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Healthcare Workers

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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Stress Relief for Overstressed Healthcare Workers

by Angela Stevens on April 16, 2009

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You take care of patients all day, but who is taking care of you? Hospitals across the country are grossly understaffed due to lack of adequate funding, leading to sometimes unmanageable nurse-to-patient and doctor-to-patient ratios. Mandatory overtime places additional stress on healthcare workers who are already being pushed to their limits during the course of the normal work week. I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. [continue reading…]

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