Quality and Safety Competencies for Nurses: Preparing for the Future

Quality and Safety Competencies for Nurses: Preparing for the Future

9780826121837 Quality and Safety Competencies for Nurses: Preparing for the FutureThe 2011 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was an eye opener for many nurses.  Most Americans and nurses had been shocked by the 2000 Institute of Medicine report,  “To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System”, where experts estimated that as many as 98,000 people die in any given year from medical errors that occur in hospitals.  The three co-editors were sure that neither we nor any of the nurses or other health care providers that we knew had contributed to that number.  The Milwaukee QSEN conference raised our consciousness on the need for nurses and other health care providers to pay more attention to quality and safety.  The idea for a new book, Introduction to Quality and Safety Education for Nurses: Core Competencies, was born.

The book’s three co-editors, Patricia Kelly from Illinois, Dr. Beth Vottero from Indiana, and Dr. Carolyn McAuliffe from New York have … Read More

Bless You! Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders Encompass More Than Just the Sniffles

Bless You! Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders Encompass More Than Just the Sniffles

shutterstock 118647259 300x200 Bless You! Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders Encompass More Than Just the SnifflesWhen most people think of ear, nose and throat (ENT) disorders they think of patient’s presenting to the office with symptoms suggestive of allergic rhinitis, otitis media, sinusitis and acute pharyngitis.  Most providers can treat and manage these conditions without thinking twice or referring to an additional resource for guidance.  Most don’t think of thyroid, parathyroid, salivary gland abnormalities and benign neck conditions such as branchial cleft anomalies or thyroglossal duct cysts when they think of ENT disorders.  It’s important for all health care practitioners to have a basic grasp and understanding of all types of ENT conditions that could present to them.

Patients with an ENT concern may present to a primary care provider, urgent care and/or other specialty practice before being referred to see an ENT specialist. These other groups should have an understanding of how to treat and manage these common and so-called “uncommon” ENT conditions. As … Read More

Step Into My Office: Confronting the Shame of Early Ejaculation

Step Into My Office: Confronting the Shame of Early Ejaculation

Library 300x199 Step Into My Office: Confronting the Shame of Early EjaculationBehind the doors of a sex therapist, clients seek understanding, acceptance, and answers.  But how can mental health professionals help their clients achieve these goals?  Dr. Stephanie Buehler, a licensed psychologist, sex therapist and a recognized author, invites you to “Step Into My Office” with monthly sidebars taken from her own experience.

Couples where the male ejaculates quickly may feel that they are missing out on the emotional closeness brought by intercourse. Unfortunately, partners are note always kind when a man cannot control his ejaculation. They may feel that their partner is being inconsiderate and has no interest in whether or not they achieve orgasm. In single men, early ejaculation can create low self-esteem and an unwillingness to enter into a new relationship, particularly if past partner expressed disappointment. In all men, the shame of early ejaculation can lead to avoidance of sex and low desire.

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Career of the Week in Counseling: Counselor as Department Chair

Career of the Week in Counseling: Counselor as Department Chair

In this weekly feature, the editors of SpringBoard highlight one career in the health care professions–including a basic description, educational requirements, core competencies/key skills needed, and related web sites and professional organizations where you can find more information!

101counseling Career of the Week in Counseling: Counselor as Department Chair Many professors of counselor education will eventually rise to becoming department chair at their institutions. It is fair to say that for some counseling faculty, serving as department chair is a step on the road to academic administration (assistant dean of the college, dean of the college, assistant vice president of academic affairs, etc.), though for most, they are simply taking their turn as a quasi-administrator who also teaches.

DEGREE REQUIRED

The required degree is a doctorate in counselor education, and the preferred type of doctoral degree is PhD, though the EdD remains in many doctoral programs.

ISSUES TO UNDERSTAND

As has been previously mentioned, higher education is evolving rapidly due to … Read More

11 Blog Posts on Aging: ‘Why Marry?’

11 Blog Posts on Aging: ‘Why Marry?’

Bea Larsen 11 Blog Posts on Aging: ‘Why Marry?’This is part two of an 11-part series of blog excerpts written by Bea V. Larsen, JD, Center for Resolution of Disputes. These eleven blogs also appeared in Care Management Journals, Volume 15, Number 1, 2014. Full sample downloads of this journal are available here.

For the first time in more than 100 years, the number of young adults (ages 25–34 years) who have never married has surpassed those who are. Of course, many of the unmarrieds are living with a partner, without ceremony or license. A taboo in the past that, at least for them, is ancient history.

And the divorce rate is declining. Is this good news or simply a reflection of the reality that fewer people are getting married?

And why should they?

Friends have posed that question. Not just young people, but some in their middle years and even beyond, and who are in committed … Read More

Nurse Educator News Roundup

Nurse Educator News Roundup

Quiz: When Should the History of Psychology Really Begin?

Quiz: When Should the History of Psychology Really Begin?

History of Psychology 101 Quiz: When Should the History of Psychology Really Begin?When should the history of the US begin?  Or phrased differently, what starting point should a historian choose, when writing a history of the US?

 a)      At the time when the North American continent was just distinguishable from others?

b)      At the time when the native peoples were the only residents?

c)       In 1773, with the Boston Tea Party?

d)      In 1869, during Reconstruction?

e)      In 1950?

A case can be made for all of these, depending on the taste of the historian and the needs of the reader.  An ecologist might find roots in (a); an American Exceptionalist, possibly searching for a ‘first birth’ of freedom, in (c).  Germans, for very good reason, declared 1945 ‘Year Zero’: a recent history by that title (Ian Buruma’s Year Zero) takes that phrase as a metaphor for all of the upheavals that occurred worldwide in the aftermath of the Second World … Read More

There’s No Short Cut to Making a Difference in Long-Term Care, But This Book Will Help Get You Closer to Your Goals

There’s No Short Cut to Making a Difference in Long-Term Care, But This Book Will Help Get You Closer to Your Goals

Edwin Cabigao 272x300 There’s No Short Cut to Making a Difference in Long Term Care, But This Book Will Help Get You Closer to Your GoalsWe all have our humble beginnings. Mine started almost 15 years ago when I moved to San Francisco. I was having a difficult time then in San Diego and a friend, who I barely knew, invited me to visit this beautiful city to have a vacation. Unemployed and having no savings, I used the remaining credit limit on my card and bought myself a ticket. I saw a nursing home on my first day here and decided to apply. To cut the story short, I was offered a job and moved here to start a new life. This new life included sleeping on my friend’s couch for a few months, suffering the cold weather with no heater, and saving every cent to be able to come up with a deposit for a studio apartment.

At first, I struggled as a staff nurse in a nursing home. I was nervous, lost, … Read More

Career of the Week in Public Health: Home Visit Nurse

Career of the Week in Public Health: Home Visit Nurse

In this weekly feature, the editors of SpringBoard highlight one career in the health care professions–including a basic description, educational requirements, core competencies/key skills needed, and related web sites and professional organizations where you can find more information!

101 Careers in Public Health 199x300 Career of the Week in Public Health: Home Visit NurseJOB DESCRIPTION

There are several public health programs that involve home visits by nurses, not to provide traditional nursing care, but to help catch problems and increase the potential for good health. For example, a home visit nurse might spend an hour or two each week teaching a teenage mother life skills (changing and feeding the baby, checking for safety hazards, etc.) that will help her to be a good parent. She makes sure that baby’s development is on track, and if there is a problem, she connects the mother with services that can help. She helps mothers access other services, too, from housing to general educational development (GED) programs to domestic … Read More

Why Every Parent Should Know the Impact of Race on a Young Child

Why Every Parent Should Know the Impact of Race on a Young Child

James Graham 221x300 Why Every Parent Should Know the Impact of Race on a Young ChildIn my line of work as a professor of developmental psychology, it is my belief that every parent or adult who works with children be knowledgeable, aware, skilled, and open to the possibilities that each child presents. The focus of every parent or caregiver should be to assist every child to reach their potential by supporting them and their families in every way possible.

A thorough grounding in child development prepares you to guide children to their most favorable potential. Knowledge of how a child develops and changes enables you to see how particular behaviors or thoughts in a child’s social, physical, emotional, intellectual, and language expand over time. Armed with a deep understanding of children and family’s needs, challenges, and capacities, you can be more effective when interacting with children.

I have often wondered how race and ethnicity affects the life of a child. What parent of an African … Read More