of the nation's top trauma hospitals, a nurse circles a patient's bed, humming and waving her arms as if shooing evil spirits. Another woman rubs a quartz bowl with a wand, making tunes that mix with the beeping monitors and hissing respirator keeping the man alive. They are doing Reiki therapy, which claims to heal through invisible ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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