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  In Canada, it’s estimated that one in five people are living with hypertension or high blood pressure. Hypertension is associated with an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney damage and heart failure. Elevated blood pressure readings are directly correlated with cardiovascular mortality as the risk of the development of cardiovascular disease doubles each 20/10 mmHg increase in blood pressure.  Given the...
In Canada, it’s estimated that 1 in 100 people are living with schizophrenia . While at first it might seem like a low number, the burden of the disease is far-reaching thus affecting more than the person who is diagnosed.  Cardinal symptoms of schizophrenia include the presence of hallucinations, delusions, social withdrawal, reduction of executive functioning, disorganized speech and the presence of mood symptoms...
The immune system is essential in the body’s ability to heal. A healthy immune system can aid in the body’s ability to heal by reducing the risk of infection. When a wound becomes infected it affects the progression of wound healing.  This  article goes over what factors affect wound infections and wound healing as well as nursing interventions to ensure optimal healing. In order to be able to understand the...
The two chronic respiratory diseases that you’ll almost definitely encounter in your practice is Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It’s estimated that over 3.8 million Canadians are living with Asthma and 2.0 million Canadians are living with COPD.  Challenges with breathing can lead to a significant reduction in physical function, exercise ability and conditioning. This leads to downstream...
If you’re interested in the exciting field of Aesthetic Nursing - It’s understandable. It‘s a growing field that can be challenging, rewarding, and lucrative! In fact, Aesthetics is one of the fastest growing nursing specialities in Canada with great job prospects . The Regulated Health Professionals role in Aesthetics is increasing in scope and complexity. Having the interest and education will facilitate both entry into...
If you’re an RN, you’ve received a generalist nursing education and have likely been gaining general experience with various types of medical issues in your career. However, as time passes and you learn new skills and get exposed to different ailments and patients, you may realize you’d like to hone in on specific specialties of nursing. There are numerous nursing specialties in Canada and practice areas that RNs can...
Depression in the elderly population (occurring in patients who are 60 years and older) although quite common -  doesn't mean it’s normal. Most elderly that suffer depression often don't receive treatment.  This is mainly due to how symptoms of depression present themselves in the elderly. Symptoms can be masked by the effects of cognitive defects, multiple diseases, and the mediation to treat them .  Depression can...
We are all constantly using our phones keeping in touch with friends and family and staying connected on social media, but did you know there is a huge array of nursing apps to help make your job as a nurse enriching, fun, and easier? Whether you’re a nursing student studying for an exam or cross-referencing a specific drug to treat a patient, apps for nursing offer a variety of functions for nurses. To help you navigate the...
In Canada, it's estimated that there are 11 million people living with pre-diabetes or diabetes; a number that is steadily increasing. Diabetes has implications on cardiovascular health, eye health, kidney disease, foot and skin infections and neuropathic pain . Given this information, regardless of the specialty you choose to work in, it's very likely that you will be providing care to patients with diabetes or managing complications...
How exciting! You’re ready to make a big change in your career and looking for a new challenge . You’ve got the support of your colleagues and your family but perhaps feel some trepidation. You may be asking yourself, Is this really what I want? What questions will they ask during the interview? How should I prepare? Do I have the right skill sets? These are all important questions and you’ll want to spend some time...
If you’re looking for a change or new challenge in your nursing career, you may want to consider travel nursing . Maybe you’ve heard of this field and haven’t taken the time to look into it, or you know other nurses who have been enjoying it. Whatever the case may be, this mini guide is the perfect place to learn more.  We discuss what a travel nurse is, who travel nursing is best for, the benefits and salary of...
Aging causes more than just wrinkles and gray hair. It affects the whole body from teeth to the immune system. These changes affect how health professionals assess and screen illnesses, from infections to mental health.  When working with elderly patients always remember how the various systems in the body start to change . Here’s a quick overview: Cardiovascular Stiffening of the blood vessels, and arteries making it...