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Sequelae in Nursing

November 23, 2014 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles 0

A sequel is a general pathological or diagnosed condition of a person that can result from an ailment, injury, or other forms of distress. For instance, a recurring kidney problem can be a sequela of diabetes while a simple yet consistent headache is a typical sequela of migraine or worse brain cancer.  Post-traumatic stress disorder like schizophrenia and clinical depression may be a psychological sequela to sexual abuse. Following psychoanalysis, psychological impairments can be a sequel to different traumatic experience of the patient which one tries to repress.

Usually, a sequela is a persistent and frequent condition that can be a complication of a more serious condition that starts throughout the severe condition. The discussion of sequelae is often related to the phrase status post, or s/p in medical inscription.  This is used in reference to the cause of a certain pathological conditions. Medical expert usually use this to refer to severe and serious disturbing conditions. For instance the patient experience regular head aches s/p falling from the roof. This could be interpreted that the person’s head aches occurs regularly after having an accident of falling from the roof.  It must be noted thought that this is just a mere statement that comprises the report. It does not necessarily attribute and direct account the falling from the roof as the root cause of the head ache.

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17% Of Cancer Nurses Unintentionally Exposed To Chemotherapy

November 22, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 0

Nearly 17 percent of nurses who work in outpatient chemotherapy infusion centers reported being exposed on their skin or eyes to the toxic drugs they deliver, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The study surveyed 1,339 oncology nurses from one state who did not work in inpatient hospital units. About 84 percent of chemotherapy is delivered in outpatient settings, largely by nurses. Results appear online in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety.
According to lead study author Christopher Friese, R.N., Ph.D., assistant professor at the U-M School of Nursing

Any unintentional exposure to the skin or eyes could be just as dangerous as a needle stick. We have minimized needle stick incidents so that they are rare events that elicit a robust response from administrators. Nurses go immediately for evaluation and prophylactic treatment. But we don’t have that with chemotherapy exposure

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HPV Linked To Heart Problems In Women

November 22, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles| Nursing News 0

Women infected with cancer-causing strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) appear also to be at increased for cardiovascular diseases and stroke, even in the absence of other more conventional risk factors, according to new research published in the 1 November issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Lead author Dr Ken Fujise, Director, Division of Cardiology at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, told the press that nearly 20% of people who develop cardiovascular disease show none of the traditional risk factors normally associated with it, suggesting there are some “non-traditional” risk factors.

According to Fujise


HPV appears to be one such factor among women

This has important clinical implications. First, the HPV vaccine may also help prevent heart disease. Second, physicians should monitor patients with cancer-associated HPV to prevent heart attack and stroke, as well as HPV patients already diagnosed with CVD to avoid future cardiovascular events.

The study is thought to be the first of its kind to examine the link between cardiovascular disease and HPV, one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the US.

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Wellbeing For Cancer Survivors Improved By Nurses

November 21, 2014 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles 0

A one-off consultation with a nurse at the end of cancer treatment can make a difference to a patient’s ongoing physical and emotional wellbeing.

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT ) School of Nursing and Midwifery has designed a program to assist cancer survivors in self-managing their health and emotional concerns.

Participants in this pilot program have reported a lower need for ongoing information and emotional support, compared to those who did not take part in the program.

According to lead investigator Professor Patsy Yates

There are a range of post-treatment effects people might experience, in the short term and potentially even in the long term, including fatigue, difficulty sleeping, weight gain or weight loss, menopausal symptoms, and peripheral neuropathy – tingling and painful sensations related to changes to nerve endings

There are also emotional effects: things like loss of confidence in your body and dealing with a changed perception of your health

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What You Need to Know about NCLEX Preparation?

November 21, 2014 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles| Nursing Jobs 0

There are certain licensure examinations that nurses go through in order for them to acquire the licenses that they need for their work.

· They have CGFNS (Commission on Graduates for Foreign Nursing) exams for nurses who wish to work in the US.

· Nurses need to take NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) exam.

· They also have NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses) examination.

The most common among nurses is NCLEX and they need to prepare for these exams so that they won’t end up retaking it.

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Nurses Open To Idea Of Robots

November 20, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 0

Front-line staff in the nursing and care sector would welcome sensor and robot technology in nursing homes and the homes of elderly people.

The reason is that such a move would free up time that personnel could use for social contact with clients. They also believe that sensors and robots will enable elderly people to stay longer in their own homes.

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Vigorous Exercise 3 Times Weekly Reduces Men’s Heart Attack Risk By 22%

November 18, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 0

Men who do vigorous exercise three times a week were found to have a significantly lower risk of having a heart attack, compared to those of the same age who did not, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health wrote in the American College of Sports Medicine. The authors added that other important markers included hemoglobin A1c, apolipoprotein B and vitamin D.

Lead author, Andrea Chomistek, Sc.D. and team gathered data on activity levels and biomarkers from adult males from the Health Professional Follow-Up Study (HPFS). Included in the data were insulin sensitivity, cholesterol levels and markers of inflammation. The participants were asked to complete a questionnaire twice a year, in which they wrote about how long they spent each week on leisure-time physical activity.

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Giving Up Smoking Not That Hard, Phillip Morris Boss Tells Cancer Nurse

November 8, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 0

The head of Phillip Morris International, Louis Camilleri, a long-time smoker, told a cancer nurse that smoking “is not that hard to quit”, during an annual shareholder meeting in New York. He said there are more previous smokers than current smokers in America today.

Cancer nurse, Elisabeth Gunersen, from San Francisco was explaining the cost of smoking and the global human death toll (5 million annually) when he came out with the remark.

Smoking is known by virtually all addiction experts to be difficult to give up, and extremely hard for heavy smokers.

Although the percentage of the US adult population that smokes is much lower now than it was a few decades ago, the decline has stopped and hit a roadblock.

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Are Frontline Nurses Prepared For Alcohol-related Cases?

November 8, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 0

Nurses are often on the frontline when patients are brought into hospital with alcohol-related illnesses or injuries but how prepared are they for dealing with cases of this kind?

A researcher at The University of Nottingham is launching a national survey today to establish whether student nurses are receiving the alcohol training and education which is so vital to their job.

The survey follows news that alcohol-related admissions to hospital have topped one million for the first time. A recent NHS Information Centre report said that admissions had increased by 12 per cent, reaching 1,057,000 in 2009-10 compared to 945,500 for the previous year. In 2002-03, alcohol-related hospital admissions stood at just 510,800.

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Regular coffee reduces a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant

November 7, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 0

Animal studies have found that the activity of Fallopian tubes, which carry eggs from her ovaries to her uterus, can be undermined by regular caffeine intake, thus negatively affecting her fertility, researchers from the University of Nevada School of Medicine reported in the British Journal of Pharmacology.

Professor Sean Ward said:

Our experiments were conducted in mice, but this finding goes a long way towards explaining why drinking caffeinated drinks can reduce a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant.

If a woman is to have a successful pregnancy, her microscopic eggs have to travel to her uterus (womb). Not much is known about how the eggs travel through the muscular Fallopian tubes. Experts presumed cilia – minute hair-like projections – in the lining of the tubes slowly push the egg, along with muscular contractions in the tube walls.
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What is Iron-Deficiency Anemia?

November 4, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 0

General Considerations:

  • Most prevalent nutritional disorder in children because of overfeeding with milk (which is deficient inrion).
  • Most common hematologic disease in infancy and childhood because of rapid growth and development.
  • Iron, when taken into the body, has only a 10% absorption rate. With a high bulk in the diet, large amounts of milk and antacids will further decrease its absorption rate.
    • It is also irritating ot the gastric mucosa an therefore shoul be taken after meals
    • Vitamin C (fruits/juices) should be given together with iron for optimum absorption.

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Helpful Tips for Finding a Job as an RN Nurse

October 29, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 2

The nursing profession is one of the most in demand jobs today. A manifestation of this is that the United States and Canada have been hiring Registered Nurses from other countries, especially from the Philippines.

However, most nursing graduates who recently passed the board exams find it hard to get a job. Partly because they don’t have specializations yet or they don’t have enough clinical experience yet, which are important requirements if you want to work as an RN overseas.

More and more Filipino students take up Bachelor of Science in Nursing with hopes of having the opportunity to work overseas. Just for the July 2010 Nursing Board Exams, 91,008 graduates took the board. What is unfortunate is that only 37,679 passed the board exams. As a result of this, the Commission on Higher Education sought the review of some colleges and universities which have not produced board passers in the last four years.

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What is Anorexia Nervosa?

October 25, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 0

Anorexia nervosa is not just an eating disorder. It actually is the fear of gaining weight. A person suffering from anorexia nervosa usually perceives himself as a really fat person, even it is the contrary. Most anorexics are more concerned about gaining weight. They still crave in to hunger but then excessively exercise to burn those calories.

Going back to our definition that anorexia is the fear of gaining weight; it becomes a disorder when the eating habits of anorexics are drastically affected because of their fear of gaining weight. They still eat but feel guilty after eating and try everything to lose what they perceive as excess calories.

Studies show that about 90% of anorexics are women. This could be the influence of the media and the people around them. Today’s standard for beauty is to be slim to look beautiful and a lot of people think that fat people are and disgusting.  The models you see in magazines, television and print ads are mostly thin. In order to keep up with what most women perceive as a trend, they try so hard to lose weight, even if there is nothing more to lose. It is quite common for anorexics to induce vomiting in order to get rid of the unwanted calories.

The same report indicates that about 80% of these women suffering from anorexia nervosa are adolescent girls. During adolescent years that peer pressure creeps in. And most girls, for fear of not becoming popular, they tend to prevent themselves from gaining weight; even to the point of starving themselves. Though their hunger brings them pain, they tend to ignore it and pretend that they are not hungry. After the starvation stage, they would tend to eat small portions of food. Yet, they still think that what they just ate will cause them to be fat so they try different things in order to lose those calories. Most of them would resort to self-induced vomiting. This practice could lead to a much more serious problem.

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Study Finds Lower Nurse-to-Patient Ratios Save Lives,Help Nurses

October 25, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 2

Are lower nurse-to-patient ratios a life saver or a money waster? That debate has been going on for years. Now, a new study of surgical patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania has found that as many as 14 percent fewer patients would have died if hospitals in those states had required the same number of nurses as in California’s law.

If California’s mandatory nurse-patient ratios had been in effect in Pennsylvania and New Jersey hospitals in 2006, those states would have seen 10.6% and 13.9% fewer deaths among general surgical patients, according to a Pennsylvania researcher’s analysis.
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Nursing topnotcher had prayed for No. 1

October 20, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 0

Rayan Abogado Oliva, the topnotcher in the nursing board examinations last July, had prayed everyday that he would top all examinees and posted in his room the number 1 sign which greeted him every morning he woke up.

Oliva, who graduated magna cum laude at the Ateneo de Naga University, said he was very specific with his request to God that he be the one on top.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Oliva got an 86.80-percent passing rate, a grade above the 37,679 of 91,008 nursing graduates who passed the board.

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Lifestyle Change Can Help Prevent Hypertension

September 30, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 0

The Department of Health (DOH), together with the Philippine Society of Hypertension (PSH) and other medical specialty societies, reiterated its call for everyone to practice a health lifestyle by limiting salt in their diets, maintaining normal weight and exercising daily for 30 minutes in order to reduce the risk of hypertension or high blood pressure as the country observes the month of May as “National Hypertension Awareness Month” under Proclamation No. 1761.

The DOH and PSH aim to raise awareness about the positive impact of simple lifestyle changes in preventing or managing high blood pressure. These lifestyle changes include maintaining a normal body weight, minimizing salt intake, regular exercise such as brisk walking, jogging, dancing or aerobics for at least 30 minutes daily, limiting alcohol intake to at most two drinks a day for men, and one a day for women, avoiding smoking and second-hand smoke, eating potassium-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables, managing stress by getting enough sleep and recreation, and practicing relaxation techniques.

According to Dr. Abdias V. Aquino, president of the PSH

Lifestyle changes can help prevent high blood pressure and control it in those who already have established hypertension

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Heat Stroke: One Good Reason to Keep Your Summer Cool

September 29, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 0

Source: National Red Cross

Just when we all thought that succumbing to the heat of the summer sun within the metro is bad enough this season, here it comes with yet another abhorring revelation—exposure to extremely high temperature can actually make us ill, or worse, lead us to a rather untimely demise.

Science has it: the human body is easily affected by the sudden changes in its environment, including temperature. And since it is basically its nature to easily adapt, intense hotness like what this summer season offers could relatively push it to go beyond its normal temperature range, which could unfortunately raise an actual health concern.

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Emergency Nurses Release Holiday Safety Tips

September 16, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 0

In preparation for the upcoming holidays, the Emergency Nurses Association has released a list of safety tips to help people enjoy the holiday season without needing a trip to the emergency room. Although the holiday season can be filled with many pleasurable activities, the hectic pace can sometimes be stressful. » Continue Reading

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Cruise Ship Nurse Training

September 13, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 0

A Cruise Ship Nurse is ideal for nurses who love to travel. Working as a cruise ship nurse provides one the opportunity to travel while working. However, aspiring to be a cruise ship nurse would require more than just nursing degree or license. For one, a cruise ship nurse should at least have three years of postgraduate experience in emergency room, intensive care, operating room, critical care, and general healthcare.

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Soy Protein Diet Benefits People with Type 2 Diabetes

September 9, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 0

A diet rich in soy protein may have lasting beneficial effects for type 2 diabetics, specifically for their heart, blood vessels, and kidneys, according to a study published in the journal Diabetes Care.
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