Category: Public Health

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2019-20 Flu Vaccine Updates

Each year, the ACIP provides U.S. flu vaccine recommendations based on available vaccine formulations and updated research findings.

/ September 5, 2019

Hypertension Guideline Changes

It is important to remember that treatment targets may differ among the guidelines, but individual health needs are central to treatment decision making.

/ August 19, 2019

Addicted ?

On the forefront of nursing care, we are now challenged to relieve pain and suffering while preventing narcotic addiction. This is an overwhelming goal for all healthcare staff. Let’s take a look at the problem. In the 1990s, the pain...

/ December 13, 2018

Brain injury basics

The brain contains nerve cells that manage thoughts, behaviors, sensation, and movement. The brain is divided into two hemispheres lobes, each with specific tasks to control. The cerebrum, cerebellum, and the brainstem communicate with the spinal cord and nerves to...

/ October 4, 2018

Cardiovascular disease and Diabetes

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) Non-communicable conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancers, and chronic respiratory illness cause over half of the deaths every year worldwide, according to the WHO. It’s almost a certainty that most of your clients will have not...

/ June 21, 2018

“Not in Kansas Anymore”

National Nurses week is a time for the nurses to celebrate the profession they’ve chosen.  The ANA (American Nurses Association) has taken as its theme for the 2018 celebration “Nurses inspire, innovate, influence. ” In my real nursing life, working mostly...

/ May 10, 2018

Eliminating Tuberculosis One PPD at a Time

Public health is a major focus of nursing practice–and for good reason. The overall strategy is simple: improve the health of an at-risk population by targeting factors that improve outcomes. Tuberculosis is a disease that all nurses learn a lot...

/ March 15, 2018
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Prevention Education 101: HIV Helps Nurses Tackle Tough Conversations

So you want to be a community health nurse? HIV disease is a good place to start. Prevention education is the cornerstone of public health, and there are some easy tricks that will ensure success. So let’s take HIV as...

/ December 1, 2017
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Nurses and Nursing Students Know Vaccines: Flu Shots

Flu Clinics Provide An Opportunity to Learn! *The following discussion involves only injectable inactivated flu vaccine (IIV4). See separate guidelines for live vaccines. Many nursing students will have the opportunity to provide flu vaccinations when they join a clinical rotation...

/ November 27, 2017
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NARCAN: Naloxone Know-How for Nurses

On November 18, 2015, at the urging of the public and many agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. FDA approved the use of naloxone nasal spray for the treatment of life-threatening opioid overdose. The legislation...

/ July 13, 2017