Understanding the Patient: Why Patients Elect Home Care

It’s National Home Care and Hospice Month. As in most healthcare professions, understanding the patient’s perspectives and reasoning behind electing home care can give healthcare workers empathy for their patients, which in turn improves patient satisfaction and overall health. Understanding the Patient’s Perspective on Home Care Family Ties: Home care patients often receive at least Read More

6 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia; it is marked by memory loss, cognitive problems, and behavioral issues. More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Whether you are a healthcare professional or a concerned family member or friend, awareness of Alzheimer’s disease is critical Read More

Advancing Healthcare Simulation for Nurses

The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) is the leading global association focused on improving patient safety through excellence in healthcare simulation. Through their journal, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, webinars, and conferences, they are dedicated to the science of healthcare simulation. INACSL’s stated mission is “advancing the science of healthcare simulation.” Their Read More

Simulation Accreditation Guidelines

Accreditation gives an institution more than bragging rights. It indicates to those interested in a program of study that you have fulfilled a number of requirements as determined by a third party. The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) is the top accrediting organization for healthcare simulation programs. SSH Council for Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Read More

Developing Diabetes Simulation for Education

Every November, National Diabetes Awareness Month is observed to raise awareness with individuals, health care professionals, organizations, and communities across the country who are directly or indirectly affected by this serious disease. The CDC reports in 2014 that 29.1 million people, or 9.3%, of the population has diabetes, with nearly 8.1 million people being undiagnosed. Read More

Teaching Strategies for the Simulation Lab

Simulation is the perfect step between the classroom and clinical experience with actual patients. However, even simulation has limitations, precisely because it’s not real. It gives students limited realistic human interaction. Simulation lacks the presence of physiological symptoms, and, knowing that no one is at risk, students may not take it seriously. As a result, Read More