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Are Nurses Ready to Take On the Baby Boom Population?

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: NHSE (Flickr)

Photo by: NHSE (Flickr)

There are many concerns facing the healthcare industry today, but one of the greatest ones is whether there will be enough nurses to care for our aging baby boomers. Many in the healthcare industry have been discussing this important issue for quite some time. In the midst of America's healthcare reform, we not only need to be thinking about how we will care for our seniors, but who will care for them. The facts present a grim picture about the future of healthcare in the U.S. for its aging population. This does not mean, however, that this cannot be changed!


The Importance of Self Breast Exams

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: rachel a.k. (Flickr)

Photo by: rachel a.k. (Flickr)

Alright ladies, do not make me come over there! Nothing in women's health is more important than breast self-exams. Period. Okay, well, there are other things equally as important, but self-exams are one of the easiest ways to ensure that you don't have breast cancer. Prevention is the best medicine, and an apple a day to keep the doctor away will not stop this disease, although a healthy diet is an excellent way to reduce your risk. So, let's talk about the importance of self-breast exams, and I don't want to hear any excuses as to why you aren't doing your exams monthly.


Reducing Nurse Fatigue

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: Jaula DeArdilla

Photo by: Jaula DeArdilla

The phrase “health care” is very important to nurses. We got into the health care industry because we “care”; it’s definitely the operative word in the phrase for us. So, why is it that people seem to think we don’t actually care? Well, we’re fatigued and overworked and, consequently, our patients suffer as a result. If there is any industry that shouldn’t be big business, it’s the medical industry. Nurses stretched beyond their capacity just to save money is wrong, plain and simple. Nursing fatigue is a real and avoidable problem, and all health care facilities should make it a point to reduce nurse fatigue.


How Nurses Are Promoting Good Health to Kids

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: Visit Greenwich

Photo by: Visit Greenwich

One of the saddest things I currently see in health care is America's childhood obesity epidemic. Our children are suffering from illnesses they simply shouldn't have because they live unhealthy lifestyles. There are numerous schools of thought as to why childhood obesity is such an epidemic, but the bottom line is this: Our kids are our future, and as healthcare professionals we have a responsibility to teach them how to make the right food and lifestyle choices.


How Technology is Improving Home Care

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: Joe Shlabotnik (Flickr)

Photo by: Joe Shlabotnik (Flickr)

Imagine your patient’s joy in being able to actually see his or her family!

Nurses think about continuing education all the time. We just don’t always think about continuing our education in technology so much. We’re focused on our certifications, licensing, and specialized classes. It’s understandable, we’ve got a full plate, but if you aren’t thinking about computer technology as part of your continuing education, you should be. Particularly if you are a nursing home or home health care practitioner. Advances in computer technology are improving home health care by leaps and bounds, making your patients happier. And, hey, it doesn’t get much better than that!


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