The Power of Storytelling in Business

“Persuasion is the centerpiece of business activity,” Bronwyn Fryer writes in Harvard Business Review. “But despite the critical importance of persuasion, most executives struggle to communicate, let alone inspire. Too often, they get lost in the accoutrements of companyspeak: PowerPoint slides, dry memos, and hyperbolic missives from the corporate communications department.” Thankfully, companies are exchanging… Read more »

A Guide to Community Health Nursing

All nurses work to improve health outcomes and help monitor and manage disease. But community health nurses work in traditional public health settings and focus on the overall health of an entire community or multiple communities. Community health nursing is also known as public health nursing. Roles and Responsibilities “Nurses in community health work with… Read more »

A Guide to Culturally Competent Nursing Care

Cultural respect is vital to reduce health disparities and improve access to high-quality healthcare that is responsive to patients’ needs, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Nurses must respond to changing patient demographics to provide culturally sensitive care. This need is strikingly evident in critical care units. “As an emergency room nurse in… Read more »

Creating a Successful Telecommuting Policy

A telecommuting policy defines how employees can work remotely and the procedures that remote workers should follow. The policy focuses on helping employees understand how to work from home without technical or organizational issues. Companies that offer remote work on a regular, occasional or full-time basis should consider the following topics for developing a successful… Read more »

Building Virtual Team Collaboration: Strategies and Tools

Telecommuting is the future of work, as Forbes contributor Meghan Biro writes. Experts project that more than 1.3 billion people will work virtually in the next few years. And in one survey, 34 percent of business leaders said that half of their company’s full-time workforce would be working remotely by 2020. Both employers and employees… Read more »

The Emergence of Integrated Behavioral Healthcare

One in four adults in the United States experiences mental illness in a given year, and more than half receive no treatment, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Given patients’ limited access to mental health treatment, the primary care system must often fill the gap. Up to 70 percent of primary care visits… Read more »

Telemental Health: Improving Access to Veterans’ Mental Healthcare

Military members comprise less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, yet veterans represent 20 percent of suicides nationally, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Each day, about 22 veterans die from suicide. An issue affecting mental healthcare for veterans is accessibility. In the spring of 2014, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs… Read more »

Evolving Duties of a Correctional Officer

The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any free nation. Inmate population peaked in 2009, when it increased for the 37th straight year, according to the National Institute of Justice Journal. At that time, U.S. prisons held 2.4 million inmates, or roughly one in every 100 adults. The incarceration rate was five times… Read more »

Ethical Issues in Nursing: The Impact of Smartphones on Patient Care

Despite hospital policy restrictions, 67 percent of hospitals interviewed in a Spyglass Consulting Group study reported that staff nurses use personal smartphones for clinical communications and workflow. As a result, 88 percent of hospitals were concerned with some type of HIPAA-related security risk. The study revealed that nurses sent patient data using smartphones, although it… Read more »

Critical Care: The Role of Nurses as Patient Advocates

For nurses, the most important part of their job is delivering quality care. But there is more to high-quality care than knowing diseases; nurses also act as patient advocates. They can help patients make informed decisions regarding their health, including helping them navigate a complex medical system, translating medical terms and helping patients make ethical… Read more »