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National Influenza Vaccination Week: Don’t Let the Flu Hamper Your Holidays!

Posted by Michelle Adams on Dec 8, 2016 3:40:54 PM

It’s that dreaded time of year again…flu season.  Fevers, runny noses, and sore throats will seem to be hitting people left and right.  At a time of year when festivities, and gatherings with your family and friends are hitting their holiday peak, spreading holiday cheer may go hand-in-hand with spreading cold and flu germs.  But, with so many things going around, and different symptoms showing up, how do you know when it’s the flu or just a cold?  And if you or someone around you DOES have the flu, what are you supposed to do?  For National Influenza Vaccination Week, Capital Healthcare, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), want you to be prepared and in the know!

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Topics: Nursing Community, Tips & Tricks, Events & Special Topics

World AIDS Day 2016: Raising Awareness and Looking Ahead to 2030

Posted by Michelle Adams on Dec 1, 2016 12:01:28 PM

The world has come a long way since the 1980s.  Technology alone has made gigantic strides in the last thirty-five years, connecting people across the globe in ways people only used to dream of.  We’ve ended some wars, only to begin more extensive ones in their place. We’ve also seen global health crises like SARS, the Avian Flu, and Swine Flu heighten and then lose their media-dramatized luster.  However, there is something that hasn’t gone away in the last thirty-five years, and it’s become one of the most destructive pandemics in world history—the AIDS virus. 

December 1, 2016 marks the 28th World AIDS Day, and Capital Healthcare wants to join millions of people around the world uniting in the fight against HIV and AIDS, showing support for those who have been affected by this truly tragic disease, and doing our part to remind others that it is not something that has gone away!

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Topics: Events & Special Topics

Nurse Confessions:  The Trials and Blessings of Working during the Holiday Season, Part 1

Posted by Michelle Adams on Nov 23, 2016 10:48:22 AM

This time of year can mean different things for different people.  As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us might say our biggest stress is planning the dinner menu, figuring out how to eat more than one Thanksgiving dinner in the same day to appease the relatives, or what our Black Friday bargain shopping game-plan will be.  For nurses and other healthcare professionals, their biggest stress at this time of year may be how to balance their family holiday celebrations with their holiday work schedule. 

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Topics: Nursing Community, Guest Authors, Events & Special Topics

Seasonal Affective Disorder & Daylight-Saving Time: 4 Ways to Move Forward after “Turning Back”

Posted by Michelle Adams on Nov 11, 2016 1:06:58 PM

Falling back from daylight-saving time can leave us feeling very “blah.”  As the long summer evenings slowly give way to five o’clock autumn sunsets, some of us may experience what appears to be a seasonal funk, consisting of increased fatigue, lethargy, irritability, and moodiness. Getting out of bed in the morning can feel like more of a chore, and the lack of sunlight is not only annoying, but legitimately depressing. This seasonal funk is not something to brush off or disregard, but actually a form of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Now that daylight-saving time has come to a close, Seasonal Affective Disorder is a common reality for many people throughout the United States, particularly in the Northern region.  If you think you or someone you love might fall into this category, read on for helpful tips on how to move forward after “turning back.”

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Topics: Nursing Community, Tips & Tricks, Events & Special Topics

National Healthy Skin Month – 4 Easy Steps to Achieve a Healthy Glow All Year Round!

Posted by Michelle Adams on Nov 4, 2016 9:23:51 AM

Do you think about your skin often?  Unless it’s dry or hurting, chances are it’s not on the forefront of your mind. During the summer months, we know that we have to protect our skin from the sun by lathering ourselves with moisturizing sun screens.  In fact, the summer months might just be the only time we really pay close attention to the healthiness of our skin.  On the contrary, healthy skin is something we should aim for all year round!  To commemorate National Healthy Skin Month, we are highlighting some key tips that even the busiest healthcare professional can easily follow to keep their skin healthy and glowing in every season!

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Topics: Nursing Community, Tips & Tricks, Aging In Place, Events & Special Topics

Direct Support Professionals: Why We Need Them Now More than Ever!

Posted by Michelle Adams on Oct 28, 2016 1:59:13 PM

 “If we are to achieve a richer culture, we must weave one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.” - Margaret Meade

For millions of people, these words are not only powerful and inspirational, but what they are working to achieve each day—an aspiring reality for the people they directly care for, support, and sacrifice for.  These people are Direct Support Professionals, and they are needed now more than ever!

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Topics: Insider, Nursing Community, Events & Special Topics

Respiratory Therapists – Real Life Heroes!

Posted by Michelle Adams on Oct 21, 2016 9:46:55 AM

Breathing may not be something you think about often.  From the moment we are born, breathing becomes the very action that keeps us alive.  However, until you can’t breathe, this involuntary action can be taken for granted.  For the millions of people across the United States who suffer from conditions such as asthma, COPD, and emphysema, the fear of not being able to breathe is constant and imminent.  Fortunately, Respiratory Therapists are here to help! October 23rd-29th is Respiratory Care Week, and Capital Healthcare wants to give Respiratory Therapists the recognition they deserve, as well as give our readers a better glimpse into this heroic profession.

 

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Topics: Nursing Community, Events & Special Topics

How to Be a Detective for Early Breast Cancer Detection!

Posted by Michelle Adams on Oct 14, 2016 12:21:31 PM

We, as women, grow up learning and hearing about breast cancer.  We see the pink ribbons everywhere and learn about other women’s experiences with the disease in TV shows, movies, and books. We don our pink clothing and accessories for breast cancer awareness every October, and commend our hometown athletes for doing the same.  It is, more or less, ingrained in our minds from a very young age that—yes, breast cancer is a threat, and—yes, it could even happen to us someday.  But…do we really ever think it will be us? And…if it would be us, wouldn’t we want to know as early as possible?

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Topics: Nursing Community, Tips & Tricks, Aging In Place, Events & Special Topics

National Medical Librarians Month – 7 Things You Need to Know about the Unsung Heroes of the Medical World!

Posted by Michelle Adams on Oct 7, 2016 9:48:40 AM

Did you thank your doctor after your last medical procedure? Your nurse after your last stay in the hospital? Did you remember to also thank your local medical librarian? Chances are, the answer to the last question is either “no” or “huh?”  That’s okay!  It just so happens to be National Medical Librarians Month, and Capital Healthcare is here to give you a glimpse into the life of a medical librarian.

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Topics: Nursing Community, Events & Special Topics

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month – How You Can Be a Health Advocate for Yourself and Others!

Posted by Michelle Adams on Sep 29, 2016 1:28:05 PM

For Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Capital Healthcare would like to pay tribute to those who have lost their battle with Ovarian Cancer, and celebrate those who have survived.  We want to educate women everywhere who have not yet been affected by this horrific disease, and raise awareness to save women’s lives.  Also, we want to show our deep appreciation and gratitude for the nurses who spend their working hours helping women just like you each and every day.  Together we can raise awareness and make a difference.

 

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Topics: Nursing Community, Aging In Place, Events & Special Topics