Friday, March 27, 2015

National Doctor's Day - March 30

Celebrated annually on March 30, it is National Doctors Day.  This day was established to recognize physicians, their work, and their contributions to society and the community.  On National Doctors Day,  we say “thank you” to our physicians for all that they do for us and for our loved ones.

March 30, 1933 was the first observance of Doctors Day in Winder, Georgia.   Dr. Charles B. Almond’s wife, Eudora Brown Almond, wanted to have a day to honor physicians.  On this first day in 1933, greeting cards were mailed and flowers were placed on the graves of deceased doctors.  The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors Day.

The first ether anesthetic for surgery was administered by Crawford W. Long, M.D. on March 30, 1842, marking the date for Doctors Day.  On that day, before Dr. Long operated to remove a tumor from a man’s neck, he administered ether anesthesia.   Following surgery, the man would swear that he felt nothing during the surgery and was not aware of anything until he awoke.

“On March 30, 1958, a Resolution Commemorating Doctors Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctors Day. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30, 1991 as “National Doctors Day.” ” (Wikipedia)

Doctors perform vital diagnosis, treatment and care 365 days per year, this is the day to honor them.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Today is Diabetes Risk Assessment Day

Help your members determine their risk with the ADA Diabetes Risk Tool at 

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Certified Nurses Day (March 19th)

Certified Nurses Day was yesterday, March 19th, the birthday of Margretta ‘Gretta' Madden Styles, the renowned expert of nurse credentialing. An accomplished advocate for nursing standards and certification, for more than two decades Styles advanced nursing practice and regulation worldwide.

I hope all the certified nurses out there got some recognition at their places of work on Certified Nurses Day. It is the day you should remember why you became a nurse in the first place. So, to pay tribute, I found this list. It made me smile:

Top 10 Funny Reasons to Become a Nurse

  1)  Pays better than McDonald's (though the hours aren't as good.)

  2)  Fashionable shoes and sexy uniforms.

  3)  Needles: 'tis better to give than to receive.

  4)  Confidence in reassuring patients that all bleeding stops ... eventually.

  5)  Opportunity to expose yourself to rare, exotic, and exciting new diseases.
  6)  Interesting aromas.

  7)  Courteous and infallible doctors who always leave clear orders in perfectly clear handwriting.

  8)  Enough charting to navigate around the world.

  9)  Celebration of holidays with all your friends ... at work.

10)  Comfort in the knowledge that most of your patients survive no matter what you do to them.

If you can add to this list, we’d love to hear it.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

5 Nursing Certifications to Increase your Value

Hollis Forster, RNC-NP

If you want to broaden your nursing knowledge or take the next step in your career, upgrading your degree is far from your only option. Nursing certifications can add value to your degree and help you specialize in one area of the profession. Here are a few popular choices for you to consider: