Archive for January, 2012

Avamere’s Expansion

January 31, 2012

Avamere is dedicated to seniors’ health and well-being. It also is concerned about the senior’s family. Avamere recently expanded a rehabilitation center at one of its flagship properties. This new $300,000 expansion was completed in November and increased their patient capacity to 45. Rehabilitation is provided for various types of injuries and disorders. It also provided a boost to the local community. This flagship property received four straight perfect state inspections from 2008 to 2011 and national recognition from the American Healthcare Association.

Student Loans

January 31, 2012

Guest post of the week by Deangelo Spencer

I recently graduated from Law School, and absolutely could not be more excited. My entire family is over the moon, too. Not only am I the first person in my extended family to go to Law School, I’m actually the first person in my immediate family to graduate college. They couldn’t be prouder of me. I can’t go anywhere with my parents without them telling someone their daughter is an attorney. It’s pretty adorable. Know what’s not adorable? The student loans I racked up attending Law School. I am so fortunate that I received a great job with a local firm right after graduation, but the money I’m making is not even going to make a dent in my student loans. I am going to have to get really creative in ways to save money. I started with some quick and easy changes. I started buying only store brand products whenever it’s possible. I’ve stopped going out for dinner with friends as much. And one of the easiest things I’ve discovered so far is that I have the ability to select an energy provider based on their rates! I can shop around and pick the cheapest option. It’s pretty awesome. Check out texas electricity providers to see if you can save money too.

Medication Errors

January 22, 2012

Medication errors occur when a patient receives the wrong drug or dose or is given a drug at the wrong time or by the wrong route. If a medication is administered without consideration for possible side effects or drug interactions there may be dangerous results for the patient. Elderly patients are at high risk for medication errors because they frequently take many medications at the same time which can result in drug interactions or dosage mistakes. Problems can also occur if patients do not report all of the over-the-counter drugs or natural products that they may be taking. Even drugs that are “natural” and considered safe may still interact with other prescribed medications and have harmful effects.

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Medication Errors

January 11, 2012

It is impossible to stress the importance of going through all of the rights of drug administration. A nurse must be alert and ready at all times. A good example is epinephrine. Epinephrine is can be administered by several routes: IV, IM, subQ, intracardiac, intraspinal, inhalation, and topical (157). The strength of epinephrine depends on it route of administration. The same concentration would not be administered for IV and IM. IV administration would less concentrated than that of IM and most other routes. Always be careful in looking at the orders and when drawing up the medication make sure it is for the correct route. If one is not careful they could potentially cause a fatal reaction that should have been avoided if only they had used the drug rights of administration. Whether one has been a nurse for 6 months or 16 years, it does not allow leeway for one to skip a step.

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Wife beating/Wife battering

January 5, 2012

Violence against women has been a long-standing problem and unfortunately been incorporated as an accepted practice in some cultures. The two terms are not interchangeable but are two separate concepts of unacceptable behavior ranging from physical, sexual and emotional abuse as well as emotional deprivation against a spouse or significant other. Wife beating, sometimes thought to be more frequent, is physical aggression that occurs in 85% of industrialized countries according to the text. On the other hand, wife battering is repeated assault with the intent of the abuser to maintain complete control of the female. This situation escalates in severity and frequency and could lead to homicide. Control issues or cultural beliefs may be some of the factors that lead to these situations. For example, the Hispanic culture has the very strong machismo trait of male domination and the Native Americans are also the domineering males although, interestingly, they are a matriarchal society in that the Clan Mothers have a voice in many important issues, at least in the Iroquois Nation here in New York State with whom I have many close friends. Both beating and battering cause physical and mental problems, and should raise a flag of suspicion for the forensic trained nurse. Both require assessment and intervention to prevent the female from becoming a statistic. According to the text Forensic Nursing by Lynch, 49 studies from 36 countries showed the highest prevalence (up to 52%) of wife beating/wife battering among the Arabs, Palestinians, in Nicaragua, Korea and New Zealand. “Other relatively high prevalence areas included Antigua, Barbados, Egypt, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Uganda, Turkey and [surprisingly] the UK” Lynch and Duvall (p. 54, 2006). The US, Switzerland, Canada, Philippines and South Africa were much less at 20% to 30%. Norway, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Cambodia, South Africa and Zimbabwe were only between 10 and 20%. Being a native Norwegian, I can speak to this, since Scandinavia is largely a matriarchal society, based on its Viking heritage. I suppose this stems from the days when the women were left on their own to raise their large families while the men went to sea and therefore had to become independent! References Lynch, Virginia A. and Duvall, Janet Barbara. (2006). Forensic Nursing. (p.56-58). Elsevier Mosby: St. Louis.

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