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Dermatology Nursing

by Howard Gerber on July 28, 2011

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If you are a nurse who specializes in dermatology, or want to find a position in the field, there are several places you can work. Learn more about these environments, connect with others in your field with professional organizations, stay up to date on the latest news with professional journals, and follow users in the field on Twitter. [continue reading…]


July is UV Safety Month

by Howard Gerber on July 19, 2011

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July is UV Safety Month, an appropriate time as most of the nation is focused on getting outside to enjoy the sun. With new guidelines about sunscreen issued from the FDA it is more important than ever that everyone work together to make sure the public is well informed about the necessity of sun protection and exactly how to best protect themselves and their family.


Make a sunscreen display to show customers the new recommendations by the FDA. A chart format or a Q&A format are good choices because they can easily be skimmed and will force you to break the information into more manageable pieces that consumers will be more likely to understand. This is also an excellent place to move your sunscreen selection to for the month of July. Next to the display of sunscreens, provide easy to understand definitions about the claims the sunscreens make such as waterproof, water resistant, broad spectrum, and what SPF actually means. Brochures that clients can take with them with the new information could also be included with each purchase.


Nurses and doctors can devote some of their bulletin board space this month to UV Safety with a focus on their specialty. Pediatric offices can display what children and infants need, dermatology offices can discuss the warning signs of too much UV exposure, and ophthalmologists’ offices can show the dangers UV radiation poses to eyesight and how to best protect your eyes.


Although most schools close for the summer, they don’t always close completely. Summer programs, summer school, and summer training or extracurricular activities may still be in full force. Take time at the beginning of the month to show students exactly how much sunscreen should be applied and how often it should be reapplied. Physically taking the time to show them what an ounce of sunscreen looks like will be much more beneficial to students than simply discussing the new guidelines.


Many physical and occupational therapists recommend aquatic exercises to supplement therapy session, some even provide aquatic services. If you recommend patients to swim or to complete exercises in the water be sure you talk to them this month about the importance of properly using sunscreen. The FDA has said sunscreens will not be able to claim to be waterproof in the future. Make sure your patients know they need to reapply sunscreen every 40 to 80 minutes (depending on the type they use) if they are in the water or sweating.

How do you plan to make your patients more aware of the dangers of UV radiation? Do you recommend specific sunscreens or products that limit UV exposure? What do you think of the new FDA guidelines for sunscreens?

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Celebrate Nurses!

by Howard Gerber on May 5, 2011

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National Nurses Day is May 6 and National Nurses Week is celebrated from May 6 to May 12. Learn more about the history of this celebration and use some of these celebratory ideas to help plan a celebration for your coworkers or yourself. [continue reading…]


The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

by Howard Gerber on November 29, 2010

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Nurses go above and beyond the call of duty every single time they enter their work environment. In a hospital, nurses don’t just administer medications or assist the patient’s doctor. They are the ones who spend the most time with a patient and who will notice if the patient’s condition begins to change. They are the ones who are responsible for notifying the physician of any abnormalities and getting the patient any addition care he or she may need. [continue reading…]


3 Things to Never Say to a Patient

by Howard Gerber on October 25, 2010

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There are many resources that tell you what you should say to a patient, how to help a patient, or console a family member – and these are all good topics. However, there are some things you should not say to a patient or a family member, and these are equally important, if not more so. [continue reading…]

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Famous Nurses

by Howard Gerber on September 7, 2010

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Being a nurse is one of the most stressful careers an individual can choose. The hours are long, the results are often depressing, and yet the rewards one experiences when everything does go right are tremendous. Sometimes, however, it may be difficult to remember just why you are in this profession. Let these five nurses encourage and inspire you to continue in your chosen field.  [continue reading…]


CNA Certification

by Howard Gerber on August 30, 2010

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A certified nursing assistant, or CNA, is someone who completes routine tasks and provides basic patient care under the supervision of medical staff and nurses. Responsibilities may include helping a patient dress, eat, or bathe. CNAs may also serve meals, change linens, and monitor a patient’s vital signs. Usually, a CNA will work in a hospital or residential setting, such as a nursing home, but they may also be employed by home health companies to give in-home care to patients. [continue reading…]

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