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 »

On the Road to Recovery: Addiction and the Family

Alcoholics Anonymous began in the 1930s with 12-step meetings that helped people with drinking problems get sober. Since then, men and women addicted to alcohol and drugs have started their journeys toward recovery with AA’s essential first step: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.” It is a… Read more »

A Better Way to Brainstorm

The definition of brainstorming may need another overhaul. Advertising leader Alex Osborn coined the term in 1939 to describe a group process for generating wild ideas at a rapid pace. But recently, brainstorming has characterized just about any structured group ideation session in the workplace. Unfortunately, a growing body of research suggests that neither of… Read more »

Made-to-Order: Revamping Hospital Food

The prevailing sentiment for hospital food is pessimistic. But in describing two facilities just southwest of Los Angeles, Daily Breeze makes an important observation: “If it’s possible, two Torrance hospitals have made a medical stay sound appetizing.” And at several hospitals across the United States, the cuisine rivals that of established hotels and restaurants. Now,… Read more »

How the Pennsylvania Snack Food Industry Found Success

For Pennsylvania, a seemingly uncanny collection of snack food brands is responsible for several billion dollars of revenue each year — a significant percentage of the estimated $36 billion industry according to IBISWorld. It’s no surprise, then, that Pennsylvania and, in particular, York County, has earned the title of Snack Food Capital of the World…. Read more »

Overcoming Obstacles in Pennsylvania’s Rural Health Care System

Although Pennsylvania is the sixth most populous and ninth most densely populated state in the Union, based on information from the United States Census Bureau from 2010 and 2013, it also is home to a significant amount of rural areas. According to the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association, 48 of the 67 counties in the state… Read more »