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Finding your ground

Covid-19   Patient Safety   Vaccines   Advice & Tips for Work

Today’s Read: 3.5 minutes

Today we provide inspiration to stand your ground and information to give the best presentation, to help caregivers of recently discharged patients, and to possibly make more money. Plus, we’re daydreaming of the day when we can travel freely again.

MORNING BRIEF

The lone voice against vaccinating nursing home patients

On Tuesday, the CDC advisory committee voted 13-to-1 to recommend residents of long-term facilities to be vaccinated first—with healthcare providers—for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Who was the lone dissenting voice?

Helen Keipp Talbot, a researcher who studies vaccines in older adults, was. She raised serious concerns about using the Covid-19 vaccines in the frail and elderly because there isn’t any safety or efficiency data for this population. The data on those who are 65 and older are based on people healthy enough to be enrolled in a clinical trial and therefore cannot be transferred to people in long-term care, she told STAT. Read the entire interview here.

Helping the transition

Returning home after a stay in the hospital and a skilled nursing facility is often overwhelming. Two new studies show the challenges and provide insight on ways to provide support to caregivers and patients.

Both studies interviewed patients and caregivers about their experience returning home after spending time in the hospital or a skilled nursing facility. Indiana University researchers found that informational paperwork patients received to be overwhelming or not useful. Specifically, patients reported not having enough information about plans for the transition in care. Many had challenges managing medication, and some experienced a gap in physical and occupational therapy. At the same time, researchers from the University of Missouri’s Sinclair School of Nursing found that family caregivers often struggle with tasks, such as treating wounds or giving medication, and in navigating the healthcare system.

One solution may lie with home health care nurses and aides, suggests the University of Missouri team. These healthcare providers can serve as a central point-of-contact to improve coordinated care as their visits can be an excellent opportunity for the clinicians to work with caregivers to address any questions, challenges, or concerns family caregivers may be having.

What’s more: steps can be taken at discharge to help caregivers and patients. Instructions should consider caregivers’ preparedness and various environmental factors, such as what equipment is needed, or which room in a house is best for administering a specific task like changing a bandage.

Giving a talk? Keep it simple

Don’t organize your talks like journal articles, writes David Rubenson on Nature.com. Slide presentations have different attributes and, if you recognize them, they can help you organize presentations that are not just informational but can help you achieve your career goals. Here’s what Rubenson thinks you should keep in mind (for more detail refer to the article):

  • Audience—Understand that they may be more diverse than those who read a journal article.
  • Pace—As the speaker, you determine the flow. You should also tailor your pace and language choice to present to the lowest common knowledge of the person you want to reach.
  • Narrative—Build your presentation so it is concise, providing context for each slide and continuity when details are fuzzy.
  • Graphics—Don’t cut and paste graphics from papers; they’re too small to read on slides and screen.
  • Goals—Know what you want from giving this talk. Name recognition? Collaboration opportunities? Whatever it is, organize your talk to achieve it.

A week’s worth of dinners when you’re completely exhausted

This collection of recipes provides relief from cooking (as well as some cleaning) and nourishment for a week of dinners (with some extra for lunches). It should be easy to prep on your days off or easy to make after a shift (hello, BLT!) Hope these recipes give you a little relief.

ONE BIG NUMBER

$203,000

The average annual income of a CRNA, who is paid hourly, according to the Medscape APRN Compensation Report 2020.

DAILY DIVERSION

Time to dream about lands far away.

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