The Nursing Post Podcast
Mandated COVID-19 VAX | Episode 075

Mandated COVID-19 VAX | Episode 075

September 16, 2021

With COVID on the rise again in the U.S., mandating the COVID vaccine is the top priority of many government officials and business owners. Is this the answer to end this pandemic? Today we discuss what we are seeing and our thoughts on mandating the COVID vaccination.

 

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Overdose Awareness and Narcan  l  Episode 074

Overdose Awareness and Narcan l Episode 074

August 26, 2021
Opioid pain relievers are responsible for more deaths than deaths from both suicide and motor vehicle crashes, or deaths from cocaine and heroin combined.
 
In the 1990’s opioids were marketed to healthcare professionals as safe and non-habit forming. How wrong this was, as many doctors and APPs began writing more prescriptions to help their patients with their chronic pain, thinking this was a safe, non addictive drug. This was the beginning of the opioid epidemic in the U.S.
 
How quickly you can become addicted to opioids is unknown, however some states this can happen in as few as 5 days, but mostly the research is stating a few weeks.
 
Naloxone is an opioid antagonist. Naloxone can restore a normal breathing pattern to someone who has had an opioid overdose in about 2-3 minutes. Narcan can be given via nasal spray or injection. Most law enforcement, emergency medical professionals, and families of opioid addicts are trained to give narcan. Narcan only lasts about 30-90 minutes before the effects wear off, once narcan is given, you should seek medical attention.
 
If you or someone you know needs help with an opioid addiction, there are options.
  • You can dial 211 to speak with someone directly.
  • SAMHSA - Substance abuse mental health service administration
  • Has an Opioid Treatment Program Directory where you can search your states and find providers in your area.

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Telemedicine the future of healthcare?  l  Episode 073

Telemedicine the future of healthcare? l Episode 073

August 19, 2021

Although telehealth has existed for years, it had become the number one way to receive non-urgent medical care in 2020. With the pandemic last year, being quarantined and in lock down, many people were unable to receive in person medical care. With this in mind, we discuss the good and the bad. 

There are also apps that allow patients to receive counseling sessions from a mental health provider via call, facetime and/or text. Remembering that telehealth/telemedicine has its limits and should not replace the care of your primary care provider. Your PCP gives hands on care, physical exams and blood work and those are important to your total wellness.

 

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Challenges facing the LGBTQ+ in healthcare l Episode 072

Challenges facing the LGBTQ+ in healthcare l Episode 072

August 12, 2021

The LBGTQ+ communities have faced an overwhelming bias, along with discrimination and prejudice. Today we discuss a variety of LGBTQ+ topics from terminology you need to know, disparities in healthcare and how this affects LGBTQ+ persons, and way to help.

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The Shame of breastfeeding  l  Episode 071

The Shame of breastfeeding l Episode 071

August 5, 2021

Yes, studies show that breastmilk is best for babies. We, as nurses and mothers, know the guilt we can carry when we do our best by our patients and our children, let alone when we cannot. Could you imagine not physically being able to provide for your child with what the world considers is the best for them?  Why do we as a society feel the need to judge and shame others when not one parent is perfect? There is more than one way to provide nutrition for our babies!  Let’s motivate, encourage and uplift, being a parent is already a hard, lifetime job.

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Group B Strep l Episode 070

Group B Strep l Episode 070

July 29, 2021

 Group B Strep is a bacteria known as Group B Streptococcus. It mostly lives in the GI tract and genital tracts. According to the CDC, most of the time the bacteria are not harmful and do not make people feel sick or have any symptoms. Sometimes the bacteria invade the body and cause certain infections, which are known as GBS diseases.

Today we go over implications of untreated GBS in pregnancy and adults

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The Importance of Cord Blood l Episode 069

The Importance of Cord Blood l Episode 069

July 22, 2021

There are 2 different options when it comes to cord blood, collect or discard. 

If you choose to collect cord blood then there is another decision, do you donate to a public bank or keep it for your family through a private banking agency.

Couple of things to watch out for when you think about cord blood banking.  There can be false claims as to what stems cells and cord blood are currently capable of treating. Misleading patients to bank cord blood for future use of treatment that is either being researched or hypothecated is wrong and illegal. 

A recent study done at the University of Colorado Cancer Center is showing some pretty good response when it comes to cancer patients needing bone marrow transplants. 

To get more information about cord blood donation or banking, it's important that you speak with your OB/GYN.

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Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals l Episode 068

Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals l Episode 068

July 15, 2021

Would like to start out this episode by explaining that there are BIG differences between emotional support animals and service animals. Both are important and have great purpose in helping their owners.

Emotional support animals offer companionship. ESA do not have to be dogs. These animals can help with loneliness, depression, anxiety, and even phobias. 

Service Animals are trained to individually work or carry out tasks for an individual with a disability, such as a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental handicap. 

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Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis l Episode 067

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis l Episode 067

July 8, 2021

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis is actually a blanket diagnosis for 7 different forms of arthritis in children 16 and under.  In this episode we discuss the different types of JIA and treatment options. 

Complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapy:

More than 70% of patients, not only in the US, but in Canada and New Zealand as well, have reported continual use of CAM therapy and 80-90% of parents would recommend use of CAM therapy to another parent for their child as well.

 

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Marijuana: Medicinal Vs Legal Recreational l Episode 066

Marijuana: Medicinal Vs Legal Recreational l Episode 066

July 1, 2021

It’s estimated that more than 20 million Americans use marijuana each month, making it the most popular street drug in the country. More than 60% of Americans surveyed support the idea to legalize marijuana.

It can be consumed in many different ways; topically, consumed through teas, edibles, smoked in joints, blunts, vapes and through bongs. With all that being said, in this episode we are discussing the medicinal uses of marijuana and it’s legalized recreational use.

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