November, 2022

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4 Tips to Manage Holiday Stress

Minority Nurse

Nurses live with heightened stress and holiday stress can make things feel much worse. With patients and patient care a top priority, nurses can’t just go through the motions in their jobs without potentially catastrophic consequences. So how can nurses, who often face both physical and emotional job stressors, manage holiday stress? Finding a way to manage stress will help you feel better and enjoy the season. .

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Hospices Likely to Ramp Up Behavioral Health Investments

Hospice News

Behavioral health care is a rising star in health care in terms of growth and demand, and the trend is leading some hospices to invest in the space. Several considerations are driving their growing interest. For one, addressing the psychosocial and emotional aspects of dying and bereavement has been an intergral part of the hospice mission since the beginning.

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Why Hospitals Should Increase Mental Health Support for Nurses

Daily Nurse

There’s no question that nursing is a stressful job; however, that stress comes with a price: mental health. Nurses — especially female nurses — are more likely to suffer from mental health disorders stemming from burnout and are at a significantly higher suicide rate than the rest of the population. These issues were already a […].

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What to Look for When Visiting Aging Loved Ones this Thanksgiving

Aging Life Care Association

During the holiday season families and friends often make special visits to aging loved ones. Aging Life Care Managers® suggest you use this time to take note of any changes in health, behavior, or physical appearance. You may discover your aging loved one now needs more help or attention. Is it Time for Help? … Continue reading What to Look for When Visiting Aging Loved Ones this Thanksgiving → The post What to Look for When Visiting Aging Loved Ones this Thanksgiving appeared fir

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The Ultimate Guide to Improving Caregiver Engagement & Retention

Want to learn how to retain your caregivers & improve caregiver retention X3? The home care industry is experiencing turnover rates of over 80%. How are you ensuring your agency is retaining caregivers? This FREE eBook from Smartcare Software is packed with industry secrets needed to keep your caregivers happy, engaged, and retained, unlocking the full potential of your agency.

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“Dear Veteran”: A letter-writing campaign reaches veterans at the end of life

HopeHealth

Student volunteers from Brown University have been sending thank-you letters to veterans at HopeHealth. Here’s what the letters mean to veterans, and to the students who write them. The post “Dear Veteran”: A letter-writing campaign reaches veterans at the end of life appeared first on HopeHealth.

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AlayaCare University: Empower your team with expert-led training

AlayaCare

Imagine a world where new workflows are easily adopted and put into practice by your admins and care providers. A world where you increase your team’s efficiency, decrease manual errors, and up the adoption of digital best practices without having to continuously train and re-train. AlayaCare University is your organization’s personal online training center where you can customize courses for your team, check on their progress and send them auto-reminders in case they need to reskill or upskill.

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22 States Petition CMS to End COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Hospice News

Attorneys General from 22 states have petitioned the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to eliminate the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care workers. CMS instituted the mandate last December, requiring that all health care personnel that enter a care setting or come into contact with patients, families or caregivers be vaccinated for COVID-19.

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Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest by Physicians Creating the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines: An Epilogue

Pallimed

by Chad D. Kollas, MD, Beverly Schechtman and Carrie Judy Several important developments have occurred since the publication of our article, “ Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest by Physicians Creating the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines: Bad Faith or Incompetence?” in Pallimed on September 12, 2022 (1). Most notably, this includes the publication of the 2022 CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain (2), which updated the guidance previously provided by the 2016 CDC Guide

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Warning Signs of Suicide Among Older Adults

Aging Life Care Association

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), suicidal behavior is common in older adults for a number of reasons with loneliness topping the list. Many seniors are homebound and live on their own; are grieving the loss of a spouse or friend; lack nearby family; or have lost vital social connections during the Pandemic. … Continue reading Warning Signs of Suicide Among Older Adults → The post Warning Signs of Suicide Among Older Adults appeared first on Aging Life Care Associati

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How (and why) to start a gratitude practice

HopeHealth

By focusing on gratitude, you can improve your mood, your outlook and even your quality of life. But like any habit, it takes practice. Here’s how to get started. The post How (and why) to start a gratitude practice appeared first on HopeHealth.

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AlayaCare Modernizes Home Care in Newfoundland & Labrador

AlayaCare

Home-based care technology will connect all aspects of subsidized home care in Newfoundland and Labrador — integrating and standardizing measurable data intelligence for regional health authorities, service providers, and family caregivers in province-wide digital healthcare transformation. MONTRÉAL , Nov. 8, 2022 – AlayaCare , a leading home care technology provider, announced today that the province of Newfoundland & Labrador has procured AlayaCare as its preferred solutions pro

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Respiratory Illness Surge: Differentiating and Treating RSV, COVID, and Flu in Children

AJN Off the Charts

Concern about a respiratory ‘triple-demic.’ Electron micrograph image of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)/Image source: CDC. Take a walk through many of the country’s pediatric emergency departments (EDs) and inpatient units right now and you will be greeted with the sounds of pinging monitors, suction, and coughing as “ respiratory season ” settles in.

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Survey: 72% Say U.S. Health System Does Poor Job of Caring for Seniors

Hospice News

About 72% of respondents to a National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI) survey said they do not believe that the U.S. health care system does a good job of caring for the aging population. NPHI conducted the survey in September in collaboration with Emergence Creative and the consulting firm SIR. The research follows up on a 2017 report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and The Economist to gauge whether perceptions of health care had changed in the intervening years, parti

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Scoping Out the Surgical Intensive Care Nurse

Daily Nurse

An outgoing nature, a desire to act as a patient advocate, and a willingness to function outside your comfort zone are among the attributes you need to be a successful surgical intensive care nurse. So says Kristina Massey, BSN, RN, CCRN-CSC, ECMO specialist and nursing unit director, cardiac surgery ICU/cardiac flex team at Carilion Roanoke […].

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The Professional Nurse Advocate

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

In this week’s blog, Kate Wales (@Katewales20) and Emma Dillon (@EmmaDillonMH) share their thoughts on the experience of the Professional Nurse Advocate (PNA) journey as a PNA graduate and PNA module leader. Kate works as a National PNA and Supervision Lead for The Practice Plus Group and Emma is a senior lecturer at University of Northampton and member of the national PNA expert reference group.

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How to Ease the Holidays for Your Medical Staff

Minority Nurse

The holiday mood is all around us, but holidays represent hectic medical facilities times for numerous reasons. Some of them are mainly because the staff is working hard and not being home with their loved ones. The overall atmosphere is not good for the patients either since none of them want to spend the holidays in hospitals. That’s not the kind of care they hoped to get this time of year, and they might lash out at medical staff.

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What you need to know about the home health value-based purchasing

AlayaCare

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services predicts that health spending will grow at an average annual rate of 5.4 percent for 2019-28 and to reach $6.2 trillion by 2028, according to the guide Value-Based Purchasing and the Role of Home Care Technology. While the U.S. routinely ranks first in the world in healthcare spending, indicators show that health performance in the country lags well behind other comparable nations.

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A Nurse’s Lessons from Hiking the Appalachian Trail

AJN Off the Charts

Burnt-out and realizing it’s time for a change. I had always been able to juggle family, school, and work life well, including roles as class mom, scout leader, and community volunteer, completing my doctorate in nursing, and working two jobs. But at a certain point, and despite my supportive family’s efforts, I began to burn out. Working as a nurse leader for a behavioral health unit was a dream come true and a nightmare all in one.

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Rising Interest Rates Unlikely to Slow Hospice M&A; Largest Deals May Take the Brunt

Hospice News

Rising interest rates and unlikely to deter investors or strategic buyers from acquiring hospice companies. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.75% earlier this month. The rates now range from 3.75% to 4%. The Fed will likely institute further rate hikes to combat record-high inflation. Higher interest rates will push up borrowing costs, making hospices more expensive to purchase in the long-run.

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U.S. Army Veteran Fights Under New Banner Caring for Kids Facing Cancer

Daily Nurse

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Daily Nurse chatted with Richard Ramos, RN, MS, CNS, PNP, CPON, a pediatric oncology nurse at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry, about applying his military skills to his role as a nurse leader and devoting his career to pediatric oncology nursing. Why did you […].

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What Is Walking Pneumonia? | Caring Senior Service

Caring Senior Service

In the US, about 1.5 million people are diagnosed with pneumonia. It can affect individuals of all ages, and symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening. While you may be familiar with traditional pneumonia, have you heard of walking pneumonia? Learn more about walking pneumonia and how it can affect seniors.

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Tips to Prevent a Thanksgiving Emergency

Today's Caregiver

Emergency physicians will be working hard over the holidays and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has suggestions to make sure that this year’s Thanksgiving celebrations are not interrupted by a medical emergency.

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What you need to know about the home health value-based purchasing

AlayaCare

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services predicts that health spending will grow at an average annual rate of 5.4 percent for 2019-28 and to reach $6.2 trillion by 2028, according to the guide Value-Based Purchasing and the Role of Home Care Technology. While the U.S. routinely ranks first in the world in healthcare spending, indicators show that health performance in the country lags well behind other comparable nations.

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Rapidly progressive dementia

HomeTouch

Dementia is a progressive condition, meaning that it gets worse over time. The speed of deterioration differs between individuals. Age, general health and the underlying disease causing brain damage will all affect the pattern of progression. However, for some people the decline can be sudden and rapid. The deterioration of dementia is usually slow and […].

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As More Hospices Close Their Doors, Staffing Strains Are Becoming Crystalized

Hospice News

Staffing issues have increasingly been at the root of leading causes behind shuttered hospice programs nationwide. Demographics are pushing up demand for end-of-life care amid long-standing staffing shortages in hospice. Some hospices have been unable to sufficiently fill their ranks to keep up with that demand for care, resulting in them either temporarily limiting new patients or completely ending services.

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12 Types of Nursing Certifications and What They Mean for Student Nurses

Daily Nurse

Nursing certifications are essential to provide the best possible care for your patients. There are many different types of certifications, and each one offers a different set of skills and knowledge. By being certified, you can show your patients that you are a competent and qualified nurse. One of the most critical aspects of nursing […].

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How Seniors Can Help with Thanksgiving Dinner | Caring Senior Service

Caring Senior Service

Holidays can cause a lot of stress for older adults and their families. Traditions can bring up poignant and painful memories, and having the family together can highlight declining health and loss of independence in senior loved ones. But seniors should never be left out of the holiday festivities.

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Tips on Passing the NCLEX Exam

Minority Nurse

The National Council Licensure Examination is a prerequisite for becoming a nurse, and with increased nursing school applicants, we thought it would be worthwhile to offer tips on how best to pass the NCLEX. We each tried our techniques and utilized similar options to help us pass the exam in May of this year. With some guidance from our parents, we also have plenty of tips to help others pass this challenging exam with much more confidence than you otherwise might have exhibited.

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“No matter what your story is, you are not alone”

Together for Short Lives

On 17 November it’s World Prematurity Day – a global movement to raise awareness of premature birth and the sometimes devastating impact it can have on families. In this blog, Stacey, Mum to Tiffany and Ricardo talks to us about her experience of having a premature baby, how it affected her and how she was […]. The post “No matter what your story is, you are not alone” appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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Holiday Supports

Chicago Caregiving

Supporting a loved one with cancer through the holidays. Everything that makes the holidays so special — family time, parties, gifts — can also make this time of year extra taxing for people with cancer. The diagnosis itself, in addition to treatment, can change how the person responds to and thinks about the world around them. As we embark on the holiday season, millions are in that position.

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Palliative Researcher Oliver: Family Caregivers Are Also Patients

Hospice News

In many instances, hospices will not be able to provide care if patients lack the support of a family caregiver. Debra Parker Oliver, a professor in the division of palliative medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is currently researching behavioral interventions to enhance the lives of caregivers for family members with advanced illnesses.

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Nurse’s Side-Gig: Concierge with VIP Appointments

Daily Nurse

Ever wonder what it would be like to work at a wellness center as a nurse concierge with VIP patients? So did Nena Hart, MSN RN, CHPN, CLPN, CDONA, RAC-CT, Owner and Consultant of Hart Healthcare Solutions, and the author of Quick Start Guide to Nurse Consulting, The Long-Term Care Sustainability Strategy, and the Open […].

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How to Help Veterans in Your Community | Caring Senior Service

Caring Senior Service

There are around 19 million veterans in the US, and, unfortunately, this number represents one of the largest underserved populations in the US. Many veterans struggle to find work, suffer from poor physical or mental health, and have difficulty adapting to normal life again. We can do better to support veterans in our communities. Here are some easy ways that you can help.

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For Nurses, “Just” is a Four-Letter Word

Minority Nurse

If you’re a nurse, when was the last time you said, “Oh, I’m just a nurse” or “I’m not really an expert–I’m just a nurse”? If you stop to think about it, what are you really saying when you deny your expertise? Words are powerful, and the words we use to describe ourselves can have far-reaching effects — for others and within our own psyches.

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A Cry for Help: The Day I Helped a Caller in Crisis

Nurse.com

One spring a few years ago, I was working as the charge nurse on an inpatient psychiatric unit when I received a random call at work. It was a woman asking for help. She cried, “I want to kill myself.”. Alexis Cariaga, RN. She was crying so hard that I could barely understand her. I started asking her questions so I could figure out how to help. I asked for her name, where she lived, her phone number, who was home with her, if she took any medication, and if she had a gun.

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Caregiver Compensation

Chicago Caregiving

Many veterans’ caregivers qualify for compensation with a little-known Veterans Affairs program. When Kathy Parker became the primary caregiver for her husband, an Army veteran with stage-four kidney failure, she felt confused, scared, and alone. She didn’t know exactly how to take care of him and felt she wasn’t getting the help they needed from medical staff.