Spotlight on: Springing Cleaning

Spring cleaning is in full effect in Thunder Bay, a small town in Ontario, Canada. Citizens are doing a massive clean-up, led by the non-profit organization Eco Superior, of litter that has been hidden underneath the winter’s snow. The Thunder Bay Drug Strategy will also be participating as they anticipate needlesticks to be found in the clean-up.

Five Reasons Why Nurses are the Backbone of the Medical Field

Nurses play a crucial role in every patient’s experience – whether in a hospital, doctor’s office or community clinic. While doctors often receive much of the praise, and they certainly deserve credit, nurses sometimes do not receive the level of thanks that they should for all of the time and effort that they put into a patient’s care.

Nurses are the people behind the scenes, the ones who make sure that everything is running smoothly. Nursing is the backbone of the medical field; it is essential to the care and well-being of each and every patient.

Nurses Using Advanced Degrees for Good Causes

With the ever-changing healthcare landscape, many nurses are turning to advanced degrees to make even more of an impact in their communities. Recently, CBS profiled a Chicago-based nurse who discussed how she used her advanced degree to lead a local charge in fighting against children’s diabetes.

New Hospital Technology Helps to Improve Workflow and Scheduling for Nurses

Usually, when people think about new technological innovations in hospitals, they think about updates to procedures and medical devices. However there’s a different type of upgrade taking place: a new electronic tracking system is helping nurses at a hospital in Florida to improve their schedules and productivity.

How to Survive the Night Shift

Most people choose to be nurses to help others in need and care for patients, but this rewarding career doesn’t come without its challenges. For example, many new nurses tend to work while the rest of us sleep, and if you’re one of the workers who works the graveyard shift, then you know how difficult it can be to stay alert in the wee hours of the night. As a result, Safe in Common has compiled a few tips to help nurses deal with long night shifts and come out feeling on top:

Qualified U.S. Nursing Faculty in Short Supply

Each year, approximately 80,000 qualified nursing student applicants are rejected from U.S. nursing programs, according to a recent article by Regina M. Cusson, dean and professor at the University of Connecticut's School of Nursing. The reason isn’t that applicants’ grades are poor or their experiences aren’t sophisticated enough; rather, it’s due to a lack of competent nursing faculty members to train and educate students at the schools.

Spotlight on the Need for Needlestick Safety in the U.S. and Abroad

A recent article in the Health Service Journal, a U.K. publication, unveiled that one-third of hospital trusts in England are failing to comply with safety regulations that are designed to reduce the risk of needlestick injuries to nurses and other frontline staff.

Called into Action: Nurses Save Pilot’s Life during Flight

When nurses hear a call for help, they are ready to spring into action wherever they are, no matter what they are doing. Their skills help patients in all different kinds of settings – whether it’s inside of a hospital, in the street or even on a plane. There is always a need for nurses when someone’s health is at risk, and that’s exactly what happened in December of last year on a United Airlines flight from Des Moines to Denver.

Fact or Fiction: Recalling the Scare of Needlestick Rumors

The health and safety of your body is always a priority – whether you work in the healthcare industry or not. Back when the Internet was still new and exciting, I remember a few e-mails my friends and I passed around that outlined a specific and very scary incident: getting poked with dirty needles in ordinary, non-hospital settings that we all frequent.

Preventing Bodily Fluid Exposure Resulting from Needlesticks and Other Injuries in Healthcare

Has anyone ever watched the Knowledge Network’s show The Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH? One of the key messages from the first episode is that you never really have a “normal day” in the healthcare industry. A message that wasn’t emphasised, though, is that the risk of exposure to bodily fluids in a busy emergency room is high. Sure, we all know that needlestick injuries can be relatively common, especially in settings where the staff needs to rush to save lives – but that wasn’t what happened in this case.