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Tackling the Truth about Opioid Addiction: 5 Key Tips to Address Patient Fears

A common scenario: It’s 3:00pm on a Tuesday and you are discharging a patient from the acute care unit/emergency room/ambulatory surgical unit. You go over their discharge instructions to make sure they understand their recovery process and limitations after discharge. You then hand them a prescription for a narcotic pain killer. They look you in the eye and state “I’m a little bit nervous to take these at home. I don’t ...

4 Key Facts You Must Know about Meth Withdrawal and Treatment

Meth Overview Meth, Crystal Meth, Methamphetamine, and Crystal Methamphetamine are but the formal labels for this powerful and extremely addictive synthetic stimulant. Street names for meth include:Ice Speed Chalk Crank Trash Garbage Working Man’s Coke Christina Tina And a few other namesSimilar in structure as amphetamine, meth affects the brain and central nervous system by providing a sudden influx of the neurotransmitt ...

Patient Satisfaction: 3 Key Strategies for Getting the Highest Score

The healthcare market has undergone countless changes over the past ten years, with the transition from paper charting to electronic medical records to emerging best-practices being incorporated into everyday patient care. One of the biggest changes affecting nurses, however, is the shift towards patient satisfaction ratings affecting the amount of reimbursement from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for services provided. If you ...

Nurse Burnout: This Is What Every New Nurse Can Do About It

Nurse burnout has been discussed and debated for years but remains a significant issue which impacts nurses and their patients. It decreases patient satisfaction on survey scores which impact hospital ratings. Nursing burnout has a ripple effect and impacts the nurse, the patient, and the healthcare system overall. What is the difference between being stressed and being “burned out?” A stressed nurse is an overwhelmed nurse and one ...

Breaking Down IV Fluids: The 4 Most Commonly Types and Their Uses

In most nursing programs there is at least one lesson on intravenous (IV) hydration. If you are like many nurses, the information may have gone into your brain, you spit it out on paper, and then promptly forgot what you had learned! If this sounds like you, you’re in luck, because this article will refresh your memory on the four most common types of IV fluids, their components, and their common uses! First, lets re-explore why IV fluid ...

Enhancing Your Future in Nursing: 6 Critical Reasons to Pursue Your BSN

Nursing is a unique field in that several levels of education can lead to the same Registered Nurse license. While an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) is the base level of education that will allow you to sit for your boards, more and more nurses are choosing to pursue their bachelor’s degree (BSN). As of 2012’s data, the percentage of nurses pursing their bachelor of science in nursing has officially outnumbered those purs ...

Social Media 101: 5 Crucial Tips for Nurses to Play It Safe

The Soaring Cost of Health Care in the U.S. and Current Cost-Cutting Initiatives

Overview The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis recently announced that health care spending rose by 9.9% in the first quarter of 2014 -the largest quarterly increase in more than 30 years. It subsequently tapered off to register an increase of 5.5% for the whole of 2014, compared to 2.9% for 2013. Furthermore, the total United States spending on health care is estimated to rise to $4.8 trillion by 2021, up from approxi ...

Being the Available Manager: 10 Vital Requirements to Successfully Manage Remote Home Care Teams

Managers have a lot on their plates these days, and when it’s a remote team that they manage, they have to be adroit at juggling their time. Here are a few examples of what’s required of them:10 Vital Requirements to Manage Remote Care Teams