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Choosing Nursing – a Nurses Week Special

by Jeremy Winograd on May 5, 2017

nurses week choosing nursingHappy National Nurses Week! While the public’s understanding of just how difficult and important nurses’ jobs can be—along with their trust in nurses—has deepened in recent years and decades, some misconceptions and stereotypes remain. Sadly, there are still those who look down on nurses as aspiring doctors who simply weren’t smart enough to get into med school. This pernicious idea should have died long ago, as it is directly contradicted by the fact that the nursing profession is populated mostly by medically brilliant folks who deliberately chose to become nurses instead of doctors strictly because they decided it was the best field for them. There are any number of reasons why they might make this decision (no, “to meet a nice doctor to marry” is absolutely not one of them – get outta here with your ‘50s patriarchal nonsense). Here are a few common ones. [click to continue…]

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intl womens day 2017There are many ways one could go about celebrating International Women’s Day (March 8th) this year. You could helpfully remind your Congressperson that the United States is virtually the only developed country on earth that doesn’t federally mandate paid maternity leave, for one. While you’re at it, you could ask them to reintroduce equal pay for equal work legislation, for another. Or, a personal favorite, you could dig up your old collection of Susan B. Anthony coins and use them to buy lunch. Here at Soliant, though, we just want to take a moment to celebrate women in the healthcare, a field in which women arguably work harder and make a larger impact than they do in any other. [click to continue…]

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Robotic Nursing Assistant Technology Developments

by Soliant Health on February 28, 2017

nursing robot assistantWe’ve talked a bit recently on new technological developments in the medical field. From great apps to podcasts to innovative medical devices, there seems to be something new popping up every single day. One of the most intriguing things we’ve seen recently are robots designed to assist in nursing tasks, such as the robotic nursing assistant developed by engineers and scientists at Duke and the RoNA developed by HStar Technologies. While this all feels very exciting and reminds us of the Jetsons, there are many questions and concerns about the impact of bringing in robots to handle jobs typically handled by humans. [click to continue…]

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Nurses are the Most Trusted Professionals in America…Again

by Jeremy Winograd on February 14, 2017

trustworthy nurseIt doesn’t take an MD to recognize that the United States has been engaged in rancorous debate over its healthcare system for the last several years. Disputes over the benefits and deficiencies of the Affordable Care Act, the law’s potential repeal, rising drug prices, and other flashpoints have dominated the country’s political landscape. Given this highly charged environment, one might expect doctors and nurses to bear at least some of the brunt of Americans’ apparent frustration with their healthcare system. [click to continue…]

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nurse volunteerThe news has been filled with images of devastated communities in the wake of hurricanes and other natural disasters. Communities are ravaged by flooding and storm damage, and many of the residents have been displaced to shelters. Along with the homes that have been damaged, many hospitals, medical offices, and other healthcare facilities are dealing with the same aftermath and struggle to serve their patients. Volunteer nurses are stepping up to assist and helping to take the burden off of local caregivers. [click to continue…]

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Open Communication is a Top Tool for School Nurses

by Soliant Health on November 1, 2016

school nurse communicationMany times, the school nurse is the first person to recognize physical and mental health issues in a child. As we are not typically equipped to diagnose and manage illnesses, communicating with teachers, parents, administration, and other caregivers is the best tool in our arsenal for ensuring that students get the care and attention they need. Whether you are working with a student who has a potential health issue or one who is being treated for an existing condition, here are some top tips for keeping the lines of communication open and healthy. [click to continue…]

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