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The Case for Integrating Social Determinants Into Palliative Care

Hospice News

Individually, palliative care and social determinants programs both have the potential to improve quality of life and reduce costs — but that potential may be greater when the two are combined. Social determinants are non-medical needs that can have a significant impact on the trajectory of patients’ health, such as nutrition, transportation, social or caregiver support, and housing, among others.

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Five Lessons I Learned from Dad on Our Last Journey Together

Sustainable Caregiving

Dad, a teacher by profession and a lifelong learner, was always there to offer advice and support throughout my upbringing. … Five Lessons I Learned from Dad on Our Last Journey Together Read More ». The post Five Lessons I Learned from Dad on Our Last Journey Together appeared first on Sustainable Caregiving™.

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How to be a compassionate, LGBTQ-inclusive PSW/nurse/professional in palliative care

Life & Death Matters

Moving a loved one to a long-term care (LTC) facility can be stressful and difficult for all involved. Family may struggle to acknowledge they can no longer meet the person’s care needs, and that the person’s health will continue to decline. For a person who identifies as LGBTQ, and their family, there are added concerns, […]. The post How to be a compassionate, LGBTQ-inclusive PSW/nurse/professional in palliative care appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

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We Are All Just Walking Each Other Home. Don’t Miss the Chance to Talk About It!

Caregiver Warrior

Get to know the people who help you care for your loved ones. Connecting through our stories brings us all closer. The post We Are All Just Walking Each Other Home. Don’t Miss the Chance to Talk About It! appeared first on Caregiver Warrior.

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The Cost of Inefficient Communication in Home Care & Beyond

This eBook explores the critical issues of using consumer-grade messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and SMS in healthcare, especially home care. It highlights the negative impacts on patient care quality, data security, and HIPAA compliance and provides practical solutions to enhance communication efficiency! You will learn how to: Consolidate Messaging Platforms: Streamline communication by reducing the use of multiple apps, improving efficiency in patient care.

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What is pediatric hospice care, and how is it different for kids?

HopeHealth

When a child is facing serious illness, they need a special approach to care – and their family does too. Pediatric hospice is here to help. The post What is pediatric hospice care, and how is it different for kids? appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Writing in bars

Hospice Volunteering

Hello to my readers and followers! It’s been a long time since I posted here! I wanted to share my latest publication, which has very little to do with hospice volunteering (except that I sometimes wrote in bars about my experiences at hospice!) I hope it gives you a few laughs! [link].

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Now and Always, Nurses Need to be Advocates for Health Equity

Daily Nurse

Changes in the status of women’s reproductive health and protections have been at the forefront of new headlines in recent weeks. The leaked Supreme Court documents indicating that the justices are on the precipice of turning over 50 years worth of reproductive health precedent has a lot of people pausing to consider the implications of […].

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Loss from Nurse Attrition Goes Deeper than Numbers

AJN Off the Charts

On watching familiar colleagues leave your unit. . Photo by Javier Allegue/ Unsplash. It feels as though every week, I hear of yet another one to two colleagues who are leaving our pediatric ICU (PICU). Reasons colleagues leave. They’ve been at all kinds of experience levels. Some have only been in our unit for a couple of years, and some have been with us for anywhere from eight to 15 years.

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Understanding social determinants of health and rehab

Rehab Realities by Renee Kinder

Renee Kinder. Social determinants of health, understanding what they are, their impact on patient care, and their influence on effective transitions across care settings are all essential for rehab providers. This area is also gaining an increased appreciation from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as noted in multiple forms in this year’s proposed rule.

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How to be present with a loved one at the end of life

HopeHealth

When your loved one is nearing the end of life, here are tips for what to say and do – and how to simply be present with them. The post How to be present with a loved one at the end of life appeared first on HopeHealth.

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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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I think therefore I am? – If You Had A Choice

Palliverse

Photo by Vladislav Babienko on Unsplash. At a palliative care conference years ago the audience was asked to choose between two options. Would you rather die instantly without warning or would you rather know about it and die more gradually? We were instructed to think through both options for a few minutes before a show of hands was counted for each option.

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Health Care Orgs Face Liability If End-of-Life Wishes Not Upheld

Hospice News

One of the defining principles of hospice care is honoring the wishes of terminally ill patients. Now, with increasing frequency, a health care provider’s failure to honor those directives can lead to litigation or penalties by regulators. These issues come into play when a health care provider does not adhere to a patients’ advance care plan.

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What Role Does Empathy Play in Nursing?

Daily Nurse

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and vicariously experience the feelings of another person. It’s a skill that allows you to step into the shoes of patients and fully recognize their needs. In the field of healthcare, your ability to employ empathy can mean life or death for patients. While there is a […].

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Monkeypox: The Basics for Nurses

AJN Off the Charts

In the past, cases of monkeypox only occasionally occurred outside of central and western Africa, where the disease is endemic, and it was virtually always related to travel or to the inappropriate relocation of wild animals. (In the US in 2003, 71 cases of monkeypox in six states were traced to pet prairie dogs that had been imported in the “exotic animals” trade.

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The Secret to Supercharging Your Organizations Communications

Effective collaboration among all care team members is critical to delivering better patient outcomes. A key element to achieving effective collaboration is through the implementation of a clinical communication and collaboration platform. In a fast-paced, high-stress and critical environment, people tend to do whatever gets the job done. Therefore will scramble and use the systems, people, or processes around them to get an outcome more quickly - which can often be at the expense of quality.

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The Future of Telehealth and Nursing

Nurse.com

There’s no question about it — telehealth is quickly becoming an industry standard rather than an added option. Medical institutions across the country are discovering the array of benefits telehealth nursing provides and are incorporating the practice into their operations as quickly as possible. While telehealth has been around for decades, it has made leaps and bounds in recent years as patients and providers have embraced the service’s potential to improve healthcare.

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Clinical Education – whose job is it anyway?

The Nurse Break

More from In Pursuit of Excellence here. Clinical Education – whose job is it anyway? Clinical nurse educators and those that work within education teams (and may be known be other names such as clinical development nurses, or staff development nurses) are at the forefront of clinical education. As their title suggests, these roles carry a significant responsibility for the provision of education within the health system; however, there is an argument to be had that clinical education is, in fac

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Preserving Memories: Capturing a Senior’s Legacy

Caring Senior Service

Everyone has a story to tell — and seniors have collected a lot of stories over the years. These stories matter because they are a link to the past. A senior’s stories can connect generations, describe history, and teach life lessons. But our aging loved ones won’t be around forever to tell their tales, which is why it’s important to record these memories now and preserve them for future generations.

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Hospices Pay a High Price For Physician Burnout

Hospice News

Physician burnout costs hospices — both literally and figuratively — whether it occurs among their own medical staff or with their referral partners. One of the most damaging effects is higher turnover. Burnout causes a sizable contingent of physicians to leave their jobs and has only grown more prevalent during the pandemic. This not only contributes to hospices’ own labor shortages, but disrupts relationships with other providers.

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What Degrees Will You Need to Reach Your Nursing Career Goals?

Daily Nurse

Nursing has always been an essential, trusted and well-respected career. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and many nurses seeking retirement, nursing education have become an even more critical part of the healthcare system to train new nurses to fulfill this urgent gap in the healthcare system. Nurses are more than just healthcare workers; they […].

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Healthy Summer Recipe Ideas for Seniors

Accessible Home Health Care

Summer is here! Longer summer days inspire people to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. Picnics and cookouts are popular ways to celebrate and connect with family and friends. Many summer foods and treats are tasty, nutritionally dense, and can help ward off the heat. This is a great benefit, particularly for senior family members who might be sensitive to warmer weather.

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Addressing Workplace Violence in Nursing

Nurse.com

Many people are surprised to learn how often workplace violence in nursing occurs. Several factors increase a nurse’s risk of facing workplace violence, including directly dealing with patients who have a history of violence or who may be delirious or under the influence of drugs. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor, the rate of serious workplace violence incidents was, on average, more than four times higher in healthcare than in private industry between 2002 and 2013.

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Philippines nurses moving to Australia. The 5 W’s

The Nurse Break

We are fortunate to have Philippines nurse Chester write for us about his transition from the Philippines to Australia including the who, what, when, where and why’s of his journey. Chester goes into the step-by-step process involved for someone keen to nurse in Australia! He currently works in Tasmania in a busy public hospital ICU. International Nursing Content.

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Most Common Shoulder Injuries in Seniors | Caring Senior Service

Caring Senior Service

Shoulder pain in the elderly is fairly common. As we age, our joints can become stiff, inflamed, and painful due to the wear and tear of everyday life. However, there are specific shoulder conditions and injuries can cause severe shoulder pain. These conditions include fractures tendonitis, arthritis, and frozen shoulder. Let’s dive into each of these shoulder conditions.

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Rural Providers Weigh Telehealth Investment Against Regulatory Uncertainty

Hospice News

Hospices are leveraging expanded telehealth options to maximize access for hard-to-reach rural patients despite lingering regulatory uncertainties. Case in point, the Providence Institute for Human Caring last year launched a tele-palliative care program aimed at addressing rural patients’ unmet needs. Thus far, the initiative has yielded positive results, but the process hasn’t always been easy, according to Dr.

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USU Nurse Anesthesia Students Brave Gunfire for Trauma Training Exercise at FBI Academy

Daily Nurse

The Black Hawk helicopter lands in a field behind the FBI Academy, its main rotor sending up a massive plume of dust and grit. A handful of Uniformed Services University (USU) Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) Registered Nurse Anesthesia students hunker down over the litter they’re carrying to protect themselves and their “patient” from the […].

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What Happened to Wonder? A Nurse Looks Back

AJN Off the Charts

This month’s Reflections essay is by Britni Busfiield, who is an RN on the progressive care neuro/trauma unit at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In this one-page essay, she writes about an experience during her last year of nursing school in which she observed a cerebral angiogram conducted on a patient with a suspected aneurysm.

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Nurse Mentorships and How They Can Benefit You

Nurse.com

Whether you’re a new nurse, a nurse transitioning to a specialty area, or a knowledgeable nurse seeking to share your wisdom, nurse mentorships are invaluable for both mentors and mentees. When thinking about nurse mentorships, many may consider this term synonymous with preceptorship. While preceptorships share similarities with nurse mentorships, they’re vastly different.

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The Solent Ripple Model: supporting our staff following incidents

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

This week’s Blog is written by Pauline Jeffrey (@PaulineJeffrey5), Head of Quality and Safety at Solent NHS Trust and Gina Winter-Bates (@Winterbate1Gina), Associate Nurse Director Quality and Safety at Solent NHS Trust and a @FNightingaleF scholar. Background to developing the RIPPLE model. Being involved in an incident or event at work could lead to sickness/absence as a direct response if the individual involved is not supported adequately.

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Morrisons raise £1 million for Together for Short Lives

Together for Short Lives

We’re delighted to announce that our corporate partnership with supermarket giant Morrisons has already raised £1 million for Together for Short Lives and families up and down the UK caring for a seriously ill child. We look back the last four months and celebrate the incredible fundraising achievements that we’ve seen take place. The post Morrisons raise £1 million for Together for Short Lives appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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Hospices, Health Systems Expand Pediatric Palliative Care, Hit Staffing Barriers

Hospice News

A contingent of health care providers across the country are making new investments in pediatric palliative care, but building these programs is no easy feat. Many hit obstacles such as a dwindling workforce, limited access to training and a generally poor understanding of children’s specific needs. Though a rising number of hospices and other providers have taken steps to better scale pediatric services, most seriously ill children lack sufficient access to palliative care.

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Nurse of the Week: Former ALC Student Turned Nurse Leader Elizabeth Anh-Trinh Stulac

Daily Nurse

Nurse of the Week Elizabeth Anh-Trinh Stulac, RN/BSN is an established nurse leader working toward a Ph.D., but she remembers where she came from. So, earlier this month she went back home to Elk River, Minnesota to share a message with graduating seniors at tiny Ivan Sand High School, the alternative learning center she graduated […].

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Dementia-Friendly 4th of July

Today's Caregiver

Fireworks and gatherings are staples of the 4th of July holiday, but these can create unique challenges for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses.

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Nurse-Midwives Train Doulas to Reduce Black Maternal Health Risks

Minority Nurse

Nurse-midwives and educators from three prominent research universities have teamed up to improve pregnancy outcomes in Black communities by providing specialized training for doulas, persons who support birthing mothers and families through the entire process of childbirth. The Alliance of Black Doulas for Black Mamas is led by Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Associate Professor Stephanie DeVane-Johnson , PhD, CNM, FACNM, Duke University School of Nursing Assistant Clinical Professor

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Down and Dirty – Tax Deductions For Nurses

The Nurse Break

More from Nursed at the Seams here. It’s that time of year again…. Completing a tax return for a nurse can be confusing, especially if you want to maximise your return and not miss out on any deductions. But before we get into the nuts and bolts, I need to put in a boring disclaimer and be very clear that I am not an accountant (I know, shocking right?

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