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National Diabetes Month: Making a Healthy Change

With all the sweet treats, scrumptious meals and holiday traditions that center around this precious time of the year, it’s tough to be conscious about maintaining an adequate weight and healthy lifes . . .

Mysterious E-Cigarette & Vaping-Related Lung Injuries

If you’re like the average “vaper” or e-cigarette user, it’s most likely that you picked up the habit after hearing it was a potentially better alternative to smoking cigarettes. However, recent news . . .

How Canine Companions Benefit Your Health

There’s no secret when they say, “dogs are man’s best friend”. Whether it’s providing some type of therapy, becoming a traveling companion, or even sniffing out cancer-related illnesses, our canine fr . . .

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month

As more and more women are affected every day by this extremely common hormonal imbalance and metabolism disorder, it’s good to know that you’re not alone in your fight against Polycystic Ovary Syndro . . .

New Cell Research on ‘Aging Better’

You’re only as old as you feel. And as time progresses, that old, feel-good saying might become more of a reality as new technology and research emerges to help people in old age live healthier lives. . . .

The Keto Diet: Will it Enhance My Performance?

By now, you’ve probably encountered a friend or family member who’s tried the famous “keto” diet, right? Or maybe you’ve tried the diet yourself? Either way, it’s a popular, trending diet that has mad . . .

PTSD in Nursing: Are you experiencing on-the-job trauma?

For nurses, especially working in the critical care unit, experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event during a shift can be fairly common. In fact, a recent study showed that as many as 48 percent of . . .

The Importance of Self-Care Among Nurses

Near the end of a long, demanding shift, do you ever contemplate why you got into the nursing profession in the first place? Sometimes, it’s good to reflect on your life and make sure that you’re taki . . .

Mental Health Awareness: The Downfall of Mental Institutions

Over the last few decades, the disappearance of long-term care facilities and psychiatric beds has escalated. This trend toward the deinstitutionalization of psychiatric patients began in the early 20 . . .

Parkinson’s Disease: Signs, Risks and Treatments

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that primarily affects the part of your brain that’s responsible for movement, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. People living with this disea . . .

The Wonder Years-Working with Adolescents

Adolescents pose a challenge to health care professionals. Whether it be stubbornness or unwillingness to accept that their actions have consequences, or difficulty to communicate clear and factual in . . .

How Essential are Essential Oils?

Essential oils have been all the rage, especially within the last several years. So, what exactly are they and what makes them so great? Don’t worry, we will delve into their history, how they are bei . . .

How Nurses Help Fight the Opioid Epidemic

A nurses, is in a key position to help reduce America’s opioid epidemic. From education related to drug abuse to being an encouraging factor for patients to properly dispose of unused medication, the . . .

Work at Home Jobs for Nurses

Tired of working long hours at the hospital and not seeing your family? Well, I have news for you. You can have an RN career from the comfort of your own home.You may have thought work at home opportu . . .

Recognizing Postpartum Depression in Mothers

At the very least, postpartum disorders interfere with a mother's ability to care for herself and her child. At the most severe, they're life-threatening. With one in nine women experiencing postpartu . . .

Poor Mental Health Among Nurses Linked to Medical Errors, study finds

It’s a nurse’s duty to care for patients and improve the overall health of others, but how often do you stop to think about your own health? If you’re in the majority of nurses, you don’t focus on you . . .

6 Myths You've Heard About Diabetes

More than 30 million people are living with diabetes, a chronic disease where there is a high level of sugar in the blood. Of those millions, nearly 28 percent do not know they even have this disease . . .

Know Your Legal Rights as a Nurse

Im just trying to do what Im supposed to do. That’s all. Spoken by Utah nurse Alex Wubbels moments before she was arrested, these words echo a fundamental truth about nurses. Nurses are supposed to pr . . .

Nursing and Medicine in the Korean War

Within a month of landing on the beach in Korea in 1950, nurse Margaret (Zane) Fleming and her fellow nurses with the 1st Mobile Army Surgical Hospital were attacked. The group of 13 Army nurses was t . . .

Breaking the Chain of Infection

According to the CDC, 1 in 25 hospital patients have at least one healthcare - associated infection on any given day.

Lyme Disease Cases On the Rise in the Northeast

A rising mice population results in a surge in the number of Lyme disease cases diagnosed.

Nursing and Medicine in the Vietnam War

In 1956, Majors Francis Smith, Helen Smith, and Jane Baker arrived in Saigon to serve with the United States Military Assistance Advisory Group’s Medical Training Team. Their assignment was to train t . . .

Preventing Dangerous Effects of Polypharmacy in Elderly Patients

Polypharmacy, or taking multiple prescription medications to manage just one health issue, is becoming an epidemic in elderly patients.

Eating around Gluten: Navigating Celiac Disease

Although gluten free may be a household term, most aren’t aware why such a need for wheat-free products exists and why it’s important for those living with celiac disease to manage its effects.

Men in Nursing: Breaking Stereotypes

Whether you are a male nurse or work by their side, here are a couple helpful reminders that break the all-too-common stereotypes about men in nursing.

Hidden Pain: Recognizing and Treating Victims of Abuse

Abuse affects all of us in some way, so we must be more alert. CEUFast offers multiple courses on how to recognize and treat abuse in children, adults, and the elderly, but here are a few introductory . . .

Tricks to Win Over Pint-sized Patients

Working with pint-sized patients is rewarding, but it does require a few tricks to get the job done. Here are four strategies that are sure to bring big results when treating your smallest patients

Powerful Ways Working in Hospice Shows How to Live Life to the Fullest

Treating patients facing the twilight moments of their lives shares a valuable perspective with those who care for them. If you desire to learn how to live life more fully, take some lessons from peop . . .

Nurses: Bedside Manner Matters

Difficult patients are nothing nice to deal with as a nurse, but it isn’t easy for patients to deal with cold, indifferent health professionals either.

Recognizing Patients who are Bipolar

A new day, a new patient; no two patients are ever the same. In fact, one patient might not seem like the same person from one moment to the next. While it can be something as simple as a temporary re . . .

8 Things New Nurses Should Know

Getting your license is one of the most exciting moments of a new nurse’s life, but that’s obviously just the beginning of your career. There are many ups and downs you will face, and mistakes you wil . . .

Why the 'Baby Nurse' Business is a Great Opportunity for Real Nurses

Do you know many nurses making over $100 an hour? It’s not something all that common, but if you’re a nurse who happens to love babies, you may want to consider jumping on the “baby nurse” career path . . .

When The Nurse’s Scrubs Are Off: Making Time for Your Relationships

Nothing feels better than a fulfilling relationship, but nursing can be one of the least forgiving careers when it comes to investing the time to make it happen.

Night Shift Nurses May have Higher Breast Cancer Risk

September is breast cancer awareness month, a condition that many nurses have treated. But did you know that working the night for an extended period of time increases your chances of developing bre . . .

Nurses Are Key in HIV/AIDs Treatment

A lot has changed since the HIV epidemic hit the United States in the 1980s, but nurses have always been at the helm of treating these patients since the beginning. Nurses have worked all over the U . . .

How to Be a Successful Nurse While Managing Your ADHD

Being a nurse is challenging enough, but if you’re a nurse with ADHD, it’s a real bear. With ADHD, you have a list of tasks to knock out when your mind has a hard time staying focused on one thing.

How to Cope with Tricky Patients and Bad Attitudes

Maybe a car crashed, or perhaps someone was walking when they got hit by a bus. He might have accidentally swallowed a bone, or she may have come down with a mysterious illness. Either way, the pe . . .

The Important Part Nurses Play in Wound Care

Nurses who specialize in wound care are dedicated to treating the most difficult, non-healing wounds. About half of patients who develop a diabetic foot ulcer will die within five years, according to . . .

Through the Eyes of an Alzheimer’s Patient: What They're Experiencing

When you look at your face in the mirror, you recognize your skin, your eyes, your imperfections, and your smile, because it’s you. But could you imagine looking at your reflection one day and having . . .

What To Do When An Asthma Patient Walks In

A patient walks in and tells you she is struggling to breathe. Her chest is tight, she may have a dry cough and her skin is losing color. She’s starting to wheeze, there might be mucous secretions and . . .

So Nurses Know: The Latest Developments with the Zika Virus

In February, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika a global health emergency. As of May, 49 countries reported new infections and the number of Zika cases are continuously rising, particul . . .

Nearly a Quarter of Seniors Leave Hospitals With Superbugs on Their Hands

The Center For Disease Control says about 2 million people get sick from a superbug each year and 23,000 die from super bugs. So imagine how frightening it is to learn that 1 in 4 senior citizen pat . . .

8 Nurse Hacks that Will Make Your Job Easier

Being a nurse is satisfying work, but it can also be hard. Thankfully, nurses are resilient, resourceful and creative when it comes to creating solutions that can make life easier. Here are a eight g . . .

Zika, Sexual Transmission and Brain Damaged Babies: Don’t Be Alarmed, Be Informed

As health professionals, many have heard a lot of buzz about the Zika Virus. It’s a disease that’s not exactly new, but the details as to “where” the virus is showing up and “how” it’s transmitted tr . . .

The Holiday Blues: Dealing With Depression During the Happiest Time of the Year

We all know the holidays are generally a happy-go-lucky, celebratory time of the year where family and friends get together to celebrate, but for many people, it can be a dark and painful time. Depre . . .

Body Mechanics Won't Cut It: Dealing with Nurse Back Injuries

Nurses work hard to take care of their patients every day. Unfortunately, many of them pay for it with back pain. Nursing is a physically demanding career, and with the lifting, transferring and repo . . .

Stop Bashing Prenatal Fitness: Working Out While Pregnant is More Than Okay

Exercise is widely accepted as a healthy, necessary activity that keeps weight under control and prevents a myriad of diseases, but when it comes to pregnant women working out, it makes a lot of peop . . .

Open Conversation: Can We Tackle the Hand Washing Crisis in Health Care?

Hospitals across the nation are filled with some of the most educated, brightest minds in medicine. So sometimes, it’s a bit baffling that something as simple as washing hands is a huge problem for ma . . .

What Are Normal Sexual Averages?

Sexual health is an important part of a healthy adult lifestyle. Having sex is good for us; our bodies were designed for sex. People are caught

Researchers Find 'Off Switch' To Chronic Pain

From debilitating injuries to crippling cancers, millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain.

Dealing With Hard To Please, Difficult Patients

If there’s one thing that every nurse will come across in his or her career, it’s a difficult patient.

Great Snacks to Keep Diabetes at Bay

As nurses, you dedicate your lives to taking care of others, so you know first-hand just how easy it is to ignore your own health and make poor food choices.

Get More Zzzzs: Why Less than 7 Hours of Sleep Can Hurt Your Nursing Career

You may be working in the healthcare profession, but that doesn’t mean you always take care of your health. But believe us, we aren’t judging, with long work hours and a laundry list of things to do, . . .

A Nurse's Checklist For Donning and Doffing Procedures

In a continued effort to keep nurses safe when treating patients with Ebola, the Center for Disease Control recently updated their personal protective equipment procedures.

Nurses: Feeling Unprepared To Handle Ebola? Education is Key

When the 2014 outbreak of Ebola began to wreak havoc in West Africa back in February, multiple reports stated that health care givers attempting to treat patients became infected with the disease them . . .

CEUFast Course Overview: Breastfeeding

One of the most natural things to a new mother and her infant is breastfeeding, yet many of America's mothers do not breastfeed their newborns.

So, You've Got a Doctor's Appointment You Say?

Even if you are the most dutiful of patients who schedules your physical like clockwork every year, you might not be getting the most out of your annual checkup.

The Effects of Working the Night Shift

Night shift nurses might be the envy of some of their colleagues if they receive increased pay, but I can assure you that being a night shift nurse comes with a high cost: your health.

CEUFast Course Overview: Child Abuse Course

One of the most important things we must know when working in healthcare is how to identify child abuse and neglect. You might be thinking that child abuse is easily identifiable, but it isn't, not al . . .

Prebiotics vs. Probiotics: What Is the Difference Between the Two?

There is tremendous debate surrounding the benefits of prebiotics and probiotics in a person's overall health care routine. This debate is also fueled by the media, which commercializes health benefit . . .

Implementing Nutrition Basics: How to Teach Your Child to Eat Right

Children are notoriously fussy eaters, often preferring sweets to greens. I can't say that I blame them. At times, a candy bar sounds much better than a plate

Colonoscopy Technology Breakthrough

I have yet to come across a patient who gets excited about a colonoscopy. In fact, most patients avoid them like the plague, even

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Nurses

Learn to recognize the signs of PTSD so you can get help if you need it.

How Medicine Can Make You Sick

No matter who does the prescribing, dosing, and administering, make sure you know all there is to know about the medicines you are taking!

Least Favorite Nursing Duties

For the most part, I think all of us nurses love what we do. We wouldn't have become nurses in the first place if we didn't.

A Guide to Understanding Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease is an incurable form of dementia that progressively becomes worse and eventually leads to death. The disease typically affects seniors over the age of 65, but may strike those youn . . .

A Kid's Guide to Health

Do you know how important your health is? Many kids today aren't aware of just how important good health really is. It's easy to make bad choices, and chances are you know someone who may not make the . . .

Surviving Mandatory Overtime

All nurses face mandatory overtime. It is often a necessary part of the job, especially if there is an unanticipated emergency in your

Nursing and Medicine During World War I

World War I was a profound event that played an important role in the placement and future advancement of women within the military. It demonstrated not only that women were capable of duties supporti . . .

A Guide To Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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 dis . . .

How Saving Lives With Blood Is Advancing

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

Medical Resource: A Guide to Understanding Autism

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.

Nursing and Medicine During World War II

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 t . . .

Beating the Winter Blues

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

The Dramatic Progress in The Fight Against AIDS

As I look back on the AIDS pandemic over the last 32 years, I’m amazed at how far we have come in finding treatments for this horrible disease

Avoiding Weight Gain After Knee Surgery

Recovering from knee surgery can be a long and arduous process, but replacing the joint is far better than suffering from the debilitating

Are Nurses Ready to Take On the Baby Boom Population?

There are many concerns facing the healthcare industry today, but one of the greatest ones is whether there will be enough nurses

The Importance of Self Breast Exams

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

Reducing Nurse Fatigue

The phrase 'health care' is very important to nurses. We got into the health care industry because we 'care'; it’s definitely ...

How Nurses Are Promoting Good Health to Kids

One of the saddest things I currently see in health care is America's childhood obesity epidemic. Our children are suffering from...

How Technology is Improving Home Care

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 ...