Is Administering Chemotherapy Putting Nurses at Risk?

By Ariel Jacoby from Medelita

Nurses are attempting to save the lives of cancer patients when administering chemotherapy drugs, but how how do these treatments affect the nurses administering treatment? A study from 2011 found that nearly 17% of nurses were unintentionally exposed to toxic chemotherapy drugs through skin or eye contact while working in an outpatient facility.

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Weekend Wrap Up 6.22.16

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I'm headed out of town, hitting up Chicago with friends. It's been years since my last trip to the Windy City, and I'm excited to experience Chicago's restaurant scene, beach, and shopping on famous Michigan AVE again. The getaway will be the perfect mix of sightseeing and relaxation. If you're looking for some reading material to fill in the gaps this weekend, check out the following medical news stories. 

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7 International Experiences for Learning Medical Spanish

We've been talking language skills this week on MidlevelU. From the legal requirements of working with non-English speaking patients, to the logistics of working with an interpreter, there's a lot to consider in treating patients from other cultures. While acting as your own interpreter isn't advised unless you are truly fluent, it is helpful to at least understand a few basics of languages commonly spoken by your patients. 

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7 Tips to Save Nurse Practitioners From Interpretation Disaster

Patient speaks. Interpreter speaks. Nurse practitioner speaks. Interpreter speaks. Repeat. The process of providing patient care through an interpreter seems simple enough, right? A closer look at the data, however, shows that this approach often leaves patients in the dark and providers exposed to malpractice liability.

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Yes, You are Really Making a Difference for Your Patients

I entered the nurse practitioner profession in the primary care setting. As idealistic as they come, at least in regards to my profession, I was ready to jump in and make changes in my patient's lives. I approached health coaching with enthusiasm, helping patients see where their diets were off track, sharing smoking cessation techniques, and recommending regular exercise. I applauded reported lifestyle improvements. In the face of pressures to see more patients and generate higher revenues, health coaching wasn't always easy to fit into appointments, but I put a lot of time and energy into the effort. Until I began to lose steam, that is. 

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