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Using Your Nursing Skills in a Crisis

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It seems that one natural disaster after another is taking place, from multiple hurricanes battering the US and Caribbean islands to major earthquakes devastating communities. The people left reeling in these disaster-stricken areas all have a serious need for the help and skills of nurses. There is often a larger than normal medical need in the areas surrounding a disaster, and some nurses may be unable to work due to their own personal circumstances.

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Celebrating National Deaf History Month

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national deaf history month

National Deaf History Month is March 13 – April 15.

This holiday celebrates key figures and events that have made significant improvements over the years for the for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Today, school-based professionals like Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Sign Language Interpreters are carrying forward those very improvements within our classrooms.

Calling all Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hear and Sign Language Interpreters!

What’s your reason for teaching and/or interpreting? Share your story for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card! Share your reasons by commenting below. It’s our small way of saying “thanks” for the big difference you make every single day.

Deaf History Month Share

We will be accepting entries from now until Friday, April 15, 2016.

Happy Deaf History Month from all of us at Soliant! 

 

 

Nursing Blog of The Month: Adventures of a Labor Nurse

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Every month we will introduce a new blog that we enjoy reading and know you will too. June’s blog of the month is Adventures of a Labor Nurse written by Shelly Lopez Gray.

In our new ‘Nursing Blog of the Month’ feature, every month we will introduce a new blog that we enjoy reading and know you will too.

Blog of the MonthOur first featured blogger is Shelly Lopez Gray, the registered nurse behind the blog Adventures of a Labor Nurse: the Highs and Lows of Labor and Delivery. She writes about

Shelly the secret (good) work of nurses and provides information for women before, during and after their pregnancy as well as resources for nurses for professional growth and development.

Shelly works at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women and at Houston Methodist San Jacinto. She volunteers teaching prenatal classes to women at a pregnancy crisis center and provides breastfeeding information to mothers at a teen clinic. Shelly is dedicated to the health of moms and babies and genuinely believes that every nurse has the potential for greatness.

Tell us a little bit about your background. What lead you into nursing and how long have you been a nurse?

I always thought I wanted to be a nurse. There are so many nurses in my family, including my mom and my sister. When I was 25 I found myself pregnant and very nervous. I wanted to make sure I’d be able to financially support myself and my daughter if anything ever happened to my husband. So I decided to go to nursing school. I graduated in 2009 with my ADN, 2011 with my BSN, and 2015 with my MSN. I’m currently in a DNP program.

What inspired you to start blogging?

I realized very quickly that there’s a gap between our patients and their healthcare providers. I worked at a hospital that served a lot of young mothers, and I wanted to find a way to provide patient education prior to hospital admission. I also wanted to inspire nurses. My first year as a nurse, I went to an AWHONN national convention and realized that nurses are the same everywhere! We’re all experiencing the same emotions, and we’re basically all taking care of the same patient.  It was very reassuring to know that I was not alone.

Has anything surprised you about starting a blog?

I never realized it would take off the way it has. It’s been a truly incredible experience, and I’m so very grateful that I’ve been given an opportunity. I just want to do something good with it.

What can our readers expect to find on Adventures of a Labor Nurse?

You can find information geared towards women and their partners on anything pregnancy-related….from breastfeeding to grief support to what to expect during labor and delivery. Nurses can find inspiration and education. I’m constantly adding new stuff.

I actually just started a non-profit organization called NursesWomenBabies. I plan on highlighting the creative talents of nurses and women to help raise money for charities that support the population and profession that I’m so passionate about.

Finally, is there one piece of advice you would give to a labor nurse at the start of their nursing career?

Join your professional organization, get certified, and get involved. We have the ability to impact so many things, we have to collectively raise our voices to make a difference.

Connect with Shelly on Twitter and Facebook. Shelly also blogs over at the Huffington Post.

Do you have a favorite nursing blog or run a nursing blog yourself? Nominate them or yourself to be featured in the comments below!

12 Mess-Free Last-Minute Halloween Crafts

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It’s Tuesday afternoon and you haven’t quite found the time to prepare fun Halloween-themed crafts for this fast-approaching holiday. Between planning, sessions, meetings, paperwork, and the like, how does one find the time? Next thing you know, it’s the night before Halloween and you’re scrambling to find last-minute supplies — and ideas for how to use them! Continue reading “12 Mess-Free Last-Minute Halloween Crafts”

Building Activities for Speech and Hearing Therapy – Part 2

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As we learned last week, play is the work of children. But if incorporating therapy into pretend play is a little outside of your comfort zone, there are other, more balanced ways to play and achieve therapy goals. These three examples of game modification may only be the tip of the iceberg, but it could give you some great ideas for other activities.

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Building Activities for Speech and Hearing Therapy – Part 1

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A quick Google search for speech and hearing activities will turn up hundreds of blogs, websites, and storefronts with ideas, kits, and books to turn therapy into fun. Playtime does more than engage a child. Research has proved that play is a child’s work.

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