Friday, November 27, 2020

NightWare app may help nurses with PTSD


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.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

For Prematurity Awareness Month, we celebrate nurses who were born as premies!


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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.

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.

Ashley Moore, RN was born weighing one pound eleven ounces. She stayed in NICU for two months. She now works as a pediatric nurse at Children's National Hospital in Washington, DC.

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).

For more information about prematurity, or to help or make a donation, visit the web site of the March of Dimes