Reasons to Donate Blood in January

January 6, 2012

The American Red Cross annually kicks off each year with Blood Donor Month.  It’s an excellent way to begin every year, reminding all of us to continue giving back to those in need.  In fact, did you know one donation can benefit three recipients?  What a wonderful way to give back to your community!  You can also reap health benefits by donating.  Here’s our list of reasons why you should donate blood this month:

  • More than 38,000 blood donations are needed each day & 1 car accident victim could require as many as 100 pints of blood.  The average donation is 1 pint, which means your gift is saving lives.
  • Donating blood reduces the excess build up of iron in your blood, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.  By donating, you’re giving to someone else while also benefiting your own health.
  • Blood donation is also used to aid cancer patients and those suffering with sickle cell disease.  Many of us don’t consider the thousands of patients who need routine blood transfusions due to illness.

To learn more on how you can donate blood during the month of January and all year long, visit the American Red Cross Blood Donation page.  You can also get more health tips on how donating blood reduces your personal health risk through Livestrong.

How to keep your resolution this year

December 28, 2011

list of goals

We all make resolutions, knowing many times we won’t keep the majority of them.  However, each year we focus on the typical resolutions of losing weight, exercising and reducing stress.  But what if this year we all did something different, something that has positive potential for our careers and patients.  Sarah Eder gave several wonderful suggestions earlier this year about how to make a resolution and stick with it.  Her blog post on ONS Connect shared tips on how to make a resolution and keep it.  Simply choose one that will enhance your career and you’re more likely to keep it.

Some of her tips include setting measurable goals that you can easily obtain throughout the year.  Also consider seeing your resolutions as something positive rather than giving something up.  You can also make your resolution about a specific outcome rather than a task, giving yourself a better chance of achieving your goal.  What tips do you have for other nurses who are wanting to keep their New Year’s resolutions in 2012?  Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Coordinating a discharge plan with your home healthcare nurse

November 23, 2011

doctors and nurses

Have you considered how important it is to have a discharge plan in place?  Or even discussing with your home healthcare nurse what steps need to be taken before bringing your loved one home from the hospital?  According to Family Caregiver Alliance there are several things you should have laid out and coordinated with your home healthcare nurse before bringing your child home from the hospital.  It can mean quicker recovery time and reassuring everyone you have the proper medications prescribed and available.  Some of their tips include:

  • Have a list of diet and activities
  • Discussing home medical equipment with physician and home care nurse; making sure you have everything needed before bringing your child home
  • How will daily duties be handled and who is in charge of what areas, including transportation and chores
  • A written plan and guide, preferably in multiple languages
  • A list of community organizations that can assist with transportation, counseling or even meals

To learn more on how to have a complete discharge plan prepared, visit the Family Caregivers Alliance.

Tips for bringing your premature infant home

October 28, 2011

premature infant

Bringing home a new baby can be challenging for first time parents.  However, having a premature infant can have additional concerns, such as knowing how to handle their special needs.  Fortunately, many doctors and nurses are prepared to answer a parent’s questions, including calming fears and worry. Parent Magazine has also compiled a wonderful resource of information for parents of premature infants.  Even if you opt to have in an in home nurse assisting with care, you may wonder where to go for additional information.  Parent Magazine gives you a wealth of information on topics such as being observant for long term issues.  You can also learn about growth and development, breast feeding a premature infant and more.  Our nurses are highly skilled at assisting parents with premature infants and will be more than happy to answer all your questions.  Contact us for more information on how our skilled in home nursing staff can help make the transition home smooth for you and your new infant.

Tips for choosing a good autism plan

September 14, 2011

doctors and nurses

One of the hardest days in any parent’s life is when your child is diagnosed with a long term disease or disability.  There are a flood of questions and concern about how to provide long term care for your child.  If you’ve recently been told your child has autism and are wondering how to find the best home care then consider these points to help you plan.  According to the Help Guide Organization, you need to work with your doctor and his team to determine your child’s strengths, weaknesses and the best treatment approach for them.   They list several things to do, when developing your child’s treatment plan that will aid you and your home health care nurse.

  1. Develop a plan that focuses on their interests
  2. Make sure it’s a predictable schedule
  3. Keep tasks simple
  4. Plan to have structured activities that engage their attention
  5. Give positive reinforcement for their behavior that incorporates you and the nurse
Your home health care nurse is highly trained and can help you fine tune your treatment plan.  If you have questions regarding autism and support, talk with your nurse or doctor.

Preparing for flu season

September 7, 2011

boy with cold

Many parents worry about the flu season, wondering how to protect their children.  There always seems to be an increase in questions, such as “Should we vaccinate our children?” or “When is the best time to get everyone vaccinated?”  These are valid questions we all have, especially if someone in your family is already dealing with a disease.  That’s why several organizations have compiled a great resource of information for parents; giving you the answer to many of your questions.

Here are a few we recommend checking out and if you still have questions, make sure to talk with your doctor.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society join forces with movie star Robert Pattinson

August 23, 2011

The Hollywood heartthrob, Robert Pattinson has joined with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to battle cancer.  He’s helping them raise awareness of the diseases through Cancer Bites.   It’s a way for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to educate and highlight life saving research.  The initiative will focus on supporting more research, as well as using modern social media tools to educate the public.  Currently you can begin tweeting about the initiative by using the hashtag #cancerbites.  You can also follow the initiative through the Twitter profiles @llsusa and @lymphoma.

If you have a family member suffering from these blood cancers you know the need for more research is vital.  Help spread the word and join Robert Pattinson in raising awareness. To learn more about this upcoming campaign, visit Cancer Bites and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society News.  Here’s a video clip from the Teen Choice Awards where he discusses the upcoming campaign.