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Educating Patients is as Important as Medicine

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When patients are diagnosed with a condition that requires extensive or long-term treatment, going the “take two of these and call me in the morning” route might seem the simplest way to go, but it can be detrimental to their personal outcome. Patient education is a very important part of the diagnostic and treatment process that should not be overlooked or glazed over. In fact, some hospitals and practices employ patient educators whose specific job it is to work with patients to improve their understanding. Those who have a better understanding of their condition, how it can affect them, things they can do to improve their own outcome, and the why and how of their diagnosis and prognosis are better patients and will have a better outcome and outlook as they go through treatment. Continue reading “Educating Patients is as Important as Medicine”

Four Reasons You Should Attend a Professional Conference This Year

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Conference season is coming up, and you may be trying to decide whether attending a professional conference is something that you should invest your time and money in.  Though not every conference is a good investment, there are several reasons that you should find quality medical conferences and attend them regularly. The benefits of attending conferences are far reaching and can help you to improve your performance and better serve your patients. Here are just a few great reasons you should make plans to attend a professional conference this year.

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Top 8 Video Games for Training Surgeons

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Who would have thought that a $60 piece of software on a $250 piece of hardware would become a critical training tool for laparoscopic surgeons?

While you could argue this statement isn’t universally accepted (yet), a 2007 study into the relevance of video games as a training tool for traditional, laparoscopic, and robot-assisted surgery bears-out what anyone who became a physician during or after the advent of Pong, Space Invaders or Pacman already knew… Continue reading “Top 8 Video Games for Training Surgeons”

Notes from an Experienced Nurse to a New Graduate

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You made it — you got through nursing school, and after celebrating your fantastic accomplishment, it’s time to start thinking about the future. As prepared as your education made you, nothing’s the same as actually working in the field. That’s why this article is full of advice from experienced nurses and even new nurses who learned what’s necessary to survive the realm of nursing. Here are three tips to keep in mind when starting your career.

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Questions Nurses Can Answer in Interviews to Ease Employers’ Fears

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You may look like a fantastic job candidate on a piece of paper. Maybe your resume is full of fantastic qualifications, and maybe you performed extremely well at one of the best nursing schools. But the nursing industry is still competitive, and employers want to know more about their potential employees. Meeting the knowledge and experience requirements is just one part of the job screening process. They want to know who you are, what you love, and how hard you work. Continue reading “Questions Nurses Can Answer in Interviews to Ease Employers’ Fears”

Telespeech: the Solution to the Speech Therapy Shortage

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The astounding technological innovations of our time have instilled a sense of hope in people — a sense that almost anything can be accomplished. For the estimated 300,000 children in the world with no access to the speech therapy they need, they’re looking for hope, and they’re looking for solutions. Continue reading “Telespeech: the Solution to the Speech Therapy Shortage”