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I Had An A+ In Hating School

I Had An A+ In Hating School

Well, that was in the past. I used to be average in high school and middle school. I never was the smartest. I could have been, but I chose not to. Why? Because I didn’t care. I didn’t care about […]

Dear America, I Am An Emergency Department Nurse

Dear America, I Am An Emergency Department Nurse

Dear America, I have gratefully and proudly been an Emergency Department and Trauma Travel Nurse for the past 4 years. I have held your love one’s hands as they have passed. I have laughed with you when you came in […]

The 28-Hour Workday Controversy – Do Long Working Hours Help Or Harm Patients?

The 28-Hour Workday Controversy – Do Long Working Hours Help Or Harm Patients?

In recent days, the medical world has seen itself mixed up in a bit of controversy, related to the long working hours common among medical professionals – including doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff. The root of this controversy lies […]

Understanding 4 Health Issues That Disproportionately Affect Minority Populations

Understanding 4 Health Issues That Disproportionately Affect Minority Populations

April has been chosen by the US Office of Minority Health as National Minority Health Month – a time during which nurses, doctors, and the general public can discuss the health issues, diseases, and other problems that disproportionately affect the […]

4 Things That Happen When You Miss Your Doctor’s Appointment

4 Things That Happen When You Miss Your Doctor’s Appointment

Nurses who work in physician practices know the pain of people who constantly miss their doctor’s appointments, or who are unprepared when they do show up. It’s estimated that 10-25% of all patients who schedule a doctor’s appointment miss their […]

The Four Biggest Global Health Challenges Faced Today

The Four Biggest Global Health Challenges Faced Today

  The World Health Organization (WHO) has chosen April 7 as World Health Day. World Health Day represents a time when countries all around the globe can come together to discuss the state of the global population – and the […]

A Guide To The 7 Highest Paying Nurse Specialties

A Guide To The 7 Highest Paying Nurse Specialties

Nursing, for all of its difficulties – unruly patients, “code brown” diaper cleanups, unending shifts, testy doctors, and high-stress situations – pays well. And while that’s not the reason that most of us got into the business – we’re caretakers, […]

4 Countries Contending For Global Healthcare Supremacy

4 Countries Contending For Global Healthcare Supremacy

  Amid the ease of travel in our global landscape, the reality is simple; as technology continues to evolve, and economies grow and contract relative to national markets, the availability of technologically advanced medical services, combined with an ultra-affordable price […]

Why Are Prescription Drugs in the US So Expensive?

Why Are Prescription Drugs in the US So Expensive?

Anyone who works in medicine is probably aware that in the United States, prescription drugs can be considerably more expensive than they are elsewhere in the world. A good example is Humira (adilimumab), a name brand prescription anti-inflammatory drug used […]

These Australian High School Students Re-created Martin Shkreli’s Pill… For $2

These Australian High School Students Re-created Martin Shkreli’s Pill… For $2

Chances are, you remember the public outcry and backlash last fall when Martin Shkreli, a hedge fund co-founder and former CEO of biotech firm Retrophin, made a decision to raise the price of a life-saving drug called Daraprim overnight by […]

Life Expectancy Has Dropped In The US. Why?

Life Expectancy Has Dropped In The US. Why?

For decades, the life expectancy of the average person in the United States has been steadily increasing. In 1930, the average American could expect to live to almost 60 years of age. By 1980, the number had risen to 73.7. […]

The Affordable Care Act and Nurses – What Has Changed?

The Affordable Care Act and Nurses – What Has Changed?

  Back in 2010, Barack Obama passed a federal statute known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA, often referred to as “Obamacare,” has been the most significant overhaul of US healthcare since Medicaid and Medicare were enacted in 1965. […]

How Much Can You Share With a Patient’s Family?

How Much Can You Share With a Patient’s Family?

  Family members want to know as much as possible, especially when their loved one is seriously injured or ill. But for adult patients, how much can you really share with their family? Many nurses aren’t always clear on what […]

Worker’s Compensation Vs. Personal Injury Claim, A Legal Difference

Worker’s Compensation Vs. Personal Injury Claim, A Legal Difference

    As nurses, we treat many patients whose medical care is relevant to an insurance claim or a court case. This is part of why accurate charting and accurate medical records are so important. For these patients, the details […]

Knowing The Difference Between Spouse & Boyfriend Could Save Your Career

Knowing The Difference Between Spouse & Boyfriend Could Save Your Career

  Is that guy asking to see your patient, her boyfriend or her husband? You can’t always tell right away. Today, people wait a while to get married, instead of doing so in their early 20s. “Boyfriend” and “girlfriend” can […]