Soliant goes to camp!

by Tera Tuten on September 9, 2014

Let’s take it back to our elementary-school years…. For many of us, a summer would not have been complete without a week or more spent in camp. What was not to like about being away from home and being around kids who were just like you?  And from that most memorable summer camp experience, we left with much more than we came with: a few fond memories, lasting friendships, and invaluable life lessons that have molded us into who we are today.

For children facing serious illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges, summer camp gets a little more complicated. Actually, a lot more complicated. Their complex and sometimes life-threatening medical needs require not only a fun and recreational space, but also a medically supportive environment with access to the appropriate healthcare professionals for their needs.camp-twin-lakes

It wasn’t until the creation of Camp Twin Lakes that the state of Georgia was able to host camp programs for children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and life challenges. Camp Twin Lakes provides summer camps and retreats at three fully-accessible and medically-supportive campsites, daycamps, and hospital-based Camp-To-Go programs. Twenty-one years later, it has become a national model for camps serving special populations. [click to continue…]

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How to Find Career Prosperity in Home-Based Health

by Tera Tuten on September 2, 2014

home-healthcare-soliantWith the upcoming increase in the aging population, the job growth in this field is expected to be excellent, with up to 50 percent more jobs by 2018, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That translates into roughly half a million new jobs, which is faster growth for the occupation of home health aide than most other jobs.

The outlook…

A home health aide usually works in a residential care facility or the home of a patient with age-related challenges, chronic illness, or disabilities that require care under the supervision of a medical professional.

Whether this is an entry level position or a stepping stone to a more specialized medical career, if you’re passionate about having a positive impact on the lives of others and want to work in health care, you can find career prosperity as a home health aide by following the steps below. [click to continue…]

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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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