Sunday, July 1, 2012
Even though many companies that offer generic drugs do provide great products like the ones that are made in Canada for example do provide safe and effective products, they are many other places, especially the internet where one should be wary of.
One of the best example is for generic viagra that is bought online. Even though about 10% of these online site for sildenafil citrate are quality products, is it really worth the risk?
For example, we usually get a few cases per month where a male patient will come to the emergency room with heart problems or an erection that will not let up. In most cases, that was due to the patient purchasing generic viagra online from an unknown company. Here are some statistics of emergency room visits due to ED(Erectile Dysfunction)
If you do decide to purchase it, please make sure that it is from a company that is known and that has been recommended by someone you trust that has actually tried out the product.
So let's keep our nation's emergency room clear of people that have erectile issues due to generic drugs around the world.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I mean, why would anyone want to live in Central America and have to fly back to the US for work every month or so?
So I decided to do a bit of digging about what Costa Rica is all about and I was very surprised by my findings. First, real estate Costa Rica is very cheap compared to the US so I can see why moving there would have its appeal.
For example, I was looking into Costa Rica real estate in Ciudad Colon because it is a hot spot for expats because it offers all of the amenities from home and has some of the best weather in Costa Rica when I saw that a $500,000 home in Atlanta can be acquired in Santa Ana for about half the price!
Second, the cost of living is even better as Americans can live quite well there for as little as $1,000 per month thanks to the many Costa Rica descuentos available.
And third, as a travel nurse, they can just work 6 months out of the year in the US (in no particular order) and live the remaining 6 months in a tropical country.
So fi any nurse is thinking about going into the travel nursing industry, they should definitively consider international travel nursing.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Knowing these facts will help you decide whether nursing as a career is right for you.
- Currently, there is a nursing shortage and many nurses have to work over time
- Hospitals are looking more and more for nurse specialists
- There is a nursing shortage
- Patients can and will test your patience. If you are not patient or understanding of others, life as a nurse will be very difficult.
- Entry level nurses usually earn around $45,000 a year.
- Nurses are still perceived as simple assistants to doctors even though their actual role includes direct patient care, case management and more.
- BSN nurses are becoming the preferred over registered nurses.
I know that this is a bit off topic but I felt the need to write this because most nursing schools only have limited space every semester and it would be a shame to have someone take a spot and end up changing their career after a couple of years working as nurse.
Friday, October 8, 2010
The early results of this survey shows that only half of the nurses in Wisconsin are working in hospitals as the other half workin in clinics or community health centers.
The study found that the State of Wisconsin is mostly made up of nurses over the age of 45 which is something to worry about in the near future as when these nurses begin to retire, it will create a large nurse shortage unless the age difference in nurses can be equalized.
This information will be used by the state government to see about create and improving nursing programs as well as improving the nursing conditions to keep current nurses from leaving their profession.
Monday, October 4, 2010
However, there can be a down side to it because if the nurses keep working overtime day after day, week after week and month after month, it shows that there is a flaw in the system because so many overtime hourse on a regular basis should not exist. Also, it is proven that the more over time hours a nurse works the more likely that the nurse will make a mistake.
It was recently reported in the Toronto Sun that a nurse in Montreal, Quebec worked so many 16 hour shifts last year that he "racked up $127,715(CAD) in overtime pay". Compare this to his actual salary which is $102,285 and this seems like an insanely amount of hours to work.
Sure, if the nurses on staff can handle the extra shifts its great because of the money but the problem starts happening when the nurses are not able to cover shifts and mistakes start happening.
The hospital and the nurses in question should closely examine this because in the long run, this opens up situations where if a mistake does take place, then a hospital lawsuit for negligence is imminent. Just make a Google search for hospital negligence lawsuit and you will see that the top results are lawyers that specialize in hospital negligence. Especially since according to that article, this has been going on for over a year.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I found this to be an interesting case as most of the nurse shortage in the U.S. happen in smaller cities. Atlanta for example has a very competitive nurse market and there is no shortage there.
Emory University hospital turns down nursing applications on a weekly basis and Piedmont hospital has such a large nursing database that they only need to make a couple of phone calls to get a nurse.
Getting back to the point, Houston Healthcare started out with 30 RN and 5 LPN positions available in June and have so far only been able to fill 11 of the RN positions but have been able to fill all of the LPN positions.
Looking at the current economy, you would assume that the jobs would have been filled by now but it is not the case. Of course, if the hospital in question is not using a nurse placement agency with a good list of registered nurses then the process would be slower.
If they are using such an agency and still not able to fill these position then it is something we should all worry about.