Friday, January 13, 2017

Talks have got under way in a bid to avert industrial action by nurses

Talks have got under way in a bid to avert industrial action by nurses across the health service over staff shortages from next month.

Officials from the Department of Health and the HSE met with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) yesterday to discuss demands for an improved package to incentive nurses to apply for jobs here.
The union said hundreds of jobs remained unfilled with serious implications for patient care and existing staff burnout.
INMO chief Liam Doran said that HSE management would bring draft proposals to the union on January 20, while both sides would meet for face-to-face talks three days later.
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Are Coincidences More Than Coincidental? A Physician Shares a Compelling Story

27 Doctors Collaborate On A New Book Detailing Miraculous Physician Experiences

Have you ever had a moment where you were pondering a problem when suddenly an announcer on the radio started to discuss some approaches to that very dilemma.  My wife, Joan, who is more attuned to spiritual matters, was sewing at home when she suddenly had to jump into her car and hurry to the grade school where my son, Nathan, was just being led to the nursing station with a severe asthma attack.
Just yesterday I was going through a desk drawer looking for a schedule when a scrap of paper literally popped out of the drawer.  Written on the paper was the name of my old college roommate and his phone number which I had recorded on that yellowed sheet many years before.  We had lost contact with each other in the press of everyday life but I felt an urgency to contact him. When I did, I quickly learned why.  He was suffering from cancer and his chemotherapy had just stopped working.  I learned that he needed to talk seriously with a trusted old friend and physician about his options. Do coincidences like these happen in our daily lives more frequently than we might realize?

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Four Greatest Psychological Discoveries of 2016

Yes, you have had a lot to deal with in 2016. Your job, your family, your finances, and the election, to name a few.
While your attention has been focused on all of these personal and societal challenges, scientists have been working behind the scenes to learn what you can do to become happier and healthier in 2017 and beyond.
Here are four impactful studies that offer valuable information that can guide your decisions and focus in the coming year

How exercise is the latest 'wonder drug' that all doctors should prescribe

It's hailed as the "wonder drug" of 2017 that all doctors should prescribe - and it's free.
Exercise is hard to beat for its power to not just prevent but also treat illness.
It is possible to walk your way to better health, according a group of experts on the physical activity policy group of the Royal College of Physicians.
Co-chair of the group, Professor Sean Gaine, a specialist in the Mater Hospital, Dublin, said they were urging fellow doctors to "engage with patients to increase their levels of physical activity, through advice, prescription and referral".
The impressive long-term benefits include:

- A 30pc risk reduction in deaths from any cause;
- Reduced chance of heart disease, stroke and cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, breast and colon cancer;
- 29pc-30pc less risk of depression;
- 30pc lower risk of falls in elderly;
- 36pc-68pc reduced risk of hip fracture.

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Gift: An Inspiring Nurse Story

We all have our own nursing stories to tell our colleagues and even our children. But the greatest nursing stories of all are those that inspire others to understand why nursing is more than just a calling; why every experience can be considered a gift.
His name was Randolph and he was ninety four years old, according to the neighbor who found him early one morning.  He was apparently out for his morning walk to buy a newspaper when he collapsed on his front porch.When I first laid eyes on Randolph, he was lying helplessly, but conscious, on a gurney in the emergency area of our small local hospital.He was dressed in a grey tweed suit, white shirt and a bow tie.His eyes were bright blue and staring straight at me.

Why I Won’t Give Up My Day Job: A Nurse’s Inspiration to Write

My communication skills as a nurse are much stronger than my communication skills as a person. In a patient’s room, I can lay out the plan of care, explain the diagnosis, and encourage a discussion about sentiments and feelings. But when the nurse hat comes off, it becomes a bit harder. I’ll admit I have difficulty expressing my feelings, but give me a computer or a pen and paper and I can bring up every thought and emotion that runs through my head. My feelings are unchallenged and remain fixed on the page. Nobody can change, question, or contest them. That is the reason why I continue to write. It has become my catharsis.

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Take Control of Your Habits and Discover How Powerful You Really Are

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, 
Your thoughts become your words, 
Your words become your actions, 
Your actions become your habits, 
Your habits become your values, 
Your values become your destiny.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi
The reality is that you – and the life you lead today – are the result of your habits. Changing habits can seem difficult to accomplish at first, but success is a result of your habits.
If you think about it, you’re living out your habits every day. From how early you get out of bed, to your morning routine, how you dress, walk, exercise, interact with others and even what you habitually think about and how you respond to the world.
These habits got you to where you are today…

Real Food on a Budget: BushelBox to the Rescue!

Keeping a healthy lifestyle budget-friendly is important to us around here. Here, we tell you about five ways to make the alternative lifestyle more budget-friendly. At the top of that post, you’ll see our advice to share real food and natural health items with friends, which is exactly what we want to tell you about today.
Below, contributor Jaclyn shares how our sponsor BushelBox can help you save money and get your hands on real food and other natural living items on a budget

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Nurse staffing levels are the ‘surprise’ key to stroke survival, finds study

Researchers found having the optimal number of nurses available to care for patients in an acute stroke unit was the best predictor of survival – after other factors like age, blood pressure and the severity of the attack were taken into account.
“This proved to be a very clear and consistent predictor of stroke survival”
Phyo Myint
Just one additional trained nurse per 10 beds could reduce the chance of death after 30 days by up to 28%, according to the study. Meanwhile, the chance of death a year after someone had a stroke was cut by 12%.
The study, by the University of Aberdeen and the University of East Anglia, was based on data from eight hospitals in the East of England concerning nearly 2,400 acute stroke patients.

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