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Amidst COVID-19, virtual reality makes “social distancing” simulation possible

Leadership of the simulation center at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has been investigating how to bring virtual simulation to life for some time. Virtual Simulation and Virtual Reality have a lot of benefits,...

How artificial intelligence is transforming the future of nursing

Thinking about care in a new light. Takeaways: Artificial intelligence (AI) is an umbrella term for several different technologies and methodologies that contribute to many advances in healthcare today. Nurses should have a basic...

Germ-free is the way to be: Smartphone disinfection in hospitals

Nurse-led, evidence-based education fills knowledge gap. Takeaways: All smartphones and other mobile devices are hosts to a variety of bacterial contaminants. A lack of education about smartphone disinfection exists in healthcare. Smartphone disinfection methods...

Here now, but heard nothing

It was a busy day on the cardiac unit where I had one of my first patients as a new nurse. I’ll call him Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith was about 80 years old, as...

UV-C: A tool for disinfecting mobile devices

Staff satisfied with cleaning workflow. Takeaways: Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices are being used with increasing frequency in healthcare, but protocols for cleaning them aren’t keeping pace. Published studies report significant contamination on mobile...

New microscopy technique can be used to study the progression of wound healing

A new microscope developed by researchers at the DSK Center for Optical Molecular Imaging has the ability to track collagen that helps in wound healing and can visualize blood vessel distribution around the wound. The...

Online meeting etiquette: Mind your manners

As nurses navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, many are attending meetings, whether in the hospital or from the home setting, via video conferencing software such as Zoom and GoToMeeting. Online meetings with friends and family...

The ethical evolution of health management

Recently, I have been asked by several nursing organizations to review articles and position papers related to technology and innovation. I have also read a short article in the Minnesota Nurse about the reticence...

Dangers of digital media addiction

The World Health Organization as well as several tech companies are encouraging on-line gaming with discounts and slogans such as, "Play your part, play at home." With schools closed, children suddenly have more time...

Top mental health apps for nurses

Whether you personally struggle with mental health concerns, or your patients are, your phone can be a valuable tool in the efforts to work through anxiety and stress. To recognize Mental Health Awareness Month...
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Simulation for suicide prevention training

A unique approach to large group training. Takeaways: Twenty veterans die by suicide each day. The preferred method of learning by most adults is simulation. Micro-training learning occurs in several minutes to 1 hour. According to...

‘Health’s Up’ podcast is the dream of a wannabe school nurse

Health’s Up is a podcast that explores healthy choices through child voices.   Health’s Up is an experiment in health education. The brainchild of Kristi Westphaln, a pediatric nurse practitioner doing her post doctoral work at...

First genetic test for Fragile X Syndrome

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved marketing for the very first genetic test to help diagnose Fragile X Syndrome (FXS). FXS is a genetic disorder which affects approximately 1 in every 4,000...