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5 Teacher-Approved Apps to Get Your Kid Ready for Kindergarten

<i>By August Deshais, Common Sense Media education blogger</i><p>With the arrival of August, many 5-year-olds are hearing a special question: "Are you excited about kindergarten?"<p>For parents, a different question may come up: "Is my child ready?" As a kindergarten teacher, I know how scary that question can …

Kids

Tutorial: Sew a toddler backpack

Tutorial: Sew a toddler backpack<p>Amy from Ameroonie Designs shows how you can make this toddler-sized backpack. It can hold a change of clothes and a …

Dog steals baby girl's toy, then feels guilty and apologizes by showering her with more toys

An issue of confidence: social media for nurses and midwives

I spend a lot of time on Twitter and Facebook talking with patients and members of the public, both proactively and in response to questions and issues raised.<p>It is important that people remember the need to consider the confidentiality of the networks used to communicate with patients. Social …

Reducing Nurse Burnout: A Win-Win Situation

Registered nurses these days are fighting an uphill battle against burnout. Dr. Linda Aiken, Director for the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research remarked on this issue by saying, "[Right now] the circumstances are pretty impossible to fully address patient's needs." Below we'll discuss …

Health Care

Pretending To Be A 'Good Nurse,' Serial Killer Targeted Patients

In 2003, police in Somerset County, N.J., arrested a hospital nurse named Charlie Cullen who was suspected of injecting patients with lethal doses of a variety of medications. Cullen would turn out to be one of the nation's most prolific serial killers, murdering dozens, perhaps hundreds of people …

From a Young Doctor: A Tribute to Nurses

It was my first shift as an emergency medicine intern, and I was terrified. I was assigned to the "Fast Track" area of the Mass General ER -- a section designated for those with straightforward issues: lacerations, sprained ankles, etc. Overnight, though, I would be the only doctor in that area. I …

Medicine

I want to be a nurse. What will my salary be?

And there are jobs out there. The Canadian Nurses Association predicts a shortage of some 60,000 registered nurses by 2022

Move Over Nursing Homes — There's Something Different

One thing just about everyone dreads as they age is the possibility of ending up in a nursing home. We all think we know what that's like: sharing a room with strangers, sitting slumped in a wheelchair all day, rigid schedules, bad smells. And for more than 1 million Americans, this is home. But …

America's Prisons Have Turned Into Really Awful Nursing Homes

One prisoner profiled by City Limits, a 67-year-old named Phil, died at an upstate New York prison hospice after doctors allegedly delayed biopsying a spot on his lung until five months after it was originally found.<p>New York's "compassionate release program" supposedly grants parole to very sick or …

Crime

Nurse Suspected of Killing Up to 46 Kids Set to Leave Prison

A nurse convicted in 1984 of killing an infant and suspected of murdering dozens more will be released from prison without completing her 99 year …

Don't Call Me Just a Nurse

In the first year of my career as a registered nurse, I continued my education, wrapping up my bachelor's degree in nursing, not yet a requirement to work as an RN but a well-worth-it continuation of a degree to make you a more well-rounded and, to be honest, respected nurse. One of the …

Medicine

No, We Are Not Just Nurses!

I started out in a busy oncology unit in a Philadelphia Hospital as a student nurse eight years ago. Since then, I have worked in almost every specialty from ambulatory care to women's health in the course of my nursing career. I did want to become a doctor and -- not "but" -- went to nursing …

Doctor Shortage Could Ease As Obamacare Boosts Nurses, Physician Assistants

Though a physician shortage appears inevitable as more Americans get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, new research indicates new primary care models using nurse practitioners and physician assistants could “eliminate” the scarcity of primary-care doctors.<p>Researchers at the nonprofit …

Nurse Reveals The Top 5 Regrets People Have On Their Deathbed

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with …

Happiness

Promising Nursing Careers Beyond the Bedside

Tell people that you are pursuing a nursing degree and most of them will conjure up an image of you, in your scrubs, happily caring for patients at the bedside. Yes, this is still the core of the profession, and always will be. But the plentiful opportunities that come with a nursing degree are as …

'Double whammy': Nursing shortage starts in the classroom

<i>Editor's note: This is the</i> <i>next</i> <i>installment</i> <i>in NBC's</i> <i>series "Quest for Care" exploring the shortage of health care providers as the Affordable Care Act rolls out.</i><p>Nurses may be the answer to some of the key health care and employment problems the U.S. is struggling with right now. They’re being tapped …

College & University

Nursing Home Director Calls 89-Year-Old Rape Victim A 'Flirt,' Lawsuit Charges

A Minnesota nursing home ignored an 89-year-old rape victim's pleas for help, then branded her as a "flirt" who harassed her attacker "mercilessly," court papers charge.<p>The woman's caretaker, Andrew Scott Merzwski, admitted to raping her in January 2013. He was sentenced last month to 53 months in …

A Third Of Nursing Home Patients Harmed By Their Treatment

On the last day of his life, Charles Caldwell was surrounded by seven members of his family, but no one thought he was dying. He was in a Dallas-area nursing home, recuperating from surgery to insert a feeding tube. Caldwell had Parkinson's disease. He'd "lost his ability to swallow," explains …

How to Enjoy Nursing

We launched a full-fledged investigation into the top struggles breastfeeding moms face. Identify your offender, apply our fixes, and feed your baby without stress.<p>My daughter nursed like a champ. She had a great latch, a top-notch suck. I felt almost suspicious of how easy it all was. Then at 10 …

Pregnancy

Obamacare's Killer Burden on Nurses

As the first enrollees in the Affordable Care Act begin seeking care at my hospital, I wonder how my practice as a Registered Nurse will change. …

Health Care

Why Be a Nurse?

As a professor at a major research university, I am in a position to keep abreast of career trends. I see many of my students seek high-paying jobs in finance and consulting; I see others apply to law school, medical school, and competitive internships. But I have also noted a new trend that …