From the category archives:

Healthcare News

How Employers are Narrowing the Field

by Howard Gerber on December 27, 2012

No Gravatar

How Employers are Narrowing the Field

So there you are, brand new nursing degree in hand, ready to start your first job or take your experience to a new job. You should be aware, though, that hiring isn’t what it used to be. HR departments are high-tech and savvy, and they are looking at more than just your resume to make a decision.

Even in a field with plenty of job openings, the competition can be fierce. As an applicant, it’s up to you to make sure your resume is not only up to date, but properly formatted…and that a web search won’t turn up reasons not to hire you. [continue reading…]

0

{ 0 comments }

Top Five Gifts for Healthcare Professionals This Season

by Howard Gerber on December 11, 2012

No Gravatar

The holiday season is all about giving. Unfortunately, figuring out what to buy everyone can give you a headache.

But this year, you don’t have to stress out looking for the perfect present for the busy medical professional in your life. These five gifts are sure to be a big hit during the holidays:

1.  Intelliskin Performance Shirt

Medical professionals have to stand for hours on end, which can put a huge strain on their backs. The IntelliSkin can help alleviate this pain, as it is scientifically designed to retrain the body to achieve optimal muscular balance and function through proper alignment and quality of movement. Created by a sports medicine expert and accomplished athlete, the IntelliSkin Performance Shirt incorporates advanced sports science, medical research and design and construction to naturally trigger an instant, predictable sensorimotor response.

 

2.  Medelita Scrubs Set

Put some style into your healthcare pro’s scrubs with these professional Medelita scrubs. With specific styles for men and women, Medelita scrubs are functional and a lot more flattering than traditional unisex scrubs. They can be personalized with a custom logo, name and embroidery, and come in a variety of colors to suit any personality or facility.

 

3.  A Day at the Spa!

Give the gift of relaxation with a SpaFinder gift certificate. Accepted at over 20,000 locations worldwide, these gift certificates can be used for beauty packages, yoga classes, Pilates sessions, fitness studios and more. Starting at just $25, you can chose to print a gift cart instantly, send an eGift Card via email or have a certificate mailed to a lucky recipient.

 

4. Stethoscope Tag

A Stethoscope Tag is sure to bring a little bling into the exam room. Extremely affordable, these tags are an excellent way for the doctor, nurse, or technician in your life to keep track of which stethoscope is theirs! Also, the tag can serve as a touching personal reminder of who gave it to them on those very stressful days.

 

 

5. Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite is one of the world’s most advanced e-readers. Featuring an exceptionally sharp and clear resolution, a built-in adjustable light, 8-hour battery life and a sleek design, the Kindle Paperwhite is the perfect gift for a healthcare professional who likes to catch up on reading in-between shifts.

 

Take our gift guide with you on the go. Download a copy now!

 

0

{ 0 comments }

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Howard Gerber on October 11, 2012

No Gravatar

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

No matter your role, if you work with adult women in the healthcare industry, it is important to discuss breast cancer with your patients or clients. Nurses are especially well positioned to talk to women about this important issue, since caring for a patient’s overall health is part of the job.

Monthly Breast Self-Exams

Do your patients know how to perform self-exams on their breasts? Though studies have questioned the necessity of breast self-exams due to the low rate of discovery in this manner, there is anecdotal evidence that self-checks can aid in early detection. Myself, I know a woman who discovered a lump in her own breast during a self-exam, and she has been a breast care survivor for over 15 years. So even though it is unlikely that a woman will discover breast cancer before her doctor can, isn’t even one woman’s life saved worth it? Self-exams have no cost to the patient and are easy to do, so I would encourage female patients to take their health into their own hands.

Annual Clinical Breast Exams and Mammograms

If you work in a primary care or OB/GYN practice, you know how often your patients are coming in for their clinical exams. It may be a good idea to send mailers to the patients in your practice during October to remind them of the importance of coming in for their annual exams, which will include checking for breast cancer. If you work outside one of these offices, posters and other educations materials can help remind your female patients to see their physicians, stressing the fact that early detection is what helps save lives.

It may be important to stress that, while mammograms are unpleasant, they are really the best tool we have right now for detecting breast cancer. Too many women avoid mammograms due to discomfort and embarrassment, so they need to be reminded that the discomfort is only temporary, and it could end up being the difference between going into remission or listening to the doctor talk about life expectancy.

Are Women Aware?

With everything going pink for the month of October, it’s hard to think that anyone could possibly not be aware of breast cancer. But simple awareness of this disease’s existence is quite different from awareness of how important early detection can be. How do you educate your patients about breast cancer?

0

{ 0 comments }

Travel Nursing – Is Your Skill List Up-to-Date?

by Howard Gerber on October 4, 2012

No Gravatar

Travel Nursing – Is Your Skill List Up-to-Date?

So you’re ready to start travel nursing. You’ve got the education and experience, your resume is newly polished and you’ve prepared for those tricky interview questions. Have you forgotten anything?

If you’re using a recruiter affiliated with a service – which I highly recommend – it’s a good idea to make a list of your skills, talents, and competencies. This helps the recruiter match you up with jobs that are perfect for you…and helps avoid wasting time on jobs that are not. [continue reading…]

0

{ 1 comment }

Kidney Stone Season

by Howard Gerber on September 27, 2012

No Gravatar

Kidney Stone Season

There’s only one way to beat the summer heat in the South: a tall, cool glass of sweet iced tea… which may be why so many southerners suffer from kidney stones. Dehydration is the major cause of kidney stones, but incidents are trending up drastically over the last decade, as much as 30%. Doctors who specialize in such studies strongly suspect the culprit is the American diet.

Kidney stones are formed when a concentration of minerals collects in the kidney, often forming jagged constructions that are painful and difficult to pass. During the summer, people sweat out more fluid, leaving the kidneys high and dry, a perfect environment to foster the growth of stones. It’s a common problem, affecting about 10% of all Americans. People who form one are far more likely to have more. [continue reading…]

0

{ 6 comments }

Care for a Brain Wash? Potential New Insight to Alzheimers

by Howard Gerber on September 20, 2012

No Gravatar

Care for a Brain Wash? Potential New Insight to Alzheimers

The brain, and the effects of aging, are still widely misunderstood. But new research reported by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center sheds light on something new and different, a drainage system that periodically washes the brain down. They discovered that in a healthy brain, cerebrospinal fluid circulates constantly, washing out proteins that build up and might lead to Alzheimer’s. The proteins are carried away through the cells and into the body, where they can be harmlessly absorbed. The researchers called the cleaning system the “glymphatic system,” because it’s similar to the lymphatic system and facilitated by glial cells. [continue reading…]

0

{ 0 comments }

Hoarders: from Reality TV to Reality

by Howard Gerber on September 13, 2012

No Gravatar

Hoarders: from Reality TV to Reality

Hoarding isn’t a new condition. In 1947, a pair of brother achieved legend status by starving to death amid piles of possession in a New York brownstone. Homer and Langley Collier were the last elderly remnants of a wealthy Manhattan family. They moved to a fashionable Harlem neighborhood in 1909, and as the neighborhood lost its cachet and transitioned downward, the brothers sank into increasingly reclusive and paranoid behavior. In the end, Langley was killed in an avalanche of trash while bringing Homer dinner, and bedridden Homer starved to death. There have been others, some famous, some not, usually considered, kindly, to be eccentric. Still, it was rare enough to be largely unknown. [continue reading…]

0

{ 0 comments }

Page 3 of 1012345...10...Last »