Tag: healthcare

Women deliver baby dolls to elderly dementia, Alzheimer’s patients.

“I can promise you that no matter what you got for Valentine’s Day, mine was way bigger and better than anything you could ever imagine. A few weeks ago, I told you about my dear friend and co-worker Sandy Cambron that gave my mom and her roommate babies. Today she delivered 28 babies and four […]

Think you’ve got a tough job? Try being a nurse.

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning.  If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Modern-day nursing has come a long way since the days of its founder, Florence Nightingale. Today, the 400,000 nurses in health-care facilities […]

The controversy surrounding the death of British toddler Alfie Evans, explained.

Alfie Evans, the terminally ill toddler at the heart of a heated legal battle in the UK, has died. Almost a year after the controversial case of sick child Charlie Gard rocked the UK, Evans’s case galvanized the nation and the world. Alfie Evans was a nearly 2-year-old British child with a mysterious, terminal degenerative […]

‘You feel like your world is over’: Problems and solutions for medical graduates without residencies.

Record numbers of Canada’s best and brightest medical graduates are having their careers stalled by a lack of residency spots, a problem that could snowball for doctors and their patients. Medical school graduates have an MD after their name. But they still need to complete years of supervised training, or residency, in specialities such as […]

The Newbie.

Unless you’re in healthcare, I don’t think a lot of people understand what it’s like for the first time to come across reading a patient’s chart. I’ve never related to something so much, it’s crazy how far i’ve come along though in being able to decipher much of the medical lingo that is used by […]

Delirium ‘a dreaded scourge’ underdiagnosed in hospitals.

By: Kas Roussy Robert Van Herpt was 53 when he decided to overhaul his life. A heavy drinker and smoker, he quit both at once cold turkey. He started a new antidepressant. It was, in many ways, a new beginning. But it didn’t go according to plan. Before long, Van Herpt stopped sleeping. And that’s when he […]

The Small Things.

I can’t believe how quickly the term is wrapping up. I’ve almost completed my 13 week stint in general medicine and I can definitely say there’s a drastic difference from that first week student nurse. I am not only more confident in my skills and assessments, but more aware of what is actually going on […]

7 Things Nurses Deal with that Make Others Freak Out.

By: Lee Nelson Being a nurse involves seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and dealing with some of life’s not-so-pleasant things. Nurses face it all from the grossest to the most stunning situations that would make the normal person squirm or run. They build up an immunity to it, but it’s still something that can make them very […]

We’re Working Nurses to Death.

By: Jason Silverstein Nurses do the work that neither hospitals nor patients could live without, which comes at an ever-increasing physical and emotional cost, as they are expected to aid sicker patients for longer hours with less support. Otherwise, nursing could easily be the best job in the United States—the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates more […]

First Clinical Shift.

I’ve honestly never felt so overwhelmed in my life entering the clinical portion of my program. Friday was my first day as a level 2 clinical student! I finally reached a big milestone in working with actual patients :O It’s crazzzzzy how much nurse’s know and the things that are expected of us. I mean […]