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Nurse Practitioners and VA team up to bring more care to veterans

In July the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), with support from veterans, citizens and caregivers across the country, launched its new campaign, “Veterans Deserve Care”. This campaign is a follow up to the proposed rule issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) back in May that, if passed, will grant veterans direct […]

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What do healthcare science majors need to know about the Affordable Care Act?

Political parties continue to argue about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, there is one undisputed fact: In just four short years, this law has made significant changes that everyone – patients, healthcare providers, business owners and health insurance companies – must understand and integrate into their daily lives. We’ve covered some of these changes […]

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Symanski: Focus on individual attention, communication skills and service, the strength of Alvernia nursing

While strong scientific knowledge and technical skills are important, safe patient care also depends on communicating well with other healthcare professionals, patients and families, says Dr. Mary Ellen Symanski, PhD, RN, associate professor of Nursing and department chair of Nursing. Fortunately, nursing students at Alvernia have the advantage of learning the full range of skills […]

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Healthcare News: The Affordable Care Act heads into 2015 with some changes, same goals

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is entering its second year in 2015 and many of the benchmark plans are changing. A key feature of the Act starting in 2015 will be a new provision tying physician payments to the quality of care they provide. Physicians will see their payments modified so that those […]

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  • January 27th, 2015
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Why are physical therapists in private practice diversifying their business model?

Medical practices, like any other business, have to focus on moving onward and upward. Physical therapy professionals seeking to stay successful in a constantly changing healthcare environment are expanding their offerings to include holistic well-being services. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), physical therapists diagnose and treat individuals of all ages who have […]

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Health Care Industry Keeps Shining Bright in Economy

The healthcare industry has remained solid and there’s no sign of a slowdown. Trends in the aging U.S. population are expected to continue the demand for healthcare services and workers. The Affordable Care Act and advancements in medical care have also contributed to healthcare employment needs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare […]

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  • October 20th, 2014
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Seeing Nursing with Beginner’s Eyes

In the Zen tradition, teachers recognize the importance of seeing and hearing again for the first time, what in Zen Buddhism is called Shoshin (初心) or “beginner’s mind.” The value applies to all of us, especially those considering nursing as a profession. A few weeks back, this blog looked at “nursing myths.” Major healthcare organizations […]

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Nursing goes mobile thanks to a state-of-the-art field hospital

The concerted campaign to broaden public perception of the nursing profession has included the likes of Johnson & Johnson, an American multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturer founded in 1886. Here and in future posts, we will share a few of the video profiles created by Johnson & Johnson. We’ll start with […]

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Can Obamacare change the direction of U.S. healthcare?

The United States ranks last in a new report that considers the efficiency and quality of healthcare systems in 11 industrialized nations. (Pennsylvania’s overall rank is 29 out of 50.) The analysis by the Commonwealth Fund found that despite spending more money, the U.S. healthcare system was the most inefficient and Americans have the hardest […]

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  • June 23rd, 2014
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5 undeniable benefits to becoming a physical therapist

Anybody who has ever sought employment has negotiated their compensation package with his or her potential employer, maximizing the perks. But unlike most jobs, becoming a physical therapist has numerous built-in perks. Choose Your Work Environment Physical Therapists have a lot of options when it comes to where they work. According to the Bureau of […]

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