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Healthcare Staffing Agency Aureus Medical Provides Steps to Avoid Burnout in Travel Nursing Jobs

Omaha, NE May 17, 2013

Working as a travel nurse can be both exciting and highly rewarding, but can also be stressful. Aureus Medical Group, a leading medical staffing agency, provides those employed in travel nursing jobs with the steps to take in order to avoid workplace burnout while on assignment.

The rigors of frequent travel can take a toll on even the most seasoned travel nursing professional and workplace burnout can seriously affect health as well as performance.

Recognizing the symptoms:

Healthcare professionals are used to basing patients’ treatment options on their symptoms. However, the cause and effects of workplace burnout can be much harder to recognize in oneself. Burnout is sometimes referred to as a “silent” condition, as the ways in which burnout manifests itself can easily be mistaken for other problems.

One common symptom of burnout is exhaustion – both physical and mental. Long hours and the pressures of nursing can leave a travel nurse feeling emotionally and physically drained, which can have a debilitating effect on performance, outlook and general demeanor. Other warning signs of workplace burnout include a persistent lack of motivation, irritability with patients and coworkers, declining interest in the work and a general loss of enthusiasm. Although everyone has rough days, a travel nurse feeling one or more of these things for some time might be suffering from burnout.

Taking action:

If a travel nurse suspects she is burning out on travel nursing jobs, the first thing to do is to take a step back and assess the situation. Could contributing factors be working too hard or taking on responsibilities that are proving too much to handle? Could there be a benefit to working part time for a while until things stabilize? These are all questions travel nursing professionals should ask themselves if worried about workplace burnout.

Similarly, asking for help can be an excellent way to avoid burnout. Whether the travel nurse is having a hard time with a particular patient or struggling to juggle the responsibilities of a new travel nursing job, reaching out and asking for assistance is important. Coworkers, immediate supervisors and even senior management are all potential sources of help. A travel nurse who feels that she should take it all on herself may end up doing more harm than good.

ABOUT AUREUS MEDICAL GROUP:

Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 25 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 40 years.

HCA Methodist Healthcare Joins UT Arlington Academic Partnership Nursing Program

San Antonio and Dallas, TX  September 24, 2012

HCA Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio has launched a new partnership with The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing to increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses throughout Texas.

Beginning Sept. 24, 2012, HCA Methodist will offer clinical assignments for students in the University’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The program features classroom content delivered online with clinical experiences provided in partner hospitals supervised by UT Arlington faculty. It can be completed in as few as 15 months.

UT Arlington partners with more than two dozen hospitals through its Academic Partnership BSN program, including sites in Arlington, Longview, Beaumont and Dallas. The addition of HCA Methodist marks the first hospital partner in the greater San Antonio area.

“The Academic Partnership BSN program allows UT Arlington to educate nurses in their communities and, in doing so, provides a ready workforce for our hospital partners,” said Elizabeth Poster, dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing. “We have been gratified at the response to our approach in addressing the state’s nursing shortage. We are especially proud that the graduates of this program option have licensure pass rates and graduation rates of more than 90 percent and employment success as new RN graduates.”

Continuing a long history of innovation in nursing education, The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing has one of the state’s highest graduation rates in the state, 94 percent for students seeking initial licensure in 2011.

The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies has reported that Texas’ demand for full-time registered nurses in 2008 exceeded supply by 22,000. This gap is predicted to increase to 70,000 by 2020. Despite this shortage, Texas nursing schools routinely turn away thousands of applicants due to lack of funding, available faculty and clinical slots. The UT Arlington Academic Partnerships program is helping meet demand and close the gap.

In addition to its array of undergraduate and graduate programs, the UT Arlington College of Nursing recently launched the Professional Nursing Pathways Program to streamline the coursework for community college students who want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from UT Arlington in as little as 13 months in the Academic Partnership RN-to-BSN program.

About UT Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution in the heart of North Texas. With nearly 33,500 students, it is the second largest institution in the UT System and the sixth largest in Texas. The UT Arlington College of Nursing is one of the largest and most successful nursing programs in the nation with more than 7,500 students in Spring 2012. For more information about the College of Nursing, please visit http://www.uta.edu/nursing/.

About Academic Partnerships
Dallas-based Academic Partnerships works with universities to deliver traditional degree programs online, supporting higher education institutions at all stages of the process. The company is founded by education entrepreneur Randy Best and guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the U.S. and globally. For more information, please see http://www.academicpartnerships.com.

Media contact: Sam Friedman, Group SJR for Academic Partnerships, 646.493.1105, sfriedman(at)groupsjr(dot)com
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Nurse Next Door Expands to Meet Senior Care Challenges

Huntington Beach, CA – May 14, 2013

By 2030, nearly 20 percent of Orange County’s population will be over the age of 65. The demand for senior care is escalating. To address the needs of this demographic, Nurse Next Door, a thriving home healthcare franchise system, is continuing an aggressive California expansion with the launch of their fourth location in the state in Huntington Beach.

Nurse Next Door launched two successful California locations six months ago in Mission Viejo and Laguna Hills, creating over 60 local healthcare jobs. The company attributes their rapid California growth to a number of factors including an unparalleled care model, fresh branding and recently, an influx of hospital referrals as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

“With hospitals relying on home care providers to keep readmission rates below new standards to avoid penalties, our services are proving to be a great option to keep people healthy at home,” said David Sandhu, a registered nurse, health advocate and the owner of Nurse Next Door in Huntington Beach. “As an experienced health advocate, I know the need for reliable, patient focused care and am thrilled to bring that to my community with Nurse Next Door.”

According to recent studies, nearly 13 percent of Medicare beneficiaries discharged from hospitals are readmitted within 30 days for preventable problems. Only 6 percent of clients of Nurse Next Door who were discharged from the hospital were readmitted within 30 days.

“Nurse Next Door has many innovative systems that give families complete peace of mind including 24/7 live phone scheduling and support,” said Sandhu. “This means instead of getting caught up in typical healthcare loopholes, I can focus on providing the best care possible to keep clients healthy at home.”

Nurse Next Door’s new Huntington Beach office provides a full range of in-home care services ranging from three hours-per-visit of caring companionship to around-the-clock care.

About Nurse Next Door
Founded in 2001, Nurse Next Door Home Care Services (http://www.nursenextdoor.com) is one of North America’s fastest-growing home care providers and is dedicated to delivering flexible, affordable and quality care options to seniors. Recently featured in the New York Times, Nurse Next Door has more than 70 locations across North America and is fast becoming a globally admired brand.

Travel Nursing Jobs Leader, Aureus Medical, Makes Recommendations for a Travel Nurse to Grow Professionally

Omaha, NE April 12, 2013

Aureus Medical Group (web: aureusmedical.com), a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing, including travel nursing and various allied health fields, provides recommendations on professional growth for those working in travel nursing jobs.

The demand for nurses across the country, due in part to the large number of RNs nearing retirement and the aging baby boomer population, means the nursing field is filled with opportunity. There are many paths by which to advance in the travel nursing profession, so those in the field are may be looking for ways to improve his or her job performance and put themselves in the best position to propel their careers.

Following are the methods that are widely accepted within the field that will help a travel nurse grow to be more effective.

Seek input:

A travel nurse should not only rely on building skills independently. Getting input and direction is also valuable. This is especially true for people who are newer to the travel nursing profession.

According to Jacksonville University’s School of Nursing, asking questions early and often is the best way to find footing and quickly improve performance. Regardless of how busy co-workers or supervisors appear, travel nurses will find that seeking feedback and answers as often as possible will improve performance.

Help out co-workers:

According to NurseTogether, establishing a mutually trust-based relationship with co-workers and supervisors is one of the best ways for a travel nurse to demonstrate that he or she is a valuable contributor. Keep promises, don’t hold grudges and be quick to lend a helping hand. These simple steps can help build a better work environment and give patients the best possible care.

Keep learning:

Only by continually expanding knowledge can help nurses reach their professional goals. Beyond enrolling in school to earn an advanced degree, nurses must simply be willing to grow and evolve.

One way to do this is to take regular notes or maintain a work diary, as this can help travel nurses remember thoughts and questions later on. Travel nurses will have many assignments in a variety of healthcare facilities, so it is especially important that they keep track of how the different environments affect performance and what they can do to continuously improve.

About Aureus Medical Group:

Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 25 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 40 years.

Continuing Education for Every Nurse: Preventing Colorectal Cancer

Austin, Texas – February 27, 2013

Colorectal cancer is the third most prevalent cancer, and an estimated 142,820 cases are expected to occur this year in the U.S. (American Cancer Society, 2013). Despite these numbers, colorectal cancer is one of the most detectable, and if found early, most treatable forms of cancer.

Many people delay colorectal cancer screening because of the potential for embarrassment and/or fear of discomfort associated with examinations. Other barriers to timely screening are lack of knowledge about screening tests among patients and lack of healthcare professional recommendation.

Nurses can affect the public’s awareness and willingness to use screening measures that can detect colorectal cancers early, increasing the opportunity for cure and survival. “Every Nurse Makes a Difference: Preventing Colorectal Cancer” is an online course providing nurses with accredited CE at http://www.noep.org. The project is made possible by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

ABOUT NOEP – NOEP is a nonprofit project of the Texas Nurses Association/Foundation.

HCA Methodist Healthcare Joins UT Arlington Academic Partnership Nursing Program

San Antonio and Dallas, TX – September 24, 2012

HCA Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio has launched a new partnership with The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing to increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses throughout Texas.

Beginning Sept. 24, 2012, HCA Methodist will offer clinical assignments for students in the University’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The program features classroom content delivered online with clinical experiences provided in partner hospitals supervised by UT Arlington faculty. It can be completed in as few as 15 months.

UT Arlington partners with more than two dozen hospitals through its Academic Partnership BSN program, including sites in Arlington, Longview, Beaumont and Dallas. The addition of HCA Methodist marks the first hospital partner in the greater San Antonio area.

“The Academic Partnership BSN program allows UT Arlington to educate nurses in their communities and, in doing so, provides a ready workforce for our hospital partners,” said Elizabeth Poster, dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing. “We have been gratified at the response to our approach in addressing the state’s nursing shortage. We are especially proud that the graduates of this program option have licensure pass rates and graduation rates of more than 90 percent and employment success as new RN graduates.”

Continuing a long history of innovation in nursing education, The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing has one of the state’s highest graduation rates in the state, 94 percent for students seeking initial licensure in 2011.

The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies has reported that Texas’ demand for full-time registered nurses in 2008 exceeded supply by 22,000. This gap is predicted to increase to 70,000 by 2020. Despite this shortage, Texas nursing schools routinely turn away thousands of applicants due to lack of funding, available faculty and clinical slots. The UT Arlington Academic Partnerships program is helping meet demand and close the gap.

In addition to its array of undergraduate and graduate programs, the UT Arlington College of Nursing recently launched the Professional Nursing Pathways Program to streamline the coursework for community college students who want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from UT Arlington in as little as 13 months in the Academic Partnership RN-to-BSN program.

About UT Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution in the heart of North Texas. With nearly 33,500 students, it is the second largest institution in the UT System and the sixth largest in Texas. The UT Arlington College of Nursing is one of the largest and most successful nursing programs in the nation with more than 7,500 students in Spring 2012. For more information about the College of Nursing, please visit http://www.uta.edu/nursing/.

About Academic Partnerships
Dallas-based Academic Partnerships works with universities to deliver traditional degree programs online, supporting higher education institutions at all stages of the process. The company is founded by education entrepreneur Randy Best and guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the U.S. and globally. For more information, please see http://www.academicpartnerships.com.

Media contact: Sam Friedman, Group SJR for Academic Partnerships, 646.493.1105, sfriedman(at)groupsjr(dot)com
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New Solutions for Healthcare Staffing and Recruiting Challanges

Carroll, IA  March 05, 2013

Relief! Healthcare facilities and internal recruiters have a new option when seeking recruiting solutions for healthcare professionals!

Most everyone in the healthcare community is aware of looming changes that are scheduled to go into effect in coming months. It has a lot of people and organizations scrambling in uncertainty. One thing that is certain however, is that the demand for certain healthcare professionals will likely grow substantially over the next 5-10 years, regardless of the various legislation pieces that are coming into play soon or with the next administration. Positions like Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Lab Techs, and more are and will continue to be tough to find. Especially if you are located off of the “beaten trail” which is the case for thousands of critical healthcare providers.

Relative to the common options in the industry today such as retained candidate searches, contingent searches, and temp or traveling professionals, a hybrid company is offering solutions that increase efficiency and decrease costs.

Stemming from several years in the healthcare staffing industry, Alliant Personnel Resources LLC ( http://www.AlliantPR.com ) has recently come on the healthcare recruitment and consulting scene with an alternative set of simple options for their clients. Jon Sturm, Founder, wanted to provide clients services that helped reduce risk as well as overall cost involved in the endless challenge to properly staff hospitals and clinics with qualified professionals. “Our mission,” he says, “is to offer the higher value than they are used to and help them achieve results without an impending giant price tag. If we treat people fairly and help them achieve staffing results, they will come back.”

Alliant is packaging personal and online tools used in healthcare staffing, and delivering them with added flexibility for clients. Personal and online tools include but are not limited to recruiting by phone, email, social media, press releases, online job board postings to premier traffic sites, and utilizing vast paid access online resume databases. “Accessing all of these tools individually for a smaller hospital or clinic can add up in a hurry,” Sturm says. All of these things packaged together, creates the opportunity for a client to greatly reduce the risk and cost of utilizing 3rd party recruitment resources. ( CLICK HERE for slideshow about Alliant, it’s service plans, and pricing.)

By utilizing Alliant’s alternative solutions, clients can minimize or eliminate cripplingly large direct hire placement fees, when locating a candidate may have only required the combination of some simple processes that needed to be put in place accompanied by timely follow up. “When the cost of hire is lower, the connected risk of the longevity of the hire is less as well,” Sturm added.

“Often smaller to mid sized hospitals have HR departments and recruiting budgets are stretched thin enough without an influx of openings to recruit for. Certain professional disciplines that are in high demand are even more difficult when relocation to more remote or rural areas is involved. That is where we come in. We can take some of the work load off of their shoulders and put the proper recruiting tools and process in motion very quickly.”

While it is recommended as a secondary option, Alliant does also offer contingent searches and placements when requested, and in most cases still at significant savings.

“We provide recommendations and a step-by-step process to exhaust as many resources as possible. We also take on special projects that clients may have in mind, but are strapped for time to execute them. I always encourage people to at least give us a call. No obligation, but we may be able to really offer some valuable assistance.”

Detailed information about recruitment services and consulting projects can be found on their website http://www.AlliantPR.com.
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Jill Kenney Moves Into the Role of Nursing Recruitment Manager at Cirrus Medical Staffing

Charlotte, NC — Cirrus Medical Staffing (www.cirrusmedicalstaffing.com), an industry leader in travel nursing and allied healthcare staffing, today announced that healthcare staffing industry veteran  Jill Kenney has been promoted to Nursing Recruitment Manager for Cirrus’ Travel Nursing Division.  Effective immediately, Kenney is responsible for the placement of travel nurse professionals for clients within the hospital, skilled nursing, outpatient, and home health sectors.

Kenney, an industry veteran with more than ten years of experience recruiting travel nurses, brings a broad range of knowledge into the new leadership role. Before coming to Cirrus, Kenney has worked as a Team Leader and Trainer for a number of travel companies. She has been with Cirrus for over five years now and has grown with the company, taking on the roles of Senior Recruiter and Trainer before becoming Recruitment Manager.

“We are very pleased to have Jill move into this new management role,” said Randy Holloran, President of Cirrus Medical Staffing. “We need people like Jill to help the organization meet the growth in the travel nursing sector that we’re experiencing at a rapid rate. Her industry knowledge, experience, and track record of success are precisely what this key leadership position demands. We have no doubt that Jill will prove to be a key player in our organization’s success.”

“I’m very excited to take on this new role,” Kenney said. “It’s important to be with a company that really cares about its people, both internal and external. I spend as much time here as I do at home with my family, so it is really important to work in an environment that nurtures enthusiastic and dedicated people.”

About Cirrus Medical Staffing

Based in Charlotte, NC, Cirrus Medical Staffing is an award-winning, Joint Commission Certified healthcare staffing firm that for over 10 years has been successfully placing medical professionals with leading healthcare facilities throughout the nation. Cirrus specializes in placing nurses and allied health professionals into travel and contract employment. For more information, go to www.cirrusmedicalstaffing.com.

Sanford/USD Medical Center Receives Magnet Recognition

Sioux Falls, SD (PRWEB) January 28, 2013

For the third-consecutive time, Sanford/USD Medical Center has achieved Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program, positioning the institution in the top-1 percent of facilities nationwide for nursing excellence.

Bestowed every four years, the Magnet Recognition Program’s distinction is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional-nursing practice. Magnet® recognition is often considered when the public judges health care organizations. Just 378 of the United States’ nearly 6,000 facilities attained Magnet® status for this cycle.

“Magnet recognition is a prestigious honor that reflects our commitment to deliver the highest quality of care,” said Diana Berkland, RN, chief nursing officer at Sanford/USD Medical Center. “Our staff pursues excellence each and every day—always keeping the needs of our patients at the forefront.”

Sanford/USD Medical Center passed a rigorous and lengthy process that demanded widespread participation from leadership and staff. The facility was also required to submit written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes, which, when deemed to be at an excellent level, prompted an on-site review. The Commission on Magnet then voted to grant recognition.

Because Sanford/USD Medical Center was a Magnet® recipient in 2008, it was required to provide how Magnet® concepts, performance and quality were sustained and improved over the past four years.

The Magnet® model is designed to provide framework for nursing practice and research and measurement of outcomes. Elements like quality of nursing leadership and coordination, collaboration across specialties and processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care were considered for selection.

“Retaining this honor for another four years is a testament to our nurses and nursing leadership and the quality care they provide,” said Charles O’Brien, MD, president of Sanford/USD Medical Center. “We strive daily to become a better institution, and this award illustrates that this effort is surely paying dividends.”

Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities:

Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information; (1)
Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue; (2)
Higher job satisfaction among nurses; (3) and
Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave position. (4)

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Ghana, Israel and Mexico.

Sanford Health includes 35 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and 1,360 physicians in 81 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 26,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford’s nearly $700 million in gifts, the largest ever to a health care organization in America. These gifts are making possible the implementation of several initiatives including global children’s clinics, multiple research centers and finding cures for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, please visit sanfordhealth.org.

About American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®
The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program® and current statistics, visit nursecredentialing.org/magnet.

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(2) Aiken, L. H., Clarke, S. P., Sloane, D. M., Lake, E. T., Cheney, T. (2008). Effects of hospital care environment on patient mortality and nurse outcomes. Journal of Nursing Administration 38(5): 223-229; Friese, C. R., Lake, E. T., Aiken, L. H., Silber, J. H., Sochalski, J. (2008). Hospital nurse practice environments and outcomes for surgical oncology patients. Health Services Research 43(4): 1145-1163.
(3) Lacey, S. R., Cox, K. S., Lorfing, K. C., Teasley, S. L., Carroll, C. A., Sexton, K. (2007). Nursing support, workload, and intent to stay in Magnet, Magnet-aspiring, and non-Magnet hospitals. Journal of Nursing Administration 37(4): 199-205l; Schmalenberg, C., Kramer, M. (2008). Essentials of a productive nurse work environment. Nursing Research 57(1): 2-13; Ulrich, B. T., Buerhaus, P. I., Donelan, K., Norman, L., Dittus, R. (2007). Magnet status and registered nurse views of the work environment and nursing as a career. Journal of Nursing Administration 37(5): 212-220; Ulrich, B. T., Woods, D., Hart, K. A., Lavandero, R., Leggett, J., Taylor, D. (2007). Critical care nurses’ work environments: Value of excellence in Beacon units and Magnet organizations. Critical Care Nurse 27(3): 68-77.
(4) Ulrich, B. T., Buerhaus, P. I., Donelan, K., Norman, L., Dittus, R. (2007). Magnet status and registered nurse views of the work environment and nursing as a career. Journal of Nursing Administration 37(5): 212-220.

Social Media and Nursing: New Springer Publishing Book Marks Changing Health Care Landscape

New York, NY  January 03, 2013

A sign of the changing health care landscape, a new book on social media and nursing is the first to offer a comprehensive guide on the subject. Social Media for Nurses: Educating Practitioners and Patients in a Networked World; by Ramona Nelson, Irene Joos, and Debra M. Wolf; explores the social media platforms available to health care practitioners and offers the knowledge, principles, and skills needed for their effective use.

“Today’s professional must move beyond computer and information literacy to digital literacy, and this book is written with that goal in mind,” commented Nelson, president of her own informatic consulting company and former university nursing department chair. “If you believe nurses need to have good communication skills in all settings and be advocates for quality health care, then you need to be sure they are fully prepared to function as professional nurses in the online community of social media,” she added.

The guide promotes the dramatic and positive ways in which social media is changing health care, an evolution that the authors believe is marked by its allowance for greater provider-patient communication and patient independence. For example, social media and relatively new communication tools give practitioners greater opportunity to monitor patient adherence to self-care and drug compliance. Such communication can even come remarkably close to an office visit with video conferencing tools such as Skype, allowing the health care provider to visually inspect anything about which the patient may have questions or concerns. For remote patients or those unable to visit a health care provider or facility, this enhanced communication is especially significant.

At a time when many are managing under financial constraints which limit their access to traditional health care, and when health care providers are increasingly overburdened, social media empowers the health care consumer in ways previously impossible. It can, for instance, offer a sort of supplemental health care delivery through apps or digital gaming devices, or offer patients access to others with similar health care concerns through online health care forums or chat rooms, something which can be particularly therapeutic.

However, social media is not only empowering to health care consumers, the authors argue. For example, it also allows health care providers a broader perspective on patients’ experiences, especially through wikis and health forums, and can help enhance their professional development by offering greater and wider channels, as through blogs, podcasts, or other platforms, to disseminate specialized knowledge.

“Some health care providers believe that health care can only be provided in a face-to-face visit. Although that sometimes is the best means to quality health care, it is not the only means, and can actually limit the value of health care delivery if practiced exclusively,” concluded Nelson. “Social media has become so integrated into our lives and health care, and we believe it must be incorporated into health care curriculums and policy. We hope that this book will help advance that cause.”

Listen to a podcast with the authors of Social Media for Nurses: Educating Practitioners and Patients in a Networked World.

For more information on Social Media for Nurses, to request a review copy, or to schedule an interview with the authors, please contact Dara Salem at dsalem(at)springerpub(dot)com or 212-804-6236.

About Springer Publishing Company
A pioneer in health care and social science publishing, Springer Publishing Company is known as an innovative nursing, public health, psychology, rehabilitation, social work, counseling, and gerontology publisher. The company has won numerous awards, including the American Library Association (ALA) Choice Awards, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) PROSE Awards, and the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Awards, and publishes more than 100 top quality titles annually, all available as eBooks, in addition to 21 journals. From nursing to psychology, Springer Publishing Company is passionate about providing the best professional books, textbooks, guides, and reference works to professionals, instructors, and students. For more information, visit http://www.springerpub.com.