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4 Countries Contending For Global Healthcare Supremacy

4 Countries Contending For Global Healthcare Supremacy

  Amid the ease of travel in our global landscape, the reality is simple; as technology continues to evolve, and economies grow and contract relative to national markets, the availability of technologically advanced medical services, combined with an ultra-affordable price […]

Why Are Prescription Drugs in the US So Expensive?

Why Are Prescription Drugs in the US So Expensive?

Anyone who works in medicine is probably aware that in the United States, prescription drugs can be considerably more expensive than they are elsewhere in the world. A good example is Humira (adilimumab), a name brand prescription anti-inflammatory drug used […]

These Australian High School Students Re-created Martin Shkreli’s Pill… For $2

These Australian High School Students Re-created Martin Shkreli’s Pill… For $2

Chances are, you remember the public outcry and backlash last fall when Martin Shkreli, a hedge fund co-founder and former CEO of biotech firm Retrophin, made a decision to raise the price of a life-saving drug called Daraprim overnight by […]

Life Expectancy Has Dropped In The US. Why?

Life Expectancy Has Dropped In The US. Why?

For decades, the life expectancy of the average person in the United States has been steadily increasing. In 1930, the average American could expect to live to almost 60 years of age. By 1980, the number had risen to 73.7. […]

The Affordable Care Act and Nurses – What Has Changed?

The Affordable Care Act and Nurses – What Has Changed?

  Back in 2010, Barack Obama passed a federal statute known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA, often referred to as “Obamacare,” has been the most significant overhaul of US healthcare since Medicaid and Medicare were enacted in 1965. […]

How Much Can You Share With a Patient’s Family?

How Much Can You Share With a Patient’s Family?

  Family members want to know as much as possible, especially when their loved one is seriously injured or ill. But for adult patients, how much can you really share with their family? Many nurses aren’t always clear on what […]

Worker’s Compensation Vs. Personal Injury Claim, A Legal Difference

Worker’s Compensation Vs. Personal Injury Claim, A Legal Difference

    As nurses, we treat many patients whose medical care is relevant to an insurance claim or a court case. This is part of why accurate charting and accurate medical records are so important. For these patients, the details […]

Knowing The Difference Between Spouse & Boyfriend Could Save Your Career

Knowing The Difference Between Spouse & Boyfriend Could Save Your Career

  Is that guy asking to see your patient, her boyfriend or her husband? You can’t always tell right away. Today, people wait a while to get married, instead of doing so in their early 20s. “Boyfriend” and “girlfriend” can […]

The Benefits Of Taking A Break

The Benefits Of Taking A Break

For many of us outside nursing, taking a break in the workday—to grab a bite, go for a walk, or catch up with a coworker—is a practiced habit. It’s something we take for granted. Not so for nurses. Our VP […]

What Special Tools Should Psych Nurses Have In Their Arsenal?

What Special Tools Should Psych Nurses Have In Their Arsenal?

Mental health issues are incredibly common, and despite immense progress in 20th century psychological and neuropsychiatric research, these enigmatic disorders are still not fully understood. In the United States in 2014, 8.9% of people had been diagnosed during the past […]

Filling The Void And Feeling The Love

Filling The Void And Feeling The Love

Working bedside as a nurse takes its toll. I’ve been punched, kicked, yelled at and (much) more through the course of my career– sometimes all in one shift. If you’re a nurse, this isn’t anything new, but it doesn’t make […]

What Would Nurse Jackie Do? The Dangers of Taking a TV Nurse Too Seriously

What Would Nurse Jackie Do? The Dangers of Taking a TV Nurse Too Seriously

On the popular social media site and link aggregator Reddit, there’s a subreddit — one of the site’s specific subforums — that’s called “It’s a Unix System.” The name is a Jurassic Park reference, and the subreddit is a place […]

When Nurse Staffing Becomes A Matter Of Life And Death

When Nurse Staffing Becomes A Matter Of Life And Death

Earlier this year, Johns Hopkins Medicine released a study that made many people think twice about their fates when being admitted to a hospital for care. In it, researchers suggested medical errors are the third leading cause of death in […]

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Living Well with Arthritis: Tips for a Full and Healthy Life

If you’re living with arthritis, you’re definitely not alone. Many other nurses share your plight. A staggering 52.5 million adults in the United States have some form of arthritis — that’s 22% of the population. By 2040, that number is […]

When Going Outside Could Make You Sick: California Nurses May Be at Risk of Lung Disease

When Going Outside Could Make You Sick: California Nurses May Be at Risk of Lung Disease

Today is Lung Health Day, an awareness day created by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) centered on the wide variety of diseases and health conditions that can affect one of our most vital organs, the lungs. When people […]