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

Importance of Safe Patient Handling Education

One major source of injury to healthcare workers is musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), over 50 percent of injuries and illnesses reported in 2013 among nursing assistants were MSDs. The key to protecting workers is teaching safe patient handling before students graduate. Learning the proper techniques of safe Read More

3 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care

Respiratory care for asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, and other lung diseases is an important component of nursing, physician, and EMS education. Lung disease is on the rise, with the number of estimated deaths from lung disease (not including lung cancer) about 235,000 annually. Respiratory processes to treat common lung diseases: Tracheostomy In Read More

The One BLS Skill Hard to Practice

Basic Life Support (BLS) protocol, which includes cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, drowning, and foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO, or choking), is familiar to most healthcare providers, from first responders to certified school nurses. Even laypeople trained and certified in CPR are familiar with the steps of assessing and performing BLS. The BLS sequence, also known Read More