The Alarming Truth Behind the Rising Mortality Rate in the U.S.

While the global maternal mortality rate (MMR) decreased by 36.6 percent between 2000 and 2015, the U.S. MMR increased by 16.6 percent. The United States was one of six countries and the only developed country to see an increase in maternal mortality during this time period. To learn more, check out the infographic below designed […]

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Emerging Tech

Emerging Technologies and Innovation in Patient-centered Care

According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Health Research Institute, 2017 is an important year for innovation in health care. The boom in innovation is due to the development of new technologies that could potentially change the way nurses and other providers treat and interact with their patients. To learn more, check out the infographic below designed […]

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State-By-State Mandates for Professional School Counseling

While mandates concerning school counselors vary from state to state, schools increasingly are recognizing the crucial role that counselors fulfill for students throughout their education. Demand is increasing, but the supply of counseling personnel to fill these position within the U.S. education system is decreasing. To learn more, check out the infographic below designed by […]

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Recent Trends in Nursing and the Need for Transformational Leadership

Additional responsibilities and leadership opportunities inspire nurses to utilize and develop the skills for which they were educated. When given these additional responsibilities, nursing staff turnover dropped by twelve percent. This change is significant in that it shows a positive response to management recognizing and incorporating methods that utilize the talent within their immediate environment. […]

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Surviving Long Hours and the Night Shift

Many nurses put in 12-hour shifts, while others work night shifts. Although these types of schedules are expected as a requirement of their job, many nurses expose themselves to different types of health risks that often are associated with prolonged work hours and disruptions to a normal circadian rhythm. To avoid health issues, it is […]

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21st Century Changes in the Nurse Practitioner’s Role

According to American Medical News, the number of nurse practitioner jobs is expected to grow by 130 percent from 2008 to 2025. This growth demands advanced knowledge and industry experience to continuously improve the delivery of primary care services. To learn more, check out the infographic designed by Bradley University’s online Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) […]

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Counseling Minority Groups in a Time of Racial Unrest

Interest in the Black Lives Matter movement increased significantly with the recent incidents involving police use of force on civilians. The movement gained support as many universities in the United States worked to provide open discourse in an effort to shift focus on the citizens’ growing concerns. In times of social and racial unrest, counselors […]

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The Role of Integrative Care in Advancing the Science of Patient-Centered Care

According to Global Health Advances in Health and Medicine, integrative medicine is a care approach that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. While some people may have doubts about integrative medicine and wonder if it’s here […]

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Florence Nightingale: Founder of Modern Nursing

Florence Nightingale is a towering figure in the nursing profession. No single person has contributed more to the field than she. Her work saved countless lives in the Crimean War and captured the world’s attention in the mid-1800s. She pioneered methods that have modernized hospital care, which are still in use today and continue to […]

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Top Skills Needed for Effective Nurse Managers

Nurse managers are crucial to a medical establishment. They are responsible for nursing recruitment, day-to-day operations and a host of other duties at their workplace. Their presence is one of the reasons why most hospitals are functioning as smoothly as they should. To learn more, check out the infographic below designed by Bradley University’s online […]

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Nurse-Managed Care

The Emergence of Nurse-Managed Care: Providing accessible, affordable health care in vulnerable communities

Vulnerable populations, including the uninsured, immigrants and the working poor, are at greater risk of developing health problems while lacking access to quality health care. Nurse-managed health centers are emerging across the country to meet the unique health care needs of these at-risk populations. To learn more, check out the infographic below created by Bradley […]

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The Nursing Shortage and How It Will Impact Patient Care

The combination of advancements in medical science and general improvement of quality of living is helping Americans live longer as compared to the past. This trend is evident from the fact that the proportion of Americans aged 65+ to the total population has risen from 12.4 percent in 2000 to 14.9 percent in 2016. This […]

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Nurse Practitioners: Improving quality of care and saving costs

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are rapidly becoming the health providers of choice for an increasing number of Americans each year. NPs are advanced practice registered nurses, so they are qualified to treat a wide variety of illnesses, diseases and conditions. They also can order required diagnostic tests and perform detailed physical examinations. Simply put, NPs are […]

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Want to be a nurse manager? How to pick the right program.

Nurses are the most important professionals in the health care industry. While they can work unsupervised, they need a nurse manager to keep them up to date with policy changes and any other issue affecting their professional life. A nurse manager is a registered nurse with various experiences in the field and a higher educational […]

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The role of school counselors in school safety

Bullies erode the confidence, success and safety of a student’s school experience. They manage this outcome in both subtle and overt ways, impacting everyone around them and leading to a lost perception of safety in the environment as a whole. Almost three quarters of today’s young people have witnessed bullying in schools, and half of […]

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Mental health in America

In 2014 alone, about 43.6 million Americans 18 years or older (18.1 percent of the U.S. adult population) experienced some form of mental health problem. Of those individuals, 33.7 million were categorized as having any mental illness (AMI), whereas 9.8 million had a serious mental illness (SMI). Moreover, studies show that about 47.4 percent of […]

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School counselor’s role with students at risk for substance abuse

School counselors play a major role in helping ensure that students stay on the right track. Many students depend on their counselors to provide positive direction. One of the major problems for students is substance abuse. It is vital that counselors are able to identify possible substance abuse. In 2013, it was reported that over […]

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The Aging Population: End-of-Life Planning and Advanced Directives

The number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to more than double by 2060. As long-term care costs increase and chronic diseases and illnesses plague America’s aging population, many individuals are failing to plan ahead and prepare for end-of-life needs. To learn more, check out the infographic below created by Bradley University’s Online […]

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A Guide to the Health Benefits of Breast-feeding

The enormous health benefits of breast-feeding for children and mothers cannot be disputed. However, all across the country, discrimination and shaming still plague women who do so, especially in the workplace and in public. Greater public awareness is necessary to increase acceptance. To learn more, check out this infographic sponsored by Bradley University’s Online Master […]

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Nurse leadership through multi-generational differences

Research has shown that today’s nursing workforce comprises staff from three different generations. With each generation comes a multitude of differences in relation to attitudes, ideologies, beliefs, financial responsibilities and work habits. In order to effectively work together as a team, nurse leaders will need to be able to understand the generations and individuals that […]

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How the Affordable Care Act affected nursing

Prior to the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 48.6 million people across the U.S. were left uninsured. This number accounted for 15 percent of all American citizens, leaving many without the medical attention they needed and deserved. While there still is work to be done, to date, the passing of the ACA has […]

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How Nursing Leadership Styles Can Impact Patient Outcomes and
Organizational Performance

Nurses play vital roles in health care organizations. How they are managed by their leaders can drastically affect their performance and influence patient outcomes. It is important to understand the different leadership styles that are often found in the workplace, as well as their effects on the staff and those under their care. To learn […]

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Neurocounseling: Bridging the Gap between Brain and Behavior

Neurocounseling: bridging the gap between brain and behavior

It is an established fact that psychological and behavioral symptoms can be traced to an underlying physiological and neurological basis. Neurocounseling seeks to take advantage of this correlation to promote mental health. One of the techniques used is neurofeedback, which can effectively treat conditions such as depression, sleep disorders, seizures, fibromyalgia and ADHD (attention deficit […]

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