School nurses play an important role in the safety of students every day, but efforts in treating and preventing sports and recreational injuries such as concussions often go unnoticed. Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can affect the way the brain works. Even when mild and non-life-threatening, they may have serious effects. [continue reading…]
If you’re heading to a new job as a traveler, you may feel excited and a little apprehensive. Although it is an exciting adventure, starting a new job in a new area can make anyone a bit nervous. But there are several things you can do to make your experience great. Consider some of the 10 tips below. [continue reading…]
An online medical content web site lists the average 2010 pay for nurses in Massachusetts at $23.38/hour (or $48,630 annually.) YET, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that in May 2009, registered nurses in Massachusetts earned an average hourly wage of $39.32/hour ($81,890 annually.) Did pay rates for nurses in Massachusetts really drop 50% in one year?
Over the last few years, we’ve looked at nursing pay rates, America’s nursing shortage by the numbers, and which states need the most nurses in 2013 and beyond…But what’s the final word on how (and what) nurses actually get paid under various circumstances? [continue reading…]
No one ever said becoming and remaining a doctor was a walk in the park. Years of school and residency may seem daunting, and illustrate how intense a doctor’s dedication is to their profession. But what does it take to attain that lofty position?
Specific requirements vary by medical school, but the basics are a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with courses in science, and at least a 30 on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). In 2011, the average score of the 20,000 people admitted to medical schools was 31.1 [continue reading…]
The career choices doctors make affect the lives of every patient they treat. Like anyone, doctors sometimes discover they’re not on quite the right career path, while some just take time to find the specialty that suits them best. Either way, without doctors and the knowledge and skill they provide in caring for their patients, many people would suffer the effects of illness more acutely, and our lifespans would be dramatically shortened. Dating back to 1933, Doctors’ Day gives patients and their families the chance to show their appreciation for the people who spend their lives helping and healing others. [continue reading…]
Whether you can’t get enough of them or whether you never watch them (“who wants to stress out more about patients after work” and “they’re so fake!” are frequent refrains), medical dramas have started to shape public and medical professionals’ perception of the healthcare industry.
But just where do TV medical shows cross paths with real life careers of doctors and nurses (and where don’t they?)
A 2004 study published in the Journal of Surgical Research found evidence to suggest that TV shows like ER and Grey’s Anatomy affected surveyed medical students’ decisions to enter surgery.
Some of the students interviewed in the study basically thought surgeons were self-absorbed jerks, who either didn’t have families or had horrible relationships with them.
But how close are these TV-based perceptions to reality?
Here’s a look at five portrayals of life as an intern, resident, and first-year nurse on TV, as well as how closely they line up to reality: [continue reading…]