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 »

4 Landmark Court Cases That Changed America

The American judicial system is set up so that major court cases make a significant impact on the entire country. Many of the country’s most important cases have impacted laws that influence us today. Any student pursuing a criminal justice degree should understand the significance of these four landmark court cases as well as their… Read more »

How to Stop Wasting Time: A Guide to Effective Meetings

“Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything,” economist Paul Krugman wrote in his book The Age of Diminished Expectations in the early 1990s. “A country’s ability to improve its standard of living over time depends almost entirely on its ability to raise its output per worker.” More than two decades… Read more »

A Look Behind Bars: An Introduction to Correctional Nursing

Correctional nursing is a specialty providing healthcare in jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities. But outside of the specialty, few recognize the importance of correctional nurses in treating an underserved population. “When I came into corrections, what I found were nurses that were not appreciated for what they did — that the profession and the… Read more »

Man’s Best Friend: How Dog Training is Affecting Prison Rehabilitation

In 1981, Sister Pauline Quinn began the first dog training program for prison rehabilitation, Pathways to Hope. She went on to help start other dog training programs across the United States, providing opportunities for inmates. She believed the programs would offer them renewed hope through the love of animals, just as she had experienced. At… Read more »

Leadership in Nursing: 5 Essential Skills

“Leaders do more than delegate, dictate, and direct,” the American Nurses Association (ANA) writes. “Leaders help others achieve their highest potential.” Ever since the Institute of Medicine released its “Future of Nursing” report in 2010, nurses have assumed a greater role in medicine. Originally, the report called on the nursing profession to advance and help… Read more »

Speaking Up: 5 Strategies to Give an Effective Presentation

In Western civilization, the first transition from oral to written communication took place in ancient Greece. Still, “ancient Greece was in many ways an oral society in which the written work took second place to the spoken,” wrote scholar Rosalind Thomas in the book Literacy and Orality in Ancient Greece. Most Greek literature was meant… Read more »