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07
Mar

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

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Nationwide shortages of PPD solution are still being reported, prompting state departments of health to recommend alternative testing. If PPD tests can't be found, the Center for Disease Control recommends an IGRA blood test; it may require a blood draw, but presents distinct advantages, especially for international patients, who have had the Bacille Calmette Guerin (tuberculin test), used outside the United States. Because the traditional PPD is, of late, harder to come by, more registered nurses are satisfying the annual requirement of a TB test with the Interferon-Gamma Release Assays (IGRA).  Many healthcare employers are using IGRA test brands, approved by the FDA: QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT) and T-SPOT®.  These new tests save nursing staff the extra hassle of a two-step TB; however, travel nurses should always check with their agency to be sure that the pending healthcare employer accepts IGRAs, as some are not yet accepting this relatively new test. If healthcare employers do offer the IGRA, travel nurses need to make sure that the blood draw required can be analyzed within 12 hours of giving the specimen. RNs are encouraged to check with a staffing consultant for guidance on this matter, as American Traveler continues to work closely [+]

19
Mar

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Tags: CDC ; Healthcare employers ; Healthcare Jobs ; healthcare reform ; healthy careers ; Medicare ; National Cancer Institute ; Obama Administration ; Registered Nurse ; Ways to Save Medicare ; YMCA gym ;

Healthcare Initiatives and Talking Points in the Face of Cuts Since its creation in 1965, Medicare has long been one of the most beloved federal programs in the U.S. Now that program benefits are on the table for deep cuts, healthcare professionals and the patients they care for are optimistic that the Obama Administration and Congress can achieve small cuts to Medicare—just 2% across the board. Current healthcare reform proposes $500 billion in Medicare savings by exempting older patients from cuts, and relying on the lobbying and advertising clout of healthcare employers.  Endeavors such as these have led to Medicare Advantage plans that offer, in some states, programs like “Silver Sneakers” that encourage seniors to use the YMCA gym, free of cost. medicare formOther Medicare Friendly Advice to Pass on to Patients For registered nurses specializing in geriatrics, or for those who work in skilled nursing facilities, the state of Medicare seems fragile; with 81 million seniors expected to enroll by 2030, healthcare initiatives are becoming more popular. According to the CDC, heart disease and stroke, costs the United States $312.6 billion each year in health care services, medications and lost productivity. In the lifestyles of those who [+]

21
Apr

This post was written by Travel Nursing Career Blogger

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Here’s a heads-up to NEURO and ER nurses everywhere: Did you know that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 1 million emergency-room visits per year for traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion?  Worse: “Each year, U.S. emergency departments treat an estimated 135,000 sports- and recreation-related TBIs, including concussions, among children ages 5 to 18.” As an ER nurse, you probably do know that many of these brain injuries go ignored far too long, resulting in complications, hospitalizations and even death.  To help get the word out about the seriousness of concussions and TBIs, the CDC has launched a Concussion in Sports Web page. This Web page is loaded with useful information and statistics for consumers -- coaches, parents and others -- including the basics of how to recognize a possible brain injury or concussion or what to do if a concussion occurs. But the site is also an invaluable tool for the ER nurses and other healthcare professionals, too. Let’s say you just took an American Traveler assignment for a pedriatric ICU job in Cincinatti, or for a critical care job in Hudson, FL (these jobs are actually available right now!) -- and a suspected brain-injury [+]