Healthy Recipes for Your Next Barbecue

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Backyard barbecues help give summer that magical feeling. There’s something about bonding with friends and family over good food, drinks, and laughter that makes a great memory. Unfortunately, indulging in that delicious food can lead to extra pounds that stick around as long as the memory.

Of course, nobody wants to forgo taste or avoid get togethers in order to be healthy. Luckily, you don’t have to make any such sacrifices. There are plenty of ways to serve healthy, mouth-watering food at your next barbeque. Here are some great recipes we found that you might want to try:

Salmon Burgers with Avocado Sauce

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Traditional hamburgers can be found at almost any backyard barbecue. Why not shake things up a bit and serve up a new, healthier kind of burger?

This salmon burger packs a punch of flavor while also providing you with healthy omega-3 fats. The avocado sauce gives you an extra dose of folate and vitamin B! Give this recipe a go by clicking here.

Grilled Corn with Chipotle Lime Butter

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Corn is the perfect summer side dish. Putting it on the grill, as opposed to boiling it, allows corn to keep its awesome flavor and just enough crunchiness. Add a little zest with this chipotle lime butter, and you have yourself a winning side dish that your guests won’t even realize is healthy. Click here to try this recipe

Healthier Deviled Eggs

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What would a potluck be without deviled eggs? Those creamy, tangy appetizers are a hit at any party. However, full fat mayo and egg yolk make deviled eggs sneakily unhealthy. Check out this improved version, which is so yummy nobody will be able to tell the difference!

Grilled Vegetables

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Still trying to get your recommended servings of vegetables in every day? Grilled veggies are the way to go. With the help of spices and olive oil, the grill can bring out the best flavor in any vegetable.

The juicier, fuller flavor is likely to make you fall in love with vegetables again. Who knows; your kids could even learn to like them. Not sure where to start? Try this basic recipe first.

Dark Chocolate Banana S’mores

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Nothing wraps up a perfect summer evening like a delicious s’more. This crunchy, gooey dessert is a well-loved favorite for many reasons. However, it’s no surprise that all that sugar can get unhealthy quickly!

This recipe swaps out milk chocolate for the healthier dark chocolate, and adds sweet bananas in place of marshmallows. With great taste and less sugar, these s’mores are sure to make everyone happy. Get the recipe here.

What delicious ways will you make your next backyard barbecue healthier? Will you try any of these recipes? Let us know! For more healthy living tips and recipes, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.

What You Need to Know About Secondary Drowning

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As temperatures rise and the sun stays out for longer, children around the country are looking forward to days spent splashing in the pool. While swimming can be a healthy way for kids to play, exercise, and cool down on a hot summer day, there are many dangers that parents, nurses, and other medical professionals should be aware of. Drowning is chief among these hazards, as it accounts for 7% of all injury-related deaths worldwide.

The World Health Organization defines drowning as, “the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in liquid.” With this definition, it’s understandable that many people are shocked to learn that drowning can occur on dry land, sometimes hours after a person has finished swimming. When this happens, it is known as “dry drowning” or “secondary drowning.” While these are atypical forms of drowning, it’s important that parents and medical professionals learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments.

What is Secondary Drowning?

There is some debate over the exact definitions of dry drowning and secondary drowning. While there may be some subtle differences between the two types, the basics are the same. Dr. Danelle Fisher, vice chair of pediatrics at Providence Saint John’s Health Center, told Parenting.com that dry drowning can be defined as, “Drowning from fluid in the lungs that occurs not during submersion in water, but up to 24 hours after swimming or bathing.”

If a child inhales water while swimming or during a bath, they may seem to recover immediately with no ill effects. However, that water can begin to make the child’s larynx spasm and remain shut up to 24 hours after it was inhaled. While this is very rare, knowing the signs can help ensure that the patient is treated as soon as possible, increasing the chance of a good outcome.

Symptoms

The first sign that a child may be experiencing secondary drowning is that he or she struggled in the water. Perhaps the child was submerged and then began coughing up water, or it may be that they were pulled from the water by a lifeguard. This is called a water rescue.

Parents and supervisors may not always see the initial water inhalation that brings on the secondary drowning. Medical professionals and parents should look for the following signs to determine if a child may be experiencing secondary or dry drowning:

Coughing – A persistent cough that continues hours after a water rescue incident could be a sign that patient has water in their lungs, which could be bringing down oxygen levels.

Amnesia – If a person does not remember the incident in which they were rescued from the water, or if they lost consciousness during that time, it is important to seek immediate medical attention.

Behavior Changes – Children who are experiencing secondary drowning may become abnormally sleepy, ill, or irritable.

Shortness of Breath – Any difficulty breathing or chest pain should be taken seriously, especially after a water rescue.

Vomiting – While this may be caused by an infectious disease, it is also a common sign of secondary drowning.

What to Do

Parents who notice these symptoms in a child should seek medical help right away. Either drive the child to an emergency center or call 9-1-1 if necessary. The sooner the child receives medical intervention, the better. Remember, it’s always better to be are than sorry. Once at the hospital, the patient can be evaluated and treated with oxygen and ventilation.

Prevention

Luckily, there are many steps parents and guardians can take to prevent secondary and dry drowning:

  • Enroll children in swimming lessons that focus on safety.
  • Invest in safety devices like pool gates and alarms.
  • Keep a close eye on swimming children. Remember, drowning does not always look like it does in the movies. There is often little splashing or yelling.
  • Communicate with other adults in a clear way so that everyone knows who is on watch at any given time.
  • Learn CPR and practice it when necessary.

With this knowledge, we can all do our part in preventing secondary and dry drowning. For more health tips and information, be sure to follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

Summer Skin Care and Safety Tips

Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time for swimming, backyard barbeques, ice cream, and your other favorite summertime activities. Unfortunately, summer also brings sweltering heat, dangerous UV rays, and painful sunburns. Neglecting your skin during the summer months is not only uncomfortable; it can also be damaging and hazardous.

Of course, the immediate risk of too much sun exposure is sunburn. These burns are painful and, as many nurses know, cause real damage to your blood vessels and cells. However, the risk of excessive sun exposure runs much deeper than sunburns.

The risk for skin cancer, which is now the most common cancer, goes up significantly when you expose your skin to too much sun. According to the Cleveland Clinic, many doctors believe that most skin cancer could be avoided entirely by minimizing the skin’s exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. This is why it’s important to protect your skin year-round, but especially in the sunny months. Here are a few ways you can reduce your risk of cancer and care for your skin this summer:

1. Sunscreen Isn’t Just for the Beach

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Many people understand the importance of wearing sunscreen while relaxing on the beach or splashing in the pool. However, it’s easy to forget about the sun’s effects on your skin when you’re going about your daily life. Whether you’re running errands around town or spending the afternoon in a nice park, the sun’s harmful rays can burn your skin. Rub some sunscreen on your exposed skin before heading out for the day to can keep your skin looking and feeling great.

2.  Find Makeup with SPF Protection

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If you’re going to wear makeup anyway, why not have it work for your skin? Many drugstore and high-end makeup brands offer SPF protection in their foundation. Switching to one of these can help your face stay safe from harm’s way, as well as keep it looking great!

If you don’t wear foundation, you may consider purchasing face-specific sunscreen and applying it often. After all, your face is exposed to the elements more than any other part, so it may need some extra protection.

3. Don’t Forget About Your Lips!

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It’s easy to forget to keep your lips protected when you’re busy slathering sunscreen everywhere else. However, ignoring your lips can lead to painful blisters and other issues. Find a good lip balm that offers UV protection and make sure to apply it a few times each day.

4. Drink Up!

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Staying hydrated has several medical benefits. Many people know that drinking plenty of water can help them feel fuller, maintain balance in the body, and stay energized. Did you know that remaining well hydrated also keeps your skin looking and feeling great?

Dehydration, which is a common problem in the hotter months, can leave skin looking wrinkled and flat. However, a little extra water can make your skin appear fuller and healthier. Don’t want to just sip on water all day? No problem! Eating hydrating fruits, like watermelon, can help too.

How will you protect your skin this summer? For more healthy living tips and nursing news, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter!

Facts to Celebrate Nurses Week 2016

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Throughout the year, we take whole days to celebrate different types of people and the good they contribute to the world. However, it takes more than just one day to commend nurses for the amazing ways they make our lives better. That’s why every year the nation observes Nurses Week from May 6 to May 12.

Throughout the week, nurses across the country receive thanks, gifts, and love. Truth be told, they deserve even more than they get. However, to fully commemorate Nurses Week and give these heroes the respect they deserve, it’s important to understand the history of this celebration and what makes nursing such a unique career. Here are a few facts that will help you get into the Nurses Week spirit:

 First Observance

The first “National Nurse Week” was observed in October 1954, 100 years after Florence Nightingale went on her mission to treat wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. This first week-long celebration of nurses was proposed to Congress by Representative Frances Payne Bolton of Ohio, who was known to be an advocate for public health and nurses. However, it did not become an annual event until much later.

How It Became Nurses Week

In January 1974, nearly 20 years after the first Nurse Week was observed, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) announced that May 12 would be considered “International Nurse Day.” They chose this date because it is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Approximately one month later, President Nixon announced that National Nurses Week would be observed from May 6 to May 12, ending on International Nurse Day.

This Year’s Themes

Each year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) establishes a focus for National Nurses Week. For 2016, the theme is “Culture of Safety: It Starts with YOU.” Throughout the week, the ANA will be highlighting resources nurses can access to make their work environment safer for everyone. Click here for more information about this theme.

The International Council of Nurses establishes a theme for International Nurse Day every year. For 2016, the ICN has chosen “Nurses: A Force for Change,” as the focus. Content through this campaign will focus on developing effective health systems and personal resilience. For more information, click here.

 Rapid Fire Facts About the History of Nursing

  • The first nursing diploma in the United States was awarded to Linda Richards in 1873.
  • The very first nursing school was established in India in the year 250 BC!
  • The first African-American physician began as a nurse who was also a slave. James Derham bought his freedom with the earnings he got from being a nurse.
  • First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln also served as a volunteer nurse during the Civil War.
  • Walt Whitman wrote a poem about his experience as a battlefield nurse. The poem is called “The Wound Dresser.”

Quick Facts About Nursing Today

  • Of all the workplace risks, nurses are most concerned about sustaining a back injury on the job.
  • There are over 3 million RNs in the United States.
  • Nurses have been ranked as the most trusted professionals for many years in a row.
  • Just under 10% of RNs are men.
  • Nursing is the fastest growing profession in the United States.
  • 25% of nurses work part-time.
  • Nurses save and improve lives every day.

How are you celebrating Nurses Week this year? For more fun facts and industry insights, make sure to follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

How Yoga Can Help Nurses

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Although it is certainly rewarding, nursing is one of the most difficult careers a person can have. It is as physically demanding as it is emotionally challenging. If nurses do not take steps to address these difficulties, it can be hard to reap all the rewards of a nursing career. But what can you do that will relax the mind, heal the spirit, and nurture the body?

For some nurses, the solution is a regular yoga practice. Whether done in a class at a gym or at home with a video, yoga can help relieve many of the troubles nurses have.

It’s natural and understandable that nurses seek outlets to cope with the stress of the job. It can feel like you are taking on stress for your patients and their families, and all of that tension has to go somewhere. Many nurses turn to habits like smoking, overeating, or drinking in order to compensate for the stress of the job. Yoga offers a healthier, more productive alternative to coping with stress.

Having a regular yoga practice can teach you how to remain mindful, control your breath, and find calm in the chaos. Those are great skills for a nurse to have when call lights are beeping, doctors are calling, and you still can’t get that one patient to cooperate. While others may take time out for a smoke break, you might find that a “yoga break” is more helpful in channeling your energy.

This doesn’t have to be a full-blown workout, of course. Who has time for that? Practicing yoga can be as simple as minding your breath, turning inward, and gently stretching for just one minute. This single moment can help bring your focus back, making you not only happier, but also more effective.

Of course, the stress of being a nurse is not only emotional. Many nurses will say that back aches and sore legs are just part of the job. However, regular stretching and yoga can help keep these symptoms at bay.

By strengthening your muscles and improving circulation, yoga can help relieve “nursing back” and other aches that come with the job. Plus, your body deserves a little break after you spend 12+ hours on your feet, don’t you think?

If you don’t have time for a complete yoga practice every day, that’s OK. Just a few moments of deep stretching before and after every shift can greatly improve your physical well-being. Here are just a few poses that you might want to try:

Wide Child’s Pose

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This relaxing pose relieves lower back pain by stretching the back, hips, and front of the thighs. Click here to see instructions for this pose.

Bridge Pose

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Bridge pose stretches the whole spine, from the tailbone to the back of the neck. As a mild inversion, it may also help relieve stress and headaches. You can find instructions on this restorative pose here.

Legs on the Wall Pose

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This pose is as straightforward as its name suggests, but it offers many surprising benefits. After being on your feet all day, this pose will help bring more circulation back to the upper part of your body and provide immediate back pain relief. Learn more about this pose and other poses for nurses here.

Of course, you should talk to your doctor before beginning any new health or exercise routine. You may also consult a yoga expert on what type of yoga practice would be best for you. There are many different forms of yoga, and it might take a few tries before you find the type that is right for you.

Will you be trying to incorporate some yoga into your busy schedule? Let us know! You can follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter for more updates, tips, and insights.

4 Medical Breakthroughs to Look Forward to This Year

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It seems like every day a new invention is released and the headlines proclaim that the future is here. With everything from virtual reality to self-driving cars, it’s easy to feel like we’re living in a science fiction movie. However, some of the most incredible advancements aren’t coming in the form of new toys. Perhaps the most impactful innovations are taking place in the medical field.

In order to keep up with this growing industry, it’s important to take some time to research the amazing inventions that are coming down the pipeline. Periodically, we like to do just that and break down our coolest findings in a blog just for you. Here are four breakthroughs that are going to change everything soon:

1. Transplant Medicine

Transplant medicine has been around since 1954, when the first kidney transplant took place. However, it wasn’t until 51 years later, in 2005, that even a partial facial transplant was completed. 10 years later, the first full facial transplant took place and was a major success.

The success of last year’s groundbreaking transplant is sure to mean big things for the medical world. The surgeons were able to match tissue type, skin color, and hair color to help a firefighter recover from burns sustained on the job. After 26 hours of surgery, the hero had a new face, complete with a scalp, ears, and eyelids. Standing on the shoulders of this achievement, scientists will be able to make great strides in transplant medicine soon.

2. Gene Tuning

Our DNA is what makes us who we are. Our genes tell a detailed story that includes everything from our hair color to the shape of our toes – and yes, even the diseases we may develop. Thanks to powerful new tools developed for researching DNA, doctors may soon be able to “turn off” certain genes that make us ill.

In 2015, scientists were able to correct the DNA of human embryos in order to stop inherited diseases before they could begin. In a more recent case, a leukemia patient was successfully treated thanks to gene editing. Immune cells had their DNA tuned specifically to fight infected cells in the patient. The potential for effective, personalized treatment is enormous in this field.

3. RIBA

This one is for all the busy nurses out there. (Is there such a thing as a nurse who isn’t busy?) We consistently hear that life as a nurse would be easier with an extra set of hands. It sounds like scientists have been listening.

RIBA (Robot for Interactive Body Assistance) is coming around the corner to save the day. This robot helper is being made to gently move patients to and from wheelchairs. The hope is that this will reduce fall risks for patients while saving nurses from back pain and injury. RIBA could very well be your next best friend at work!

4. Cancer Vaccines

Each year, millions of people receive the flu vaccine. This shot (or spray) teaches our bodies how to identify and attack that year’s flu. Could a similar theory be applied to cancer? Some researchers believe so.

The idea is to piggyback on other vaccines, like the one for tetanus, and train the body to fight of certain types of cancer. Currently, the FDA has approved this technique to help treat cancer and melanoma. Perhaps the most anticipated vaccine is for lung cancer. Work on the lung cancer vaccine first began in Cuba, but it is well underway in the United States.

What breakthroughs are you most looking forward to? For more industry insights, make sure to follow NurseCore on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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