Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Holidays for Healthcare Professionals

If you're an in ER Nurse, you know that Thanksgiving isn't much of a holiday when it comes to work. So instead of posting a cheery Turkey Day graphic, we thought we'd point out some little known holidays that you might appreciate. And a belated Happy Nurse Practitioner Day to all of you!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Thanksgiving Teaching Idea for Health Students

The holidays are always a strange time when it comes to teaching. Students already have turkey brain, instructors don't want to start anything new and schedules are modified. If you find yourself with a class of Nursing or Health students and need a way to fill those last few hours before Thanksgiving break, we're including an idea below. We'll also be doing a webinar on this topic on the 16th at 3:30pm Eastern if you'd like to join. You can also check out last year's post with additional suggestions. 

Thanksgiving suggestion: 
1. Open a patient chart for a patient with a relevant background. For example, we have a patient scenario for an obese woman who lives alone and has diabetes. 
2. Ask students to review the chart and come up with a list of risks that patient may encounter associated with Thanksgiving. For example, dietary concerns related to her diabetes. The risk of a heart attack, kitchen related injuries while living alone, etc. 
3. Once students come up with potential risks, ask them to discuss what type of diagnostics can be done if this patient was admitted to the hospital. Also, ask students what nursing concerns they might  have. 

With any level of Nursing, Health, Medical or Nutrition student, a variation of this activity can take place. We'd love to know how you adapted this to your classroom. Leave a comment below if you have any ideas of your own! 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Top 7 Long Term Benefits of Certified Nursing Assistant Programs

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Guest post by Muhammad Ahmed. 

Nursing is an extremely noble profession which requires all your time, energies and efforts. A successful nurse needs to have quick reflexes, should know how to deal with patients and their attendants, and should also have all the required leadership skills for taking necessary decisions. Many professionals recommend that before becoming a nurse, you should clear your CNA exams and work as a Nursing Assistant. It will help you in knowing more how to do your job right and you will turn out to be a highly professional nurse.

Let’s see what are the long term benefits of CNA programs
  1. Your Learn How to Make a Difference

Every health care profession is all about how you make a difference by taking good care of your patients. Whether you are a CNA nurse or a PCT nurse, you do make a huge difference in the lives of those who are not able to look after themselves. When you enroll in a CNA program, you are taught how to look after your patients in the best possible manner in a professional way.
  1. It Becomes Easier to be a Registered Nurse

If you want to work as a nurse, then taking a CNA course can be really beneficial for you. People will be able to look you up in the Texas nurse aide registry or whichever registry is available in your state. Since nursing requires a lot of practical effort, being a CNA nurse helps you prepare beforehand. You also become aware of the enormity of the job which lies ahead of you.
  1. You Get a Clear Idea About Specialization

Once you are enrolled in a CNA program and become a licensed certified nursing assistant, you become more clear about which path you want to chose if/when you become a RN. You deal with different types of patients since the very start. You realize what your preferences are and where your interests lie. 
  1. CNA Programs are Highly Affordable

You can enroll into a CNA program as soon as you get your high school diploma -- sometimes while still enrolled in high school. If you are an aspiring nurse, yet you don’t have the budget to enter a nursing college, you can always opt for a CNA program. This is because CNA programs are highly affordable. There are even free programs! Many online communities also help you in having a better learning experience. Since it is a certification program, its relatively short just as the PCT nurse program. Furthermore, you can always chose to enroll into a nursing program for the Texas nurse aide registry and you can work as a CNA side by side as well.
  1. You can Set Your Own Schedule

If time is of essence to you, then being a CNA nurse means that you can actually set your own working schedule. If you are studying to be a nurse after becoming a CNA, you can occasionally set your working hours according to your school schedule. 
  1. You can Transfer Your Credits

The best thing about enrolling into a CNA program is that credits are often transferable. So, whether you want to be a nurse or you are planning to take a change of profession, you can get your credits transferred to any course which you are planning to take.
  1. The Feeling of Satisfaction

When you are in a healthcare profession, then having a feeling of being satisfied with yourself is the most important factor. When you are a nursing assistant, you get to have this feeling a lot of times. You know that you are there for your patients and they trust in you when it comes to taking decisions for themselves.

Author Bio:

Muhammad Ahmad is a certified nursing assistant specialist advisor who has helped many students as well nurses guiding them the best path to become a certified nursing assistant. His current project cnacareersmart.com includes various articles and affiliated videos.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Scholarship for nursing students

For all the Nursing students starting their journey, we were notified by Nurse.org that they've opened their next scholarship cycle. See all the information below if you'd like to apply.

2016 NURSE.ORG HEALTHCARE LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED, 2017 CYCLE OPENED
University of Washington Graduate Nursing Student, Erin Picolet, receives award

Bellevue, WA, July 25, 2016 - Nurse.org is pleased to announce that the 2016 Healthcare Leaders Scholarship has been awarded to Ms. Erin Picolet, a student in the University of Washington’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, Nurse-Midwifery (NM) track.

Picolet hopes to counteract some of the vulnerabilities in the health status of her future patients with a strong understanding of the determining factors that cause them.  As a CNM, she will be trained to look at basic and simple interventions to make profound differences. It is this simplicity that she hopes will make changes possible for individuals with limited resources and low health literacy.

“I hope to help create a healthcare system for my population of interest that is not solely based on profits and productivity but one that also nurtures its patients to reach their full health potential and live fulfilled lives,” said Picolet.

As an organization committed to supporting nurses and helping them achieve their career and educational goals, Nurse.org applauds Ms. Picolet for her noble ambitions and will continue to offer the Healthcare Leaders Scholarship on an ongoing basis.  Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 scholarship cycle on Nurse.org.

About the Healthcare Leaders Scholarship

The $1000 Healthcare Leaders Scholarship is offered to students entering or currently pursuing an educational program related to nursing or medicine. Students must be at least 17 years of age and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

All applicants must submit a 600 to 1,000-word essay explaining what they hope to accomplish during their career in the medical field and how the scholarship would fulfill those goals.

To submit an application for the 2017 scholarship cycle, please  visit the nurse.org scholarship page. Make sure to enter Noggin Blog as the referring website.

About Nurse.org

A group of hard-working professionals teamed up with working RNs with one goal: to build the perfect nursing career site. The result is Nurse.org, the only site that shows nurses the inner workings of a hospital before they accept the job. Nurses review shift policies, management, nurse-to-patient ratio and more.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Five Summer Reads for Nursing Instructors and Students

We have a few big readers in the office who have all mentioned how summer is their time to catch up on reading materials. Even more true for instructors, there is no better time to sit down with a book than a long summer evening.

Here are some good reads for the Nurse in all of us:

1. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Ann Fadiman is an excellent way to broaden your horizons and remind yourself to be sensitive while dealing with all cultures and religions.  The story discusses how a Hmong child collides with her American doctors, reminding us that we can all stand to learn a little more about those unlike ourselves. 

2. I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse by Lee Gutkind is a collection of short stories written by Nurses. If you're a seasoned Nurse, these are a great way to step into the past. For Nursing students, you can learn from other nurse's experiences and find sympathy in those who have been where you are now. 

3. Notes on Nursing by Florence Nightingale is the quintessential Nursing read. If you haven't read this book yet, now is as good a time as any. 

4. The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital by Alexandra Robbins is a look inside the world of Nursing as written by a literary journalist. This is a wonderfully written exploration of the profession.

5. Shroud for a Nightingale by P.D. James is a fictional thriller with nursing students as the characters. This one is on the list for anyone looking for something more "fluff" and less heavy for a care free summer read.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A better solution to Prior Authorization with medications

This blog post was written by the CoverMyMeds team and might help practicing nurses learn more about prior authorization for medications. If you're a Nurse Educator, this could also give you some ideas for how to discuss prior authorization with your students or incorporate it into simulation.

Nurses: With Specialty Meds on the Rise, You Need a Better PA Solution
Did you know specialty medications make up the majority of the prescription market? Most require Prior Authorization (PA), which can leave you and your co-workers trapped in the endless paper form and fax cycle of the traditional PA process. Prescribers writing scripts for specialty meds can often lean on their nurses to handle the details when it comes to completing PA requests. Today, the team at CoverMyMeds wants to fill you in on some new stats regarding specialty meds and the new electronic solutions available to help alleviate some of the headache when completing PA requests.

What defines specialty medication?
Specialty medications often manage chronic disorders (multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C and immune deficiencies are a few examples), and can require special administration (i.e., through injectable or intravenous (IV) infusion).

Another defining characteristic: specialty medications are expensive. The industry generally recognizes any medication costing $1,000+ per 30-day supply as specialty.

So is PA required for all specialty medications?

While there are always exceptions, specialty medications likely require a PA request. With a significant increase in specialty meds, we’ve seen a direct correlation to PA requests spiking as well. As new medication continues to develop, this will be something that continues to trend upward.

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What takes the PA process so long, anyway?
First, let’s review a quick definition:
  • Prior Authorization: The patient’s prescription coverage plan needs extra information about why your patient needs the prescribed medication in order to determine benefit coverage.
The PA process involves several parties (pharmacy, doctor, health plan, patient) and is often time consuming. CoverMyMeds steps in to limit the inevitable back and forth, with an electronic, streamlined solution for nurses and their staff. Instead of printing a form, manually filling it out and sending a paper copy to the plan, you can now complete all requests, from start to finish, through the CoverMyMeds web portal or directly through your electronic health record (EHR), at no cost.


Wait, so who are you again?

Our story began back in 2008 when a pharmacist and a tech guy questioned, “Why won’t the health plan just cover my meds?” Today, we are the leading electronic prior authorization (ePA) company in the nation, helping more patients receive the medications they need in order to live healthier lives. In fact, more than 600,0000 providers and staff use CoverMyMeds to manage PA requests, along with 80 percent of the pharmacy network, nationwide.

As a Provider or Medical Professional, how do I make the process easier, like you mentioned? An electronic solution, such as CoverMyMeds, is your best bet. You may already have access to manage PA requests within your EHR system. If not, it’s easy to get started with the CoverMyMeds HIPAA-compliant online portal. Simply create a free account or log in to complete your next PA request in minutes!

By completing PA requests electronically, your office will save time, reduce administrative waste and help patients get the medications originally prescribed. On average, users indicate they complete PA requests in 3-5 minutes through CoverMyMeds versus the traditional fax or phone process, which often requires 15-20 minutes. The CoverMyMeds solution works with all health plans and for any drug (retail and specialty). This is important to ensure you only need to work through one process for any scenario — even Medicare and Medicaid.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer is the perfect time to get CE credits!

With a month or less of summer left, we know many instructors fill summer with assessing new resources, planning for the coming year and attending conferences. We'd like to make another suggestion if you find yourself with a little extra time during long summer evenings: get your CE credits out of the way!

Here are some resources for finding free, online, continuing education credits:

Nurse.com - Free CE courses worth 1 hour each. Classes focus on everything from specific ailments to best practices in the workplace. We like the selection of leadership and professional courses offered through this website.

Nurse CEU - Free, online classes worth .5-2 hours. Several credits are framed as activities surrounding a specific case scenario, which we think is a more engaging platform than a simple slideshow or powerpoint with facts.

The Online Learning Center - This resource offers a handful of free courses largely related to home health care and geriatric care. If you don't find any free courses you like in any of these resources, you can always browse the paid courses on this website as well.

If you know of any additional websites for free CE credits, include them in the comments so we can continue sharing with our readers!