Is This the Best Diet for RNs Working Night Shifts?

by Tera Tuten on August 25, 2014

night-shift-food-soliantNight shifts can cause a myriad of challenges that wreak havoc on your body and mind.

Working in artificial light can shut down your melatonin production, which helps regulate digestion, hormones, and your ability to think clearly.

Disrupting your circadian rhythms can interfere with sleep patterns.

And there’s usually no where to go exercise in the middle of the night, even for a brisk walk to help you wake up (assuming you can get away for a break.)

If you plan it carefully, though, your night-time diet can be your secret weapon for to staying awake, being alert, and maintaining a healthy weight. [click to continue…]

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Are Virtual Visits More Efficient?

by Tera Tuten on August 18, 2014

virtual-visits-soliantFor several years now, virtual medicine has been starting to meet the primary care needs of remote, rural, and underserved communities.

But now it may also be an efficient alternative to in person treatment of basic medical problems.

Several companies are hosting online doctor visits where physicians and patients interact by phone or the Web.

The appointment proceeds similarly to how a face-to-face visit works: the patient describes symptoms and the doctor creates a prescription.

The big difference is that there’s no wait time, no travel involved, and visits can be completed within 15 minutes.

But are such visits getting everything done that an in-person experience needs to? [click to continue…]

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travel-nurse-top-cities-soliantTravel nursing offers tremendous opportunities to see the world and even your own country.

While not all cities are as liveable (or affordable) as others, there are some that deserve a look, if only to be able to say that you’ve experienced one of the most amazing cities on Earth.

Here are our picks for 10 U.S. cities that travel nurses should consider, whether it’s for a long-term contract, or just a few weeks: [click to continue…]

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Ever have a conversation with one of those people in a desirable locale, who say “I came for a week and stayed for a decade?”

Travel nursing affords you the opportunity to experience a large range of workplaces and the towns those workplaces exist in.

While it’s great to see the country (and the world), all that traveling might also lead you to a place you might like to stay in for a while.

Factoring in things like a city’s growth rate, cost of living, average RN salaries, commute time, employment/unemployment figures, and even selections from other “top cities for nurses” lists, we came up with the following faves: [click to continue…]

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Why WebMD is a Headache for Physicians

by Amber Figlow on July 29, 2014

self-diagnosisIn November, we explored how and why health concerns have become one of the most popular Internet topics today in our “Beware of Dr. Web” post. We’re revisiting the dreaded “Google Self-Diagnosis” concept, this time focusing on  one of the biggest health information hubs on the Web.  [click to continue…]

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9 Effective Nursing-Friendly Charities

by Tera Tuten on July 28, 2014

effective-nursing-charities-soliantIf it’s all you can do to find the hours to volunteer your time to a good cause, but still want to help make a difference in a medical cause on a larger scale than day-to-day work, don’t worry…

There are dozens of charities well-aligned to advance the ideals of nurses and their patients, on a global scale.

Here are 9 of the most effective charities that are especially meaningful for nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Such charities are formally categorized as effective when they spend at least 75 per cent of their budget directly on programs, have open-book status for disclosure of their financial information, and – most importantly – by the amount of good they do through the extent of help they offer to people: [click to continue…]

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