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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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    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 over 4 years ago | Rated: +5
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +6
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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 about 4 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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    Brazil Probes Baby Death After Delivery Room Fight

    Brazil Probes Baby Death After Delivery Room Fight
    SAO PAULO - A newborn died after two doctors scuffled while the mother was in labor and Brazilian authorities said Thursday they are investigating to determine whether the delivery room fight caused the death or contributed to it. The two doctors were fired by the public hospital in the small city of Ivinhema near the border with Paraguay, but investigators have ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -4
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Should Stillborns Get Birth Certificates?

    Should Stillborns Get Birth Certificates?
    When Mandy Mancini went into labor three years ago she expected to come home from the hospital with a healthy baby girl. She left with a heavy heart and empty arms. Her daughter Seneca was stillborn, leaving Mancini with only a scrapbook of memories, a plaster mold of her tiny feet, a commissioned portrait and pictures of a baby frozen in ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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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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    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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    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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    Rare Form of Diabetes Leads to Injection Free Treatment

    Rare Form of Diabetes Leads to Injection Free Treatment
    Three years after she made medical history and was freed from painful insulin injections, 9-year-old Lilly Jaffe is just beginning to understand how much her story changed the course of diabetes research and treatment. Since her breakthrough, 70 other children and several adults in the U.S. also have been able to switch from insulin shots to oral medication. And last month, ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    'New' Type of Breast Cancer Stops Women in Their Tracks

    'New' Type of Breast Cancer Stops Women in Their Tracks
    When a mammogram detected a lump in Barbara Laufer's breast, the fear was paralyzing. "You think you're going to die," says Laufer, 40, of Burbank, Calif. Laufer was diagnosed with a perplexing condition called ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, a growth of malignant cells inside the milk ducts of the breast. Though some doctors describe the condition to patients as ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Man Says Through Aide Leaving Coma Like Rebirth

    Man Says Through Aide Leaving Coma Like Rebirth
    BRUSSELS (AP) — With a caretaker holding his hand, a Belgian man who was diagnosed as comatose for 23 years typed out a message Tuesday that he felt reborn after decades of loneliness and frustration. A leading bioethicist, however, expressed skepticism that the man was truly communicating on his own. Car-crash victim Rom Houben was diagnosed as being in a vegetative ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Nurse-Nutritionist Says Michael Jackson, Bedeviled By Insomnia, Begged for Sedative

    Nurse-Nutritionist Says Michael Jackson, Bedeviled By Insomnia, Begged for Sedative
    LOS ANGELES - Michael Jackson was so distraught over persistent insomnia in recent months that he pleaded for a powerful sedative despite warnings it could be harmful, says a nutritionist who was working with the singer as he prepared his comeback bid. Cherilyn Lee, a registered nurse whose specialty includes nutritional counseling, said Tuesday that she repeatedly rejected his demands ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Help Your Community: Elderly Patients and Violence

    Help Your Community: Elderly Patients and Violence
    Have you ever fallen victim to violence or hostile behavior by an elderly person? It’s more common than you think, especially in nursing. As a nurse, you want the best for your charges. You want to help, and are probably quick to dismiss hostile or rude comments from patients. Whether or not it’s their dementia or Alzheimer’s talking or not, the ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Nurses Get Hands-On Trauma Training

    Nurses Get Hands-On Trauma Training
    July 20 - Megan Brown of the Washington County Lifesaving Crew wedged herself into the floorboard of a sidewise pickup in the Virginia Highlands Community College parking lot and smeared fake blood on her face. She's getting ready for a femur fracture and a head injury and in about half an hour. In front of the two dozen Nursing Workforce Diversity ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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