Why Automated Pharmacies Will Never Replace Pharmacists

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automated-pharmacies-never-replace-pharmacists-soliantWould you want a robot dispensing drugs for you and your patients? Odds are, that’s long since been the case, to one extent or another:

Robotics have been used to help dispense medication in some pharmacies since the 1990s and robots for delivering medication have been used in hospitals for a decade.

And even before that, machines have been used for decades to count pills for dispensing – Such technology is now the standard in more than 30,000 pharmacies worldwide.

But will technology ever replace pharmacists completely? Continue reading “Why Automated Pharmacies Will Never Replace Pharmacists”

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A Look at Careers in Home Health Care

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careers in home healthHome health care is becoming more common, more necessary, and more flexible.

The days of medical personnel making house calls with limited resources has morphed into innovative new ways to bring many of the diagnostic, administrative, and human resources of a large hospital to people who can’t get to one. Continue reading “A Look at Careers in Home Health Care”

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5 Types of Patients (and How They’ve Changed in the Last 15 Years)

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5 Types of PatientsFive years ago, patients were just starting to make use of apps and smartphones to better inform themselves about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment at home and on-the-fly in clinics, hospitals, or wherever symptoms started to occur.

Ten years ago, patients were first starting to use the Internet en-masse to research their conditions, possible treatments, and even perused physician ratings while shopping around for a doctor.

Fifteen years ago, patients had far less access to medical information – Medical professionals were seen as the primary and sometimes sole source of insight for patients. And treatment for a number of common life-threatening ailments was significantly less advanced.

Here’s a look at the types of patients medical professionals encounter, contrasted with how they’ve changed since the 1990s: Continue reading “5 Types of Patients (and How They’ve Changed in the Last 15 Years)”

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The Magic of Doing 1 Thing at a Time

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I’ve got a magic trick for you…Ready?

Today, I’m going to increase my productivity just by willing myself to do so…The secret?

It’s quite possible that, rather than making your rounds more efficient, multitasking is most likely keeping you from operating at optimal efficiency.

A recent Stanford University study reported in 2009 that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of information don’t pay attention (stop reading that site in another tab, keep reading here!), remember or switch from one task to another as well as staff who complete one task at a time.

So why does this happen? Why is our dream of doing more by doing it all at once a fallacy? Continue reading “The Magic of Doing 1 Thing at a Time”

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How To Succeed As A Nurse

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One of the benefits of being a nurse is that there are a number of career paths in which to be successful. Nursing is not like being a psychologist where the career path is pretty much set in stone. Instead, there are various positions based on your education and career objectives. There are licensed practical nurses (LPN’s), which take their direction from registered nurses and train for about one year. Then there is the registered nurse (RN), who can choose a degree program in a university, which is the BSN and then there is the diploma nurses that leads to the RN but are mostly trained in hospitals and take three years to complete. Continue reading “How To Succeed As A Nurse”

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