Promising New Development in Breast Cancer Screening

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breast cancer screeningMammograms are not only one of the most dreaded medical procedures that women must endure, but they aren’t always the most accurate. Many times, women have dense breast tissue which makes it challenging to read the results and make an accurate assessment as to whether there are areas of concern. In other cases, benign tumors that could be left alone without treatment are removed, resulting in unnecessary surgery, scarring, and other complications. However, these days may soon be in the past. Scientists have been working on a new imaging tool that will allow diagnosis of breast cancer without use of a mammogram and reduce unnecessary invasive surgery. Continue reading “Promising New Development in Breast Cancer Screening”

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5 Things School Nurses Should do to Round Out the School Year

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school nurse end of yearThe end of the school year is just around the corner! While it can be tempting to just coast into summer, school nurses have a lot that needs to be accomplished before the students have left the building. By taking care of a few important tasks at the end of the school year, you’ll make things easier for yourself as the next school year gets underway. Continue reading “5 Things School Nurses Should do to Round Out the School Year”

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The nomination period has officially ended for Soliant’s 2018 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. At this time, we’re reviewing nominations and preparing for the upcoming voting period which opens on Friday, June 1st. Mark your calendars to cast your votes between June 1 – June 29. May the best — and most beautiful — hospitals win!

Important Dates >>

  • Nomination Deadline: Friday, May 25
  • Voting Period: Friday, June 1 – Friday, June 29
  • Winner Announcement: Friday, July 6

We believe a hospital’s physical appearance is only part of its beauty. See what makes our previous winners stand out here 

Healing is beautiful. And vice versa. 

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Things You Need to Know About Dating Another Medical Professional

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dating medical professionalIn the busy life of a medical professional, it can be challenging to find time to meet people and develop relationships. Especially in the earlier years of your career, much of your time is spent with others in the healthcare industry so it is only natural that you may begin dating another medical professional. This can be an ideal situation for some, but there are some things you should know before moving into a dating relationship with another medical professional. Continue reading “Things You Need to Know About Dating Another Medical Professional”

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4 Ways to Develop Trust as a School-Based Occupational Therapist

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occupational therapist trustOccupational therapists that are based in schools have some unique challenges to overcome when working with new students. It can sometimes be difficult to gain the trust of children who aren’t familiar with you and until you do, they may not see the results that you are hoping to achieve. With a little work, you can overcome trust issues and break down barriers that are preventing positive performance and progress. Continue reading “4 Ways to Develop Trust as a School-Based Occupational Therapist”

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My Special Nursing Moment 2018

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Perhaps more so than any other healthcare job, working in nursing affords you the opportunity to have emotional experiences that will stick with you – forever. Whether it’s making a special connection with a patient or sharing an inspiring moment with a mentor or colleague, just about every nurse has that one special moment that defines their careers.

So… what’s yours? That’s right! After an inexplicable year off (sorry about that), My Special Nursing Moment is back and better than ever in 2018. In honor of National Nurses Week, share your sure to be inspiring special nursing moment in the comments below and you’ll be entered to win $100 Visa gift card!

How do we know your stories will tug at our heart strings? Because if past years’ My Special Nursing Moment contests have taught us anything, you’ll need your tissues ready as you browse the comments. See below for a few tearjerkers from years past, and don’t forget to celebrate National Nurses Week the only way it should be celebrated: by being the awesome nurses you are.

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The time that sticks with me the most is when we got a homeless gentleman in with frostbite. He was a veteran and was having a hard time getting situated in life. He stated that the small bag of clothes with one pair of socks, jeans with holes, and a couple shirts was all he had. We all pitched in and the nurses on our floor ended up getting him a couple suitcases full of new clothes and some warm winter clothes as well. We got him shaved and showered. In his new clothes he looked like a new man. He was very grateful for everything we did for him. The look on his face when he woke up and found the clothes was priceless.– Chasalee

I am an OB nurse. A patient came into the office in preterm labor. We told her not to push. The hospital was right across the street. She pushed anyway. We delivered the little preterm baby in the hallway of our office, while her family went to pull the car around… It has been about six years now. I see the family from time to time. When I see the little boy, I thank God that I was able to be part of his exciting birth. I am even more thankful that he and mom did well and are both healthy at this point.” – Temisha W.

I was starting my shift and one of my patients was a 15-year old girl who had new diagnosis of MS. She couldn’t see and was bored. After rounds were done, I went into her room and she was sitting in the dark… She had tears rolling down her face. She told me that she didn’t know what or why this had happened to her but that she would beat it, but she was scared. We talked for the longest time and she left a BIG impact on my heart! It changed the way I looked at my patients. I saw her a few months ago and she squealed and hugged me when she saw me she told me that she had planned to commit suicide until that night. Now she is in her second year of college and is in remission and doing well.” – Kelly O.

I was the administrator of an HH office and received a referral from an MD for wound care to a gentleman. Pretty common type referral, right? Wrong. When I sent the nurse, she found an 80-year old man living in a smoke shed with no running water and 30 cats and 1 dog living there with him, he knew the number as my nurse could not count them all… The first visit he told me he had lost his wife many years ago and could not live in the house where they were together so many years and found this abandoned shed where he stayed. I cleaned his wounds and dressed them and when leaving he followed me outside. I hugged his neck and told him I would be back tomorrow and thanked him for allowing me to come. A tear began to run down his cheek. I knew he had not been hugged for many tears, since his precious wife had passed away. He told me he had a gift for me, and he went and got a box of candy out of the trunk of the old car and handed it to me. I took it knowing he wanted to give something back for the love and caring he felt.” – Judy T.

I rushed to the patient’s home to fulfill my duties as a nurse: declare the time of death, contact the funeral home etc. After spending three hours with the family of this beautiful lady… it was time to say goodbye to them. As I said goodbye and offered my condolences to the family her daughter reached out to hug me. She wept as she thanked me. She thanked me for my words and for my silence… for treating her mother with dignity, even in death. She thanked me for being a bit of light during such a difficult time. I responded by telling her that it was my pleasure to be there for her and her family and for her mother. As I drove away a huge sense of gratitude came over me… this is what I do! I AM A SERVANT!” – Melissa G.

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Share your special nursing moments below for your chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.

Happy Nurses Week from all of us at Soliant!

 

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