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December 28, 2013

Many people around the world associate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with soldiers returning from war. The horrors that soldiers experience on the battleground often do cause PTSD, but the disorder is not limited to soldiers. 

Anyone who has experienced trauma in their life can suffer from PTSD. Luckily, doctors have developed a comprehensive way of diagnosing PTSD and are able to provide effective treatments. Military personnel usually develop PTSD because they witness extreme violence during battles. Violence can also cause PTSD in children and non-military adults. For instance, a physically abused child or woman could display similar symptoms as a soldier returning from war.

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: Rich Pearce (Flickr)

Photo by: Rich Pearce (Flickr)

Many people fret over the increased risk of catching a cold or the flu during the winter months. The chances of you or your patients coming down with these common ailments increase exponentially when the outside temperatures drop. But, as healthcare professionals, we need to consider that colder weather wreaks havoc on many other medical conditions as well, including an increased risk of heart attacks. As such, living well during the winter months should be a primary focus of any patient's healthcare practices.

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo By: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Flickr)

Photo By: The U.S. Food and
Drug Administration (Flickr)

As nurses, we know that one of the most critical lifesaving tools we need at our disposal is blood. Whether the patient is in need of a transfusion due to an illness or facing an unanticipated life-threatening emergency, blood saves lives. The problem is our nation’s blood banks are often in short supply of this life-saving resource, so the FDA is working in tandem with private researchers to try to find a way to keep the blood waters flowing. Let’s talk about how saving lives with blood is advancing in our healthcare industry.

December 18, 2013
As communities become more diverse, nurses have to learn how to work with different groups of people. That includes children, teenagers, and adults living with autism. Autism, however, presents a complex set of symptoms that can make it difficult to choose an appropriate intervention.
Disability nurses should have the skills to meet the needs of these patients. That way, they can offer medical treatments while making the autistic patient feel as comfortable as possible.


WWII_NursePhoto by: US Navy


World War II changed the world in many different ways. One of these way involved the medical field, or specifically, nursing. Nursing is a key element of healthcare and during times of war it can be the difference between life and death for a wounded soldier. 

During World War II, this important fact became more obvious than at any other time in the history of war. Not only did the number of female nurses increase significantly during the war, but the roles that nurses played became more critical. In 1941, the Army Nursing Corps had a severe shortage of nurses with fewer than seven thousand nurses, leading to the need for nurses to volunteer to serve. In order to join the Nursing Corps, a woman had to meet certain criteria. Naturally, she had to be a citizen of the United States and she had to be a registered nurse.

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by Fractured Studios (Flickr)

Photo by Fractured Studios (Flickr)

We all suffer from the “winter blues” every once in a while, but many people suffer from a more severe form of the winter depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. The acronym fits, doesn't it? As a nurse, you might notice a change in your regular patients' moods during the winter months. Some might come into your care a little more tired and a little less enthused about life. Don't make the mistake of assuming they are stuck in a winter funk. Take the time to assess whether your patients are suffering from SAD or just the winter blues.

December 8, 2013

Whether a person is injured, sick, bringing new life into the world or in the end stages of their life, he or she will often end up in the hospital.

While hospitals are now a mainstay in healthcare, it was only a few centuries ago that none of them existed in the western hemisphere, until the Hospital de la Purísima Concepción (Hospital of Immaculate Conception) was created under the orders of Hernan Cortes.

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by kleinnick (Flickr)

Photo by kleinnick (Flickr)

During the holiday season many of the people who live in the U.S. celebrate with family, friends, and good food. Often, the traditional holiday dishes that are served during this time of year are highly flavorful and made using ingredients such as fat and sugar that are not generally recommended for a healthy diet or lifestyle. With a combination of flavorful food, alcohol and a festive atmosphere, it isn’t unusual for people to be lax with their diet and eat more than they normally would. As a result, some people may gain extra weight during this time of year, particularly when attending multiple celebrations that involve food and alcohol. Fortunately, the holiday season doesn’t need to automatically involve putting on the pounds.


When becoming a nursing student, you will be faced with learning a massive amount of crucial information within a couple of years. Glancing at the course outline isn't going to give you the tools necessary to be the best nurse possible and will not be enough to help you pass your exams; however, there are some study tips that can aid you.

A fantastic start to simplifying nursing school is to make sure you absorb as much of the important material as you can while you are in class. Make sure your professor / instructor knows who you are from day one. His or her exam and teaching methods should also be paid close attention to. Sitting in the front row will help you stay awake, even through the most boring of lectures. Taking detailed notes can also help you get through your classes. When it comes time to study for exams, try using index cards with tests, treatment, signs and symptoms, along with other details. You can use highlighters when color-coding notes.

linda_richardsPhoto By: Unknown

Linda Richards pioneered the way for individuals interested in the field of nursing. Despite being christened Malinda Ann Judson Sinclair Richards after a missionary, she found her niche with taking care of others and transforming nursing into a career. 

In a time when nurses were often considered just one step above a common house maid, Richards took learning to a new level and opened up doors that still exist today for those ready, willing, and able to aid others in the medical industry. From the time she was young, she saw firsthand what different health issues could do to the body. Within less than a decade, she had lost both her parents to tuberculosis. After taking care of her mother, at the age of 13 she began to accompany Dr. Currier, a local family physician, to house calls. While this training was informal, she could easily set up a splint and clean up wounds. It was here that she began to take an interest in medicine.

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