How Social Media is Expanding the Role of School Counselors

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social-media-school-cyberbullyingSocial media has changed the world, for better or worse. The fact is that social media is virtually available to anyone, including students that attend middle schools and high schools. Many children have their own smart phones that allow them to stay connected at all times. These devices let them to connect with other students at school and beyond. This also means that fallout from positive and negative interactions on those platforms can trickle down into the school day. Continue reading “How Social Media is Expanding the Role of School Counselors”

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8 more must-have iPhone/iPad healthcare apps

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Since we posted our first successful roundup of apps for nurses and other medical pros in 2009 (and 2011) there have been hundreds more of such utilities made available for portable devices.

To help wade through them all and hone in on the most useful ones, here’s our latest list of the handiest medical apps around for your Apple device: Continue reading “8 more must-have iPhone/iPad healthcare apps”

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What U.S. Medical Systems Can Learn From Hawaii and Alaska

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A recent New York Times article entitled “In Hawaii’s health system, lessons for lawmakers” opens with a story of a Honolulu employee at a U.S.-based ice-cream chain who has health insurance through that chain.

While the chain typically doesn’t offer health insurance to its employees on the mainland, it has to do so in the “Aloha state” due to health industry regulations there.

Hawaii makes your employer guarantee you health coverage

Hawaii was the first state to mandate what is effectively universal healthcare for every person who works, and their families…and they did it all the way back in 1974.

And like a dream-version of those no-medical-exam insurance ads on TV, no one can be denied coverage. It’s state law.

While they were at it, state legislators mandated clearly-defined boundaries to force competing insurers to keep costs under control. Continue reading “What U.S. Medical Systems Can Learn From Hawaii and Alaska”

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The Doctor Shortage – Where are all the Doctors?

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We’re living longer these days. Our country’s population is steadily growing. And, with the passage of 2010’s Affordable Care Act, health insurance is increasingly available to Americans. While all of these facts are positive, there is a potentially concerning factor we must consider as a result: An impending shortage in family doctors.

Most of us value the relationships we develop with our primary care physicians, but in order to maintain this status quo for an expanding and longer-living population, we’re going to need a lot more doctors in a few short years.

Just how many? A recent report estimates the number at 52,000 new physicians necessary by 2025 to keep up with growing healthcare demands. Continue reading “The Doctor Shortage – Where are all the Doctors?”

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Will Healthcare Reform Change Nursing?

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healthcare-reform-nursingHealthcare reform, specifically the Affordable Care Act, (ACA) is here.  The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, was signed into law in 2010. Although not all aspects of the program have been implemented, in October of 2013, some phases of the act have been rolled out. Continue reading “Will Healthcare Reform Change Nursing?”

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