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Welcome to this week’s iNurse Radio episode where we discuss the link between Viruses and Breast Cancer featuring Dr. Kimberley Baltzell. In the United States, research has shown that 1 out of 8 women will experience invasive breast cancer at some point in their life. Although the diagnoses rate of breast cancer has been decreasing in recent years, more than 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with nearly 65,000 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
Dr. Baltzell is currently an assistant adjunct professor at the University of California, San Fransisco and Associate Director with the Global Health Science Masters Program. Her current research consists of overseeing 40 student projects throughout the world. These studies are designed to understand effective diagnoses and treatments for children in sub-Saharan Africa with limited resources. While focused on various student projects, Dr. Baltzell continues research on viruses associated with increased risk of breast cancer.
Find out more at globalhealthsciences.ucsf.edu and nursing.ucsf.edu
Having to stay in the hospital is bad enough; the only thing worse is making a trip back less than a month later. The New England Journal of Medicine states that about 20% or as many as 2 million Medicare beneficiaries return to the hospital less than 30 days of discharge every year. Being readmitted costs more than just your health, it is estimated that nearly $17.5 billion a year is spent towards readmission costs by Medicare.
Usually patients are readmitted because of infection and confusion about either their medication or care plan. Many patients fail to realize that it is just as important to give yourself the same quality of care at home that you expect in the hospital- that is to say above standard quality care. Today's guest, Dr. Barbara Riegel shares tips to help people stay out of the hospital. She discusses what chronic patients can do to avoid re-admittance as well as the importance of self-care.
Barbara J. Riegel, DNSc, RN, FAAN, FAHA
Dr. Barbara Riegel is the Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing as well as the Edith Clemmer Steinbright Chair of Gerontology and Director for the Biobehavioral Research Center. For the past 20 years, Dr. Riegel has led research in chronic heart failure, testing several disease management approaches and subsequently creating methods of measuring the self-care of those with heart failure.
Dr. Riegel's research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and books. She is also the Co-Editor of The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. She is the recipient of many distinguished honors and awards including the Heart Failure Research Prize from the American Heart Association Council and the first annual Nursing Research Award of the Heart Failure Society of America.
Patient Advocacy is an important area of specialization concerned with a patient’s knowledge regarding the use of health plans, insurance, understanding medication that has been prescribed to you as well as your diagnosis and treatment. With the Institute of Medicine reporting that anywhere between 44,000 and 98,000 hospital patients die every year due to medical mistakes, it is increasingly vital that patients have someone to help guide them.
In this episode of iNurse Radio, our host Jeff Allen chats with Ava Sammarco, LPN, regarding the importance of patient advocacy, how patients can avoid succumbing to the problems in our healthcare system and the questions you should be asking as a patient to ensure you receive above standard medical care.
Ava Sammarco, LPN
Ava Sammarco is a Licensed Practical Nurse at Park Creek, a residential care center located in Park Creek, Buffalo.
With more than 35 years in the field Ava is an expert in geriatric and acute care as well as patient advocacy, one of her favorite topics! She is also the host of a radio show called "Nurses Notes" and television show entitled "Health Focus".
Nurses are an inextricable part of healthcare in the United States, but what does Healthcare reform have to give back? In this episode of iNurse Radio, our host Anthony Figliola sits down with Dean Emeritus of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch to discuss how healthcare reform and policy affects nurses.
Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., RN
Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., RN, Emeritus Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, is known for launching the first accelerated BSN program. The accelerated baccalaureate nursing program is now part of the curriculum at hundreds of nursing schools nationwide. She is the second-longest sitting dean of any US nursing school. Dr. Conway-Welch was also recognized in the Top 25 Women in Healthcare List for 2009, which also included Past-President of the American Medical Association Nancy Nielsen and Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Her current research interests include Nursing Education & Administration, Healthcare Reform and Disaster Management. In the past Dr. Conway-Welch has served on various panels and committees including the National Institute of Health, the Institute of Medicine and the Global Knowledge Exchange Network.