Thursday, December 3, 2020
Friday, November 27, 2020
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new smartphone app that can detect and interrupt nightmares in adults with PTSD.
The NightWare app, runs on the Apple Watch and Apple iPhone and adapts to the individual.
During sleep, Apple Watch sensors monitor heart rate and body movement. These data are then used to create a unique sleep profile using a proprietary algorithm.
Using a gyroscope and accelerometer, similar to fitness watches, the NightWare app detects that a patient is experiencing a nightmare based on changes in heart rate and movement. It provides slight vibrations through the Apple Watch to arouse the patient and interrupt the nightmare, without fully awakening the patient.
The NightWare app is available by prescription only and is intended for use in adults aged 22 years and older with PTSD.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Light it up Purple!
Throughout Prematurity Awareness Month, March of Dimes shines a light on the global crisis of prematurity by raising awareness and asking for lifesaving donations.
Brittany Boolos, RN was born prematurely at 27 weeks weighing 2 pounds 7 ounces. She spent several months in a NICU. She is now working in the NICU at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. https://www.clarionledger.com/story/life/2015/11/07/preemie-grows-up-nurse-preemies/75166182/
Stacey Hamilton RN was born at 31 weeks. Her mother had placenta previa. Stacey spent 7 weeks in NICU. She now works as a senior staff neonatal nurse at Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, Scotland. https://www.babygaga.com/premature-baby-becomes-neonatal-nurse/
Elizabeth Wertz, RN was born at 26 weeks. She spent two months in NICU. Her twin sister passed away at two days old. She worked at Indiana University Health North in the NICU and later became a clinical educator. Elizabeth is in graduate school studying to become a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). https://iuhealth.org/thrive/nicu-nurse-was-a-preemie
For more information about prematurity, or to help or make a donation, visit the web site of the March of Dimes. https://www.marchofdimes.org/prematurity-awareness-month.aspx
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
"Palm Health Foundation is partnering with Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens to thank local nurses for their tireless work during the pandemic. We invite all local nurses to participate in the Healers in the Gardens program, taking place now until June 2021, which grants nurses free access to the gardens."
"Recognizing the growing demands and complexities nurses are facing, Palm Health Foundation and the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens (ANSG) have joined together to offer a free day of art and nature to healthcare heroes through Healers in the Gardens. The program is funded by a grant from Palm Health Foundation and will offer 500 Palm Beach County nurses and their guests complimentary admittance to ANSG to acknowledge the community’s gratitude and respect for their devotion to patient care. The program begins on October 1, 2020 as part of Palm Health Foundation’s Train the Brain: Resiliency and Self-Care in the Face of Adversity campaign. The Healers in the Gardens program runs through June 30, 2021."
Nurses can reserve their tickets here: https://bit.ly/36Qn1Qe
Friday, September 18, 2020
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Carlos Larrauri APRN uses his lived experience with schizophrenia to help others
Carlos "Tino" Larrauri, APRN is on a mission! As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, who happens to have schizophrenia, his goal is to interface practice, policy and research to reduce health disparities for people living with mental illness.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020