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Author: Jeremy Winograd

Great Nurses in History

nurses weekIn our book, every nurse is a hero (well, almost every nurse). Despite the job’s obvious value on an individual and societal level—you know, saving lives and what not—it can sometimes feel thankless when you’re doing it. Nurses don’t always get the tremendous amount of credit they’re due for keeping the healthcare system running, which can be discouraging. That’s why, this National Nurses Week, we are highlighting ten renowned nurses who made major and lasting impacts on not just their profession, but on the course of history. While every nurse makes a difference in some way, the legacies of these ladies (and one fella) serve as benchmarks to aspire to. Make sure you read on to the end, as there’s a special contest for those who are nursing history buffs! (more…)

Lessons Real Nurses Can Learn from Fictional Ones

National Nurses Week affords our nation’s nurses some much-deserved recognition. After all, considering everything nurses do in terms of patient care, administrative work, and generally acting as the gears that make our medical system run, they rarely get the credit they earn day in and day out. On the other hand, fictional movie and TV nurses often successfully capture viewers’ hearts and imaginations, at times shaping public perception of real-life nurses and what they do. So perhaps there are a few things nurses can learn from their large and small screen counterparts that will make their patients and the general population more appreciative of their hard work? To find out which of those lessons might be most relevant, let’s take a look at a random sampling of famous fictional nurses to see what positive attributes you as a non-fictional nurse can absorb from them – and which negative ones you should seek to avoid. (more…)

Your Role in Your Patients’ Advance Care Plans

National Healthcare Decisions Day (something of a misnomer, since it’s been extended to an entire week this year) serves as a means of initiating often difficult conversations between Americans, their loved ones, and their healthcare providers, about living wills, end-of-life directives, and other types of advance care decisions. It’s understandable why many view such undertakings with trepidation, whether due to fear of death, or simply assuming it would be too much of a hassle. As a result, as many as three quarters of Americans don’t have some form of advance directive, including as many as one quarter of people aged 60 or older, for whom they are most crucial. (more…)

Sensory-Friendly Experiences for Children with Autism

For parents and caretakers with autistic kids, simply venturing out the door and into public can sometimes be risky business. The vibrant crowds, bright colors, and noisy hubbub that may delight most kids can quickly trigger autistic children’s hypersensitivity to sights, sounds, and smells. Fortunately, as public acceptance and understanding of autism has increased, so too have the number of companies and other institutions willing to do more to accommodate the peculiarities of the condition that affects so many. Here are just a few of the sensory-friendly experiences that have recently begun to make going out less daunting for tykes with autism. (more…)

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