Nurseblogger http://www.onlinebsn.org Health tips and resources for nurses, doctors, and medical enthusiasts Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:01:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Top 20 Sites for Nursing News http://www.onlinebsn.org/2011/top-20-sites-for-nursing-news/ Tue, 27 Sep 2011 11:15:08 +0000 http://onlinebsn.org/?p=216 Nurses are always at the front lines of health care. No matter the career path you take in nursing, chances are that you will be prominent in the treatment of patients. From nursing assistants to nurse practitioners, the role of nursing in health care is expanding. If you are a nurse, you need to be on top of the latest developments in the world of health care.

The good news is that the Internet provides access to some great resources. Whether you are looking for news about the latest treatment, or looking for nursing salary information, you can stay one step ahead with the help of a good news website. If you want to know what’s happening in the world of nursing, and in the world of health care in general, here are 20 great sites to visit:

Web Sites Devoted to Nursing News

These are web sites that cater especially to nurses and nursing. News about policies, practices and technological advancements can be found on these web sites. You will get the latest news related to all things nursing industry.

  1. Nursing Times: Stop by the nursing times to get latest headlines, and to read industry news. This is an interesting look at what is going on with nurses and nursing.
  2. Nursing News: Get headlines about what’s happening in the world of nursing from news web site Topix. Great resource for general industry news.
  3. Advance for Nurses: Visit this web site to get the latest headlines from the world of nursing. Find out about the latest practices and treatments, as well as the latest policies that affect nurses and health care. A solid resource for nurses of all types.
  4. Nursing: This nursing feed from Alltop provides you with the latest headlines and developments from the nursing industry.
  5. Nurse Practitioner World News: This journal’s web site offers you a peek at the global news related to NPs. It’s a great resource for nurse practitioners, as well as for others in various nursing professions. Addresses different issues and trends as well.
  6. School Nurse News: If you are a school nurse, you will likely find special benefits in this web site. You can learn more about being a more effective school nurse. Also includes information on treatment, policy and more.

Web Sites Offering General Medical News

Sometimes, it can help to be up to date on more general medical news. Many nurses aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients, and the latest medical knowledge and breakthroughs can be helpful — even when not presented exclusively in the context of nursing.

  1. Medscape: The place for medical professionals to go for news. Includes the outcomes of studies, as well as the latest breakthroughs and headlines. One of the best places to look for news on health care.
  2. Medical News Today: Are you interested in the latest health and medicine trends? This web site offers great insight into the latest breakthroughs and headlines. You can even find a section on nursing and midwifery.
  3. MDLinx: Get the latest medical news and information quickly and understandably. Includes specific sections on nursing to help you find nurse specific news as well as general medical headlines.
  4. Medpage Today: Latest headlines about disease, treatment and general health trends. You can also find information on nursing, and good information on better helping your patients.
  5. Reuters Health: Thomson Reuters offers a look at breaking health headlines from around the world. Read in-depth stories, as well as quick news stories. Find out what is going on right now in the world of health care — no matter where you are.
  6. WebMD: This popular web site offers latest health news and tips. Although it’s aimed mainly at consumers, there is still very good information for health professionals. Indeed, nurses can get an idea of what’s important to their patients by surfing through the news on this web site.
  7. Medical News: This news web site is more about the medical industry than it is about anything else. If you are interested in the business side of health care, and industry headlines, this news web site can be a great resource.

Nursing Communities and Oganizations

The web sites of online nursing communities and professional organizations can be great resources for news and information. You can get the latest career trends news, as well as discuss your opinions of the latest nursing and health care policies and headlines. Get involved and stay informed.

  1. Nurse.com: This Gannett owned web site is a great community resource. It includes the latest headlines, as well as information that can help you in your career. Learn more about jobs, policies, headlines, and the latest breakthroughs, and connect with other nurses.
  2. AllNurses.com: Visit this community for great information on nursing, career trends, and more. Headlines, policy news and the latest treatment techniques can be discussed on this web site.
  3. NursingWorld: The American Nurses Association runs this great community for professional nurses. You can read the latest news, and get more information on the latest developments in the science of nursing.
  4. NurseZone: This popular nursing community helps you connect with other nurses, and provides the latest news. You can even get your news sorted by specialty so that you can focus on the news most likely to benefit you — and your patients.
  5. American Academy of Nurse Practitioners: Visit this professional organization’s web site to learn about medical breakthroughs, advances for NPs, and the latest policy battles revolving around nurse practitioners.
  6. U.S. Army Nurse Corps: A great place to go if you are interested in Army nursing. This is a great community site that offers news and information, as well as the chance to interact with other Army nurses. You can also get career information, and learn about the latest trends in nursing and health care.
  7. National Student Nurse’s Association: Use this site to get the latest information, as well as career help. A great community for nursing students. Make connections now that can help you later. A great live chat feature, as well as links and helpful information on news, representatives, and more.
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The 15 Best Movies About Nursing http://www.onlinebsn.org/2011/the-15-best-movies-about-nursing/ Wed, 06 Jul 2011 11:00:06 +0000 http://onlinebsn.org/?p=188 During any doctor or hospital visit, nurses can be found everywhere and are often more likely to spend more time with the patients than the doctors themselves. However, this was not so 100 years ago. Since even before then, there has always been the need for caring and compassionate nurses, and there are many nurses who have risen to fill that void. However, with the success of nurse and doctor themed films and television programs, nurses can suffer in the gap from perception to reality.

To help illustrate this – and hopefully clear up a few misconceptions – we have listed the 15 best movies about nursing. From the documentary of actual nurses to the far spun tales of nurses gone wrong, they feature both the best and worst in nursing. You can also watch a few of them to learn the history of nursing in addition to being entertained.

  1. Florence Nightingale
    A made for television film, it follows Jaclyn Smith as Florence Nightingale and shows how the Lady with the Lamp became one of the most important advocates for sanitation and cleanliness. Follow Florence from her early roots to her nursing career during the Crimean War and even some battles with the medical establishment. A must see for an in depth look at what many call the founder of modern day nursing.
  2. Miss Evers’ Boys
    Alfre Woodard stars in this 1997 film made for HBO. She plays small town nurse Eunice Evers, who witnesses the horrors of the Tuskegee experiment. It was nominated for and won several Emmys including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.
  3. MASH
    We’ve all heard of the popular television series, but it was actually launched after this successful 1970 film. It is based on the story of three army doctors and takes place during the Korean War. A few nurses with clever nicknames also show up in this highly acclaimed film.
  4. So Proudly We Hail!
    In another entry about historic nurses, this film follows a group of stationed in the Philippines during the days of World War II. It stars film classic favorites Claudette Colbert, Veronica Lake, and Paulette Goddard, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The film is based on a book written by an actual WWII nurse.
  5. Cry Havoc
    What do a Southern Belle, waitress, and stripper have in common? In this 1943 picture, they are all turned army nurses stationed in Bataan during World War II. Again, nurses face the plight of war from the other end of the fighting. The film is also based on a play that starred Carol Channing and is named after a Shakespeare line.
  6. A Farewell to Arms
    This film is based on an Ernest Hemingway novel which was semi-autobiographical. Directed by Charles Vidor, the 1957 film stars leading man Rock Hudson as an American soldier who meets and falls in love with a British nurse in an Italian hospital during World War I. Not uncommon for Hemingway work, it ends on a sad note.
  7. Wit
    This film was based on a 1999 Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name. Emma Thompson plays a fiercely demanding professor of English literature who contracts cancer. While at a hospital, an aggressive and experimental treatment is recommended. When it comes down to the patient’s final wishes and care, it is Nurse Susie who steps into the spotlight.
  8. Night Nurse
    How far has nursing come in the last 80 years? The answer to that is in this film starring Barbara Stanwyck made in 1931. In the film, she plays a nurse who seeks the help of a petty criminal to foil a sinister plot to murder two children. Also useful for showing how nurses were trained and what they did.
  9. The Bag of Knees
    This documentary follows the lives of nurses in various hospital wards. The film includes their backgrounds, careers, and experiences. Even the recent changes in healthcare are discussed. Click here to see a free scene from the documentary.
  10. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Don’t know who Nurse Ratched is? Then check out this 1975 Oscar Winner that follows a young Jack Nicholson through a stay at a mental institution. Louise Fletcher plays the offending nurse who makes his stay memorable.
  11. The Nun’s Story
    Although the film focuses on the life and expectations of a nun, it is worth watching for Audrey Hepburn’s role as the lead, where she plays a nun and a nurse. The film is based on the true story of a nun at the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary, where the main character is witness to a variety atrocities and must decide between her roles as a nun or a nurse.
  12. Meet the Parents
    Sick of movies where nurses are only nurses and not people? For the double whammy of also featuring a male nurse is this film, which also spawned two sequels. Ben Stiller plays a nurse and newly-minted bane of his to be father in law’s existence. Robert De Niro plays the father-in-law and an ex CIA agent who can truly make any addition to the family miserable.
  13. The Nurse
    Although nurses are known for caring for their patients above all, this 1997 film takes another turn. When the man who drove her father to go on a killing spree shows up in her hospital, this nurse gets the perfect opportunity for revenge. With an R rating, this psychological thriller is not for the easily scared.
  14. Prison Nurse
    Not as bad as the title makes it sound, this is another entry in the “just watch it to see what nursing was like then” entries. Made in 1938, the story follows a nurse who signs on at a maximum security prison. When a typhoid epidemic breaks out, Judy and her friends must hold fast to save the day.
  15. 13 Weeks
    More of a web series than a film, it follows the true story of six Access Nurse Travel RNs as they work in Southern California. From the ER to the ICU, many elements of nursing are shared. See all six episodes here.
    1. And there are many other films and shows where nurses are depicted in addition to the above 15 best movies about nursing. Although nurses often get a supporting role on screen, their dedication and commitment to patients is far more common place in the everyday world.

      ]]> 20 Informative Web Forums About Nurse Certification Prep http://www.onlinebsn.org/2011/20-informative-web-forums-about-nurse-certification-prep/ Wed, 15 Jun 2011 11:30:35 +0000 http://onlinebsn.org/?p=198 Being a nurse means long hours put in for job preparation, as well as once you’re on the job. At these forums and messageboards, nurses and aspiring nurses discuss the ins-and-outs of the job and certification requirements in the various nursing departments. Whether you’re already in nursing school or looking for a career change, scoping out these forums and message boards .

      Nursing Forums and Message Boards

      Get the inside scoop on nursing certification from these forums and message boards where industry professionals chat.

      1. All Nurses This is one of the major online nursing communities. Stop by and learn all about certification in your state and get information on any specialized certification you may need to practice in certain areas. This site also focuses on a nurse’s health to ensure you’re in tip-top shape for taking care of patients.
      2. Ultimate Nurse Forum This is a must-read for nurses and aspiring nurses. It has forums dedicated to certification to become a CNA, LPN/LVN and more. There’s also a busy section over unionized nurses.
      3. We The Nurses This site is packed with information over certification, training, clinicals and everything else you need to know about becoming a nurse. It also talks salary, nursing on television and how to prepare yourself for a new department.
      4. Nurse This busy nurse forum is ready to answer your questions when it comes to classes, certification and training in hospitals and doctors’ offices. For those looking to scope out the different areas a nurse can work in, this message board is a must-read.
      5. Nurses Forum When it comes to tests and certification, this nurse forum helps you keep track of what you’ll need to do to become licensed and hired for a job. Many overlook certification requirements in the early stages of nursing school and it’s important to have your ducks in a row before moving on to the job hunt.
      6. Nursing Voices This nursing message board has many different forums, but the student forum is especially helpful for those deciphering certification and credentials for landing a job. Veterans and newbie nurses post frequently, giving you a taste of how the industry has changed in the past few decades.
      7. Nurse Connect Think of this site as a social networking site for nurses. Nurses chat about certification and licensing in their respective states and keep each other informed on the regions that are booming in terms of job opportunities. It also discusses hot topics like social media’s role in patient updates for families.
      8. The Student Nurse Forum For all of the student nurses that are looking to plan their career path, this is the blog for you. Learn all about clinicals, the tests you’ll need to take to become certified in a certain area and how to study for these exams with the help of the site’s study aides.
      9. Student Doc At this site, students of the medical community gather and talk about certification, clinicals and the other various parts of training for the medical field. Nurses have their own forum and discuss CNA and LNP/LPV pre-requisites.
      10. Just Us Nurses Here nurses rant and rave about their jobs and give aspiring nurses the real deal on what to expect once they’re on the job. It also talks about certification by state and offers advice for those looking to move jobs while staying in the nursing profession.
      11. Blogs and Sites for Nurses

        For a better understanding of what’s required of nurses and what certification and licensing you can expect to obtain before working, check out these top blogs and websites aimed at nursing or the medical community.

      12. Nurse Credentialing Find out everything about nursing credentials and how to prepare for exams. There’s also a section over any updates regarding credentials, which can be tricky to keep up with since rules and regulations are always changing.
      13. Test Prep Preview There’s no such thing as being too prepared. This site allows you to take practice tests for free and it’s easy to look up the certification exam you’re taking. This site should be bookmarked by anyone studying for nursing exams.
      14. AZ Mom in Nursing School You’ll quickly become addicted to this fantastic blog penned by a mom/nursing student. It’s half nursing school trials, half family drama and makes for a fun read for those who know the struggles and stresses that training for any medical degree brings on.
      15. Nurse Teeny This nurse doesn’t hold back when it comes to the good, the bad or the ugly in the medical community. Nursing is a grueling profession that’s physically, emotionally and mentally exhausting at times and this blog shows you how one nurse is juggling responsibilities.
      16. Registered Nurse RN This site is great because it gives a little history on nursing. It also discusses certification and licensing and how to plan a career in the field. It also talks about on-the-job skills like communicating effectively with doctors and other hospital or office staff.
      17. Nursing School Network This nursing blog will get you prepped for school and confident about taking your exams for certification. This blog talks scholarships, online nursing programs and how to take your skills to the next level by going from a RN to a BSN or BSN to MN.
      18. John Hopkins Nursing Blog This blog is penned by students at John Hopkins University and gives you the real deal when it comes to nursing school. Learn how the aspiring nurses are handling responsibilities at various stages of nursing school and how they prep for exams.
      19. Nursing Ninjas There’s nothing like getting facts on nursing school and certification exams straight from the source. This site serves as a mega directory of sorts for all things nursing school and is eager to dole out advice on career planning and making the transition from one department to another.
      20. Nurse’s Watch You’ll be entertained by this blogger/nurse who isn’t afraid to talk about where she came from and the journey she’s taken to become a nurse. It is an inspirational read for anyone in or outside of the medical community and just the thing an aspiring nurse needs to read before exams.
      21. About a Nurse This blog is dedicated to the ups and downs of nursing school. It serves as a feed of sorts, garnering nursing school blog posts from around the web to give you a taste of what aspiring nurses are going through.

      Certification for nursing programs takes time, but at this stage, you should be well-prepared for such a task. Look to these nursing forums and messageboards, as well as blogs and websites to give you an edge. Nursing is a career that requires someone with a leveled head and calm demeanor, as well as the technical skills learned in school. Studying for certification will help you gain the discipline needed to thrive in this fast-paced environment.

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      The History of Nursing in America: The Ultimate Web Guide http://www.onlinebsn.org/2011/the-history-of-nursing-in-america-the-ultimate-web-guide/ Thu, 14 Apr 2011 00:21:43 +0000 http://onlinebsn.org/?p=176 If you want to know about the history of nursing in America, you don’t need to burn gas to travel to an archive. Museums, libraries and other resources have provided plenty of digitized materials to learn about this topic. We also included a few resources outside the U.S., especially when that information pertained to the Red Cross, WWI, WWII or other situations where nurses across the world worked together.

      Archives and Collections

      1. ArchivesAlan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions: The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions houses the Johns Hopkins Nursing Historical Collection, the Church Home Nursing Collection and the Dorothea Orem Collection.
      2. Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing: The mission of the Bates Center is to ensure the generation of historical knowledge, scholarship, and research on healthcare and nursing history in the U.S. and across the globe.
      3. Bonnie & Vern Bullough History of Nursing Collection: The History of Nursing Collection was established by Bonnie Bullough, former Dean of the School of Nursing, University at Buffalo, and Vern Bullough, SUNY Distingui shed Professor of History, SUNY College at Buffalo, in 1990.
      4. Canadian Nursing History Collection: This online collection contains artifacts and documents held by the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Canadian War Museum and the Library and Archives Canada.
      5. Center for Nursing History, Ethics, Human Rights and Innovations: This center is located in Johnson Hall of Nursing on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, where you can find easy access to historical papers and artifacts, computers linking to international archival databases, and the assistance of two doctorally-prepared nurse historians.
      6. Clendening History of Medicine Library & Museum: This link for this archive leads to digitalized letters from Florence Nightingale. Many of the 39 Florence Nightingale letters, including two recent purchases, have been acquired through the generosity of the University of Kansas Nurses Alumni Association.
      7. Foundation of New York State Nurses: This foundation’s primary purpose is to increase public knowledge and understanding of nursing, the nursing profession, and the arts and sciences on which human health depends.
      8. Graham Hospital School of Nursing Library: This Illinois Digital Archives project contains 938 items, including photographs, documents, diplomas and more.
      9. Josephine A. Dolan Collection of Nursing History: This is a finding aid composed by Laima Karosas, and focuses on the archives and special collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center in Storrs, Connecticut.
      10. Navy NursesNurses and the U.S. Navy, 1917-1919: This is just one page of a few that the Naval History & Heritage Command offers online.
      11. Nursing History Digitization Project: This site, which was developed by the Mount Saint Vincent University Archives, explores the history of nursing education in Nova Scotia from 1890 to the late twentieth century.
      12. Pioneer Nurses of West Virginia: Pioneer Nurses are those who were nurses in West Virginia from the 1860s through 1935.
      13. The Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry: Established at the University of Virginia in 1991 to support historical scholarship in nursing, this center is dedicated to the preservation and study of nursing history.
      14. The Museum of Nursing History, Inc.: The Museum of Nursing History, Inc. endeavors to recognize the many efforts and achievements of nurses through the preservation and display of nursing artifacts, texts, and correspondence over the years.
      15. The Zwerdling Nursing Archives: This site contains images of postcards about nursing, a rich resource of images from an equally rich past.
      16. UK Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery: UKCHNM) is dedicated to research and education in the history of nursing and midwifery. It is part of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work.
      17. U.S. National Library of Medicine: The manuscript collection includes the American College of Nurse Midwives, National Organization for Public Health Nursing and the National League for Nursing. The Prints and Photographs Collection includes a pictorial documentation of nursing; an index is available and copies may be purchased.
      18. University of Louisville Digital Collections: The online “Nursing School” collection holds, currently, 107 digital photographs and documents.

      Articles

      1. An 1895 Look At Nursing: An extract from the book, Ambulance Work and Nursing — A Handbook on First Aid to the Injured with a Section on Nursing, Etc.
      2. Civil War NursesCivil War Nurses, “The Angels of the Battlefield”: Approximately two thousand women, North and South, served as volunteer nurses in military hospitals during the American Civil War. Dorothea Dix and Clara Barton were the leaders of a national effort to organize a nursing corps to care for the war’s wounded and sick.
      3. National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses Founded! In August, 2908, Martha Minerva Franklin founded this association, which was successful up until 1951, when the NACGN merged with the ANA (American Nurses Association).
      4. RN: The Past Present and Future of The Nurses’s Uniform: An article with photographs from an exhibit that displays nursing uniforms dating back to the nation’s first hospital founded in Philadelphia in 1751.
      5. Women in the Civil War: Five Nurses from St. Lawrence County: The St. Lawrence County, NY branch of the American Association of University Women wrote this Woman of Courage profile.

      Organizations

      1. American Association for the History of Nursing: founded in 1978 as a historical methodology group, AAHN is a professional organization open to everyone interested in the history of nursing.
      2. American Red Cross Nursing: Today’s Red Cross nurses continue a proud tradition of service that stretches back to the earliest days of the International Red Cross Movement and the founding of the American Red Cross.
      3. Bellevue Alumnae Canter for Nursing History: Endowed by the Bellevue Alumnae in 2000, this Center is dedicated to preserving the magnificent history of Nursing in New York State.
      4. Canadian Association for the History of Nursing: The mission for this organization is to promote interest in the history of nursing and to develop scholarship in the field.
      5. Florence Nightingale Museum: Florence Nightingale led the nurses caring for thousands of soldiers during the Crimean War and helped save the British army from medical disaster.
      6. Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.: Wendover is the historic headquarters of the Frontier Nursing Service. Mrs. Breckinridge’s home, the Big House, is located at Wendover. In 1991, the Big House was recognized as a National Historic Landmark and in 2001, it was certified as a bed and breakfast.
      7. History of Nursing Society: This society operates in conjunction with the Royal College of Nursing, located in London.
      8. Margaret AllemangMargaret M. Allemang Society for the History of Nursing: This is an Ontario organization open to anyone interested in the history of nursing.
      9. National League for Nursing History: A timeline that charts the beginning of this organization in 1893 through 2002 “and beyond.”

      Resources

      1. Black Nurses in History: This is a bibliography and guide to Web resources about various nurses, including Mamie O. Hale, Jessie Sleet Scales and Mary Seacole.
      2. Country Joe McDonald’s Tribute to Florence Nightingale: This author puts together a different insight into the “Lady with the Lamp” in an entertaining and educational way.
      3. History of Nursing Resources: This guide, offered by the John A. Graziano Memorial Library at Samuel Merritt University, offers books, videos, journal articles and Web sites on the subject of nursing history.
      4. History of Nursing Resources: This resource is offered by the James Madison University Libraries, including Web sites, collections, articles and other resources.
      5. Men in American Nursing History: A resource that offers a history of nursing in general and men in nursing in particular. This resource is cited.
      6. The history of nursing in the British Empire (1906): Internet Archives holds many resources, this free download being just one of those items.
      7. UIC History of Nursing: This page is a guide to selected resources on the History of Nursing available through the Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago.
      8. Women in Medical Fields: This site includes bibliographies and databases, biographical sources, journals in the field and primary sources via digital collections.
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      33 Essential Sites & Apps to “X-Ray” Any Food You Eat http://www.onlinebsn.org/2010/33-essential-sites-apps-to-x-ray-any-food-you-eat/ Fri, 26 Mar 2010 21:32:10 +0000 http://onlinebsn.org/?p=103 Foods today have a number additives, artificial ingredients, and chemicals with long and confusing names. With all the processing that goes on, and with all the health problems that can come with eating foods that could be unfamiliar, it is little surprise that, in the midst of a growing obesity epidemic and growing food-related health concerns, that many are becoming interested in having a better idea of what is in their food. You don’t have to be a nutritionist, nurse or other health care professional to know what’s in your food, though. Here are 33 sites that can help you figure out what’s in any food you eat:

      Nutrition Information

      Food PyramidHow healthy is that food anyway? What kinds of nutrients are in it? You can learn about nutrition data, and what is in your food when you visit these web sites, which are devoted to helping you learn about nutrition data, and what’s in your food.

      1. NutritionData: This is perhaps the best sight out there for nutrition information. Offers helpful insight into what’s in your food, and how you can choose foods that are healthier to eat.
      2. Nutrition.gov: The U.S. government offers information on learning about proper nutrition, learning what goes into food, and understanding how you can plan nutritional meals for your family.
      3. Food and Nutrition Information Center: Another government web site, this provides facts about food nutrition, and provides dietary guidance as well as information on food composition and life cycle nutrition.
      4. Nutri-Facts: Get an inside look at what’s in your food, using this searchable site with information on more than 6,000 different foods.
      5. Nutrient Data Laboratory: The USDA provides yet another helpful tool in understanding what sort of nutritional value your food has. This keyword-based search tool can help you learn about what’s in your food.
      6. Nutrition: Learn about proper nutrition, how to find out what is in your food, and how to follow a diet rich in healthy things for your body.
      7. Nutrition Facts, Nutrition News, Food Nutrition Data, Diet News, Naturopathy Digest: Get information and new on what’s happening in the world of nutrition, as well as what is in your food. A naturopathy twist to nutrition is included, as well as recipes.

      Reading Food Labels

      Food LabelsOne of the most useful skills you can have is reading nutrition labels. Here are some sights that can help you learn to read food labels so that you understand the nutritional value of your food.

      1. Wikipedia: Provides a great overview of food labels, and how to read them. Also goes over some of the differences between food labels in Australia and New Zealand, Canada, the EU, Mexico and the U.S.
      2. FDA: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides a helpful guide to reading nutrition fact labels.
      3. KidsHealth: There is a helpful guide on understanding food labels, and properly reading them, on this web site.
      4. American Heart Association: A step-by-step guide to reading food labels, and deciphering what the phrases on the labels really mean.
      5. Pediatrics: Offers a helpful guide to reading food labels, and understanding what different sections mean.
      6. Life Clinic: Learn the lingo used on food labels, and get an overview of how to more effectively read labels so that you can make better nutrition decisions.
      7. MedlinePlus: Learn how to properly read and use nutrition labels to help you make better food choices.

      Counting Calories

      Cake has lots of caloriesIt helps to know how many calories your food has. It can also be helpful to understand that where your calories come from does matter. Here are some great sites to help you learn more about calories, and getting more of the right ones.

      1. Calorie Count: This service from About.com offers you calorie counts for thousands of foods, and provides you with insight as to where those calories are coming from.
      2. The Calorie Counter: Get basic calorie intake information, and track what you are eating with help from this searchable site.
      3. CalorieKing: Get calories information on different foods, searchable and divided into easy to understand categories.
      4. CalorieLab: Interesting information on calories in food, as well as data on how many calories you burn doing different activites.
      5. Weight Loss: This site includes helpful information on how to properly calculate your caloric needs each day, as well as how to choose foods that help you keep a healthy balance.
      6. Wellsphere: Get some solid information on different calorie questions related to fruits, vegetables and liquids.
      7. HowStuffWorks: An excellent guide to calories, how they work, and where they com from.
      8. Cleveland Clinic: Learn about calories, and the differences between fat and calories. Also, understand how to read calorie claims on food labels.

      Eating Vegetarian and Organic

      VegetarianMany people are interested in eating vegetarian, or vegan. Additionally, there are those who are interested in eating organic and natural foods, even if meat is involved. Here are some sites that can help you learn about choosing these types of foods.

      1. Epigee: Understand the labeling system related to organic foods, and how to read the claims.
      2. MarketWatch: “Playing the organic foods game” is a great crash course in reading organic food labels from a site we might not normally consider a “food” site.
      3. Naturally Savvy: Offers a helpful look at understanding what “organic” and “natural” labels mean on meat products.
      4. Explore Veg: Provides a helpful guide to reading food labels if you are a vegetarian.
      5. Almost Vegetarian: Get an inside look at reading food labels to understand whether animal based products are in your food — even if you wouldn’t normally think of the food as “meat.”
      6. Suite 101: Offers a helpful guide on beginning vegan food shopping, and how you can spot which foods contain animal products.
      7. Vegan Soapbox: A look at what sorts of foods are labeled “vegan”, and how you can tell if they are really vegan.

      iPhone Food Applications

      iPhone AppsIf you are interested in taking nutrition information with you wherever you go, these iPhone apps can help you get the nutrition information that you need.

      1. Lose It!: Offers calorie counts for a number of foods, including break downs of whether they come from fat, protein or carbs. You can also input new information from nutrition labels.
      2. Slim Down Shopping List: Helps you find your best options while at the grocery store, based on nutrition information and your goals.
      3. Calorie Tracker: Large database of foods, and you can search more than 525,000 foods for nutrition information.
      4. Mint Nutrition: Keep track of food, and put together “plates” based on what you like and what is healthy.
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      25 Little Known Ways Everyday Technologies Are Affecting Your Health http://www.onlinebsn.org/2010/25-little-known-ways-everyday-technologies-are-affecting-your-health/ Wed, 24 Mar 2010 22:52:31 +0000 http://onlinebsn.org/?p=74 Did you know that workers were hospitalized while making mobile phones? Additionally, did you realize that you are at increased risk of dying from surgery fire created by increased technology usage in hospitals? Learn more about at least 25 ways that technologies are affecting your health today through the categorized list below.

      Computers and Peripherals Risks

      1. Men should use desks for laptopsLaptops and Sperm Count: This article reports on a study conducted by Loyola University that shows the heat from a laptop can reduce sperm count in men.
      2. Do not smoke around your AppleSmoking could Harm You…AND Your Apple Computer: Smoking near your Apple computer can be considered a biohazard for your computer in some cases…although this information may not be included in your Apple contract. Treat yourself and your computer nice…get rid of the smoke in the office, at least.
      3. Social networking can be hazardous to your healthSocial Networking Dangers: Two British scientists have suggested that social networking can add to your workload, increasing stress levels.
      4. Printers are after your healthPrinters are Hazardous to Your Health: According to this article, an investigation of dozens of laser printers revealed that almost 30 percent emitted potentially dangerous levels of tiny toner-like material into the air and, possibly, into your lungs.
      5. Prison really IS toxicPrison Computer Recycling Proved Toxic: Federal prisoners and staff overseers were exposed for years to excessive levels of toxic heavy metals during computer recycling operations, according to a report from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. But, it was difficult to determine the health hazard, as the prisons lacked biological monitoring and industrial hygiene data.

      HIT (Health Information Technology) and Your Health

      1. FTC logoHealth Care Privacy Issues: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is exploring privacy concerns regarding health care, including medical research, drug marketing and insurance data.
      2. Dr. George ValkoDoes HIT Actually Help Your Health? According to a 2005 study from Harvard Medical School, many doctors were not fully using their health technology. Lead researcher Jeffrey Linder found no link between using e-records and improved quality of care.
      3. ProstateUnregulated Issues Could Affect Your Health: This link leads to an article that questions the computer programming error that caused West Penn Allegheny Health System’s laboratory to send physicians incorrect interpretations of prostate cancer tests for 288 patients over 15 months. Since health IT is unregulated, all that’s required in this situation is an “please excuse us, we’ll do better the next time” from the involved parties.

      Wireless Issues and Mobile Phone Health

      1. Cell TowersCell Tower Debates: This link leads to one example of issues involved with the increasing growth of cell-phone towers to meet the demands of cell-phone use. The article concludes that this debate still is up in the air, despite reassurances from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
      2. iPhoneConsider Your Sources: In this expose, Kathleen E. McLaughlin reported in March that n-hexane used in the production of touch screens for Apple, particularly the iPhone and iTouch, may have been responsible for the hospitalization for 41 workers who await medical clearance to resume their lives after working with the chemical last summer.
      3. Mobile RadiationMobile Phone Radiation: Stories about brain tumors running rampant through employees of certain industries might make you think twice about holding that cell-phone to your ear.
      4. Bluetooth HeadsetBluetooth Risks: Bluetooth technology may resolve the issue about holding a cell-phone to your ear, because it contains 100 times less radiation than a cell-phone. The best bet is to use a wired headset, especially if it contains a ferrite bead. Best yet, use a cell-phone away from your body and turn on the speaker.
      5. Cnet Review ArticleSAR and Continued Health Risks: For a phone to pass FCC certification and be sold in the United States, its maximum SAR level must be less than 1.6 watts per kilogram. To find out more about the latest 20 cell phones with the highest radiation levels, visit this linked article at Cnet Reviews.
      6. A municipal wireless antenna in MinneapolisWi-Fi as a Health Hazard: Electromagnetic field sensitivity, or EMF, is becoming an issue for many people who appear to be sensitive to Wi-Fi. While engineers and proponents state that the fields that are induced by Wi-Fi transmissions are well below those that could cause problems to humans, sufferers from EMF believe studies reveal that even these low-frequency, low-power fields can cause subtle damage to human tissue, citing evidence of cell death, faster-growing tumors and DNA damage.
      7. CTIA ConferenceWireless for Good Health: After reading all the above, you might see a conference on how wireless can be used for good health as ironic…or not. One of the biggest trends to watch at this year’s CTIA Wireless will be wireless solutions for wellness. At some point, wireless users can tap into the ability to monitor vital signs with our mobile devices.

      Hospital Hazards

      1. AngiographyAir Embolisms from an Angiography: Injecting contrast media into the vasculature creates the risk of injecting air, potentially resulting in a fatal embolism. Most power injectors are equipped with safety features designed to reduce the risk of air embolism, but none of these features are foolproof.
      2. CT MachineCT Radiation Deaths: Computed tomography (CT) has been touted for its reliability and convenience to the detriment of learning about its high radiation. In the U.S. alone, the CT is thought to be responsible for about 29,000 new cancers each year, along with 14,500 deaths.
      3. MR ImagingMR Imaging Burns: Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging is a relatively safe diagnostic procedure. However, the use of radio frequency coils, physiologic monitors, electronically-activated devices, and external accessories or objects made from conductive materials has caused excessive heating, resulting in burn injuries to patients undergoing MR procedures.
      4. Surgical FireSurgical Fires: Yes, patients may catch fire during surgery, and the major ignition sources include electrosurgical units, electrocautery devices and lasers. The ECRI Institute also has investigated two fires — and is aware of a third where a patient died — that started inside surgical booms that house both electrical cables and hoses that supply oxygen or nitrous oxide.
      5. Technology CostsTechnology Drives Healthcare Costs: This article points to a recent American Hospital Association survey that shows the largest component of hospital expenditures from 2004-2008 was labor. But, the author of this article argues that this is a “red herring” that covers the true cost of hospital technology.

      Other Technology Issues

      1. Dr. Magda HavasDirty Electricity (DE): This threat is invisible, as it consists of surges of high-frequency voltage or electromagnetic radiation that contaminates your home. Surprisingly, dimmer switches and energy-efficient electronic devices count as significant contributors to this problem.
      2. Full Body Image ScanFull Body Scan Complaints: More than 600 complaints were issued over use of full-body security scanners used in airports over the past year. Some of the machines use 40 millimeter wave technology and others use backscatter, low-level X-rays, though officials have said the health effects were minimal.
      3. TelevisionOne Hour of Television = 80 Percent Increase in Heart Disease: Aside from this, the study found that there is an increased risk of cancer risk by nine percent and 11 percent increased risk of premature death even if one is not overweight. The point is to avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time.
      4. Test Tube BabiesTest-Tube Babes Might Worry: More than three million children have been born with the help of reproductive technology since 1978. While the majority of these children are healthy, as a group they’re at a higher risk for low birth weight, which is associated with obesity, hypertension and type 2 diabetes later in life.
      5. Ultraviolet effects on DNAUV Light Exposure Limits: Although this article focuses on the new EU Optical Radiation Directive that limits workers to UV exposure at work, you might learn what these limitations are about and why they are of concern to the European Union. Many concerns about UV light in the workplace also are addressed by the Word Health Organization [PDF].
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      25 Google Tips and Tricks for Healthcare Professionals http://www.onlinebsn.org/2009/25-google-tips-and-tricks-for-healthcare-professionals/ http://www.onlinebsn.org/2009/25-google-tips-and-tricks-for-healthcare-professionals/#comments Thu, 31 Dec 2009 09:33:11 +0000 http://onlinebsn.org/?p=64 As a busy healthcare professional, you need all the help you can get to find what you need quickly. In additional to providing easy access to billions of Web pages, Google provides additional features as well as new search options just announced within the past few months — all tips that you can use in your profession as well as share with your patients or clients.

      Instead of searching for those options yourself, we’ve scouted out the best twenty-five Google tips and tricks for healthcare professionals and listed them below. These tips are categorized by search tips, tips for your mobile and Google and other Google options. The links and tips are not listed in any particular order within those categories.

      Google Search Tips

      1. Google Health Onebox: To see information about a common disease or symptom, enter it into the search box and Google will return the beginning of an expert summary. You can click through to read the entire article in Google Health. It is better if you use defined terms, such as “conjunctivitis” rather than “pink eye.”
      2. Find Related Information: To find information related to conjunctivitis, type: related:conjunctivitis.
      3. Precise Search: To find searches related to conjunctivitis without a plural or synonyms, type: +conjunctivitis; to find conjunctivitis without any pink eye references, type: +conjunctivitis -pink eye. To find information about conjunctivitis without reference to pink eye or to cats, type: +conjunctivitis -pink eye -cats.
      4. Poison Control Phone Number: You can quickly find the U.S. poison control hotline (1-800-222-1222) by entering “poison control” or similar phrases into the search box.
      5. Flu Shot Search: During flu season, search for “flu” to find tips on how to stay healthy from U.S. Health and Human Services and a flu shot locater, which uses Google Maps to show you nearby locations offering seasonal and/or H1N1 flu vaccine.
      6. Relevant Updates: In the left side of a Google search page, you will see a link for “Show Options.” If you click on that link, a sidebar will appear that offers more searches on your topic through news, visited pages, related searches, time lines and much more — including updates from Twitter and Friendfeed on that topic under the link for “Updates.” Be sure to “reset options” to resume a new search (link located at the bottom of the options sidebar).
      7. Wonder Wheel: When you use the options sidebar, you’ll see a link for the “Wonder wheel.” If you are looking for contagious diseases, click on that link to find the most recent searches specific to contagious diseases contained in a wheel graphic. In our search, those diseases included pneumonia, AIDS and strep throat.
      8. Google Trends: Visit Google Trends to learn more about current hot topics, such as health care reform. When you click on one of those links, you’ll see a preview of some newer search options provided by Google, including a “Latest results” that offers real-time updates from Twitter and Friendfeed that are included under the news search at the top of the page.
      9. Google Insights: Type in a search word and, in the drop-down menu to the right, choose “health” to learn more about the interest in your topic on a global basis. You also can refine the search to local or regional areas.

      Google for Mobiles

      1. Get Google: Type m.google.com into your phone’s browser or visit this link to download Google into your phone.
      2. Google SMS: Simply text message a search query to GOOGLE (”466453″ on most devices) to receive results.
      3. Goog-411: Google’s new 411 service is fast, free and easy to use. You can use this feature from any phone to find businesses and connect to that business at no charge.
      4. Google Goggles: No need to type a search if you own an Android. Just take a photo, turn on ‘visual search history’, and use that photo to find directions, to log in contact information (from a business card) and more.
      5. Contacts: Never lose another important number or contact information with Google Suggest. Once you build your database, it is safe even if you lose or break your Android phone.
      6. Mobile Search Tips: Google provides Android users with a list of tips on how to search using Android. Use the drop-down menu at the top of the page to switch phones to Blackberry, iPhone and more choices.
      7. Google SMS Health Tips: Find tips on sexual & reproductive health (family planning, maternal & child health, HIV/AIDS, STI/STDs, sexuality) with a short descriptive question or some keywords to 6001.
      8. Search by Voice: On some mobiles — Android, specifically — you can conduct searches by voice. While this tool is in English only, a new Japanese version will be available soon.

      Other Google Options

      1. Google Medical Search: Eliminate a lot of spam and commercial links by using this search engine (although Google’s new sidebar option allows you to eliminate much of that commercial linkage as well).
      2. Google MT: This search engine, based upon Google, was designed for medical transcriptionists.
      3. Google Health Directory: This link provides a page for you to search through a directory categorized by various health topics.
      4. Google Health Groups: If you want to tap into group conversations about various health topics, use this list to find what you need in various languages and territories.
      5. Health Knol: This link leads to a current search for health results at Knol (beta).
      6. Use Google Health: Google now allows users to share information via email, but does not allow that link to work in forwarded emails to safeguard patient privacy. Follow the links to Google Health Partners and their services directory to learn more about who is involved with this online health record process.
      7. GMDesk: This application allows you to run Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Maps as a stand-alone operation that does not need a Web browser or that clutters your work space. This app runs on Adobe AIR.
      8. Google Wave: Last, but not least, the newest Google tool for collaboration and real-time conversations. Use Google Wave for office interaction, client help and building a business.
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      10 Most Famous “Medical Miracles” of All Time http://www.onlinebsn.org/2009/10-most-famous-medical-miracles-of-all-time/ http://www.onlinebsn.org/2009/10-most-famous-medical-miracles-of-all-time/#comments Thu, 17 Dec 2009 04:28:53 +0000 http://onlinebsn.org/?p=46 Medicine has come a long way within the past two centuries, but sometimes accidents, illnesses and deformities can confound even the most educated and experienced doctor. The following list contains ten of the most famous ‘medical miracles’ performed by doctors and, perhaps, by the patient’s own will to survive. These ‘miracles’ consisted of a willingness on the part of doctors, patients and parents to consent to medical treatment in an otherwise unbearable or fatal situation.

      In most cases, the miracles seem most obvious on the front end, when patients survive or have overcome odds against living a ‘normal’ life. In all cases, however, the patients’ plights and the medical remedies have altered those patients’ lives forever. Only time will tell if these patients continue to live a healthy, if not totally normal, life.

      1. Jordan TaylorSurvives Orthopedic Decapitation: Doctors gave nine-year-old Jordan Taylor a one percent chance of survival after his skull was lifted from his vertebrae in an automobile accident. Dr. Richard Roberts connected Jordan’s head with metal plates, screws and rods and — three months later — Jordan returned to school. He can walk and talk. This is a medical miracle considering the extent of his injuries.
      2. D'Zhana SimmonsSurvived Without Heart for 118 Days: Fourteen-year-old D’Zhana Simmons needed a new heart, but the wait was longer than her current heart could bear. Doctors, including Dr. Si Pham, removed her heart and kept her alive for four months with two heart transplants that involved heart pumps. During that time, D’Zhana said she felt like a “fake person,” but is grateful for her new heart and for the ability to keep her alive during the waiting process.
      3. Michael HillStabbed in Head and Survived: Michael Hill now holds the Guinness World Book of Records title for “Largest Object Removed From Human Skull,” but he probably wishes he never had to go that route. Hill answered a friend’s door in Jacksonville, Florida and was stabbed in the head with a 20 cm (8 in) survival knife on April 25, 1998. Hill walked to another friend’s house, and they took him to Shands jacksonville Trauma Center. Four hours after he arrived, the knife was removed. While he survived, the wound caused permanent damage to his memory and paralyzed his left hand.
      4. Peng ShulinMan Cut in Half Survives and Now Walks: Peng Shulin’s body was cut in half by a lorry in 1995. Although it was a miracle that he survived, he was chained to a bed for years as he developed skills to build up his arm muscles. Recently, doctors at the China Rehabilitation Research Centre in Beijing learned about Peng’s plight and devised a way for him to walk on his own again. The device is an egg-like casing with two bionic legs attached.
      5. Lakshmi TatmaGirl Survives Removal of Two Legs, Two Arms: Lakshmi Tatma was born attached to a headless identical twin sister, a rare case that left Lakshmi unable to crawl or walk. But, she had one complete body with a near-perfect set of organs, so Dr. Sharan Patil led a surgery team into one of the most complicated surgeries ever conducted to remove two-year-old Lakshmi’s extra limbs and organs. The surgery was successful, which allows Lakshmi now to live a normal and, hopefully, long life.
      6. Ella-Grace HoneymanLeaky Brain Fixed with Glue: Ella-Grace Honeyman was born with Vein of Galen malformation, which causes tiny holes in brain blood vessels. The seventeen-month-old girl was given just weeks to live when her parents hired a team of pioneering U.S. surgeons. Those surgeons fired organic glue into the artery holes to plug them. While the doctors saved her life, the operations may be ongoing in a process to fix any new leaks. This disease affects about 250 people in the world.
      7. Martin JonesA Tooth for an Eye: Martin Jones lose his left eye and was blinded in the right eye when a tub of molten aluminum exploded in his face twelve years ago. Then, he allowed surgeon Christopher Lui and his team to pull a canine from his mouth, attach a tiny optical lens to that tooth and then implant the tooth into his eye socket. The process took about four months, but Martin can see again through that one eye. And, he seems to relish the shock that his eye gives to onlookers…it’s a bit spooky, but serviceable.
      8. Terry WallisMan Awakens After 20-Year Sleep: In 1983, Terry Wallis suffered a severe brain injury in a car accident. Twenty years later, he emerged from what doctors call a “minimally conscious state,” which is somewhere between being awake and being in a vegetative state. Doctors now believe that Terry’s brain built new pathways during those two decades that allowed him to become fully conscious and began to talk. However, he lost the ability to store new memories and he maintains physical disabilities from the original accident.
      9. ElectrodesElectrodes Stimulate “Dead” Brain: A patient was unable to communicate, swallow or make coordinated physical movements for almost six years after he was seriously assaulted now can speak, eat, and laugh. Doctors implanted electrodes into that man’s brain, using a stimulation technique already used on patients with Parkinson’s disease. A patient who receives this type of treatment, and if it is appropriate to the case, may receive immediate results.
      10. Brown RecluseCured by a Spider Bite? David Blancarte almost was killed in a motorcycle accident about two decades ago. he survived, but has been confined to a wheelchair. Then, he was bitten by a Brown Recluse spider, a bite that sent him to a hospital for eight months. But, during that time, he began to feel his legs and, within five days, David was walking again. He may need to learn how to run, however, as he was arrested earlier this year for an outstanding warrant stemming from a domestic abuse case.
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      Top 50 Pediatric Health Blogs http://www.onlinebsn.org/2009/top-50-pediatric-health-blogs/ Mon, 28 Sep 2009 01:57:53 +0000 http://onlinebsn.org/?p=38 There are special issues and challenges associated with childrens’ health. If you have kids, you want to know how to properly care for them. If your child has a specific health issue, it can also help to connect with others who have the same problem. Blogs can help you with this. There are a number of blogs out there that can help you learn more about pediatric health. Here are 50 of the top pediatric health blogs:

      Pediatrician Blogs

      GYI0050787884.jpgThere are a number of blogs written by pediatricians. These blogs provide insight into kids’ health, directly from the source.

      1. Vicky McEvoy, M.D.: This blog is on the gather network. Dr. McEvoy specializes in pediatric health, and is an assistant professor in that subject at Harvard Medical School.
      2. Dr. Sanghavi: This pediatrician’s information appears on iVillage. He addresses common pediatric issues, and his book A Map of the Child: A Pediatrician’s Tour of the Body, was names one of the top six health books of 2005 by the Wall Street Journal.
      3. Dr. Greene: This pediatrician offers insights related to common concerns and current events. Learn about protecting your child’s health at school and other issues that might cause you concern.
      4. Dr. Laura Jana: Learn about pediatric care from someone who is a mother as well as a physician. Helpful articles include tips for safe sleeping and reviews of online health networks.
      5. Dr. Sears: Get a pediatrician’s take on the health issues affecting children today. There is also helpful information on how to talk to your kids, and taking proper care of them.
      6. Dr. Shu Says: Dr. Jennifer Shu takes a commonsense look at what’s going on in pediatric medicine. Get the facts and not the hype from Dr. Shu.
      7. Dr. Gwenn Is In: Another no-nonsense pediatrics blog about health issues that affect our children.
      8. Dr. Nabong’s Pediatric Blog: Focuses on child development, and is doing a very interesting series on how your baby develops.

      General Pediatric Health Blogs

      If you are looking for some general information on pediatric health, or want to connect with others, here are some good reads about pediatrics.

      1. Children’s Health Blog: Overview of issues that affect pediatric health.
      2. Brian Deer: This journalist covers the health care industry, with a special focus on pediatrics and vaccines.
      3. Center on Media and Child Health: Do you want to know about how the media affects children and teenagers? Insightful posts at the Center on Media and Child Health can provide you with solid information.
      4. Safe Mama: Learn about child safety and green living with children.
      5. Liddle Kidz Infant and Pediatric Massage Blog: Did you know that you can enhance your child’s health through massage? Find out about massage and other pediatric health tips.
      6. Octopus Mom: This mother is also a NICU nurse. An interesting take on child health, parenting and keeping it all together.
      7. Thrive: This is the blog from the Children’s Hospital Boston. Great information and news on pediatric health.
      8. Baby Steps: The Houston Chronicle offers a blog on children’s health, getting ideas from today’s health headlines.
      9. Forgiven and Loved: A great blog from a Christian perspective about raising kids who know they are children of God.

      Pediatric Mental Health Blogs

      Even children need a little help working through their minds. Here are some blogs that focus on mental health for children.

      1. Momma Data: This psychologist offers helpful information on raising children and the mental issues that can come with different afflictions and issues.
      2. Dr. Deb: Read psychological perspectives on child health, as well as information that is generally helpful even for adults.
      3. BabyShrink: Find out what’s going on inside the minds of children, and learn more about mental development from babies through early childhood.
      4. Depression: This blog from the Mayo Clinic offers helpful information on depression, including childhood depression.
      5. Life Works: WebMD offers this blog aimed at helping readers find more optimism and get through life. Also includes information for helping your children cope with life issues.
      6. The Carlat Psychiatry Blog: Focus is on education and medical education. Also offers information on mental health, including child mental health.
      7. Family Mental Health: This blog on PsychCentral looks at the mental health of all family members, and provides good information on pediatric mental health.
      8. Teen Depression Blog: Get information about what causes depression in teens, and how to treat it.

      Pediatric Health Blogs About Specific Conditions

      If your child has a specific condition, it can help to connect with others who understand. Here are some blogs that can help you learn about particular pediatric conditions.

      1. Dr. David’s Blog: Focus is on childhood cancer, written by a pediatric oncologist.
      2. ADHD Blog: This blog explores the challenges of ADHD and provides helpful hints for coping.
      3. Left Brain/Right Brain: This is an autism blog that focuses on news and research and helpful information.
      4. Coach for Asperger’s: Looks at this specific type of autism, and how you can be a more effective parent in helping your child succeed.
      5. The Asthma Mom: Get insights on raising children with asthma.
      6. Apraxia Kids: This blog focuses on those whose children have this speech issue.
      7. My Overweight Child: Looks at childhood obesity and what you can do to help your child get healthier.

      Pediatric Health Blogs for Kids

      These blogs are interesting because they are aimed directly at children. They offer places for kids to go to learn about their own bodies and health.

      1. Human Anatomy Online: An interactive site that teaches children about how their body works.
      2. Kids Health Pediatrics: This site provides child-friendly information on health and wellness.
      3. Staying Health Every Day: This is a fun place providing health tips from Sesame Street characters.
      4. Patients of the Month: Every month, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital shares a patient of the month. Kids can learn about other children who might have the same conditions.
      5. CMCH – VIA: This is a video blogging site that allows children to connect through video diaries about health and illness.

      Podcasts Dealing with Pediatric Health

      Here are some great podcasts that offer regular insight into having healthier children.

      1. Pediacast: Great programming on taking care of children.
      2. Dr. Robin Smith: Part of Oprah Radio, this doctor offers helpful health advice for people of all ages.
      3. PrittyKat: This is a podcast aimed at helping the parents of black children provide their kids with self esteem.
      4. Discovery Health: Some great podcasts and information on a number of family health issues.

      Parenting Blogs

      How you parent can have an effect on pediatric health. Here are some good parenting blogs that also provide tips on taking care of your children.

      1. Zero to Three: Good information on giving your child a good start.
      2. Smarter Babies & Kids Blog: Help your children learn better. Also includes information on child safety.
      3. Parenting Squad: Find some great syndicated posts on child rearing.
      4. Special Needs Parenting: This blog from Today’s Parent focuses on parenting a special needs child.
      5. Momgrind: A look at parenting from an edgy point of view.
      6. The Busy Dad Blog: Parenting tips and advice from a dad who is on the go with his kids.
      7. Empowering Parents: Deals with child health and wellness issues, and how you can be a better parent.
      8. The Panic Room: A blog about family building, written by a step-dad.
      9. Radical Parenting: This is an insightful blog written from a kid’s perspective. An interesting take on what goes on in children’s lives.
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      Top 50 Hospital Blogs http://www.onlinebsn.org/2009/top-50-hospital-blogs/ Mon, 21 Sep 2009 22:44:23 +0000 http://onlinebsn.org/?p=29 Have you wished that the hospital you worked for or the one where you were a patient would blog about their news and about items that addressed community health care? In our search for the top 50 hospital blogs, we were lucky to find a handful that were addressing those issues on an updated basis. The other hand was filled with CEOs who have begun to blog about hospital and political health policy issues. In between, we discovered many other blogs from people who worked at hospitals or who were former patients who were building patient advocacy sites.

      The list below is categorized and links are listed alphabetically within each category. We realize that many hospital sites exist, but the lists below contain only blogs, and only those blogs that have been updated since the first week in August 2009. Many other hospital blogs exist that have not updated since that time.

      Hospital Blogs

      1. Beyond Vermont State Hospital (VSH) Blog: This blog addresses the future of VSH and the community’s mental health system.
      2. Porter Adventist Hospital: This blog is filled with entries from Porter physicians, and Dr. Dianne McCallister, CMO, has offered to respond to popular topics and comments. Porter and other Centura Health organizations serve people throughout the metro Denver area, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Cañon City, and several mountain communities.
      3. Save Charity Hospital: Charity Hospital in New Orleans was one of the oldest continuously operating hospitals in the world until it was closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The bloggers’ mission at this site is to save Charity Hospital to serve residents rather than build an entirely new complex.
      4. Knoxville Hospital and Clinics Blog: Located in south-central Iowa, this blog offers information about the hospital’s philosophy as well as health information and news.
      5. Lexington Medical Center: This is the official hospital blog for the Lexington Medical Center, located in Lexington, South Carolina.
      6. Morningside Hospital: The purpose of this blog is to share information about Morningside Hospital, the people who were sent there from Alaska for mental health services, and the story of the politicians who pursued the Congressional battle to change the way Alaska territorial citizens received mental health services.
      7. OSF St. Joseph Medical Center: Located in Bloomington, Illinois, this hospital is part of the OSF HealthCare System.
      8. Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley: This blog represents a growing health care system located in California. Although you can watch construction through their live Webcam, you also can get a glimmer of health policies and more through a vast social media outreach program initiated by this Sutter Health affiliate.
      9. Virginia Hospital Center: Located in Arlington, Virginia, this hospital blog is new and lacks material, but the entered substance shows promise.

      Children’s Hospital Blogs

      1. Children’s Hospital and Health System: This blog belongs to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, which serves Wisconsin, Northern Illinois and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and beyond with information about the health system and news about children’s health.
      2. Thrive: Children’s Hospital Boston blog is devoted to all things pediatric health care and scientific research. They help consumers and reporters touch base with some of the world’s foremost experts on topics from sleep problems to autism genetics.

      Specialized Hospital Blogs

      1. Endocrine Metabolic Medical Center Blog: J. Joseph Prendergast, a practicing physician for over 30 years and board-certified in Internal Medicine as well as Endocrinology and Metabolism, writes this blog.
      2. MV Hospital: M.V Hospital for Diabetes is located in India and currently has 100 beds for the treatment of diabetes and its complications. This blog covers news and treatment outlooks.
      3. Neurologic & Orthopedic Hospital of Chicago Blog: A number of this hospital’s doctors focus on news, progress and information about the hospital, including information on neurosurgery, joint replacements, musculoskeletal disorders and more.
      4. Science Life: is a guide to the changing world of biomedicine, as seen from the perspective of writers at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

      Working at Hospitals Blogs

      1. Aggravated DocSurg: A blog written by a general surgeon, husband, father, Ronald Reagan fan, crossword puzzle fanatic, wine lover, and coffee guzzler.
      2. Clinical Cases and Images Blog: Various health experts talk about various health conditions, treatments and tools.
      3. European Hospital Pharmacy Blog: Learn more about the European pharmaceutical industry through this blog, written by a hospital pharmacist who focuses on EU health issues.
      4. DB’s Medical Rants: Dr. Robert M. Centor is an academic general internist at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, serves as the Associate Dean for the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus of UASOM, and also is a frequent ward attending at the Birmingham VA Hospital.
      5. Flobach Republic: This blog is written by a paramedic student who is “way too keen in the sphere of pre-hospital care” in western Australia.
      6. KevinMD: Kevin Pho, a primary care doctor board-certified in Internal Medicine, writes a blog that Wall St. Journal states is “punchy, prolific…that chronicles America’s often dysfunctional health care system…”
      7. Notes of an Anesthesioboist: This doctor focuses on the literary aspects of medicine and hospital care and has won an award for her efforts.
      8. Random Acts of Reality: An EMT in London who works for the London Ambulance Service writes about “trying to kill as few people as possible.”
      9. Social Hospital: Social Hospital was founded by a hospital CFO who sees tremendous value in the usage of social media tools to build relationships with the communities that hospitals serve.
      10. St Vincent’s Hospital Darlinghurst – Male Nurses: Peter trained as a nurse at St Vincent’s Hospital Darlinghurst, Australia, in 1975 and remains as an employee. This blog covers personal insights as well as news and information about his career and health issues.
      11. The Happy Hospitalist: A board-certified internist who works only in the hospital environment offers his take on running, politics, working at a hospital and more with this blog.

      Hospital Association Blogs

      1. Hospital Association of Southern California: This hospital association consists of 157 hospitals in a region that covers six counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino. The blog provides readers with public policy development and advocacy, education and the latest technical and industry information and products and services.
      2. Iowa Hospital Association: IHA is a voluntary membership organization that represents hospital and health system interests such as health policy, health care payment systems and health care delivery to business, government and consumer audiences.
      3. MHA News Now: This blog focuses on the Mississippi Hospital Association news updates and information about what the hospital association offers. The MHA also offers News Around the State and several other blogs and sites for employer, members and consumers.

      Hospital CEO Blogs

      1. Hospital Life: Marty Bonick, President and CEO of Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY, offers his perspectives on “life, work, and everything in between…”
      2. Leading the Way to Medical Excellence: McLeod’s diverse array of services strives to meet South Carolina’s Pee Dee region’s healthcare needs. Rob colones, President and CEO, leads the way with this blog.
      3. Let’s Talk Health Care; Bruce Bullen, Interim CEO for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a non-profit company providing comprehensive health benefits solutions in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire, is a conversation about the face of changing health care from the perspective of service.
      4. More Than Medicine: Tom Quin, President & CEO of Community General Hospital in Syracuse, New York, provides his insights into hospital progress, philosophies and news.
      5. Roper on Health: This blog is offered by William L. Roper, MD, MPH
        CEO, University of North Carolina Health Care System. He focuses on health policy, science and news.
      6. Running a Hospital: Possibly one of the most popular and candid hospital CEO blogs. Mr. Levy, President and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, is forthright in his outlook and covers many issues that could pertain to any hospital.
      7. St. Joseph Medical Center: Scott Kashman is ex-officio CEO for St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland. He talks about hospital news, and takes an upbeat philosophy to encourage personnel as well as other readers.
      8. Todd’s Perspective: Todd Linden is president and CEO of Grinnell Regional Medical Center, an 81-bed, private non-profit hospital in Grinnell, Iowa. This blog focuses on hospital philosophies, news and carries guest entries as well.

      Blogs About and For Hospitals

      1. EMEA Hospital Post: This blog reflects information published in Hospital Post EMEA, which addresses decision makers in European, Middle East and African hospitals.
      2. Health Business Blog: David E. Williams, co-founder of MedPharma Partners LLC, strategy consultant in technology enabled health care services, pharma, biotech, and medical devices, offers this blog about business issues in health care.
      3. Hospital DR: Based in the UK, this site provides a daily information service for all doctors who work in secondary care. Medical and political issues are the mainstay, and the link leads to blogs written for this site.
      4. Hospital Impact: This blog is dedicated to providing information for current and emerging hospital leaders, thinkers and enablers. The blog’s mission is to answer the question, “What will it take for hospitals to be the best run organizations on the face of the planet?”
      5. Hospital Marketing Journal: Ten Adams is a national healthcare marketing firm that focuses exclusively on hospitals and healthcare services.
      6. Nick Jacobs: Formerly “Ask a Hospital President,” Jacobs has stepped down, written the book, Taking the Hell Out of Healthcare, and re-focused his blog to look at health policies.
      7. Patient Safety Monitor Blog: This blog is written by the people at HCPro, a provider of critical information, tools, and training on compliance, regulation and management for the healthcare industry.
      8. Supporting Safer Healthcare: News and information for those who work in healthcare administration, including medical staff leadership, patient safety, quality, accreditation, compliance, risk management, law, and provider credentialing.

      For Patients

      1. Bedside Manner: Julia Rosen, Executive Director of The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center in Boston, provides a blog that makes a connection between doctors, patients and compassionate care.
      2. Josie King Foundation: This blog is based upon the new book, Josie’s Story, that was written about a child who died from severe deydration and misused narcotics at Johns Hopkins. While the blog focuses on the book, the rest of the site focuses on patient safety for consumers.
      3. Patient Power: Andrew Schorr, leukemia survivor and patient advocate, keeps a focus on patient care with his blog.
      4. Patient Safety Blog – Telling Our Stories: This blog is about patient safety, medical malpractice, staying healthy, and preventing future errors.
      5. Wounded Warriors: This blog covers veterans’ stories from sources such as the McClatchy Washington Bureau.
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