• How Assisted-Living Facilities Endangered Patients During the Pandemic

    A guest post by Farlyn Lucas Last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the United States and the globe, nursing homes around the nation became some of the deadliest, most dangerous places to be for elderly citizens. Eighteen months later, over 185,000 long-term care residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities have died, accounting for 31% of all COVID deaths in the U.S. Unfortunately, no single factor or event can explain why assisted living facilities became ground zero for the coronavirus nationwide. The deadly storm that would start to unfold in early 2020 was already years in the making. For starters, analyses of annual Medicare data suggest that…

  • 4 Tips to Survive and Thrive in Nursing School

    The road to becoming a nurse is not an easy one. But for those who make it through the struggles, the rewards are plentiful. Depending on which qualification you are working toward, your nursing school journey could last as little as one year or as many as eight. In any case, though, being a nursing student is not for the faint of heart, and there will likely be days when you will wonder how you’ll make it through. But there is good news. Here are 4 tips to survive and thrive in nursing school. Despite the challenges, there are strategies for not just surviving nursing school but thriving as a…

  • Making a Scene at the Doctor’s Office

    “What is it about the doctor’s office,” Chelsea groused, “They’re always so cold.” Of course she was right and for those in this particular kind of doctor’s office, it seemed particularly cruel. Jeff and Chelsea walked in, checked in and shuffled to the nearest double seat. “And, what’s up with the magazines from last century,” she said, “And, who reads this stuff?” The magazine selection consisted of People, Car and Driver, Highlights for kids (and that was a sad thought) and various financial and business publications. For six and a half years Jeff and Chelsea had been making trips to this particular doctor and a bunch of others. Mostly their…

  • Welcome New Nurse Grads to the World of Nursing

    As Nurses Month comes to a close soon, we will continue to celebrate 2021 as the Year of the Nurse. It’s also graduation season and we welcome new nurse grads to the world of nursing. This past few months has been one of the most difficult times in history for nurses and all health care workers especially. If we have learned anything, it is that together we can get through this! As we emerge from the pandemic, the world will be forever changed in so many ways, but we will have survived. We must continue to work together and build the best for everyone! It’s time now to embrace the…