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Cluster B Personality Disorders

by Howard Gerber on December 20, 2010

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The definition of a personality disorder, as defined by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), is a pattern of inner experiences and behaviors that differ from the cultural experiences of the individual. There are three primary personality disorder clusters. Cluster A includes odd or eccentric disorders. Cluster B includes dramatic, emotional, or erratic disorders. Cluster C includes fear and anxiety disorders. The biggest difference between other mental health problems and personality disorders, which may appear quite similar on the surface, is that symptoms resulting from a personality disorder cannot be changed with negative consequences or with medications. The only way to help a patient with a personality disorder is through therapy, which may allow the patient to see that his or her behavior is unacceptable to society as a whole and encourage the patient to find other, more socially acceptable, ways to express themselves. [continue reading…]

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Cluster A Personality Disorders

by Howard Gerber on November 22, 2010

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The American Psychiatric Association defines a personality disorder as a pattern of behavior and inner experiences that are differs from what the individual’s culture expects. There are three main clusters of personality disorders. The first is Cluster A, which includes eccentric or odd disorders. The second is Cluster B, which includes emotional, dramatic, or erratic disorders. The third is Cluster C, which includes anxiety and fear disorders. [continue reading…]

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Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month

by Howard Gerber on September 27, 2010

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Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month is September. This is a great opportunity for nurses and other healthcare providers to make sure people are aware of the symptoms associated with these two diseases. As with all forms of cancer, the earlier the disease is caught, the better the patient’s chances for survival. [continue reading…]

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Social Networking for Temporary and Per Diem Employees

by Angela Stevens on June 28, 2010

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Social networking has seen a huge increase in the numbers of users and the types of networks available for those users over the last several years. Initially, many people were using networks such as Facebook and MySpace to connect with friends and families. Other networks such as LinkedIn – as well as smaller networks that focus on specific professions such as nursing, teaching, or physical therapy – are also becoming more popular. One of the advantages to sites like these is they allow people to connect with others in their profession and build their professional network.

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As a temporary or per diem employee, it can be difficult to build a network of work associates. [continue reading…]

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Nursing Strikes

by Angela Stevens on June 21, 2010

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For many workers, the most efficient way to increase their advantage at the bargaining table is by leveraging their collective ability to stop a company from being able to provide a product or service. Nursing unions are no different, as they use this tactic to obtain what they want in their contracts. One big difference between nurses going on strike and assembly line workers, though, is that nursing strikes immediately and negatively affect other people. Without nurses, patients can be in extreme danger. Even if some of the nurses stay to maintain a minimal staff, patients will have to share the already overtaxed nurses with even more people, reducing the ability of each nurse who remains to adequately care for his or her patients.

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One way hospitals and other medical facilities can deal with nursing strikes is to hire nurses from staffing companies on a temporary or per diem basis. [continue reading…]

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Delivering Bad News to Patients and Their Families

by Angela Stevens on July 20, 2009

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One of the most difficult situations a health care provider has to face is delivering bad news to a patient and his family, and there’s no single right way to do it. It can be a terribly uncomfortable situation, especially for those unprepared to deal with the questions and resulting emotions of the patient and family. As a result, many physicians attempt to disassociate themselves with the situation and wind up behaving in an unnaturally stiff and formal manner. [continue reading…]

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How the Internet is Changing Healthcare

by Angela Stevens on June 17, 2009

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The uneducated patient who relies solely on their healthcare provider to inform them of possible health concerns, symptoms, and treatment is almost a thing of the past. With 60-80% of Internet users seeking health information online, today’s patient is more knowledgeable and ready to take more responsibility for their own health.

The Internet has the potential to inform and empower the health consumer by educating individuals about general health, healthcare services, and support decision making. Unfortunately, the Internet has also proven to have negative impacts for the healthcare industry as well. [continue reading…]

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