The Worsening Heroin Epidemic in Pennsylvania

NPR reports two high schools in Berks County losing six former students to heroin overdose within two years. One high school student did heroin in the school bathroom before class. She collapsed in class but survived the “close call,” and now the middle and high schools stock naloxone, the fast-acting antidote, in the event of… Read more »

The Hidden Cost of Employee Turnover

Employee turnover is expensive, affects business performance and can become increasingly difficult to manage, says the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Unfortunately, some companies are unaware of the true cost of employee turnover. They “may inadvertently plant the seeds” for losing top-performing employees or those with in-demand skills. This ignorance can lead to an… Read more »

Word of Mouth Marketing: 5 Strategies That Work

Word of mouth marketing “has been identified as the most valuable form of marketing,” says Forbes contributor Kimberly Whitler. A Nielsen study of 28,000 internet respondents in 56 countries found that 92 percent believe recommendations from friends and family over all forms of marketing. Despite 64 percent of marketing executives indicating that word of mouth… Read more »

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 »