Tips for a Holly, Jolly, Safe Holiday Season

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Though it primarily is known as “the most wonderful time of the year”, December also has the distinction of being Safe Toys & Gifts Month, or Safe Toys & Celebrations Month in some circles.

With toy stores all over the country having their shelves raided all throughout the month, it only makes sense that December shines a spotlight on toy safety.

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The Holiday Shift: How Nurses Cope with Working in December

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While many associate the holidays with relaxation and family time, that isn’t always the case for nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals.

Hospitals and care facilities all over the globe don’t close their doors just because it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah – these offices demand the same amount of expert medical care and service they would need during any other day of the year.

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Another Successful Movember for Men’s Health Comes to a Close

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You may notice them at work. At Starbucks when you’re getting your morning coffee. At the grocery store when you’re standing in line to check out.

Mustaches. Moustaches. No matter how you spell them, they’re everywhere these days…specifically in the month of November. Coincidence? Methinks not.

Movember, to be specific, is the reason for mustache outbreak around this time of year. The cause? Men’s health.

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NurseCore Salutes Family Caregivers & Offers Home Care Services

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While NurseCore prides itself on being a national leader in medical staffing and home care services, there are still plenty of other family caregivers at homes all across the country who are just as deserving of recognition and praise.

Because the number of family members caring for loved ones in this country is so high, November has been designated as National Family Caregivers Month.

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Halloween & Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

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Last year saw the NurseCore blog look at healthy alternatives to common Halloween treats – a healthier way for you to feed that sweet tooth of yours.

This year we’re moving beyond the candy and looking at a few precautionary measures you can take with your little ones to ensure the safest, most fun Halloween possible – with these Halloween & Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips.

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Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Beyond October

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While October is sure to draw memories of trick-or-treaters and costumes for many, the last quarter-century has seen October earn a distinction on the calendar for a completely different reason – as it’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Organizations all across the country, including the American Cancer Society, The Oncology Nursing Society, Prevent Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, are joining together to turn the spotlight on breast cancer awareness, support and prevention.

With an estimated 1 in 8 U.S. women developing invasive breast cancer in their lifetime, this devastating disease more than warrants the nation’s collective attention – and you can continue to support the cause well past October.

Beyond the startling 1-in-8 figure, there are a number of other breast cancer facts and statistics you should be aware of:

  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women
  • It’s estimated that in 2013 there will be 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women and 39,620 breast cancer deaths
  • 2013 will see 2,240 cases of invasive breast cancer in men and 410 breast cancer deaths
  • The majority of breast cancers, 65%, occur in women without any family history
  • Most breast cancers are discovered after the age of 50

So how can you get involved in the month-long observance, and even continue to show support throughout the year?

Wear Pink: Supporters, survivors and family members alike rally behind the cause and the color with a “Go Pink!” cry all October. From the NASCAR track and football field to packs of motorcycles and fire stations everywhere, people all over the country are going pink for breast cancer awareness in October.

Donate: Organizations like Susan G. Komen and the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) are always looking for donations from individuals happy to join in their efforts to help women battling breast cancer.

Volunteer: Between NBCF’s Virtual Volunteer and Outreach Volunteer programs, the various Avon Walks for Breast Cancer and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, there’s no shortage of ways you can actively show your support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Visit NurseCore Facebook page for more on breast cancer support and awareness

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