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Nurse and PCA Shortage is a Crisis for Families

A recent Star Tribune article shows how the nurse and PCA shortage is propelling one family into crisis and placing burdensome caregiver responsibilities on a grade-school age boy.   ( Unfortunately, that one family is representative of thousands of families across the state.  Children are caring for disables parents and their siblings.  Aging parents are caring for...
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Adaptive Technology Makes a Difference for People with Disabilities!

Information sources - Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Assistive Technology Pacer Center –Champions for Children with Disabilities, Simon Technology Center

Alexa Can Help

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute recently purchased the Amazon Echo. This wireless speaker and voice command device consists of a 9.25-inch (23.5 cm) tall cylinder speaker with a seven-piece microphone array. The device responds...
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A Letter to New Graduate Nurses

Congratulations on choosing one of the most rewarding (and sought-after) degrees available in 2016!  Nursing jobs are plentiful, and with an estimated 30% of current nurses retiring with the Baby Boomers, you have even more opportunity in the future! As you search for your first job, be flexible.  There are many types of experience that will...
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Professional Boundaries in Home Care Nursing

Professional boundaries are important in all healthcare settings, but they are even more important in home care nursing!  One of the biggest issues today is client/nurse relationship in social media.  Given the federal requirements for client confidentiality, it is dangerous for a nurse to befriend a client on social media.  Indicating on social media that...
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