The Web Nurse Nursing and medical expertise Fri, 24 Jan 2020 09:21:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 25 Helpful Q&A Sites About Nurse Anesthetists Wed, 26 Oct 2011 14:30:15 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Nursing, as a career field, is growing. All types of nurses are in demand. You can really capitalize on the need for nurses, though, by specializing. As you consider your nursing career, you might want to look into becoming a nurse anesthetist.

Nurse anesthetists specialize in delivering the anesthesia needed to dull pain or put a patient to sleep. Not just anyone can be a nurse anesthetist, though. You need to have a graduate level education, and be specifically trained and board certified in anesthesia. However, if you can achieve these requirements, you could be on your way to a competitive salary as a nurse, and a fulfilling line of work.

If you are interested in learning more about the nurse anesthetist career, here are 25 great Q&A sites that can provide you with good information and insight:

  1. American Association of Nurse Anesthetists: This is the first place to stop when learning more about nurse anesthetists. This is the professional organization that represents 92% of the certified nurse anesthetists. A great resource for learning more, and having your career questions answered.
  2. Nurse Anesthesia Career Overview: The Mayo Clinic has a great, helpful resource on the basics of this specialty nursing career. Find out about career outlook and salary possibilities.
  3. Nurse Anesthesia: A great place to go when you have questions about nurse anesthetists. You can sign up for the forums and have your questions answered by professionals, as well as share your own insight and knowledge.
  4. International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists: If you are looking for answers to questions about international nursing, this is an excellent resource. Connect with other nurse anesthetists, and find answers to FAQs.
  5. California Association of Nurse Anesthetists: You can learn more about specialty nursing in anesthesia with the help of this professional organization’s web site. Provides a great look at different aspects of nursing, and anesthesia nursing.
  6. Nurse Anesthetist: Read this blog for answers to most of your questions about being a CRNA. You can find out about the latest developments, re-certification and more.
  7. Nurse Anesthetist: This career overview from Explore Health Careers offers a great inside look at what it takes in this field. Learn about the academic requirements, and have your questions about salary and more answered.
  8. CRNA Career Profile: If you want to be a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, this great career profile can answer your questions. Learn more about what to expect, educational attainments required, and information about duties.
  9. CRNA Career and Resource Center: Get your answers to questions about becoming a nurse anesthetist. A helpful
  10. Career Occupational Profile for: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA): Use this web site to have your career questions answered about being a CRNA. It’s a great resource for you to learn more about nursing.
  11. CRNA Salaries: Do you have questions about what a nurse anesthetist makes? You can visit this web site to have your questions answered. Also includes answers to questions about other jobs in anesthesiology, and tips for job interviews and networking.
  12. Nurse Anesthetist Career Profile: Before you decide what to do, check out this web site for answers to questions about becoming a CRNA. A good choice for more information.
  13. From RN to CRNA: Minority Nurse offers this great feature article. It’s a great overview of how to progress on to CRNA after becoming a RN. It answers a lot of questions about the career field.
  14. CRNA Diaries: This blog offers insights into becoming a CRNA. Answers questions, and provides real-world insight into what it’s like being a student.
  15. Nurse Anesthetist: Answers to FAQs can be found on this site. It goes over what education you need, what a CRNA does for duties, and salary information. A great resource for information about nursing anesthesia.
  16. CRNA Salary: This web site is a great resource for answering questions about salary. You can have your questions about salary, based on state, answered. An interesting resource.
  17. Specialty Spotlight: Are You Up for the Nurse Anesthetist Profession?: In this great profile, a CRNA answers questions about the nursing anesthesia profession. You can find out more about what it takes, and have your questions about the daily routine answered. Great information from NurseZone.
  18. Nurse Anesthetist: Learn more about the jobs of a CRNA, as well as find out about the career outlook and more. Solid information about what to expect.
  19. Nurse Anesthetist’s Blog: Get an overview of this nursing specialty, and have your questions about CRNA schooling answered. You can learn more about what happens during the process to become a nurse anesthetist, and get a better idea of how to improve your skills.
  20. Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice: Answers to FAQs about becoming a DNAP. A great resource that can help you learn more about what DNAPs do, as well as what needs to be done to get to that point.
  21. Nurse Anesthetist: If you are interested in a military health care, you can become a CRNA and work in a military service branch. This overview from the Air Force offers great insight and information that can help you further your CRNA career, whether with the military or not.
  22. NBCRNA: The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists offers this great web site full of answers. You can look at the necessary certification requirements, as well as learn what you need to do to be more effective as a CRNA.
  23. Nurse Anesthetist: If you are interested in more in-depth information about CRNAs, this can be a great resource. The Encyclopedia of Nursing & Allied Health can provide you with answers to your questions about specialty nursing in the area of anesthesia.
  24. New England Assembly of Nurse Anesthetists: Another professional organization web site that provides great information about the job profession as a CRNA. Have your questions answered, and learn more about different opportunities in the field.
  25. CRNA Career Guide: Provides FAQs and answers about becoming a nurse anesthetist, as well as helpful articles and other informational resources. Learn more about the profession, educational requirements, and more from this web site.
20 Exciting Career Paths With a Masters in Nursing Mon, 17 Oct 2011 14:00:47 +0000 Continue reading ]]> If in the search for a master’s in nursing, students can come across many questions such as how long will it take and which states have the most job demands? However, those wondering what happens when the degree is earned may be surprised to learn of all the career options available to them as well.

For those who think that the only option is to work for a hospital, doctor, or nursing home, they are selling themselves short. Although many jobs in nursing can take that path, there is far more to a future in nursing than the usual nurses we see and hear about. To prove it, we have listed 20 exciting career paths with a master’s in nursing below. Some of them are far outside the box-of-nursing and can even pay past the six-figure mark.

Exciting High Paying Career Paths With a Masters in Nursing

  1. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
    They work mostly alongside surgeons in operating rooms. However, there is an increased need for qualified CRNAs in labor and delivery units and other areas of anesthesia. Although pay differs by area, practice, location, etc., the average salary range for a certified registered nurse anesthetist is from $110,000 to $200,000 and even more as they gain experience according to the Anesthesia Zone.
  2. Chief Nursing Officer
    Be the CEO of your nursing department with this job. A graduate degree and loads of experience is usually required. However, the salary can range from $71,425 all the way to $183,009 per year according to Payscale.
  3. Nurse Researcher
    Use your love of science and nursing to get to this career path. Nurse researchers are scientists who study various aspects of health, illness, and health care. The salary range can be from $95,000 to $100,000 per year according to Explore Health Careers.
  4. Nurse Practitioner
    With a license, master’s degree, and certification often required of nurse practitioners, it is one of the most well-known career paths. And there are many areas of practice available for NPs. But as reported on by Paul Levesque, one of the best paying is the psychiatric and psychological nurse practitioner at $95,000 a year in average salary.
  5. Clinical Nurse Specialist
    The main role a CNS plays in hospitals is to increase patient outcomes, lower the length of stays, and decrease the costs of care. They receive advanced training which can help reduce mistakes and deliver precise care. As reported on by Harry’s Smart Deals, the average salary for a Clinical Nurse Specialist is about $90,000 a year.
  6. Legal Nurse Consultant
    Vickie L. Milazzo is an LNC and has been a pioneer of the practice since 1982. These nurses are used in medical cases for their expertise, to explain medical items to the court, etc. With hourly fees ranging well past $50, this can also be one of the best paying career paths with a master’s in nursing.
  7. Nurse Consultant
    Use your skills outside of the legal realm in this nurse consultant career. They advise hospitals, schools of nursing, industrial organizations, or public health groups on problems related to nursing activities and health services. Average annual pay is $87,760 but can range well past the $100,000 mark for those with the right experience.
  8. Director of Nursing
    This director fills the void between chief nurse officers and unit based managers. According to eHow, the average pay for this director can be from $54,953 to $75,354 per year for the very first year. Those with more experience can earn much more and bonuses can also come in to play in this career path.
  9. Nurse Manager
    They work for private companies, clinics, research facilities, and large hospitals in support of other directors and administrators. The average salary for all nurse managers from those just starting out to those with loads of experience is $82,000 per year.
  10. Union Nurse
    Do you live somewhere where there is a union for nurses? The pay can be much better. According to Dr. Salary, aka Dr. Al Lee, a non-union nurse in Michigan makes an average salary of $45,438, while union nurses in the same area make about $60,000.

Other Exciting Career Paths With a Masters in Nursing

  1. Camp Nurse
    Students attending summer camps and the like are often looked after by nurses. Check out the Association of Camp Nurses to learn more about a career as a camp nurse. You can also use the site to fund jobs in the U.S. and beyond, as well as other resources.
  2. School Nurse
    If being nurse to kids only for a summer isn’t enough, check out this career. Schools also have nurses on staff full time. Nurse Nancy is such a person and has more on the career in her blog.
  3. Correctional Nurse
    Think the above career paths are tough? Then learn more about a nursing career in prison. This blog entry by details the everyday duties and risks of being a correctional nurse.
  4. Nurse Ethicist
    Combine the role of nurse and philosopher in this career. Nurse ethicists help define standards and practices for nurses. This is a profile of Douglas P. Olsen, a real life nurse ethicist for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
  5. Nurse Mentor
    Although it is a volunteer opportunity, nurse mentors can help students and those just starting out in a career by sharing their expertise. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has a program for both mentor nurses and students who would like to be paired up with one. They also have an essay contest that is related.
  6. Forensic Nurse
    When you hear about this career path, you think of shows like CSI. Kathleen is an actual forensic nurse and blogs all about the career and what it is really like. She also has entries on her blog on forensic nurse items in the news.
  7. Patient Advocate
    If your focus is patient care, why not check out this career path? The patient advocate strives to improve the health of individual patients by functioning as a liaison for patients and healthcare providers. Karen Mercereau is an actual nurse patient advocate and writes all about her career here.
  8. Missionary Nurse
    If you have a spiritual call to be a nurse, check out this career path. Allison of Nurse Missionary Blog is an operating room nurse who has a passion to serve those in need. Read about her previous missions, as well as her new one in Sierra Leone.
  9. Military Nurse
    Those who want to serve their country as a nurse can look into this career. Beth is an actual military nurse and shares all about it on her blog. There are even military programs that can help you pay for an education in nursing.
  10. Travel Nurse
    No matter what your nursing specialty is, chances are they need it somewhere else. This nurse career path has nurses going where they are needed most and on a temporary basis. Check out this blog from Mark, who has loads of tips for travel nurses.

And the above 20 exciting career paths with a master’s in nursing are just some of the careers and salaries available.

40 Informative Forums on Community Health and Community Health Nursing Tue, 04 Oct 2011 14:30:26 +0000 Continue reading ]]> If you want to become a community health nurse, you’re in luck — you can work in government and private agencies, clinics, and other private settings, including online community venues. You can work with individuals, families, groups, community leaders, teachers, parents, and physicians in community health education to help improve the overall health of a community — and, depending upon your health interests, you can choose to educate those communities about health disease prevention, nutrition and childcare as an option in your nursing career. The following list of 40 informative forums on community health and community health nursing can provide you with clues on how communities, both online and on the ground, care about the health of their neighborhoods.

National Forums

Community Health Exercise

  1. AOL Health Community Message Boards: Users can find numerous options for health community communications at this site, from cancer to other specific illnesses.
  2. Clinical Connection: This message board is for individuals to discuss health, illnesses, medicine, and clinical trials.
  3. Dialogue4Health: Dialogue4Health is a social network dedicated to creating healthy communities where people can live, work, and play.
  4. Farm to Community Health Out Reach: These discussions are meant for families who live (or try to live) more holistic and natural lifestyles.
  5. HealthBoards Message Boards: This site contains message boards that relate to just about every health topic available, from abuse support to women’s health.
  6. Health Community, Tools & Advice: MSN offers a health community, health tools, and health advice.
  7. Look to this site for various forums that are held online at specific dates and times.
  8. iVillage Health & Fitness: Pick a topic and join the conversation. Topics range from diet plans to crisis support and from coping with addiction to psychology.
  9. Med Help Forums: You have two forums to choose from in this format, including “Medical Support Communities” and “Ask a Doctor” forums.
  10. Medscape Public Health & Prevention: Medscape from WebMD offers specialists, primary care physicians, and other health professionals the Web’s most robust and integrated medical information and educational tools.
  11. Public Health Forums: This is a consumer-driven Web site created by a company that provides natural and herbal care products.
  12. The Health Forum: This is a health and wellness discussion board where you can share and discuss all your Health and Wellness related issues and concerns.
  13. WebMD Communities: Select from hundreds of WebMD Communities or create your own to talk with others about just about any health issue.
  14. WEGO Health: “If online health communities are an unruly high school, then Health Activists are its dedicated teachers — and WEGO Health is the teacher’s lounge.”

Topic-Specific Forums

CHP Members Portrait

  1. ChronicBabe: If you’re a “sick chick, ” ChronicBabe offers hundreds of resources designed to help you keep on being a “Babe,” even with chronic illness.
  2. Diabetes Hands Foundation: A world where people touched by diabetes and their loved ones do not feel alone. The mission is to connect people touched by diabetes and to raise diabetes awareness.
  3. Disabled World: This site provides a number of options for disability chat rooms, message boards nad messenger programs.
  4. Geriatric Health Management Forum: This website is a social network and discussion forum for geriatric health professionals, researchers, academics and students.
  5. Health Informatics Forum: Anyone can join this open discussion focused on various activities for HIT professionals.
  6. Long-Term Conditions Network: This community could be of interest to clinicians, allied health providers, managers, course leaders, community health workers and consumers from Australia, New Zealand and beyond.
  7. Rethinktalk: Rethink Mental Illness, the leading national mental health membership charity, works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life.
  8. Susan G. Komen for the Cure Forums: The global leader of the breast cancer movement provides an informative Web site and forums for individuals to connect.
  9. The Sober Recovery Community: From alcoholism and drug addiction, dual diagnosis, abuse and trauma, overeating, gambling, codependency and more, this forum covers addictions from all angles.
  10. Under Age Drinking: Get advice from professionals and other parents on way to protect your children from the risks of under age drinking.

Organizational and Public Health Forums

Community Health Promoters

  1. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Community Forum: AHRQ’s goal is to identify useful and effective ways to engage stakeholders and the general public in AHRQ Programs.
  2. American Public Health Association Forums: Forums are free to APHA members and may be joined at any time.
  3. Association for Medical Imaging Management Forum: This members only discussion group enables real time dialogue among imaging professionals through AHRA’s website or via email.
  4. Community-Public Health Nursing: Ultimate Nursing offers a forum specifically geared toward community nurses.
  5. Insight Live: This is a multi-media interactive site for those interested in FHI 360, a global development organization with a rigorous, evidence-based approach.
  6. New Public Health: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation created a community forum designed to spark an ongoing conversation about public health challenges, opportunities, evidence, solutions and innovations.
  7. Planning Healthy Communities: This online forum provides a place where stakeholders in the public health, planning, and allied fields can to come together, share information, and discuss important issues related to topics at the intersection of planning, public health and sustainability.
  8. School Nurse Forums: Sign in to School Nurse and participate in the many forums available to nurses in the public school system.
  9. The Society for Public Health Education: Membership in SOPHE affords many rights and privileges to valuable information, resources, and networks to enhance your health education research and practice.
  10. The Center for Sustainable Development: Develop projects from the ground up, learn management, attract donors and have fun collaborating with colleagues from around the globe.
  11. Workforce Management Community Center Forums: Connect with workforce management and human resource professionals in one of these topic-focused forums.

Local Forums

Community Health Leaders

  1. Augusta Health Community Health Forum: This forum brings community agencies, health care providers, and interested citizens together to identify and address health care needs in the Shenandoah Valley region, Virginia.
  2. How Healthy is the Capital District: This forum focuses on the Healthy Capital District Initiative (HCDI), a state-mandated community health assessment for the capital region of New York.
  3. NC Community Health Forum Series: Through it’s Community Health Forum series, the Institute for Emerging Issues initiated an effort to get communities across North Carolina thinking about strategies to bolster the healthcare workforce.
  4. Second Opinions Community Health Forums: This is a series of interactive, multi-media community meetings offering balanced information and practical solutions to health care concerns to residents in Sacramento, California.
  5. The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation: This is a joint project of Advocate Health Care and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Neighborhoods Initiative.
40 Awesome Android Apps for Nurses and Healthcare Workers Tue, 26 Apr 2011 23:28:12 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Healthcare workers who want to break the iPhone mold and purchase an Android now have access to plenty of apps that can help pass exams, work efficiently and to use for reference. In fact, entire libraries filled with medical, nursing and health care apps exist today. The following 40 Android apps prove can validate that assertion, and each app can lead to even more discoveries.


  1. ePSSAHRQ ePSS: The Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) is an application designed and developed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The ePSS application was developed to assist primary care clinicians identify the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients.
  2. Auto Accident Crash Kit: Auto Accident Crash Kit is an easy to use application that will help you accurately record all the information at the scene of a car crash for medical and legal reasons.
  3. Dosage Calc: Dosage Calc is an initiative to assist in the avoidance of drug errors.
  4. Emergency Medical Spanish Guide: The Emergency Medical Spanish Guide Lite (EMSG) is a tool designed for non-Spanish speaking health care professionals to quickly ascertain vital medical information.
  5. Health Calculators: A set of health calculators for doctors, nurses, technicians, and students, including BMR, blood-alcohol level, BMI, pregnancy calculator and more.
  6. Injectable Medicines: Injecting medicines is a high-risk area of clinical practice and one that information staff receive many requests for help with, especially from nurses.
  7. Instant Heart Rate: This app turns your Android into a heart rate monitor. Instant Heart Rate is the most accurate Heart Rate Monitor app for any smartphone and it does not need any external hardware.
  8. MedCalc 3000 Complete: MedCalc 3000 is the most popular and comprehensive medical calculator system on the Web.
  9. Mini Nurse: This app contains dosage calculations, IV calculations, medical terms, and more.
  10. Sympton MDPediatric SymptomMD: Turn parents on to this app! Parents can make smart decisions on what level of care (if any) is needed and how to provide speedy symptom relief for minor illnesses or injuries that parents can manage on your own.
  11. Pocket EKG — Basic: Learn to interpret the 25 most encountered cardiac dysrhythmias. Actual tracings ensure quick learning (25 included). Interactive quiz included.
  12. RxCase Minder: Tell your patients about this app, which is a simple yet useful way to remind them when to take their medications and to refill their prescriptions.
  13. RxShortages: RxShortages is designed to help health care providers access information about drug shortages quickly and easily.
  14. Vocera Connect Cellular: The Vocera software client keeps caregivers and support staff wirelessly connected to each other, streamlining work flow and maximizing patient satisfaction by reducing the time it takes to respond to patient needs.


  1. 420+ Medical Slang Acronyms: Resourceful and humorous, this app provides insight into slang used by doctors, nurses, paramedics and other hospital or medical staff.
  2. 2011 EMRA Antibiotic Guide: The EMRA ABx Guide is a necessity for any health care professional who rotates in the emergency department.
  3. I.V. Drug Handbook: Featuring a strong focus on patient safety this handbook delivers concise, practical guidance to help nurses carry out one of the most difficult tasks that they may face.
  4. iResQ: iResQ is the ideal tool for any critical care provider or flight paramedic or nurse.
  5. Medical Bible: Black’s Medical: Black’s Medical Dictionary has been the best-selling medical dictionary for over 100 years. Invaluable as a reference for all who need a clear explanation of medical terms: nurses, doctors, and all health care professionals.
  6. Medical TerminologyMedical Terminology and Abbrev: A handy reference program for medical terms, abbreviations and prefix/suffixes. A top 10 Medical app featured in Android Market’s “Top Paid” Medical Category.
  7. Nurse’s Pocket Drug Guide 6th Edition: Specifically geared towards patient care, this instant-access guide provides registered nurses with essential, up-to-the-minute information on 1,000 commonly used medications.
  8. Nursing Pharmacology: Nursing Pharmacology is a fully-featured flash card app that includes a main deck, favorites deck, shuffle ability and choice of primary side.
  9. Oncology Congress: Oncology Congress provides US-based practicing oncologists,nurses and pharmacists with the clinical data, best practices and technology innovations that enhance clinical practice and patient care.
  10. RN Pocket Guide: This is the resource that recent graduates as well as lifelong nurses depend on to keep a comprehensive library of information at their fingertips.
  11. Vet Nurse Quick Reference: A quick reference guide for veterinary nurse professionals. Contains a quick reference of normal parameters for small and common household pets.
  12. Wound Follow Up Nurse: The nurse can take pictures of her patient’s wounds and send them in to a skilled Wound Care Nurse.

Exam Help

  1. Anesthesia VOL 1: Q&A: Geared toward physicians, this app contains medical information that could help any healthcare worker.
  2. CCRN Exam Prep (Critical Care): Upward Mobility’s CCRN app for Android is a valuable tool to help you properly prepare for this important certification exam administered by the AACN.
  3. Certified Emergency Nurse: Prepare for the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) Test by multiple choice quiz, flashcards, & dictionary.
  4. Human AtlasHuman Atlas: This is the award-winning library of animations, illustrations and 3D rotating body systems all in one stunning app for Android.
  5. Kaplan NCLEX-RN Medications: Tap into more than 300 medication flashcards including their common names, phonetic pronunciation, drug category, use/treatment, side effects, and patient considerations are included in this app.
  6. Med Surg 2 Nursing in a Flash: Nursing in a Flash mobile review applications are designed to provide nursing students with an easy, efficient tool to learn vital nursing content on the go.
  7. NCLEX-PN Exam Prep by UM: This module contains a targeted curriculum of 500 useful questions dealing with the successful knowledge required for entry-level Licensed Practical Nurses.


  1. Beiks: Look under the “Specialty Top 7” to find a pocket guide to medications, a pocket medical encyclopedia and more medical applications.
  2. Medical Wizards: Founded by a practicing ER physician, this company strives to make its portable software as user friendly and flexible as possible.
  3. Mobile Apps for Medical Professionals: Utilizing only the most trusted, valuable resources and tools, Skyscape delivers customizable content by specialty to medical professionals directly at point of care.
  4. Nursing Info: Tap into articles from news and research journals. Updates hourly with new headlines as available. This is just one of many Android apps offered by
  5. QxMD: This service provides apps that are authoritative, at the point of care and — with over 1,000,000 downloads to date — a trusted source.
  6. Unbound Medicine: Unbound Medicine is changing the way healthcare professionals answer clinical questions by designing content and delivering it to mobile devices and the Web.
  7. Android Market Applications: This site carries a wide variety of health care applications for health care workers and patients.
Top 50 Medical Device & Gadget Blogs Wed, 09 Feb 2011 15:13:50 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Technology is developing at a fantastic rate. As a result, we are seeing new devices to help make things easier in the medical field. Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals can make use of these gadgets to help them do their jobs better. Indeed, technology has made it possible for health care professionals to diagnose and treat diseases with greater accuracy and comfort. If you are looking to stay on the cutting edge of medical device technology, here are 50 of the top blogs you can follow:

Medical Devices and Gadgets

These are blogs that are devoted specific to medical devices and gadgets. They offer insights and news into the latest developments and cutting edge “toys.” Great resources for those interested in seeing what’s next.

  1. Health and Medical Device News: Offers information on health devices and the latest developments.
  2. Medical Gadgets: This category comes from a great site from the U.K. that offers information on the latest medical gadgets.
  3. medGadget: This is one of the most well-known sites offering medical gadget information.
  4. Device Talk: All about how gadgets and technology are used in the medicine.
  5. Bob on Medical Device Software: Learn about software development in biomedical engineering.
  6. Qmed: Interesting news and information from this medical device supplier.
  7. Medical Devices, Biotechnology, Bioengineering and the Like: Interesting information on devices used in biotech and medicine.
  8. Vascular Device Forum: An interesting blog focused on specific devices.
  9. Medical Device Daily: Daily news and information about medical devices and gadgets.
  10. Medical Device Blog: News, information and more related to medical devices.

Medical Technology News

If you are interested in general advancement in medical technology, these blogs are great reads. You can get the latest headlines about medical technology that will lead to the next generation of medical gadgets. Also find out more about advances in procedures.

  1. Medical Breakthroughs: Latest news and information on medical developments, including new gadgets.
  2. BreakThrough Digest: Offers information on medical breakthroughs and technology.
  3. Latest Medical Technology: Find out the latest in medical technology.
  4. Latest Medical Breakthroughs: News on the latest happenings in the world of medicine and technology.
  5. Fierce Biotech: The latest news on med tech, and on devices.
  6. Med Tech Sentinel: Innovations in medical technology and devices.
  7. MTB Europe Medical Technology: The latest developments in Europe, including devices and gadgets.
  8. News, information and more related to devices, developing medical technology and more.
  9. MedTech-IQ: One of the best blogs out there for information on medical technology and device development.
  10. Science Daily: Medical Technology News: This section is devoted to news about breakthroughs, devices and gadgets.

Diagnostic Imaging

Some of the most interesting medical devices are those that allow for diagnostic imaging. These devices offer a way for health care professionals to peer inside the body in a way that is minimally invasive. Medical imaging technology can help improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

  1. See images, read device news and see more related to health care and medicine.
  2. Imaging News: Learn more about the latest developments with imaging medical devices.
  3. Medical Imaging Talk: Technology, and how devices can help improve diagnostics.
  4. MITA: Look at the latest in medical imaging news, and the latest device breakthroughs.
  5. Medical Imaging News: Get the latest on developments in medical imaging.
  6. Scan Mans’ Notes: Learn more about the latest happenings in medical imaging, and enjoy some commentary.
  7. Diagnostic Imaging: Keep up with the latest techniques, devices and more.
  8. Aunt Minnie: Shares information on new imaging equipment, techniques and technology.
  9. Imaging Economics: An interesting take on medical imaging devices — news about the business side.
  10. MedImaging: A look at the latest happenings in the world of imaging and medical technology.

Medical IT and Health Informatics

Medical information technology and informatics can help health care professionals make the most out of medical devices. Understanding how to interpret diagnostic information can help encourage better patient care. Plus, many of these blogs offer information on the next generation of medical devices — and how they can be used more effectively.

  1. Mobile Health Computing: Keep up with medical devices, such as computers, and how they can be helpful in medicine.
  2. Healthcare IT Guy: Great information related to medical information technology and gadgets.
  3. Biological Informatics: Learn more about this aspect of medical technology, and how devices can be helpful.
  4. Health Informatics Forum: Information on IT, devices and what’s happening in health care.
  5. Medical Connectivity: Medical information technology, as well as insights into devices.
  6. eHealth: Looks at technology and medicine, and some of the devices that can make it happen.
  7. HealthNex: Looking at what’s next in health technology and what gadgets could make it happen.
  8. Health 2.o: Latest information on technology developments, including devices that can make health care better.
  9. News on technology, devices and other things influencing health care and medicine.
  10. Health Business Blog: News on the business of medical technology, gadgets and health.

Medical Science News

These web sites offer coverage of medical science topics. Some of these are general science sites,, but they offer insights into medicine and the latest technology that can help improve health care. Reports on medical devices are often included.

  1. Scientific breakthroughs, advancements and devices. Includes medical devices and biotechnology advancements.
  2. Genetic Engineering News: Science news site based on genetic engineering and the breakthroughs and devices that make it possible.
  3. ScienceNews: A number of categories can provide you helpful information on technology and device breakthroughs.
  4. LiveScience: Latest scientific news that can help you learn more about medical devices, gadgets and procedures.
  5. ZDNET Healthcare: Technology, devices, gadgets and the latest discoveries in the world of medicine.
  6. Discover: Latest scientific breakthroughs related to medicine and health. Great information on devices and more.
  7. FDA Law Blog: This blog contains information on medical devices, as well as other information related to the Food & Drug Administration.
  8. Scientific American: Offers a section on medical technology that includes news and information on devices and gadgets.
  9. SciCentral: Another great science blog that includes the latest medical gadget news and breakthroughs.
  10. EurekAlert!: Science and technology news, including the latest developments in medical technology and devices.
Top 20 Most Influential People In The Nursing Field Thu, 16 Sep 2010 23:13:55 +0000 Continue reading ]]> This is the 2010 Year of the Nurse, and our list of the top 20 most influential people in the nursing field include two historic figures, a graduate student and others — all influential in their advocacy for patients and for fellow nurses around the world. This is just a handful of the many influential nurse in political, work and teaching roles, listed alphabetically by surname.


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  1. Vernice Davis AnthonyVernice Davis Anthony [PDF], RN and CEO and president of the Greater Detroit Area Health Council, is an “unsung hero” for her advocacy and leadership in addressing patient issues for vulnerable populations. Detroit health care leaders credit Anthony with elevating the profile of the 66-year-old Greater Detroit Area Health Council into a strong regional coalition-builder.
  2. Dr. BennerPatricia Benner, RN, PhD, FAAN is the author of nine books and is an internationally noted researcher and lecturer. Her work has had wide influence on international nursing legislation. She was elected an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Nursing. Currently, she is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California’s School of Nursing.
  3. Claire BertschingerDame Claire Bertschinger, DBE, known as the nurse who inspired Live Aid, worked for the International Red Cross during the Ethiopian famine in 1984. She is an author, the recipient of the Florence Nightingale Medal, Woman of the Year Award, and the Human Rights in Nursing Award. She is the course director for the Diploma in Tropical Nursing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and remains committed to developing world health issues.
  4. Pam BleschPam Blesch, BSN, MSN is an assistant professor of nursing in the Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing in the College of Health Sciences, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. She has 35 years of service via medical-based mission trips and other outreach projects and recently selected as an inductee into the book, Giving Through Teaching — How Nurse Educators Are Changing the World.
  5. Deborah BurgerDeborah Burger, RN, is co-President of America’s RN Union and President of the California Nurses Association (CNA). Burger has led the CNA through a wide-ranging confrontation with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his views on health. Burger writes a column in the Huffington Post and has been nursing for over thirty years.
  6. Rose Ann DeMoroRose Ann DeMoro, CNA/NNOC Executive Director, was named one of America’s “Ten Most Influential” women of 2006 by MSN and has won the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” for eight years running. She abandoned her doctorate ambitions for social activism — mainly to influence a California law that would increase nurse-patient staffing ratios. DeMoro and the nurses won their battle.
  7. Dr. FawcettJacqueline Fawcett, PhD, RN, FAAN is an internationally recognized authority on conceptual models of nursing and nursing theory. Her ongoing programs focus on functional status in normal life transitions and serious illness and women’s responses to cesarean birth. She currently holds teaching and research positions at UMass Boston’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
  8. Echo HeronEcho Heron, RN, is a bestselling author of medical fiction and nonfiction and — in the process — has made the nursing role more visible and viable. Heron’s first book, Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse, quickly rose to the top of the New York Times best seller list, an incredible affirmation for a first-time author.
  9. 1LT Sharon Ann Lane1LT Sharon Ann Lane (1943-1969) was one of eight American military nurses who died while serving in Vietnam, and the only one killed as a direct result of hostile fire. While she won numerous awards for her bravery on Vietnamese front lines, 1LT Sharon Ann Lane remains an important and influential symbol representing the sacrifices and service of the thousands of women who serve in war.
  10. Dr. MelkusGail D’Eramo Melkus, EdD, C-NP, FAAN is a nationally recognized expert in diabetes nursing care and research. In collaboration with the Diabetes Research & Training Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, Dr. Melkus developed and implemented the first specialty concentration in diabetes care for advanced practice nurses in the country.
  11. Teri MillsTeri Mills MS, CNE, RN is president of the National Nursing Network Organization, founded to campaign for the national nurse initiative. Her 2005 op-ed in The New York Times spurred California Congresswoman, Lois Capps, to introduce a bill in March of 2006 to establish and fund an Office of the National Nurse. Teri also works as faculty in the nursing program at Portland Community College.
  12. Dr. OhlsonVirginia M. Ohlson, PhD, RN (1914-2010) helped resurrect the nursing profession in Japan after World War II, where she was part of a team that studied the effects of the atomic bomb. Dr. Ohlson became a teacher and administrator at Chicago’s College of Nursing, University of Illinois, where an endowed scholarship for international students and an annual lecture bear her name.
  13. Rebecca PattonRebecca Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR, is serving her second term as president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), an organization that endorses candidates for President of the United States. A winner of many awards, Patton’s leadership promotes unity in nursing, patient advocacy, creative thinking and innovative solutions to advance the nursing profession.
  14. Brian PiatkowskiBrian Piatkowski, RN is the first author of a manuscript being edited for submission to The Journal of Burn Care and Research, entitled, “Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Syndrome and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.” He also is a Dean’s List graduate student at the University of San Diego Nurse Practitioner and Doctoral program and is an expert on high tech treatment options at the UCSD Medical Center.
  15. Dr. SasloChristopher Saslo, DNS, ARNP, BC is an adult nurse practitioner at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he treats patients with chronic illnesses. Currently the president of the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network and co-chair of the Florida Coalition for Advanced Practice Nursing, Dr. Saslo is an advocate for state health care improvements and the advancement of ARNPs.
  16. Donna SmithDonna Smith, RN, FNP is best known for her major role in Michael Moore’s 2007 movie, SICKO. Though they were fully insured, the Smiths lost everything they had following major illnesses and surgeries. Today, Donna Smith works as a community organizer and legislative advocate for the CNA, whose 85,000 members across the country were early champions of a single-payer program.
  17. Dr. SoleMary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM is an acclaimed expert in critical care nursing, airway management and mechanical ventilation and infection prevention in acute care. Recently, Sole received the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ 2009 Flame of Excellence Award at the National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Expo in New Orleans.
  18. Barbara StilwellBarbara Stilwell, FRCN developed the first Nurse Practitioner program in the UK, after she was offered an award to study in the US to be a nurse practitioner. She was named one of the top 20 most influential nurses of the last 60 years by the UK’s Nursing Times in 2008, and currently works as Director of Technical Leadership for IntraHealth in North Carolina.
  19. Dr. StonePatricia W. Stone, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN is professor of nursing and director of the Center for Health Policy at Columbia University School of Nursing. Her research and clinical interests focus on nursing quality, infection prevention and control, health policy, patient safety and quality outcomes and more — all earning her the Distinguished Nurse Researcher of the Year in 2008.
  20. Julia F. WarnerJulia F. Warner, RN, MSN, NE-BC has been a team leader of Operation Walk Virginia — a nonprofit organization aimed at helping patients who have joint problems in developing countries — since its inception in 2006, and is a patient care director at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, Alexandria, Virginia. She has been recognized nationally for her community service, which takes her to Nicaragua and Ecuador.
Top 50 Nursing Jobs Sites Worth Bookmarking Tue, 22 Jun 2010 22:38:17 +0000 Continue reading ]]> If your career goal is a job in nursing, you may want to check out the job possibilities in a nation where nursing shortages are normal. No matter if you’re just starting in the field, or if you’re going after your masters in nursing, you want to look forward to a job in an environment that you can enjoy. From large job sites to nurse-specific sites and recruiters, the following list of the top 50 nursing jobs sites are worth bookmarking for your future.

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Capella’s master’s degree in nursing gives you access to a wealth of new information and knowledge within the health care system. Their flexible program allows you to achieve your goals and advance your career by earning your msn degree online.

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Earn your dual master’s degree in business and nursing, along with specialties in clinical care, education, family nurse practitioner, or nursing leadership at Grand Canyon University’s college of nursing and health sciences. Each course can provide you with the skills and techniques you need to become the best in your field.

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Liberty University’s School of Nursing prepares students to become nurses who are committed to Christian ethical standards and view nursing as a ministry of caring based on the Patricia Benner’s theoretical framework.

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NursesLarge Jobs Sites

  1. CareerBuilder: This link leads to the search for “nurse” at this site. You can choose to dig deeper by location or by company.
  2. Indeed: This link leads to a simple search for “nurse” on a nationwide level. Change the search to reflect the job and location you want.
  3. This link leads to a search for “nurse” on a nationwide level. When you go to this site, modify the search to fit your choice of job and location.
  4. Simply Hired: Once again, this link leads to a page resulting from a search for “nurse.” Use this job search engine to find the job you want.
  5. Twitter Jobcast: Type in your job title and location desired to find jobs offered through Twitter users.

StethoscopeSpecifically Nurse Jobs Sites

  1. Allnurses: This jobs board is geared toward nurses including RNs, LPNs, NICU and more.
  2. American Assembly for Men in Nursing: This link to AAMN offers a career center that allows users to post an anonymous resume, view jobs and learn more about how to gain that job you want.
  3. Best Nurse Jobs: Apply directly to hospitals, medical centers and private practice or browse through thousands of nursing jobs listed by Travel and permanent nurse recruitment companies.
  4. CampusRN: Use this site’s search engine to find jobs across the country in a variety of nursing fields. Use their localized pages to search by state.
  5. Diversity Nursing: is a job board for nurses regardless of age, race, gender, religion, education, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or physical characteristics.
  6. hireNursing: Create a profile and let hiring employers find you. This site also contains numerous free job-finding tools.
  7. Nurs Emp: Use this search engine to find a variety of nursing jobs across the country. You do not need to create an account to search.
  8. Nurse: This link takes you straight to the job listings page, but the site holds much more in the way of research, job resources and career help.
  9. Nurses 123: Nurses123 has nursing job opportunities at some of the top healthcare facilities across the U.S. Find permanent, per diem and travel nursing jobs with competitive salaries.
  10. Nurse Jungle: This site provides resume posting, job search and career development resources for nurses.
  11. Nurse-Recruiter: You can find information, resources and services to help you find nursing jobs and travel nursing jobs at this site.
  12. NurseJobZ: This company has been bringing nursing job seekers and employers together since 1998. Post your resume to start your new career search.
  13. NurseZone: This nurses’ community offers a variety of resources, including job searches and information about continuing education.
  14. Nursing Careers: Search through nursing jobs, travel nursing jobs, private nurse jobs and other nursing careers.
  15. Nursing Jobs: Look for nursing jobs by degree earned, location, specialty and travel nurse jobs.
  16. NursingJobs: This is a free job site for nurses who are seeking career opportunities and health care employers.
  17. A broad site that allows you to search for jobs by state, specialty and by travel, per diem or permanent placement.
  18. NurseUniverse: Find the hospital where you want to work and fill out an application. No log-in or passwords required.
  19. RN Wanted: Search jobs in every specialty, setting and location in the country. Upload your resume and get expert advice as well.
  20. Ultimate Nurse: This network site provides jobs, a forum, travel nursing opportunities, education updates, reviews and links.
  21. We Love Nurses: Register to view jobs, post an anonymous resume, create personal job alerts and to creat a job seeker account.

HospitalOther Jobs Sites with Nurse Options

  1. Absolutely Health Care: Use this search engine to find nursing jobs across the country.
  2. Advance for Healthcare Careers: Search over 9,000 jobs in health care, including nursing jobs.
  3. Advance Practice Jobs: This is an ideal resource for individuals who are searching for a job as a physician’s assistant or as a nurse practitioner.
  4. CleanTechies: This link leads to a nationwide search for “nurse.” Plug in your job skills and location desired to see if something is available for you.
  5. DR Jobs: Use this site to find physician assistant and nurse practitioner jobs.
  6. Health Career Web: This link takes you to the front page of this site, where you can search for hospital jobs, nursing jobs, allied health jobs and more.
  7. Health eCareers Network: Choose “Nursing” from the drop-down menu at right to begin your search for a suitable job.
  8. Hospital Dream Jobs: Explore hospital jobs across the nation through this site.
  9. Hospital Soup: This link leads to the page where you can find nursing jobs listed at this site.
  10. Jobs OT: If you’re a nurse who enjoys working in occupational therapy, check this site out for job possibilities.
  11. MedforHire: Search for jobs by specialty and location, and plug in “nurse” as the keyword to find jobs.
  12. MedHunters: Search for a variety of nursing jobs that can appeal to nurses who want management jobs, nurses who want to volunteer and more.
  13. Medical Workers: This site enables users to search for ER nursing, ICU nursing, LPN, nurse practitioner jobs and more.
  14. NC Hospital Jobs: This is an example of a site that focuses on a particular area — North Carolina. Search jobs by category, check out NC hospitals and more through this site’s information.

PrescriptionsStaffing Agencies

  1. Alliant Medical Staffing: This company places RNs into travel nurse jobs at some of the top health care facilities across the country.
  2. Aya Healthcare: Aya Healthcare is a leading provider of healthcare staffing, servicing over 1,400 healthcare facilities in the United States. Travel nurse jobs a specialty here.
  3. DirectSource Healthcare: Direct Source is equipped to help organizations meet the growing demand for RNs and physical therapists.
  4. Global Nursing Solutions, Inc.: Global Nursing Solutions is committed to providing international nurses with the support and guidance necessary to ensure a rewarding career experience in the U.S.
  5. Health Care Recruiting Associates: This recruiting company lists some available jobs, including positions for nurses.
  6. Kennedy Healthcare Recruiting, Inc.: This company has over eighteen years experience in helping thousands of international professionals obtain visas and start their lives in the States.
  7. Maxim Staffing Solutions: This company specializes in providing a variety of jobs for a large segment of the healthcare market.
  8. Nurse Finders: This company places RNs, LVN/LPNs, licensed therapists, technicians, nursing aides and more.
  9. Onward Healthcare: Onward Healthcare is a leading travel nurse employment agency that has thousands of nationwide travel nursing jobs.
  10. Strategic Healthcare Staffing: This company currently has over 1,600 hospital clients under contract in all 50 States.
25 Facebook Apps That Can Improve Your Health Tue, 01 Jun 2010 23:06:09 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Your health and wellbeing should be important to you. Health care professionals can help keep you on the right track, but it is also possible for you to take charge of your own health using current technology and the Internet. Indeed, you don’t need to be a nurse or a doctor to find good information about how to take better care of yourself. All you need is Facebook. Here are 25 Facebook apps that can help you improve your health.


Exercise can help you keep your body in working condition. Keep track of your fitness routine, create your own workouts and share your progress with these Facebook apps.

  1. fitness log: This application lets you keep track of your fitness efforts, and share them on your wall automatically. You can keep track of your fitness information, including your progress, on Facebook. You do have to sign up for in order to use the app, but as a member you get detailed information on your workouts.
  2. 24 Hour Fitness Get Fit Motivator: Get help with your fitness motivation, from 24 Hour Fitness. Choose a fitness goal, and then design a plan to reach that goal. You can easily track your progress and share your results with your friends.
  3. easy fitness log: This application offers an easy log for your workouts and fitness progress. Compare what you are doing to your goals, and share your progress on Facebook.
  4. Get Up! Get Out! Get Moving! Exercise Now!: This Facebook app is designed to motivate you to get moving with fitness tips and tracking. There is a special emphasis on bone strengthening exercise, as this one is developed by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
  5. Fit-ify! Exercise Tracker: Make health and fitness goals, and create a plan. You can track your efforts in aerobics, cycling, swimming, running and more. Get your friends involved and share your progress.
  6. Facebook application: Keep track of miles, pace and more when you use this Facebook app. Allows you to decide who you share information with, and which events are made public.


What you eat can have a big impact on how you feel and how healthy you are. These Facebook apps can help you keep track of your nutrition goals and what you put into your body, leading to a healthier you.

  1. Nutrition Data: The famous Nutrition Data blog offers a Facebook app that helps you keep track of what is actually in your food, as well as provides healthy recipes.
  2. My Diet: This Facebook app allows you to succeed in changing your nutrition habits, with a diary to help you keep track of your calorie intack, and help you record your progress. This is from the folks at Fat Secret.
  3. Diet & Calorie Counter: Keep track of your daily caloric intake with this app. Get nutrition information about what you are eating to help you make smarter decisions.
  4. Calorie Counter: Keep track of your calories, monitor your water intake (important for nutrition) and log your weight. A great way to enhance your nutrition choices.
  5. Food: Share your love of food. Includes recipes, nutrition information and restaurants. Find what you’re looking for.


There is a connection between your mind and body. You can improve your health with a better mindset, and by working to reduce stress and anxiety. Here are some apps that can help you strengthen the connection between mind and body, and help you with emotional and mental health.

  1. More Brain Exercise: Keep your brain sharp with this helpful and fun app from Namco Bandai. Play games designed to help keep your brain active and healthy.
  2. Mind Games: You can play these mind games to help you keep your brain sharp and healthy.
  3. Yoga: This application helps you with your mind/body exercising so that you can relieve stress and feel healthy.
  4. Heart of Buddha: Find some inspirational quotes to enhance your Buddhist meditation practice.
  5. Zen Meditation Chimes: You can add this to your Facebook page or profile, and hear a chime that can help you relax and focus your meditation.


Part of a healthy mind and emotional state is developing healthy relationships. These Facebook apps aimed at relationships can help you develop relationships that can help enhance your overall health.

  1. Dopplr: Use this application to keep up with others around the world. Make travel plans and see old friends. Schedule trips with loved ones and friends.
  2. Birthday Calendar: Remember important dates and keep in touch with friends and family. Keep your relationships happy.
  3. Hugs: Provide long distance love and support, or just let someone in your life know you care. You can send hugs and receive them, and feel better knowing that you are loved.
  4. NaughtyNotes: Keep that spark in your relationship with NaughtyNotes. Can be private or public, but it can help you develop passion with your significant other.
  5. Neighborhoods: Get to know people in your area. Develop new friendships and enjoy social interaction with this Facebook app that helps you meet people in real life.

Health Reform, Quizzes and General Health Interaction

If you are interested in health care reform, and in figuring out where you stand on your own health, there are Facebook apps for that. You can learn more about health care reform, take quizzes to help you figure out how healthy you really are, or learn about a variety of different topics.

  1. LiveHealthClub: Ask questions and get answers. This Facebook app features a forum in which you can ask questions on a variety of health topics, and get answers. Also includes helpful information on fitness, nutrition, relationships and other health issues.
  2. Mirror Me: Get an idea of what you will look like in the future if you continue your health habits. Use a photo of yourself, answer a quiz about your health, and see what your future holds.
  3. Health Care Reform App: This Facebook app from the White House offers a simple quiz that will tell you exactly how health care reform will affect you.
  4. Health Quiz: Take different health quizzes related to different health concerns. Learn more about your health, and how you can improve it.
25 Incredible Infographics About Smoking, Public Health, and the Human Body Fri, 30 Apr 2010 23:00:50 +0000 Continue reading ]]> When thinking of public health issues, one of the items that comes up with increasing frequency is smoking. You don’t have to be a nurse, doctor or other health care professional to know that smoking is bad for your health. However, it is still a widespread practice, due to the addictiveness of smoking, and the pleasure and social status it provides in some cases. No matter your salary, or worldly influence, though, smoking will likely catch up with your health. And, even if you manage to escape the effects, you might affect others’ health with your smoking habit through secondhand smoke. Here are links to 25 infographics about smoking, public heath and the human body:

Smoking Stats

Tobacco TradeLearn more about smoking stats, such as when people start, and how many deaths are caused each year by smoking.

  1. Global Tobacco Trade: Follow world routes for cigarettes, and get interesting facts about smoking, including stats about who is smoking (and where). Also includes an interesting list of the chemicals found in cigarettes and cigarette smoke. Fascinating infographic from Princeton.
  2. Income Level and Smoking: Interestingly, income level has a correlation to smoking. Trendsspotting offers an interesting infographic illustrating the fact that those in lower income households are more likely to smoke. It’s an interesting look at who smokes — and why income matters.
  3. Facts About Smoking: Drippet offers an interesting infographic describing different facts about smoking. It includes representations of racial distribution of cigarettes, ages of smokers,  and deaths caused by smoking.
  4. Tobacco Use in the U.S.: If you are interested in smoking rates in the U.S., an infographic from the Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE) offers interesting insight. It shows that smoking has been declining in the U.S., and it shows the rates in lung cancer as well.
  5. Global Tobacco Control: Smoking bans have been instigated in different countries, and an interesting infographic from New Scientist shows places where smoking is banned around the world. It also shows countries where a treaty to increase regulation of tobacco has been signed.
  6. Productivity and Smoking: According to an infographic based on a San Diego State University study, differences in pay between female smokers and non-smokers in the Navy can be linked to smoking. Indeed, the study found that smokers were less productive than other workers. While this study focused on the Navy, and only on women, there could be implications for wider productivity.
  7. Tobacco Spending: Apparently, tobacco companies spend more on advertising than states spend on prevention programs. The deep pockets of Big Tobacco continue to provide adequate funding for the next generation of smokers.

Health Effects

Smoking deathLearn more about the health effects of smoking with the following infographics, which include information on deaths related to smoking.

  1. Smoking Contributes to Death: Smoking has been shown to contribute to death. Indeed, an infographic found at the Health Watch Center shows that smoking contributes to six of the top eight killers worldwide.
  2. U.S. Deaths and Smoking: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a handy infographic describing the different causes of death that are attributable to smoking each year. This includes heart disease, stroke, and, of course, lung cancer.
  3. Preventable Cause of Death: According to the government web site, Health People, the leading cause of preventable disease and death is smoking. Smoking is so bad for you that not doing it is the number one way to reduce your chances of getting a life-threatening disease.
  4. Smoking and Sleep: Smoking actually affects how you sleep. Sleep is important to your health, so if you are smoking — and it is affecting your sleep — that could be another health problem you can chalk up to the ills of smoking.
  5. Risk Factors and Lung Cancer: An infographic from GRACE offers insight into risk factors that contribute to lung cancer. The graphic compares risk factors like race, vitamin intake and chronic respiratory infection to smoking. And smoking for 30 years can increase your chance of lung cancer way more than the other factors — by up to 20 times or more!
  6. Health Costs and Smoking: The State of West Virginia has an interesting infographic describing health care costs attributable to smoking. If this holds elsewhere, it is clear that the effects of smoking include higher health care costs for all.

Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke killsEven just breathing in when someone around you is smoking can unhealthy. Here are some infographics related to secondhand smoke.

  1. Toxic Secondhand Smoke: The CDC offers this interesting poster and infographic that illustrates the toxicity of secondhand smoke, and how it kills.
  2. Secondhand Smoke and Children: Another poster from the CDC offers information on the effects of secondhand smoke on children. These effects include SIDS, ear infection, lung problems and severe asthma.
  3. Secondhand Smoke Exposure: Due to the nature of secondhand smoke, it is not really surprising that that the number of people in the U.S. exposed to it far exceeds the number of smokers. Indeed, an infographic from the CDC indicates that each smoker exposes more that two non-smokers to the hazards of smoke.
  4. Risk for Passive Smokers: Those who inhale secondhand smoke on a regular basis will see a 25% increase in the likelihood of developing lung cancer, according to an infographic provided by the Beverly Fund.
  5. Cost of Secondhand Smoke: BlueCross BlueShield offers an interesting infographic that illustrates the cost of secondhand smoke in death and in dollars.
  6. Conditions Caused by Secondhand Smoke: The State of Minnesota offers an interesting look at the costs of certain conditions caused by secondhand smoke, including those related to low birth weight, heart attack, ear infection and lung cancer.

Quit Smoking

Quit SmokingAre you interested in quitting? Here are some intersting infographics about quitting smoking.

  1. When You Quit: This cool infographic found on BlissTree shows a timeline of the changes in your body that result from the moment you stop smoking. An interesting look at how you can reap almost immediate benefits when you quit.
  2. Support for Quitting: One of the most difficult things about quitting smoking is finding help and support. And it’s not hard to see why. According to the CDC, most smokers receive advice to quit — without getting information on helping them quit.
  3. Higher Prices and Smoking: GOOD offers an interesting infographic that allows you to compare the cost of smoking with how many people in the state smoke. Also includes states with certain smoking bans. Look at what factors might contribute to quitting.
  4. Smoking Cost Calculator: This basic infographic is interactive, allowing you to enter how much you smoke each day, and uses costs of cigarettes and inflation to figure out how much money you could save if you quit smoking.
  5. Attempts to Quit: Where are people trying to quit smoking? This infographic from lists states, and the percentage of smokers trying to quit.
  6. How Cigarettes Taste: BoingBoing offers an interesting (and subjectively tongue in cheek) look at how cigarettes might taste according to mood. It includes such items have how good they taste when you are stressed, trying to quit, or starting again.
The Ultimate Guide to Health Insurance Theft- A Growing Problem Tue, 27 Apr 2010 22:11:19 +0000 Continue reading ]]> A hospital in Springfield, Missouri, saw nine instances of identity theft over the past twelve months and states this number is rising. The problem of identity theft is horrific enough; but, when individuals begin to use your identification for health reasons, it could damage your credit and your physical safety. Once your blood type, allergy records and even gender has changed on your records, it is difficult to fix that damage. What can you do to protect yourself against this growing problem?

Medical records at a medical facilityThere is no national standard for dealing with medical identity theft, but organizations such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) are aware of the problem, and those offices and other organizations offer advice to medical staff and patients. While it has been suspected that doctors, nurses and other health care personnel are in on some of the fraud, the following tips can help your information stay as safe as possible:

  • Request recent copies of your health records: Thieves usually use stolen health insurance information to receive hospital treatment, to obtain prescription drugs and to get discounted doctor visits. These treatments can remain on records for years without discovery. If possible, get a hard copy of your medical records as soon as possible, even if you need to pay a fee. If your records ever are altered, you have a way to prove how they looked originally. Notices you receive from providers and plans must include information about how you can obtain copies of your medical records.
  • Obtain a Medical Information Bureau report: The Medical Information Bureau compiles information from several hundred health insurance companies to provide a free annual report to consumers in the U.S. People who have applied for disability, life or health insurance in the last seven years can order a copy of their Medical Information Bureau report by calling 1-866-692-6901. Review the report for mistakes or unusual entries – they may indicate healthcare identity fraud. If anything seems awry in the healthcare records, immediately contact the appropriate insurance company.
  • Obtain your EOB: You can obtain an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) whenever a claim for your health care benefits is filed. You can request a listing of benefits paid in your name by health insureres that may have made payments on your behalf. Checking the EOB is important, as medical insurance theives might use information to file phony insurance claims to get payouts from insurance companies.
  • Make a close reading of that EOB: EOB records are notoriously difficult to understand. If there are incorrect entries on your EOB, such as dates listed that you did not receive treatment, contact the insurer or the provider involved. Do not assume that all is okay just because your balance is zero. Most providers will include a toll-free number on the EOB to call for questions or potentially fraudulent claims information.
  • Shred unwanted informationReview bills, notices and statements: These documents can prove to be the easiest way to determine whether you have become a victim of identity theft. If your insurance premium, for instance, skyrockets, call your insurance company immediately to determine why your premium has increased. While some insurance companies are increasing their premiums anyway, it never hurts to discover if a false claim is the reason behind your new bill. Read each bill carefully, even if it says, “This is not a bill.”
  • Protect your medical information: One way to protect your records is to make sure your insurance ID is different from your social security number. When you sign a waiver for the release of your medical records, limit the amount of information that can be released. Do not share your information and do not carry insurance cards in your wallet or purse unless you have an actual appointment. Treat your insurance card like your social security card — with care. Shred unwanted documents and treat your medical records as you would your credit cards.
  • Become aware of fraudulent situations: While organized crime might be behind some fraud rings, hospital personnel also could be involved. Learn about certain scams such as double billing, phantom treatments, bogus insurers and rolling labs, or mobile diagnostic labs give needless or fake tests or physical exams to consumers, then bill health insurers for expensive procedures.

Example of a Medicare CardLearn how to report health insurance fraud

The important point is that patients need to become proactive in the protection of their health insurance information. Some more tips to avoid health insurance fraud, offered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), include:
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  • Never sign blank insurance claim forms.
  • Never give blanket authorization to a medical provider to bill for services rendered.
  • Ask your medical providers what they will charge and what you will be expected to pay out-of-pocket.
  • Carefully review your insurer’s explanation of the benefits statement. Call your insurer and provider if you have questions.
  • Do not do business with door-to-door or telephone salespeople who tell you that services of medical equipment are free.
  • Give your insurance/Medicare identification only to those who have provided you with medical services.
  • Keep accurate records of all health care appointments.
  • Know if your physician ordered equipment for you.

Some other articles that can provide information on how to avoid health insurance fraud include (in no particular order):

  • Stop Medicare Fraud: This site is provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • How to Spot a Personal Injury Mill: Don’t become a victim of a personal injury mill. Learn about this problem and how to identify it.
  • Home Broadband: High speed, but high risk: Learn how to protect your computer if it is connected to broadband.
  • Coalition Against Insurance Fraud: This Web site teaches consumers how to identify various crimes and how to avoid becoming a victim.
  • National Insurance Crime Bureau: The NICB partners with insurers and law enforcement agencies to facilitate the identification, detection and prosecution of insurance criminals.
  • National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association: The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association is the leading national organization focused exclusively on the fight against health care fraud.
  • World Privacy Forum:  This site has published suggestions for health care providers on the red flag rules issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the federal bank regulatory agencies, and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Under the Red Flags Rules, financial institutions and creditors must develop a written program that identifies and detects the relevant warning signs — or “red flags” — of identity theft.