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Nursing Pragmatics: Your Shoes of Preference?

There was a time when nursing shoes were a distinct white flat. Before that, a distinct white mid-low heels. Crocs may be comfortable but who wants an open toe anyways? What shoe do you use at work? The popular choice is of course the day long sneaker. The choice of footwear is important since you're on your feet all day (plus it saves your back). Choices? Styles? Price points? What's your preference. One thing that's evident, if you can swing it try to get some more info on your feet. Even if it's the Dr. Scholls machine at the supermarket, knowing you have high, mid, or low arches impacts the shoe you purchase.

Nurses Aren't Interchangeable

In the hardest hit regions of COVID-19, mostly due to bad public health policies, redeployment of nursing staff is one tool to staff ICUs. ER nurses are often the first to moved. But the skills aren't interchangeable. Each discipline has very specific competencies. Care suffers when different disciplines need to extend themselves. Here's another thread on the subject. Nurse redeployment & ICU capacity - LONG thread. Nurses aren't interchangeable. We're highly skilled, educated, evidence-informed professionals. The @canadanurses certifies 22 specialties from premature babies to burns to hospice, though there are almost 100 specialties. — Matthew J Douma (@matthewjdouma) September 26, 2021

Nurses Make Care Happen

As the slow incremental reforms in the American healthcare system amble forward, within the change lies great opportunity. In seeking to avert the collision course of an aging chronically ill population with a financial burden to maintain the current system, policy makers have had to reflect and discover a hitherto unrealized fact: nurses are the backbone of the health care system. This is both by virtue of their numbers and diversified involvement in caring for patients. With informatics being mandated into the health care system the nursing profession is in an ideal position to create a synergy between their work and technology. The Alliance for Nursing Informatics(ANI) is a collaboration of many nursing informatics groups whose goal is to represent with one voice nurse informaticists nationwide. ANI has stated that if health information technology is used in a ‘meaningful way’ along with best practice and evidence based care that health care will improve throughout the nation. In t

Frontline Healthcare Workers Slowly Getting Vaccine

Let's ignore the minute healthcare practitioners who believe the conspiracy hype that vaccinations aren't to be trusted. The vast majority of frontline healthcare workers are receiving a reprieve, or perhaps just a little hope, with the Moderna and Phizer vaccines. Both require two doses and in most jurisdictions appear to be given to health providers first. That's great news. But the tide hasn't shifted yet. The chaos in our midst won't subside for sometime, especially given the insistance of too many to skirt healthcare regulations and simple mask wearing. Stay safe out there, and hopefully your managemenet is doing their job and getting the right people vaccinated fast.