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The Alarming Rise in Teenage Suicide: Why?

Part One of a Two Part Series In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a mortality report that contained startling statistics relating to suicide deaths among children and teenagers. The statisticians at the CDC expected to see a decline in mortality within this population. Instead, they saw their numbers rise due [...]

By | November 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Research Shows Potential for Early Detection and Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer

By the end of 2019, nearly 57,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (Sheikh, 2019). Of those diagnosed, only one in ten will live longer than five years (Sheikh, 2019). Three-fourths of those diagnosed will live less than a year (Sheikh, 2019). Because it is not usually found until it is stage four, this [...]

By | October 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Evaluating the Use of Recreational and Medicinal Marijuana

As of 2019, 33 states have legalized different types of marijuana (Governing, 2019). Eleven of those states, and the District of Columbia, now allow marijuana to be used recreationally (Governing,2019), and the remaining 22 states allow for medicinal marijuana use; each state has differing laws related to the use of legalized marijuana. For instance, Vermont legalized [...]

By | October 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Inadequate Staffing and Resultant Poor Patient Outcomes in Nursing Homes

Nursing homes may be known for a lot of things, but stellar patient care might not always be one of them. Nurses working in the Emergency Department will tell you that when they get patients from the local nursing homes, the issues present did not arise in the span of one day. More and more [...]

By | September 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Maternal Mortality – Women’s Health and Access to Appropriate Care

Part Three in a Three-Part Maternal Health Series As referenced in the prior two blogs, the United States ranks poorly in maternal mortality. Women in this country have a higher death rate during the prenatal and postnatal period than in any other developed country. A literature review reveals that the cause is related to a [...]

By | September 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Maternal Mortality – What is causing this epidemic, and can it be fixed?

Part Two in a Three-Part Maternal Health Series An estimated 60% of United States pregnancy- related deaths are preventable (AJN, 2019). Not only is the U.S. maternal mortality rate the highest in the world, but it continues to rise while other developed countries’ rates are decreasing each year. Death rates in the U.S. related to [...]

By | August 31st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“The United States of America Ranks Number One In the World….. In Maternal Mortality”

The United States of America is known by many as a medical powerhouse. It is home to some of the best hospitals in the world. Groundbreaking research is done in hospitals and universities across the nation, setting the standard for state of the art care and procedures. It is shocking to many, that the United [...]

By | August 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How the Opioid Epidemic is Impacting Organ Transplants

The opioid epidemic has been deemed the most critical public health challenge of our time by the American Medical Association. In 2017 opioid overdoses resulted in an estimated 47,600 deaths in the US, which accounted for over two-thirds (68%) of the nation’s total drug overdoses for that year.1Yet, despite the numerous negative consequences this epidemic [...]

By | August 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Cost of Moral Injury

Psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Shay first used the term “moral injury” in 1998 to describe the heavy conscience weighing on war veterans following their involvement in combat.1He discovered that many of his military and veteran patients accounts revolved around the perceived injustices they endured at the hands of the leadership figures who required them to participate [...]

By | August 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Interruptions Impacting E.R. Nurses’ Productivity and Workload

Emergency rooms are one of the most unpredictable settings a health care worker can be in, and often serve as a patient’s front-line of care. At any moment someone could walk through the door with a life threatening emergency requiring rapid decision-making and the full, alert attention of staff. Nurses in emergency departments work with [...]

By | July 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments