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Here are some of the most forward-thinking and revolutionary iPhone apps out there for doctors and nurses.Here are some of the most forward-thinking and revolutionary iPhone apps out there for... more
Here are 100 quotes all about nursing, medicine and patient care that can help inspire you or make you laugh and make your day a little brighter.
Link : http://www.nursingschools.net/blog/2010/06/100-entertaining-inspiring-quotes-for-nurses/Here are 100 quotes all about nursing, medicine and patient care that can help inspire... more
EVERY doctor's practice in the country will get its own nurse to help treat patients, make home visits, write prescriptions and co-ordinate follow-up care, under a medical revolution in tomorrow's Federal Budget.
Each GP will be eligible for $25,000, worth up to $75,000 a year to a three-doctor practice, enough to hire a full-time nurse.
The nurses will lead a revolution in healthcare, teaching patients with chronic problems like diabetes and heart disease how to manage their conditions, dressing wounds, and carrying out asthma tests and vaccinations.
They will also carry out pap smears, test blood sugar and cholesterol and co-ordinate follow-up care with specialists and health carers.
The care they provide is expected to come at no cost to the patient and it will free up GPs to carry out the more complex medical care.
Currently, government incentives for employing nurses are capped at $40,000 per practice and only apply in rural areas or those with a workforce shortage. About 40 per cent of practices do not employ a nurse.EVERY doctor's practice in the country will get its own nurse to help treat... more
Stress at work raises the risk of heart disease for women under 50, a study of more than 12,000 nurses suggests.
link : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8663090.stmStress at work raises the risk of heart disease for women under 50, a study of more... more
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Top managers in England's NHS trusts received average pay rises of nearly 7% in 2008-09, compared with less than 3% granted to nurses, a report says.
An Incomes Data Services report into boardroom pay at more than 380 trusts found chief executives earned seven times more than the average nurse.
Senior managers in NHS trusts typically earned £147,500, the report said.
The NHS Confederation said trusts needed top managers to help them through financial challenges.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8614684.stmTop managers in England's NHS trusts received average pay rises of nearly 7% in... more
One of the biggest flash-points of the health care debate has been the so-called "public option" - a government-run alternative to insurance companies. Most conservatives have said they absolutely can't support it and many liberals have said they absolutely can't support a bill without it. Well today the public option took a blow in the Senate Finance Committee as an amendment to add it to the present draft of the bill in the Senate was voted down 15 to 8. The vote against included 5 Democrats, including Sen. Max Baucus (D. - MT) who heads up the committee. He said he voted against the amendment because he feared it would keep the bill from getting the 60 votes its needs on the Senate floor.
There is a second amendment including the public option introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer out of NY who vows to get it in there no matter what.
Will the public option kill health care reform? Moderate Senate Democrats are certainly trying their darnedest not to let it. But there's another danger for them: if they pass a bill without a public option, will liberals in the Democratic Party count that as actual reform? What do you think - Comment over here on Current News.
Also on health care:
- Your Health Care Stories - From the Current News Blog
- No Healthcare For Me (Video)One of the biggest flash-points of the health care debate has been the so-called... more
Your health care stories - Current.com members talk about their experiences with the American health care systemSo in the midst of all the international high drama happening between New York and Pittsburgh this week, let us not forget that back in Washington, lawmakers are still grappling with a monster of a health care debate. About a week ago I asked for you guys to send us some of your personal experiences with health care and health insurance in the US. Mostly we heard stories from people without insurance or with costly bills. Here are a few of them:
From user Justanks:
I have no health insurance. I can't afford it since I am an independent contractor and my husband is out of work. I have been able to get my daughter on the state medical but when I was paying out of pocket when we were better off it was costing over $600 a month for the 3 of us to have medical.That didn't include co-pays. Twice my daughter has had to stay at the hospital due to emergencies and they bill came out WAY over $700 each time. I know that is better than full price, but when you are still in school it is not realistic to pay that in full before you leave the hospital. I already pay taxes that are spent on govt.' officials medical and the BS they decide to spend it on, why shouldn't some of it go to my family having medical?
It's an oft-mentioned number but it's estimated that as many as 45 million Americans are without health insurance. Of course, even with health insurance, costs can pile up. Millions of Americans are weighed down by medical debt, like user cafiredancer:
I am in over $17,000 in medical debt (from just day to day things such as child birth and family misshaps, choked on a piece of meat, dislocated shoulder, broken foot from soccer and more recently a diagnosis in myself of Melanoma). At times we had insurance but could not pay deductables or had a large out of pocket. My husband and I have been without medical insurance for a majority of our 13 years together....it's already becoming the demise of a chance at any sort of financial freedom. At one point in time we were homeless, they didn't care, they still wanted their money...
One example for health care reformers has been Massachusetts, which has instituted a state wide health insurance mandate. This requirement for all citizens to have health insurance is a model that may in Congress are considering. Current.com user bc_f is from Massachusetts:
i live in MA where it's already illegal not to have health insurance. i am on unemployment and because of that i have subsidized health care from the state. it's actually not that bad, although i don't get dental or anything like that. a few months ago i had to have emergency surgery and had to stay overnight in the hospital. if it weren't for subsidized care i would be thousands of dollars in debt. i only had to pay $100 for the emergency room copay
On the News Blog we heard from a couple of people who had specific questions about how college students would be affected. From John Dye:
I’m a college student. I’m currently uninsured, unemployed, and I’ve been wondering how I will be affected if healthcare reform is passed? Will I be penalized for not having insurance? How am I supposed to pay for that if I’m a full time college student? I have zero income except for what the govt already gives me in financial aid.
The good news for college students who would be compelled to find health insurance by a legal mandate is that those costs would be subsidized by the government. That's true for anyone with a low income.
We did see one counter-example in the comments, from user courage:
My insurance is cheap and i have never had a problem with it. I have a eye desease i have to visit the doctor all the time and recieve expensive eye drops so as not to go blind all i ever pay is 10 dollars even for 90 dollar a gram drops....This country is powerful thanks to capitalism and free markets and personel responsibility and finacial and personel liberty, dont give it away for a false since of security.
If you have a story, let us know. We'll keep covering this for the next several weeks and beyond. Also if you're interested in working with someone on the Current News staff to tell a deeper story about your experience with the health care system, speak up. Leave your comments over here on current.com.
- No Health Care For Me (Video) - Christina Heller learns about the Massachusetts system as she searches for her own health coverage.
- Obama speaks on health care (video)- Obama's big health care speech to CongressSo in the midst of all the international high drama happening between New York and... more
A couple of people have posted to Current the story about the very sobering figure of 45,000 deaths a year caused by people lacking health insurance. (That one comes from user WakeUpPeople).
I'm interested in an little informal poll of you guys. Do you not have insurance? Was their a period in which you didn't? If you do have it, what's your insurance story?
Mine's not too exciting. I was lucky enough to get job out of school with benefits and have stayed employed with benefits since. I have been surprised by my insurance a few times. Nothing serious, but paying for check-ins and physicals I wasn't expecting to have to. In my personal experience, deductibles can be a pretty effective deterrent to preventative care. Why shell out $100+ to go get checked out when I'm feeling fine. One of those 'Oh, I'll get to it eventually' things.
How about you?
Comment here.A couple of people have posted to Current the story about the very sobering figure of... more
A BRITISH man allegedly addicted to watching others kill themselves online could be charged with encouraging and assisting suicide.
William Melchert-Dinkel, 47, an American nurse with a loving family, allegedly spent years posing as a 20-something woman while trawling the internet for people he could persuade to kill themselves while he watched, the Daily Mail reports.
He has allegedly admitted to US police that he was involved in at least five deaths. A US prosecutor is still deliberating over whether to charge the Minnesota man with assisting suicide.
On the day Mr Melchert-Dinkel was arrested he was admitted to hospital. His medical notes record that he told nurses he was addicted to suicide chatrooms and had "posed as a 28 yo female formed suicide pacts with some that he had no attention (sic) of following thru... 4 yrs suicide fetish offered medical advice for assisted suicide x2".
A 64-year-old grandmother from Coventry, central England, led police to Mr Melchert-Dinkel after she heard of a teenage girl being urged to join a suicide pact.
Mark Drybrough received his final email at 10.32am. It asked: "Are you all right?"
Seconds later he switched off his computer, walked to his bedroom and hanged himself from a decorator's ladder.
When Mr Drybrough's sister later read through the months of emails and chatroom posts stored on the computer, it appeared the message was part of a suicide pact with a young female nurse.
His mother, Elaine Drybrough, 61, refuses to read the exchanges in which her 32-year-old son, an IT technician, was persuaded to take his own life.
"My daughter told me that a nurse called Li encouraged Mark to kill himself and said that some people had allowed her to watch before," she said.
Her son had suffered from depression since a bout of glandular fever about eight years earlier.
In the months before his death he became increasingly withdrawn from his friends and family, spending hours every day using the internet on his home-built computer.
Police believe that the "young woman" who befriended him was the "suicide voyeur" Mr Melchert-Dinkel, who was unmasked by two British women.
Mrs Drybrough said: "This man appointed himself Mark's executioner. He whispered in his ear each time he logged on to the computer. Because of his medical experience he knew exactly who he was looking for, what he was doing, the buttons he needed to push."
Mr Melchert-Dinkel was exposed by Celia Blay after police refused to intervene.
It was a remarkable achievement for a grandmother in the Wiltshire village of Maiden Bradley, western England, who confesses to having little knowledge of the internet and who relies on her son for technical support.
Four years ago a teenage friend admitted she had entered a death pact with a nurse. Hours before the planned suicide, Mrs Blay discovered the pact was with an internet user known as Li Dao, who had agreed to other pacts.
She convinced the teenager to delay her plans and the girl is alive today.
Mrs Blay contacted members of internet groups used by Li Dao and discovered she used the pseudonyms Falcon Girl and Cami D to persuade people to enter pacts in which they would hang themselves in front of webcams and watch each other die. At the crucial moment there was always a problem with Li Dao's webcam so that it was just her watching.
"When I went to the police they just said if it bothers you, look the other way," she said.
A friend of Mrs Blay, Kat Lowe, a mother of two from Wolverhampton, central England, contacted Li Dao to discover the predator's identity. It was a risky decision as Ms Lowe was feeling suicidal. But her condition gave the insight allegedly needed to gain Mr Melchert-Dinkel's trust.
Ms Lowe, 37, said even though she was aware what Li Dao's methods were, she was persuaded to buy a rope and alcohol.
"I was really scared he might talk me into hanging myself," she said.
She obtained information that allowed Mr Melchert-Dinkel's home address to be traced. He told her his work in the emergency room of a US hospital had given him knowledge of the most effective ways to kill oneself.
He allegedly described watching an unidentified man hang himself in Birmingham, central England, in about 2006.
"He asked me to watch as he was all alone," Mr Melchert-Dinkel was reported by The Daily Mail as saying.
"I didn't want to, thinking it was some perverted ploy of his, but after many hours of talking I agreed to watch him die so he would not die alone."
He later admitted he had made previous suicide pacts but promised Ms Lowe he was ready to carry out his part of the deal.
"I hope we can... go somewhere close to the same time if possible. It's good to have support at this time of need... hugs and love."
Drawn to the edge
Mrs Blay's file of evidence was rejected by British police and the FBI said it lacked the power to investigate. Police in Mr Melchert-Dinkel's home city of St Paul, Minnesota, agreed to take the case.
Mrs Blay says she is aware of several deaths that occurred between the time she identified Mr Melchert-Dinkel and police seizing his computer. He is suspected of entering a pact with Nadia Kajouji, an 18-year-old Canadian student who killed herself in 2008.
During the online conversation with Nadia he allegedly advised her on the best length and diameter of rope for hanging and said that he wanted to watch.
In one message he wrote: "If you wanted to (go) for hanging we could have done it together online so it would not have been so scary for you."
She later drowned herself.
Assisting suicide carries a prison sentence of 15 years in Minnesota.
Read more at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1259379/The-suicide-voyeur-nurse-encouraged-people-kill-online.htmlA BRITISH man allegedly addicted to watching others kill themselves online could be... more
For new nurses, the world of healthcare, hospitals, and more can be overwhelming. And a degree, certification, and license can only do so much. This is why getting advice from someone with experience can be a life saver.
Link: http://nursepractitionerschools.org/50-best-blogs-for-new-nurses/For new nurses, the world of healthcare, hospitals, and more can be overwhelming. And... more
URGENT NEED for RN Volunteers
Haiti Ravaged by Earthquake
Join your fellow RNs, National Nurses United members,
and the Registered Nurse Response Network
on an emergency mission to help Haiti
The Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) is a national network of direct-care RNs that coordinates sending volunteer RNs to disaster stricken areas wherever and whenever they are needed most. RNRN was organized in 2005 when Katrina and Rita — two of the most destructive hurricanes in history — dramatically exposed America's flawed disaster relief system.
Through RNRN, we hope to send experienced RNs to provide emergency medical support to Haitians who are dire need of medical care. "We are calling on nurses throughout the U.S. to join us in this critical effort," said National Nurses United (NNU) Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro.
"All of the hospitals are packed with people. It is a catastrophe."
— President René Préval of Haiti to the New York Times
I received this in a email from a nurse friend. But the real question is, why can the U.S. send 10,000 troops and we can to call for volunteer nurses?URGENT NEED for RN Volunteers Haiti Ravaged by Earthquake Join your fellow RNs,... more
How One Woman Went to Tax Court and Won Deduction
A Maryland nurse accomplished two rare feats in her battle with the Internal Revenue Service: She defended herself against the agency's lawyers and won, and she got a ruling that could help tens of thousands of students deduct the cost of an M.B.A. degree on their taxes.
The U.S. Tax Court handed Lori Singleton-Clarke her victory last month, saying the 47-year-old Bryantown, Md., woman had properly deducted nearly $15,000 in business school tuition. The Tax Court ruling should make it easier for many other professionals to deduct the expense of a Master in Business Administration degree.
After getting word of the court decision, "I nearly yelled the roof off the house," Ms. Singleton-Clarke says. "I still can hardly believe it."
The IRS's rules on deducting work-related tuition are complicated and onerous, ultimately preventing most students from deducting their tuition. But this case clarifies the rules and will likely lead to more taxpayers taking the deduction, tax experts say.
Few taxpayers decide to go toe to toe with the IRS as Ms. Singleton-Clarke did, arguing her case without a lawyer. For good reason: In 2009, individuals won only about 10% of about 300 such cases, according to data from Tax Analysts. Ms. Singleton-Clarke fought her case in Tax Court, a venue where taxpayers don't have to pay the contested tax before going to trial. The court has a special procedure for small cases.
Some of the losers, such as several dozen tax protesters who defended the filing of frivolous returns, were tilting at tax windmills. Others were simply on the wrong side of the law, including a horse enthusiast who wanted to deduct his hobby losses, an unsuccessful comedian who tried to classify his expenses as business losses, and an attorney who claimed over $100,000 in medical deductions for his visits to prostitutes.
http://poietes.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/no-irs.jpgHow One Woman Went to Tax Court and Won Deduction A Maryland nurse accomplished two... more
Barbara Boxer never heard of the The National Nurses Union, with it's 150,000 members who condemn the Senate health care bill as "a seriously flawed bill that could actually exacerbate the health-care crisis and financial insecurity for American families."
"It is tragic to see the promise from Washington this year for genuine, comprehensive reform ground down to a seriously flawed bill that could actually exacerbate the health-care crisis and financial insecurity for American families, and that cedes far too much additional power to the tyranny of a callous insurance industry," says National Nurses Union co-president Karen Higgins, RN.
"Sadly," adds Higgins, "we have ended up with legislation that fails to meet the test of true health-care reform, guaranteeing high quality, cost effective care for all Americans, and instead are further locking into place a system that entrenches the choke-hold of the profit-making insurance giants on our health. If this bill passes, the industry will become more powerful and could be beyond the reach of reform for generations."Barbara Boxer never heard of the The National Nurses Union, with it's 150,000... more
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Many of these courses are free and others cost a bit, but all of them are sure to help you achieve your continuing education goals.
Link : http://www.onlinenursingprograms.net/2009/100-useful-continuing-ed-links-for-nurses/Many of these courses are free and others cost a bit, but all of them are sure to help... more
Throw away those vibrators, videos and Viagra. All you need for a healthy sex life is your iPhone. Ben Hoffman takes a look at all the best sex-related apps in this week's infoMania Tech Report.
The infoMania Tech Report is a weekly segment where technology guru Ben Hoffman takes a look at the newest tech products, gadgets and video games. It has been called "the funniest tech show on the web." (No source for that quote is available at this time. In fact, there's a good chance it was made up.) For more Ben visit http://current.com/techreport/ and Current TV.
infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Sarah Haskins, Ben Hoffman, Bryan Safi and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 10 pm Eastern and Pacific Times and can be found online at http://current.com/infomania/ or on Current TV. And make sure to check out our facebook profile for special features at http://infomaniafacebook.com.Throw away those vibrators, videos and Viagra. All you need for a healthy sex life is... more
Check out this article. Nurses were caught playing Facebook's newly popular game Farmville around 8pm on September 30. The person that captured these pictures was visiting a patient at the hospital at the time.
"I was visiting my dad at the hospital when I saw these nurses playing a Facebook game on the computer.
"This happened at about 8pm today. A few nurses of ward 57 were sitting at the Nurse Station and using a computer to access a Facebook game called Farmville.
"This is so unprofessional. Instead of attending to the patients, they were playing computer games.
"Moreover, there were still visitors there."Check out this article. Nurses were caught playing Facebook's newly popular game... more