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LA County nurses avoid strike with tentative work deal – Daily News


Nearly 7,000 Los Angeles County nurses reached a tentative labor agreement with the county on Thursday, narrowly averting a three-day strike over unfair labor practices that was scheduled to begin June 1.

The workers, represented by SEIU 721reached an 11-hour deal that calls for stronger job protections and less outsourcing of jobs at county hospitals and health care facilities, while ensuring competitive wages to retain nurses.

The strike reportedly affected the Department of Health Services, Department of Public Health and Department of Mental Health at LA County facilities.

Just a few weeks ago, ahead of a wave of round-the-clock contract negotiations, SEIU 721 members from all bargaining units authorized an unfair labor practices strike with 98% approval.

The union said a nursing strike would have impacted operations at LAC+USC Medical Center in Boyle Heights, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center in Willowbrook, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, and High Desert Regional Health Center in Lancaster.

In a statement released Thursday, the county’s public health department said it was “pleased that a tentative agreement has been reached with SEIU Local 721 that honors the contributions of healthcare workers and ensures continued quality patient care and essential pandemic response operations”.

SEIU 721 President David Green said nurses have made “incredible sacrifices on the front lines” during the COVID-19 pandemic and have bargained hard in the negotiations. (Photo courtesy of SEIU 721)

The nurse and nurse supervisor bargaining units will now join 26 other bargaining units and 48,000 other county workers represented by SEIU 721 who entered into tentative labor agreements on May 14. They will all vote on whether they ratify their agreements from early June.

Other county employees range from medical staff and social service employees to wardens and other employees of the county parks and recreation department, the county library system, and those working as unsworn employees of the sheriff’s department.

These workers were seeking increases in the cost of living, the maintenance of full health care coverage and an end to the outsourcing of employment.

SEIU 721 President David Green said nurses have made “incredible sacrifices on the front lines” during the COVID-19 pandemic and have bargained hard in the negotiations.

“COVID has impacted our ranks, which were already hard hit by years of underfunded public health care,” he said. “Now we are committed to addressing this issue and we have the power of our union to make sure the plan comes to fruition.”

Green said the union is adamantly opposed to the county’s practice of outsourcing nursing jobs.

“We will have traveling nurses working alongside our SEIU nurses, and sometimes they earn more than our nurses,” he said. “So a nurse could earn $2,000 more than the nurse next door. And it’s not just with the nurses, it’s also with other departments. It’s the county’s dirty little secret, and we want people to know it.

Green said the county should “source” more nursing jobs, rather than attracting nonunion nurses from other sources.

“They need to reduce outsourcing and pay our nurses more,” he said. “We need better communication so we can talk to our managers and negotiate pay and workloads. We all ran empty.

Forecast: May 2022 edition | Fisher Phillips


Welcome to FP Forecast, a monthly outlook featuring Fisher Phillips thought leaders who offer their thoughts on what employers can expect in 2022 and beyond. By tracking each month, you will be in a better position to anticipate expected changes and prepare your organization for what lies ahead. This month, we take a look at the future of immigration and the gig economy – and in particular look at what healthcare employers should prepare for.


Davis Bae, Shanon Stevenson – co-chairs of FP’s Immigration Practice Group

The new face of immigration

We have become accustomed to the continued demand for immigrant labour, especially in the current environment marked by near-zero unemployment and a war-torn Ukraine. But we will continue to see subtle changes in the types of employers who rely on an immigrant workforce. We no longer just see tech companies applying for H-1B visas. Professional services organizations will ramp up their immigration efforts throughout 2022, as will businesses in healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, financial services, construction, trucking and retail warehousing. But we could start to see a rapid reversal in the trend…

But will the brakes soon be applied?

In July, the Department of Labor will release new prevailing wage surveys – which are required for many types of immigration applications. We expect them to reflect the inflationary pressures that most Americans have felt for much of 2022, which may begin to diminish the demand for immigrant labor. Although the July figures are subject to interpretation, the next release in October will surely signal a potential recession. This will force the Biden administration to distinguish between industry needs and overall public opinion as we look to the midterm elections that arrive in November.

The midterm elections will shake things up

Unless a massive upheaval takes place, Republicans will regain at least one chamber of Congress in November, which will disrupt many ongoing initiatives, including immigration. We expect to see candidates and other elected officials caught in a debate between those who justify increased immigration visas, policies and process improvements and those who operate in the context of anti-immigrant sentiment. potential. The end result will be that any kind of sweeping immigration reform will be put on hold for at least two years and employers will once again be forced to operate in an inefficient and often confusing system.

Permanent relaxation of I-9 rules

Federal immigration officials recently extended relaxed I-9 rules that allow employers to conduct a remote document review for new WFH or hybrid hires. These are due to expire on October 30, but are looking for officials to permanently install these relaxed rules in recognition of the new world we all live in.

gig economy industry

John Polson, Rich Meneghello – co-chairs of FP’s Gig Economy Practice Group

IC rules will cripple businesses

By the time we turn our timelines from 2022 to 2023 — which really isn’t that far off — two federal agencies will have issued new standards for determining whether a worker is an independent contractor and an employee. And you can probably guess how this story will end. Call on the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board to tighten rules and make it more difficult to deploy on-demand labor on wage and hour compliance and potential compliance efforts. union organization. And thanks to a landmark information-sharing agreement the two agencies recently entered into, we’ll see more intensive and focused investigative and enforcement efforts beginning in the fourth quarter of 2022.

States will seek to attract odd jobs and protect workers

But the good news is that there is plenty of action at the state level. A growing number of states and local jurisdictions will follow the example of Washington State, which recently enacted a new law that guarantees minimum rates of pay per trip, paid sick leave and accident benefits for the work for rideshare drivers in exchange for a guarantee that the workers are classified as independent contractors. Rather than fighting costly and deadly battles in the courts, a growing number of government officials will turn to gig companies to develop a win-win outcome for workers and business in a Washington-style compromise.

Inflation and recession will lead to further work in concert

They say out of crisis comes opportunity, and that’s exactly what’s on the horizon for companies deploying on-demand workforces. We expect inflationary pressures to continue to mount as the year progresses, and we expect government officials to use the “r-word” more readily following the release of federal economic reports in late October 2022. This means that the scorching job market may begin to cool down and you’ll see an increasing number of workers heading into gig economy opportunities, either to supplement their incomes or as a way to bridge time between other work opportunities. traditional jobs. The best way to attract skilled workers to your gig-economy roles in 2022 is to offer on-demand pay to get their earnings flowing into their bank accounts as soon as possible.

The health industry

Kevin Troutman, Laurel Cornell – Co-Chairs of FP’s Health Industry Team

Staff shortages will continue to force employers to adapt

You don’t need us to predict for you that healthcare employers will continue to feel the effects of staffing shortages in 2022. You feel it every day. Unfortunately, we don’t see it abating any time soon, so your organization will need to continue to adapt in order to thrive.

It’s a good idea to recap some of the themes we plan to pursue and emerge in 2022 so you can understand how to best position your business.

  • Whether we’re talking about burnout, “covid-related fatigue” or otherwise, the pandemic has intensified what were already high-stress jobs, where workers take responsibility for the well-being of patients every day. In addition to this job pressure, a high proportion of your employees also have personal caregiving responsibilities, which adds another layer of stress.
  • These high-stress jobs have highlighted the need to provide support and assistance to employees dealing with mental health or addiction issues. A recent FP Flash survey found that mental health issues hinder retention efforts for 70% of healthcare organizations.
  • Nurses and other allied health professionals are retiring or giving up their careers faster than schools can train new professionals. There are also pressing needs for qualified auxiliary professionals such as physiotherapists, pharmacists, imaging technicians, qualified nursing aides and other support staff.
  • Nurse staffing agencies, traveling nurse agencies, and other third-party arrangements compete with you for skilled workers.

So what can your organization do about it in 2022?

  • Employers who can be most responsive to workers’ needs, without sacrificing quality standards, will reap invaluable benefits.
  • Keep your workers engaged by providing more flexible and creative mental health resources, more efficient and accommodating scheduling practices and leave policies than existed before the pandemic.
  • Avoid questionable, fanciful or prohibited practices with which some third parties may approach you to attract workers (such as so-called “independent contractor” relationships), as these often involve legal and financial risks.
  • At the same time, you might do well to offer online scheduling and other apps that can make staffing easier, especially for hard-to-fill night and weekend shifts (while keeping mind potential reimbursement requirements under state law as well as possible salary and hourly implications associated with using these apps). Additionally, stay alert to technological and systemic opportunities to increase employee effectiveness. Telemedicine serves as an example, but you can also simply examine whether a registered nurse is actually required to perform a particular function when a professional nurse might be able to do it just as effectively without sacrificing quality or raising issues. authorization.

Concerns Raised Over Waiver of Education Requirements for NYC Nurse Aides / Public News Service


At the start of the pandemic, the federal government waived some certification requirements for nurse aides to address healthcare worker shortages. As these waivers are set to end, the federal government is allowing New York and other states to “grandpa” these nurse aides without having met pre-pandemic requirements.

The initial training waiver was intended to give nursing home staff the flexibility to deal with the pandemic, but Richard Mollot, executive director of the Long Term Care Community Coalition, said it did not solve the problem underlying industry burnout.

“Federal studies, our studies, have shown that they are understaffed,” he said, “and they exploit the workforce and they rely on a workforce that is going to be constantly renewed. “.

Mollot said a return to mandatory training hours would help both staff and residents. He argued that nursing homes and long-term care facilities need to invest in appropriate staffing levels and fair compensation for their workforce. Under the grandfathering process, New York gives credit for nearly half of a nursing assistant’s required training hours if they worked for 30 days or 150 hours.

In April, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it would gradually reintroduce education requirements and that new nurses will have to meet pre-pandemic requirements. The federal agency acknowledged that the waiver of requirements gave nursing homes flexibility, but it also led to poor resident care in some cases.

Eric Carlson, managing attorney for the Justice in Aging group, said formal training helps caregivers learn a range of skills to better care for residents.

“It’s unfair and inaccurate to simply claim that caregivers just need to put food in front of people and help them wash up a bit,” he said. “It’s much, much more than that, and nursing facility residents need high-quality care.”

A bill currently in Congress would extend the training exemption and provide a pathway to use work hours to count toward training requirements. Its proponents say easing training standards would help attract more people into the health care industry. It was passed by neither the House nor the Senate.

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Senator Susan Collins joins push for gun safety legislation


Senator Susan Collins of Maine met with other senators and used a congressional hearing to push for the passage of legislation similar to Maine’s yellow flag gun law to prevent mass shootings like Tuesday’s massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

The Republican raised the issue Tuesday night, just hours 19 children and two teachers were killed at Robb Elementary School.

“The brutal attack on school children and teachers in Uvalde, Texas is a horrific crime,” Collins said in a statement. “While we’re still awaiting more details, it’s hard to believe anyone doing this wasn’t seriously mentally ill. Congress should consider enacting yellow flag legislation based on what we have in the Maine, who has due process rights and also involves a medical professional in the decision.

On Wednesday, Collins’ office said the senator was working on gun safety legislation with a group of bipartisan senators. Collins, a moderate known for crossing party lines, spoke with Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, Wednesday morning. Senators have been discussing the possibility of introducing yellow and red flag legislation, said Collins spokeswoman Annie Clark.

Maine’s so-called “yellow flag” law was the result of a bipartisan compromise. It creates a process for police to temporarily remove firearms from people who are at risk of harming themselves or others. Unlike other states with similar laws, Maine requires a physician to agree to sign the application. This provision was essential for broad legislative support for the bill in 2019.

Extreme risk protection orders, sometimes called red flag laws, allow family members or law enforcement officers to ask a court to temporarily remove the weapons of a person who poses a risk to itself or for others. Nineteen states currently have red flag laws, including GOP-controlled states such as Florida and Indiana.

Murphy became a strong supporter of gun control after the December 2012 massacre of 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

He gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor after Tuesday’s shooting.

“What do we do?” Murphy asked. The Democrat, who represented Newtown when he was a US congressman, urged his colleagues to find a compromise.

“I am here on this floor to beg – to literally get on all fours – to beg my colleagues. Find a way forward here. Work with us to find a way to pass laws that make this less likely,” he said.

Murphy said he was not trying to bully his GOP colleagues into passing legislation. “I know I have Republican partners,” he told Politico. “I know there are 10 Republicans who will vote for something under the right circumstances, with the right leadership.”

The senses. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, negotiated a red flag measure following two mass shootings that took place in San Antonio and Dayton, Ohio, in 2019. But their project bill failed to garner the 60 Senate votes needed to pass.

After speaking to Murphy, Collins spent part of an appropriations committee hearing on Wednesday afternoon questioning FBI Director Christopher Wray about gun safety legislation that could be enacted to prevent further tragedies. .

During the hearing, Collins promoted Maine’s yellow flag gun law, which allows law enforcement to temporarily confiscate the guns of someone who threatens to harm themselves or to harm others. For the gun to be confiscated, the actions must be approved following a medical evaluation and a court clearance — steps designed to protect Second Amendment rights.

Collins asked Wray for his opinion on the success of the red flag and yellow flag laws. Wray told Collins that these laws have proven most effective in preventing gun violence.

“In situations where law enforcement has successfully prevented an attack, it’s almost always because of someone like that showing up,” Wray said, referring to people who have noticed a change in the mood. behavior of a person who alarmed them and persuaded them to contact law enforcement.

“What we really need right now in this country is if you see something (unusual) in someone, say something, and if they do, let it be through laws like Maine or some other mechanism, it can be quite effective,” Wray said.

The FBI director said that if more states pass red or yellow flag laws, the FBI will ensure that its database maintains records of people whose weapons have been temporarily confiscated.

Murphy asked Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, to give a small bipartisan group of senators, including Collins, an additional 10 days to propose gun safety legislation — a request Schumer has granted. That will give Murphy and Collins this week and all of next week during the Senate recess to propose gun legislation.

Axios said the most realistic route to some form of gun safety measure would be through red flag legislation. Several Republicans still believe the decision should be left to individual states and not Congress, Axios reported.

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The PCT enters the field in the midst of a pandemic


By Megan Wehring

BUDA – Hundreds and thousands of healthcare workers have quit their jobs amid the pandemic – citing burnout and high-stress work environments as among the main reasons.

Erin Desmarais

For Erin Desmarais, she felt it was the right time for her to join Baylor Scott & White in Buda as a patient care technician.

“I stuck my foot in the door and jumped in,” Desmarais said.

Why did she make this decision? Desmarais thanks her mother, a nurse for more than 20 years, for having convinced her to make up for the staff shortage.

“Initially, when I was younger, I was interested in health care,” Desmarais said. “[Since my mom was a nurse], I got to see some of the realistic standards of nursing and the responsibilities that come with it. So honestly I was a little hesitant to get into healthcare [at first]but my mother [has been]nurse for 20 years and works for Baylor Scott & White. She said to me, “We’re short on staff and I know you’re looking for another job, so give it a try and then see if you want to be in healthcare.”

From first-hand experience, Desmarais has never experienced health care outside of the pandemic. But she said there was a learning curve in understanding the standards and responsibilities that come with treating COVID-19 patients.

As Desmarais is still studying at Texas State University, while also working as a PCT, she encourages her peers and anyone else interested in health care to pursue their goals.

“If it’s something you’re passionate about and considering, go for it,” Desmarais said. “Try. … If you find out that nursing is not for you, there are so many other options. There are other skills you learn besides medicine. You learn interpersonal skills and you can getting involved in your community. It can be a big responsibility, to be honest, but it’s definitely [rewarding] when you see people in your community improving, thanks to the actions you and your colleagues have taken for them.

Nurses are protesting Maharashtra government’s decision to outsource hiring via private company


The Maharashtra government’s order to outsource the hiring of 1,749 of the state’s 4,500 nurses caused a stir. Nursing students have come forward to protest against the order, denouncing an injustice against them. On Monday, nurses stopped working from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in medical schools and public hospitals. They plan to protest until the demands are met.

Currently, there are 4,500 nursing positions to be filled within the Department of Medical Education and Research (DMER). According to the new order, of these vacancies, 1,749 positions must be filled by contract nurses from a private agency.

Government nurses oppose the decision and are intervening to end the alleged privatization of the hiring process. The protesting students say the private agency hires candidates who are willing to work for low wages and not give the job to the most deserving people. Hiring by a private company can lead to the exploitation of nurses.

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Last month, a resolution was passed by the state government to allow nurses to be hired on a contract basis through a private agency. The decision was not well received by nursing students and the nursing association and they decided to hold a statewide protest. They even threatened an indefinite strike from Saturday if the new order is not removed.

DMER held a series of meetings with the nurses association and urged them to end the strike and assured that permanent hiring will take place soon. However, no official statement has yet been released on DMER’s withdrawal of the order.

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Meanwhile, for admission to nursing courses also, students will have to clear NEET. Previously, NEET was only compulsory for MBBS and BDS courses.

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More than 43 million additional health workers are needed to achieve universal health coverage goals


More than 43 million additional health workers are needed to meet universal health coverage goals worldwide, according to a new peer-reviewed study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Medicine. the University of Washington which has been published. today in The Lancet. The largest gaps were observed in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.

These are the most comprehensive estimates of the global health workforce to date. Health workers are essential to the functioning of health systems, and it is very important to have this data so that countries can make informed decisions and plan for the future.”

Dr. Rafael Lozano, Lead Author, Director of Health Systems at IHME

The researchers looked at shortages in four categories: doctors, nurses and midwives, dental personnel and pharmaceutical personnel. In 2019, they estimated that more than 130 countries lacked doctors and more than 150 lacked nurses and midwives. Comparing current levels of health care workers to the minimum levels needed to reach a target score of 80 on the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Effective Service Coverage Index, researchers estimated a shortage of more than 43 million healthcare workers, including 30.6 million nurses. and midwives and 6.4 million physicians.

“We found that the density of healthcare workers is strongly related to a nation’s level of social and economic development,” said lead author Dr. Annie Haakenstad, assistant professor of health measurement sciences. at the IHME. “There are different strategies and policy approaches that can help address labor shortages, and these need to be tailored to each country’s individual situation. We hope these estimates can be used to help prioritize policy interventions and inform future planning.

The study found a more than 10-fold difference in healthcare worker density between and within regions in 2019. Densities ranged from 2.9 doctors per 10,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa to 38.3 per 10 000 in Central Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Cuba also stood out, with a density of 84.4 per 10,000 against 2.1 in Haiti.

Similar disparities were seen in the measurement of the number of nurses and midwives, with a density of 152.3 per 10,000 in Australasia compared to 37.4 per 10,000 in southern Latin America. Despite steady increases in the health workforce between 1990 and 2019, significant gaps have persisted.

The researchers cited existing literature that highlights factors that contribute to worker shortages, including emigration of health workers, war and political unrest, violence against health workers, and insufficient training and retention incentives. They noted that high-income settings should follow WHO guidelines on responsible recruitment of health workers to avoid contributing to labor shortages in low-income areas.

These results show how ill-prepared the world was when the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, taxing health systems that were already short of essential frontline workers. Having these estimates available today will help policymakers, hospitals, and medical clinics prepare for future pandemics by focusing on training and recruitment. The authors also note that there is still much to learn about the impact of the pandemic on healthcare workers. This includes gender dynamics in human resources for health (HRH) and how the departure of women from formal employment for home-based care tasks may have exhausted the health workforce, among other stressors on HRH during the pandemic.


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GBD 2019 Human Resources for Healthcare Workers., (2022) Measuring the availability of human resources for health and its relationship to universal health coverage for 204 countries and territories from 1990 to 2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. The Lancet. doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(22)00532-3.

RCN president testifies on ‘critical’ issue of nurses’ pay


Improving nurses’ pay is ‘absolutely essential’ to help address retention issues in the profession, the president of the Royal College of Nursing has told MPs.

Testifying this morning before the health and social services select committee, Dr Denise Chaffer said there were nurses struggling to pay their mortgages and some relying on food banks.

During the session, which focused on recruitment, training and retention in health and social care, Dr Chaffer said retention was currently a “huge problem” in nursing, alongside the vacancy rate of 10%.

She cited recent figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council which showed more than 25,000 nurses left the register in 2021-22 – the first time in recent years that the number of leavers has increased.

Asked by committee chairman and former Conservative Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt what could be done to improve retention, Dr Chaffer said pay was a key issue.

She said: ‘We have nurses who can’t pay their rent, pay their petrol to get to work and they can’t get a mortgage.

“I have a number of members we’ve spoken to who just can’t get mortgages, who rely on food banks.

“It is clear that the salary is absolutely essential and we cannot deviate from it.”

“I think the worst thing for us as nurses is to work when we don’t have safe staffing levels”

Denise Chaffer

Because of its links to retention, pay was a matter of patient safety, as well as making sure nurses felt “valued and supported,” Dr. Chaffer told the committee, which is made up of a group of multi-party deputies.

“I think the worst thing for us as nurses is working when we don’t have safe staffing levels,” Dr. Chaffer added.

“And we are in a circular problem, because we have to pay nurses to keep them in order to have safe staffing levels to ensure patient safety. So it’s absolutely a top priority.

She said pay had been ‘behind’ nursing for ‘a while’ and now needed to ‘catch up’. “We cannot afford not to fix this problem,” she said.

NHS nurses are still waiting to find out what their pay rise will be for 2022-23 due to delays in the Agenda for Change pay review process for the second year in a row.

The government has already indicated that a 3% salary increase for this financial year is all it can afford, but this figure has been condemned by the unions.

Tomorrow, Unison is holding a day of action in England calling on the government to ‘fix NHS wages’ and deliver a pay rise that outpaces soaring inflation rates.

Meanwhile, today’s select committee meeting also heard how work is continuing to review nursing pay structures in the NHS.

In a subsequent session, Mr Hunt questioned employer representatives from the NHS, NHS England and Health Education England on the issue of nurse pay.

He said the RCN had submitted evidence to the committee indicating that the Agenda for Change needed ‘urgent review’ as it was ‘often out of step with the reality of skills, knowledge and responsibility for roles’. essential to the safety that nurses provide”.

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said in response: ‘We are following a process with all unions to look at particular issues the RCN has raised regarding nursing profiles, and so it is ongoing.’

He said his organization believes the government needs to “invest more” in graduate entry roles, of which nursing is the most important.

It comes after the NHS pay review body made a recommendation last year for a review to determine whether Agenda for Change “accurately reflects” the contributions of nurses.

Under current Agenda for Change structures, a newly qualified nurse entering the NHS at Tier 5 will earn £25,655, while an experienced clinical nurse at the top of Tier 7 will receive £45,839.

The Department of Health and Social Care said Nursing schedules he had no update on when the 2022-23 compensation deal would be announced.

However, a spokesperson said: “We value and greatly appreciate all of our NHS staff.

“NHS staff received a 3% pay rise last year, despite a public sector pay freeze which raised nurses’ pay by an average of £1,000 and we are giving NHS workers a another salary increase this year.

“No decision has been made and we will carefully review all salary recommendations this summer once the final reports from the salary review bodies have been submitted.”

The size of the European digital health market will surpass $149.7 billion by


Pune, India, May 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

According to a recent industry report presented by Graphical Research, the European digital health market is expected to register its name in the billion-dollar fraternity within seven years, surpassing $149.7 billion in revenue by 2027.

The forecast for the European digital health market indicates steady progress, driven by the growing intention to fill gaps in regional healthcare systems exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the pandemic hit the region, massive volumes of funds have been allocated to put in place a new EU health security framework, addressing concerns for future preparedness in the face of future health threats.

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The following three trends are driving the industry outlook:

Going Beyond COVID-19 Recovery

Under its EU4Health 2021-27 programme, the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) plans to invest €5.3 billion in advanced healthcare infrastructure, going beyond the response to the crisis. While healthcare organizations and other eligible entities may directly benefit from this fund, they will also experience indirect returns through the initiative’s resource efficiency goals.

Strengthening health data as well as the use of digital tools and services are some of the objectives of EU4Health. The focus of these goals on health sector resilience is more than likely to accelerate European digital health market trends to 2027.

Adoption of digital health systems

The digital health systems segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.7% over the forecast period in Europe, driven by the extensive migration to latest technologies such as electronic health record (EHR) for patient data management. patients.

Because e-prescribing systems and the EHR are more efficient and reliable than traditional medical records management, more doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations are adopting these approaches. With the constant development of health monitoring, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, the industry is sure to make progress.

Extensive telehealth coverage across the EU

Due to the alarming growth in the prevalence of chronic diseases in EU countries, the need for remote monitoring services has peaked during the pandemic. In 2020, the telehealth segment held a whopping 58.4% of Share of digital health industry in Europe. Diabetes management has become considerably easier with access to health apps such as Abbott’s FreeStyle LibreLink, where users can monitor their glucose readings via their smartphone.

Healthcare professionals as well as patients are finding it increasingly convenient to use remote video technology for online consultations and treatments. The transformation of the reimbursement landscape and the expansion of telehealth coverage are a positive signal for growth.

Germany adapts to virtual healthcare

By 2027, the Germany digital health market size is expected to bring nearly $47.6 billion, growing at a CAGR of 17.5% throughout the analysis timeline. German industry players engage in collaborations, mergers and acquisitions to increase revenue.

In September 2021, a Munich-based company announced a joint venture with another healthcare provider to provide digital support to patients with multiple sclerosis through their Brisa app. The app will meet the needs of more than 240,000 MS sufferers across the country, measuring the progression of their individual disease to actively help them identify lifestyle changes.

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National budget supports telehealth across the UK

The digital health market share in the UK is expected to be estimated at $24.7 billion by 2027, driven by national government initiatives subsidizing the use of telehealth and mobile health. The national health agency has extended its budget to support digital health infrastructure over 2022-2023. Several new wearables and telecare solutions are making their way across the UK

By component, the services segment holds considerable potential for continued growth of the digital health landscape in Europe. After accounting for nearly 35.3% market share in 2020, the services segment is gaining a head start thanks to the trend of outsourcing cloud services. Healthcare providers are adding new upgrades, including vendor-independent archiving (VNA) solutions and cloud-based Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) into their workflow applications. work and their advanced analyses.

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Pressure Relief Mattress Market Size and Forecast


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Week of May 23: Work of the day


WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Labor Centers in South Central Kansas are offering jobs in the mental health sector this week.

MONDAY: Behavioral Health Consultant (LSCSW or LMSW) – Ablah Family Clinic | GraceMed Health Clinic | wichita | $23-$26.81 | https://www.kansasworks.com/jobs/11916191 | GraceMed Health Clinic has 10 additional positions posted on KANSASWORKS.

TUESDAY: Master’s Level Ambulatory Psychologist | Saint Francis Ministries | wichita | $46,800 | https://www.kansasworks.com/jobs/12023056 | St. Francis Ministries has 11 additional positions posted on KANSASWORKS.

WEDNESDAY: Mental Health Specialist | Rainbows United Inc. | wichita | $40,000 | https://www.kansasworks.com/jobs/12023162 | Cox Machine Inc. has 20 additional positions posted on KANSASWORKS.

THURSDAY: Registered Nurse-Senior Behavioral Health | Ascent Via Christi | wichita | $26.76 | https://www.kansasworks.com/jobs/12023096 | Ascension Via Christi has 552 additional positions posted on KANSASWORKS.

FRIDAY: Addiction Counselor | South Central Mental Health Counseling Center | Andover | $44,000 | https://www.kansasworks.com/jobs/11939011 | South Central Mental Health Counseling Center has 7 additional positions posted on KANSASWORKS.

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40&8 Awards Nursing Education Scholarships | Community


Each year, Effingham County 40 and 8, V-1439 presents Nursing Education Scholarships to selected Effingham County high school students.

This year, Dieterich High School senior Madilyn Brummer and Effingham High School senior Talia Coburn each received a scholarship from Stationmaster (Commandant) Ralph Rounds. The scholarship is valued at $3,000. Brummer and Coburn are the 113th and 114th recipients of the Nurse Education Scholarship.

The scholarships have been named the “Longevity Service Scholarship” to honor members who have been part of Effingham County 40 & 8 for many years.

Brummer’s scholarship is named after Thomas Springer of Effingham. Springer served during the Vietnam era in the United States Army. He served nine years in communications and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. The Coburn Fellowship is named after Richard Niebrugge of Effingham. Richard served with the Illinois National Guard at Effingham during the Vietnam era. He served for eight years working with mortars and attained the rank of sergeant.

Both Springer and Niebrugge have been members of 40 & 8 for over 40 years and their service at 40 & 8 is greatly appreciated.

This year, 40 & 8 was able to present the $3,000 scholarships thanks to a donation from the Effingham County Marine Corps League.

Brummer, who is the daughter of Scott and Tracy Brummer, plans to attend Lake Land College. Coburn, who is the daughter of Jessica and Michael Overton, plans to attend Eastern Illinois University.

ICICI Lombard launches professional indemnity insurance for doctors; Check details


The private general insurance company ICICI Lombard has launched professional indemnity insurance for doctors, which covers all specializations and allows instant issuance of the policy. It is equipped with transparent and competitive pricing, a hassle-free claims process and a legal assistance service in the event of a claim.

“As professionals, physicians are vulnerable to human error for which they can be held responsible by relatives of patients. As a solution to situations of this nature, this policy has been designed to provide support to medical practitioners against the extent of the various human errors that can occur when providing professional services to patients,” ICICI Lombard said in a statement.

Professional liability insurance supports doctors legally and financially in the event of a dispute. Key features of this offer include coverage against legal liabilities such as defense costs incurred during the investigation, representation costs and compensation for claims arising from personal injury or death caused by error, omission and negligence, the statement said.

The company specifies that the product is available from its traditional distribution partners as well as on its website www.sme.icicilombard.com. It will also provide coverage against invalid claims where there is no fault of the practitioner by covering legal fees and settlement compensation payable against claims awarded by the court, or where there are allegations of malpractice. medical and legal action due to a breach of confidentiality. allegations, he added.

Sanjeev Mantri, executive director of ICICI Lombard, said doctors and healthcare professionals are subject to uncertainty and risk as they are on the front line to save lives. Error, omission or sometimes involuntary negligence are an integral part of their professional life.

“Any injured person has the right to claim damages for medical negligence against him. In such cases, our professional liability insurance protects doctors against all professional risks such as legal defense costs, compensation claims, injuries among others, as well as against invalid claims. As a company, we are committed to protecting the interests and providing the best financial and legal security to practicing physicians because they truly deserve the same,” Mantri added.

ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company offers its customers a comprehensive and well-diversified line of products, including auto, health, crop, fire, personal accident, marine, engineering and liability insurance, through multiple distribution channels.

ICICI Lombard, among other companies, provides end-to-end wellness solutions to its valued consumers through its insurance products. Doctors strive to do their best when it comes to saving lives. “However, there are uncertainties that can put their jobs at risk. Professional liability insurance for doctors in the SME category is an innovative offer from this leading general insurance company and continues to show their concern for to deliver an exceptional experience to their customers.

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Nursing school graduates say pandemic confirmed their career choice


WASHINGTON, DC — The COVID-19 pandemic has overshadowed much of the college experience for this year’s class, but nursing school graduates may have felt it more intensely.

The pandemic required them to first learn very practical online procedures, and also constantly reminded them of the necessity of the field they had chosen and its challenges.

Early in the pandemic, news stories depicted frontline nurses suffering from burnout and burnout as they cared for patients with COVID-19 and were often the only ones with those patients when they died.

As the pandemic continued, hospitals across the country reported nursing shortages, but conversely, nursing schools had increased numbers of applicants.

The week before graduation, six graduates of Trinity Washington University School of Nursing in the nation’s capital spoke to Catholic News Service about their college experience during the pandemic and whether they had ever had any doubts about the profession they had chosen.

While most acknowledged it was initially more difficult to learn skills remotely, they said the pandemic eventually confirmed and solidified their desire to be nurses.

Ebony McLeod, a 44-year-old graduate, said the COVID-19 pandemic “intrigued my vocation even more.”

“I’ve been a nurse for 17 years, and so being able to live through a pandemic and learn nursing skills made me want to become a nurse even more,” she said, just hours before college. . May 12 pinning ceremony — a traditional event for nursing graduates.

Similarly, Golden-Paula Eromose Emokpaire, who is 21, said the pandemic, which began during her first year of nursing studies, has not changed her career choice.

“I had no doubts,” she said. “I knew from day one that I wanted to be a nurse.”

The pandemic confirmed her decision because even when people were dying of COVID-19 – the death rate now stands at 1 million deaths in the United States – she saw that nurses were “doing their best to give their patients the best possible care” and provided the holistic approach to care that she wants to do.

This determination was not always shared by all members of the group, who are all recipients of the university’s Joanne and William Conway Scholarship Program for high-achieving low-income students in the nursing program at the University. school.

“In all honesty, I had my doubts at some point during the pandemic,” said Keely Romero, a 21-year-old graduate who said she had no experience in the medical profession and was not knew no one – outside of school – was a nurse.

“For me, it was like a trial by fire,” she said, but as she learned more about what the job entailed and read about the people who did the job, she became more interested and “wanted to be a part of it”.

Melissa Rivas, 29, also noted the challenge, saying, “Every day was kind of like, I don’t know if I can do this. And for me, it felt like every week I had to skip that week.

She said other students in the program were also connected to this struggle, which was felt in online learning to work on the simulation mannequin that mimics various ailments and then working with patients in hospital training sessions. students who started last spring.

Adonis Mokom, 23, said it was hard to get used to online learning as she is “not a virtual learner”, but she kept the feeling she had since she was little girl that she wanted to be a nurse.

“The pandemic has made me realize that ‘hey, I have strength in me,'” she said, adding that she also counts on the support of her friends and family.

She passed the exams by finding better ways to study and creating about 100 sheets to quiz herself.

A bigger hurdle, she said, was during first clinical or hospital training, where she said many patients they saw on day one were basically OK during the day and then a few hours later. , they tested positive for COVID-19 so she and the other students also needed to be tested.

Mokom’s longtime desire to get into nursing stems from seeing so many of his family members with chronic or long-term illnesses that weren’t identified at the outset.

Emokpaire also went the nursing route because of what her friends and family members went through in Nigeria, where she grew up. As she said, people have lost their lives because of a health care system that “wasn’t that good”.

After moving to the United States, her focus shifted to racial disparities in health care where she hopes to make a difference.

Karina Nolasco, 22, also wants to reach out not only with medical skills. She said studying for her nursing degree during the pandemic has brought out a resilience in her that she didn’t realize she had and which she also credits those around her for getting her through.

Likewise, she wants to help others however she can, which she once witnessed on a small scale during her hospital training when she felt “able to be a voice” for women, immigrants and Hispanics.

This group of students, graduating on May 20, are among 30 nursing graduates from Trinity this year.

During their pinning ceremony, Patricia McGuire, President of Trinity, told them, “You have chosen a career that will literally change the lives of so many people. We are very proud of you.”

And for these six, their careers will begin soon after they put away their caps and smocks with jobs starting this summer at local hospitals where they will work in intensive care units and surgical and cardiac care.

They are confident that their work will continue if the pandemic abates or continues or with any other change.

As McLeod said, “I wanted to become a nurse because I realized that no matter what happens in the world, a nurse will always be needed. It doesn’t matter if the economy is up, if the economy is down, who’s in charge, who’s not in charge. A nurse will always be needed.

UAMS Invests John David Pemberton, DO, MBA, in Stella Boyle Smith/Gissur J. Petursson Chair in Ophthalmology


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John David Pemberton, DO, MBA, surrounded by guests at his inauguration.

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“It is a great honor to be named the new Stella Boyle Smith/Gissur J. Petursson, MD Chair in Ophthalmology,” said Pemberton. “These Chairs are essential to our support of scholars, research and education. I intend to be the steward of this chair and to honor Stella Boyle Smith and Gissur Petursson.

Susan S. Smyth, Cam Patterson and Paul H. Phillips (seated).

John David Pemberton, DO, MBA, flanked by Susan S. Smyth, MD, Ph.D., UAMS Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and Cam Patterson, MD, MBA, Chancellor of the ‘UAMS and CEO of UAMS Health.Evan Lewis

Pemberton, who joined UAMS in 2011, is a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the College of Medicine. As an ophthalmologist, he treats patients at Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, specializing in eyelid plastic surgery, orbital masses, orbital reconstruction, tear drainage repair, and other surgeries of structures surrounding the eye.

The Stella Boyle Smith/Gissur J. Petursson, MD Chair was established through a donation from Smith to assist an ophthalmologist or basic scientist to reduce vision loss through research, education and adult care and to children. She credited Petursson, her former ophthalmologist at UAMS, with “saving her life” by restoring her vision.

“It’s amazing to think of the benefits the people of the State of Arkansas and the people here at UAMS have received from this gift, it’s a thing of the past,” said Cam Patterson, MD, MBA, Chancellor of UAMS and CEO of UAMS Health.

“The future is all that Dr. Pemberton is going to do with this endowment in the future, and it’s so rewarding to think about new science, new ways to provide excellent clinical care, new ways to teach our students to be better themselves,” he said. added. “The future he’s going to create with this gift is so amazing, and I’m thrilled he can do it and I’m thrilled for all of us who will be able to sit back and watch him. I congratulate him on a well-deserved honor.

An endowed chair is one of the highest academic honors a university can bestow on a faculty member. A chair is established with gifts of at least $1 million, which are invested and the interest proceeds used to support the chair holder’s educational, research and clinical activities. Chair appointees are among the most reputable scientists, physicians and professors in their field.

“Endowed chairs have a profound impact on our faculty, students, residents, fellows, patients at UAMS, and those in the state,” said Susan S. Smyth, MD, Ph.D., Executive Vice-Chancellor of UAMS and Dean of the College. of Medicine. “Ultimately, it is the Arkansans who benefit from the generosity of donations that go behind endowed chair support.”

In addition to the honor of being named Chairholder, Pemberton received a commemorative medallion and an inscribed wooden chair.

Pemberton was one of three doctors honored at the ceremony. He was joined by Paul H. Phillips, MD, who was invested as the Pat Walker Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology, and Ahmed A. Sallam, MD, Ph.D., who was recognized as the John W. Nutt in Ophthalmology.

Pemberton earned her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Theater from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, and her MD from Touro University, California College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, CA. He completed a residency in ophthalmology and served as chief resident at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. He completed a 15-month fellowship in oculoplastic surgery at Beraja Medical Institute in Coral Gables, Florida, and another 15-month fellowship in reconstructive oculoplastic and orbital surgery at the renowned Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, in Boston. While there, he saw patients at Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, all teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School.

Pemberton served in the United States Army as a combat medic. In 2002, after completing his internship at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, he was posted to Fort Hood as a flight surgeon for the 1st Cavalry Division, 7th Cavalry Regiment. He remained with this unit from 2002 to 2005, 13 months of which included a tour of Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Golden Spurs Award, and Iraqi Expeditionary Medal for his service. Pemberton retired from the military in 2018 at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

“I’ve always said that John was a success story. Although he is not perfect, it is his relentless pursuit of perfection that separates him from all others,” said Colonel Jeremy Wilson, Chief of Staff, 4and Infantry, US Army, a longtime friend and former military colleague. “He gave us all an example to follow. For those of us who had the good fortune to serve with him, both in the military and in the private sector, this selection comes as no surprise.

UAMS is the only health sciences university in the state, with colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health professions, and public health; a doctoral school; a hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwestern Arkansas Regional Campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute, and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses the entire clinical enterprise of UAMS. UAMS is the only Level 1 adult trauma center in the state. US News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationally for the third year; and named five high-performing areas – colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement surgery, knee replacement surgery and stroke. UAMS has 3,047 students, 873 medical residents and fellows, and six resident dentists. It is the largest public employer in the state with more than 11,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide patient care at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s, VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, TwitterYouTube or Instagram.


Nursing home worker charged with stealing and selling pills


BARTLETT, Tenn. (WMC) — A Bartlett man is behind bars, charged with stealing pills while working at a nursing home.

Detectives were notified of the thefts on Wednesday and traveled to the Ave Maria retirement home to investigate.

They then approached Anthony Littlejohn, who worked as a nurse, and were given permission to search his vehicle.

Officers found:

  • Oxycodone
  • Diazepam
  • Acetaminophen
  • Hydrocodone
  • Vimpat
  • Oxycodone Hydrochloride
  • Alprazolam
  • Morphine
  • Zolpidem tartrate
  • Tramadol hydrochloride
  • Pregablin
  • cipla
  • Lorazepam
  • Conazepam
  • Acetaminophen
  • Codeine
  • Sildenafil
  • Citalopram
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Ciprofolaxacin
  • Clonidine
  • Losartan
  • Benadryl
  • Lanzoprazole
  • Cyclobenzaprim
  • Rosuvastatin
  • Kentorolac Tromethamine
  • Pemazyre
  • Gabapentin
  • Revatio
  • Sildenafil Citrate
  • quinapril
  • methocarbamol
  • Famotidine
  • Potassium losartan
  • Oxaprozin
  • Meloxicam

They also found nearly $1,000 in cash.

Detectives say Littlejohn admitted to stealing and selling pills and using his vehicle to take them around town.

Littlejohn is charged with 12 counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture/sell and 20 counts of possession of a legendary non-prescription drug.

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Stop saying “breastfeeding is free” amid formula shortages. This is not the case.


The infant formula crisis in the United States has been making headlines in recent weeks, sparking heated conversations online.

The nationwide shortage is the result of pandemic supply chain issues exacerbated by a February safety recall from Abbott, the nation’s largest infant formula maker, and the closure of its Sturgis plant, in Michigan. At least four babies have been hospitalized with bacterial infections – and two have died – after consuming formula from this facility. Abbott recently reached an agreement with the Food and Drug Administration to restart production at the Sturgis plant, provided the company fixes the unsanitary conditions that caused the shutdown.

If you’ve been following the social media rhetoric about formula shortages, you’ve seen the same useless “solutions” to the problem crop up over and over again. One of the most common and frustrating ideas – we’re looking at you, Bette Midler – is that instead of relying on formula, women should “just breastfeed” because “breastfeeding is free!”

This is obviously false: there are significant physical, mental problems and financial costs of breastfeeding that are so often overlooked.

Like Jessica Owens Youngassistant professor in the department of health studies at American University, pointed out in a now viral tweet: “The narrative ‘breastfeeding is free’ amidst a shortage of infant formula is a great example of the public ignorance of what it really takes to successfully breastfeed.

The cost of breastfeeding

The time commitment alone is monumental, especially during the newborn phase. Breastfed babies eat every two to three hours around the clock (and sometimes more frequently than that). Feeding sessions can last 30 minutes or more. A conservative estimate is that breastfeeding for a year would equate to 1,800 hours of a mother’s time. It is really a full time job.

“Breastfeeding – and the related expression of breastmilk – is not free because it consumes women’s time and resources in a way that amounts to another job besides being a mother,” said said organizational psychologist Allison S. Gabriel, a professor at Eller College of the University of Arizona. Management, told HuffPost. “It means breastfeeding is only free if we don’t value women’s time and effort to physically be the ones producing the breastmilk to feed their child.”

“Breastfeeding is only free if we don’t value women’s time.”

– Allison S. Gabriel, organizational psychologist and professor at the University of Arizona

The misconception that breastfeeding is free is tied to the belief that it “comes naturally” to mothers when it does not for many, many women.

Karrie Locher, a registered nurse, certified lactation consultant and mother of four, said many women expend considerable resources, both financially and emotionally, trying to make breastfeeding work, including herself. . Her youngest son had a lip and tongue tie when he was born, which affected his ability to latch on and breastfeed effectively. Locher detailed their journey on his Instagram account, which has nearly half a million followers.

“I spent over $1,500 on these oral ties release and visits from a lactation consultant to try and save my breastfeeding journey,” she told HuffPost. “On top of that, I spent endless amounts of time breastfeeding and then pumping to maintain my milk supply. I felt like I was being fed or tied to a pump 24 hours a day. I was exhausted, overwhelmed, frustrated, anxious, and feeling defeated. The constant worry of “is he having enough” or “am I doing enough” can be mental anguish itself.

There are also other financial expenses that people don’t consider: nursing or expression bras, breast pads, nursing pillows, nursing covers, nipple care ointment , storage bottles and bags, milk coolers, breast pumps and spare parts.

Also, “prescriptions needed for nipple cream – mine wasn’t fully covered – doctor visits and prescriptions needed for mastitis or other breast problems and breastfeeding appointments”, Locher said. “Of course, most women don’t need all of these things on their trip, but some may.”

Health insurance may cover some of the above expenses, but many plans do not.

“It’s going to vary from situation to situation and can actually be a significant cost,” Locher added.

Then there are the physical consequences of breastfeeding: exhaustion, engorged and leaky breasts, cracked nipples and the feeling that your body no longer belongs to you.

“The effort, the will, the sleepless days and nights, the mental anguish, the time, the energy, the money – it’s not ‘free’. It all comes at a cost,” added Locher.

“The effort, the will, the sleepless days and nights, the mental anguish, the time, the energy, the money – it’s not ‘free’. All of this comes at a cost.”

– Karrie Locher, nurse and lactation consultant

Gabriel, the organizational psychologist, gave birth to her daughter in March 2020, just days before the COVID-19 shutdowns began. After several weeks of breastfeeding, her daughter began to have difficulty latching on effectively. Gabriel spent three to eight hours a day breastfeeding, but she was unable to produce enough milk for her daughter, which damaged her mental health and also cost her money.

“I’ve tried everything – from lactation cookies to different nursing pillows, several lactation consultants, several types of pumps and pump parts – to produce enough breast milk for our daughter,” he said. she declared.

“Without a doubt, my breastfeeding and pumping issues contributed significantly to my issues with anxiety and postpartum depression,” she added.

There’s research to back this up: negative early breastfeeding experiences have been linked to postpartum depression (although the association between the two isn’t entirely clear). In another study, mothers who planned to breastfeed and did so successfully had a lower risk of PPD. But for those who intended to breastfeed and were unable to, the risk of PPD increased.

“I spent over $1,500…trying to salvage my breastfeeding journey.”


The ability to breastfeed is a luxury in the United States – one of the few countries in the world without national paid parental leave. A woman who must return to work weeks after giving birth must pump breast milk every two hours to maintain her supply. Under federal law, employers must give employees a break to pump during the workday and a private place, other than a bathroom, to do so. But those breaks don’t have to be paid for, which potentially means losing income. And the area doesn’t have to be a dedicated lactation area. Sometimes it’s a dusty storage closet or a room that doesn’t lock, which isn’t exactly the soothing atmosphere some women need to pump.

“Our research in 2020 found that women report spending about 45 minutes per workday during a standard 8-hour workday pumping breast milk,” Gabriel said. “That means rescheduling meetings, pumping through what should be real breaks and overall having to add greater demands to their day-to-day work.”

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A 2020 study found that breastfeeding women spend 45 minutes of an eight-hour workday expressing their milk.

People who don’t work in offices — like teachers and retail and food service workers — may have a harder time finding enough time and space to work at work.

Mothers should also have access to a fridge to safely store their pumped milk during the day and a way to transport it home, which may mean purchasing a cooler bag. And those traveling for work may have to pay out of pocket to ship their breast milk home if the cost isn’t covered by their company.

Saying that “breastfeeding is free” is not only wrong, it is also harmful

Caregivers of infants are stressed enough as they are right now as they scramble to ensure their babies’ nutritional needs are met during the shortage. Saying “breastfeeding is free” as if it were a solution to the problem only adds insult to injury.

“[It] dismisses the challenges people face, diminishes the reasons formula is needed, and assumes breastfeeding is an option for everyone,” Owens-Young said.

Breastfeeding is one of those things that, “no matter how badly you want it, it doesn’t always happen for you, your body, or your baby,” Gabriel said.

In addition to latch and supply issues, parents may not be able to breastfeed due to previous breast surgery, such as reduction, or because they are taking medication that is incompatible with the breast milk. breastfeeding, among many other reasons. Babies may be unable to breastfeed due to an allergy, medical condition, or premature birth.

Locher also pointed out that the “breastfeeding is free” narrative ignores reality for many parents and caregivers. Consider, for example, situations in which there are two parents who have not given birth and breastfeeding is not possible.

“And the parents who have adopted their baby? Locher said. “What about the woman with severe postpartum depression who feels even worse every time her baby doesn’t latch on?”

The shortage of infant formula is a structural problem that requires structural solutions, Owens-Young said.

“More individuals breastfeeding will not resolve the structural factors that have led to scarcity; there will always be a need for infant formula,” she said.

The crisis should be a national outrage, Gabriel said – not because women aren’t breastfeeding, “but because it’s another example of us not realizing that supporting women is ensuring that they have the support they need to thrive as mothers and employees. . Access to infant formula is one such support.

Registration closes May 27 for the Summer Nursing Course


Plumas County is in dire need of CNAs and Feather River College offers an opportunity to join this field.

Registration closes May 27 for the summer course – NURS 100: Nurse Aide (CNA), which is a prerequisite for the FRC Professional Nursing program. This course prepares students to take the licensing exam or competency assessment exam. Early bird registration is strongly encouraged and anyone 16 or older is welcome!

Darlene Oertle, director of Allied Health, says, “The demand for healthcare for skilled nurses is increasing, not just because of the pandemic, but because of the need to care for an aging population. Nurses make up the largest part of the healthcare profession, which can account for up to 30% of total employment in hospitals! »

This means that now is the time for those who wish to begin their journey in this rewarding career. FRC Nursing Educator Nancy Moore says, “A student would benefit from beginning their healthcare journey during the summer at FRC as it will give them insight into the world of healthcare with hands-on practice and classroom smaller. Additionally, if students choose to continue on their chosen path, they can take advantage of extensive one-on-one communications and guidance from Allied Health instructors.

This unique course is only offered during the summer, so act now. FRC offers many affordable courses that can be flexible to fit your individual schedules. If you are interested, you can learn more about this opportunity at frc.edu/alliedhealth

Medical scientists bang on being ‘pinched from their collar’


Some 2,000 members of the Medical Laboratory Scientists Association (MLSA) across the country took part in a strike on Wednesday over pay and career development issues, disrupting thousands of outpatient appointments.

Staff from every hospital in the country were involved, with dozens of medical scientists outside Dublin’s Mater Hospital on Wednesday afternoon holding signs saying: ‘Testing patience – 20 years of waiting. medical scientists deserve equal pay.

Among them was Will Robertson, chief medical scientist in cellular pathology at the Mater.

“We finally lost patience, after being the ‘heroes’ for two years, we now feel there have been dishonest talks over the past 12 months and that’s enough,” he told the Irish Times.

Mr. Robertson practiced the profession for 24 years, 12 of which were spent at the Mater.

“This year is worse than it has ever been in terms of recruiting. Ideally, the primary outcome of these strikes would be the retention of qualified college personnel,” he said, explaining that medical scientists who have taken 4-year specialty courses begin their careers with “lower pay than a support staff member in the lab working alongside them, who only needs a school leaving certificate.

“Grads come out and think ‘why am I doing this? and they simply leave the profession. There has been a drain of highly skilled talent and this is causing major problems,” he said.

The Mater in particular was currently operating at a 20% vacancy rate for medical scientists.

“The relentless onslaught of specimens because of Covid, and then the catch-up after Covid” has led medical scientists to feel “pinned in their collar”, Mr Robertson said.

MLSA members voted in favor of industrial action last November after a 98% vote in favor.

The strike continued after industrial relations talks with employers failed to reach an agreement earlier this year. Further industrial actions are scheduled for two days next week and three days the following week.

Medical scientists seek pay parity with biochemists who also work in hospital laboratories. The MLSA says its members do the same job but are paid an average of 8% less.

An HSE spokeswoman told the Irish Times there would be ‘widespread disruption’ to patients following strikes across the country on Wednesday.

“Emergency departments were already feeling the ripple effect of this action yesterday, as GPs could not send routine lab tests to hospitals and instead had to refer patients directly to emergency departments,” she said.

All routine GP testing services were suspended on Wednesday and only ‘certain limited services’ would continue.

This was causing delays for patients with non-urgent care needs and those delays are expected to continue through Wednesday, the spokeswoman said.

“As this is an evolving situation, we ask patients not to call hospitals at this time. Hospitals will provide more clarity and details as soon as possible and information from all hospitals is available,” she said.

Appointments canceled

Speaking on RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland programme, HSE acute services manager Liam Woods said up to 14,000 outpatient appointments would be canceled due to the strike.

Any patients who have not been contacted should assume their procedure is continuing and show up for their appointment, Woods said.

Among the services that will be affected is testing in emergency departments, which means it will be slow to get in and out of emergency departments.

It will also slow the transfer to the hospital system, which will mean a high number of carts.

GP services will also be affected, he said, with no testing taking place today.

Mr Woods advised patients to check the HSE website for lists of available testing services county by county and hospital by hospital.

While scheduled surgeries will be cancelled, life-saving cancer treatment procedures will continue, as will dialysis, Woods said.

High school students aspiring to enter the medical field learn surgical skills during field trip to UC Davis Medical Center – CBS Sacramento


SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Seniors at an Oak Park high school took a field trip to UC Davis Medical Center, recounting their potential careers in medicine.

Rachel Segundo was deepening her surgical skills. This senior from Sacramento Charter High School is heading to Sacramento State, hoping to enter the medical field.

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“I want to be a gynecologist,” she said. “I’ve always loved learning about the body, and I’m a woman and I’ve loved learning about my own body.”

This hands-on experience was led by head and neck surgeons and hospital residents.

Steven Dennis is a fifth-year resident who says motivation and drive make a great surgeon, but so does creativity.

“There are so many different variables, so many different shades for each person,” Dennis said. “And we do a lot of surgeries that improve quality of life, bring back quality of life, so you have to tailor the surgery to the person and what’s important to them.”

Dennis added: “So if we’re just fixing a broken jaw – say after an accident – it’s usually a 2-3 hour surgery.”

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Nearby, Dr. Andrew Birkeland worked with students Josh and Lamont.

Not all students are interested in medicine, but screwing metal plates into models of skulls helps them better understand what it takes.

“Sometimes in our cancer surgeries, if we remove parts of the jawbone – removing the lymph nodes from the neck, then borrowing parts from other parts of the body to rebuild the jawbone, then putting the plate on – it’s It’s roughly a 10 to 14 hour operation,” Birkeland said.

Segundo was soaking up the learning experience.

“I like to be practical. It was awesome. I kinda like it,” she said.

Segundo was excited to have the opportunity to partner with some of the best and bring other students into the healthcare industry just like her. Hispanics make up less than 6% of physicians. Blacks, less than five.

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This was the second of such field trips with this high school. UC Davis Medical Center hopes to make it a tradition every year.

Nurses in nursing homes for the elderly without a contract as the employers’ association loses its chief


The former executive director of the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes declined to comment on his sudden departure from his position just months after taking office.

The news that Don Bossé had resigned came suddenly, after the nurses’ union announced that it was filing a complaint over contract delays.

On Monday, the New Brunswick Nurses Union announced that it had filed a complaint against the nursing home group with the Labor and Employment Board. The basis of the complaint is a nearly three-month delay in ratifying a member-approved collective agreement for nurses working in nursing homes.

On the same day, the care homes association said the association’s new chief executive, Norman Bossé, had left his post.

On Tuesday, a person answering Bossé’s phone said he was not taking calls. An email sent to Bossé also went unanswered.

The former director returns

To fill the void, former acting manager Michael Keating came out of retirement. Speaking to Radio-Canada, Keating said he was unable to explain the delay in ratifying the nurses’ collective agreement.

“It felt like an emergency this morning,” Keating said, “and now I’m trying to find out everything that’s going on.”

“I won’t say anything because I don’t know.”

Bossé worked as a child and youth advocate and was New Brunswick’s seniors’ advocate before taking on the role of executive director of the nursing home association earlier this year.

In January of this year, while still working as an elders’ advocate, Bossé released a 38-page report on the care provided by a nursing home and a subsequent investigation by Social Development Adult Protection into the death of a man in the 90s after attacks by another resident of a retirement home.

“What we found was a wide range of failures ranging from the care home’s inability to protect residents from harm and under-reporting of major incidents, to an adult protection investigation that failed to taken steps to ensure that all relevant and relevant information was obtained and reviewed,” the report said of Bossé’s investigation which began in February 2021.

A delay could lead to the departure of the nurses

Union officials said the nurses’ association’s delay in ratifying a new contract, which would improve working conditions, could mean more care home workers leaving their jobs.

The union says nurses working in care homes negotiated a new collective agreement with the association and members approved it in February.

Keating said the nursing home association would have a response for the union by Friday.

Reviews | Tim Scott: Abortion is not the way to help single black mothers

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Tim Scott, a Republican, represents South Carolina in the US Senate.

My mother raised my brother and me alone, struggling to make ends meet. She worked 16 hours a day three days a week and eight hours a day two days a week, just to keep the food on the table and the lights on.

She was a nurse’s aide, changing bedpans and rolling patients. She did this work because she wanted to teach my brother and me the lesson that there is dignity in all work and dignity in all life.

I thought of my mother — all black mothers like her — during an appearance last week by Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen at a Senate Banking Committee hearing, when asked Yellen how an abortion ban could affect the US economy.

“I believe that taking away women’s right to make decisions about when and whether to have children would have very detrimental effects on the economy,” Yellen said.

She went on to explain how abortion affects “particularly low-income and often black mothers” and how lack of access to abortion “often robs them of the ability to continue their education to later participate in the labor market. work”.

For me, it was breathtaking. I thought I had heard her wrong. Did Yellen explain how good abortion is for the American workforce? But when questioned, Yellen doubled down on what I believe to be a callous and inhuman reason to end the lives of innocent people.

At that time, I felt compelled to speak up and speak on behalf of people like my mother. There are voices today that would tell you that our lives were hopeless. That a life like the one we had as a family was not a life worth living, and that the United States would be better off if people like us didn’t exist at all.

We live in a world where words are too often disconnected from the lived experiences of many Americans. Yellen’s cold, robotic reference to the question of life is just the latest example.

If abortion is our first and “best” response to ensuring that low-income women and families can prosper economically, the United States has reached one of the darkest times in its history. The assertion is simply false and echoes the blatant arguments made at the beginning of the 20th century by Margaret Sanger in favor of the eugenics movement.

But there is a better way. The American dream is one of hope and opportunity. I know it because I lived it. In America, the son of a black single mother can go from poverty to the US Senate in a lifetime. If we want to talk about the economic stability of our country, let’s talk about what we can do to ensure that single mothers and their children have access to that same American dream.

When it comes to our economic challenges, we need to have a thorough discussion about what policies are actually working. In 2017, I was one of the architects of the reform of the personal section of the tax code. As part of these reforms, we have almost doubled the standard deduction for single parents from $9,300 to $18,000. These changes reduced federal taxes for single mothers by 70%. They led the average American household to keep up to $4,000 more of their hard-earned cash.

I also worked bipartisanly on Opportunity Zones, where we offered incentives for the private sector to invest in some of America’s most devastated ZIP codes. Through this work, the private sector invested $29 billion in the first full year of the program. These are the types of investments that lead to increased wages, reduced unemployment and reduced poverty in these neighborhoods.

Now, I’m working with my colleagues to improve the Child Care and Development Block Grant program so that more parents can work and care for the most important people in their lives: their children. These are the kinds of programs that uplift all Americans, including and especially women and women of color, and give hope that a better future is within their reach.

If we want to have tough conversations about what will improve outcomes for our nation’s poorest communities, I welcome those conversations because I believe America is the solution, not the problem. When it comes to our economic challenges, abortion is not the answer. And I will debate with anyone, anywhere, anytime, solutions that actually work.

Demand trends reverse for skilled nursing


After hitting dramatic lows during the pandemic, trends in demand for skilled nurses have reversed in the past year, according to the National Center for Investment in Housing and Aged Care.

From the first quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021, demand, as measured by occupied stock or change in net absorption, decreased by approximately 62,000 beds on a net basis for free-standing skilled nursing facilities for the aggregate of the 31 NIC MAP primary markets. So says NIC Senior Data Analyst Omar Zahraoui in a new blog post.

“This was equivalent to 15% of the stock of occupied beds before the pandemic (1st quarter 2020). Net burn rates have averaged minus 4% on a quarterly basis over this four-quarter period,” he explained.

From the first quarter of 2021 to the first quarter of 2022, he said, demand patterns reversed. The net absorption rate averaged 1.1% quarter over quarter, which equates to over 15,350 beds absorbed on a net basis during this four-quarter period. Skilled nursing occupancy reached its highest level since April 2020 in February, according to NIC MAP data prepared and released by NIC MAP Vision.

“While this is a very welcome positive trend and indicates some light on the horizon, the sector continues to face serious financial challenges, unfortunately for a number of reasons,” he said. writes Zahraoui.

He noted that the loss of occupancy for skilled nursing in primary markets in the first year of the pandemic was primarily a function of a contraction in demand. However, the loss of occupancy in the private seniors’ residence sector over the same period was a function of both an increase in supply and a decrease in demand.

Occupancy of privately paid senior housing for core stock declined by 9.2 percentage points between the first quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021, 3.6 percentage points less than the housing sector. skilled nursing care.

Although improving, occupancy rates remain low. In addition, skilled nursing is challenged by Medicare funding cuts and Medicaid reimbursement underfunding in many states, escalating expenses, and staggering staffing shortages that are limiting admissions of residents at some skilled nursing properties, Zahraoui said.

“While ranges of uncertainty remain wide regarding when occupancy rates for skilled nursing facilities will return to pre-pandemic levels, a key question is whether obtaining a sustainable level of occupancy and revenue growth will be sufficient to increase the NOI [net operating income] and recoup losses from the sharp decline in occupancy rates, escalating expenses, and the inflationary impact associated with the pandemic,” Zahraoui wrote.

These nurses took sweat, tears and years | MUSK


Paris Wiggins, RN, did that thing we all wish we had the guts to do.

It was 1996, and the then 20-year-old was five years into a rewarding nursing career in Bristol, Connecticut – a career she knew from day one was tailor-made for her. her – but a difficult relationship has caused her to re-evaluate her life. She needed a change of scenery. So she took out a map of the United States and put it on the table.

“I just covered my eyes and said, ‘Wherever I point is where I move,'” she said.

When she opened her eyes, her finger was squarely on Charleston, SC – a place she had never been in her entire life. But she stuck to her guns, quit a job she loved so much, loaded all her stuff into a car, and made the bold decision to head down south.

More than 25 years, several children and a happy marriage later, she is still here, having spent most of her professional career at the Medical University of South Carolina. Today, she is a nurse in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) at MUSC Health.

“I’ve always loved what I do,” she said. “I’m the best at communicating with my patients at the bedside, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

Kathy Cole, who was a nurse herself, was on hand to celebrate MUSC nurses with over 25 years of experience.

Along with several dozen nurses, Wiggins has been celebrated for her many contributions to MUSC Health for more than 25 years. As part of Nurses Week – an annual week-long celebration in hospitals across the country during the second week of May – University Hospital hosted a reception to honor women like Wiggins, who dedicated of sweat, tears and years to the noble profession of breastfeeding.

“You are the heart and soul of the hospital,” said Linda Weglicki, Ph.D., RN, dean of MUSC’s College of Nursing, as she addressed the gathered group in the Drug Discovery Building. “We thank you. We celebrate you. For your service and for making such a positive and impactful difference in what we do.

MUSC First Lady Kathy Cole, herself a former nurse, added, “I applaud your dedication to MUSC. I encourage you to share your stories with the next generation of nurses. Share your stories of commitment, dedication, heartache, triumph. Because these are the stories that light the way for those who come after you.

Following remarks by Weglicki, Cole and MUSC Health-Charleston chief nursing officer Patti Hart, DNP, RN, members of the South Carolina Nurses Honor Guard, made up of four former and current nurses dressed in reg traditional nurse – white uniform, cap and cape – featured a celebration of the life of Florence Nightingale, a woman widely considered the founder of modern nursing.

Afterwards, the ward nurses migrated to the other side of the hall where they enjoyed food and cakes, while laughing and exchanging war stories.

It was Wiggins who, with a slight catch in his voice, recalled a patient who returned three years after receiving a heart transplant at MUSC Health. She said he looked for her during one of her shifts just to say thank you. He told her he would never forget waking up after surgery and the first thing he saw was her smiling face – how she told him everything would be fine. And it was his confidence that pushed him to believe, to fight.

“Things like that are so rare,” she said. “As nurses, we often take care of people one second and the next they’re gone – to another unit, another floor, home. So for someone to come back and say, ‘Thank you, you’ve made a real difference’, I can’t tell you how much that means.

National EMS Week: Aspirus Honors Wisconsin’s Rich EMS History | Press room


Each year in May, a week is set aside to recognize the lifesaving work that EMTs, paramedics and first responders do every day in our communities. National EMS Week, from May 15 to May 21 this year, has been celebrated nationwide since 1974, but Aspirus’ connection to the roots of EMS goes back even further.

The state of Wisconsin has a proud history in the evolution of EMS. Dr. JD “Deke” Farrington, physician at Lakeland Memorial Hospital and Howard Young Medical Center, now part of Aspirus Health in Woodruff, has been called “the father of modern EMS” because of the pivotal role it has played in the development of emergency medical services over the years. 1950.

While the foundations of an organized system of pre-hospital emergency medical care had already been laid, it was Dr. Farrington who became a pioneer of EMS as we know it today. Among his many accomplishments in the field, Dr. Farrington notably coordinated the first nationally recognized EMT course held in Wausau in 1969, invented the spine board and promoted the use of extrication, and even part of development of “Star of Life” as EMS symbol.

“The Northwoods is proud to have such a rich history in developing these techniques and trainings that continue to save countless lives today,” says emergency physician Dr. Michael Clark physician and EMS medical director at Aspirus Health. “Dr. Farrington understood the importance of emergency medical care and had the foresight to see how he could improve it. We can imagine he would be thrilled to see how Aspirus Health continues to contribute to the field of emergency medical care. emergency.

Today, Aspirus MedEvac is a team of more than 250 emergency service providers, with two air bases, 35 ground ambulance units at 13 bases located in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Aspirus MedEvac has been accredited by the National Accreditation Alliance of Medical Transport Applications (NAAMTA) since 2015. Aspirus MedEvac is the first hospital program in the NAAMTA Alliance and the first program to achieve 100% compliance in the inspection process. MedEvac helicopter services are operated by PHI Air Medical and Air Methods Corporation.

Join Aspirus Health in recognizing the dedicated EMS professionals who provide emergency medical care in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan communities.

For more information on Aspirus’ medical transportation services, visit www.aspirus.org/medical-transport.

‘Day of Serenity’ in West Philadelphia aims to help heal victims of gun violence


The event, hosted by the newly formed community group Philly United As 1, offered residents one-on-one grief counseling, as well as trauma and forgiveness workshops. A radiation clinic and yoga classes were also on site, along with a children’s carnival, free haircuts and food.

During a short speakers program, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner encouraged attendees to vote against pro-gun candidates in Tuesday’s primary election. City Council member Curtis Jones, who represents parts of West Philly, stressed the need to teach people conflict resolution skills.

Community organizations offered resources to Philadelphians to fight gun violence and heal those affected during Serenity Day at Clara Muhammad Square, May 15, 2022. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

For Barr, the purpose of the day was to foster solidarity.

“Put aside petty grievances. Put away the little oxen. And come together and share resources,” Barr said.

Khayriyyah Murray nearly skipped the event, which was held at the Philadelphia Masjid.

Since her 24-year-old son was shot and killed at a gas station in March, she has avoided situations that would put her with a lot of people. She only recently returned to her job as a nurse for this reason.

But sitting inside the Masjid on Sunday, Murray said she was grateful her friend pushed her to make the trip from North Philly. Talking to other mothers who have lost children to gun violence made her feel less alone and a bit more optimistic about the future.

“I have a wonderful support system. My family hasn’t left me and my friends haven’t left me since. But when strangers come in and do that, it’s different. It’s like motherhood, a brotherhood. They know what you’re going through,” Murray said.

Khayriyyah Murray (left), a nurse, lost her 24-year-old son in March this year, said being around other mothers who have lost children to gun violence helps her to heal.  She met author Kimberly Kamara during Day of Serenity in Philadelphia on May 15, 2022.
Khayriyyah Murray (left), a nurse, lost her 24-year-old son in March this year, said being around other mothers who have lost children to gun violence helps her to heal. She met author Kimberly Kamara at Day of Serenity in Philadelphia on May 15, 2022. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Deborah Kelly came to discuss –– and sell –– the two dozen lessons contained in a book she wrote on parenting. All are rooted in one goal: to save lives.

Kelly said it starts at home with the relationships parents have with their children.

“There’s nothing wrong with telling your child you love them and having your eyes light up when they walk into the room. That’s how it should be. But we think, ‘Oh, you go spoil that kid. You can’t spoil that kid by showing them love. That’s what they need,” said Kelly, a certified parent educator who grew up in Germantown.

Deborah Kelly, certified parent educator and retired teacher, holds her book The Turnaround in Clara Muhammad Square on May 15, 2022.
Deborah Kelly, certified parent educator and retired teacher, holds her book The Turnaround in Clara Muhammad Square on May 15, 2022. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Why Not Prosper staff member Ivy Johnson nodded in agreement as Kelly spoke. She said communities must also come together and oppose gun violence.

It is unacceptable, she says, to consider the current level of violence as the norm.

“It’s not right that we live in a war zone,” said Johnson, whose organization works to prevent shootings from happening in the first place through the use of mediation.

“Every neighborhood is your neighborhood. You are responsible for every child that walks down this street, I don’t care where you are,” she added.

Ivy Johnson (left), founder of SWAG, Sisters With A Goal, an organization in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood that offers conflict resolution mediation, with former Pennsylvania State Representative Movita Johnson (right ) on Serenity Day on May 15, 2022.
Ivy Johnson (left), founder of SWAG, Sisters With A Goal, an organization in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood that offers conflict resolution mediation, with former Pennsylvania State Representative Movita Johnson (right ) on Serenity Day on May 15, 2022 (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

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CUI™ Marathon Teams Set Armory Records


Two teams of CUIMC runners set record times during the CUIMC Team Relay Marathon which took place at the Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center late last month.

Dozens of teams completed 211 laps of the Armory’s 200-meter track, with proceeds from registrations and sponsorships benefiting the Armory’s youth programs.

As the title sponsor of the event, CUIMC put together a team called “We Are CUIMC”, which set a record in the women’s medical and healthcare division.

“We Are CUIMC” set an event record in the women’s medical and healthcare division. Standing, from left, are: Tamara MarieOrganization of faculty practice; Tonya RichardsHuman ressources; Sherley Desulme WillisHuman ressources; milan fredricks, Pathology & Cell Biology; and Ashley Boyce, Human ressources. Kneeling, from left, are: Angelique Plapathology and cell biology, and Mary Ann Carlese, Human ressources. Photo: Armory Foundation.

A team named “The Runs” set a record in the men’s medical and health care division.

two men and two women posing in front of an indoor track
“The Runs” set a record in the men’s medical and health care division. The team included three people from the Digestive and Liver Diseases Division of the VP&S Department of Medicine: faculty members Daniela JodorkovskyMD, (right) and Ivonne RamirezMD, (second from left) and GI Fellow Gabriel Perreault, MD (second from right). Photo: Armory Foundation.

Retired LCC Nursing Professor Reflects on Her Career | News


Jill Coomes, professor of nursing at Labette Community College, picked up a replica of an injury from the counter in her work room in the simulation lab.

“It’s a rash from a motorcycle accident. I put oatmeal on it to make it stand out,” she said before continuing. “It’s a terrible bruise on a shoulder. It’s another bruise. This is a bad bad start. It’s my undercover IV, but I’m not so proud of it.

“I like to do the injuries, so the students can see it,” Coomes said. “I have a book on how to mold (doing simulations of injuries and other simulations for training purposes). It talks about how to make vomit, how to get foamy stuff out of your mouth. … The more you do a real simulation, the more students get into it.

The creativity she enjoyed in nursing simulation is one of the things that Coomes will miss as she bids farewell to the LCC after more than 30 years.

Coomes graduated in 1978 from Pittsburg State University. She went to work at Labette County Medical Center (now Labette Health). Two years later, while working at 3 North as a nurse in the surgical unit, an LCC instructor suggested that she apply to college. She did and got the job. She started teaching in January 1981. Coomes spent a short time there, but after the birth of her first child she decided the job was not conducive to having young children. She gave up the full-time professorship and went to work for the health department part-time and occasionally for the college.

“Then I came back here in 1992,” she said.

Excluding her first full-time and part-time job for LCC for nine years, she said 2022 would be her 30th year.

What she has enjoyed the most in recent years is teaching by simulation.

“Simulation is not that old. Of course, the coasts had it, and then it moved to the Midwest. I was probably one of the first people in Kansas to do a lot of simulation. There were some of the bigger schools that might have started, but I built this program from scratch. … Having to start all over again, it was tough,” Coomes said. “I only started it in 2009. It’s such a fun way to teach, because you’re just improvising with the students. I can make this dummy do anything and they have to figure it out and deal with it,” Coomes said.

When the college built the new Zetmeir Health Sciences Building, the LCC was dedicated to the simulation lab and it only got better from there.

“You should see all the models we have now. We started with a mannequin. All rooms are now full. They are all interactive now. We used to have one and all you could hear were the vital signs,” Coomes said. “We have received so many over the past few years through all the grants. »

Time and time again, former students will ask her if she still teaches certain simulations, as they have encountered these scenarios in the workplace. What Coomes had taught them had helped them solve the problems.

“I think it’s so necessary, this post,” she said.

Besides creating an incredible simulation program in college that helps prepare students for real-world experiences, Coomes said there are three other things about her career that she’s proud of. The first was that, while receiving her studies, she dared to write a nursing plan, which was basically used to teach someone on the street to become a nurse. Basically, she says, it’s a nursing diagnosis, a problem the patient is going through related to a specific health problem or disease. She wrote a diagnosis and submitted it to a nursing diagnostic association before starting her graduate studies. Although the association didn’t like the way she phrased it, they were proud that they did.

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The second, she said, was receiving her certified nurse teacher license. Nursing has long had certifications in many areas except for professional nursing educators.

“You could get it in critical care nursing, you could get it in OR nursing, in wound care, but never in teaching,” Coomes said.

Finally, the NLC (National League for Nursing) issued certification in 2005. They read about it, pursued it in 2007, and accepted it. A few years later, she discovered that she was one of the first 10 nurses in the state of Kansas to pass certification.

“I was so happy to finally be able to get a specialty because it’s a mark of excellence when you have a certification,” she said. She was able to add this to her Master of Science in Technical Teacher Education and Master of Science in Nursing.

The third thing she is proud of is having touched the lives of 1,119 graduates, prior to the current Friday night class of the 11th, which puts her at 1,130 nursing students whose lives she has impacted.

Talking about the students and how the nursing staff help them in various ways, she wiped away tears.

Nursing students have always performed well on their national councils, and she felt privileged to be a part of them.

“We’ve had really great test scores over the last 10 years. We had three 100 percent. You think it’s good, but it’s great,” she said. “The first time it happened… if you could imagine an earthquake, that’s it. The second time it happened, the following year. … Then he skipped a year or two and we had another one.

LCC public relations director Bethany Kendrick said LCC nursing students are among the best recruited by hospitals in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and elsewhere.

“A lot of them have jobs before they even graduate,” Kendrick said. “That says a lot about this department.”

“Students are very, very respected,” Coomes said.

Being away from students will not be easy. She and many other nursing professors are tenured and basically raised their families together. Leaving them will be one of the hardest things for her.

Having dedicated so many years to teaching, Coomes said it’s hard to imagine not teaching.

“It’s just surreal. I can’t imagine not driving my car to Parsons every day, pulling into the parking lot, and looking at my calendar to see what I have to do today. I just can’t imagine what it’s going to be like,” she said. “I hope it’s fun and I enjoy it. I think I will, because in the summers we sort of taste it. The last few summers were like, ‘Oh, I have to go back,’ when usually I’m about to come back,” she said. “We have a few projects. We don’t have anything big planned. I am one of those people who go with the flow, and my husband is the one who creates the flow. He really wants to go to every state park in Kansas. He is a fisherman and he loves to fish. I go fishing for a while, then pick up my lawn chair and read or take a walk.

Gavin Newsom’s $300 Billion Budget Funds Tax Refunds, Abortion Care, Nurse Bonuses and More | Business


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday released a $300.6 billion spending plan that would fund tax refunds, abortion care, bonuses for healthcare workers and more again, fueled by a $97.5 billion surplus.

The ample budget largely reflects a continued increase in tax revenue driven by income gains from high-income households.

The “simply unprecedented” surplus is the latest windfall from state coffers, which have swelled by tens of billions of dollars in a short two-year period.

“No other state in American history has ever had such a large surplus,” Newsom said.

In January 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic, Newsom’s budget called for $222 billion in total spending, meaning the state budget grew by about 35% over two years.

He wants to pump new dollars into homelessness, tax refunds and abortion care. The governor’s budget also includes $128.3 billion for all K-12 education programs, the most on record for California schools.

Newsom also released the first budget estimate for his CARE Court plan, which would set up mental health courts in California’s 58 counties that would allow judges to provide treatment plans for people with serious, untreated mental illnesses.

The governor’s revised budget includes $65 million to set up the courts in 2022 and 2023, as well as $49 million in ongoing funding for the program.

Newsom cautious on overspending

However, Newsom’s administration also anticipates economic headwinds in the coming year. The governor noted signs of economic turmoil, such as inflation and war in Ukraine. These trends could lead to a leaner budget next year.

His proposal calls for $37.1 billion in reserves, including $23.3 billion in the state’s rainy day fund, $9.5 billion in a school stabilization fund, $3.4 billion in dollars in an operating reserve and $900 million in a social services safety net.

With a potentially smaller budget on the horizon, Newsom also pointed out that he plans to invest most of California’s surplus in one-time spending, instead of ongoing spending that the state may not be able to afford. able to cope if it does not maintain the same cash flow.

“It’s important, and I hope people understand why we’re doing it,” Newsom said. “I look forward to working with the Legislative Assembly and their respective staffs to discuss the imperative of caution, particularly at this time. And what more caution do we need in terms of evidence than the past two weeks , with the markets, volatility and bear markets in which at least two of the three main indices are currently located.

Even so, Republican leaders were unconvinced that Newsom’s budget represented the best plan for California.

“With a $300 billion budget, the fiscal cliff is approaching and Democrats are oblivious and arrogant,” the California Republican Party said in a statement. “Thanks to sweeping regressive policies, Californians are now paying more for almost everything they buy, while rising homelessness, failing schools, raging wildfires and devastating drought continue to worsen.”

“Democrats have surged to a staggering $97.5 billion surplus, and today’s revised May budget reveals that Gavin Newsom continues to believe in more spending instead of real solutions,” he said. continued the GOP. “Newsom and the Democrats personify the definition of insanity – they keep making the same mistakes and expecting different results. We are confident that November voters will not follow.

Tax refund for vehicle owners

Newsom’s initial budget prioritized homelessness relief, COVID-19 response and transportation, as well as funding for climate change, wildfires and drought.

The revised plan adds money to provide tax refunds to all California vehicle owners. Newsom plans to spend $11.5 billion to give drivers $400 per vehicle — capped at $800 — to help cope with high gas prices and inflation.

Last year, by contrast, the state sent $600 stimulus checks to most taxpayers, whether or not they owned cars.

Legislative leaders did not support this approach, saying it will not help needy Californians who do not own vehicles.

“Senate Democrats don’t believe that a car ownership discount will do the trick,” Senate Speaker Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, said in a statement Thursday. “This plan excludes non-car owners, including low-income and elderly Californians, who are also impacted by today’s high consumer goods costs and also deserve relief.”

He also offered $933 million to give bonuses to about 600,000 nurses and healthcare workers to help retain employees in an industry plagued by burnout.

Newsom says California is a ‘pro-life state’

Additionally, Newsom wants to spend $57 million to increase access to reproductive health care in California, including $40 million to help low- and middle-income residents without insurance get abortion care.

Newsom has been a strong advocate for abortion rights. He has championed abortion access even more fiercely since Politico released a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that showed justices were set to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that guaranteed federal abortion rights.

After the draft notice leaked, Newsom joined legislative leaders in calling for an abortion rights amendment to the California constitution.

As states move to regulate access to abortion, Newsom also expressed her desire for the Golden State to welcome pregnant women seeking abortions in states that ban the procedure.

During his presentation on the budget review, Newsom drew a sharp distinction between what he sees as California’s “pro-life” approach and that of other more conservative states that restrict abortion but do not are not investing in broader social needs.

“I think there are a lot of people who are pro-conception at birth. But they are far from pro-life,” Newsom said. “Because if you’re pro-life, you’d support prenatal care, you’d support black infant health, you’d support child care and kindergarten. If you’re pro-life, you’ll believe in science, you’ll believe in climate change. If you are pro-life, you would support home visits. If you were pro-life, you would actually support common sense gun safety. If you were pro-life, you would actually expand after-school and pre-school programs.


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Nurse rejected for race honored by hospital 71 years later


Betty Brown was the first black nursing student and nurse at another hospital.

Betty Brown was rejected by Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Illinois, for nursing school 71 years ago because she is black. This year, the 90-year-old, now retired, is named honorary chief nurse by that same hospital.

“It was very emotional,” Brown told ABC News. “And it was emotional for the speaker…because of someone like me, it made her who she is today,” she said, referring to the current president. from the hospital, Sheri De Shazo, who is a black woman.

“That refusal to let this moment that I know go by was deeply painful — She didn’t let it become a barrier and that’s what inspires me,” De Shazo told ABC 7 Chicago.

Brown didn’t let rejection 71 years ago trouble her — she made history as the first black nursing student and first black nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Joliet, Wash. ‘Illinois.

She later returned to work at the Advocate Sherman Hospital, but she never held a grudge against the institution.

“I always said to young women: don’t give up,” she said. “Keep your eye on the goal and don’t give up and get bitter.”

She is also a local leader, volunteering with organizations like the local YWCA of Elgin, which she says has given her and other black children a safe place to play and socialize.

“When I was growing up, there weren’t many places where young black women could go and be accepted and the YWCA was a place where we could go and be accepted,” she said.

She took swimming, tap dancing and music lessons there – and she says the organization sparked her passion for giving back to the community.

“While other organizations were still separated, we still welcomed everyone into our programs,” said YWCA Elgin administrator Alana Freedman. “Over the years, almost all of her 90s, she’s supported our programs and our mission. She’s come back to teach our kids here, like etiquette.”

The YWCA honors Brown each year by presenting a social justice award in her honor to up-and-coming local heroes: the Betty Brown Racial Justice Award. It’s one of the many ways Brown has been honored over the years.

“I will always contribute to it,” Brown said.

Renee Abernathy Named 2022 SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky softball senior Renee Abernathy was named the 2022 Southeastern Conference Athlete-Scholar of the Year for softball Thursday afternoon before the team’s quarterfinal game against Florida.

She becomes the third Kentucky softball player in the past five seasons to win the award, joining Katie Reed in 2018 and 2019 and Bailey Vick in 2020. The UK has won four of the last five Athletes of the Year awards from the SEC in the sport of softball. .

Abernathy, a senior from Springfield, Illinois, will graduate this month with a 4.00 grade point average in Human Health Sciences from the Medical Field at the University of Kentucky. She is applying to be at the United States Naval Academy. Last season, Abernathy was named to the CoSIDA All-District Academic Team. She earned spots on the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll in her freshman season of 2019 as well as the SEC All-Academic Spring Honor Roll in 2020 and 2021.

Abernathy is second on the team with 13 home runs this season, his second straight season with double-digit home runs. She was named SEC Player of the Week and is currently hitting .331 with 47 RBI and 35 runs scored. Abernathy ranks atop the SEC in batting average, home runs, RBIs and doubles, with six baggers on the season. She hit a home run against Auburn to win the series in Game 3 and hit seven of her homers on the SEC pitch.

For the latest UK softball news, follow the Wildcats on Twitter and Instagram at @UKSoftball.

The Town Center Market is set to open in Middlebury


NAN CARPENTER will coordinate a series of weekly summer markets to be held on Thursdays in Middlebury’s newly refurbished Triangle Park, starting May 19.

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s remodeled Triangle Park — an eye-catching byproduct of the recently completed $72 million downtown tunnel project — will soon become a weekly hub for shopping, music and socializing.

The park, which faces the greenery of Middlebury town and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, will host the first of 20 consecutive summer market gatherings next Thursday, May 19. The markets will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Thursday until October 6.

“It’s really exciting,” said Karen Duguay, chief executive of the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP), which spearheads the markets. “It should be a fun addition to downtown.”

Duguay said the idea for the markets was born last fall as BMP officials brainstormed ways to restore vitality to downtown after several years of business difficulties caused by tunnel construction and pandemic restrictions. . One of the highlights of those tough years was “Bundle,” a pop-up event space that attracted a large following and enticed worshipers to dine and shop at other downtown businesses.

“It energized downtown,” Duguay said of Bundle. “We were thinking of ways to replicate that, and one of the things our board was adamant about is that (a new draw) be offered consistently, and offered at the same time and place every week.”

They opted for a Midd Summer Market series and agreed that a manager was needed to ensure efficient management of the weekly events. Coincidentally, a local charity known as Table 21 was looking for a local economic development cause to support and donated $25,000 to get the Midsummer Markets started. This seed capital, among other things, enabled the organization to hire Nan Carpenter as its market manager.

The timing was perfect for Carpenter, who was looking to transition from her job as a nurse in Rutland County to more civic service closer to her Middlebury home. She knew she wanted to be involved in the Summer Market Series as soon as she heard about the idea and saw the transformed Triangle Park.

“I wanted a new direction in life and was no longer interested in working in healthcare; I wanted to feel more involved in the community,” said Carpenter, whose long career in nursing included stints at Middlebury College, the old St. Mary’s School and Camp Keewaydin.

Plans call for markets to become an annual offering, financially supported by vendor fees and potential grants. Vendors must complete an application specifying which market date(s) they would like to reserve a 10ft x 10ft location located on the hard surface of Triangle Park or adjacent to the grassy area of ​​the City Green.

Seller fee is $30 per market.

Organizers envision markets with a maximum of 14 to 18 vendors on site selling a diverse range of goods from fresh seasonal produce to artwork and crafts.

“We are going to offer a unique experience week after week in terms of supplier mix,” promised Duguay.

Main Street merchants will also be able to take advantage of it on market days, according to Duguay. They will have the opportunity to hold sidewalk sales (city approval pending) and adjust their store hours to stay open until 7 p.m.

Depending on demand, a food truck could be authorized to set up near the park. Vendors will be allowed to sell prepared foods as an added on-site convenience for market-goers, Duguay confirmed.

The BMP contracted with the Town Hall Theater to obtain live music for the weekly markets; performers will likely play/sing for two hours onsite during each Thursday session.

Organizers have stressed that the Midd Summer Markets will not compete with the traditional Middlebury Farmers Markets which are held every Wednesday and Saturday on the Post 7823 Foreign Wars Veterans property at 530 Exchange St. In fact, the BMP is offering current Middlebury Farmers’ Market vendors a reduced rate for places at the mid-summer sessions to encourage their attendance. Plans include cross-promotion efforts between the two markets, according to Duguay.

“We’re really looking to collaborate on this,” she said. “What we said is that they can come, they can test us without any risk to them. We offer them a 50% discount, we do the coordination, the marketing and provide the music. Come and test the downtown space and see how it is. We say (to Farmer’s Market Leaders): “If your vendors really like the experience, maybe it will lead to more conversations about how downtown can be used for a future Farmer’s Market.”


No previous experience as a marketplace seller? Each week, the BMP will offer a free seat to one or two newbie sellers who are new to the market scene. They will receive a tent, table, chairs and sales tips for this free appearance.

A special section of the market will be set aside for established Middlebury businesses to promote their products, sales, menus and more.

Carpenter is already thinking big about the potential of the market and how it could move in new directions. For example, she would like to set up a booth for child entrepreneurs. His vision includes expanding the market’s reach to other downtown locations, such as the Frog Hollow area, with its scenic backdrop of Otter Creek Falls.

“We would like to make it a Middlebury experience,” she said.

Midd Summer Market is already proving very popular with vendors. Duguay said vendor spaces are sold out for a few of the 20 market dates. Those wishing to reserve one of the spaces should complete a request at tinyurl.com/ycycj37j.

More market details can be found at experiencemiddlebury.com, or by emailing [email protected]

Reporter John Flowers is at [email protected]

Invest in nursing to avoid losing qualified SA nurses overseas – unions


Denosa said these challenges are pushing nurses to leave the profession or migrate to high-income countries. The union has called on the government to invest in nursing to avoid a loss of skills. Photo: Getty Images


Lack of workplace safety, underpayment and understaffing, which have led to poor well-being and burnout among nurses, are some of the challenges highlighted by the Democratic Nursing Organization of SA (Denosa) as the country celebrated International Nurses Day on Thursday.

Denosa said these challenges are pushing nurses to leave the profession or migrate to high-income countries. The union has called on the government to invest in nursing to avoid a loss of skills.

Meanwhile, the Indaba Young Nurses Union (YNITU) has called on all nurses to boycott the celebrations as the profession is under attack.

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Kwena Manamela, acting general secretary of Denosa, said funding for nursing education was falling, with universities and colleges producing fewer nurses while demand in clinics and hospitals increased.

“Although higher education institutions are producing fewer nurses for health facilities, even the few who are produced, many remain unemployed for years and stay at home with their essential skills. As a result, health facilities face glaring staff shortages that cripple the quality of service delivery. Many facilities, like in the North Cape, are drastically reducing operating hours due to the shortage,” Manamela said.

He said emigration was the biggest threat to nursing and health services, especially in low-income countries. He called for a strong nurse retention strategy in South Africa to avoid a mass exodus of qualified and experienced nurses.

Manamela said:

As a union, we can confirm that many nurses have long since begun to inquire about the possibilities of working abroad. Additionally, European recruitment agencies are setting up their bases in South Africa, to facilitate and speed up the process of channeling nurses.

“All of these issues point to a leadership void in nursing. The lack of coordinated nursing leadership within the government framework becomes counterproductive for the country in terms of health services.

YNITU General Secretary Lerato Mthunzi said the education, training and development of nurses had come to a screeching halt.

“For five years, the SA Nursing Council (SANC) and the Council for Higher Education had failed to deliver a progressive program that would allow nurses to advance their careers. They still say they need more time to provide enough detail on the scope and depth to address the articulation of a four-year diploma and a one-year diploma in midwifery,” Mthunzi said.

She said nursing was not a luxury or a privilege that should only be given to the chosen few. There was a need to improve the quality of nursing care provided to patients.

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The union demanded that the SANC “expedite the alignment and articulation of a four-year degree and do not believe downgrading to NQF 6 will be accepted by the nursing fraternity.”

“Nurses have been hailed as heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic but they have received no recognition in terms of pay rises. The glaring shortages of all categories of healthcare workers – nurses in particular – have led to worrying job cuts. Nurses are burnt out and tired, which has a negative impact on the quality of nursing care they provide. Unfortunately, it is the poor black majority who suffer the consequences of this system of neglected health,” Mthunzi said.

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Riverside High EMS teacher rescues motorcyclist and teaches students life skills


GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – Hank Hill, a health sciences teacher at Riverside High School, says students in his EMS course, which is part of the Greenville County Schools Career and Technical Education Program, the surprise every day.

“It’s really rewarding to see these kids light up every time they find that thing they just want to get attached to,” Hank told FOX Carolina. “Once we find that spark, the sky’s the limit.”

“It looks great on a resume for these young people,” he added, “and the fact that they can earn this outside of high school is phenomenal.”

Hill’s classroom has a full-scale model ambulance, where students can take both EMS 1 and EMS 2 courses. first responders as they leave high school.

“Our goal is to get them out of the graduation stage and into a career by earning a decent amount of money,” Hill explained.

He also says it’s a great tool for other medical career paths, especially those involving patient care.

“I always wanted to be a nurse, it’s kind of my calling,” said Emma Wright, a junior at Riverside HS, one of Hill’s star students.

Wright says the life skills she took away from Hank’s class are incredibly valuable for her future.

“I learned CPR, I learned first aid, I just passed my EMR certification, so it’s really a lot of useful things that can help in the community,” she told FOX Carolina .

But Hank doesn’t just teach; he puts his words into action.

“I walked over, saw a man lying on the road, just a little bit off to the side,” Hill said.

In mid-April, Hank says he was driving home with his family when he came across a man who had been hit by a car on his motorcycle.

His class had just covered an accidental trauma unit.

“It was…almost a full circle,” Hank said. “Like I’m just talking with my kids about it, and here I am on the side of the road to help with it.”

Spartanburg County confirms a shipwreck occurred on Highway 29 that evening and says Hank, along with other witnesses, helped hold the man involved steady until he could be transported to Spartanburg Regional by EMS.

“They were able to spend minimal time at the scene,” Hill said, recalling how he used some of their equipment when first responders arrived.

Emma says her teacher’s bravery and humility after such a heroic act inspires her and helped cement her aspirations to become a nurse in just a few years.

“I know if I see Mr. Hill saving someone, that means anyone in his classes can do it too,” she said.

Next year, for the first time ever, Riverside will be offering an EMS 3 course, where students who enroll can progress even further beyond first responder certification. If they pass, they can be fully EMT certified by the time they walk across the stage.

It’s a course Emma says she plans to take in her senior year to help her pursue her dream career.

US Senate Democrats fail to enshrine national abortion protections, promise more action Missouri Independent


WASHINGTON — Efforts to secure the nation’s abortion rights stalled for the second time Wednesday when U.S. Senate Democrats failed to secure enough votes to overcome the legislative filibuster.

Republicans, including Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, voted evenly against limiting debate on the bill while Democrats, with the exception of West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, voted to move the measure forward to final adoption.

The 49-51 procedural vote was the second time this year that Senate Democrats have attempted to advance a bill to codify abortion rights. But it was the first vote on abortion access since Politico released a leaked draft opinion from Associate Justice Samuel Alito showing the U.S. Supreme Court was poised to overturn Roe v. Wade in the next two months.

Democrats said during debate on the bill that codifying nationwide protections would continue to allow pregnant patients and their doctors to make that decision, while Republicans argued the Supreme Court was wrong. twice ruled that abortion access was a constitutional right, saying it was up to legislatures to decide.

“It’s a real irony in the Republican Party that in so many cases they portray themselves as proponents of limited government and here they want to be in the bedroom, in the doctor’s office, in the delivery room “said Democratic Wisconsin Senator Tammy. Baldwin said during an interview with States Newsroom on Wednesday.

“And, I think, the condescension towards women, who have to be the ones making these really, really important choices, is very apparent.”

The bill, sponsored by Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, would have given health care providers the right to perform abortions and patients to terminate pregnancies without having to follow 11 different government restrictions.

Health care providers would not have been required to perform tests or procedures that were not medically necessary, or give patients medically inaccurate information before performing an abortion.

Governments could not have prohibited abortions before the threshold of viability, generally between 22 and 24 weeks after the start of a pregnancy, and post-viability abortions could not have been restricted when “in the medical judgment of good faith of the treating health care provider, continuation of the pregnancy would pose a risk to the life or health of the pregnant patient.

Health care providers could not be prevented from ordering a medical abortion as long as it was based on “current evidence-based regimens or the good faith medical judgment of the provider, other than a generally applicable limitation on the medical profession”.

Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley opposed the bill during the indoor debate, saying the measures were “radical” and that they “go far beyond his stated position of codifying the decision. Roe versus Wade”.

“Some states have shielded individuals from being required to perform abortions against their own religious beliefs. We cannot sit idly by as these common sense laws are attacked by Democrats. And this legislation attacks those laws,” Grassley said.

Democratic leaders said the vote was the first step in their effort to show Americans the difference between the two political parties on abortion access, though the second step remains somewhat murky.

Democrats have repeatedly called on Americans to contact their lawmakers and urged abortion-rights supporters to vote in November’s midterm elections.

But it is highly unlikely that Democrats will be able to pass an abortion bill in the near future, even if they win several seats after the election.

The US Senate’s process for advancing major legislation, known as legislative filibuster, requires at least 60 senators to vote to limit debate on a bill and move to final passage. The last time a political party held more than a supermajority of seats was in the 95th Congress from 1977 to 1979, when Democrats held 61 seats and an independent caucus with Democrats.

But Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, Collins of Maine and Murkowski of Alaska are seeking a bipartisan path.

Kaine said Wednesday he was having “productive discussions” with the two abortion-rights Republicans about legislation they might support that would also garner support from Democrats.

“I’ve worked on things with Lisa and Susan before and negotiated. And [we] often find an answer we can live with,” Kaine said. “That’s the spirit of the talks.”

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If they are able to reach agreement on a bipartisan bill to codify Roe v. Wade, Kaine said, he did not expect he would immediately have the necessary 60 Senate supporters.

But, he thinks the Supreme Court’s decision later this year could change the conversation from the “abstract” state it currently finds itself in, where some people think Republican-appointed justices could change their minds and not completely nullify the national right to abortion.

“There probably won’t be 60 votes at the door. But this is a situation that is truly a living controversy that is leading to discussions in every home and every community across the country,” Kaine said.

Murkowski said Wednesday that she voted against the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022 because she believed it went beyond codifying abortion rights as they currently exist in under Supreme Court precedent.

“What I’m looking forward to is an opportunity to really codify Roe vs. Wade, because now we have the law in place,” she said.

Manchin, the only Democrat to vote against the bill, said he wanted to codify Roe v. Wade, but thought the metric for a vote on Wednesday was too broad.

“I just want to make it a clean bill,” he said.

New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen told the United States Newsroom that she plans to continue talking about abortion rights with her constituents, “who are very concerned about the implications” of the end of the constitutional right to abortion.

Baldwin plans to do the same, noting Republicans’ position on abortion, including that women who have survived rape or incest be required to carry pregnancies to term, are “radical and extreme.”

Democrats will “highlight the implications this Supreme Court decision” would have on people across the country, she said.

“For example, in my case in Wisconsin, we were immediately reverting to a law passed in 1849. Things were different in 1849 than they are today,” Baldwin said. “They talk about going back half a century with Roe versus Wade, but in Wisconsin it’s over 170 years. And so I want to make sure they’re aware of that and relate to the people they’re voting for.

Outbound Medical Tourism Services Market – Growing Demand from Industry Professionals: Apollo Hospital Enterprise Limited, Revenue, Products/Brand Offerings


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Mercyhurst changed the career trajectory of a nurse teacher


EDITOR’S NOTE: National Nurses Week runs from May 6-12.

For all the credentials after her name, it’s hard to imagine Carolyn Zaffino, MSN, MBA, RN, PCCN, was a slow starter. Disappointed with her first experience at university, she wasn’t sure that nursing training was for her. Everything changed when she enrolled at Mercyhurst University.

“Mercyhurst is a place that lives its mission; it’s not just words on her website,” she said of the college where she earned her ASN and BSN in 2015 and 2017, respectively. “The faculty really cares about the success of its students. It was a huge revelation for me.

The positive experience at Mercyhurst made Zaffino yearn for the opportunity to further his education and earn a master’s degree. Since Mercyhurst had yet to launch its own graduate program — now available as a Master of Science in Integrative Nursing Leadership — she looked elsewhere. The only requirement: it must be a Mercy college. Thus, she discovered Carlow University in Pittsburgh, where she earned her MSN and MBA in 2021.

“Even though it was online, you still had that welcoming feeling and faculty support that you get at Mercyhurst,” she said.
Today, Zaffino is back at Mercyhurst, teaching nursing at Mercy Motherhouse, where she is committed to maintaining that welcoming, student-centered environment that meant so much to her. She also continues a daily rotation at St. Vincent’s Hospital, where she was part of the first cohort of medical professionals facing the early onslaught of COVID-19.

“It was March 19, 2020. I had barely been trained in intensive care before I was called to the COVID floor,” Zaffino recalled. “The CDC didn’t even recommend what gear we should wear. Every shift there was a patient dying. And I was worried about what I might bring back to my parents.

In the end, neither Zaffino nor his parents got COVID but, admittedly, she said, it was a “scary” time. When the opportunity arose to teach at Mercyhurst, she took it. But she did not give up her clinical work.

“By maintaining the clinic, I think it makes me a better teacher,” she said.

With the nursing programs now under one roof at the Motherhouse, Zaffino said she looks forward to collaborating with her colleagues to provide more opportunities for students. Already they have established the American Holistic Nursing Club and hope to host speakers and a possible symposium soon.

PICTURED: Mercyhurst University Nursing Educator Carolyn Zaffino in her office at Mercy Motherhouse.

11 Shocking Facts That Show Why We Need to Break Systemic Barriers NOW


Ideally, this article about the COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing injustices surrounding its end would not need to be written.

We are all experiencing the fatigue of the coronavirus pandemic, its socioeconomic impacts, and the systemic barriers that surround access to vaccines and ensure financial fairness. However, we must not let exhaustion stop us from taking action to tackle these systemic barriers and ensure that every person on the planet has a fighting chance against COVID-19.

We cannot afford to be tired of the pandemic when so many still face it as an ongoing threat. Millions of people still do not have equitable access to vaccines and nearly 100 million people have been pushed into poverty as a result of the pandemic’s blow to the global economy.

Giving up on this fight means giving up global public health security as a whole. And yes, it also means giving up the security of your individual health, both now and in the face of future health threats.

As part of Global Citizen’s 2022 campaign, End extreme poverty NOW — Our future cannot wait, we ask that the systemic barriers that continue to keep people in poverty be broken down. These include ending the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on creating sustainable access to health care, and achieving financial equity so that the poorest countries can recover from the pandemic and meet the basic needs of their populations.

We also call on world leaders to empower girls, which you can read more about here, and to take immediate action on the climate crisis, which we have explained in detail here.

We’ve broken down what systemic barriers are, how they exacerbate poverty, and what we aim to do to dismantle them in our article here.

For now, however, we wanted to paint a picture of the critical importance of prioritizing this mission by highlighting a few key facts that show why we need to dismantle these barriers.

1. 97 million people have been pushed into poverty by the pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns have hit economies hard, triggering the worst economic crisis since the 1930s and leading to job losses, business closures and income disruption. As a result, around 97 million more people have been pushed into poverty. This figure does not take into account people around the world who were already impoverished and pushed deeper into poverty.

2. Billionaires got 54% richer during the pandemic.

The global financial inequality gap has seen a shocking increase between 2020 and 2021, with the poor pushed further into poverty and the rich continuing to climb the wealth ladder.

Additionally, the 10 richest men in the world have seen their wealth double during the pandemic. This has been the cause of calls for fair taxation for the world’s wealthiest, an agenda item due to be discussed at this year’s G20 summit in November.

3. Pharmaceutical companies making COVID-19 vaccines make a profit of $65,000 every minute.

The global need for a vaccine has seen pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna collectively earn $1,000 per second, according to Peoples Vaccine Alliance figures released in November 2021.

Meanwhile, a large majority of the world’s poor have yet to receive a single dose of the vaccine. Proponents are calling on pharmaceutical companies to share their know-how and technology with developing countries, which would increase the global supply of vaccines and reduce prices, so that they too can fight the pandemic fairly.

4. 118 countries are not on track to meet the WHO COVID-19 vaccination target.

In 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) set a global target for countries to administer the primary vaccination to 70% of their population by mid-2022. A large number of countries are far behind this target, with African countries being the furthest behind. In fact, at present, no country in Africa is on track to achieve this goal.

5. 60% of low-income countries are at high risk of debt distress or are already in debt distress.

The pandemic has had a huge negative effect on countries’ economies and low-income countries are bearing the worst of its impacts, having had to keep their countries afloat through loans.

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), 60% of low-income countries are facing over-indebtedness, and servicing their debt is expensive. They are estimated to be paying more to service their debts today than at any time in the past two decades.

6. A handful of rich countries will receive 68% of the IMF’s financial lifeline, while the poorest 44 countries will receive only 7%.

Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) are a financial reserve asset issued by the IMF that can be traded between countries, or with the IMF, serving as additional emergency financing. Last year, the IMF issued a historic $650 billion in SDRs for pandemic recovery.

Right now, the way this reserve asset will be distributed means that rich countries (which don’t need it as much) will get the majority of these SDRs, around $442.8 billion; while 44 of the world’s poorest countries will receive the least, around $44.5 billion.

7. Developing countries will need $3.5 trillion to respond to COVID-19 and achieve the UN Global Goals by 2030.

The United Nations’ global goals have been pushed even further off course in the wake of the pandemic, and developing countries will need a significant boost to be able to meet these goals on time. Even before the pandemic, there was an estimated funding gap of $2.5 trillion to meet these goals, and now, due to the pandemic, that number has risen to around $3.5 trillion.

8. Less than 20 countries in the world have full vaccine manufacturing capacity.

This has had an impact on the bottleneck effect that vaccine nationalism has had on the global vaccine supply. As soon as the vaccines became available, rich countries overbought vaccine stocks – also investing in doses yet to be manufactured – while middle-income and low-income countries had to wait for orders from rich countries to be placed before even make their own vaccine. orders. Indeed, fewer than 20 countries worldwide have access to the technology, funding and capacity to manufacture doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

9. Only 13% of low-income populations have been vaccinated — compared to 75% of high-income populations.

In addition, discussions about administering a second booster shot in rich countries have already begun, although a large number of people in low-income countries have yet to receive a single dose, including more one billion people in Africa alone.

10. Rich countries have fallen far short of their promises to share their vaccines.

While wealthy countries that were hoarding the vaccines have pledged to share some with developing countries, many of those doses have yet to be seen in developing countries. Among the G7 countries, the United States has pledged and donated the most vaccine doses, but is still far from meeting its vaccine donation goal – having shipped 24% of its pledged doses. Other G7 countries also lag far behind in delivering on their pledges – having shipped between 10% (UK) and 28% (Japan) of their promised doses.

11. Africa currently produces only 1% of its own vaccines.

With a population of 1.3 billion and being the second largest continent in the world, it would make sense for Africa to have the full capacity to manufacture its own vaccines from scratch. But the continent still imports 99% of its vaccines, and while work to increase immunization capacity on the continent is ongoing, these efforts will take a long time without Big Pharma expanding access to their intellectual property. and does share technology to help establish vaccines. manufacturing plants on the mainland.

You can join the End Extreme Poverty NOW — Our Future Can’t Wait campaign by registering as a global citizen (either here or by download the Global Citizen app) and join us in breaking down systemic barriers NOW.

What Do Veterinary Students Study?


Veterinary students learn about animal welfare; how to recognize, prevent and control animal diseases; livestock welfare and productivity; and how to care for and treat healthy and sick animals.

At a time when human degradation of the environment means we are encroaching more and more into once wild areas, more zoonotic diseases – viruses and bacteria jumping from animals to humans, as may have been the case with Covid -19 – are expected. Already, free-range chickens are being moved indoors to minimize their risk of bird flu. Veterinarians play a key role in preventing disease transmission from animals to humans.

Where do vets study?

Short answer: UCD. That’s it. UCD’s Level Eight five-year course (course code DN300) is the only place to train as a veterinarian in Ireland.

But the points are high and some applicants will inevitably be disappointed, so it is definitely worth taking a look at some of the veterinary medicine courses available at European universities: lower entry requirements, high quality courses provided in English and, in some cases, lower fees. . You will find details of these courses and can apply on Eunicas.ie.

That said, it’s also worth bearing in mind that the UCD degree is particularly well regarded internationally: in addition to being accredited by the Veterinary Council of Ireland and the European Association of Educational Institutions veterinarian, it is one of the six accredited European veterinary schools. by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

What is in the UCD veterinary medicine course?

Modules in this course include Normal Animal Structure and Function, Animal Husbandry and Welfare, Veterinary Public Health, Pathobiological Sciences, Herd Health and Population Medicine, Surgery and Professionalism .

In the fifth and final year, students participate in clinical rotations at UCD Veterinary Hospital.

What about veterinary care?

Three-year Level Seven Veterinary Nursing courses are available at Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Letterkenny Campus, Shannon Technological University (TUS) Athlone Campus and Dundalk IT.

Although they are different courses, some of the modules available include Anatomy and Physiology, Husbandry, Surgical Nursing, Anesthesia, and Diagnostic Imaging.

UCD, on the other hand, runs a four-year level eight veterinary nursing course.

Graduates will be equipped to work as veterinary nurses in clinical practice or to pursue careers in areas such as pharmaceuticals, food and medical surgeries, animal nutrition, practice management, and animal welfare.

Are there other courses that focus on veterinary health?

Yes. TUS offers a four-year Level Eight course in Bioveterinary Science at its Athlone campus, focusing on the interrelationships between living organisms and their environment. . Graduates go on to work in roles such as veterinary diagnostics and pharmaceutical research, hospital and forensic laboratory work, and veterinary, medical and nutritional sales

Munster University of Technology (MTU) offers a three-year Level Seven Animal Biosciences program at its Tralee campus.

The course focuses on animal health, disease and diagnostics, supported by hands-on hands-on experience. Graduates will be equipped for roles as animal health researchers, herd health advisors, pharmaceutical drug and vaccine developers, and clinical practice managers.

Qualified MTU graduates can also progress to a fourth year to obtain a level eight qualification, BSc in Veterinary Biosciences.

Applicants may also be qualified to proceed to UCD’s Graduate Entrance Veterinary Medicine course or a number of postgraduate courses.

What about other paths to becoming a veterinarian?

In addition to the opportunity to study abroad, UCD offers a graduate entry course, allowing qualified graduates with prior knowledge of biological, biomedical or animal sciences to enter a four-year training program to work as a veterinarian.

How much do veterinarians earn?

Less than you might expect. According to gradireland.com, newly qualified vets will typically start with €35,000 per year, more experienced vets between €50-60,000, rising to upwards of €100,000 for very experienced vets.

Where do vets work?

It sounds like an obvious question with an obvious answer: veterinarians work in veterinary practices, where people bring their sick cats, dogs, rabbits and other pets. To the right?

Well, yes, but that’s just one path for veterinary graduates today.

Employers will generally value the research, analysis, problem-solving and critical thinking skills of veterinary medicine and nursing graduates, opening up opportunities in areas such as management, so graduates can also expect to work in farm animal or equine practice, medical regulation and teaching, as well as public or private sector research careers, including animal science and the animal health industry.

What do CAD points look like?

In 2021, students needed 601 points to access the UCD course, with approximately 82 students accepted. Applicants must also have at least an H5 in Chemistry and an 06 or H7 in English, Irish, Maths, a third language and another recognized subject.

TUS level eight diploma applicants needed 338 points in 2021 and MTU animal bioscience course applicants needed 234 points. Veterinary nurse candidates needed 234 points for MTU, 389 points for ATU, 451 points for Dundalk IT and 521 points for UCD.

Woman alleges her boss was threatened to call the cops over her diabetes supplies

A diabetic woman quit her job after her manager allegedly not only searched her belongings without permission, but also accused her of taking drugs.

The woman, Abby Gebo, posted a video on TikTok in mid-April describing the meeting with management at her unspecified former workplace. The video has been viewed approximately 83,000 times.

She said the manager “almost called the cops” about her, even telling another employee to prepare to make a call. Gebo, who according to the message could be a waitress, said the manager found his insulin in a backpack but did not originally know who it belonged to.

The manager reportedly said he “expected better” from her, asking if she was holding the syringe for someone else. He also said he didn’t know she was on “drugs”, again mentioning the syringe.

Perplexed, she told him that she was diabetic and he already knew that.

“My niece is diabetic and she doesn’t use needles,” the official reportedly said. “I know they use pumps.”

She explained “some people can’t afford pumps” so they use vials and syringes, in which case he would tell her to “prove it”. So she showed him the bottle.

“You’re lucky,” he said. “I’m watching you. …I’m just making sure none of my staff do drugs.”

A diabetic woman who quit her job and posted about the situation on TikTok has alleged that her former manager searched her bag and found her syringe.
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It was then that Gebo told her that she had quit. In other videos, she talks about being diabetic and advocating for others, so they “have access to specialized treatment and know they’re not alone.”

Users were furious that her manager searched her personal assets in the first place. One user with type I diabetes said she would be “livid” if this happened to her.

“I would have involved HR,” said one user. “It is illegal to search your personal belongings.”

“Under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) they can’t legally ask you, so they’re breaking the law when they ask you,” another said.

The ADA prohibits employers from discriminating against people with disabilities, whose diabetes is considered by law. In 2013, when the United States had approximately 18 million citizens with diabetes, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said employers “cannot ask about an applicant’s medical condition or require that ‘a candidate undergoes a medical examination before making a conditional job offer’. .”

This includes asking employees if they have been diagnosed with diabetes or if they use insulin during a job interview. And even if an employee lets an employer know they have diabetes, an employer “generally cannot ask an applicant who has voluntarily disclosed they have diabetes questions about their diabetes, treatment, or prognosis”.

Questions could only be asked in this case if an employee needed a specific accommodation. Also, while employers can ask employees with diabetes if they have a “reasonable belief” that a job can’t be done safely, that doesn’t appear to be the case, as the TikTok video shows. .

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 37.3 million Americans, or about 1 in 10, have diabetes, including about one in five who have diabetes but have never been diagnosed.

Last year was the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin.

Gebo’s profile also states that she is in “recovery from diabulimia.” The non-profit National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) calls it a “media-coined term” for an eating disorder in people with diabetes, usually type I diabetes. people deliberately restrict insulin in order to lose weight.

Some in the medical profession call it ED-DMT1, Eating Disorder-Diabetes Mellitus Type 1, which more broadly refers to any eating disorder in people with diabetes. ED-DMT1 is seen as the result of focusing on foods, labels, metabolic disturbances, and numbers such as weight and blood sugar.

“A person can develop diabulimia or ED-DMT1 at any age and at any time after being diagnosed with diabetes,” says NEDA. “Sometimes it starts with body image issues or a desire to lose weight, and sometimes it starts with exhaustion from diabetes. other patients. Treatment regimens should address both diabetes and eating disorder aspects.

In March, the US House of Representatives passed the Affordable Insulin Now Act, which would cap insulin at $35 and reduce out-of-pocket costs. Earlier this year, California Governor Gavin Newsom said he wanted the state to produce its own insulin.

Newsweek contacted Gebo for comment.

China Medical Diagnostic Equipment Industry – Historical data 2011, 2016 and 2021 and long term forecast till 2026 and 2031


Dublin, May 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “China Diagnostic Medical Equipment Markets” report has been added to from ResearchAndMarkets.com offer.

Chinese demand for diagnostic medical equipment has grown at a rapid pace over the past decade. Over the next decade, production and demand will continue to grow. China’s economy maintains high-speed growth that has been boosted by consecutive increases in industrial production, import and export, consumer consumption and capital investment for more than two decades. . This new study examines economic trends, investment environment, industry development, supply and demand, industry capacity, industry structure, marketing channels and major industry players in China. Historical data (2011, 2016 and 2021) and long-term forecasts up to 2026 and 2031 are presented. The main producers in China are profiled.

Primary and secondary research is performed in China to access up-to-date government regulations, market information, and industry data. Data was collected from Chinese government publications, Chinese-language newspapers and magazines, industry associations, local government industry offices, industry publications and internal databases. Interviews are conducted with Chinese industry experts, university professors and producers in China. Economic models and quantitative methods are applied in this report to project market demand and industry trends. A metric system is used and values ​​are presented in Yuan (RMB, current price) and/or US dollars.

These market research reports provide hard-to-find market data and analysis. Today, China has the largest market in the world. Huge, fast-growing markets for imports and business opportunities for businesses around the world. If you want to expand your business or sell your products in China, these research reports provide the insights and projections on Chinese markets you need to do so.

Main topics covered:


  • Report Scope and Methodology
  • Summary


  • Economic outlook
  • Main economic indicators
  • industrial output
  • People and Labor
  • foreign investment
  • Trade
  • Financial and tax regulations
  • Banking system and regulation
  • Exchange
  • Taxes, tariffs and customs duties


  • Structure of the diagnostic medical equipment industry
  • Market size
  • Market Growth Factors
  • Major Producer Facility Locations and Production
  • Market share of main producers
  • Labor costs
  • Potential participants
  • Main foreign investments
  • Technology development


  • Insight
  • Diagnostic Medical Equipment Sales Volumes and Forecasts (Yuan)
  • X-ray equipment
  • Ultrasonic scanners
  • Mammography equipment
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Equipment
  • CT scanners
  • Electrocardiographs (ECG)
  • Electroencephalograms (EEG)
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Audiological equipment
  • Endoscope equipment
  • Other diagnostic medical equipment
  • Imports and exports of diagnostic medical equipment
  • Price trends


  • Diagnostic Medical Equipment Market Outlook Overview
  • Government regulations
  • Overview of the health insurance sector
  • Consumer spending trends
  • Demographic trends
  • Healthcare Industry Trends
  • Hospitals and hospital beds
  • Sales of diagnostic medical equipment by region
  • Northeast
  • North
  • South East
  • Central
  • South West
  • North West


  • Presentation of the entry into the Chinese market
  • China distribution system
  • Distribution Channels for Rubber Processing Chemicals
  • Transport and freight infrastructure
  • Communication
  • Entry into the Chinese market
  • Licence
  • Franchising
  • E-commerce
  • Commercial companies and local agents
  • Representative offices and Chinese subsidiaries
  • Wholly Foreign-Controlled Enterprises


  • Profiles of diagnostic medical equipment producers
  • Distributors and trading companies
  • Research institutions and associations

Companies cited

  • Shenzhen Mindray Biological Medical Electronics Co.,Ltd
  • Chinese Resources Wandong Medical Equipment Co., Ltd.

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‘A sight for sore eyes’: Nursing home industry creates 900 jobs in April


While the health care industry added about 34,300 jobs in April, only 900 of those jobs were in the skilled nursing sector.

The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) called the data from the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report “a treat for the eyes,” but it is still a long way from recovering the 241,000 caregivers. jobs lost during the pandemic.

“Vendors are doing all they can to recruit and retain staff, but we need government support to move forward faster,” AHCA/NCAL said in an emailed statement. “It’s time for policymakers to invest in our frontline heroes and craft policies that will help recruit and retain hundreds of thousands of long-term carers.”

Doctors’ offices, home care providers and hospitals saw the biggest increase among healthcare workers.

Doctor’s offices added 9,800 jobs and home care providers hired 7,800 employees last month. Hospitals added 4,500 additional jobs in April, but the sector still remains down nearly 100,000 jobs since the start of COVID-19.

The long-term care industry lost 2,500 jobs in March, further deepening a labor crisis to a level not seen since 2007.

“Now is the time to address the workforce challenges resulting from poor policy choices by elected leaders and decades of underfunding of government-supported long-term care services. Staffing needs to be the No. 1 priority,” a LeadingAge spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

The nonprofit Association of Aging Service Providers proposed efforts to emerge from the crisis, including: increasing compensation for frontline staff by increasing federal funding for FMAP; broaden the pool of candidates with training and apprenticeship programs; change immigration policy to expedite the process of bringing international nurses to the United States more quickly and combat “price gouging” from recruiting agencies.

Skilled nursing providers like Majestic Care have had to get creative with recruiting and retaining staff through efforts like perfect attendance bonuses, employee discounts and, in some places, subsidized rent.

Majestic Care CEO Bernie McGuinness told Skilled Nursing News during a recent episode of the publication podcast rethink that he and the management team launched Majestic Difference, an employee-focused benefits program.

“I hope the benefits and the things that we continue to question ourselves [with] as an organization, I hope they will continue to make a difference for our care team members. I believe this is how we should respond to the pandemic,” he said.

The United States is in a maternal health crisis, Goldman Sachs wants to change that


By Nicole Goodkind, CNN Business

The United States is going through a maternal health crisis.

Maternal mortality and morbidity rates across the country have steadily increased over the past 20 years, even as rates in all other developed countries have declined significantly.

New government data shows maternal deaths in the United States jumped 14% in the early years of the pandemicvs, to 861 in 2020 compared to 754 in 2019. The maternal death rate for black women in the United States was nearly three times higher than for white women during this period.

Goldman Sachs wants to change that. Mahmee, a six-year-old maternal healthcare startup, announced the closing of a $9.2 million Series A funding round led by Goldman’s Growth Equity Business.

High rates of maternal mortality in the United States, especially among minority groups, have “become a systemic issue and something that we don’t pay attention to,” said Mahmee founder and CEO Melissa Hanna. “But we can also turn the tide.”

The investment is part of Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women initiative, a $10 billion commitment to close the opportunity gap for black women over the next decade.

Mahmee, who has also received funding from Serena Williams and Mark Cuban, hopes to build the digital infrastructure needed to bring patients and providers closer together and make health data widely available in an industry where it is often siled.

“The reality is that most of the record systems we use to track health information for mothers and babies don’t talk to each other,” Hanna said.

Mahmee creates a unified record for each patient that displays all of a mother’s health data in one place. The service also offers access to a nationwide network of community health care providers, including in-house nurses and care coordinators who provide live support seven days a week. Coordinators monitor health needs, provide referrals to healthcare professionals and answer questions and concerns of pregnant women.

The company also works directly with institutions by selling their nurse-led coordination programs to a number of health services, medical groups and insurance companies. Mahmee currently has over 750 vendors and organizations in its network in 44 states.

Well-coordinated care has been proven to lead to better health outcomes and fewer hospitalizations, according to research published in the Annals of Family Medicine, but American patients are more likely to experience gaps in these services than patients who live in other high-income countries. , the study found.

“We were able to create life-saving interventions and point out things that other people may have overlooked by accident or lack of experience,” Hanna said.

Since its launch in 2016, Mahmee has served more than 15,000 women, Hanna said, and those patients are 10% less likely to have a C-section and 50% less likely to give birth prematurely.

“Disparities in access to high-quality maternal and perinatal care contribute to poor health outcomes in underserved communities and substantial costs to the broader health system,” said Suzanne Gauron, Global Head of Launch With GS, a Goldman Sachs program that aims to increase access to capital for underrepresented entrepreneurs and investors. “We believe Mahmee is well positioned to improve the lives of mothers and babies by closing critical opportunity gaps in care and outcomes.”

“The United States has a relative shortage of maternity care providers, especially midwives, and lacks comprehensive postpartum support,” wrote doctoral student Roosa Tikkanen in a report for the Commonwealth Fund examining the disparities.

America, meanwhile, is in some ways the most expensive country in which to give birth and the only developed country without mandatory paid parental leave.

But it’s not purely philanthropic work, Hanna said. Maternal and child health care is a $160 billion industry in the United States. Failures in care coordination account for between $27.2 billion and $78.2 billion in unnecessary medical costs and waste per year, according to a 2019 study by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“If we even scratch the surface of solving this problem for mothers and babies in this country,” Hanna said, “we’ve unlocked billions of dollars of potential here.”

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CECC adjusts positive test policy for COVID contacts in nursing homes


Taipei, May 8 (CNA) Nursing home residents who are close contacts of COVID-19 patients and who test positive on the rapid antigen test will now be counted as confirmed cases, it was announced on Sunday. the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new rule, which will be applied retroactively from May 5, aims to ensure residents of nursing homes can quickly access prescription drugs, given their high risk of developing severe symptoms of COVID-19, said CECC official Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞) at a press briefing.

It is accelerating part of a broader policy that will come into effect on May 12, allowing people in home isolation who get a positive rapid test result to be counted as confirmed cases of COVID-19, instead of requiring a more precise but relatively long PCR test. , says Lo.

Meanwhile, at the press conference, Lo also responded to an online rumor that Taiwan was only prescribing oral antiviral drugs to people with moderate to severe symptoms of COVID-19.

Lo said doctors can prescribe oral antiviral drugs, such as Pfizer’s Paxlovid or Merck’s molnupiravir, to people with mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 infections, if they’re over 64 or at risk. of serious illness.

Patients with moderate or severe symptoms of COVID-19 are given one of several drugs, including Remdesivir and steroids, based on their doctors’ assessment, but they are rarely given oral antivirals, Lo said. .

To date, doctors have prescribed about 1,200 courses of Paxlovid and 700 courses of molnupiravir, Lo said, adding that the drugs are being moved to 57 “central pharmacies” across the country as shipments arrive. .

The Taiwanese government said in late April that it had taken delivery of 180,000 courses from Paxlovid and expected to receive another 520,000 courses by the end of June.

He has already received the 5,040 courses of molnupiravir he ordered, according to the CECC.

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Roe’s disappearance is historic for women hurt by abortion – like my mother

In the summer of 2001, I was with my adoptive mother, counseling on the sidewalk outside a major abortion center in Wichita, Kansas. The day was sweltering and there seemed to be dust in the air. I was only 11 years old. I looked at the brochures I was cradling, wondering why the dirt was smearing the sheets.

“Sarah, it’s not dirt. It’s the ashes of babies dying inside, my mother said soberly. The abortion doctor had a life-size crematorium on his land for babies killed in barbaric late abortions. I left that day determined to dedicate my future work to ending abortion, realizing how close my own life was to burning to ashes.

Like a young child, I learned from my Hispanic birth mother that she had seen New Orleans abortion physician Dr. Ifeanyi Okpalobi during her pregnancy with me in 1990. She had been referred to her by a friend because its costs were low. He delivered me prematurely at 26 weeks and advised him to leave me for dead. Fortunately, she resisted her coercion and I survived.

The pursuit of my birth mother’s abortion haunted her for the rest of her life, and my adoptive mother also shared her own story of abortion regret with me. The psychological damage, the contemplation of suicide and the inability to conceive a child scarred her until she sought recovery from the abortion in her mid-40s.

Then she began her own work to share the horrors of abortion with the world as she became a leader with More silence, an organization committed to abortion care programs. Today she is 77, and she was the first person I called earlier this week after learning that the leaked draft notice overturned Roe vs. Wade and its subsequent decision of 1992, Planned kinship against Casey.

Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito explains that abortion was a glaring mistake from the start, damaging to the maternal patient, humiliating to the medical profession and barbaric to the unborn child.

Reading his words, I couldn’t help but think of the women, including my mother, who had been in this fight for five decades, waiting for their voices to be amplified. Fortunately, their generation of pro-life activists can finally see the fruits of their labor.

Sarah Zagorski is the Director of Communications for Louisiana Right to Life. She was saved from an abortion in 1990 and spent nearly eight years in Louisiana’s foster care system before being adopted at age 9. To learn more about its history, go to SarahZagorski.com.

A retired Canadian Forces reservist delivers vital medical supplies to Ukrainian soldiers


A Canadian veteran in kyiv teams up with a US tactical equipment distributor to deliver essential medical supplies to treat injured Ukrainian soldiers in the field.

Retired Canadian Armed Forces reservist Kevin Leach said he was tempted to join Ukraine’s fight against Russian forces as a foreign fighter. He said he changed his mind after his Ukrainian wife told him she would accompany him wherever he went.

Leach said that when he met American Nick Pappas – who was banned from taking up arms by his beloved – they decided together to start a non-governmental organization (NGO) called Project Volya help in another way.

“Seeing that we face an existential threat from Russia, I must contribute to victory,” Leach said from his apartment in Kyiv. “Anything else, I would be crushed. It would destroy my soul.”

With donations from several countries, including Canada, the two men ordered and shipped basic wartime supplies from the United States and Poland. Supplies include tourniquets, haemostatic gauze to dress wounds and chest seals to help injured people breathe.

“It’s about saving lives, keeping Ukraine in the fight,” said Leach, who from 2008 to 2018 served as an armored reconnaissance specialist sergeant.

“There are people who are injured but whose lives are saved, who are healing and who can return to combat or continue to contribute to the effort against Russia.”

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The effort began when Pappas traveled to Lviv in western Ukraine during the first week of the Russian invasion. He loaded up duffel bags with $5,000 worth of medical supplies, thermal imaging telescopes and binoculars for the battlefield.

Pappas traveled to the Donbass region in southeastern Ukraine, donated his equipment to Ukrainian soldiers and showed them how to use it, Leach said.

Volya Project Purchasing Manager Nick Pappas (left) and Manager Kevin Leach (right) in Warsaw, Poland. (Submitted)

“These guys were so excited for a stranger to come to their post and demonstrate through action that they cared,” Leach said.

Since then, Leach said, he and Pappas have set up a network of local drivers — including a Ukrainian army veteran — to ferry supplies across Poland’s border directly to fighters in eastern Israel. Ukraine. Small shipments are easier to deliver quickly to military units in need, he said.

“We can get things where they’re going without any red tape,” Leach said of their ties to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. “It never needs to go to a government warehouse.”

The project is just beginning. A shipment has arrived in the Donbass, a second is on its way from the United States and the NGO has collected enough money for another order from Poland.

Leach said it was all a big change for him. Since 2018, he has worked for the Canadian contingent of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitoring team in Kyiv.

Prior to the Russian invasion, Kevin Leach worked with a Canadian mainland monitoring the conflict zone to record any ceasefire violations in the Donbass region. (Submitted)

Prior to Russia’s invasion in February, Leach’s job was to monitor the conflict zone in the Donetsk and Luhansk region for any ceasefire violations. In a room lined with television screens, Leach watched sophisticated cameras and thermal power supplies scanning the “line of contact” between government and non-government forces in the conflict zone.

Its role was to record explosions, heavy weapons in the front line or any other violation of the Minsk agreements.

“The idea was that it was going to avoid a war,” Leach said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t work out.”

In a separate effort, Canadian veteran and defense contractor Christopher Baxter said he is volunteering to help deliver medical supplies on a much larger scale.

Baxter runs the defense firm Caina-Longbranch; he said he had sent dozens of arms and ammunition shipments to US bases in Germany and Baghdad in previous conflicts. This time, he said, he’s handling logistics and working to arrange a cargo plane to collect more than $750,000 in medical supplies from the Care Convoy charity in Idaho.

The last shipment of tourniquets, haemostatic gauze and chest seals en route from Minnesota to Poland. (Submitted)

The charity said it received a large donation from a hospital which includes everything needed to set up and run a field hospital in Ukraine. The cargo is believed to include hospital beds, bandages, prostheses, surgical tools, crutches, medications and sutures, according to Care Convoy.

“The adventure is about getting a proper plane,” Baxter said.

After securing a private cargo plane through Ukrainian cargo carrier Antonov Airlines, Baxter said he was still trying to get the airport to waive landing fees and was asking for private donations to cover fuel and d other costs. He said he wanted the Canadian government to provide cargo space on C-17 military jets to transport private supplies to Ukraine.

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Ottawa defense contractor Christopher Baxter says weapons are not enough – Ukraine needs medical help in its fight against Russian forces. 0:15

“[Canadian] hospitals are upgrading and rotating inventory,” Baxter said. “Some of that is perfectly good. Yes [Ukrainians] can’t get donated items, they end up buying them on the black market, which could be inefficient, too expensive, or downright deadly.”

Baxter said the Canadian government may also set up Level 3 military hospitals in Ukraine’s neighboring countries – Poland, Slovakia and Romania – to help save potentially fatal people.

“We’ve gone from 2022 to 1945,” Baxter said. “We have a complete, outright war and a decimation of hospitals. Everything you can name is just wiped off the map. They literally need it all.”

Sarah Gillett – Nursing as a Second Career |


From social worker to nurse, Sarah Gillett said she had many experiences in her 30 years as a nurse.

“I love what I do and part of that too is that I’ve been blessed to always have these amazing colleagues around me. It makes the tough days bearable and the good days even more fun when you’re surrounded by really good people,” Gillett said of her second career as a nurse.

Gillett is from Hooper and attended public schools in Logan View. After high school, she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she earned a degree in public health education.

For several years she worked as a social worker. Gillett then attended Midland University to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing.

For 25 years, Gillett was a labor and delivery nurse. Looking for a different schedule, Gillett switched to outpatient procedures about five years ago.

The patients Gillett sees are just outpatients. Some of these procedures could include those who need a blood transfusion, IV fluids, long-term IV antibiotics, etc. Although very different from labor and delivery, Gillett said she really enjoyed being on the ward and found it interesting.

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“We see some of our patients daily for weeks at a time, so it’s really great that we get to know them. That’s what makes nursing fun,” she said. “Those relationships you develop with people.”

Seeing patients frequently helps detect subtle changes in a patient’s health, Gillett said. Her patients become like very important family members or guests, she added. In the outpatient department, they may also be able to point patients in the right direction for the resources they need.

During COVID, they did monoclonal antibodies in their clinic. Although her patients weren’t the sickest, some were very sick, she said. The hope was that they would get their meltdown in time to prevent them from getting worse.

“It was very difficult, but we also felt very happy to be able to do it here because we felt it was something important and it was something that was very useful to the community”, a- she declared. “And not just the Fremont community, but we’ve had many patients come from Omaha and out of state, even just to get a spot at an infusion center.

“Although it was a bit stressful, we all felt great because we felt we were doing something that was actually helping to make a difference and keep people out of hospital.”

Gillett sat down with the Tribune to reflect on her time as a nurse.

Question. Tell us about your immediate family

To respond. My favorite role has always been that of mother to my three sons. The oldest, Grant Wallace, is a physician specializing in cardiology/cardiac electrophysiology. He and his wife, Stephanie, live in Columbus, Ohio. My second son, Ben, is an attorney and serves as legal counsel for our state legislature. He and his wife, Alexandra, live in Lincoln, Nebraska. They are expecting their first child this fall! My youngest son, Adam, lives in Oakland, Nebraska, and works as an agricultural analyst for Kaup Seed. My husband, Mike, is a Commercial Sales Representative for Nova Fitness Equipment.

Q. When, why did you decide to become a nurse?

A. Nursing is my second career. I also have a bachelor’s degree in public health education. I spent several years working as a social worker, but I wanted a different kind of challenge. My four brothers were all doctors and medicine has always interested me. Nursing seemed like a good choice. I went back to school and graduated as a nurse, summa cum laude, in 1992. It was the right choice.

Q. What do you love most about nursing and find most rewarding about it?

A. There are so many ways to practice nursing and that’s what makes it such a great career. You are always in demand and the opportunities are endless. The relationships you develop with patients and colleagues are by far the most rewarding aspect. Having had such a long tenure in labor and delivery, I’ve sometimes had the chance to tell a patent pending that I was there when they were born. It’s quite special.

Q. Funniest, saddest and most unusual experience in nursing?

A. There are too many fun experiences to share just one. While caring and compassionate, nurses also need thick skin, a strong stomach, and a great sense of humor. I could write a book! Fortunately, the good times far outnumber the bad. Death and loss are always difficult. When that loss involved a baby, it was especially heartbreaking. Fortunately, such cases were rare.

Q. If you had not become a nurse, what profession would you have practiced? And why?

A. Many things have interested me over the years. I have always liked real estate, but would not be suitable for sale. Perhaps an appraisal or a title search?

Q. Why are you glad you chose nursing?

A. Nursing has been good for me. My employer was good to me. For nearly 30 years, I have held a job that offers the tangible benefits of stability, variety, good income and good benefits. The other things that aren’t as easy to measure are even more important. We’re here for everything: the highest highs, the lowest lows and everything in between. We see everything. Our patients share things with us that they don’t share with anyone else. We hear everything. Nurses understand that this is a huge privilege and a huge responsibility. Few other professions can compare. I am so proud to be a nurse.

A. Retirement is on the horizon in the years to come. In the meantime, I will continue to learn, grow and strive to provide exceptional care to my patients.

NC nursing home set to lose Medicare and Medicaid funds


The vast majority of patients living in a struggling Salisbury nursing home may have to move as the facility is set to lose almost all of its government funding, The Charlotte Observer has learned.

The Citadel of Salisbury, a for-profit home that has repeatedly breached federal health and safety requirements, has been told it will lose its Medicaid funding in addition to its Medicare funding, according to the Department of Health and North Carolina Social Services.

In 2020, about 80% of inpatient days at the facility were funded by Medicaid and Medicare, according to figures compiled by snfdata.com, which compiles nursing home information from Medicare cost reports. and other sources.

The understaffed nursing home now has around 85 residents.

The Citadel of Salisbury will lose Medicare eligibility on May 19, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced earlier this week. Medicaid termination will occur simultaneously, DHHS said.

“The facility has been advised that Medicare will stop paying for services provided to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries admitted after May 19, 2022, although payment may continue for up to 30 calendar days for patients admitted on or before May 19, 2022. May 2022,” the federal agency Medicare said in a press release.

CMS urged patients and family members to visit the ‘Nursing Home Compare’ site for information on other nursing homes where they might want to seek treatment.

A spokesperson for Portopiccolo, the New Jersey investment firm that owns the Citadel of Salisbury, said Friday the retirement home would ask the federal government to reverse its decision.

“We are shocked and disappointed with this decision,” Angela Hooper, administrator of the retirement home, said in a statement. “The progress this nursing home has made in improving the quality of care during a global pandemic is respectable. The staff are heroic.

“The Citadel improved its quality metrics to a 4 star rating from a 2 star rating in just 18 months. We love our residents dearly and our mission was only to share their lives and make them happy .

In the past 10 years, no North Carolina nursing home has lost Medicare funding, a DHHS spokesperson said.

Accordius Health in Brevard, another retirement home owned by Portopiccolo, received a similar termination notice from Medicare in March. But state inspectors later found the facility met Medicare and Medicaid requirements, so the federal government ultimately did not withdraw its funding.

“Involuntary termination of a supplier agreement is generally a last resort after all other attempts to remedy a facility’s deficiencies have been exhausted,” the federal press release reads. “In this case, CMS has found that Salisbury Citadel does not comply with CMS baseline health and safety requirements.”

A recently released state inspection report includes more than two dozen violations at the facility.

A resident was injured by a caregiver trying to move him. When he screamed, she put her hand over her mouth to muffle the sound. Another resident said no one helped her after she complained to staff about a resident who kept offering her money for sexual favors.

A third had to be hospitalized with surgical wound infections after nurses did not change his bandages for a full week.

A Citadel nurse’s aide said staff were so ‘awful’ she couldn’t help residents out of bed or give them showers on some days. A director of nursing reported that staffing was so thin she sometimes worked 22 hour shifts – and yet ‘things fell through the cracks and she couldn’t keep up’.

“Left Alone,” a recent investigation by The Charlotte Observer, documented how a shortage of caregivers in North Carolina nursing homes is putting thousands of vulnerable residents at risk.

Unlike most states, North Carolina has set no minimum staffing ratios for nursing homes.

An analysis of the data by Observer reporters also revealed that for-profit owners tend to operate with significantly smaller staff and more gaps than nonprofits.

Portopiccolo has about three dozen nursing homes in North Carolina, and the vast majority of them only scored one or two stars for staffing and overall performance on the government’s five-star rating system. federal.

Salisbury Citadel has been hit with more than $370,000 in fines since 2020. For the past two years, the federal government has put the home on its “Special Focus” list, reserved for the worst-performing nursing homes in the world. country.

In an ongoing federal class action lawsuit against the Citadel of Salisbury, the families of two residents allege that “systematic understaffing” has led to residents not receiving frequent medication, showers and medical attention. On some days at the home, just three orderlies were on duty to care for the more than 70 residents, according to the lawsuit, filed by law firm Wallace and Graham last year.

In a court filing, Portopiccolo called the understaffing allegation “baseless,” saying the nursing home mistakenly underreported hours worked by agency nurses.

In 2020, the Salisbury Citadel had more than $13 million in revenue – and a profit margin of around 8%, according to the cost report it submitted to the federal government.

Patients pay for understaffing in nursing homes

A nationwide struggle to hire and retain caregivers is driving North Carolina nursing homes to a crisis point — a trend that is putting thousands of residents at risk, our survey finds. An influx of for-profit nursing homes and fewer regulations during the pandemic are deepening the crisis. So what should families do to protect their loved ones?

This story was originally published May 6, 2022 2:49 p.m.

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Elizabeth Banks to cast Christine Jeffs’ new medical drama A Mistake

Elizabeth Banks has found its new role and dare we say it: it will crush it. the love and mercy the star signed to join the filmmaker Christine Jeff‘ production, A mistake in the lead role. In addition to directing the feature film, Jeffs also adapted the screenplay for the novel of the same name by carl shucker. With plenty of credits under their two belts, Jeffs and Banks are going to knock this female forward story out of the park.

A mistake centers on the world of Elizabeth Taylor (Banks), a surgeon who has had to fight tooth and nail to navigate the misogynistic and male-dominated profession. Incredibly talented and strong-willed, Dr. Taylor made a name for herself and became the only female consultant at her hospital. Things change for the accomplished professional when one day, a complication during a surgical intervention leads to the death of a patient. Reeling from the guilt of the incident, the situation is further aggravated by the harassment of his colleagues and the public who are informed of the incident from the surgery due to a new hospital policy. She’s made her way through medical school, years of residency, and the peak of her career, but will Dr. Taylor be able to follow through on her mistake?


Known for playing terrifically well-written female leads and directing others, it seems like Banks can do it all. From his eccentric portrayal of The hunger Games‘ Effie Trinket at her dramatic performance as Melinda Ledbetter in the Brian Wilson biopic, love and mercyand even her starring role of laughing out loud in walk of shame, Banks’ skills have crossed several genres where she always comes out shining. She’ll be the perfect person to put on the smocks of the desperate surgeon who fought against the patriarchy only to end up struggling to keep everything she’s won. Next, Banks will be seen in the comedy-drama, Call Janewhere she will play opposite Sigourney Weaver. We can also expect to hear more about a comedy film she is working on titled, The bubble cap, which has just completed production. As you might have guessed, it will center around the 90s craze and also star Zach Galifinakis and Sarah Snook. His third directorial feature, a thriller titled cocaine bearalso just landed a release date of February 24, 2023.

RELATED: ‘Cocaine Bear’: Elizabeth Banks’ Movie Release Date

As for A mistakeThe Jeffs director has been a revered name in Hollywood since her first film, Raintook the Cannes Film Festival by storm in 2001. She is also the mind and eye behind dark comedy-drama, Sun protectionwhich snagged a Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. This project will mark Jeffs’ return to making movies – and we can’t wait to see what she does with it!

Right now, A mistake did not announce a release date.


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Targeted Therapeutics Market Research with Aurinia Pharmaceutical, Nektar Therapeutics, Celdara medical – Business Analysis, Industry Synopsis, Business Outlook 2022 to 2026


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During a hurricane and a pandemic, a nursing school graduate kept her goals in mind


Like many in the Class of 2022, Jovaan Velez’s journey to graduation hasn’t always been easy. His family endured Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017. He and his classmates also navigated online learning and public health restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. But, through it all, he never forgot why he started his healthcare journey.

Q: What made you choose Emory?

A: I’ve wanted to go to Emory for a long time. This is an opportunity for a top-notch education in an excellent community. Emory gave me a lot of support regarding scholarships and gave me the opportunity to be able to study.

Q: What are the things you will remember most about your time on campus?

A: Some highlights would be becoming a Resident Advisor at Woodruff Hall, hosting social events for the Emory Salsa Dance Club, and getting to know my peers at SGA. [Student Government Association] as class president.

Q: What made you choose nursing?

A: Nursing offers the opportunity to help the most vulnerable with the resources needed to have a direct impact on their immediate and long-term well-being. And, once you start nursing school, you find more and more reasons and motivations to continue. I always knew I would end up in health care. I started by volunteering with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. I started doing research with the Emory Spatial Cognition Laboratory as a research assistant.

Q: What about the challenges your class has faced during COVID-19?

A: We are going through COVID-19 together. The limitations of online learning at the start of the program, such as not being able to see our peers, were difficult. But we were able to see each other at the clinic, which was great. It was also important to find a balance between work, studies, hobbies and activities which, of course, contribute to overall health.

Q: Being able to graduate on campus this year must be special. What would you say your class thinks about it?

A: I would say that we are all very happy to have the opportunity to graduate in person, not to mention that we were able to bond easily when we arrived on campus. Once we all got together and got to see each other in person, there were just lots of friendly smiles and everyone was pretty happy to be back on campus.

Q: What advice do you have for those entering nursing school?

A: Stick to your original reason for pursuing nursing. You will encounter challenges, but you must remember that everything you do is for the patient. You are an advocate for them. Be open to challenges and approach each clinic with the mindset that you may discover a new passion for topics such as pediatrics, mental health, motherhood and more.

Pensioner supports nurses who save lives | Otago Daily Times News Online

A Dunedin pensioner has been protesting for the past 12 days outside Dunedin Hospital.

Jim Moffat has a clear message.

“Pay New Zealand nurses properly now,” reads his placard.

The 79-year-old said he is alive today thanks to the medical profession.

He was diagnosed with cancer and underwent major life-saving surgery seven years ago.

After reading a Otago Daily Times editorial outlining the continued struggle of members of the New Zealand Nurses Organization over back pay, Mr Moffat was ‘spurred’ into action.

“We mature people need to be active,” Moffat said.

“I thought I might be joined by others but that didn’t actually happen.

“But I got great feedback from the nurses themselves.”

Nurses were crossing the Tasman in search of better paying jobs, Mr Moffat said.

“And we have a new hospital being built…and there won’t be any nurses.”

The nurses’ union and the Public Service Association (PSA) had been negotiating with district health boards over achieving gender pay equity since 2018 and were to present a proposed settlement to their members.

Instead, last month they ordered a full legal review of the proposed pay equity deal due to the backlash they received from members in response to the proposal.

Some nurses said the settlement as proposed would deny them more than $20,000.

Health Minister Andrew Little told RNZ at the time that the nurses’ union change of course was a rollback on pay settlement, and he called it “peculiar”.

He said there was no more money to invest in the case.

Meanwhile, the PSA has since served notice on the Southern District Health Board that from Monday next week until May 20, staff will follow working hours to the letter, including no work after that staff should complete their shifts and stop work to take all authorized breaks.

In addition, throughout Monday, May 16, the staff would strike and withdraw from their duties.

PSA DHB campaigns organizer Will Matthews from Auckland said the strike notices would affect more than 600 healthcare workers in southern DHB, excluding doctors and nurses.

“The government is pretty badly exposed on its treatment of health workers across the sector at the moment,” he said.

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Imagine Stroke Treatment Software Market Size 2022 – Industry Trends, Analysis, Forecast by 2028 “Philips Healthcare, Siemens, Canon Medical Systems, GE Healthcare”


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Nursing Careers | VA Health Care Louisville


The Louisville VA Health System salutes our nurses for their dedication to our veterans and the nursing profession. We have nearly 800 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Registered Nurses (RNs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs).

The Robley Rex VA Health System is actively recruiting Registered Nurses (RNs) in the Medical Procedures Unit (MPU) and Intensive Care Unit.

The MPU is a complex, high volume unit that requires RNs to be available to provide nursing care in all phases of care in the MPU to include moderate sedation subject matter experts. The intensive care unit is also a complex, high-volume unit where RNs provide nursing care to patients with serious or life-threatening illnesses and injuries, which require constant care, close monitoring, and even life-saving assistance.

Individuals who are qualified and interested in employment with the VA are encouraged to submit their contact details along with an up-to-date CV/curriculum vitae to Lauren Hamilton to [email protected] . Interviews for all applicants will be conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. IS. If you have any questions, please call the recruiting office at 502-287-5784.

We have benefits and incentives designed for your success. Start in an engaging new role that builds on your strengths and experience and allows you to continue serving your country.
The VA also offers extensive benefits, competitive salaries, paid vacations and time off, and more to RNs at all stages of their careers.

The GLOW Foundation announces its expansion and changes its name


WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – GLOW NC, the nonprofit organization that supports GLOW Academy, announced Tuesday plans to open an early childhood/pre-kindergarten school in 2023; as a reflection of its broader mission, the Foundation will be known as Beacon Education.

“Our board has spent a few years looking at data and community needs to determine how to have the greatest impact in our community,” said Beacon Education CEO Todd Godbey. “With GLOW teachers and community leaders, it has become clear that we need to start earlier to address the inequities in education that cause the gaps in opportunity and achievement.”

Beacon Education’s goal is to provide earlier and more equitable access to high-quality education, as data shows GLOW students are starting Grade 6 behind their grade level.

Using data from the US Department of Education, a report by ProPublica Investigative Journalism found that black students in New Hanover County were three levels behind white students.

Additionally, data from Smart Start New Hanover County shows a critical shortage of high-quality early childhood programs.

“We’ve lost about 10% of child care slots in our county’s child care programs,” said New Hanover County Smart Start Executive Director Jane Morrow. “Programs are facing a shortage of skilled staff, which has a huge impact on families who rely on quality care to return to work and on children who rely on quality care for supportive relationships, the development of basic skills and a safe and stimulating environment. ”

Beacon Education’s long-term plans include opening four or five coeducational, mixed-income preschools, a coeducational elementary school, and later an all-boys middle and high school.

Wilmington’s Girls Leadership Academy, GLOW Academy, opened in 2016 with a sixth-grade class; now these students are preparing to graduate from high school in 2023. GLOW Wilmington is one of 21 single-sex schools across the country that uses a proven educational model to educate girls from underserved communities.

According to the press release, the new preschools will accommodate children aged six weeks through pre-kindergarten.

The coeducational mixed-income program will provide sliding-scale scholarships to families in need and provide a proven, high-quality educational program to attract families with financial means. Each center will accommodate approximately 150 students. Geographic locations will be targeted for access and appeal, with the first location to be announced later this summer. A community health care clinic will also be on site and a community farmers’ market will be offered frequently on weekends. The first of Beacon Education’s early years centers will open in July 2023.

Beacon Education’s Cradle-to-Career Education Equity Program will eventually include:

  • A coeducational K-5 elementary school with trauma-informed systems and staff, and an on-site community healthcare clinic
  • A middle school and high school for boys, with programming similar to GLOW Academy’s focus on college and career readiness, with a strong college-linked curriculum, college outreach, and student support. old students ; and a workforce development program with internships and business/business partnerships.
  • Improvements to GLOW Academy will include a community health care clinic, staffed weekly by a physician assistant and a full-time mental health professional. GLOW already employs a full-time nurse.

Click here for more information on GLOW Academy enrollment and summer leadership camp or call (910) 338-5258.

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Training Opportunities | VA Health Care Charleston


Psychology Fellowship Program

The MIRECC Psychology Fellowship Program at Charleston VAMC supports the professional development of research-oriented psychologists to become clinical investigators in innovative approaches to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its comorbidities.

During the two-year program, fellows receive intensive mentoring and instruction in clinical research skills such as grant writing, research design, and ethics, while receiving supervised clinical training on treatments and advanced programs. The Charleston VAMC Advanced Fellowship Program is affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

Fellows’ 40-hour work week includes approximately 10-15 hours/week of supervised direct service delivery, 25-30 hours/week of clinical research activities, and 4 hours/week of didactics (including 2 hours of face-to-face face-to-face). face-to-face, individual supervision by a licensed psychologist for clinical and research activities). Additionally, up to 5 hours/week of administrative experiences may be offered to support the scholar’s professional growth and individual goals. In collaboration with research mentors, fellows are expected to develop and implement a research pilot project, publish and present results, and use the latest technologies for educational activities and clinical service delivery. Application for independent federal grant funding by fellows is strongly encouraged (e.g., VA Career Development Award).

Our current scholarship recipients:

Danielle Taylordoctorate


Dr. Taylor’s research focuses on assessing the mechanisms and consequences of anxiety, trauma and related disorders using psychophysiological techniques (EEG, heart rate, skin conductance, etc.). She recently extended this line of work to incorporate neuromodulation and was awarded a pilot grant to evaluate an emerging brain stimulation technique, transcutaneous atrial vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS), using multimodal psychophysiology.

Alyssa Jones, PhD


Dr. Jones’ research program focuses on the role of affective vulnerabilities (eg, difficulties in emotion regulation) and specific emotions (eg, shame, guilt, disgust) in the development and maintenance of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to inform therapeutic innovation. She is currently working on a project investigating disgust as a predictor of treatment outcome in veterans seeking treatment for PTSD. During her postdoctoral studies, she plans to seek grants to test novel interventions for trauma-related shame and loathing in veterans with PTSD.

Andrea Massa, PhD

Clinical Psychology

Dr. Massa is currently working on two projects, examining the roles of PTSD and alcohol abuse in predicting aggressive behavior and the role of emotion dysregulation in intimate partner aggression related to trauma and mental illness. alcohol.

Program directors:

Dan Gros, Ph.D. ([email protected])

Elizabeth Santa Ana, Ph.D. ([email protected])

Registration deadline:

October 1 annually

Brochure: MIRECC Fellowship in Innovative Approaches to PTSD and its Comorbidities – Charleston (DOCX)

National website: MIRECC/CoE VA Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment – ​​MIRECC/CoE

HEROIC big rounds

The HEROIC Grand Rounds and Works in Progress is a forum for all researchers interested in HRH&D research. The framework is used to present ongoing research or work in progress to disseminate data and research results or to receive useful feedback from the HEROIC COIN scientific community for a project idea or an ongoing project.​​

The HEROIC Grand Rounds and Works in Progress forum meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., online (in virtual format) and in person. Meetings are open to COIN faculty members, faculty members not affiliated with MUSC or other institutions, and VA/MUSC trainees, including postdoctoral fellows and trainees to present their research.​

If you are interested in presenting at our HEROIC and Works in Progress Grand Rounds or would like to receive invitations and current speaker schedules, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Santa Ana (Associate Director of COIN) at: [email protected] gov or Ms. Kayla Lamb (COIN Administrator) at: [email protected]

Veterans Research Mobilization Commission (VREB)

The Veterans Research Engagement Board is made up of a team of veterans of various races, genders, and backgrounds who have an interest in research at the Charleston VA Medical Center. The VREB is responsible for meeting with HEROIC researchers to discuss their research questions, provide research feedback, suggest research options and ideas, and report concerns about various aspects of research projects. Information and feedback from VREB members is summarized in abstract form and often used directly in research proposals for consideration for research funding. VREB members meet voluntarily online (for example, using the TEAMS virtual platform) once every two months for up to 120 minutes per meeting and non-veteran VREB members receive a small stipend per meeting. HEROIC COIN is interested in recruiting veteran volunteers to serve in the VREB. An interest in serving in the VREB and an interest in research and its impact on Veterans’ health care is all that is required.

If you are a veteran and are interested in research at the Charleston VAMC and its impact on veteran health care and would like to inquire about serving in the VREB, please contact [email protected] gov or [email protected]

CMU Athletics and MyMichigan Health Announce Sports Medicine Partnership


MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan University Athletics and MyMichigan Health are proud to announce a new sports medicine partnership. As part of the multi-year partnership, MyMichigan Health will provide CMU student-athletes with specialized sports medicine care and streamlined access to comprehensive healthcare services.

“I am thrilled to announce this transformational agreement between CMU Athletics and MyMichigan Health that will provide a medical support system that will rank among the best in the Mid-American Conference,” Amy Folan said the Zyzelewski family associate vice president and athletic director. “This will give our student-athletes access to MyMichigan’s extensive network of medical providers and services to ensure they can quickly and safely return to competition after an injury. It will also give us the necessary resources. to be a leader in injury prevention. I want to thank them for their vision, their collaboration and their partnership with us.”

The three-year partnership is one of the largest for Central Michigan University Athletics and will result in annual savings for the university of more than $700,000, with a total valuation of $2.1 million.

“This new relationship with a regional health care system, MyMichigan Health, will provide a comprehensive menu of services to ensure our student-athletes’ medical needs are met and they are well prepared to compete at the scale. nationwide,” said George E. Kikano, MD, CMU vice president for health affairs and dean of the medical school. “I have been impressed with the commitment to our local community shown by the leadership of MyMichigan and look forward to our future roster.”

In addition to CMU Athletics, MyMichigan Health has sports medicine collaborations with Alma College, Mid Michigan College, the Great Lakes Loons, as well as more than 13 local high school athletic programs. MyMichigan also assists with sports medicine coverage at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, Dow Tennis Classic and other local events. It also owns WellSport, the region’s only primary care sports medicine program.

“We are proud to become the official sports medicine provider for CMU student-athletes and look forward to providing them with high quality sports medicine and orthopedic services,” said Marita Hattem-Schiffman, FACHE, CPMSM, President, MyMichigan Medical Centers in Alma, Clare and Mt. Pleasant. “In addition to sports medicine care, this partnership will also focus on student-athlete safety, such as concussion testing and injury prevention. We are committed to our goal of creating healthy and safe communities together. this partnership allows us to extend our care to student-athletes.”

As part of the agreement, MyMichigan will provide sports medicine oversight led by fellowship-trained primary care sports medicine specialist AJ Pinney, DO. Other members of this comprehensive and experienced team include fellowship-trained primary care sports medicine specialists JT Pinney, MD, Daniel Diaz, DO, and Richard Giannotti, Jr., DO; fellowship-trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeons Sabin Shah, MD, Teresa Hall, DO, Denise Stadelmaier, DO, and Benjamin Cox, DO; Orthopedic surgeon James Ware, DO, and Riley Bell, PA-C. ; Curtis Young, MD, MS, fellow-trained hand surgeon; fellow-trained pain medicine specialist Spencer Bertram, DC, MD; and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Stephanie Goggin, MD, DPT. In addition, sports psychiatrist Thomas Bills, MD, will be available to treat and prevent mental health disorders in athletes.

“Together, our common goal is to create an exceptional student-athlete experience, developing a sustainable sports medicine program that exceeds expectations for student-athlete health care,” Folan and Hattem-Schiffman said.

About Central Michigan Athletics
The Central Michigan Department of Athletics is an institution of the NCAA Division I football subdivision and a member of the Mid-American Conference. The department is made up of 17 sports – baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, indoor athletics, outdoor athletics, volleyball and wrestling. CMU Athletics supports more than 425 student-athletes through its three fundamental pillars of student-athlete experience, fan experience, and MAC leadership. CMU is one of 12 Division I athletic departments without major NCAA violations.

About MyMichigan Health
MyMichigan Health, a nonprofit healthcare system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, is a leader in providing high-quality, award-winning care to the 25-county region it serves. With medical centers in Alma, Alpena, Clare, Gladwin, Midland, Mt. Pleasant, Sault Ste. Marie and West Branch, MyMichigan also has affiliations with medical centers in St. Ignace and Mackinac Island. MyMichigan Health provides a full continuum of care in a wide range of settings, including urgent care centers, home health, virtual care, as well as physician offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties, including cardiology, family medicine, hematology/oncology, neurosciences, orthopedics, pediatrics, vascular surgery, etc. MyMichigan Health demonstrates its commitment to the future of medicine by partnering with leading institutions to offer medical education programs that train medical students, physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistant students, students in nursing and other clinical experts for our region. Its more than 8,800 employees, volunteers, healthcare providers and other staff work together to create healthy communities through solutions designed to meet the ever-changing needs of the 981,000 residents of the 25-county service area. of the health system. In fiscal year 2021, MyMichigan Health provided $78 million in community benefits, and supported its patients and families with new equipment, services and programs with funds raised by the MyMichigan Health Foundation.

Finlandia graduates | News, Sports, Jobs


Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Arty Puntus delivers the Finlandia University student speech early Sunday at the Hirvonen Auditorium.

HANCOCK — In his graduation speech as president of Finlandia University, Philip Johnson thanked the class of about 90 students for their excellence.

“For some of you, that meant five semesters of study during a global pandemic, and I pause to give special thanks to our nursing students and nursing graduates who have helped us be a healthier campus. and a healthier community through it all. Thank you for encouraging each other along the way. Finlandia is just better because of you, so thank you.

The student representative was Artsiom “Arty” Puntus, a major nurse from Minsk, Belarus, who graduated summa cum laude. President of the student senate since 2020, Puntus has also served as an orientation leader, student ambassador with Finlandia Admissions, a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) honor society, and vice president of the Nursing Student Association.

Puntus spoke about the importance of facing adversity, telling the story of two stones who were close friends: one that stayed on the beach and grew old and cracked, and another that was taken out to sea and carved into a beautiful piece of flint. .

“When we face obstacles and adversity, it pushes us out of our comfort zone,” he said. “And that’s when we also develop our coping and problem-solving skills.”

Puntus is part of the Elective Education Program, which helps international students seeking to pursue meaningful careers and lives in the United States. Her first job after graduation will be on the medical surgery floor of a Level I trauma hospital in South Carolina.

The first speaker was Vince Blackfox, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation who is director of Native Ministries and Tribal Relations for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Among his other endeavors, he founded and directed Other+Wise, a multi-site cultural education and cultural immersion program for youth and student groups across the country.

He spoke to graduates about the importance of their story – not just about themselves, but where they came from. He also asked them to think about the stories that others would tell about them.

“I am so excited to one day hear the story you will tell and the story that will be told about you,” he said. “I hope that in everything you do, and in all the stories I hear about you, you will be kind – kind to Mother Earth, kind to your loved ones, kind to your neighbors, and kind to yourself- same.”

Sunday’s ceremony was held at Hirvonen Hall, named after the late Councilor Emeritus Ray Hirvonen, who died in December at age 93. Johnson thanked Hirvonen, his wife Peggy and his family for their support at the university.

The university also presented Richard Gee, assistant professor of criminal justice, with this year’s Distinguished Faculty Award.

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Lexi McNabb discusses Syracuse commitment


Syracuse women’s basketball snagged its first rookie promotion of 2022 on Saturday when Lexi McNabb signed with the Orange.

“With the coaching change from Buffalo to Syracuse, with Coach Jack, that’s a big part of why I decided to go,” McNabb said. “When she recruited me, she wanted me and said she saw something in me that a lot of people didn’t see. That she was going to make me a great player. Go see a coach who you really wants, that’s what you’re supposed to do. She wanted me so that was the first. Obviously, with my parents, they went there, I grew up going there many times. I know the campus, I know the people, and I just know the school already. It was a matter of comfort. When I had this opportunity, of course, I was going to take it.

The 5-7 point guard was recruited by new Syracuse coach Felisha Legette-Jack from Buffalo. In fact, McNabb has signed on to coach Legette-Jack at Buffalo in September. When Legette-Jack accepted the job with the Orange, she believed in McNabb’s ability so much that she recruited her to play at the top major level.

“It means a lot,” McNabb said. “Buffalo is a great school. They’re in a great conference, it’s great competition. But Syracuse is on a different level. That’s where all the female basketball players want to go and play college basketball. They want play at that level. When she went there, I wouldn’t say I was a little nervous, but I wasn’t sure she was going to want me to go to that school again. said, ‘Listen, you can play here. You can play for me.’ The fact that she still believes in me, even at this level, means so much to me. It shows that she thinks I can play at this level. She thinks I can be a great player.”

When Legette-Jack took the job from Syracuse, one of his first calls was to McNabb.

“At first when the announcement was made, she called me,” McNabb said. “She reached out. I couldn’t respond because I was away at the national team camp. But it shows she was there. From there, with everything that was going on with me in Buffalo, she always showed me that she cared about me. Since she is a close friend of our family, I was able to contact her. I made my decision right away.”

The name McNabb is probably familiar to most Syracuse fans. Lexi’s father, Donovan McNabb, was a star quarterback for the Orange and then spent 13 seasons in the NFL, most of them with the Philadelphia Eagles. Lexi’s mother, Raquel Nurse McNabb, was a star on the women’s basketball team. Despite these ties to school, Lexi says her parents gave her the space and support she needed to make the decision that was best for her.

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“At the end of the day, they told me it was your decision,” McNabb said. “I feel like a lot of people would say it’s because of your parents. In fact, they had nothing to do with it. Coach Jack recruited me on her own. She’s came up to me at my last tournaments at EYBL last summer and said, ‘you know what? I want you.’ They were thrilled because they said “if that’s where you want to go, you can go there. We have nothing to do.” When I told them that was where I wanted to go, that was my dream school since I was little, I think they were trying to pretend they weren’t excited. But I think I know, I could just tell by the way they were talking, they were really excited.”

What does McNabb bring to Syracuse?

“I play for my team,” McNabb said. “I’m not a ‘me me me’ type of player. If somebody’s hot, they’re going to get the ball back. If somebody’s struggling, I’ll be there to get it back. I want to make sure everything everyone, not just me, everyone is happy and getting what they want from this experience. It’s my job, especially as a playmaker. You give the ball to the right people, you’re the coach On the pitch, you’re the Plus, you’re everyone’s friend. Off the pitch, we’re going to get along great. We’re going to have a great time. That’s what I plan to do when I get on. will go to Syracuse.





Researchers highlight 4 themes in managing head and neck cancer symptoms


A qualitative analysis identified 4 themes that could be improved to help with symptom management in patients with head and neck cancer.

In a qualitative analysis, the researchers identified 4 themes to help improve symptom management of head and neck cancer and can also serve as a guide for better symptom monitoring.

Among the 4 themes were timely management of physical symptoms, information as a tool, barriers to psychosocial support, and external factors aggravating symptom burden. Investigators noted that patients had a varied symptom rating, with some feeling it inspired self-reflection and symptom detection, and others feeling helpless, particularly when their symptom scores were reviewed or highlighted. works inconsistently.

Of a population of 22 patients, 20 agreed to participate. The median age was 59.5 years, 11 patients were male and 13 were Caucasian. Additionally, 11 patients had advanced disease, with the most common sites of disease being the oropharynx and oral cavity. Patients had an annual income of less than CA$40,000.

Rapid management of the physical symptoms of head and neck cancer

Patients who participated listed a number of symptoms ranging from cancer-related symptoms such as pain, fatigue and depressed mood to disease-specific issues such as difficulty breathing or swallowing and mucositis. Most of the population appreciated the use of large interdisciplinary teams to manage their head and neck cancer symptoms. The majority of patients felt that their physical symptoms were adequately addressed by clinicians, while maintaining an open line of communication and allying with practitioners during treatment. Patients also reported that they got along well with the home care nurses and found them a good source of communication.

Patients also discussed concerns about how quickly their physical needs are expressed. In some cases, patients who did not receive prompt symptom management often ended up in the emergency department. It was also mentioned that the Head and Neck Cancer Nursing Line – a line for patients to call and express urgent concerns or questions – could be improved with extended hours. Alternatively, concerns could also be handled by a specialist nurse navigator, a service some patients have found clumsy. It was reported that the service could be improved by enabling email communication and an online or app-based platform.

Information as a symptom management tool

Although some patients said their physical symptoms were being taken care of, others felt their care was not being addressed consistently. In this regard, information needs were seen as a notable gap in care, especially treatment and its impact on patients was important for symptom management. Patients reported feeling empowered when they received adequate information about their disease and the potential impact of treatment.

Patients with unmet information needs reported feeling their symptom burden was greater. Some reported that their information needs were not being met, with patients describing clinic visits as too brief or overwhelming with information. They also expressed frustration with the lack of resources for head and neck cancer. Although some patients often turned to online forums for help and information, the researchers noted that the need for more information was not universal.

Psychosocial support challenges

After diagnosis, patients described feeling distressed and often lonely or isolated. Although open communication with her support network helped with coping, the strategy was not viable for patients who had lost the ability to speak. Some patients have been reported to rely on friends, family, faith or community for support. Most patients said they were aware of available mental health support and services through their treatment center, although those who were interested said the services were often difficult to access.

A notable point was the need for mental health services to be available earlier, with many saying they would like services to be available before treatment begins. It was also reported that some patients would have preferred a reassessment of mental health needs throughout their treatment journey.

External factors intensifying symptom burden

Investigators identified that distance from a patient’s treatment center and COVID-19 restrictions exacerbate symptom burden. Those who were away from the treatment center felt it affected their physical health and disrupted home care, with some patients traveling for several hours a day to receive care. It also introduced the possibility of financial toxicity. Investigators identified an association between distance from treatment centers and emotional distress. The majority of patients reported feeling exhausted from traveling, along with increased anxiety and concerns for safety.

The pandemic has created additional hurdles for patients who needed to undergo in-person treatments. Patients often needed an extra person at appointments for help or to take notes, but most COVID policies prohibited outside visitors.

Investigator’s Final Recommendations

The investigators identified several recommendations for clinicians to increase supportive care:

  • Extend nurse navigator hours of operation to include nights and weekends
  • Provide additional means of communication
  • Increase the dissemination of resources
  • Tailor information to individual needs
  • Offer psycho-oncological resources
  • Reassess mental health needs throughout treatment
  • Recognize increased symptom burden
  • Recognize partners and caregivers as part of the support system
  • Share symptom data with patients
  • Constantly review symptom scores and act accordingly
  • Identify a support person to oversee symptom management


Noel CW, Du YJ, Baran E, et al. Improving outpatient symptom management in patients with head and neck cancer: a qualitative analysis. JAMA Otolaryngol Head and Neck Surgery. Published online March 3, 2022. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2021.4555

Baguio City Welcomes Immediate Passage of HB 10451 Increasing BGHMC Bed Capacity – Manila Bulletin

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BAGUIO CITY – The city government strongly supports the immediate passage of House Bill (HB) No. 10451 which seeks to increase the bed capacity of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) from 800 to 1 500 beds and adequate funds for the said purpose.

The 2022 City Council Series of Resolutions No. 161 recognized the relevance of increasing the bed capacity of BGHMC, which is one of the leading referral hospitals not only in the city but also in North Luzon.

This is because BGHMC offers comprehensive healthcare services availed by experts from various fields of the medical profession, thus making BGHMC their go-to hospital for their patients.

Republic Act (RA) 11084, signed into law on July 23, 2018, increased the bed capacity of BGHMC from 500 to 800 previous beds and provided funds for this purpose.

RA 11084 was enacted to ensure the full promotion of available health facilities in the city so that it can continue to provide general and specialized medical services among its catchment population of Baguio City, Benguet, La Cordillera and northern Luzon region.

The councils said the recent increase in bed capacity has enabled the BGHMC to expand its services and enabled its workforce to serve as the only Tier 3 hospital.

The legislation also made the BGHMC a referral hospital located in the city and accepting patients from the rest of North Luzon.

In 2021, DOH Department Order No. 2021-0001 designated the BGHMC as the Subnational Center for Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Orthopedics, Kidney Care and Transplantation, Brain and Spine Care , cancer care, eye care, lung care, mental health, trauma and toxicology and regional center for cardiovascular care, bone care, geriatric care, neonatal care and physical rehabilitation medicine.

To support the implementation of the above centers and enable the BGHMC to expand its services and respond to the influx of patients from the Cordillera and neighboring provinces of northern Luzon, HB 10451 has been filed in the House of representatives.

It was approved on November 23, 2021 during the 17th Congress and transmitted the same day to the Senate which held public hearings on September 7, 2021 and March 22, 2022 with positive results.



Attorney Watson seeking plaintiffs’ full medical records, report


Editor’s note: This story contains accounts of sexual assault. If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or at https://www.rainn.org.

Deshaun Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, has demanded medical records from the quarterback’s accusers to show whether they suffered emotional distress after their encounters with Watson during massage sessions, per USA today.

Hardin claimed in the court filing submitted Thursday that only four of the 22 women showed medical records, but none showed all of their medical records.

“After publicly vilifying Mr. Watson for more than a year, the plaintiffs are now seeking to withhold and conceal physical evidence that would reveal the truth: Mr. Watson did not assault or harass any plaintiffs,” Hardin said, Going through USA today. “Mr. Watson respectfully requests that the court compel plaintiffs to fully comply with their discovery obligations.”

Watson still faces 22 active civil lawsuits relating to sexual harassment and assault during massage therapy sessions. The lawsuits describe stories ranging from Watson refusing to cover his genitals to “touching [a plaintiff] with his penis and trying to force her to perform oral sex on him. No trial date has been set for the 22 active cases, although they are not expected to go to trial until the 2022 NFL season.

A plaintiff, Lauren Baxley, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder by her therapist following her litigation with Watson, according to court records and USA today. However, the therapist was unaware of the text messages between Baxley and Watson, as was discovered in the January deposition. According to the file and USA todayHardin thinks it undermines Baxley’s emotional distress case.

Baxley’s lawyers, Tony Buzbee and Cornelia Brandfield-Harvey, think otherwise.

“His counselor explained that it is not uncommon for victims to stay in touch with their abusers,” they said in a statement to USA today. “It does not mean that the victim consented in any way to the abusive behavior of the abuser. Her adviser testified that the symptoms she observed in Ms. Baxley were consistent with those of someone who had been assaulted. Watson’s lawyers of course failed to include this information.

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Because Baxley omitted the information about possibly contacting Watson to schedule another appointment after the sexual assault story, her therapist questioned whether everything Baxley said in their sessions was ‘fully truthful’ .

The 22 women have not yet sent the full set of medical records, for USA today.

The quarterback has also faced 10 criminal complaints before; however, he does not face charges following two separate grand jury hearings. According to Jenny Vrentas from The New York Times, these complaints described similar situations, including Watson ejaculating on massage therapists and other forms of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault.

On March 11, a Harris County grand jury declined to indict Watson on nine charges, dismissing nine “no” bills. Nearly two weeks later, another Brazoria County grand jury declined to indict Watson on a 10th count.

During Watson’s introductory press conference with the Browns after being traded on March 18, he continued to deny ever assaulting, harassing or disrespecting any of the women. Cleveland tweeted Tuesday that “QB1” arrived for offseason practices, including a photo of Watson.

The NFL’s investigation of Watson for violating the league’s personal conduct policy is still ongoing and he could still be suspended. The NFL and NFLPA have reportedly agreed to have former U.S. District Court Judge Sue Robinson act as an impartial arbiter to lead the investigation into disciplinary cases similar to Watson’s.

As civil deposition proceedings continue, here’s a recap of what’s happened on and off the court since Watson’s last snap.

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Foreign nurses excluded from the profession because of a “discriminatory” language test | Feeding with milk


Thousands of qualified nurses recruited by the NHS from overseas are stuck in unskilled jobs due to unnecessarily difficult language tests, researchers say.

British national nurses who have lived in the UK for years are among those who find themselves in “regulatory limbo” because they cannot pass the language exams needed to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Nurses have already taken English proficiency exams and often have years of experience working with patients in the UK. Of 857 surveyed by the University of Salford, more than 600 had British nationality, which includes English tests, 79% had lived in the UK for over a decade and 17 had master’s degrees in nursing. But they cannot practice as nurses because they cannot take the OET or IELTS language exams, although in some cases they have an NHS employer to vouch for their language skills.

Jini Joy, 43, who arrived in the UK from India in 2007, said she spent £3,500 in 10 attempts on the OET exam, which is designed to assess the language skills of healthcare professionals . She passed the speaking and writing elements but struggled with the comprehension section, which requires candidates to read a text before answering 20 questions in 15 minutes.

She now works as an assistant practitioner in an NHS trust, dealing directly with patients. “We do almost exactly the same job as nurses, but for less pay. It’s not fair,” she said.

Critics say the exams demand an academic level of reading and writing that many native English speakers – who usually only need a C at GCSE – would be unable to achieve. They are calling for an overhaul of the NMC’s testing requirements, which they say are ‘discriminatory’ and exacerbating the UK’s nursing shortage by ignoring an ‘untapped doorway resource’. The NHS is currently short of around 40,000 nurses and is investing heavily in overseas recruitment.

Accept other proof of language skills – such as three years of work in a healthcare facility, an employer reference, and completion of a UK citizenship exams – could allow an additional 3,000 qualified nurses from India who are already in the UK to be added to the register, the researchers say, along with hundreds more from other countries, including Nigeria and the Philippines.

Dr Dilla Davis, senior lecturer in nursing at Salford, said the aim was not to ‘water down’ standards and that safety was paramount: ‘The question is, is it fair? When you look at a native speaker, what is their literacy level and reading age? For the average person, it’s not at the professorial level. But that’s what we ask of foreign nurses. She added that the tests did not take into account “cultural nuances of speech”, unlike practical assessments.

Currently, nurses recruited from abroad must pass the OSCE proficiency exam in English as well as the IELTS language exam, which can include questions on any subject, or the OET.

Nurse and researcher Dr Agimol Pradeep, liver transplant coordinator at King’s College Hospital, said many applicants were surprised by the reading section. In the OET, they can be asked questions about everything from cancer treatments to cannabis use or genomics. “These are not everyday topics,” she said.

Calls for reform are backed by high-profile figures including Andrew Foster, chairman of Manx Care in the Isle of Man, and Peter Mount, former chairman of the NHS Trust in Manchester, who jointly wrote to the Health Secretary , Sajid Javid, calling for urgent intervention.

They claim there are ‘elements of racism, discrimination and exploitation’ in the case, with nurses being wrongly ‘trapped in lower level roles’. “These are nurses who are considered good enough to provide safe care to patients in nursing homes, but who are barred from accessing registered nursing jobs and proper pay for very bad reasons. “, they wrote.

Mount told the Observer it was wrong that qualified nurses who had proven they spoke proficient English were barred from registration amid a critical shortage of nurses. “We don’t say for a moment, ‘Don’t take a language test. We say, “Give credit to the experience,” he said. “We have cases of nurses who have taken this 15, 16 times. Some gave up and went to work for Tesco.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council said it was reviewing its English requirements to ensure the approach was fair. It has set up an advisory group and scheduled a public consultation for the summer.

Matthew McClelland, Executive Director of Strategy, said: “It is essential that everyone who joins our registry can communicate well in English, regardless of where they trained.

“Nurses and midwives spend the most time with patients and service users, and effective communication is fundamental to high-quality, person-centred care.

“Over 17,500 professionals trained outside the UK joined our register in the 12 months to the end of September 2021 alone, and the vast majority of them passed one of the English tests.”

How medical education can help students deal with patient deaths


A group of nurses huddled outside my patient’s room: an elderly man with terminal cirrhosis and a tottering mental state. As I walked past them to enter the room, I thought to myself, I wonder if he’ll remember me today. My patient, who was a burly man with graying hair and a friendly smile, lay in his hospital bed with his meal tray in his lap. Before I could jump into our usual morning dance, he beat me to the first step of our routine.

” What day is it today ? Is it the 13th? I need a card for my girlfriend, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! »

Saying this, he sat up in bed and fixed his eyes on me. His piercing gaze melted the bed he was sitting on and silenced the commotion of the hospital. He’s thereI said to myself. Actually here. I never knew if he would be able to have a conversation when I entered his hospital room, so I was caught off guard when he resumed his usual form to make this request. The love he had for his wife was enough to redirect him that day, and I couldn’t help but be optimistic about his progress. I have to get this cardI thought, as we continued our morning meeting.

I bought a card that night with enthusiasm and optimism. With his wife visiting him the next day, I thought he would only become more alert and oriented. Instead, I was greeted with an oblivious, distant stare the next morning. The card was forgotten on his hospital table as he began to refuse treatment, and his condition rapidly deteriorated.

I had the opportunity to speak with his wife in a conversation about goals of care, and she ultimately made the decision that hospice would have been what he wanted. Although, unsurprisingly, we couldn’t save him, I found comfort in the fact that he would at least be comfortable.

It’s hard to explain what I expected when I checked his medical records a few weeks later. A notification appeared on my screen. He had died. The sense of satisfaction from focusing on comfort measures somehow turned to sadness, and I quietly sat alone in my room, wondering what all this training was for.

The death. As a medical student, even typing that word produces an almost visceral reaction. We have been inducted into a profession that has sworn to heal. The long and overwhelming training we undergo demonstrates our commitment to preserving and protecting life. But for a profession that demands we toe the line between the living and the lost, the concept of death seems almost taboo. Our training focuses so exclusively on recognizing pathology and preventing death that the loss of a life often feels like a personal failure.

My second pivotal clinical experience with death came during the pandemic, when a brilliant team from the University of California, San Francisco, residents and medical students addressed the loneliness created by visitor limitations with a project of video chat on iPad. I had seen for myself how difficult the lack of visitors can be for patients, so I signed up as a volunteer.

During one of the video calls I was trying to establish with a patient’s family member, a second nurse entered the room. “She’s really pale, what’s going on?” she exclaimed loudly. My frail elderly patient extended her hand a few inches from my arm, then her hand fell. Almost simultaneously, a member of the patient’s family responded to my call as a ward of nurses assessed our patient for what she believed to be her death.

There was initially some uncertainty about his status, and I remained in a state of uncertainty as we awaited a final decision. “Tell his son that the main team will be calling them shortly,” a nearby nurse kindly advised me, so that a provider involved in the patient’s care could break the news. My thoughts couldn’t stop racing. This family member could have said goodbye if I had only set up the call a few minutes earlier.

I had failed again.

The resident physician caring for the patient soon entered the room and declared the patient dead. But this time, I was not left alone to grapple with the loss of a patient. The resident debriefed me outside the room and also invited me to join her team to discuss what had happened. We talked about the patient’s life, her hobbies and what the team had learned from her during her stay in the hospital. They mentioned that she had the comfortable death she wanted.

Later that day, a resident responsible for the iPad project also debriefed me on the incident and was even kind enough to buy my lunch. The next day I received an email from an assistant at this hospital with an offer to debrief if I wanted to discuss this further.

There were two notable lessons from this second experience. The first lesson is that the opportunity to debrief in a supportive environment allowed me to unload my grief and embrace my humanity. The loss of life was not business as usual; space was created for me and others to process the loss of our patient.

The second lesson is that instead of silently carrying a sense of failure with us, we were able to celebrate his life and recognize that death does not necessarily equate to a “losing battle”. For this patient, it was a comfortable end to the journey and our team was able to facilitate this transition.

The pandemic has resulted in an enormous burden of death, both domestically and globally. Healthcare workers face death daily at a staggering and unprecedented rate, and this will undoubtedly have profound effects on mental health. We need to create intentional spaces to process these feelings and support each other, but this will also require transforming how we conceptualize and teach about death in medical education and clinical practice.

A common refrain I hear is that the loss of a patient will sting less as a trainee gains more experience; that repeated exposure to death will lead to some emotional dulling.

I don’t want it to sting any less; we just need to be there to fire the dart for each other.

Abdikarin Abdullahi is a fourth-year medical student at the University of California, San Francisco and is pursuing a master’s degree in public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is interested in the intersection between health inequalities and health policy, medical education and social justice. He looks forward to devoting his future career to mentoring and working with underserved communities.

Hundreds turn out for Workers Memorial Day in Detroit to honor those who died on the job


Nick Kotema is a member of United Steelworkers and arrived in downtown Detroit from Akron, Ohio for Workers Memorial Day.

“It’s real, I have a lot of friends in the steel industry who have lost buddies that I know – it’s a real situation,” he said.

Kotema and hundreds of people gathered at Hart Plaza to never forget the sacrifices people make as part of their jobs – especially those who have lost their lives on the job.

“Every worker comes home alive from work,” said an official who spoke.

“We are all here today because we care about safety and reform,” Wayne County Sheriff Raphael Washington said.

Workers Memorial Day is also about working to make workplaces safer, the pandemic presents new challenges.

“Nurses and all healthcare workers who have suffered through this COVID-19 pandemic should be honored,” said nurse Dina Carlisle. “They ran out of PPE, they went through unbelievable conditions. It’s not over, it continues in the hospital. We have PPE, but the lack of staff, we have no staff.”

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist was also present.

“We’re stepping in and saying we’ll support you as you choose these professions,” Gilchrist said. “There will be no financial barrier to getting the education you need, to be the kind of healthcare professional you are ready to be. We are proud of that and we will continue to have people’s backs that way.”

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal workplace injuries in Michigan totaled 131 in 2020.

Students triumph in prestigious interprofessional case competition – VCU News


A group of undergraduate and graduate students from Virginia Commonwealth University won the prestigious CLARION case contestdesigned to improve interdisciplinary communications within healthcare.

Joséphine Gresko, first-year student at the School of Pharmacy; Lance Mendoza, graduate student in health administration at the Health Professions College; Gruhi Patel, a biomedical engineering major at the College of Engineering; and Kush Savsani, a sophomore in biology at the College of Humanities, won $7,500 and is the first VCU team to win the competition, beating 16 other teams from across the country. The team also won this year’s $1,000 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion award for their presentation.

“First place; go team,” Mendoza said with a laugh.

For CLARION, students face a hypothetical problem in healthcare. They are asked to research, define and develop solutions to the problem. The University of Minnesota and M Health Fairview, the university health system, are organizing and hosting the competition. This year’s competition focused on COVID-19 and the burnout created within the industry. Specifically, the topic focused on how to create a culture of well-being and resilience to combat rising levels of stress in organizations and address inequities within their healthcare workforce.

VCU students came up with an innovative definition of radical belonging, which the judges noted as exceptional, and created an educational program to improve inclusion and diversity in the workplace. Recommended action steps included a volunteer program and a social platform.

The competition was an amazing experience, the students said. They worked in several disciplines and discovered other areas of health care.

“I walked away from that after developing so many different skills that are useful,” Gresko said. “Communication. Teamwork. Public speaking skills. Research skills. Being able to relate everything to a central theme.

“I am extremely proud of the VCU team for winning this national competition. Their success speaks volumes about the commitment of VCU and our healthcare system to safe, high-quality care, interdisciplinary practice, and health equity,” said Art Kellermann, MD, senior vice president. of Health Sciences at VCU and CEO of VCU Health System. I also love that half of the team members come from our MCV campus and the other half from our Monroe Park campus. And on top of that, they also won the team diversity award. Congratulations to our new national champions! »

Develop a team

Normally, VCU has four or five teams that compete in a local CLARION competition at VCU. The winner goes to the national competition in Minnesota. This year, only four students registered.

“I met them after the competition and told them it was fate that they came together,” said Melissa Burton, financial and academic coordinator at the VCU Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Carewho helps to organize the competition.

Last fall, Burton held an information session, where she met and decided to form a team around Gresko, Mendoza, Patel and Savsani. Patel and Savsani were the only ones who knew each other before the competition.

Burton encourages team diversity and believes that played a big part in the result. Four different VCU schools, both graduate and undergraduate, were represented.

“I tell them to have the most diverse team because anything can happen,” Burton said.

Mendoza agreed. As a specialist in health administration, he sees health care from a particular perspective, but being around his teammates for competition exposed the “blind spots” he had. He understood the subject from different angles when listening to other team members.

“We’re taught to think a certain way,” Mendoza said. “Hearing everyone’s point of view and how it relates to certain ideas made me realize that maybe my way of thinking isn’t always the right one.”

An important aspect of the project was to define the term “radical belonging”. The students said it was difficult because the instructions were vague. Ultimately, they defined radical belonging as “a sense that your authentic self is recognized, valued, and leveraged for the common good.”

“The CLARION judges said it was one of the best definitions they’ve seen throughout the competition,” Patel said.


Student team members said that VCU staff and faculty did a great job preparing them for the competition. Normally the students would have competed against other VCU teams, but that was not the case this year. So, Burton held a mock pitch with VCU professors as judges. Students said the mock presentation and feedback played a central role. The judges helped them refine their message and focus on the key themes of the project.

“The reviews were harsh, but I think it was really important to us.” Patel said. “They showed us all the gaps we were missing in our presentation and the things we need to change.”

“VCU does a great job of promoting inclusion, belonging and equity within its own system.”

Savsani agreed. He said the presentation simulation forced them to drastically change key elements of the presentation. They had to modify their message and focus on the heart of the problem. He added that VCU’s focus on diversity, equity and inclusion was valuable, as students saw the process in action.

“Being connected to VCU and VCU Health has allowed us to see how a healthcare system works, especially in a case involving diversity, equity and inclusion,” Savsani said. “VCU does a great job of promoting inclusion, belonging and equity within its own system.”

Tips for other students

Burton said the university’s goal in entering the competition is not to create a winner, but to help students understand the value of working together. Health care is notorious for being siloed, and the competition gives students a chance to talk to others in the health care field. They want students to have meaningful experience and incorporate real-world experiences into their resume.

“I was so excited when I heard they won,” Burton said. “It’s such a big thing.”

VCU is one of the few universities in the nation to have an interpersonal career training office that entered the competition, according to Burton.

The team members said they formed lasting relationships through the competition and plan to remain friends. They encouraged other students to get involved in experiential opportunities at VCU.

Gresko noted that the competition was a break from academic work. She enjoyed working with other students and collaborating. They often dined together while working on the project.

“I was always super excited to work on that,” Gresko said. “It wasn’t like studying.”

Savsani found it a unique and insightful experience to work on such demanding real-world applications. He wants to enter the medical field and working with students and faculty on the medical campus was a crucial opportunity in pursuit of that goal.

“As a young undergraduate, it’s been great for my personal development and education,” Savsani said. “The experience, the teamwork and the ability to solve real health issues is the best part of it.”

4 Republicans claw for advantage in Pennsylvania governor’s debate – NBC10 Philadelphia


Leading contenders for the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania’s open governor’s office made big promises during Wednesday night’s debate about how they will speed up the economy and spend state money, as they were looking for an advantage in a huge field of nine.

Four of the nine candidates participated in the live primetime televised debate, spending part of the hour in WHTM-TV’s Harrisburg studio trying to establish an identity or advantage over a rival.

The four hit the polling threshold set by the station’s parent company as they vied for the nomination to succeed term-limited Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat. Five others did not reach the voting threshold.

The candidates were: Lou Barletta, GOP candidate for the US Senate in 2018 and former congressman known for his crusade against illegal immigration; State Senator Doug Mastriano, a right-wing political force in Pennsylvania who lobbied to void the 2020 presidential election; Bill McSwain, an attorney in private practice who served as the United States Attorney in Philadelphia under former President Donald Trump; and Dave White, who runs an $85 million-a-year plumbing and HVAC business and is a former Delaware County Councilman.

In addition to questions about taxes and the economy, the candidates agreed they would get rid of the state’s two-year no-apology absentee ballot law, which some Republicans blame for Trump’s 2020 election defeat. in the presidential battleground state.

They also said they would sign a “constitutional carry” law – removing the state’s requirement that gun owners obtain a county license to carry a concealed firearm in public. And they all said they would restrict or even ban abortion, if allowed by the US Supreme Court, differing only on possible exceptions. McSwain said he would maintain exceptions for rape, incest and mother’s life, while others would not.

Neither the state party nor Trump has endorsed the race, leaving the field all the more open. Two-term state attorney general Josh Shapiro does not face a challenger for the Democratic Party nomination.

But the huge field has stoked unease among some top Republicans that a toxic candidate could win with less than 30% of the vote in the May 17 primary election.

To that end, Mastriano was asked what he would say to voters worried about having “legal issues,” concerns that stem from the subpoena issued to him by the congressional committee investigating the case. on the January 6 insurrection.

“There are no legal issues,” Mastriano replied.

On spending, the candidates struggled to say — or didn’t say at all — how they would replace revenue if they cut the state gas tax. They pledged to reduce taxes and business regulations.

They also pledged to help bail out nursing homes, which said they had to close facilities due to inadequate Medicaid reimbursements, with the exception of Mastriano.

Instead, he turned the question to the baseless accusation that the Wolf administration is guilty of “returning the sick to the homes that killed at least 16,000 of our elderly people” during the pandemic.

Nationwide and in every state, recovering COVID-19 patients have been accepted by nursing homes, more than 250,000 in the 12 months through March 1, 2021, according to federal data.

No investigation or report has so far indicated that the policy was a cause of death or outbreak. On the contrary, research indicates that other factors — such as asymptomatic community spread — are driving factors in outbreaks of COVID-19 in homes.

Economically, they all promised to inaugurate more natural gas drilling in the country’s second gas state.

“We’re going to fracture,” White said, using the shorthand term for hydraulic fracturing, a key method for unlocking oil and gas from rock formations. “We’re going to push it forward. This will bring additional revenue to our state and grow our economy. High-paying six-figure jobs, 50,000 to 60,000, very quickly.

However, the industry already describes the drilling as solid and claims to have access to the gas it needs. Rather, it lacks elements that are difficult for a governor to achieve, such as large interstate pipelines and large customers — like liquefied natural gas processing facilities — to use it.

They also pledged to fix Pennsylvania’s economy, despite the fact that it has lagged for decades behind most of the rest of the country in employment rates, population growth and job creation rates. jobs as its legacy industries shrank.

“We shouldn’t be down,” McSwain said. “And that will only change if we have a conservative outsider, not more politicians as governor.”


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Family nurse practitioners are key to improving Alabama’s health care deserts


Kimberly K. Estep

The past two years have revealed how much our communities rely on nurses and nurse practitioners to provide quality care.

Amid a COVID-19 pandemic that has devastated clinics, hospitals and other facilities, healthcare industry players have rushed to the front lines, doing all they can to protect themselves. ensure we stay healthy and safe.

But in many areas of our state, called “health care deserts,” there are fewer and fewer health care providers to answer the call.

These are areas, often rural, that are medically underserved, with little or no access to healthcare through hospitals, clinics or doctors. In Alabama specifically, the growing number of healthcare deserts has reached a concerning level, with too many residents living miles from potentially life-saving healthcare services. According to NurseJournal.org, our state has fewer than 12 nurses per 1,000 people — a stark statistic that shows just how serious inequality in access to health care has become.

It is in these areas that family nurse practitioners (FNPs) have become essential care providers. Family nurse practitioners are similar to regular nurse practitioners (NPs), with the main difference being their education. NPs receive training in specific areas and typically work with a designated age group or health condition. FNPs are trained to treat entire families, spanning a range of age groups from infancy to elderly care, and typically serve as the primary care provider for these family members. The ability to provide care to different groups makes FNP essential in rural areas and isolated healthcare deserts without equitable access to care or the kinds of specialists you might find in the more populated areas of Alabama.

FNP are an increasingly important backbone of the healthcare system in rural areas, which is why we must invest in resources and programs to promote and empower those seeking to obtain an FNP license. Providing more of these highly trained professionals will increase the quality of care in our state while reducing costs. In Alabama alone, openings for nurse practitioners are expected to increase 24% by the end of 2032, creating about 920 jobs.

The online non-profit Western Governors University College of Health Professions has launched a new Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program aimed at providing this necessary training. Our hope is that anyone who wishes to become an FNP sees this as a viable route to gaining an accredited education and ultimately making a meaningful contribution to the health and well-being of the community.

By increasing the number of FNPs in the state, we are expanding access to care. The solution starts with the education pipeline. We must equip students, nurses and other adults who wish to become FNP with the accessible and cost-effective education needed to facilitate their degrees. As a result, we can help break down barriers to care for Alabamians in every corner of the state.

Kimberly K. Estep, Ph.D., is Vice President of the Southeast Region at Western Governors University (WGU).

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Joanne Therese Cavallo | News, Sports, Jobs


Joanne Theresa Cavallo, 62, died peacefully on Monday, April 18, 2022, after living with lung cancer for three years.

Joanne was born November 20, 1959 in Saranac Lake, daughter of Frank and Julie Darrah. Along with her two older sisters, Kathy and Donna, she grew up on McComb Street and graduated from Saranac Lake High School, class of 1977.

Joanne’s nurturing spirit led her to pursue a career in nursing and she graduated from Albany Medical Center School of Nursing in 1981. She returned home to begin her career at the Adirondack Medical Center where she worked as a registered nurse for 38 years, including ASU, endoscopy and pain clinic, until her early retirement in 2019.

Joanne met her husband Jerry Cavallo in 1982, and they were married less than a year later on March 19, 1983. Joanne and Jerry spent 39 wonderful years sharing a loving and dedicated marriage. Of all her life’s accomplishments, Joanne was proudest of her children, Christopher and Alyssa. But she always said the only thing better than being a mother was being a grandmother, and she adored her grandchildren, Oliver and Juliet.

Joanne loved her family, reading, good food and white wine. She was inspired by talented musicians like Carly Simon, Carole King, James Taylor, Melissa Etheridge and Elton John. Many of Joanne’s favorite times were spent on her porch or in the sun on the Adirondack lakes and beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Joanne is survived by her husband Jerry, her son Christopher and his wife Michelle with their children Oliver and Juliet, her daughter Alyssa Fairchild and her husband Colt, sisters Kathy Stephen and Donna Deily, and Dormer brothers-in-law Stephen and Dennis Deily, sister-in-law Ellen Campion, all the nieces and nephews she adored, and her closest friends Laurie, Ellen and Veronica. She is also survived by her beloved cat, Roxanne.

A funeral for the family will be held at Assumption Catholic Church in Lauderdale By The Sea, Florida on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 11 a.m. A live stream and recording of the funeral will be available on http://www.facebook.com/assumptioncatholicchurchbroward to watch online for those who loved Joanne but can’t attend in person.

Anyone wishing to pay tribute to Joanne can donate to ALK Positive at the following link: https://alkpositive.kindful.com/alk-positive-2022/in-memory-of-joanne-cavallo. Joanne was an active member of the organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and life expectancy of patients with ALK positive lung cancer, including research and education.

Commonwealth Magazine


CARLOS MARCANO HAS STARTED taking classes at Bristol Community College last year while still a junior in high school. Now a senior at Durfee High School in Fall River, Marcano is taking classes at Bridgewater State University, where he has already been accepted — on a full scholarship — and will study full-time next year after graduating from high school. Plus, he’ll arrive with a semester of credit already under his belt as he pursues a degree in marketing.

It was one of the success stories Governor Charlie Baker heard Monday during a panel discussion with students from Durfee High School who are enrolled in his Early College program. The state’s Early College initiative, which currently has approximately 5,400 students in 50 high schools, allows students to acclimate to the rigors of college work by taking higher education courses while earning credit toward college. a no-cost diploma in the process.

“It’s nothing but success,” Marcano said, enthusiastic in his praise for the program.

“You sing our song here,” said Baker, whose administration has been pushing for the expansion of Early College funding. “It’s a song we’ve been singing for five years on Early College, gradually building a greater sense of possibility in state government. If it were up to me, this stuff would be available in every Massachusetts schools.

Durfee High School senior Carlos Marcano told Gov. Charlie Baker he had a full scholarship to Bridgewater State University, but said he might not be on that path without the support provided under the Early College program which helped him complete his college courses in high school. . (Governor’s Press Office photo by Joshua Qualls)

It’s not quite on the horizon just yet, but a significant expansion of Early College seems likely. Baker’s 2023 budget proposal calls for a $7.3 million increase in funding for Early College, nearly doubling the program, which would bring its total funding to more than $18 million. The House budget proposal being debated this week calls for $19 million to be split between Early College and a related “dual enrollment” program through which high school students also take college courses.

The expansion push follows research showing that Early College programs can be particularly effective among students from low-income households and homes where they could be the first generation to attend college.

Research published last year by MassINC, the nonpartisan think tank that publishes Commonwealthhave shown that Early College was paying dividends for the first cohorts of Massachusetts high school graduates who took part in the initiative. Early College participants were 38% more likely than their peers to enroll in college immediately after graduating from high school and were 53% more likely to still be enrolled a year later. Research has shown that every dollar invested in Early College funding yields $15 in benefits, in the form of higher lifetime income and well-being.

“Early College has been a game-changer for Fall River and for our scholars,” district superintendent Maria Pontes told Baker.

According to the most recent data from the state Department of Education, only 42% of Fall River’s 2019-2020 high school graduates were enrolled in a college or university. Durfee High is completing its second year of Early College programming, with 135 juniors and seniors enrolled in higher education courses. Next year, the school expects 275 students to enroll in Early College.

Fall River Schools guidance director Andrew Woodward said it’s still early in the district’s experience with the program, but he said there are encouraging signs of “early success.” . Completing the Federal Student Financial Application, or FAFSA, “is a good early indicator of student enrollment” in college after high school, Woodward said. He said 78% of Fall River seniors in the Early College program have completed the FAFSA. The statewide rate is 57%.

The college course experience has also helped some of the Fall River students define their career goals.

“I’ve always loved history, and my first class I took was history, and it didn’t go so well. It was so boring,” said Aiyana Ellis, a junior from Durfee High. “And now I’m on Health 101, and it’s amazing. I always wanted to be a nurse, and now it’s defined.

The Early College Durfee initiative is run in conjunction with OneGoal, a national non-profit organization that offers programs designed to help students from low-income backgrounds earn college degrees. On days when Durfee students aren’t taking college courses through Bristol Community College or Bridgewater State, they come together at OneGoal seminars where instructors focus on things like understanding a college course syllabus , taking notes and planning college applications and finding scholarships.

Several students cited the extra support provided in the Early College program as a key difference between it and AP courses, through which high school students can also earn college credit.

Malachia Nobre, a junior who recently transferred to Fall River from New Bedford High School, said she has a friend at New Bedford High who takes several AP classes but receives no outside help with the demanding curriculum. “It’s just very rigorous but without the support,” she said. Nobre said Durfee’s Early College program was “amazing because I have wonderful teachers who help you and put you on the right track”. (New Bedford High School is one of eight high schools recently approved to launch Early College as part of the state’s expansion of the program.)

Woodward, Fall River’s guidance director, called Early College “the great equalizer” that can make a big difference for students without parents who have attended college as well as black and Hispanic students, learners from English and others whose college attendance rates are not as great as that of their peers. The program allows students to do the work of a typical freshman, “but doing it with a bubble of support around them,” he said.

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On Michael Jonas

Michael Jonas has worked in journalism in Massachusetts since the early 1980s. Before joining the CommonWealth staff in early 2001, he was a contributing editor for the magazine for two years. His cover story in CommonWealth’s Fall 1999 issue on outreach workers for Boston youth was shortlisted for a National Council on Crime and Delinquency PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) award.

Michael got his start in journalism at Dorchester Community News, a community newspaper serving Boston’s largest neighborhood, where he covered a range of urban issues. Since the late 1980s, he has been a regular contributor to the Boston Globe. For 15 years, he wrote a weekly column on local politics for the City Weekly section of the Boston Sunday Globe.

Michael has also worked in broadcast journalism. In 1989 he was co-producer of “The AIDS Quarterly”, a national PBS series produced by WGBH-TV in Boston, and in the early 1990s he worked as a producer for “Our Times”, a weekly magazine on WHDH- TV (Ch.7) in Boston.

Michael lives in Dorchester with his wife and two daughters.

On Michael Jonas

Michael Jonas has worked in journalism in Massachusetts since the early 1980s. Before joining the CommonWealth staff in early 2001, he was a contributing editor for the magazine for two years. His cover story in CommonWealth’s Fall 1999 issue on outreach workers for Boston youth was shortlisted for a National Council on Crime and Delinquency PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) award.

Michael got his start in journalism at the Dorchester Community News, a community newspaper serving Boston’s largest neighborhood, where he covered a range of urban issues. Since the late 1980s, he has been a regular contributor to the Boston Globe. For 15 years, he wrote a weekly column on local politics for the City Weekly section of the Boston Sunday Globe.

Michael has also worked in broadcast journalism. In 1989 he was co-producer of “The AIDS Quarterly”, a national PBS series produced by WGBH-TV in Boston, and in the early 1990s he worked as a producer for “Our Times”, a weekly magazine on WHDH- TV (Ch.7) in Boston.

Michael lives in Dorchester with his wife and two daughters.

Marcano, the Durfee eldest, spoke proudly during Monday’s roundtable about his full journey to Bridgewater state, but he said he sometimes had doubts about whether he was ready to respond the requirements of the Early College program.

“At the start of this semester, I had a conversation where I even wanted to get out of the program,” he said, recounting a meeting with Emma Santoro, Durfee’s Early College counselor. “But she convinced me to stay and persevere, and so now I’m here and meeting you guys, and, honestly, that’s a good thing,” Marcano told Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. and the Secretary of Education. Jim Peyser, who joined him at the session. “If you fall behind or have a puncture, you will catch up and cross the finish line with your support. You have people with you.


Nurses at Stanford and Packard hospitals begin strike this morning | News


Stanford Children’s Hospital nurses and Lucile Packard strike outside Stanford Hospital on April 25, 2022. Photo by Sue Dremann.

Around 5,000 nurses at Stanford and Lucile Packard children’s hospitals went on strike this morning.

The Committee for the Recognition of Nursing Achievements (CRONA), the union representing nurses, said 93% of eligible members had voted to authorize the strike.

“As one of the nation’s top healthcare systems, Stanford and Packard have an opportunity to show leadership and work with nurses to address the burnout and burnout that drives many of us to reconsider our jobs and our profession,” said Colleen Borges, president of CRONA and a pediatric oncology nurse at Packard Children’s Hospital.

“We have been disappointed by the constant refusal of hospital administrators to acknowledge the reality of understaffing: constant demands for overtime, little rest time with our families and insufficient support for our mental health. The strike has always been the last resort for nurses at CRONA, but we are prepared to stay strong and make sacrifices today for the transformative changes the nursing profession needs.”

CRONA said nurses informed their hospitals of their intention to strike on April 13, after Stanford management “failed to fairly negotiate union proposals to address staffing shortages, create sustainable nursing careers and supporting world-class patient care”.

“The dignity of man” | University of Michigan Heritage Project


Paul Cornely moved a lot before being attracted to Ann Arbor.

He was born in the French West Indies to a Chilean mother and a West Indian father. The Cornelys moved to Puerto Rico in 1909, when Paul was 3 years old, and stayed there for a dozen years. Next came a year in New York before moving to Detroit when Paul was 16. His father, Eleodore, went to work in a foundry and his mother, Adrienne, stayed home to raise Paul and his younger siblings, Antoine and Lily.

After graduating from Central High School in Detroit, Cornely took two years of classes at the College of the City of Detroit, a precursor to what is now Wayne State University. He enrolled at UM in 1926, attracted by its low costs and location close to home. His father had talked him out of studying engineering and pushed him towards medicine, saying a career as a doctor would be more lucrative and more sustainable for a black man.

Cornely joined Omega Psi Phi, the African-American fraternity that had a home on Catherine Street. And he became one of the first members of the Negro-Caucasian Club, created in 1926 by African-American and white students with the ambitious commitment of “the abolition of discrimination against blacks”.

Of some 13,000 UM students, less than 100 were African American. Campus pools, dances, halls of residence—everything was off-limits to black students. “Racism was rampant in many parts of the city and the university,” Cornely said years later.

Along with several club members, Cornely sat at food counters in Ann Arbor whose owners refused to serve African-American diners, saying their presence would drive away paying white customers.

Nothing happened.

“We sat down, not to wait for service, but to count the number of white people who came out because they saw black people sitting there,” club member Lenoir B. (Smith) Stewart recalled. “The total count was NONE. … It convinced business people that they didn’t have a leg to stand on.

Stewart, Cornely, and other club members invited prominent African Americans to speak on campus, knowing that administrators would never do so. Writer Alain Locke, Rhodes’ first African-American scholar, said young black people were preparing to challenge racism and fight for equal rights by showcasing their abilities. Robert W. Bagnall, an NAACP executive, appeared at Lane Hall. Poet Jean Toomer drew a crowd to the Auditorium of Natural Sciences.

Civil rights leader WEB DuBois has called on white Americans to accept black people as equals, saying there is no redeeming quality to racial segregation.

“There is no place he can go and still have a sense of friendship towards the white man, because wherever there is segregation there is constant hatred simmering on every side,” DuBois said. to a crowd in the Natural Science Auditorium. “There is no remedy by segregation that is possible, and the countries of the world have their eyes on how the United States solves the problem, so it is indeed an important problem to consider in our life today.”

It was the intellectual whirlwind that surrounded Paul Cornely as he progressed through his pre-medical studies.

Owen Miller returns against the Yankees; James Karinchak injury update


Much of the Guardians’ recent issue with COVID-19 ended up being short-lived, save for any future speed bumps.

Owen Miller was taken off the COVID injured list ahead of Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees, which resulted in a 10-2 loss for the Guardians. It was a day after the return of Cal Quantrill, who, along with Miller, made up half of the Guardians’ absences due to testing positive for COVID-19.

Reliever Anthony Castro and infielder Yu Chang remain unavailable.

Miller was on an absolute tear to open the season before having to miss five games on COVID IL, hitting .500 with a league-leading 1.510 OPS, two homers, seven doubles and seven RBIs.

The return of right-hander Miller resets first base, allowing the team to use him and left-handers Josh Naylor and Bobby Bradley, although Naylor also saw time in right field.

Although Miller gave the Guardians roster a well-deserved boost from sixth place, Bradley went the other way to start the season with two hits – one of them a single at bat. broken – and eight strikeouts in 16 appearances. .

Bradley has done enough in 2021 – .208 average, .739 OPS, 16 home runs in 245 at bats – to warrant a look this spring at first base, especially with Naylor injured to open the season. But he didn’t duplicate that to start the season. And with Miller and Naylor among the hottest hitters in the American League lately, Bradley’s road to regular batting may dwindle.

To make room for Miller on the active roster, the Guardians offered Konnor Pilkington to Triple-A Columbus. Pilkington, who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Cesar Hernandez at last year’s trade deadline, pitched his first taste of the majors well, allowing two hits and a walk with five strikeouts in five scoreless innings in three appearances.

Pilkington made the Guardians’ opening day roster in part because rosters dropped from 26 to 28 players until May 1, and he was a candidate to be sent out then.

After Quantrill, Miller and Castro were all put on COVID IL on the same day, the team called Kirk McCarty, Enyel De Los Santos and Tanner Tully to make sure they had enough pitchers to cover the next series. of matches.

Tully was opted for Triple-A when Quantrill returned on Saturday. Barring an injury, one of the other two rookies will likely return to Columbus by the time Castro can return and May 2 rolls around, forcing teams to cut rosters to 26 players.

April 23, 2022;  Bronx, New York, USA;  Cleveland Guardians center fielder Oscar Mercado (35) walked away from the outside stands after fans threw beer and water bottles at him after the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The Guardians’ outfield is having a rough day after an incident with Yankees fans on Saturday

Myles Straw and Oscar Mercado rode a tense ninth inning in Saturday’s game, which ended in Yankees fans throw beer cans, water bottles and trash both while they were in the field.

Although Sunday’s game didn’t include any issues with the fans, both were involved in defensive errors. Mercado overshot a ball to right field that ended up rolling towards the wall and a subsequent miscommunication between Straw and Andres Gimenez in shallow center field proved to be a costly mistake.

Sunday’s starter Aaron Civale allowed six earned runs over three innings, raising his ERA to 9.58, though the outfield defense certainly didn’t help.

Steven Kwan leaves the game with a hamstring problem

Outfielder Steven Kwan left Sunday’s game in New York with a strained right hamstring, according to the Associated Press. Ernie Clement finished the game in left field.

Manager Terry Francona told reporters in New York after the game that Kwan was seen as a daily and his exit from the game was “preventive”.

Kwan hit the fence in left field in Saturday’s game. As he was being examined by medical personnel, Straw began yelling at Yankees fans, then scaled the fence to get closer.

James Karinchak progresses to bullpen session at team facility

Guardians reliever James Karinchak had the start of his season delayed after he had to be prevented from pitching with a right shoulder problem.

Karinchak is no longer showing symptoms and is launching 250 feet, according to a medical update provided by the team. Next up is a scheduled bullpen session at the team compound in Goodyear, Arizona.

Karinchak had a 2021 to forget, as he struggled mightily in the second half of the season while dealing with drops in speed and revs. He was eventually moved to Triple-A Columbus to work on these issues without the major league environment. He would be a big part of the goalie bullpen if he could regain a resemblance to his 2020 form, when he posted a 2.67 ERA and 17.7 K/9 rate.

Tyler Freeman participates in full team workouts

Tyler Freeman, the club’s No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America, has continued his progress since shoulder rehabilitation. Freeman underwent surgery on his left shoulder last summer, which ended his 2021 season. Freeman began participating in full team training sessions.

Before the operation ended his season, Freeman hit .323 with an .842 OPS in 41 games with the RubberDucks. He will likely see extended time in Triple-A this season and could potentially make his major league debut later this year, although the Guardians have a crowded midfield image that includes Amed Rosario (unless he doesn’t). plays left field), Andres Gimenez, Gabriel Arias and potentially Chang once he returns from the COVID injured list.

Nolan Jones begins to strike in the cage, on the ground

Nolan Jones, the club’s former No.1-ranked prospect who now sits at No.6 after a 2021 drop, has also had his start to 2021 delayed due to left ankle and lower back issues. According to the club, he no longer has symptoms and is throwing 150 feet. He progressed to hitting in the cage and on the field in addition to taking fly balls in the outfield.

Jones seemed like a natural candidate to make his major league debut with Cleveland last year, either in infield or right field, but it never really became an option after he got off to a slow start. in Triple-A. He finished the season with 13 homers, 25 doubles, and a .356 on-base percentage, but he also struck out 122 times and hit just .238.

Jones primarily played third base and right field, as well as some work at first base. A hot streak in the minor leagues could open a door for him to the majors at some point this season or possibly next year, especially in right field.

Luke Maile begins a rehab mission

Wide receiver Luke Maile, who signed a one-year, $900,000 contract to back up Austin Hedges, has entered rehab as he recovers from a left hamstring injury.

Rookie Bryan Lavastida has taken on some catching duties behind Hedges, and he recently collected the first hit of his major league career, although it was his only hit in 12 at-bats.

Ryan Lewis can be contacted at [email protected] Learn more about the Guardians at www.beaconjournal.com/sports/cleveland-guardians. Follow him on Twitter at @ByRyanLewis.

Pandemic hasn’t hit Tri-Cities’ economy as hard as rest of state, study finds


As regional economies begin to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, Tri-City leaders are trying to chart a roadmap to move the region from recovery to growth.

The Port of Kennewick recently commissioned a study from Eastern Washington University to assess the overall impact of the pandemic on the economy and households of the Tri-Cities.

The big takeaway from the study is that the Tri-Cities economy has been particularly resilient and likely fared better than most of the state.

The study also indicates that quick federal funding has helped businesses stay afloat and residents make ends meet.

“Although economists might have expected businesses, especially small businesses, to be more vulnerable to the economic downturn during the pandemic, surprisingly bankruptcies during the pandemic have actually declined, in part due to the federal aid,” the study said.

“In March 2020, the CARES Act injected money into businesses in the United States, relief checks were sent directly to residents of the country, and extended unemployment benefits were distributed to many people. All of these factors have supported household finances and therefore economic stability.

Port CEO Tim Arntzen hopes that by better understanding what happened, leaders can better plan for the future.

The hardest hit sectors in the Tri-Cities were hospitality, entertainment and recreation, retail, agriculture and construction. Agricultural work and hotel work are expected to face challenges throughout 2022.

“It is clear that the most vulnerable jobs in the short term will be those in customer-facing positions, or more generally service jobs,” the study says.

Latino workers have the worst in the Tri-Cities, seeing higher than average jobless claims and insufficient wage gains to offset job losses.

The study suggests that this is partly because industries with a disproportionate number of Latino workers have taken longer to recover or have yet to fully recover.

The study also highlighted the income disparity between racial groups in the Tri-Cities from 2015 to 2019, calling the range “breathtakingly wide”.

The average household income of white and Asian families is almost double that of Latino households and more than triple that of black households.

Asian households have the highest average annual income at $88,800, white households at $81,800.

Hispanic and Latino households earn an average of $48,110 per year, while Native American/Native and Black households earn an average of less than $25,000 per year.

The author of the study suggested that in order to continue to contribute to the recovery and reduce the wage gap, the Tri-Cities could focus on creating training opportunities for occupations in high demand, such as truck drivers, auxiliary nurses and sales representatives.

Longer term strategies would place more emphasis on nursing and computer science education.

While there were initially sharp declines in economic activity in 2020, the Tri-Cities economy has recovered well, with local government revenues actually increasing in the first two years of the pandemic.

Population growth in the Tri-Cities also remains well ahead of state and national averages.

Benton County’s population is projected to increase by approximately 20,500 people by 2030, with a projected population growth of 1.3% in 2022 and a gradual decline to an estimated 1.1% annual growth by 2030.

Franklin County is expected to grow at a faster rate, but will slow from 2.7% growth this year to an estimated 2.3% growth in 2030.

To put that into perspective, the combined growth of Benton and Franklin counties was 1.4% in 2021, about double the state and national averages.

The study also indicated that housing is becoming less affordable in the Tri-Cities, and if the region expects to continue to excel, this needs to be addressed. Median home resale values ​​have also outpaced increases in household income over the past four years, with home values ​​increasing by 60%.

One of the recommendations of the study’s authors was that one of the most important strategic areas for the greater Tri-Cities community to consider is “housing, particularly low to middle income market housing “. The study indicated that while the area has been able to offer more affordable living than other parts of the state, that advantage is already beginning to erode.

Flathead Business Water Cooler | Daily Inter Lake


Cyber ​​Security Seminar

Job Service Kalispell’s Blueprint for Business Success webinar on Tuesday, April 12 is Cybersecurity: Reduce Your Risk by Have a Plan presented by Shawn Weisz of Weisz Consulting. The Zoom event is free and runs from noon to 1 p.m. The ever-changing IT security landscape is more in focus than ever. Learn how to reduce your risk and protect your business with these key points: learn about the many facets of today’s risks and how they are increasing, learn about a tiered approach to protecting your business, learn about the need for backups and redundancy, and create a plan. Go to Job Service Kalispell/Facebook or call 406-758-6200 for the link to register.

Rising honor begins

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 “20 Under 40” Awards, providing the opportunity to honor a colleague, employee or friend who you believe is making a positive impact on the local business community.

Entries must demonstrate the individual’s journey to success, unique talents, accomplishments, community involvement, etc., with winners selected by a panel of local judges.

The awards are sponsored by Daily Inter Lake, Whitefish Credit Union, Kalispell Chamber and Flathead Area Young Professionals.

For more information or to submit an application, visit https://tinyurl.com/2xz4972e

Tape cutter

Join the Whitefish, Columbia Falls and Evergreen Chambers of Commerce next Wednesday, April 27 for an open house and grand opening at Right on Trek.

The event runs from 4-5:30 p.m., with the grand opening at 4:30 p.m. Right On Trek is located at 1010 Conn Road in Columbia Falls. For more information, call 310-9476.

Montana State Fund hires president

The Montana State Fund, the largest and most important workers’ compensation insurance company in the state, announced the hiring of Holly O’Dell as the company’s president and CEO.

O’Dell comes to MSF from the SAIF Corporation of Oregon, a partner state fund, where she has spent the past 17 years. Holly earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University, where she earned her registered nursing degree and spent five years working with low-income women in the Marion County Health Department Women’s Unit, working full-time while in law school. In 2006, Holly graduated from Lewis and Clark College School of Law with a Juris Doctorate.

O’Dell ends his work in Oregon in May and will join the MSF team in Helena shortly thereafter.

Local nurse launches virtual program for pregnant women


Marsha Roett, local resident and registered nurse, has launched a virtual program for pregnant women, supports and caregivers to help them through the pre and postnatal stages

Prenatal and postpartum counseling is invaluable to new mums, and whether they are looking for advice or support, the local Nurse on Fire program is available to help.

The program is led by Marsha Roett, Registered Nurse and Barrie resident. She has worked primarily in labor and delivery wards and obstetrician offices since 2007, when she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from York University in Toronto, Ontario.

For new moms struggling to navigate the emotional roller coaster during the journey of pregnancy and postpartum recovery, Roett said it’s not uncommon to deal with ongoing mental health issues. of road.

“Mental health during pregnancy is a topic that doesn’t get talked about often, but it’s very important,” Roett said.

While most moms-to-be need help gaining confidence, some are unaware of the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders associated with the prenatal and postnatal stages.

“Sharing my knowledge and experiences to help prepare families for the birth of their child brings me joy, and I’m happy to be there for them.”

Nurse on Fire classes aim to provide pregnant women with a safe space to ask questions about everything from doctor’s appointments to signs of labor and pain management options, to postpartum care.

Roett said she started her entrepreneurial journey after having the opportunity to help a local doctor with online Zoom prenatal classes during the pandemic.

“Once the program was over, I decided to start my own online Zoom prenatal classes because this service is still needed,” she said.

Classes are also a way to help families know what to bring to the hospital and what the birthing process is like.

“A single mother, a couple or a support person, everyone is welcome to attend the classes. We provide great insight for anyone giving birth in hospital and what your support person can do before, during and after the baby is born,” she said.

Roett noted that family support is key to improving health outcomes for mothers and babies.

“I feel like when families know what to expect when they have a baby, postpartum care and life with a new baby at home, they are less nervous about the baby’s arrival. “, she said. “This 90-minute group Zoom session will give mums and their support person a behind-the-scenes look at pregnancy, labor and delivery in the hospital.

Roett said she launched fully virtual classes to allow people to take advantage of the class from the comfort of their homes. In the future, however, she hopes to expand to offer virtual and in-person classes.

As the Canadian Collaborative for Perinatal Mental Health (CCPHMH) hosts its first national walkathon on World Maternal Mental Health Day on May 4, Roett stressed the importance of increased support to address the mental health during pregnancy.

“Donations raised will go to local nonprofits, registered charities, perinatal mental health training scholarships for health practitioners and Flora’s baby, Amber.

The march is named after Flora Babakhani, a Canadian mother who tragically lost her life to postpartum psychosis on January 14, 2022.

To find out more about the courses, go here.

National Osteopathic Medicine Week begins – The Southland Journal


National Osteopathic Medicine Week Begins — Nicholas Harriel will soon begin his residency program to become a licensed physician. A former US Army veteran who served as a doctor in Afghanistan, his military experience propelled and sowed the seed to become a future Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

“Our institutions focus on the whole person, and this influences our education from the first day we enter school. It includes mind, body and spirit,” Harriel said. “I make advocacy a priority in my life because I have seen firsthand the difference the voices of health advocates can make to improve the lives of peers, our community and patients,” Harriel said.

Each year, the osteopathic medical profession comes together during National Osteopathic Medicine Week (NOM Week) to raise awareness about osteopathic medicine and the distinctive care that osteopathic physicians provide. This year’s celebration, which will take place April 18-24, 2022, will highlight the many milestones that have been achieved since the founding of osteopathic medicine in 1892. Osteopathic physicians, or DOs, believe there is more to good health than the absence of pain or disease. Their holistic approach to medicine focuses on prevention, helping to promote the body’s natural tendency towards health and self-healing. The American Osteopathic Association, headquartered in Chicago, represents more than 168,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and students of osteopathic medicine.

“DOs have the opportunity to provide a spark and be a beacon for a more holistic approach to healthcare,” said Julieanne P. Sees, DO, board-certified pediatric neuro-orthopedic surgeon who cares for children with neuromuscular diseases at Nemours Children’s Health. “We know that wellness means treating the whole person, and through our osteopathic hands and heart, we understand the difference between treating mind, body, and spirit as opposed to treating diseases.”

Building on a proud 130-year history of delivering distinctive and holistic care, the osteopathic medical profession continues to experience record growth and expansion year after year. There are nearly 135,000 DOs nationwide. Two-thirds of active DOs are under 45 years old.

“As National Osteopathic Medicine Week celebrates 135,000 osteopathic physicians and 35,000 students enrolled in colleges of osteopathic medicine, it’s really about patients and their ability to choose the unique approach to the body, spirit and spirit that DOs offer,” said David Broder, DO, a board-certified internist who serves as president and CEO of the New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium.

The number of DO women, especially those under 45, also continues to grow dramatically. Women have played a key role in the osteopathic profession since the first school of osteopathic medicine was established in 1892. Overall, women make up 43% of DOs in active practice today and nearly three-quarters of them. they are under 45 years old. trends, female students constituted a majority in the ranks of first-year osteopathic medicine students.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled that our osteopathic medical students and graduates continue to be successful,” said AOA CEO Kevin M. Klauer, DO, EJD. “Students of osteopathic medicine are not only welcomed into postgraduate programs across the spectrum of specialties, but are actively sought after for the distinctive perspective and approach they bring to the practice of medicine.”

Osteopathic medicine is one of the fastest growing healthcare professions in the country. Each year, many more osteopathic physicians enter the workforce and help shape the practice of medicine. Today, DOs hold some of the most important positions in medicine. They oversee the care of our nation’s astronauts, serve in the uniformed services, and even serve as a physician to President Joe Biden.

“Our distinctive practice of osteopathic medicine provides excellent care to many patients in the United States,” Klauer added.

A record total of 7,049 osteopathic medical students and former DO graduates have been matched for residency positions starting later this year, as part of the 2022 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) match. is divided into more than 41 specialties, including family medicine, diagnostic radiology, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics-gynecology, orthopedic surgery and psychiatry.

Agilda Dema understands that environmental circumstances affect a person’s health. When deciding on a preferred career path, she wanted hands-on training and an opportunity to think about and treat patients as a whole.

“I am very grateful for my training in osteopathic medicine, as it taught me to have a holistic and comprehensive approach to diagnoses such as seizures and headaches in the pediatric population,” said Dema, a medical student. fourth grade from the Midwest. University, a private medical and vocational school with campuses in Downers Grove, Illinois and Glendale, Arizona.

She will enter a child neurology residency program at the University of Chicago this year after graduation.

Aldwin Soumare knows the impact he can have not only in the black community, but in the healthcare profession in general. As a fourth-year medical student, he envisions being part of the process that helps people understand that you have to treat the whole person, not just the disease.

“Where I come from, you are more likely to be incarcerated or killed in gun violence than being a doctor. So every day I consider it a privilege to be a medical student, not only for me, but also for my community,” mentioned Aldwin Soumare, a fourth-year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “I think every day about my future patients, my community, and the opportunity to become a leader in a challenging and impactful profession.”

Notable increases for rotations in key specialties, such as diagnostic radiology, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics-gynecology, orthopedic surgery, pathology and psychiatry, indicate growing opportunities for DO residents to pave the way for further integration of osteopathic principles and practice into all areas of Medicine. To learn more about ODs and the osteopathic philosophy of medicine, visit www.osteopathic.org.

“The success of our DO students and graduates at this year’s game is an exciting indicator of the continued growth of osteopathic medicine and the remarkable quality of osteopathic physicians entering the healthcare community,” said the president of AOA, Joseph A. Giaimo, DO. “I couldn’t be prouder of the direction our profession is taking and I know the future looks bright in the hands of these promising residents. »

National Osteopathic Medicine Week Begins

Local doctor gives birth to her 2,000th baby


By Zach Spicer | The Tribune

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Shortly after a doctor at Schneck Obstetrics and Gynecology reached a milestone, another OB/GYN reached his.

Schneck Medical Center recently announced on its Facebook page that Dr. Adam Jablonski performed 2,000 deliveries on March 24.

He said he didn’t know about this until the hospital told him.

“It was encouraging to hear from some of my patients, both in person and via Facebook,” Jablonski said. “Knowing that I was a part of something so important in their lives means a lot to me.”

One of her colleagues, Dr Justin Rasner, gave birth to her 1,000th baby earlier this year. He had done the math for his previous six years and realized he was close to that milestone. Then he started a weekly countdown.

Jablonski joined Schneck in August 2010 and said it always meant a lot to him to be part of the birthing process for women.

“I realize that going through a pregnancy and then giving birth, whether it’s your first or not, is a time of great stress and great joy,” he said. “I see that a big part of my job is to help reduce that stress in any way I can. In some ways, I believe God has given me this sense of calm that I can bring to the labor and birth process. Being even a small part of the delivery process brings me great joy.

Much of what he and his staff do in the labor and delivery process is a team effort, Jablonski said.

“I really think nurses in the workplace and in the office should also be recognized for the thousands of pregnancies and deliveries they have cared for and helped deliver – some before I arrived,” he said. . “To hear from them now would be an incredible story.”

Regarding what drew him to the medical field, he said he believed God put him in his heart early on to consider health care.

“Growing up with my mom’s dad being a doctor and my dad working most of my growing up years as an ER doctor, I got to see what that life could be like and also how my dad impacted so many lives,” Jablonski said.

It wasn’t until medical school that he chose his specialty, OB/GYN.

“I really didn’t consider OB/GYN before medical school, but I found it to be a great mix of seeing people in the office and taking care of them through surgeries and further hospital admissions,” he said. “The best part – and sometimes the hardest part – is, of course, the delivery, although we all know that the real labor is done by mum.”

Jablonski grew up in the small town of Mount Orab, Ohio. Coincidentally, US 50 runs through the county – Brown County – where he grew up and was about 15 minutes north of his home, and that federal highway also runs through where he now lives, Seymour.

He went to the University of Miami in Ohio for undergraduate studies and then to medical school at the University of Toledo. He completed his residency training in OB/GYN at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis before joining Schneck.

“We love Seymour and southern Indiana as a whole and are happy to call it home,” Jablonski said. “I had five of my eight children born at Schneck, and I am very grateful to everyone who took care of my wife and children. We are all so happy to be a part of Jackson County for 12 years and so happy to call it home.

Fallen LifeStar RN returns to Connecticut.


EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (WFSB) – An honored RN LifeStar from East Windsor returns home after his tragic death while on vacation.

His family said Derrick Donahue loved his job, first as a junior firefighter, EMT and then RN.

He especially loved the adrenaline he got from responding to emergencies to help people.

The remains of LifeStar RN Derrick Donahue, 45, were escorted home this afternoon from Bradley International by fellow first responders.

Among the hundred or so lining Bridge Street outside the Warehouse Point fire station, where he had worked, were members of his family.

Donahue’s cousin, Mark Navaroli, said he helped a lot of people.

“He was at the top of what he did as a paramedic, as a LifeStar, he touched a lot of people’s lives. He saved a lot of people’s lives,” Navaroli said.

Tragically, Donahue died while vacationing in curacao in a diving accident.

His aunt Tina said: “He loved his island there, Curacao. He loved his diving…the coral reefs…he loved everything.

The GoFundMe page that was set up to bring his remains home exceeded its goal.

His family says his work as a registered nurse he has done for the past 10 years with LifeStar has given him the greatest satisfaction of saving lives.

“He’s an angel, he’s earned his wings, he would love and love his job so much. He is very professional and knew what he was doing. He touched a lot of hearts,” Tina said.

Funeral arrangements are not complete at this time. As soon as they are, we will share the information.

Is a midwife right for you? Las Vegas center offers alternative to natural childbirth


Home births have increased by almost 20% during the pandemic. However, it is quite rare here. In the United States, 8% of births use a certified nurse midwife.

But interest in home births, according to the CDC, is growing.

In Las Vegas, there is only one independent birthing center. It was a longtime dream for April Clyde, who worked for years to get Serenity Birthing Center off the ground. But she firmly believed that there were women in Nevada who weren’t getting what they wanted at a traditional hospital.

“I found it fascinating because it wasn’t the norm for women not to want painkillers, the least number of interventions…I found these women interesting. And I found myself wanting take care of these women,” Clydé said.

According to its most recent statistics, the World Health Organization said there were 17 maternal deaths for every 100,000 births in the United States. That’s more than double that of most other high-income countries like the UK and Canada, countries where midwives attend around two-thirds of births.

Additionally, the rate of caesarean sections in the United States is 32%, significantly higher than what the WHO considers ideal at 10%.

Clyde said the best part of her job is to feel that the women she cares for get the help they need while being included in the decision-making process.

“When you see a family after they’ve had a birth that they feel like they’re a part of, that they feel like they’ve been empowered, that’s really what [keeps] I’m going.”

EGCC Expands Workforce Training with New Facility | News, Sports, Jobs


CENTER OF ATTENTION — Eastern Gateway Community College leaders and state and local officials participated Thursday in the grand opening of the college’s new Regional Workforce Building on Sunset Boulevard. The center will provide training in several areas to students of various ages, including displaced workers. –Warren Scott

STEUBENVILLE — Eastern Gateway Community College is expanding its workforce training program with the opening of a new facility equipped with the equipment and resources to prepare students of different ages, including displaced workers , in several domains.

College leaders and staff were joined by state and local officials for a ribbon cutting Thursday to mark the opening of the EGCC Regional Workforce Building on Sunset Boulevard.

The center was largely funded by $836,332 in federal funds awarded through the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization grant program.

In addition, several computerized milling machines and lathes, used to create a wide variety of parts and tools, were acquired for the center through a $450,000 grant for the Department of Ohio Education.

Arthur Daly, senior vice president and chief development officer of EGCC, said 3D printers and two driving simulators will be added to the facility, which will offer instruction in additive manufacturing, industrial maintenance, phlebotomy and skills required for a commercial driver’s license.

EGCC President Michael Geoghegan told attendees: “We often say that the 21st century American workforce begins at Eastern Gateway. This building will help ensure that area residents have access to the credentials needed to be competitive in this workplace.

Geoghegan thanked the many people involved in securing funds and other support for the center. Among them were US Representative Bill Johnson, R-Marietta; the Governor’s Office of Appalachia and the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association; Karla Martin, EGCC Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer; and the College’s Steubenville Campus Buildings and Grounds Department, which worked to prepare the former Hess Building for its new purpose.

State Rep. Ron Ferguson, R-Wintersville, Mayor Jerry Barilla and local school district leaders were among many area officials on hand to congratulate the college on its latest development.

Geno Taglione, human resources market manager for Trinity Health System, noted that the hospital has partnered with EGCC to train local students to fill much-needed vacancies for phlebotomists, nursing assistants and technicians. in pharmacy.

“Trinity Health System couldn’t be happier to have this program in our backyard,” he said.

Amelia Taggart, director of manpower at EGCC, noted that two Trinity staff members are teaching five Steubenville High School students about phlebotomy as part of a pilot program the college hopes to expand to d other school districts.

Before leading guests on a tour of the facility, Taggart introduced a dozen fourth grade girls from Pugliese Primary School involved in EGCC’s Women in Sustainable Employment program, designed to introduce young women to careers potential in industrial manufacturing.

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UC Davis Give Day 2022


Imagine a world where cancer patients no longer need to undergo chemotherapy, but instead manage their treatment through personalized cell therapies. A world where every newborn has a healthy start in life thanks to fetal surgeries and where every child grows and thrives thanks to the care provided by pediatric specialists. And where patients of all ages and backgrounds benefit from clinical care that understands the complex personal, environmental and social factors affecting their health. At UC Davis Health and Medical Center, we are actively building that world. From the separation of conjoined twins to the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re implementing the latest research advances in our daily patient care – and imagining new horizons for holistic wellness.

At UC Davis Health and Medical Center, we are actively building a world where every patient can thrive.

Your gift – no matter the amount – will be have a significant impact. When you support UC Davis Health, you help improve and advance the health and well-being of patients in Northern California and the Central Valley.

Join our generous UC Davis Health supporters and donate to one of these sponsored funds today!

Nurse Susan Barber honored for more than 20 years on the front lines of the fight against child abuse | sarasota


Susan Barber – or “Nurse Sue” as her peers affectionately call her – is retiring after a 20+ year career in child abuse intervention at the Child Protection Center, leaving behind a legacy of compassion and hope.

Sue’s caring nature paved a clear path to health care from a young age, when she helped her brother meet the medical needs brought on by spina bifida. . “I didn’t choose the CPC, they chose me. That was where I belonged.”

Sue remembered her best day – one Christmas Eve when a child arrived with injuries so bad they wouldn’t come home. ‘How will Santa Claus find me now?’ Sue and the child protection investigator made sure the child had presents to wake up to on Christmas Day. “I think about it every Christmas Eve. Almost 20 years later, I carry this child in my heart.”

“Unfortunately, we don’t always get a happy ending, even if we want to,” Sue said of her worst day, when she saw autopsy photos of a child who had been checked for a facial injury only a month ago.

“Sarasota is a beautiful county, but the ugly gets here.”

“You have to focus on the positive. If we see a child who has been sexually abused, neglected, or hurt, that should be the last day they have to endure it. I see this place (CPC) as a beacon of hope for the children of this community.”

Doug Staley, Executive Director of CPC, said, “Looking back on Sue’s years of service, we see the countless cases she worked on, the long list of evidence gathered, the cabinets filled with files and notes… But that doesn’t tell the whole story. The real story is filled with children whose lives were changed by his kindness, who found safety in his loving care, and who left CPC knowing they were not alone. Susan Barber is an unwavering beacon of hope in our fight against child abuse – that is her true legacy.”

Sue’s wish is that “adults see a child as he is – an absolute gift”. Sheen encourages each of us to “donate your time to a child and your wallet to an agency that stands up for our children.” She looks forward to spending time with her retired grandchildren.

Bring hope to the fight against child abuse in Sarasota County. Make a life-saving donation to CPCSarasota.org.
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Common Council has the back of the union in dispute | Columbia County


HUDSON – The Common Council voted unanimously to support the 1199 Service Employees International Union, United Healthcare Workers East, representing Columbia Memorial Health workers in their efforts to increase wages and minimize temporary worker contracts.

After some hospital staff described working conditions, low pay and understaffing at the hospital at an informal Joint Council meeting on April 11, the hospital responded, saying it would increase the salary of registered nurses $5 an hour and the salary of primary care assistants 19 cents. per hour.

The rebuttal offer was deemed unacceptable by the union.

“These developments are a bit surprising given that we have met with the union several times,” hospital spokesman William Van Slyke said Wednesday afternoon. “In fact, the CMH board has approved wage increases that have been formally communicated to the union.”

Mindy H. Berman, the union’s regional communications director, said she hopes the city’s support will spur hospital management to follow through on its calls to action.

“It could be a game-changer because it shines a light on the fact that this is an issue that affects the whole community,” she said.

The original resolution was amended by the Common Council before being adopted because it contained the following sentence: “The CMH management’s proposal to resolve the staff crisis is a slap in the face for the caregivers who provide care bedside”.

Fifth Ward council member Dominic Merante took umbrage at the term ‘slap in the face’, thinking it was too emotional and extreme for the common council to step back.

Although 5th Ward council member Vicky Daskaloudi agreed that the council could not endorse this exact language, she said: ‘Nurses are not well paid, traveling nurses take over and I really think that there are many truths here. … “We absolutely have to eliminate the ‘slap in the face’.”

“Very often in these areas there’s a lot of misinformation being shared,” Van Slyke said. “We will work harder to make sure our state officials are aware of the facts.”

Union healthcare workers said they felt overworked and underpaid two years into a global pandemic.

“I have three children and CMH’s salaries are not enough,” said Layla Prather, a primary care assistant who has worked at CMH for two and a half years. “We are overwhelmed and tired,” she said. “Rent, food, everything is going up, but why isn’t my salary going up?”

Prather works eight-hour shifts, usually from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Many of his colleagues work 12 to 16 hour shifts. Because of these working conditions, some nurses and primary care aides left for jobs in better-paying hospitals.

The starting base salary for a Primary Care Assistant at Columbia Memorial is $14.44 per hour. In contrast, the starting salary for a registered nurse in the hospital is $28.80 per hour.

The union has 660 members. That number is down from two years ago, when the union had 850 members.

Unionized workers reported that due to understaffing, nurses and primary care aides are under stress and this is impacting their ability to care for patients.

“So far, a patient’s life is not in danger, but it’s not impossible,” said Christopher Howe, a registered nurse at Columbia Memorial.

Howe worked at the hospital for four years, but takes on a second job to supplement his income. He was born on the second floor of the Columbia Memorial and grew up in Hudson.

“I like the fact that I can take care of my community,” he said.

Howe earns about $27 an hour. He said he could make more than $40 an hour if he moved to another hospital in Kingston, which would give him additional benefits amounting to $18,000 more each year. But he doesn’t do it because he is attached to the community in which he grew up.

“But I work alongside travel nurses who are not invested in this community,” he said.

For this reason, Mayor Kamal Johnson, State Senator Michelle Hinchey, D-Saugerties, and Congresswoman Didi Barrett, D-Hudson, co-signed a letter asking hospital management to meet with union workers to offer higher wages and better work. location conditions.

“When you’re overworked and underpaid, it has an impact,” Johnson said. “The Town of Hudson’s support lets unionized workers know we have their back.”

Johnson said the resolution will help wake up hospital management to the need to create better working conditions.

The union plans to have a follow-up meeting with hospital human resources staff on Thursday.

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Oregon medical providers rely on dwindling number of out-of-state nurses, study finds – Oregon Capital Chronicle


According to a new study, thousands of patients in rural areas of the state may not receive high-quality medical care in the future if the number of out-of-state nurses practicing in Oregon continues to decline.

Research found that rural healthcare settings are the most dependent on out-of-state nurses, putting them at higher risk of a nursing shortage.

“Oregon’s smaller counties may not be able to recruit enough registered nurses to fill needed positions,” the study said.

The study, published earlier this month, was conducted by the Oregon Center of Nursing at the University of Portland. Jana Bitton, the center’s executive director, said the research stemmed from concerns that the state was not training enough nurses.

“That means we’re going to be short every year,” Bitton said.

The center found that Oregon needs 2,500 new nurses each year to ensure hospitals and clinics are fully staffed. But in 2020, Oregon’s nursing programs only graduated 1,200. The state imported nurses from other states to fill the void, but it appears to be losing its ability to attract as many as he needs it, according to the study.

Nearly 45,000 nurses practice in Oregon. Since 2012, medical facilities across the state have increasingly relied on nurses whose out-of-state licenses are approved by the Oregon Board of Nursing, the study found. In 2020, they represented around half of the workforce. But their numbers are falling.

“Fewer, both proportionally and numerically, endorsing RNs appeared to be practicing in the state,” the study said. This means it may become more difficult for healthcare companies to fill their nursing workforce gaps by attracting nurses from out of state.

Oregon’s smaller counties may not be able to recruit enough registered nurses to fill needed positions.

– Oregon Center for Nursing study

If this trend continues, border and rural counties would face the greatest shortages because they have the most difficulty attracting Oregon-trained nurses, according to the study.

“It has a lot to do with salary,” Bitton said. “It has a lot to do with the incentives that some of our larger employers, especially those in the Portland area, can offer. And it also has a lot to do with community.

Many new graduates want to live in an urban environment, Bitton said. They also want to debut in an acute care setting like a hospital emergency room in urban areas. Unable to hire as many Oregon graduates as they need, rural areas are increasingly reliant on hiring nurses.

“That’s where the shortages are going to show up,” Bitton said.

The study analyzed the proportion of out-of-state nurses in hospitals and clinics. He revealed that two-thirds of the nurses at the clinics come from out of state.

“This reliance on RN endorsement from other states puts non-hospital settings at a higher risk of not (being) able to recruit enough RNs to meet staffing needs,” the study found. .

The research follows legislation approved earlier this year that allows senior nursing students to practice without a full licence. While they are still in training, they will be able to replace other nurses by assuming some of their duties.

Lawmakers also allocated $200 million for workforce training programs for rural residents, low-income Oregonians and people of color, among others, to work in care. health, technology and manufacturing.

But those measures won’t guarantee Oregon has a stable nursing workforce, Bitton said.

“There’s no single solution that can really guarantee that we have all the nurses we need,” Bitton said. “It’s going to be solved by a million different little solutions to be able to get us to a stable and strong nursing workforce.”

The center strives to expand Oregon’s nursing programs. But training new nurses — at community colleges or universities — takes time.

This issue is on Congress’s radar. On Wednesday, U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, will participate in a panel discussion on Oregon’s nursing shortage. She will be joined by educators and students from the Center for Nursing, Oregon Health and Science University, Linfield University, Warner Pacific University and George Fox University. . They will discuss ways to expand nursing education in Oregon. Bonamici is co-Vice Chair of the US House Nursing Caucus.

Over the past two years, many nurses have left the profession or retired because the job has become increasingly stressful, Bitton said.

“We’ve had quite a bit of turbulence within the nursing workforce over the past couple of years,” Bitton said.

She hopes policymakers pay attention to the new study and other research that points to a bleak future if the state doesn’t find a way to stabilize the workforce.

“A decline in the number of nurses moving to Oregon or an increase in the proportion of registered nurses not practicing in the state could have serious implications for the ability to provide high-quality health care in timely to Oregonians,” the study said.

Medical students visit local Holocaust center as preparation continues for OUWB study trip to Auschwitz


Nearly two dozen OUWB medical students who will soon travel to Poland as part of the OUWB Auschwitz Study Tour recently visited the Zekelman Holocaust Center in Farmington Hills.

The visit was a milestone for OUWB students and others preparing for the study trip scheduled for June 13-20.

In addition to the students, other members of the group included Duane Mezwa, MD, Stephan Sharf Dean, OUWB, as well as program co-directors – Jason Wasserman, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Basic Medical Studies, and Hedy Wald , Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at Brown University Alpert Medical School and faculty member of Harvard Medical School’s Global Pediatric Leadership Program.

The purpose of the OUWB study trip to Auschwitz in June is to allow students to immerse themselves in the particular and tragic era of medical history and to think critically about its implications for their own personal and professional development. within the medical profession.

But that can’t be done without first having a broad understanding of the Holocaust — one of the main reasons for visiting the local memorial center, Wasserman said.

“Much of our time at Auschwitz is going to be focused on the role of the doctor, either being complicit in the Holocaust on the Nazi side or resisting on the side of the prisoners,” he said.

“Part of the motivation for coming (to the Zekelman Holocaust Center) is to give everyone a broad education about the Holocaust and what led up to it.”

The other big reason for the visit was just to raise awareness of the local memorial.

“I like that OUWB is very community-oriented and I think bringing a place like (the Holocaust memorial) grounds it that way as well,” Wald said. “We can see that there are resources in the community that we can learn from and that’s important.”

“Really leave an impression”

According to its website, the Zekelman Holocaust Center dates back to 1984, when it opened as the Holocaust Memorial Center on the campus of the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield. It moved to its current location in 2004. (The address is 28123 Orchard Lake Road – a 30-minute drive from the main campus of Oakland University.)

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The center is open to the public and the organization says it reaches more than 100,000 people each year through “our teacher trainings, virtual museum experiences, virtual programs and in-person visits to the museum”.

The OUWB team took part in a 90-minute tour that touched on various aspects of Jewish culture and the Holocaust.

Adrea Benkoff, MD, a retired ophthalmologist, led one of two OUWB groups. Benkoff has been a guide at the center since 2004 and says she has toured with OU students before.

“I’m always happy to do whatever is asked, but especially for (this group) because they look so closely at how everything relates to medical ethics,” she said.

Paoula Choobchian called it “emotional and informative”.

“Sometimes I just had to hold back my tears,” she said. “It was so surprising to see all the different situations the prisoners had to endure…it’s so sad.”

At the same time, Choobchian said she was “happy to have this opportunity to open her eyes to history,” especially as she prepares to become a doctor.

Jonathan Gray, an OUWB student on the study tour, is from Michigan and said he has been to the memorial center before with other school groups.

“But every time you come here you learn new things or remember different things,” he said.

The OUWB group also heard a Holocaust survivor speak.

Rene Lichtman, a Holocaust survivor, shared his experiences with an OUWB tour group.

Rene Lichtman, Ph.D., helped start the group Hidden Children and Child Survivors of Michigan as well as the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust. He was a painter, political activist, filmmaker and worked for 20 years in the education department of Beaumont Health.

For the group OUWB, Lichtman recounted his experiences of being in hiding during World War II – of being separated from his family members to finally being reunited.

“It’s very important to talk about the Holocaust and to make sure people know these things,” Lichtman said. He said it’s especially important for future doctors to understand given their responsibilities as doctors.

Hearing directly from a survivor also has a big impact, he said.

“It really leaves an impression,” he said. “These people will remember me for the rest of their lives…something will happen 30 or 40 years from now that will trigger a memory of me.”

‘A life-changing experience’

The OUWB study trip to Auschwitz was announced last September.

It should consist of a seven-day trip to Poland, with guided tours of places such as Auschwitz-Birkenau, special lectures and interactive workshops.

A seven-week seminar will follow the trip, taken for credit as part of OUWB’s Medical Humanities and Clinical Bioethics (MHCB) 3 course, during which students will discuss and reflect on the experience of the trip, the relevance of this story to contemporary medicine, and develop projects to disseminate what they learned at a symposium dinner as well as to other community groups in OUWB, OU and beyond.

“There is no doubt that this will be a life-changing experience for the group and will continue to help form the identity of who these students will become as new doctors,” Mezwa said.

Funding for the trip comes from many donors, including the Bella Rozencweig Hirsch Endowment for Biomedical Ethics.

When first announced, application for the program was open to all first-year medical students in good standing. Candidates had to write three essays. The 20 selected students were notified at the end of February.

Since then, preparatory sessions – in addition to the memorial visit – have continued and included history and background, readings and group reflection.

Mezwa said such preparations will bring “maximum value” to those who take part in the study trip, including himself. Before leaving for Poland, Mezwa said he also plans to visit the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

“These visits will help me better understand the atrocities that took place and reflect more on the similarities to what we see happening in our world today,” he said.

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Big data transactions fell sharply in the medical industry in H2 2021


In the second half of 2021, the number of big data-related transactions decreased significantly by 50% compared to the same period in 2020.

This marks a deceleration in growth from the 40% decline in transactions that occurred in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period a year earlier.

GlobalData’s Transactions Database examines the mergers, acquisitions, and venture capital and private equity investments that take place daily between thousands of companies around the world.

During the second half of 2021, big data transactions accounted for 3.4% of all transactions made in the sector. This is down from the 5.7% figure in the second half of 2020.

GlobalData’s thematic approach to sector activity seeks to bring together key company investment information to see which industries are best positioned to deal with the issues they may face.

These themes, of which big data is a part, are best thought of as “any problem that keeps a CEO up at night”, and by tracking them, it becomes possible to determine which companies are leading the way on specific issues and which have some work to do.

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55,000 Los Angeles County workers to begin strike authorization votes – Daily News


Some 55,000 nurses, medical staff and other workers in Los Angeles County are set to begin strike authorization votes this week as they negotiate cost-of-living increases, maintaining full health care coverage and an end to the outsourcing of jobs.

The employees, represented by the SEIU 721, will begin with in-person voting at LAC+ USC Medical Center in Boyle Heights on Wednesday, April 20, followed by online voting through mid-May. Their current contract expired in April.

If they vote to authorize a strike and the union’s negotiating team fails to reach an agreement with the county on a new three-year contract, the employees are ready to walk away, the union said.

County officials could not be reached Monday to address workers’ concerns.

‘A slap in the face’

SEIU 721 Bargaining Policy Chair Ileana Meza said negotiations with the county have stalled. Specific salary details were not released, but she described their latest offer as “a slap in the face” given the sacrifices made by frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthcare workers are seen inside the LAC+ USC Medical Center earlier this year. (Photo courtesy of SEIU 721)

Workers range from nurses, medical staff and social service workers to wardens and other employees of the county’s parks and recreation department, county library system and those working as unsworn employees of the sheriff’s department.

“The issue of wage compensation is of extreme importance, but employees also want to continue to have full medical coverage and help with childcare and elder care costs,” said said SEIU spokeswoman Roxane Marquez. “And they don’t want outsourcing of county jobs anymore.”

When county jobs are contracted out to private companies to fill staffing gaps, those workers typically receive reduced health benefits and lower wages, she said.

“We have proven our heroism throughout the pandemic,” the SEIU website said. “But LA County management still wants to reward us by privatizing as many of our jobs as possible and paying us as little as possible.”

Marquez said past cost-of-living increases in the county have averaged about 2% per year.

This week’s vote to authorize a strike comes just two weeks after members of SEIU 721 and other unions halted traffic in downtown Los Angeles during a march and rally.” Fight for the Frontline” which highlighted the need to raise the cost of living to offset inflation. price increases on everything from groceries to gasoline.

Negotiation in bad faith

SEIU 721 president David Green said the union accused the county of bad faith bargaining and unfair labor practices.

“We have been negotiating in good faith for six months but we haven’t seen any progress from their side,” he said. “It has not been uncommon for the county CEO to come to these sessions and be totally disorganized.”

Green said some employees urgently need pay rises as inflation eats away at their incomes.

“We have employees who can’t afford gas to get to work,” he says.

US inflation hit 8.5% in March, its highest level in 40 years.

Gasoline price increases have been particularly hard on employees who have to commute to work. Monday, AAA data showed the LA County average price for regular unleaded gasoline was $5.80 per gallon, up $1.79 from the same period a year ago.

Green said workers are ready to act if a strike vote is allowed and no progress is made at the bargaining table.

“We are ready to strike,” he said. “We don’t want this to happen…but we have prepared our members for this could arrive.”

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BURNT HILLS — Once Samantha Roecker finishes her shift in the ER or outpatient clinic, she stays in her gown.

That’s because when the nurse’s workday is over, it’s time to run. And these days, she runs around in a blouse.

The 30-year-old Burnt Hills native is training for the 126th Boston Marathon on Monday. She’ll run the famous 26.2-mile course – from Hopkinton to Copley Square – in a stylish ensemble of Moxie Scrubs which she says are more breathable than the papery, boxy outfit you might imagine.

So almost every day, before and after work, she puts on her blouse and takes to the streets.

“At first, I just got a lot of weird looks,” said Roecker, who divides her time between her work at a Penn Medicine otolaryngology outpatient clinic and emergency room clinics that are part of her curriculum as a family nurse practitioner student at the University of Pennsylvania.

But Roecker’s run is no practical joke. It’s not even about breaking the Guinness World Record for being the fastest person to run a marathon in a nurse’s gown, which she will do if she beats a time of 3:08:22. (She’s likely to top that mark. This will be her 12th marathon — her third Boston Marathon — and her personal best is 2:29:59, set in Chandler, Arizona. She hopes to run Monday’s race in less than three hours.)

In truth, Roecker is running the Boston Marathon as a scrub to make a very serious point — and to raise money for an important cause. Roecker’s goal is to send a message of support to healthcare workers, especially regarding their mental health and wellbeing, who have been tested during the pandemic.

In addition to raising awareness, Roecker raises funds. Her campaign (https://tinyurl.com/mpmwvxwu) had already raised more than $35,000 on Saturday for the American Nurses Foundation’s Well-Being Initiative programs, supporting the mental health and wellness of registered nurses in the states. -United. The goal is to raise as much money as possible to support programs such as free therapy resources, expressive writing programs, financial counseling, podcasts and mobile apps dedicated to mental health and wellbeing. , as well as content dedicated to grief and bereavement.

“Really Dark Days”

His efforts have also inspired others. Case in point: Roecker’s former Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School teammate and current Burnt Hills cross-country and track coach Megan James created a fundraising walk to continue the mission through May, which is National Nurses Month.

Roecker got the idea to run in a smock after seeing that one of his closest friends from Burnt Hills needed help. Roecker said she and her friend — whom she wouldn’t name — met in high school biology class and quickly bonded over their desire to pursue a career in health care.

Both have done it – Roecker as a nurse in Philadelphia and the friend as a medical assistant in New York.

When the crush of COVID-19 cases arrived in New York, it demoralized many healthcare workers, including Roecker’s friend. The friend was transferred to work in a COVID intensive care unit.

“She suffered a lot from the trauma,” said Rocker. “She was dealing with so many deaths and was the only one telling family members that their loved one had died when they weren’t there. Just a lot of real devastation, and it was really hard for her to find mental health resources. She’s had some really, really dark days.

Roecker wanted to help. At first that meant trying to find options such as therapy for her friend. But mental health professionals were reserved, and the more Roecker looked, the less she seemed to find.

“She had given everything for patients for two years and it destroyed her. It just didn’t feel right to him and it was so frustrating to not have the resources available to help him,” said Rocker. “She was really trying to get herself out of such a bad place. It was so irritating to me that there was really nothing to help me.

So Roecker turned to the thing in her life that had always brought her peace: running.

“I was just thinking of a way I could use running to do something good and I kind of had this crazy idea. That’s where it all started,” she says.

The word is spreading

Roecker’s message took off. Following publicity that includes profiles in People magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer, she is now recognized on the street when she works out in her Moxies. People often clap and shout messages of gratitude.

“It’s so awesome. It just means it’s reaching the right audience,” she says. “I also got a lot of nice messages from people on Instagram that I don’t know at all who are nurses, just saying how grateful they are. It’s super unexpected and really sweet.

Burnt Hills track and cross-country coach James, who also plans to run the Boston Marathon, certainly heard the message. She first saw Roecker’s campaign on social media and it immediately resonated.

“Sam herself is an inspiration to all of us. As a runner myself, just watching her grow from a young age to where she is now is truly amazing to watch. . said James. “Having been one of her teammates, I know she works very hard and doesn’t just rely on talent to get where she is. So that’s part of it.

But the other element is that James, a physiotherapist, knows firsthand what it’s like to be a pandemic-exhausted healthcare worker.

“I wasn’t really working on the real front lines, but we were still feeling the effects. Day after day we got dressed…and it’s physically and emotionally very demanding,” said James. “We all know everyone has struggled, but healthcare workers have been at the forefront of this. They are such a cornerstone of our society and we need to take care of the people who take care of us.

To help support the cause, James is hosting a Burnt Hills Trail Fundraiser Walk on Sunday, May 1 from 3-5 p.m. The goal is for people to walk a suggested distance of 2.62 miles and offer a suggested donation of $26.20. All money raised will be added to Roecker’s tally collected for the American Nurses Foundation.

Roecker plans to be at the Burnt Hills event, in part because she wants to do whatever she can to help healthcare workers like her friend in New York. Roecker said that friend has since left the bedside to teach in a physician assistant program. But Roecker is convinced that her friend will be able to see her patients again.

As for Roecker, she thought she wanted to work in sports medicine, but she also enjoyed her time in the ER, even though her rotation in that setting began during the stressful time of the omicron cases that were beginning to peak.

No matter what she decides, running will remain at the heart of her life.

“There were definitely days when I was mentally exhausted, which sort of turned into physical exhaustion, and training didn’t go as well,” said Rocker. “But I just remembered that I generally felt better when I was running. It was my constant in difficult times.

Still, once the Boston Marathon is over, Roecker has no plans to run in scrubs again. She will leave them at the office.

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NSSU Hosts Career Guidance Seminar | MorungExpress


Dimapur, April 17 (MExN): The Northern Sumi Students Union (NSSU) held a one-day Career Guidance Seminar under the theme “Getting Ready for a Brighter and Better Future” at the Tourist Lodge Conference Hall, Dimapur on 14 April.

According to a press release received, NSSU has invited three resource persons from various professions and backgrounds to instill, educate and guide students for their future.

Basing his session on his life experiences, Bokali Kughalu Chishi lamented that unemployment has become a trend in the current context of Naga society. She said dress-up dates have encouraged lazy students, while limited job opportunities in the government sector have caused unemployment to skyrocket year on year, creating a negative impact among applicants who pursue. competitions. In this regard, she encouraged students not to seek backdoor dates and instead motivated them to seek quality education and compete with the rest of the world with the knowledge and wisdom they have acquired.

Chishi also advised attendees not to abuse modern technological gadgets but to focus on their dreams of a better future. Citing some examples such as the unequal pay between men and women in Naga society, she felt that such mindsets should be removed as “gender bias is no longer appropriate in this contemporary 21st century”. Stating that women’s empowerment should continue to spread, she urged participants to advocate for rights whenever needed without any hesitation.

According to the statement, Tongpang Matsung, Consultant, NCD, Development of Health & Family Welfare, gave a presentation on pursuing medical studies and shared valuable contributions on the subject. Students and resource persons had valuable interactions and discussions during the session where Matsung categorically ranked different courses for the medical profession and advised students to make choices based on their areas of interest.

Meanwhile, Steve Chophy, Founder and Consultant of Nagaland Education Consultancy (NEC) gave the students an insight into his experiences over the past few years. He thanked the NSSU for organizing the event stating that it is the vital role of the student community to guide and show the right way. He felt that there were many courses to take and suggested that students not only depend on others but, through their own qualifications and skills, contribute to society and earn a living.

Arctic Bay nurse ‘overwhelmed’ as community holds retirement parade for her


As Gail Levi prepared for her official retirement after 34 years of nursing in Arctic Bay, Nunavut, she was expecting a small celebration — maybe a cake, some fond farewells.

Instead, the community held a parade for him.

“It was so touching – I mean, I could have cried all day, it was so amazing,” Levi said.

“I feel overwhelmed with the love and appreciation I have been shown.”

On March 31, decked out in a pageant-style sash with the words “I’m retired!” on it, Levi ate lunch, texted and paraded to retirement.

Community members put her in a chair in the back of a truck for a drive around town, surrounded by other vehicles and a fire truck, while other people watched and banged pots .

The teachers took the students out of the classrooms, posters and placards in hand, to applaud the passing of the parade.

Levi, decked out in a retirement sash, was part of a parade on March 31 where community members showed up to show their appreciation for the 34 years she spent caring for the community. (Submitted by Mark Long)

One person collected video testimonials from nurses who had been to Arctic Bay, saying how much they enjoyed working there. People brought her flowers and gifts, shared a meal with her, and sent her congratulatory text messages.

Levi, formerly Gail Redpath before getting married a few years ago, has no plans to leave the community that has become her home and where she has spent most of her career.

She has been a nurse since 1973 and moved to Arctic Bay in 1988, where she eventually became supervisor of health programs.

“I can’t imagine a better career. I loved it. I feel very, very privileged to have done what I did and to work where I work,” she said.

Children from Arctic Bay schools walked out of their classrooms on March 31 to help wish Levi a happy retirement. (Submitted by Mark Long)

Looking back on his career, Levi said the moments that stood out were the life-and-death situations where healthcare workers came together to provide people with proper care or to help them through crises.

“That’s the most rewarding part of the job, was knowing you were making a difference in people’s lives.”

She hopes to see some of the young people in Arctic Bay pursue careers in nursing. The profession could have an even greater impact if nurses are part of their community’s culture and speak Inuktitut, she noted — and nurses can pass that knowledge on to each other, too.

“I was always learning from new nurses coming in – I guess it was mutual learning from each other,” she said. “I’m afraid my Inuktitut is pretty weak considering I’ve been here so long, but I think for me it’s been the most wonderful career.”

Gail Levi, who has been a nurse at Arctic Bay since 1988, has no intention of leaving Arctic Bay. (Submitted by June Sanceda)

In the years to come, Levi hopes to contribute to his community in new ways. She’s still exploring how to do that, whether it’s serving on the daycare board or returning to politics, which she dabbled in in the 1990s.

“I don’t have a very concrete plan, to be honest – my only concrete plan was to sleep and I’m not doing very well,” she laughed.

Retiring from her supervisory role means a change for the health center which has become accustomed to her presence, but she hopes that this change will be easy for the nurses who will follow in her footsteps and for the community in general.

“I hope my presence in town can be reassuring. Some people consider me their mother, I think. So mom is still in town,” she said.

Rogers donates $485,000 in bailout funds for medical education


other actions

Rogers City Council took the following additional action at its Tuesday meeting:

Approved Fire, Rescue and Ambulance billing updates.

Accepted a $21,542 grant from the Arkansas Department of Health to add ventilators to two ambulances.

Allocation of $6,500 from the general fund for food expenses of the town’s animal shelter.

Allocation of $795,620 to continue the stormwater study.

Approved rezoning lot at 1626 S. Dixieland Road from agricultural zoning district to multi-family residential zoning district.

Approved rezoning of the land at 6507 N. Goad Springs Road from the Agricultural Zoning District to the Highway Commercial Zoning District.

Source: Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

ROGERS — City Council this week unanimously approved Upskill NWA for $485,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to support job training for low-income residents in the city.

The program is an initiative of the nonprofit Excellerate Foundation and the Walmart Foundation that supports non-traditional programs that enable people to embark on new careers, according to Jeff Webster, president and CEO of the Excellerate Foundation. Upskill NWA plans to start with a targeted approach toward the healthcare industry, he said.

“It’s a very strong program in terms of what it does for the individual, a very strong program in terms of winning for the healthcare industry, and a very strong program for the city of Rogers in terms of returning. on investment,” Webster said. .

The $29.5 million in funding for Upskill NWA will come from philanthropy and support from the public and private sectors, including healthcare employers, Webster said. Springdale committed $2.9 million and Washington County committed $2.9 million, he said. Bentonville, Benton County and Fayetteville are also considering contributions, he said.

The $485,000 from Rogers will be donated over five years and used to educate Rogers residents, Webster said. The program should have a return on investment of $8 for every dollar spent, he said.

Rogers received about $5.9 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, according to city spokesman Peter Masonis.

The Excellerate Foundation partnered with the Northwest Arkansas Council and the Northwest Arkansas Community College to research the Quest Project, which has been in existence for 29 years in San Antonio, Webster said. They are replicating the program in northwest Arkansas, he said.

Upskill NWA will work with Northwest Arkansas Community College and Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale to provide educational opportunities, Webster said.

Graduates will in turn commit to working two years for the medical providers who employ them after graduation.

Evelyn Jorgenson, president of the college, said northwest Arkansas has plenty of jobs without people to fill them, as well as people in need without jobs. The Upskill NWA program will help connect the two, she said.

“This is an opportunity for people to learn skills and get help so they can qualify for jobs and careers in health professions where so many workers are desperately needed,” he said. she declared. “This will educate students and place them in well-paying jobs where they can support themselves and their families.”

Ninety-five percent of college students remain in northwest Arkansas and continue to work in the community, Jorgenson said.

Eric Pianalto, president of Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas, said the region had an unemployment rate of less than half a percentage point for licensed and certified medical personnel. Hospitals and healthcare providers in the region can either compete to pay their employees better, import talent from outside the region, or develop their own staff, he said.

“It’s a great program for us to develop our own,” he said. “Being able to grow healthcare at Rogers is critical to long-term success.”

Board member Marge Wolf said she thinks Upskill is a good program to help those out of work.

“I was very impressed with the presentation,” said board member Clay Kendall. “I think it’s a great investment in our community.”

Global Laboratory Information Systems Market to be Driven by Increased Demand for Innovative Software Solutions in the Medical Field During the Forecast Period 2021-2026


Expert Market Research’s new report titled “Global Laboratory Information Systems Market Size, Share, Price, Trends, Growth, Report and Forecast 2021-2026”, gives an in-depth analysis of the global market. Laboratory Information Systems Market, assessing the market based on its segments such as component, product, mode of delivery, end-use, and major regions like North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, America Latin, the Middle East and Africa. The report tracks the latest industry trends and studies their impact on the overall market. It also assesses market dynamics, covering key demand and price indicators, as well as market analysis based on SWOT and Porter’s Five Forces models.

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Market Overview (2015-2026)

• Historical market size (2020): 1.8 billion USD
• Forecast CAGR (2021-2026): 6.2%
• Forecasted market size (2026): 2.6 billion USD

The global laboratory information system market has witnessed modest growth over the historical period, owing to the increased need for automation technology in the medical field owing to the rising incidence of chronic diseases.

Industry definition and major segments

A laboratory information system (LIS), also known as a laboratory information management system, is software that helps clinical laboratories manage laboratory activities by recording and storing data. It transmits lab test commands to lab instruments, tracks those commands, and saves the results to a searchable database.

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On the basis of components, the market can be categorized as follows:


Based on product, the market can be divided into:

• Autonomous LIS
• Integrated LIS

Based on the mode of delivery, the market can be divided into:

• On the site
• Cloud-based

On the basis of end-use, the market can be divided into:

• Hospital laboratories
• Independent laboratories
• Laboratories in medical offices
• Others

Regional Laboratory Information System Market includes:

• North America
• Europe
• Asia Pacific
• Latin America
• Middle East and Africa

Market trends

Globally, North America holds the largest market share and during the forecast period, this region will continue to dictate the market shares. Growing demand for genomic studies and increased government funding and supportive policies that facilitate laboratory automation adoption programs like EHR. The Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period owing to the growing number of laboratory information system end users establishing themselves in the region.

The increasing incidence of diseases today calls for personalized medicines. Additionally, according to a National Institute of Health (NIH) report, misdiagnoses affect healthcare systems around the world. It is also stated that such errors are encountered by everyone, once in their life, with consequences that can be serious. This resurgence of diseases and the need to eradicate diagnostic errors motivate companies to opt for solutions that increase the accuracy of diagnoses and their results. Further, with progressive exposure to the benefits of using LIS such as integration of electronic records, accurate disease subtyping, and increased efficiency in clinical workflows, the market is expected to propel during the forecast period.

However, high capital costs coupled with high service and maintenance costs deter small and medium enterprises from adopting LIS. This may limit the market growth over the forecast period.

Main market players

The major players in the global market are Orchard Software Corporation, Sunquest Information Systems, Inc., Cerner Corporation, Computer Programs and Systems, Inc., CompuGroup Medical AG, Meditech (Medical Information Technology, Inc.), SCC Soft Computer, Epic Systems Corporation , Comp Pro Med Inc., among others. The report covers market shares, capacities, plant rotations, expansions, investments, and mergers and acquisitions, among other latest developments of these market players.

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Pictured are some of the donations accumulated at Absolute Care of Westfield which will be sent to help the people of Ukraine. Photo by David Prenatt

“It’s amazing to see how everyone has mobilized,” said Dawn Harsch, director of corporate communications for MVG Services. “Last week, things have flowed.”

the “flood” Harsch is referring to are donations that will be sent directly to the Ukrainian people through the Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center in Buffalo.

Buffalo-based MVG Services includes three portfolios, Harsch said. These are the McGuire Group, Vestra Care and Absolut Care, which include 17 retirement homes throughout Chautauqua County, the Buffalo area and parts of Western New York. They are owned by Long Island businessman Edward Farbenblum.

The idea of ​​raising tangible donations for the people of Ukraine was floated by McGuire Group chairman Stephen Eaton-Mercurio, Harsch said. He contacted the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Dnipro to coordinate the relief effort.

“It was mainly because some of our employees and some of our residents wanted to help,” Harsch said.

Community drop-off centers have been established in all 17 nursing homes. Employees had banners made, boxes printed and sent out a press release.

Area care homes were stunned at how quickly the community responded, Harsch said. “When one of our staff hung the banner outside one of the venues, people would stop and ask, ‘Where can I donate?'” Harsh said.

What began as a steady stream of donations, “doubled and tripled last week” Harsh said.

She added, “People want to give and they go out of their way to give.”

For example, 16 residents of the Asbury Point Nursing Home hand knitted stuffed dolls and donated them. A Findley Lake couple borrowed their daughter’s van to take the donations to a drop-off center.

“And the Autumn View healthcare facility in Hamburg collected more than 40 boxes of donated items,” she added.

Although the company asked for tangible donations, monetary donations were also accepted, either by check or through the PayPal account listed on the cultural center’s website.

“An organization donated $100,000,” Harsch said.

Harsch noted that Westfield’s Absolut Care donates a large amount of medical items. An Absolut employee said he was donating two pallets of medical supplies, including oxygen tubes, bandages, gloves, surgical masks and tracheostomy kits.

Harsch thinks one of the reasons the response to the drive has been so great is that people know the donated items will go directly to people who need them. “It gives you satisfaction when you choose things because you know someone needs them,” Harsh said. “He’s coming to the right place.”

Harsch said she and Amy McKnight, activities director at Autumn View, needed to come up with a logistical plan to get all the donations to Buffalo. There are nine locations in the Buffalo area from which donations will be collected first. After that, some of the maintenance men will drive trucks to pick up donations from the facilities along the southern section and the drivers will then drive to the eastern section.

Once the goods are in Buffalo, McKnight and his team will sort the materials and pack them into boxes. After that, all donated goods will be forwarded to the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Cheektowaga, as the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Dnipro cannot handle such a large amount of goods.

From there, the Cultural Center — which has been helping Ukrainians for many years — will transport donations to help refugees in Poland, as well as soldiers, Harsch said.

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How Collin County Health Care Providers Are Managing Record Population Growth


Collin County saw its population surpass 1 million in 2018, and it is now the fourth fastest growing county in the nation. This growth presents all kinds of challenges for professionals working in education, transportation and all other areas of public life. Add a pandemic to the mix, and healthcare leaders found themselves racing to keep up. In early March, Will Maddox, editor of our sister site D CEO Healthcare, moderated a panel of four such leaders who spoke about their own issues. On stage at the Plano Event Center were: Dr. Michelle Forbes, Catalyst Health Network’s chief medical officer; Jared Shelton, president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen; Collin County Commissioner Cheryl Williams; and Dr Philip Wilson, Deputy Chief of Staff and Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon at Scottish Rite for Children Frisco. Here are some highlights of their speech.

What is the basic picture of Collin County’s demographic profile?


Cheryl Williams: “A word that is synonymous with Collin County is ‘growth’. We have 20 years of phenomenal growth, 36% in the last 10 years. This equates to around 81 residents on average moving here every day. Our median income is $97,000 per year. We have a poverty rate of about 6.2%. High school graduation or higher is 93.8%; bachelor’s degrees or higher is 52.3 percent. We have a foreign-born population of about 21%. We have approximately 50.9% White, 17.6% Asian, 15.8% Hispanic, and 10.9% African American. So we have a very diverse population.

How has this growth affected Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen?

Jared Shelton

Jared Shelton: “The hospital opened its doors in December 2000. It was not originally designed as an acute care hospital. It was originally designed as an outpatient center. It was going to be a two-story facility with outpatient services to serve the community. At the time, Allen had a population of 43,000. So it was still a dormitory community. They had already paved the way to the site, and a group of OB-GYNs approached Texas Health and said, “We’re looking for a place to give birth because the area has started to grow much faster.” So they actually changed the setup along the way. They added a third floor to the hospital. Fast forward to today, and Allen has around 108,000. We recently completed a $68 million expansion that immediately added 25 beds. We still have 50 beds that we will grow into over time.

Collin County’s growth has brought more kids into sports, which means more kids are getting injured. How did Scottish Rite meet this challenge?

Dr. Philippe Wilson

Dr Philippe Wilson: “I think the Frisco campus is the next step, the extension of the Scottish Rite. We have just celebrated our centenary. The hospital was founded by WB Carrell. At that time, he was caring for the children of Dallas and the most common disease, poliomyelitis. The Freemasons came to him and told him to help you, and they formed the hospital in 1921. Then when the polio vaccine came out in the 1950s, we shifted the focus to the needs general like hip dysplasia and spinal problems. In the 1990s and the turn of this century, we expanded and began a partnership with Children’s to cover trauma in Dallas. And so, as population growth moved north, we had this explosion of sports, which is fantastic. Collin County is an amazing place for our kids to be involved in these things, but the other side of the fence is the injuries kids can get. So that was the next need we saw. The hospital responded to that, and it’s kind of an anchor for us to have a second hospital 25 miles from our main hospital.

How did Catalyst Health Network provide a safety net for underserved Collin County residents?

Dr. Michelle Forbes

Dr. Michelle Forbes: “Thinking about the realities of poverty here, we are challenged to realize our mission for all communities, not just those with access to wealth, but also those without. Meeting this challenge and focusing on reality means doing the kind of work we did in Dallas, which is establishing health care access points. I’m talking about primary care. When primary care is done well, we prevent our patients from using acute care facilities. If we manage chronic disease, we reduce overall healthcare costs for all of us. The money we save can be used for roads. This is the challenge here, faced with the reality of poverty. It’s healthy care for everyone.

With Collin County’s diverse population, how do you approach culturally competent care?

Shelton: “There’s a lot of business value in having a diverse workforce. The white population in 2010 was approximately 72% of the city. Now it’s 59%. Our Asian population grew from 13% to 24% during this time. The African American population has grown from 8 to 10. So we’re becoming more diverse and we want to have an environment where people feel comfortable coming for care from people who understand their background.

Mental health is a huge issue. 30-40% of our prison population has some sort of mental health issue.

How is Collin County addressing the intersection of mental health and criminal justice?

Williams: “Mental health is a huge issue. At any given time, 30-40% of our prison population suffers from a mental health issue. Prisons across the state and across the country were kind of the de facto mental health facilities that were shut down in the 70s and 80s. My personal opinion is that it’s a complete moral failure on our part . There are a lot of people in prison who shouldn’t be in prison. They should be in treatment. They get arrested for minor infractions, and it escalates. Often, because they’re in a crisis, they don’t react well to the arrest and so they assault an officer. So it’s a huge problem, almost unsolvable, in my opinion, and we’ve struggled with it. With state grants and county dollars, we set up a mobile crisis team so law enforcement can use them when a person doesn’t need to go to jail or can Maybe the problem can be solved if he just had a crisis intervention. All these services, of course, do not really affect demand. I mean, the demand just exceeded all of our efforts. We are designing a $134 million expansion to the prison infirmary to better treat these patients. We really need more mental health professionals in prison. In our last budget, we added a full-time, 24/7 mental health service to the prison to better identify people who may be in crisis, help defuse people in crisis in order to avoid the kinds of tragedies that can occur in prison.

How did you meet the twin challenges of a labor shortage and a pandemic?

Shelton: “The contract or traveling nurses have really been a godsend for us. But you have contractors currently earning multiples of a typical nurse’s salary. I’m going to give you an example. Assume the Pacific Northwest did not experience a COVID surge. They could reassign excess personnel to Texas to help us overcome our influx. It works. But what we saw was a very interesting dynamic where we had traveling nurses who came from Collin County. They leave a facility and drive 5 miles down the road, going to another hospital, sort of robbing Peter to pay Paul. It’s not sustainable. Hopefully part of the solution will be that the pandemic enters a new phase, and we don’t have these big surges, and things sort themselves out. In Collin County, we are very fortunate because Collin College was the first community college in the state to offer a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. And so we have these great local resources that we can tap into.


Will Maddox

Will is the editor of CEO magazine and editor of D CEO Healthcare. He wrote about health care…

Nursing Student, Track Athlete Finds Her Shape With Tiny Tusks Program


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Quinn Owen, nursing student and Razorback track athlete.

Quinn Owen, a student at the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, plans to specialize in neonatal or pediatric care after graduation. The U of A senior is also an athlete. So earning clinical hours through the nursing school Tiny Tusks program was the perfect fit.

“I love interning for Tiny Tusks because I get the opportunity to support an underserved community in the sports fan world – mothers and their little ones,” she said. “We are fortunate to provide a space for moms to breastfeed, pump or simply escape the heat and noise of Razorback Athletics events so they can be part of the live action with all the other Hog enthusiasts.”

Tiny Tusks provide a clean and private space for parents at home football and basketball games. Owen and other nursing students share information about breastfeeding and supporting infants. They also involve their older siblings in face painting, crafts and other fun activities.

The program even influenced Owen’s nursing school plans. She created a pamphlet on the benefits of breastfeeding during the pandemic to distribute to parents. And she’s working on a literature review with co-intern Brianna Purser on barriers to breastfeeding in neonatal intensive care units. “After spending time in the NICU for clinics and seeing how vulnerable NICU patients are, I wanted to learn more about what deters people from breastfeeding their babies who have been admitted,” said she declared.

Owen also has a personal history with NICU babies. She has three younger siblings, two of whom spent their first months in intensive care.

“Although I was young, I remember how stressful that time was for my parents,” she said. “To this day, my mum and dad rave about the amazing nurses who cared for my little brother and sister. The profession of nursing encompasses all that it means to live with the heart of a servant, and I look forward to being inspired daily by those who work with and around me.”

If there’s anything that rivals Owen’s dedication to nursing, it’s being a Razorback track and field athlete.

“Track has been a big part of my life ever since I discovered my affinity for the sport in my freshman year of high school,” she said. “I’ve been a footballer all my life and never knew all the world of athletics had to offer. I quickly took off my football cleats, picked up a pair of running cleats and didn’t never looked back.”

Owen loves the way sports showcase and challenge the physical capabilities of the human body. “It’s the ultimate test of your mental toughness and emotional discipline,” she said. “When you train, you’re not just training to beat other people or other teams; you’re preparing to improve yourself and your teammates. I think that’s what I love so much about the game. track, the community.

“It’s true that we each have that competitive spirit. We each want to win or achieve a personal best. But, above all, the Razorback track team competes for each other.”

Of course, it was a challenge to balance nursing school and running. Each is demanding in itself.

“Every day is different, so constant communication with my coaches and instructors to accomplish everything that needs to be done in a day is key,” she said. “Although my schedule is a bit of a juggling act, I wouldn’t trade the experiences that the nursing program and the athletics program gave me. I’ve grown so much as an individual. “

Owen said the busy schedule will no doubt serve as excellent preparation for the next chapter in life, which begins soon. She will be graduating from nursing school on May 14.

The Texas-born said she would like to spend the early years of her nursing career in a hospital setting, learning how to care for toddlers. Ultimately, she would like to pursue a doctorate in nursing practice and care for families who live in health care deserts away from big cities. “Developing a primary practice in an area with limited access to health and wellness services is the ultimate dream job,” she said.

Owen said his dream life would include settling down on a big ranch one day. “I don’t have a shred of knowledge about owning and operating a ranch, but who says I can’t learn?”

This story is the latest in a series called Dean’s Spotlight, featuring outstanding students from the College of Education and Health Professions. Visit COEHP’s online magazine, the College, for more news from the six units that make up the College. Visit the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing page for more information on COEHP’s various nursing programs.

Shingles Pain and Management Cream: What’s Available


Shingles is a reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox, called varicella-zoster. After recovering from chickenpox, this virus can lie dormant or inactive in your body for decades before reactivating.

Its hallmark symptom is a rash on one side of your body. the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says this rash most often appears as a band around your torso.

Shingles has no cure. But doctors often prescribe antiviral drugs to shorten its duration and reduce its severity.

Topical treatments like creams, ointments, and lotions can help manage irritation and itching. They can also help manage persistent nerve pain called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). Some topical treatments are available over the counter. For others, you will need a prescription from a healthcare professional.

Here is an overview of creams and other topical treatments available for shingles.

What is the difference between cream, lotion and ointment?

Ointments, lotions, and creams are three types of substances you can apply to your skin to help manage shingles.

These topicals are similar, but there are slight differences in their composition. The main difference is the amount of water and oil they contain.

According to this 2016 primer, creams are roughly equal parts oil and water and often have moisturizing properties. They are thicker than lotions but thinner than ointments.

Lotions are similar to creams, but they are made up mostly of water. They have less oil and have a thinner consistency. Because they are thinner, your skin absorbs them faster. Some lotions are oil-free.

Ointments are the thickest of the three. They are made to stay on your skin instead of being absorbed immediately. Ointments are at least 80% oil.

The following creams can help you manage the symptoms of shingles.

Lidocaine cream and patches

Lidocaine 5% is a prescription drug. This study 2017 suggests that it is one of the best tolerated treatments for PHN.

PHN is a complication of shingles characterized by long-term nerve pain after your rash goes away. The CDC says that approximately 10 to 18 percent of people suffer from PHN after shingles.

Lidocaine is often given in patches. The study linked above notes that up to 3 patches can be applied in a 12 hour window.


Capsaicin is the chemical found in hot peppers that makes them spicy. Capsaicin cream can desensitize nerve fibers and potentially help with PHN. You can get it over the counter (OTC) or with a prescription.

According to this 2016 review, capsaicin patches and creams are generally not recommended as first-line treatment for PHN. Indeed, they can cause side effects such as tingling or burning.

the study 2017 in the previous section indicates that capsaicin cream 0.075% can be applied four times a day.

Cream of Eutectic Mixture of Local Anesthetics (EMLA)

EMLA cream is a prescription medication that is made up of a 1:1 ratio of 2.5% lidocaine and 2.5% prilocaine.

A 2018 one-person case study found that EMLA cream may be an effective alternative to lidocaine cream for the treatment of PHN in people with special conditions such as kidney failure. However, there is not much research available on its effectiveness. Most of the existing research dates from the 80s and 90s.

A doctor can give you specific instructions on how to use EMLA cream.

Topical antibiotic creams

Topical antibiotic creams like mupirocin or soframycin can help prevent bacterial infection around a shingles rash. These antibiotics are only available by prescription. A doctor or pharmacist can recommend the frequency of application.

Other topical solutions that can help manage your shingles symptoms include:

Calamine Lotion

Calamine lotion is an over-the-counter medication that the CDC says can help relieve itching. You can apply a thin layer of lotion to your blisters. Try not to put too much on so that it does not form a crust on your skin.

Liquid dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and idoxuridine

Idoxuridine is an antiviral drug approved in Europe for the treatment of shingles.

A 2015 publication suggested that frequent application of 5-40% idoxuridine dissolved in DMSO could speed up the healing time of shingles. However, in the United States, idoxuridine is only FDA-approved to treat keratitis, a herpes simplex virus infection of the cornea of ​​your eye.

Burow’s solution

Burow’s solution, or aluminum acetate, is an over-the-counter astringent. Astringents have a protective effect against inflamed and irritated skin.

There is a limited amount of evidence that Burow’s solution can help heal shingles, but it’s possible that it can help soothe the blisters.

You can try applying a 5% aluminum acetate solution for about 30 to 60 minutes at a time.

Saline solution

Bathing your blisters in saline solution several times a day can help reduce inflammation. You can cover your blisters with a non-stick bandage afterwards to prevent other people from coming into contact with the blisters.

Aloe and other topical botanical therapies

Aloe vera has antiviral effects. A study 2016 found evidence that it inhibits the growth of herpes simplex virus type 1.

It’s unclear if aloe vera gel is effective for treating shingles, but some people anecdotally report that it helps with redness and inflammation.

In a 2021 case report, a person showed substantial improvement after applying a topical botanical formulation that included:

When using a topical cream, it’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions or the directions on the package. This should help you avoid unwanted side effects.

Applying topicals too long or too often can lead to skin irritation or even more serious side effects.

Topical lidocaine can cause side effects such as:

  • severe burning, stinging, irritation
  • swelling or redness
  • confusion
  • bruises
  • unusual temperature sensation
  • itch
  • skin color changes
  • bruising or purple

Some topical solutions for shingles are only available by prescription. You can find other OTCs.

Over-the-counter medications do not require a pharmacist’s approval. You can buy them online, at pharmacies, and other places that sell drugs.

If you suspect you have shingles, it’s important to see a healthcare professional as soon as possible. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), treating shingles within the first 72 hours gives you the best chance of minimizing complications such as nerve pain.

Antiviral drugs or other medications available only by prescription can shorten the duration of your shingles or lessen its severity.

If a cream or other topical doesn’t reduce your pain, it’s a good idea to see your doctor again. They may recommend trying another treatment like capsaicin cream instead of lidocaine.

If a product makes your symptoms worse, it is important to stop taking it immediately.

You may be able to reduce your symptoms by using home remedies while you wait to see a healthcare professional. These include applying a damp cold compress or taking a cool bath.

Learn more about home remedies for shingles here.

The AAD suggests that treating shingles within the first 72 hours gives you the best chance of minimizing complications such as nerve pain. A doctor may prescribe medications such as:

  • antiviral medicines, such as acyclovir or valacyclovir, to help your body fight the virus faster
  • anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, to relieve swelling and pain
  • opioid medications, such as hydrocodone and tramadol (and less commonly morphine), to reduce pain
  • other medications, such as anticonvulsants and tricyclic antidepressants
  • antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine, to treat itching
  • numbing agents like lidocaine

Learn more about shingles treatment here.

Certain creams or other topical medications can help you manage shingles symptoms. But they are not a substitute for proper medical treatment.

It is essential to see a medical professional for a proper evaluation if you think you have shingles. They may prescribe antiviral drugs or other medications that can lower your risk of developing long-term complications.

Chile Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy Market By Type, By Application, By End User, By Regional Outlook, Industry 2022-2026 Cook Medical, Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Boston Scientific Corporation


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The Interview: Elizabeth Hinchman | University of Nevada, Las Vegas


As an educator, Elizabeth “Hope” Hinchman is drawn to close and pleasant environments. This motivated her to become a nurse; this allows him to identify with his students; and this is how she thrives with her patients and fellow nurses at the hospital. Her ability to connect is one of the main reasons she was named one of UNLV’s Outstanding Part-Time Instructors in 2022.

Hinchman teaches undergraduate nursing students as a clinical instructor, but she’s no stranger to the rebel life, having earned three degrees from UNLV (’08 BA Psychology, ’15 BS Nursing, ’19 MS Nursing). Outside of class, she is a registered nurse at Sunrise Children’s Hospital.

For Hinchman, there is no specific moment that defines her nursing career. Instead, there are many moments of working together as a healthcare family. Much of his inspiration is fueled by making an everyday difference in both a student’s journey or a patient’s life.

What prompted you to become a nurse?

Honestly, it was my family, who are in medicine one way or another. My parents are doctors; my sisters are nurses or executives in the medical field. Another deals with behavioral health. I was kind of this kid out of the wind, then came back in my late twenties. They inspired me to do something I loved that would help make a difference.

As a student, you doubled as an apprentice nurse. How was this experience?

It was a great exhibition. You need to pass your class to be able to do the things you do as an apprentice or external nurse. But just the amount of exposure, you can’t compete with that. I did my apprenticeship in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), that’s not where I ended up, but it was related to paediatrics. I tell my students all the time, “Go for those outside jobs,” not only (for) the exposure and experience they give you, but it also gets you your foot in the door of those hospitals. Like everywhere else, people generally like to hire internally, so it helps on many levels.

When did you start thinking you wanted to teach?

When I was in nursing school for my undergraduate (diploma). My instructors made a remarkable impression on me throughout nursing school. Their dedication to teaching and wanting (their) students to learn was nothing short of inspiring. I knew that when I got out of nursing school, I absolutely wanted to go back and get my teaching degree.

What motivates you to teach your students?

Just their excitement. At the clinic, they make these care plans and they see all this information written down. When they get to apply it and start that critical thinking process, it’s so much fun to see (as well as) the impact they have once they graduate. I have a few students who are graduating or who are extern nurses or apprentices. I keep in touch with a lot of them, and they text me, “Guess what happened? Guess what I did?” – and it amuses me.

Describe your teaching style.

I think it helps that I tell a lot of stories to give (students) a way to identify what they are learning in the lab or in class. We do a lot of what we call front loading, (where) we’re in the lab for the first seven weeks, and they don’t even touch the patient until the eighth or ninth week. I tend to (share) stories and offer them ways to affiliate or connect the information to real life scenarios. I am lucky to be able to teach in the laboratory, because everything is practical. You can put the book into practice.

What intangibles do you need as a nurse?

A good support system at home and at work. The people I work with at Sunrise are my family, and I know I can count on them. It’s very team-oriented, very family-oriented. Everyone helps each other and that makes a difference. Same at home – we all see horrible things, and it can be difficult and intimidating, but having that support system to come home to is nice.

A memorable experience working at Sunrise.

There were two little kids that I bonded with because they had been there for a while. One stayed there for about three years and the other for at least a year. One had no family and (the other) had no family who were there as often as they would like. I created a wonderful bond with these children. I probably got them in trouble, keeping them up late at night, running around the halls, playing games, but they’re in the hospital and I wanted to make it the best experience humanly possible.

Name something about nursing that most people might not realize.

You become dirty. I think everyone knows that. Again, it’s a team effort, and sometimes the nurses do the dirty work as much as anyone else. So don’t think you’re going to come in and not have to do some dirty things.

Do you feel that from when you were a student until now as an instructor, the gap has narrowed even further between nursing school and the real world?

Yes, but not completely closed. One thing I love about nursing is that you can go upstairs every day and experience something new and different. But there is a bit of nervousness or anxiety. I always tell my students that a little anxiety is good because it keeps you alert and motivated. Too much anxiety is detrimental.

You once helped start a charity called Revolution Charities. Can you talk about that?

Early in college, I had a group of buddies I worked with at the Bellagio Las Vegas. We were all lifeguards and pool attendants at the time. Most of us are from Las Vegas and we wanted to be able to give back to the community that gave us so much. So we started Revolution Charities. We were trying to find a way to raise money for various charities. Basically, we would go out and choose something we wanted to help raise money for awareness, and then host an event for them.

What are your role models?

Of course, my parents and my grandparents because of their love of people and their work ethic. They work harder than anyone I know, and they’re incredibly selfless. I love it and strive to follow in their footsteps.

A song that means the most to you.

“I want to dance with someone” by Whitney Houston. It’s one of my favorite songs. I told my fiancé we were walking down the aisle for this.

What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?

It probably is “The Big Bang Theory.” I’ve seen it a hundred times.

If you could have dinner with one historical figure, who would it be?

Abraham Lincoln, no doubt. Talk about someone who stood up for the right thing and did the right thing, even against popular opinion – what an amazing thing to do.

What would you like to do if it wasn’t breastfeeding?

It’s the one everyone says, (but) I like to travel. I took my grandmother to Europe (five years ago); we went to London, France, Wales, and we visited all the castles, all the historic places we could get our hands on. It was cool to see all the different things. But if I had to go back every time, Hawaii. Take me to that beach.

Do you believe aliens are real?

For sure. This universe is far too big for us to be the only living beings.

Democrats Act Quickly to Override Governor Hogan’s Abortion Access Veto


ANNAPOLIS — Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a measure to expand abortion access in Maryland was overturned by the Democratic-controlled General Assembly on Saturday.

The state will end a restriction that only doctors can perform abortions. The new law will allow nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physician assistants to provide training. It creates an abortion care training program and requires public funding of $3.5 million a year, and also requires most insurance plans to cover abortions free of charge.

Delegate Emily Shetty said she supported the measure on the House floor as a mother who experienced a high-risk pregnancy. She also described being a survivor of sexual assault in college and the struggles she faced “with the weight of what happened after that incident.”

“And luckily the incident didn’t result in a pregnancy, but had it done, it would have changed my life dramatically if I hadn’t been able to access the care I needed at the time. “said Shetty, a Democrat.

Hogan wrote in his veto letter that the legislation “endangers women’s health and lives by allowing non-physicians to perform abortions.”

The measure comes at a time when the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court is debating whether to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that prohibited states from banning abortion.

If they do, at least 26 states are likely to outright ban abortion or severely limit access, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization that supports human rights. ‘abortion.

“In this context, it is very important that we keep in mind that the strategies used by this bill ensure that people can access the care they need, when they need it, no matter what. with the rest of the country — it doesn’t matter what happens with the Supreme Court,” Del said. Ariana Kelly, a Democrat who was the primary sponsor of the bill.

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Republican lawmakers criticized the provision allocating $3.5 million of taxpayers’ money each year to pay for the training. Delegate Haven Shoemaker, the House Minority Whip, described the bill as “the most sweeping expansion of abortion in the history of Maryland in a state that already has some of the laws on abortion. most liberal abortion rights in the country”.

“Madam President, this bill is too extreme, even for Maryland,” said Shoemaker, a Republican, referring to House Speaker Adrienne Jones, a Democrat.

Kelly said the measure modernizes the choice state voters made in 1992, when they endorsed abortion rights in a statewide vote with 62% of voters. who supported him.

“It’s about making sure people have access to care, especially people of color, especially low-income people, especially rural people,” Kelly said. “We know restrictions on doctors exacerbate health inequities, and we’re trying to reduce health inequities in the state of Maryland with this bill.”

An exterior view of the Maryland Statehouse in Annapolis on Monday, April 3, 2017.

The measure comes into force on July 1. The insurance provisions apply to all policies, contracts and health benefit plans issued, issued or renewed in the state on or after January 1.

Hogan also announced the veto of several other measures the General Assembly presented to him last week, as well as some of the bills that have been passed and will go into effect without his signature.

The legislature, which is controlled by Democrats, has until midnight Monday to override the Republican governor’s vetoes. Here’s a look at some of the bills that were vetoed and those that were quickly struck down by Democrats, as well as some that will go into effect without Hogan’s signature:

Paid family leave

Hogan vetoed a bill to create a paid family leave program in the state. Democrats, who control the legislature, passed the legislation with enough votes to override the veto. UPDATE: The General Assembly voted on Saturday to override Hogan’s veto, so this measure will become law.

Recreational Cannabis

Legislation that would begin implementing recreational marijuana, if voters approve a constitutional amendment in November, will go into effect without Hogan’s signature.

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Reform of juvenile justice

The governor vetoed a bill that would prohibit a law enforcement officer from conducting an in-custody interrogation of a child unless the child has consulted with an attorney. UPDATE: The General Assembly voted on Saturday to override Hogan’s veto, so this measure will become law.

A separate measure which generally states that a child under the age of 13 will not be subject to the jurisdiction of the juvenile court for delinquency proceedings and cannot be charged with a crime, will come into effect without his signature.

Ghost guns

A measure to ban so-called “ghost weapons,” which don’t have serial numbers, will go into effect without Hogan’s signature.

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Gun Shop Security

Hogan vetoed a bill that requires gun dealers to implement security measures in stores. UPDATE: The General Assembly voted on Saturday to override Hogan’s veto, so this measure will become law.

Care for pregnant immigrants

A bill requiring the state’s Medicaid program to provide medical care to pregnant immigrants who would otherwise qualify for their immigration status and their babies will go into effect without Hogan’s signature.

State Park Funding

A bill to increase funding for state parks will go into effect without the governor’s signature.

Withdrawal of health workers

The governor vetoed a bill that repeals a provision of the law that provides for a county health officer to serve at the pleasure of the health secretary and county officials. It creates hearing requirements related to the removal of a health worker from office. UPDATE: The General Assembly voted on Saturday to override Hogan’s veto, so this measure will become law.

Current salary

Hogan vetoed a bill that allows a state Department of Labor official to issue a stop work order for a job site where the official determines a contractor may have violated wage requirements in force. UPDATE: The General Assembly voted on Saturday to override Hogan’s veto, so this measure will become law.

New oral COVID-19 treatment on PBS


Media event date:

April 10, 2022

Date published:

April 11, 2022

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Press release


General public

From May 1, the second oral, prescription-only COVID-19 treatment will be available under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for Australians at high risk of developing serious illness.

Paxlovid® (nirmatrelvir + ritonavir) is an oral antiviral medication that can be used by patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk of developing severe disease. This medication will help reduce the need for hospitalization.

Adults who have mild to moderate COVID-19 – which is confirmed by PCR or rapid antigen test and verified by the prescribing physician or nurse practitioner – and who can start treatment within five days of onset of symptoms, may be prescribed Paxlovid® if:

  • they are 65 or older, with two other risk factors for severe disease (as age is a risk factor, patients aged 75 or older need only have one other risk factor )
  • they are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and are 50 years of age or older and have two other risk factors for serious illness, or
  • they are moderately to severely immunocompromised.

Endline data from all high-risk patients enrolled in an Evaluation of Protease Inhibition for COVID-19 in High-Risk Patients (EPIC-HR) study showed that Paxlovid® reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by 88% when patients were treated within five days of the onset of symptoms.

Paxlovid®’s PBS listing means that eligible Australians can access this medicine from their local community pharmacy with a prescription from their doctor or nurse practitioner.

Patients will only pay a maximum of $42.50 per script, or as little as $6.80 with a concession card.

This announcement follows the listing of Lagevrio® (molnupiravir) on the PBS from March 1, 2022. Approximately 5,000 patients have already received Lagevrio® through the PBS.

These PBS listings support Australia’s National Transition Plan COVID-19 response.

It is important that patients continue to follow local health advice to self-isolate if they test positive for COVID-19. They are recommended to use telehealth to see their doctor and ask their pharmacy to arrange delivery of Paxlovid® to their home, if needed.

In 2021, the Australian government secured 500,000 courses from Paxlovid®. A further 500,000 courses have now been secured for delivery throughout 2022 to be provided by state and territory health departments and PBS, with the ability to procure additional courses as needed.

This means that at least 1 million courses of Paxlovid will be made available to ensure that at-risk Australians have access to this treatment when they need it.

Paxlovid® is already available through the National Medical Stockpile (NMS), Australia’s strategic reserve of supplies for national health emergencies. This pathway continues to be available to be provided to state and territory governments upon request.

State and territory hospital systems provide additional access mechanisms when the prescriber considers the treatment to be clinically indicated but the patient is not eligible for PBS.

The government has provided Paxlovid and a range of other COVID-19 treatments to state and territory health departments through the NMS for use in those at risk.

The government also provided Paxlovid to Aboriginal-controlled community health organizations and the Royal Flying Doctor Service for use in people at risk.

To date, the NMS has deployed 42,867 Paxlovid packs (courses).

Since 2013, the coalition government has approved more than 2,800 new and changed listings on the PBS. This is an overall government investment of over $16.5 billion.

The Morrison government’s commitment to ensuring Australians can access affordable medicines, when they need them, remains rock solid.

This PBS list was recommended by the Independent Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Board.

NL medical officials left with questions amid plans to bring health authorities together

Yvette Coffey is president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Registered Nurses Union. (Radio Canada)

Newfoundland and Labrador health and academic officials say consolidating the province’s four regional health authorities into one could be a good thing, but questions remain.

The plan to bring health authorities together was announced in the 2022 provincial budget, a plan that Finance Minister Siobhan Coady says will streamline processes and improve things like decision-making, data management and more. Again.

The idea was also put forward in the Prime Minister’s Economic Recovery Team Report – also known as the Greene Report – in 2021.

Yvette Coffey, president of the province’s registered nurses’ union, said she’s happy to see additional spending in the province’s health care budget, but knows her members will have concerns about moving to one. health authority.

“Our members will have a lot of questions about this, what does this mean for them, will there be job losses,” Coffey told CBC News on Friday.

“We hope there will be a transition and a discussion with stakeholders … to ensure that there is a worker perspective on all decisions that are made.”

The provincial government says it’s too early to tell if the move to a single health authority will result in job losses.

The faculties of medicine of the MUN will also consolidate

Coady also announced on Thursday that the provincial government would consolidate post-secondary medical programs, including pharmacy and nursing, under one province-wide health faculty – which initially caught the president of the college off guard. Memorial University, Vianne Timmons.

“If there were any conversations, they weren’t with me, which is very possible because we’re a big, comprehensive university,” Timmons said Friday.

Timmons’ thinking was correct, according to a statement from the Department of Education. The department said budget officials paid courtesy calls to various members of Memorial’s executive, including the academic vice president and the dean of the medical school.

Memorial University President Vianne Timmons said Friday she could not provide a timeline for when medical schools might begin operating under one roof. (Henrike Wilhelm/CBC)

Timmons said conversations with faculty deans and the school board will begin to see if the government’s vision can be a reality, but further partnership with government is important.

“I definitely see the benefits, but there are also challenges,” she said.

“For example, every discipline, people are attached to their discipline. They are very focused, they train in their discipline. So we want to make sure that we maintain the ability to ensure that our nursing students are educated in the nursing profession…same for pharmacy students.”

Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association president Dr. Susan MacDonald said she was cautiously optimistic about the idea, but the devil is in the details.

“I trained in a system where all these schools were under the Faculty of Health Sciences, and it seemed to work relatively well, but I was a student, so what did I know?” she said Thursday.

Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association president Dr. Susan MacDonald says she wants more details on the government’s plan to consolidate health faculties at Memorial University. (Patrick Butler/Radio Canada)

“I don’t know how it’s going to pan out. And I’d love to see a lot more detail about it. I think everything about students from various faculties working together, training and learning together, because they are going to train together, there are advantages to that.”

Education Minister Tom Osborne said on Thursday he believed progress on merging faculties could be made in 2022 or 2023, but Timmons would not comment on a timetable.

Coffey hopes to learn how other healthcare programs, like College of the North Atlantic’s nursing programs, fit into the picture, but said she can see the benefits of a collaborative approach.

“We are cautiously optimistic that this will create more of a team approach to healthcare by bringing them all together under one title, one school. And that each group will no longer be in silos, but formed as a team-based approach. health, which is what we are looking for when we talk about primary health care models.”

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Governor Hochul Announces Historic $20 Billion Multi-Year Health Care Investment in Fiscal Year 2023 Budget


Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a historic $20 billion multi-year investment in healthcare in the state budget for fiscal year 2023. Creating better working conditions for healthcare workers will be a priority, with $1.2 billion dedicated to bonuses for front-line healthcare workers, as well as a multi-year, $4.5 billion investment in payment reform. Other notable investments include $2.4 billion for health infrastructure improvements and $3.9 billion in funding to provide relief to hospitals struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An additional $7.7 billion will be spent over four years to raise the minimum wage for home health aides by $3. These groundbreaking investments will help improve working conditions and increase the workforce by 20% over the next five years, and improve health care industry for all New Yorkers.

“New York depends on a strong, stable and equitable healthcare system and at the very base are the workers of the industry, who have been asked to do the impossible and continue to do so two years after the start. of the pandemic”, Governor Hochul said. “This budget includes historic investments that will rebuild the health care economy by raising the wages of health care workers, improving their work infrastructure and providing incentives that will attract more people to the workforce. I thank Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins ​​and Speaker Heastie for their work in ensuring that we build the healthcare economy of the future. »

More than $5 billion of this funding will go towards wage reform and wage premiums for healthcare workers. This includes $1.2 billion for retention bonuses for health and mental hygiene workers, with up to $3,000 in bonuses for workers earning less than $125,000 who remain on the job for a year. , and prorated bonuses for those who work fewer hours. $500 million will be spent on cost-of-living adjustments to raise the salaries of social service workers. The budget also includes a 5.4% cost of living adjustment for social service workers.

Improving healthcare infrastructure is essential not only to improve the working environment for healthcare workers, but also to significantly improve patient care and wait times. The budget establishes a new investment of $2.4 billion to fund infrastructure improvements in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care centers, community centers and other health care facilities and providers. eligible health. Moreover, $3.9 billion in funding over four years — an 88% increase from the previous four years — will be dedicated to helping hospitals that are still struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To increase coverage and affordability for seniors, the enacted budget raises the income limit for New Yorkers 65 and older and for persons with disabilities to 138% of the federal poverty level, raises the income limit for health savings program and extends coverage for undocumented migrants. people aged 65 and over.

New York State is committed to addressing structural and institutional inequities in health care to create a safer childbirth experience for all mothers and families in the state, including those who do not have no papers. The budget will include more than $20 million in annual investments to expand access to holistic prenatal and postnatal care to reduce racial inequities and make quality care accessible to all mothers. The state will expand postpartum coverage for everyone who qualifies for Medicaid during pregnancy from 60 days to one year later. they give birth, leading to more equitable health outcomes across the state.

Clarksville News: Fire Relief, Warehouse Closure, School Nurse Pay and Other Top Stories This Week


CLARKSVILLE, TN – Here’s a look at some of the best local reporting from Clarksville Now this week.

‘They’re paid atrociously’: Proposed law would require school districts to pay nurses the same as teachers: The legislation would improve salaries but leave school districts on the hook for additional funding. READ MORE

Man sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in fatal 2018 home invasion: He pleaded guilty to second degree murder in 2020 for his role in the home invasion. READ MORE

North Clarksville Library, Center for Animal Control Awaiting Funding at County Budget Hearings: The county plans to fund the Clarksville North Branch Library and a new animal control center, among other projects. READ MORE

A man in a wheelchair saved from a burning house by a neighbour: The neighbor saw smoke and flames coming from the small house. He ran to help. READ MORE

Parking garage, Frosty Morn and other projects back on track after City Council vote: The council reversed the situation this week and the car park is now being funded again, along with several other projects. READ MORE

Rep. Mark Green introduces a bill providing more funding to Land Between the Lakes: The bill would allocate $8 million per year to the recreation area. READ MORE

“We are like you, but different”: two faces of autism: Life does not end with a diagnosis of childhood autism; This is just the beginning. Here’s what it’s like for two adults living with autism. READ MORE

Warehouse Concert Lounge will close in August this year: The Warehouse Concert Lounge and Event Center has announced its closure on August 7. READ MORE

A Ukrainian professor at APSU talks about his daughter and grandchildren fleeing the war zone: They stayed in Ukraine as long as they could, then fled to neighboring Slovakia soon after the Russian invasion began. READ MORE

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Janet Barnes donates artwork to help community organizations – The Oxford Eagle


Janet Barnes had a multitude of talents.

She was a nurse, painter, teacher, generous friend and supporter of community organizations. She was president of the Oxford Artists Guild for many years, taught classes through the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, donated her tuition fees to support the arts council, was featured at the Double Decker and was part of the annual Holiday Art Market.

Her kindness and support for the organizations she loved were revealed in her last wishes after her passing in February. She donated her art collection, representing both her work and the work of the artist she collected, to support the Oxford Artists Guild, Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and First Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Barnes was a well-known painter whose work won awards in local, state and regional competitions. His watercolors of flowers and downtown scenes became popular note cards and stationery. His works are featured in the Art Guild store at Sugar Magnolia.

Although known for her watercolours, Mrs. Barnes covered a range of styles. Playfully create abstracts, explore oils, capture blooming flowers and intimate portraits. Additionally, Barnes collected works from students, Mississippi artists, and artists from other places she lived, supporting and encouraging fellow artists. The large art collection will be offered for sale online and at a reception at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center on Friday, April 15, 2022. The reception and sale will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

“Donating to or remembering community organizations as part of one’s estate planning is a huge gift,” said Wayne Andrews of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. Many small organizations do not have the resources to discuss with their supporters the impact that a donation of this nature can have on the organization.

“In the short term, it helps mourners remember the person they lost in a way that’s important to that person,” Andrews added.

Gifts of works of art, shares or property as part of an estate allow the donor to increase the impact of their bequest. The charity would not have to pay gift tax when it receives assets. It also reduces the estate tax burden on the family. As the assets are transferred directly to the charity, the estate would qualify for a federal estate tax deduction.

The Canada Council hopes that this reception will provide members of the community with an opportunity to keep the memory of Janet Barnes alive. Proceeds from the sale of his artwork, note cards, prints and works by other artists will support the Oxford Artist Guild, Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and First Presbyterian Church. The arts council has set up a donation option in memory of Janet Barnes for those wishing to make a donation in her memory. The donation will be distributed to organizations in his memory.

To learn more, explore the works at auction, or donate, visit www.oxfordarts.com

Wayne Andrews is the executive director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council.

A leap of faith | News, Sports, Jobs


– Messenger photo by Kelby Wingert

Christy Nielsen, owner of InSPArational Treatments by Christy, introduces the SkinPen microneedling system she offers at her company.

Christy Nielsen spent 33 years working in dermatology as a registered nurse. She learned to love performing cosmetic procedures at Mid-Iowa Dermatology, and Dr. Scott Green encouraged her to eventually get away from it all on her own.

She recently opened InSPArational Treatments by Christy, located at 1728 Central Ave., Suite 3.

“This year I decided, I’m 55 and if I don’t do it now, I don’t know when I will,” said Nielsen. “So I took the leap of faith and I did it and I love it.”

Before opening her business, Nielsen took a course in Minneapolis to train and become certified in injectable cosmetic procedures.

Nielsen specializes in Botox, Juvederm fillers, VI chemical peels, SkinMedica chemical peels, SkinPen microneedling and offers a range of luxury skin care products to help customers protect their “investment” after a performance.

“I’m really excited for the SkinPen that does microneedling,” she says. “This is the first FDA-approved microneedling system.”

The tool itself is made in the United States and has been tested and found to be safe, she said.

“It will help with the texture of the skin”, Nielsen explained. “What it does is it goes down to the collagen layer and it breaks down your collagen and then when the collagen rebuilds it plumps up the skin and helps fight acne scars , discoloration and wrinkles.”

As a breast cancer survivor, Nielsen loves helping other women look and feel their best and wants to provide affordable options. She is also supervised by a medical supervisor, Andrea Oswald, a nurse practitioner.

One of the biggest misconceptions about medical cosmetics, Nielsen said, is that they will make the client’s face look really stiff.

“Hollywood stars haven’t helped the beauty industry because they’re doing way too much,” she says. “My philosophy has always been conservative because we can always add more. I don’t want somebody going out and going home saying, ‘I wish I hadn’t done that.’

Nielsen had intended to open on April 1, but word spread and she received so many requests for appointments that she decided to start early and saw her first client on March 14. An open house is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 23, where she will do a live demo of the SkinPen and have testers for guests to try out the products.

Hours are by appointment only and can be made by calling Nielsen at 515-408-0409.

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Idaho Supreme Court temporarily blocks implementation of new abortion law


The Idaho Supreme Court on Friday issued an order temporarily blocking the implementation of a new Texas-style abortion law, as the court prepares to consider a legal challenge to the Idaho law.

Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice G. Richard Bevan signed the order which suspended the implementation of Senate Bill 1309, which would allow relatives to sue a medical professional who performs an abortion after heart activity is detected, for a minimum of $20,000. The law is modeled after a Texas abortion law and extends Idaho’s Fetal Heartbeat Unborn Child Protection Act, which the Idaho legislature passed via House Bill 366 in 2021.

The Idaho Attorney General’s Office issued an advisory saying the law would likely ban nearly all abortions in Idaho and would likely be ruled unconstitutional if challenged in court.

Governor Brad Little signed into law Senate Bill 1309 on March 23 after writing that he supported the bill’s pro-life policies but feared it was “proven both unconstitutional and reckless.”

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A few days later, on March 29, Planned Parenthood Great Northwest filed a petition in the Idaho Supreme Court seeking to block the implementation of the law and have it thrown out and declared unconstitutional.

Proponents of the law say Senate Bill 1309 would reduce the number of abortions.

But in its legal petition, Planned Parenthood argued that the bill is an “unprecedented power grab” that would “wreak havoc” on the lives of Idahoans and their rights.

“The enforcement mechanism and substance of SB 1309 is patently unconstitutional, so much so that the Idaho Attorney General’s Office issued an advisory to that effect, and the Governor highlighted similar concerns upon signing” , the attorneys for Planned Parenthood wrote. “Even setting aside the fundamental right to privacy in intimate family decision-making guaranteed by the Idaho Constitution, the bill’s flaws are glaring and numerous: it violates the separation of powers doctrine ( art. II, § 1); Idaho’s prohibition of special legislation (Art. III, § 19); the prohibition by the due process clause of excessive and vague penalties (art. I, § 13); the guarantee of the confidentiality of information (art. I, §§ 1, 2, 17, 21); and the equal protection clause (art. I, §§ 1, 2). SB 1309 should be invalidated for one of these independent reasons only. Yet it goes even further, effectively banning pre-viability abortions in Idaho, in violation of the petitioners’ patient rights under nearly fifty years of precedent.

Contacted late Friday afternoon, Little’s publicist, Marissa Morrison-Hyer, said Little’s office does not comment on ongoing litigation.

The law would have gone into effect on April 22 without the Idaho Supreme Court’s new order temporarily blocking its implementation while the court reviews the law.

Wireless Medical Alert System Market Statistics and Industry Analysis Detailed in Latest Research Study and Analysis Report 2022-2028: Philips, Life Alert, Greatcall, ADT, Bay Alarm Medical


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✤ Life Alert
✤ Big call
✤ Bay Alarm Medical
✤ Stall
✤ Mobile help
✤ Connect America
✤ Alert-1
✤ Rescue Alert
✤ Medical Tutor
✤ Lifefone
✤ Life station
✤ Galaxy Medical Alert Systems

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✤ Cellular
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Middle East and Africa: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Turkey, Nigeria and South Africa
Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Russia and Italy
South America: Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, etc..

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2.2 Product trends
2.3 End-use trends
2.4 Trade trends

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3.2 Industry Landscape
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