They still call it the "Angelina Jolie wave" at the University of Kansas Hospital.When the international philanthropist and filmmaker announced two years ago that she'd had her still-healthy breasts removed because her family history and genetics put her at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer, it set off a tsunami of calls to doctors and hospitals around the world. Anxious women sought genetic testing, and even surgery.
She was dead. Her body just didn't know it yet. Sanaz Nezami lay in the intensive care unit of Marquette General Hospital, hooked up to a ventilator, eyes half-open and vacant, after a beating that left her brain so swollen it wiped out who she was.
After high blood pressure landed Penn Jillette in the hospital some time back, he knew it was time for a change. The famed magician and illusionist from Penn & Teller dropped from 330 pounds down to 225 by eating healthier and cutting down his intake.
For most nurses, the only constant in their days is the fact that things are perpetually changing around them. However, the majority of the training they receive before reaching their hectic workplaces is based on stable, theoretical examples. One California professor is trying to change that.
Health officials in Mississippi are warning about an increase of emergency room visits and hospitalizations related to the use of the synthetic drug “spice.”
Nurses will get another crack at gaining more autonomy this summer. A bill filed shortly before the Senate deadline would lift certain restrictions on Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN), something that would more closely align North Carolina with most other states.
A Washington girl is celebrating being cancer-free after she was diagnosed with high-risk leukemia at just 9 years old. When doctors failed to find a traditional bone marrow or stem cell donor for transplant, they turned to stem cells taken from donated umbilical cords to try and save her life.
Nurse leaders are driving improvements throughout our nation’s health care system and helping to elevate the issue of health care quality at organizations around the world. Nurse leaders who translate the national quality expectations into daily operations, who cultivate and sustain a culture of quality and continuous improvement, and who address policy matters are in demand.
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Liz Di Bernardo