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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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The Role of a Hospice Nurse

by Howard Gerber on June 28, 2011

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Becoming a hospice nurse is truly a special calling. Unlike most fields of nursing, there is virtually no chance that a patient admitted to hospice care will ever recover. This means the nurse is typically providing palliative care only. This can be very stressful for some caregivers, while others find it to be quite rewarding. A hospice nurse does not simply give care to the patient, however. They also will often be called upon to have a more active role with the patient’s family as well. [continue reading…]

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Twitter for Nurses

by Howard Gerber on March 29, 2011

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As a nurse, you probably work long hours and have very little down time to read about medical news, keep up with other nursing journals or nursing issues. Twitter can make it much easier to keep up with the latest news and information. By following accounts specific to the field of nursing, you can have all of the news and information sent to you in short bursts that can be read quickly. If they interest you, you can follow links for more information. With free Twitter apps available for all smart phones, you can keep up while on breaks at work or while you are on your commute home – as long as you aren’t driving! [continue reading…]


New Physical Therapist: Why You Should Travel

by Howard Gerber on March 22, 2011

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Once you earn your degree, you may be eager to settle down and establish yourself in one location as soon as possible. This is certainly a valid option for someone who knows exactly where they want to live and has a guaranteed job awaiting them. However, not many college graduates are that lucky. If you have recently graduated and are struggling to find a job in your field nearby, it is time to think about joining a staffing firm and traveling around the country. [continue reading…]


Special Education: Uncooperative Parents

by Howard Gerber on March 15, 2011

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As a special education teacher, you likely feel your vocation is a calling rather than simply a job. Most educators recognize that special education teachers have a unique and difficult position, one that not many people are interested in holding. Because of this, many people in the field of education will respect your assistance and often be quite grateful. Unfortunately, not all parents feel the same way. [continue reading…]


March is National Nutrition Month

by Howard Gerber on March 11, 2011

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Good nutrition is one of the most important factors in maintaining good health and in helping children be more effective in an educational setting. Because of this, it is important that health and education professionals use this month to stress the importance of eating healthy and the ways good nutrition can benefit your patients or students. Remember that simply being told that one should eat “better” is not helpful enough. Many people who make poor dietary choices do so because of a lack of experience with healthy foods, lack of knowledge in regards to preparation methods, or because they feel their food and activity choices are limited due to economic restraints. By offering community specific information and resources, you can give everyone you come into contact with the tools they need to make healthier choices. [continue reading…]


Twitter for Physical Therapists

by Howard Gerber on February 8, 2011

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In the age of social networking, tweets, and blogs, it can be a daunting task to know where to look for industry information. Of course, you still have professional journals and continuing education, but what about day to day news and the ability to converse with others in your field? Twitter has allowed people from all over the world to share information and ideas in 140 characters. The following Twitter accounts are a great place for physical therapists to jump into the tweeting pool. [continue reading…]


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