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Monday, November 19, 2012

Vietnam - Nursing Education and University Visit 2012

Today our small US delegation of 2 Nursing Professors arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to begin a whirlwind visit to 4 cities and 3 esteemed Universities providing Nursing Education in Vietnam. Teresa and I are so excited to finally be here after 20 hours of flying and connecting.

Our first contact was a wonderful man native to Saigon who gave us an introduction to the city, and making us feel welcome.

The 2 week trip to Vietnam was beautiful and enlightening. So much to learn and to share. Plans and developments are underway. Thanks to all the Universities welcoming us to Vietnam. DongA University in DaNang, HUE University and Hanoi Medical University.



Saturday, August 25, 2012

CDC - Seasonal Influenza (Flu) - New Cases Reported, Limited Person-to-Person Transmission Detected

The CDC is carefully watching the Influenza A (H3N2) variant virus outbreak.  The main infection is coming from close contact with pigs at fair settings this summer.  Children under 10 are most susceptible due to potential lack of immunity.   Limited Human to human transmission has occurred raising concerns.  Caution is recommended amid further surveillance.
CDC - Seasonal Influenza (Flu) - New Cases Reported, Limited Person-to-Person Transmission Detected

West Nile Virus warning

2012 is turning out to be a difficult year for West Nile Virus (WNV).  Be sure to eliminate standing water and breeding grounds for mosquitos who can carry WNV.  Wear insect repellant if you are going to be outdoors, especially in the evenings.  People over 50 are more likely to have serious disease. Less than 1% will have serious neurological complications. 20%  will have a flu like symptoms or rash. 80% may have no symptoms at all. For more information check out the FAQs at the CDC http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/wnv_factSheet.htm.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Nursing schools struggling to find professors

The Nursing shortage will be returning soon, along with an improving economy. Expect the shortage to be more severe than ever based on 2 factors.  Older Nurses remained in the workforce during the recession and are now eager to retire.  The shortage of nursing faculty is even more acute than the shortage of nurses.  My own experience shows that there are insufficient numbers of doctorally prepared nurses to step into faculty roles.  This shortage creates an extremely stressful working environment.  As states and universities push to add more students to nursing programs, the already overworked faculty are often required to take on the extra workload.  And for nursing you can't just hire any warm body on the street corner.  There are very few teaching jobs where the faculty need to worry about whether their students will kill someone that day.  Nursing is one of them.  Young nurses - please consider going on to a doctorate - don't just do the Master's program to boost your clinical competence - head straight to the PhD or DNP.  Please contact me if you are a nursing program struggling with this situation.  Or a student interested in a career in academic nursing.


Nursing schools struggling to find professors - San Antonio Express-News

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sleep, Nurturing, and One Mother’s Vision On Forward Facing Care :

New Mothers are wise about the needs of their babies. In Sleep, Nurturing, and One Mother’s Vision On Forward Facing Care : Dr. Mike Magee introduces this lovely article by a mother of a 3 month old and eloquently describes how parents are often the experts on their children.  We as health professionals must remember to LISTEN to our young parents - to reassure them in their struggles and support their needs.  To soon, the babies will be grown.  Contact me if you are new parents interested in sharing your thoughts and getting your questions answered. Dr. Mary

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Women’s preconception health and health care affects birth outcomes and long term health!

Women’s preconception health and health care (PCHHC) affects birth outcomes, especially among high-risk populations. In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations for improving preconception health and health care. A growing body of evidence points to the importance of a woman’s physical, mental, environmental, and behavioral health over her life course for her children’s birth outcomes, and consequent child development and later life wellbeing. The Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) initiative at the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) can play an important role in advancing PCHHC, benefiting women, young children, and families in their communities. 


Click to read NCCP report and learn how you can get involved.

VOTE NOW to include Health Indicators in Sustainable Development


World leaders will attend the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 20-22 June to negotiate the terms of Sustainable Development. Without the involvement of nurses and other health leaders, health will NOT become a focal measure of sustainability. Read more about the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development here: http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.html 

Whether it is transport that reduces air pollution, building more stable, weather-resistant housing for the poor, providing access to safe and sanitary water, or ensuring that clean energy is accessible by all, putting health at the heart of sustainable development can help ensure that sustainable development goals benefit the entire global population, and particularly the poor.

You can help make health a priority of formal civil society inputs to Rio+20, by voting on a series of "health-focused" position papers in the Rio dialogues online discussion forum -- drafted on the basis of recent discussions about health in Rio +20 in a UN expert consultation and in civil society forums involving students and health NGOs. The top three recommendations related to each of the seven Rio+20 thematic areas will be conveyed directly to Heads of State gathering in the High-Level Segment of Rio +20. This second round of voting will determine which articles are relayed to and discussed by Heads of State and Rio + 20. Health is a prime focus in all of our recommendations. We still need your help to win in this second and final round. 
To make your voice heard, vote now!

Steps: Easy as 1…2…3!:
  1. Go to http://vote.riodialogues.org/.
  2. To vote for our articles, click checkboxes below. 
  3. Enter your location and gender. Click vote. Done!
Unemployment, Decent Work, and Migrations: Ensure all jobs and workplaces meet minimum safety and health standards.
Sustainable Energy for All: Promote the use of sustainable energy and energy access as a public health policy.
Water: Promote sustainable water usage and health. People need access to sustainable water and hygiene to ensure the sustainable growth of a nation.
Sustainable Development for Fighting Poverty: Ensure universal health coverage to achieve sustainable development.
Food and nutrition security: Promote food systems that are sustainable and contribute to improvement of health.
Sustainable cities and innovation: Promote global standards of sustainability for all cities.
The economics of sustainable development: Use health related indexes to measure progress towards sustainable development.

Thank you for your support!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Heading outside to eat in Summer: Food Safety and Grilling Tips

Summer season is here and time to remember all those rules about food preparation and safety.
Prevent trips to the emergency room after your picnic and download this handy guide from the CDC.
Enjoy the fresh air and exercise outside.  Contact me if you have questions on how to eat healthy or handle food at your event this summer.
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/UCM239489.pdf

Sunday, May 27, 2012

STTI Southern California Abstract Deadline Approaching - June 9th


Seventeenth Joint Southern California Chapters* SIGMA THETA TAU INTERNATIONAL NURSING ODYSSEY CONFERENCE 2012 November 1 and 2, 2012
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Ontario Airport 222 North Vineyard Avenue

Ontario, CA 91764
(909) 937-0900 ABSTRACT DEADLINE: June 9, 2012



Download instructions here: 

http://www.omicrondelta.net/OD/documents/Odyssey2012CallforAbstractsFinal.pdf

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Major Cuts to Higher Education Looming - Take Action Now

The Public Education System in California is facing drastic cuts which threaten the long term economy and well-being the State - Take Action before June 15th!



Dear CSU Supporter:

Governor Brown released his May Revision of the state budget which proposes an essentially flat budget for the CSU in 2012-13 provided voters approve the governor's tax measure in November. But the CSU faces a minimum $250 million "trigger" cut if voters reject the revenue measure, bringing state support for the CSU to its lowest level in 17 years, while the system serves 90,000 more students.


Two recent reports - the Campaign for College Opportunity (CCO) and the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) - cite the importance of the CSU to the state and its economy. The CCO reports that for every dollar the state invests in higher education, it returns $4.50 in increased revenues and decreased costs for social services. Yet despite this return, the latest PPIC study shows that over the last ten years, the state's higher education budget dropped 9% while the corrections budget grew by 26%! This shift in funding has occurred when the prison population has grown by only 1% while CSU and UC enrollment increased by 13%!Our economy cannot grow and create jobs unless we have an educated workforce. California relies on the 95,000 CSU graduates who join that workforce each year in industries key to the state's economic vitality. But all of this is at risk.What are the CSU's options?To address yet another budget cut, the CSU Board of Trustees is looking at all of the alternatives, many of which are unthinkable, and will have serious and long-lasting implications for all of us. Some of the options that have been discussed include:
  • Reducing student enrollment;
  • Denying new freshmen applicants and community college transfers;
  • Charging more for high-cost, high demand programs and courses;
  • Closing campuses and/or off-campus centers;
  • Increasing class sizes;
  • Eliminating programs and majors; and
  • Increasing student tuition fees.

The legislature has until June 15th to write a final budget. We are asking you to tell your local representatives to change direction for our future and stop cutting the CSU. Making your voice heard is critical for the state's decision makers to commit to improving higher education.

Click here for a full copy of the Board of Trustees options.

Monday, May 21, 2012

HBO: The Weight of the Nation: Films: Consequences


From the CDC's Healthy People, Healthy Places Newsletter:

Obesity is common, serious, and costly, and it affects every part of the U.S. During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States.  This complex and growing epidemic is confronted in “Weight of the Nation”, a four part series now available on HBO.  The documentary was developed by HBO Documentary Films and Institute of Medicine, in association with CDC, the National Institutes of Health, made in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.Solving this problem requires a strong call to action for adults, children and communities. To learn more, join CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden for a live Twitter chat on Monday, May 21, at 3 pm EDT. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Kaiser Permanente: What Not to Drink


What not to drink

What you drink can have a major effect on your weight and your health, says Kaiser Permanente registered dietitian Carole Bartolotto, MA, RD. In fact, research shows that soda can increase your risk of diabetesmetabolic syndrome, and possibly heart diseaseand high blood pressure.
Emerging research also shows that extra calories from sugary drinks tend to cause more weight gain than the equivalent amount of calories from food.
We’ve compiled 3 unhealthy drinks — and offer some healthier alternatives.
Don’t drink
Do drink
Soda: A can of soda typically contains the equivalent of 9 to 11 teaspoons of sugar and 140 to 165 calories. Even diet sodas have been found to increase your risk of metabolic syndrome.
Sparkling water: Enjoy thirst-quenching fizz without the sugar. If you crave a little more flavor, add a splash of juice or a few slices of fruit.
Specialty coffee drinks: Lattes, mochas, and even smoothies are loaded with calories — some have up to 400 calories.
Black coffee or tea: Keep it simple and low cal with a cup of joe (only 5 calories) or green tea (loaded with good-for-you antioxidants).
Juice: Don’t be fooled into thinking that fruit juices are better for you than soda. Orange juice actually has more calories and sugar, ounce for ounce, than some sodas.
Fruit-infused water: These products offer tasty flavor without unwanted calories or sugar.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy Mother's Day, Mom -- You're Doing OK

May is Perinatal Depression Awareness Month

Being a New Mom is not always easy! Perfect parenting is not necessary!
Know that YOU ARE Doing OK!

And IF you're NOT OK - please ask for help - Lot's of Mom's need help to get started.
Then you can enjoy your family!

Happy Mother's Day

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Inadvertent Ingestion of Wire Bristles From a Grill Cleaning Brush: Radiologic Detection of Unsuspected Foreign Bodies

We're expecting summer here this weekend, and I'm sure many grills will be fired up.  Be careful with your use of wire brushes and try to clean off the grill grids before you put the food on.  Also remember your food safety rules.  Keep Hot food hot (over 140) and cold foods cold (below 40).  Don't cross contaminate your cutting boards. While we worry about heating up left overs hot enough for long enough, the big risk comes because we don't cool our food fast enough before storing. Read more on the wire bristles and have a great grilling season.
Inadvertent Ingestion of Wire Bristles From a Grill Cleaning Brush: Radiologic Detection of Unsuspected Foreign Bodies

Monday, April 2, 2012

Train for Advanced Public Health Nursing Certification NOW


ASTDN and PHN section–APHA are working with the ACHNE Education Committee to develop three educational offerings that will assist PHNs to prepare and take the American Nurses Credentialing Center certification exam for Advanced Public Health Nurse (APHN-BC).



1.)   April 11, 2012 (12:00-1:00pm EST)
      Educational Webinar

This hour long webinar will provide an over-view of credentialing and offer suggestions for preparation.


2.)   May 9, 2012 (12:30pm)
      ASTDN Annual Meeting, Austin, TX

3.)   June 9, 2012 (10:15am)
      ACHNE Annual Meeting, Portland, OR

These in person presentations will provide a more in-depth discussion of the APHN exam, how and what to review, and offer helpful study tips for people taking the exam. 
A study guide will be available at the workshop.  Facilitators for the session are certified Advanced Public Health Nurses. 


Those desiring to become certified or who have staff interested in taking the certification exam, are encouraged to attend.  Please help “spread the word” about these sessions. 

Download flier for details: 

Federal Funding for Public Health remains FLAT.

Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have released the annual Investing in America’s Health report, which finds that federal funding for public health remains at a relatively flat and insufficient level.  And at the state level, according to a TFAH analysis, 40 states decreased their public health budgets from FY 2009-10 to FY 2010-11, 30 states decreased budgets for a second year in a row and 15 for three years in a row.   The full report, including several profiles of local communities putting prevention to work, is available at -http://healthyamericans.org/report/94/. http://healthyamericans.org/report/94/