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    Echinacea

    What It Is Used For Colds, flu, and other infections. Stimulating the immune system Infections Wounds and skin problems, such as acne or boils [photo:54380] Who should not use it Pregnant women Patients with autoimmune disorders Patients with tuburculosis Young children Side Effects Incresed side effects if taken beyond 8 weeks Stomach problems Allergic reactions, including rashes, asthma, and anaphylaxis (a ...
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    Asian Ginseng

    What It Is Used For Increasing Immune System Recovering from illness Increasing energy & stamina Improving mental & physical performance Erectile dysfunction Hepatitis C Menopausal symptoms Lowering blood sugar Controlling blood pressure [photo:54367] Who should Not Take it Diabetics Patients with Hypertension Patients taking opiates for pain relief Pregnant Women Side Effects Headaches Sleep problems Gastrointestinal problems Allergic reactions Breast tenderness, ...
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    Ginko Biloba

    What It Is Used For Asthma Bronchitis Fatigue Tinnitus (ringing or roaring sounds in the ears) Memory improvement Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia Sexual dysfunction Multiple sclerosis [photo:54361] Patient Should Not Use it if Taking blood thinning drugs Diagnosed with bleeding disorders Scheduled for surgery Side Effects and Cautions Headache Nausea Diarrhea Dizziness Allergic skin reactions Increase bleeding risk ...
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    Black Cohash

    What It Is Used For Rheumatism (arthritis and muscle pain) Menopausal symptoms Menstrual irregularities and premenstrual syndrome Labor induction [photo:54364] Who Should Not Use it Pregnant Women Children Side Effects Headaches and stomach discomfort Heaviness in the legs Weight problems Interactions & Cautions No interactions have been reported between black cohosh and prescription medicines. It is not clear if black cohosh ...
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    Herbal Suppliments That Nurses Should Know

    Herbal Suppliments That Nurses Should Know
    Many herbs have a long history of use and of claimed health benefits and supplement sales are soaring in the US and abroad. However herbs are not controlled substances and many can interact with drugs and can cause health problems. It more important than ever for nurses to know the basics about popular herbs in order to protect patients from misinformation ...
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    The A to Z of Complementary & Alternative Medical Terms

    The A to Z of Complementary & Alternative Medical Terms
    Homeopathy, Chinese medicine, acupuncture; there are now more terms used to describe approaches to health care that are outside the realm of conventional medicine than your average nurse can keep track of. However, it is becoming increasingly important for nurses to familiarize themselves with these terms since patients frequently use alternative healing methods in conjunction with their western therapies. This fact ...
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    Become a Nurse - Frequently Asked Questions

    These FAQs are intended to answer some of the most common questions we receive here at NursingLink asking how to begin a career as a nurse. We encourage anyone interested in a nursing career to begin their journey using out comprehensive guides. These guides cover everything you need to know in order to start a fulfilling career as a nurse: *10 ...
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    Valentine's Day Activites for Your Pediatric Ward

    Valentine's Day Activites for Your Pediatric Ward
    Just because your patients are in the hospital and not in a classroom doesn't mean they don't want to enjoy Valentine's. Use these fun activities in your pediatric unit to bring a smile to their faces and warmth to their hearts. All activities are meant to limit too much physical activity for acutely ill patients and also leave out any food ...
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    Tissue Paper Flowers For Valentines Day

    Tissue Paper Flowers For Valentines Day
    Ages 9-11 Patients can create a bouquet of flowers for their loved ones for valentines day. h4. Materials 1. Colored tissue paper 2. Pipe cleaners 3. Scissors h4. Directions 1. Instruct kids to select 1, 2, or 3 colors and to stack about 10 pieces of tissue paper in those colors. Have them cut the stack into a "dog bone" shape ...
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    Have a Healthy Heart

    Have a Healthy Heart
    Caution: Not recommended to use with children with irregular heart conditions, as they may be physically and emotionally sensitive to the exercise and its results. Otherwise, it is a perfect way to explain heart health to children. Just in Time for Valentine's Day - Have a Healthy Heart: Ages 9 - 15 Overview: This lesson on the heart is taken from ...
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    Valentine Heart Game

    Young patients will respond to music through singing, moving, playing instruments, and improvisation while integrating math curriculum and Valentine's Day. Learning outcomes Patients will clap rhythm patterns notated on board then make up their own on percussion instruments. They will also be asked to answer addition and subtraction problems. *_Time required for activity: 35 minutes_* h4. Materials/resources set of 25 numbered ...
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    Animal Box for Valentines Day Cards

    Animal Box for Valentines Day Cards
    For this activity, children will create a box for their valentines that has personality with a fun animal face. Younger children may need to have a template made for them that they can decorate, but older children may like the flexibility of creating their own animal character. This should take a minimum of 1 hour to complete, but may be modified ...
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    Valentine's Day Heart Purse

    Valentine's Day Heart Purse
    Create purses for patients to collect classroom Valentines or treats in. This activity should take a minimum of 30 minutes depending on how much decorating is done. Younger children may need hearts pre-cut for them for safety reasons. Use your judgment. h4. Materials: 1. Fun foam or felt fabric in Valentines Day colors. 2. String, yarn, or ribbon. 3. Puffy ...
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    Valentine Singing/Guessing Game

    This is a great game for young patients, ages 5-9. Patients will: 1. Learn to hear similar and different phrases 2. Sing in a group 3. Sing a solo 4. Listen for vocal sounds h4. Preactivities Review the simple song "Love Somebody" Love somebody, yes I do. Love somebody, yes I do. Love somebody, yes I do. Love somebody but I ...
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    Tips for Getting Published in a Nursing Journal

    Tips for Getting Published in a Nursing Journal
    Getting an article published in a nursing journal may seem daunting to novice writers, but the rewards far outweigh the challenges. RN editors and authors offer these pointers to help aspiring authors convert good ideas into published work. h4. Recognize the Opportunity Most nursing journal articles are written by nurse educators required to conduct and publish research. However, staff nurses, nurse ...
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    20 Valentine Card Ideas

    Valentines day cards are a great way to express any hidden creativity. Here are 20 ideas to help inspire you from crafty members at craftbits.com. !http://www.theapple.com/nfs/theapple/photos/0001/0275/card.JPG! 1. A special card. Use a bought card blank with a heart cut out of the front or make one yourself. Use scraps of material and lace to make a small piece of crazy patchwork. ...
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    Tips For A Smooth Nursing Shift Change

    Tips For A Smooth Nursing Shift Change
    At the end of a long day of caring for patients, it’s time to give the end-of-shift report to the oncoming nurses. Although it may be tempting to rush through this routine duty, patient safety hinges on a complete and correct exchange of information. “We underestimate its importance,” says Elizabeth Henneman, RN, PhD, CCNS, an assistant professor in the School of ...
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    Ovary Removal Linked to Cognitive Problems, Dementia

    Adapted from the NCI Cancer Bulletin, vol. 4/no. 25, Sept. 11, 2007 (see the current issue). Women who had one or both ovaries removed before menopause for noncancer reasons faced an increased risk of developing cognitive problems or dementia later in life, according to a new study. But women who underwent estrogen replacement therapy until at least age 50 after having ...
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    External Beam Radiation Therapy: A Patient's Fact Sheet

    External Beam Radiation Therapy: A Patient's Fact Sheet
    About the treatment: What is external beam radiation therapy? * It is a common cancer treatment that uses high doses of radiation to destroy cancer cells and shrink tumors. * A large machine aims radiation at the cancer. The machine moves around you without touching you. * It doesn't hurt. * It doesn't make you radioactive. * It can't be seen, ...
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    Baby's head shape: What's normal?

    Baby's head shape: What's normal?
    Many newborns have slightly lopsided heads. Sometimes, it's because their heads are molded unevenly in the birth canal. In other cases, head shape is affected by spending too much time in one position. Although your baby's head shape will probably even out on its own, varying your baby's head position can help. h4. How position affects head shape You'll notice two ...
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