DO YOU KNOW HOW TO REACT TO A SEIZURE?

    

          Witnessing a seizure can be scary and it is important that you know what to do in case of the event.  First, a seizure is normally caused by abnormal electrical discharges in the brain or by fainting (decrease in blood flow to the brain).  The symptoms vary depending on the part of the brain involved, but often include unusual sensations, uncontrollable muscle spasms and Continue reading

NURSES, STUDENT NURSES PRONE TO SLEEP DEPRIVATION

           For anyone in the nursing field, sleep deprivation is real and a concern for patient safety.  The term refers to the absence of sleep during a period of time that is determined by an individual’s need.  According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), most adults need about seven to eight hours of sleep each night to feel alert and well rested.  Nurses and student Continue reading

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND CAREGIVER TIPS

      Another field of nursing that I have enjoyed working in, as a caregiver, is with the elderly population. Many times I have encountered seniors in a home setting that are showing signs and symptoms of dementia, and/or Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is actually a specific form of dementia; all Alzheimer’s disease patients have dementia, but not all dementia patients have Alzheimer’s disease.  To clarify what I mean: Dementia is the progressive deterioration of Continue reading