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Posted  December 1, 2017Nurse CEUfast

 

If you’re a nursing student looking for some insight into the industry, or a seasoned nurse seeking some extra inspiration, these speeches will get you motivated.

TED is a nonprofit organization focused on spreading ideas and sparking conversation in the form of motivational speeches. The organization was born in 1984 as a conference to bring together Technology, Entertainment and Design. Today, independent TEDx events around the world cover nearly any topic, in more than 100 languages.

Here are five professionals who will bring out your passion for nursing all over again:


Posted  November 20, 2017 
medical delivery dronePhotos courtesy of Zipline
 

One pint of blood can save as many as three lives — but, blood transfusions can’t save lives if it is not easily accessible.

More than 90 percent of roads in Africa wash out each year, creating a hurdle between medical supplies and patients in need. Transporting blood from blood banks to hospitals and clinics in rural areas takes hours, if hospital workers can even reach the patient at all. The lack of adequate transportation, communication or infrastructure often leads to preventable deaths.

One California-based company is fixing that issue and revolutionizing medical supply delivery.

Posted  September 30, 2017 
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While hospitals continue to face a nationwide nursing shortage, a Texas-based startup created an on-demand solution to transforming healthcare staffing. The Praos Health app gives Texas nurses and healthcare facilities the power to meet staffing needs with the swipe of their fingertip.

 

The patent pending Praos web and mobile platform work similar to an ‘Uber-like’ service by matching nurses directly to per diem shifts available at nearby facilities. Nurses can select shifts based on location, pay rate and shift time. The app then sends shift reminders, shift instructions, timestamping, driving directions and facility ratings.


Posted  July 7, 2017
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Air-powered wheelchairs, mobile-device-operated robotic arms, 3D printing and interactive kitchens are just a few innovative research projects forming in a Pennsylvania-based laboratory.


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?


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.

 


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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