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Night Shift Nurses May have Higher Breast Cancer Risk

Written by Kristal Roberts 
                                           Patrick J. Lynch/Flickr.com

 

October is breast cancer awareness month, a condition that  many nurses have treated.

But did you know that working the night shift for an extended period of time increases your chances of developing breast cancer?


Feds Tell Nursing Homes To Address Employees Exploiting Patients on Social Media

Written by Kristal Roberts 

A patient’s privacy should always be protected by their healthcare provider, but unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen.

Patient abuse has been an underlying issue in healthcare for quite some time, but with the pervasiveness of social media, a growing number of nurses and other healthcare employees are getting “caught on camera” voluntarily, and sharing their bad behavior on the internet.

 


First MakerHealth Space in Hospital Let's Nurses Build Solutions For Healthcare

Written by Kristal Roberts
MakerNurse

As a nurse, you come in contact with problems all the time and you likely Macgyver your own solutions everyday.

If you’ve ever wished for the ability to create real tools that would make your job easier or make your patients more comfortable, you may get an opportunity to do just that---if you find your way to a MakerHealth Space.

The MakerHealth Space spawned from the makerspace movement.


NurseGrid SmartPhone App Modernizes Scheduling, Communication For Nurses

Written by Kristal Roberts
Nurse Grid App

IMAGE: NurseGrid.com

Advancements in technology have been a boon to just about every industry, especially medicine. From improvements in treatment to tracking details about patients with electronic health records, the digital age has certainly enhanced the efficiency of healthcare. 


Beating hearts, bones and vessels seen in glorious detail with new Revolution CT Scanner

Written by Kristal Roberts
Revolution CT Heart

IMAGES: Credit GE Healthcare

Computed Tomography, more commonly known as CT scans have been used for decades to assess a patient who is believed to be seriously ill or injured. 

We’ve all seen the CT images of bones and organs pieced together from x-rays used to help treat these patients, but a new kind of technology is giving a more accurate, breathtaking view of the internal body in motion.


First FDA Approved Smartphone Thermometer by KINSA Will Track Health Trends Locally & Globally

Written by Kristal Roberts

When most of us think of thermometers, we think of a tool that reads our temperatures, but KINSA, the maker of the first FDA approved smart phone thermometer, has released a thermometer that is slated to assist in healing entire communities.


Colonoscopy Technology Breakthrough

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: Jason Meredith (Flickr)

Photo by: Jason Meredith (Flickr)

I have yet to come across a patient who gets excited about a colonoscopy. In fact, most patients avoid them like the plague, even though they know the procedure is a crucial step in the prevention of colon cancer. I can't say that I blame my patients, and I'm sure you agree: There's nothing pleasant about a colonoscopy. Fortunately, some futuristic medicine has been approved by the FDA, and we all might breathe a little easier when the doctor says that it's time for a colonoscopy.


What Is Right and Wrong When It Comes to Posting Medical Pictures Online?

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: kcxd (flickr)

Photo by: kcxd (flickr)

It's not always appropriate to post medical imagery online.

What Is Right and Wrong When it Comes to Posting Medical Pictures Online?

As a medical professional, you deal with confidential information every day. People come in for a medical exam because they are concerned about a health-related issue. They might be concerned about something shameful or embarrassing, but they are led to believe that they can trust their medical professionals with any concern whatsoever. Imagine a patient's horror when he or she finds out their medical professional posted pictures of them online. I wish I were kidding, but I am not. This has happened, and in some cases, it shouldn't.


The 411 on Medical Mobile Apps

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: Julie70 (Flickr)

Photo by: Julie70 (Flickr)

Nurses understand that the healthcare industry is one of constant change. The technology behind how we diagnose and treat our patients is groundbreaking, and we must continue our nursing education on a regular basis to ensure we are always up to date on our industry's latest technological advancements. It might come as a surprise to some of you, but mobile devices are proving to be at the cutting edge of medical technology, and the FDA is ramping up to regulate some medical mobile apps designed to make the future of nursing much easier.


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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