January has been recognized as National Blood Donor month since 1970, due to the increased need for blood. However, hectic holiday schedules, inclement weather conditions, and more people with cold and flu symptoms all contribute to significantly fewer donations this time of year. This is compounded by the fact that there are historically more weather related injuries and traffic accidents in the winter months. Just think—each whole blood donation can help save as many as three lives!
Check here for blood drives and donation centers near you, some even offer fun promotions like “Give a Pint, Get a Pound” where donors receive a pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee!
Continue to show your support for National Blood Donor month even after you donate by wearing a festive scrub top like this one from UA (perfect for Valentine’s too!):
HU6EDH Edgy Heart Print Scrub Top
Today is the start of National Handwashing Awareness Week 2011, which was created to decrease the spread of infectious diseases. The CDC states that the practice of handwashing has the potential to save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention! It’s also a good opportunity to make sure that children know the proper way to wash their hands, as their immune systems are weaker and can become sick quicker. In fact, 1 in 3 E. coli outbreaks is caused by poor hand washing by people preparing food.
Here are proper techniques to help keep the flu bug (and the common cold) away this wintery season:
- Wet your hands with warm, running water and apply soap.
- Rub your hands together vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Scrub all surfaces, including between your fingers and under your fingernails.
- Rinse all the soap off.
- Dry your hands thoroughly with a towel.
- Use a towel to turn off the faucet.
Over the past 30 years, there has been a nearly 29% increase in diagnosis of pediatric cancer. This increase has resulted in pediatric cancer becoming the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children. As the list of potential carcinogens continues to grow, we can only anticipate the rate of pediatric cancers to increase as well. While cures are out there, one of the best ways to help prevent childhood cancer is to take preventative steps. Here are a few steps you can take to help prevent cancer in children:
- Avoid pesticides. Instead use non-toxic remedies around the house. Also, removing shoes before you enter your home will help keep chemicals that end up on your shoes stay out.
- Use non-toxic products. Read labels and look for more natural materials!
- Clean up indoor air with non-toxic products. Try using plants to filter your air or window ventilation.
- Try to eat more organic and healthier.
- Avoid products made with plastic that contain harmful chemicals like BPA. Use reusable glass or stainless steel instead.
Given this month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted fill you in on a couple ways you can help spread the word and give to the cause of fighting childhood cancer.
1. You can donate to Mira’s Movement, whose missions is to “increase public awareness of the incidence and impact of childhood cancer, to provide resources and support for families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis, and to broaden support for increased federal funding of pediatric cancer and brain tumor research.”
2. This month, Hyundai is giving $200 from the sale of each vehicle in September to 68 hospitals and non-profit organizations in the form of “Hope Grants”. Through Hyundai Hope on Wheels, Hyundai plans to donate $100,000 to each hospital and non-profit…totaling $6.8 million! You can also donate directly through Hyundai Hope on Wheels.
We recently had an entry from Jodi, a nursing student at Nova Southeastern University. She wanted to share her thoughts on nursing and going through nursing school! We hope you enjoy her post! If you have any comments or advice for Jodi or other nursing students like her, please feel free to leave a comment :).
Guest Blog Post from Jodi
Critical thinking-aka second nature for health care professionals. Critical thinking goes hand in hand with all experiences throughout the workday, making its way into every decision and conversation. But I challenge any healthcare worker to think back to the days when they were novice students, like myself. Yes, those days filled with noisy lecture halls, expensive textbooks, stern professors, and difficult exams! Myself, just beginning to slowly learn the “ropes of the trade,” never expected the concept of critical thinking to be so challenging for us new students.
Quickly my peers and I realized that this would be the key to developing into the successful nurses we all are striving to become. So we put away our theories of memorization and cram sessions we had used up until this point, now gearing to truly understand concepts and yes, how to critically think in situations. The importance of this has only been reinstituted time after time once we arrived to our first semester of clinicals. Here we observed that nothing in life is straight from a textbook (but wouldn’t that be so much easier!) Our poor clinical professor had to hear too frequently a variation of the following: “But professor, I don’t know what to do, that patient didn’t respond like the textbook said!” This is where the nurses come in- the very people we as nursing students look up to, admire, and are anxious to follow in the steps of. My biggest lessons and greatest knowledge has thus far come from observing the nurses in the hospital settings. I appreciate every moment the nurses have given to us students, after all, it must take A LOT of patience to deal with us sometimes! Seeing these nurses’ creativity, patience, ability to multi-task, and compassion has only reignited a fire within my soul to continue pursuing my career with this very passion. Amidst their busy days they have demonstrated to us students what can never be explained in a classroom or book.
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Congratulations to Jennifer for being our 7th and final Nurses Week Contest Winner! Here is why Jennifer loves being a nurse:
“I love being a nurse because I love helping those not only battle the illness they are fighting but also helping them find happiness in each day.”
Thank you to EVERYONE who entered into our contest. We really enjoyed reading each and every one of your reasons for why you love being a nurse. And I know others who read it were equally touched. We hope you had a great Nurses Week and hope you know how much of a positive impact you make in our lives every day! THANKS!
Congratulations to Charnette Johnson, the 6th winner in our Nurses Week Contest. Here is why Charnette loves being a nurse:
“I love being a nurse because nurses touch the lives of many. To put a smile on someones face when they are sick is truly a joyous feeling. I LOVE BEING A NURSE!”
Today is the last day to leave your comment on our Nurses Week Contest post letting everyone know why you love being a nurse! Our 7th and final winner will be announced tomorrow morning.
Congratulations to Joan K. for being our 5th winner in our Nurses Week Contest! Here is why Joan loves being a nurse:
“I love being a nurse because I am able to bring a little bit of sunshine and care to people when they need someone the most.”
So far we have had 59 responses and each and every one is so inspirational! Thank you to everyone who has commented so far…two more days left! To enter into our Nurses Week Contest, click here.