Hurricanes and Preparedness ─ What’s In a Name?

Hurricanes and Preparedness ─ What’s In a Name?

Hurricane Katrina Flooding 300x199 Hurricanes and Preparedness ─ What’s In a Name?Does a female-named storm impact evacuation? Researchers at the University of Illinois and Arizona State University believe they do. In a study published in the June Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers looked at death rates from 94 Atlantic hurricanes that made landfall in the United States from 1950 to 2012.  Of the 47 most damaging hurricanes, those with female names resulted in an average of 45 deaths compared to 23 deaths from male-named storms.  Excluded from the study were Hurricanes Audrey (1957) which killed 416 and Katrina (2005) with a death toll of 1,833 because their high death tolls skewed results too heavily.

Kiju Jung of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and colleagues noted, “Feminine-named hurricanes vs. masculine-named hurricanes) cause significantly more deaths, apparently because they lead to lower perceived risk and consequently less preparedness. Using names such as Eloise and Charlie for referencing hurricanes has … Read More

Addiction and Mental Health Issues: Integrated and Comprehensive Treatment is Best!

Addiction and Mental Health Issues:  Integrated and Comprehensive Treatment is Best!

treating addictions with emdr therapy original 210x300 Addiction and Mental Health Issues:  Integrated and Comprehensive Treatment is Best!Addictions are a major public health issue in American society. Approximately 50% of individuals presenting to mental health clinicians have problems with either their own alcoholism or that of a family member. In addition, 24 million Americans are users of illicit drugs. For many individuals, substance use and compulsive behaviors have become a way to manage untreated mental health issues. Undiagnosed trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder are present at much higher rates in those with addictions than in the general population. Alcohol, cannabis and cocaine are the substances that are most frequently used by individuals to self-medicate.

Treatment for clients with addiction and mental health problems has suffered due to a lack of integrated services. Historically, addiction professionals focused solely on helping the clients deal with substance abuse and addiction issues without considering psychological disorders. Mental health clinicians restricted their attention to trauma, depression, anxiety or other psychological problems without … Read More

Career of the Week in Nursing: Child Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist

Career of the Week in Nursing: Child Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist

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!

 

201 Careers in Nursing 200x300 Career of the Week in Nursing: Child Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse SpecialistBASIC DESCRIPTION

A child adolescent psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist (CNS) is an advanced practice nurse who works with children and adolescents with psychiatric problems, focusing on the individual client/patient with any presenting health problem. The advanced practice role is aimed at early intervention and treatment of children with mental illness, and includes use of a wide range of psychotherapeutic skills (e.g., individual, family, and group therapy). The child adolescent psychiatric mental health CNS practices in both inpatient and outpatient hospital settings and a variety of other settings such as clinics, schools, community agencies, day treatment facilities, and public health departments. Additional advanced practice activities include consultation to other professional … Read More

11 Blog Posts on Aging: ‘Off Balance’

11 Blog Posts on Aging: ‘Off Balance’

Bea Larsen 11 Blog Posts on Aging: ‘Off Balance’This is the final entry in 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.

I have become reluctant to travel on my own. I find reasons to put off planning a journey, despite anticipating pleasure once at my destination, and even though I am well accustomed to traveling alone. For Len and I often chose to visit our distant children separately, knowing we were able to connect with them more intimately in this way.

So what’s going on?

In my determined effort to think this through (at least what’s available to me on a conscious level), and get beyond this self- imposed limitation, the source of my aversion is becoming more clear. It is humbling to realize, … Read More

Nurses and Parkinson’s Disease Part III: Roles and Opportunities

Nurses and Parkinson’s Disease Part III: Roles and Opportunities

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Author, Economics and Financial Management for Nurses and Nurse Leaders, Second Edition, 2013.  Dr. Penner is also a PD caregiver.

Nurses need to learn more about their role in managing Parkinson’s Disease (PD).  Part I of this series explains that an increasing number of American adults are disabled by this neurological disorder. Part II discusses the high and growing medical and non-medical costs of PD.  This final post suggests that nurses can help address this devastating and costly health problem, and find opportunities in improving PD care.

Inpatient Care Nurses

Staff nurses have important roles in improving inpatient care.  Although PD is most often seen in the elderly, the disease can affect people in their thirties.  A 2013 research study found that medication and symptom management are frequent concerns for inpatients with PD. By reducing medication errors, complications and discomfort, nurses … Read More

Career of the Week in Healthcare Management: Director of Marketing

Career of the Week in Healthcare Management: Director of Marketing

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 Healthcare Management1 199x300 Career of the Week in Healthcare Management: Director of MarketingJOB DESCRIPTION

The Director of Marketing for an acute care hospital is responsible for a wide range of activities, including helping to develop and execute a strategic plan for marketing the hospital’s services to the community. He/ she will also help market the hospital’s services and activities to other groups, including patients, employees, and physicians. Guiding the hospital’s interactions with the media will also be critical, as will helping to train other senior leaders within the hospital to interact with members of the media. Other responsibilities include advertising, internal communications, hospital publications, community relations, and helping to manage special events. He/she will also work closely with the hospital’s senior leadership to help … Read More

Nurse Educator News Roundup

Nurse Educator News Roundup

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  • CareFirst is investing in nurse educators, and recently provided Coppin State University with an $80,000 stipend for their nurse educator program.
  • Nurses are playing a larger role in the development and implementation of new technology, leading the healthcare field.
  • This flight attendant started his nursing career in his 40s. Denise Tate, program director for the accelerated Bachelor of Science program at the School of Nursing at Rutgers, says that older students are making up a larger percentage of this accelerated program as job opportunities in healthcare are increasing everywhere.
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The Future of Nurse Education is Online

The Future of Nurse Education is Online

8 300x224 The Future of Nurse Education is OnlineThe practice of teaching online has a firm place in nursing education. No longer a novelty, online education can be found in most campus-based nursing education programs with web-supported resources, hybrid (mixed online and on-campus) classes, and fully online classes. Even entire degree programs are provided using online technologies. When I took the job at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, I was expected to teach all graduate classes using online technologies. I know many other academic administrators that expect nurse educators to have the skills to teach online when they start their jobs. So, learning about distance education and online teaching is not for just a select few, it is an essential skill for all nurse educators. A colleague of mine from another discipline recently started teaching online. He said incredulously, “You know, teaching online is hard…You have to manage the classroom and support students all the time.” Educators … Read More

SpringBoard Monthly Health News Roundup

SpringBoard Monthly Health News Roundup

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Why we need to prioritize nurses’ mental health, and how to do it.

How we rediscover precious memories and feelings through the clothing of those we love.

Nurses play an important role in caring for teens’ mental health, and why it’s especially important now

Statistics may not always be fun, but author Manfred Stommel explains why understanding statistics is so important for nurses and health professionals.

Author Judith Herrman reminds us that we were all teenagers once, and healthcare professionals need to remember that teens aren’t another species in order to take care of them

In Part II of Nurses and Parkinson’s Disease, author Susan Penner assesses the costs of the disease on the US healthcare system.

Teaching med-surg nursing seems difficult, but here’s the authoritative guide and toolkit to help you do it!

In Part 8 of 11 Blog Posts on AgingRead More

The Book Reviews Are In…

The Book Reviews Are In…

Book Reviews The Book Reviews Are In...In this monthly feature, we collect a few excerpts from reviews of our books.  Here is a sampling of our July book reviews:

 Depression 101, by C. Emily Durbin, PhD

“This latest installment in the Psych 101 series is a reader-friendly discussion of one of the most common mental health disorders — depression. With the advent of the DSM-5, this book is not only timely, but it also provides a life-span approach to understanding depression.” —Doody’s Medical Reviews

 What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know About Sexby Stephanie Buehler, MPW, PsyD, CST

“[The book] is clearly relevant to all allied and mental health professionals who want to increase their comfort level and knowledge about sexuality… It is noteworthy that Buehler has included a chapter titled “Parents’ Questions About Sex.” This theme is rarely addressed in sexuality resource guides. Buehler’s experience as an … Read More