An obstetrics (OB) nurse is a registered nurse who helps care for female patients during pregnancy, labor, and childbirth. Obstetricians and OB nurses play an integral and unquestionably important role during this time in a woman’s life. Some obstetrics nurses care for female patients and help them with reproductive health from puberty to menopause. OB/GYN…

Pain management nurses are registered nurses who specialize in the care of patients with chronic, sometimes debilitating pain. They are experts on pain management interventions and techniques. In 2001, the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) introduced standards for healthcare providers to address pain assessment and management, to include more aggressive pain management such…

Once you stop smoking, you’ll likely experience a number of physical symptoms as your body withdraws from nicotine. Nicotine withdrawal begins quickly, usually starting within an hour of the last cigarette and peaking two to three days later. Withdrawal symptoms can last for a few days to several weeks and differ from person to person….

Nurses have been known to have the toughest jobs. They undergo burnout. They’re constantly being on their feet to the emotional burden of caring for the sick and dying. There’s no denying that nursing can be a tough profession. Nurse burnout is a very real thing, we’re sure you can relate. Regardless of how much…

What is emotional health? Emotional health is a state of wellbeing. When you feel well and content, you are better able to cope with stress, maintain relationships and enjoy life. Looking after your emotional health has benefits for both you and your baby. Being active, feeling a sense of belonging, and having a purpose in…

Although most women with disabilities are able to become pregnant, to have normal labor and delivery experiences, and to care for their children without problems, some women with disabilities have experiences that require some thought and advanced planning on the part of the women, their families, and their health care providers. Responses to Pregnancy in…

Depression is an illness that affects the way people think, act and feel. About 6% of women will experience depression at some point in their lives. This number increases to about 10% (1 in 10) for women who are pregnant. Women are more at risk of depression while they are pregnant, and during the weeks and…

A cancer diagnosis is a major event for the person diagnosed and also to his or her family and caregivers. Some studies report that a cancer diagnosis actually has a greater impact on family members than on patients. Given outpatient care, longer survival, and patients’ wishes to be cared for at home, most cancer care is community-based. An…

Fall prevention may not seem like a lively topic, but it’s important. As you get older, physical changes and health conditions — and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions — make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Still, fear of falling doesn’t need to…

We hear so much from the media about what we should or should not eat. One day blueberries are the new so-called ‘superfood’ that will reduce our risk of developing dementia, the next it is the humble plum. But what information can we rely on to be accurate? Can the food we eat really reduce…

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