4 Healthcare Breakthroughs to Look Forward to in 2017

New year. New beginnings. New medicine!

Like 2016, we expect 2017 to be filled with advancements in cures, research, treatments, and technology in healthcare. NurseCore hopes that these developments in healthcare can make nurses and patients happier and healthier. Here are just a few of the medical developments we are most looking forward to in the coming year:

1. “Tricorders”

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Straight from sci-fi, the Tricorder once only lived in the imagination of Star Trek fans across the galaxy. On the classic sci-fi show, Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy would scan the patient with the handheld device and instantly receive a diagnosis. It’s the dream of healthcare workers everywhere.

This dream may become a reality sooner than you think – well, sort of. About 5 years ago, Qualcomm announced a $10 million prize to anyone who could design such a device. The winner will be announced early this year. Live long and prosper!

2. Fake Blood

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We’re not talking about the kind of fake blood people use on Halloween costumes. In 2017, we might just see the emergence of synthetic blood to treat patients. This year, 20 volunteers will take part in a trial conducted by England’s National Health Service. Each subject will receive small amounts of synthetic blood. This blood has come from stem cell research with the intention of treating diseases like sickle cell anemia.

3. Advances in Augmented/Virtual Reality

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In 2016, Virtual Reality (VR) technology seemed to take over the gaming world. How better to enjoy a game than to be in it completely? It’s time for VR and Augmented Reality (AR) to take over the healthcare world as well.

Some healthcare professionals already have tools like AccuVein that uses AR to help phlebotomists and nurses find patients’ veins. In 2017, we expect VR and AR to become ever more widespread. This could help patients get a visual understanding of their procedures, medical students learn, and surgeons be more precise.

4. FHIR

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The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources is set to launch this year, which is exciting news for anyone interested in interoperability. If you’re tired of different departments having difficulty communicating, you’re going to love this new tool.

It allows healthcare workers to receive the health information they need about a patient without having to sort through extra information. FHIR intends to save time, money, and lives. We’re excited to see it in action.

What advancements are you looking forward to this year? Let us know! For more news and tips, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

New Year’s Resolutions for Nurses

As the holiday season comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on the past year and think forward to the future. While many people vow to lose those stubborn 10 pounds or pay off debt, nurses also have unique goals to work toward. Here are NurseCore’s top 17 resolutions for 2017:

  1. Mentor a new nurse.
  2. Connect with nurses outside of your facility.
  3. Practice saying “no” when you are overwhelmed.
  4. Create better relationships with the doctors around you.
  5. Stop nurse bullying when you see it.
  6. Laugh at least once every day. Yes, every single day.
  7. Try meditation to wind down from a tough shift.
  8. Get involved in a state or national nursing organization. Create change!
  9. Learn a new specialty.
  10. Pick up a hobby outside of work that you do for yourself.
  11. Find three things each day to be grateful for.
  12. Pursue the higher education you’ve been thinking about.
  13. Learn a healthy coping mechanism to handle the hard days.
  14. Work toward getting a full eight hours of sleep every night.
  15. Find a mentor for yourself.
  16. Thank someone every day.
  17. Imagine the kind of nurse you would want to take care of your loved ones. Become that nurse.

From the NurseCore family to yours, happy new year. We wish you a successful, happy, and exciting 2017. For more ideas, tips, and industry notes, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

Healthy Holiday Treats

What comes to mind when you think of the holidays? It’s the season to awe at lights, give gifts, gather with loved ones, and eat delicious desserts. In many ways, it’s truly the most wonderful time of the year.

However, all those delicious desserts can wreak havoc on your health. While pies, cookies, and candy can certainly please the palette, all that sugar can mean a major calorie count. Luckily, you don’t have to compromise your health or your festive spirit! Here are five healthy recipes to make the season bright:

Paleo Hot Cocoa Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting

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These aren’t your typical caveman cookie. If you or any of your guests are sticking to a paleo diet, whip up these decadent cookies. Skip the crushed candy cane to make it strictly paleo. Check out this recipe on Fit Foodie Finds.

Gingerbread Granola

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Gingerbread is one of the best spices of the season; don’t just have it for dessert. This festive granola will give you a healthy kick of sweetness for breakfast, a nighttime snack, or any moment in between. This recipe is also vegan and gluten free. Take a look on Well Plated.

Skinny Peppermint Fudge

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Are you tracking points on the Weight Watchers program? You don’t have to give up delicious holiday fudge. Each piece of this creamy fudge will only set you back three points. Give this recipe a try and check it out here.

Quinoa Gingersnap Cookies

Quinoa Gingersnap Cookies

Quinoa is the food that basically coined the term “superfood.” This twist on a classic cookie puts quinoa to good use. It’s gluten free, vegan, and nut free, so pretty much anyone can eat them. Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food. (http://www.eatingbirdfood.com/quinoa-gingersnap-cookies-vegan-gluten-free/ )

Clean Eating Pecan Pie

Clean Eating Pecan Pie

No list of holiday desserts would be complete without pie. This incredible recipe takes all the unhealthy corn syrup and sugar out of the classic pecan pie, but it leaves all the taste. Sweetened with dates, this recipe is not one to miss. Check it out here.

“Winterize” Your Body and Stay Healthy

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Winter is here, and that means it’s time to get ready for all the weather it brings. You may prepare your home and car for ice, sleet and snow. What about your body?

Winter weather can be difficult on your immune system, skin, and even your mood! With a little preparation, you can beat the winter blues. Here are NurseCore’s top 5 tips for prepping your body for winter:

  1. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate!

Understandably, people want to drink hot chocolate and cider this time of year. However, it’s important to keep drinking plenty of water as well. The dry winter air can dry up the membranes in your nose, throat, and lungs. Staying hydrating will also keep your largest organ – your skin – healthy and radiant.

  1. Get Your Vitamins

The “winter blues” aren’t just an old wife’s tale. In fact, it’s called “seasonal affective disorder.” These depressive symptoms are caused by a lack of vitamin D that comes from shorter days. Whether you get it from foods like fish or from a supplement, make sure to take in some extra vitamin D this winter.

  1. Stay Active

When the weather outside it frightful, the warm, cozy couch starts calling. While there’s certainly room for being cozy by the fire, make a point to stay active. If weather keeps you from your favorite outdoor activities, take the opportunity to try indoor exercises.

  1. Stock Up for Emergencies

If there’s any chance of a snow-in in your future, get ready now. Keep water and healthy, non-perishable foods, and extra medications on hand. Your body will thank you when you are holed up at home with everything you need.

  1. Get Your Flu Shot

The flu is an assault on the body. Keep your guard up with the influenza vaccine! Click here for information on this year’s vaccine.

 

Ready for winter? You will be now! For more information and tips, keep up with NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

Diabetic Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes and Tips

Thanksgiving is a time for gathering, joy, food, and the people you love most. It’s a time to laugh, share stories, and give thanks. For people with diabetes, it can also be a time for anxiety about food.

Like any day of the year, diabetics must be careful about their diets. However, on a holiday which focuses so heavily on food consumption, this can be incredibly difficult. Of course, nobody wants to miss out on comforting, delicious favorites like pies. However, your health must come first.

If you live with diabetes, try some of these recipes and tips:

1. Cheddar Pepper Muffins

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Warm rolls are a staple on any Thanksgiving menu. However, they are often jam-packed with refined flours that can be dangerous for diabetics. This savory recipe is filled with delicious cheese and peppers, all of which are better for people with diabetes. Check out this recipe here.

2. Turkey Your Way

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The centerpiece of the holiday is almost always a good choice for diabetics. Seasoned, basted, and baked to perfection, a turkey will make your day. However, fried turkey might not be best for diabetes!

3. Enjoy Smaller Portions

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Having diabetes doesn’t have to mean saying a permanent goodbye to mashed potatoes and other starch-filled dishes. You can still indulge in some gooey pecan pie if you’d like; just watch your portion sizes. Talk to your doctor or other medical professional if you’re unsure about what those portions should be.

4.  Bring Something You Know is Safe

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If you’re not hosting Thanksgiving this year, call the host and see if you can bring something special that you know will be safe for you to eat. Try this simple green salad with raspberry vinaigrette or something you already know how to make well. Whatever it is, make enough to share! You may feel more included if everyone is also eating what you bring.

5. Get the Pie Right

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If we’re being completely honest, plenty of people eat Thanksgiving dinner just to get to the pies! Eat these sweet treats is the perfect way to end a great day. However, pies can be dangerous for people with diabetes. Check out Diabetic Living’s list of pie recipes here.

This Thanksgiving, NurseCore thanks our hardworking staff, patients, and clients for everything they do. For more tips, recipes, and insights, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

How Nurses and Family Caregivers Can Work Together

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Since 2012, November has been National Family Caregiver Month. In his proclamation for National Family Caregiver Month, President Obama said, “Family members, friends, and neighbors devote countless hours to providing care to their relatives or loved ones. During National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize and thank the humble heroes who do so much to keep our families and communities strong.” During this time, organizations such as the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) direct attention to issues that family caregivers face each day.

Family caregivers can receive support in many ways, not the least of which is from nurses and other medical professionals. Unfortunately, cooperating for the benefit of the patients can sometimes be difficult for family caregivers and nurses. This November, we would like to begin changing that. Here our NurseCore’s tips for nurses to work well with family caregivers:

1. Give the Caregiver Care

Like your patients, caregivers are in need of help. They may feel overwhelmed with responsibility, unsure of how to help, or uneasy about the future. Treat the family caregivers with the same kindness and respect that you show your patients.

2. Give Clear Instructions

Medical lingo often rolls off the tongues of skilled nurses; it’s natural to you. However, sometimes medical terms sound like a foreign language to those in our care. Make sure to give clear, easy-to-understand instructions to both your patient and the family caregiver.

3. Welcome Questions

Some people may feel hesitant to ask questions. After providing explicit instruction, be sure to ask if anyone has any questions.

4. Ask Your Own Questions

To understand the family caregiver better, you may ask questions. Ask about how he or she is feeling, or if there’s anything else that is needed. You may be surprised how much you can learn just by asking the right question.

5. Remember, You’re in This Together

Family caregivers may not always agree with or understand the decisions that medical professionals make. There may be disagreements. To keep things from getting heated, remind yourself and everyone else that you are trying to achieve the same goal: health and comfort for the patient.

How do you make sure to provide excellent care to family caregivers? Let us know! For more tips, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter!

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