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May 2013

Support Groups Are Your Best Defense Against Burnout Christy Rakoczy

May 30th, 2013 | 0

SupportGroupPrimary caregivers can experience high amounts of stress as well as emotional and physical burnout.  When this occurs, the caregiver’s health is at risk and her ability to provide care diminished.

There are many means of finding support to help to deal with the stress and other tolls that caregiving can cause. Some places to seek support include:

Healthcare Provider

Speaking to a healthcare provider can yield a lot of benefits for a caregiver experiencing burnout. Healthcare providers can suggest means to deal with stress and emotional issues. Additionally, a provider can refer a caregiver to support organizations, specialists, or provide medicine if need be.

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Ellen Belluomini, Our Featured Health Care Trailblazer Ninette Tan

May 29th, 2013 | 1

ellen outside 008Over the past few weeks I have gotten to know a great contributor to the world of social work and health technology by the name of Ellen Belluomini. She along with many others has inspired me to create a new monthly OpenPlacement blog special edition called “Featured Healthcare Trailblazers.”

Ellen has created an insightful blog for social workers and health professionals who are beginning to advocate for technological advances called Bridging the Digital Divide in Social Work Practice. As health professionals we are all working towards the same goal to innovate and improve the quality of care. Read on to find out where Ellen’s passion stems from.

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What Can We Learn From Overseas Health Care? Christy Rakoczy

May 27th, 2013 | 0

USHealthcareWhen assessing healthcare in the United States it is useful to compare and contrast the various aspects of healthcare on a global level. In doing so, researchers and policy makers can work together to learn how to improve the care provided in the U.S.

The Commonwealth Fund, a health policy foundation based in Washington D.C. surveyed eleven countries to better understand global healthcare challenges. The survey revealed the ways in which the United States excels in healthcare and those areas which need improvement. Over 2,500 people just in the United States were part of the study.

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Listen Up, What Doctors Aren’t Communicating Effectively to Seniors Christy Rakoczy

May 23rd, 2013 | 5

DrCommunicationIn a time when hospital readmissions rates are being closely analyzed and hospitals are attempting reforms to improve those rates, it is crucial to take a look at patient populations most frequently readmitted to hospitals and the reasons for readmission. Among those populations of people most frequently readmitted to hospitals, seniors are in great number. Poor discharge policies can be to blame.

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The Art of the Follow Up Call Christy Rakoczy

May 20th, 2013 | 2

SeniorOnPhoneFollowing up with patients after giving care is a crucial means of developing a strong patient relationship. It is also the key to improving overall patient care and reducing patient readmissions in the hospital setting.

Follow up calls can address a variety of issues. One common type of follow up call is to report lab results. Another type of common follow up call is to schedule appointments. However, calls can also be made to ensure patients have made appointments with referrals or are taking medication appropriately. Other calls may have the purpose of education or reinforcing knowledge. There are myriad factors that could warrant a follow up call to a patient. 

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Top 5 Nursing Innovations of 2013 Ninette Tan

May 17th, 2013 | 0

The theme45-127-t of 2013 National Nurses Week was “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care”. Quality of care has been at the forefront of innovation as nurses continue to explore new communication channels to educate, train, and improve the overall delivery of care. Although this list contains projects in early development stages, the nurses heading them continue to inspire new nurses by pushing the envelope in healthcare innovation.

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Mention at Your Next Interview: Ten Trends That Transformed Social Work Christy Rakoczy

May 16th, 2013 | 1

Top10As in many professions, particularly those related to public service, research constantly changes the face of the profession and its approaches. In social work, this is certainly true. In more recent years, many trends have transformed the way that social workers manage their cases and approach the individuals with whom they work.

Trauma and its effects on individuals

In recent years, treatment of those who are victims of trauma has come to the forefront. Not only has there been a focus on those directly affected by specific trauma, such as terrorist incidents, but also on those indirectly affected as a result of today’s high level of media accessibility.

In addition, the growing number of veterans returning to the United States with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder has also placed an emphasis on learning how to help individuals cope with such conditions.

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Top Eight Characteristics of A Successful Social Worker Christy Rakoczy

May 13th, 2013 | 9

HelpingHand Social work is a fulfilling, yet demanding, profession. In order to be successful as a social worker, there are traits that are necessary to possess and build.

Characteristic 1: Highly knowledgeable and well-trained
In order to be a successful social worker, one must possess the knowledge and the skills to effectively do the job. In order to acquire content knowledge, a degree from an institution of higher education is necessary. Most social work positions require at least a Bachelor’s degree, but a Masters degree, Ph.D, or other certification work is highly helpful to prepare for this career.

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Reducing Readmissions: A 360 Perspective Christy Rakoczy

May 2nd, 2013 | 10

360The high number of readmissions within 30 days is an issue that all hospitals are currently seeking to analyze and improve. In order to do so, it is crucial to assess and improve current practices and develop innovative new policies and procedures that will help patients to recover quickly without need for readmission within a short period of time.

The Importance of Reducing Readmissions

Currently, about one in five Medicare patients are being readmitted to hospitals within 30 days due to secondary conditions that have arisen since discharge after treatment of an initial condition such as heart failure or pneumonia. To reduce this number, hospitals have begun to modify and improve patient care while the patient is hospitalized as well as after the patient has been discharged.

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Post-Hospital Syndrome: The Silent Enemy Christy Rakoczy

May 2nd, 2013 | 2

PostHospitalSyndromeWith the advent of new penalties for hospitals in an effort to reduce readmissions, it is critical to explore post-hospital syndrome, its causes and prevention.

Post-Hospital syndrome is the condition of a patient after being treated in a hospital. About 20 percent of Medicare patients who receive treatment for an initial condition such as heart failure, COPD or pneumonia are readmitted within 30 days for other acquired conditions. The secondary conditions may include mental illness, heart failure, pneumonia, or gastrointestinal disturbance, to name a few. 

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