Just Published: The Complete Guide to ECGs, Fourth Edition

OKeefe_2The highly anticipated fourth edition of the must-have ECG interpretation resource is now available.  The Complete Guide to ECGs has been developed as a unique and practical means for physicians, physicians-in-training, and other medical professionals to improve their ECG interpretation skills. The highly interactive format and comprehensive scope of information are also ideally suited for physicians preparing for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Cardiovascular Disease or Internal Medicine Board Exams, the American College of Cardiology ECG proficiency test, and other exams requiring ECG interpretation.

The Complete Guide to ECGs, Fourth Edition is a superb addition to the library of every intern, resident, and fellow, and a uniquely practical and comprehensive study guide for physicians interested in improving their interpretation of ECGs and preparing for board examinations.

Would you like to learn more about this must-have resource for cardiologists? Visit our website.

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Newly Published Transition from Clinician to Educator Addresses Nursing Educator Shortage

Transition from Clinician to EducatorAs the population continues to age and retire, the shortage of qualified nurse educators continues to grow. Simultaneously, student demand is also increasing. In order to address this current and future need, organizations are looking toward practicing clinicians to fill the gap.

The recently published Transition from Clinician to Educator: A Practical Approach by Maria C. Fressola and G. Elaine Patterson is a hands-on guide to prepare future educators who are entering the world of education.

  • Written in an accessible style
  • Focuses on real issues that new educators will face as they move into the classroom
  • Topics drawn from the authors’ own experiences

Would you like to learn more about this essential resource to understanding the intricacies involved in being a successful educator? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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New Edition of Best-Selling Botany Text Features NEW Animations that Educate and Entertain

Mauseth6eThe best-selling Botany: An Introduction to Plant Biology by Jim Mauseth continues to set the standard for the fundamentals of plant science in an updated sixth edition. No botany text better connects structure to function and does so with higher quality art and imagery. Combining strong scientific grounding with an approachable writing style, Botany teaches and engages. The essentials to a foundational understanding of plant science are all there, including structure, genetics and evolution, physiology and development, and ecology. Now in a modernized sixth edition, the text continues to lead with the latest material on molecular biology, plant biotechnology, and the most recent coverage of taxonomy and phylogeny of plants to keep students on the forefront of cutting-edge botanical research. Botany: An Introduction to Plant Biology, Sixth Edition is the clear choice for students digging into this exciting science.

No text connects structure to function better than Mauseth’s Botany. Building on this strength and new to the Sixth Edition is Botany in Action, a collection of high-quality animations on market-selected topics, including:

  • Photosynthesis
  • Water Movement
  • Calvin Cycle
  • Respiration
  • Flowers and Reproduction
  • Growth of Wood
  • Primary and Secondary Growth
  • Pressure Laws Sequence

See an animation for yourself.

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Global Health Workshop at Unite for Sight

Richard Skolnik – Author of Global Health 101, Third Edition

In April 2016, Unite for Sight asked me to facilitate a workshop on teaching global health at its annual Global Health and Innovation Conference. This followed a similar workshop I led in April 2014.

The aims of the 90-minute workshop were to exchange ideas about:

  • How teachers and students might keep up to date in such a rapidly changing field
  • Some of the key value and content issues in teaching global health
  • How participants might get better access to selected global health “experts”

More than 70 people participated in the workshop—mostly instructors, along with a handful of students. A few were involved in a range of other activities, such as coordinating nursing or residency programs in global health.

The participants graciously and freely exchanged ideas. This report cannot do justice to the richness of the ideas that were raised. However, it tries to highlight some of the most important points that emerged from the discussion, especially on how to stay current on key global health issues and what new resources might best aid teaching and learning.

Keeping up to Date

New global health information and data emerge daily and keeping up in the field can be daunting for faculty and students alike.  However, participants in the meeting pointed to a number of sources they use to keep up to date, without being overwhelmed. These include:

The Kaiser Family Foundation daily newsletter on global health – One can sign up for it at http://kff.org/

Global Health Now – One can subscribe to this daily newsletter at http://www.globalhealthnow.org/

Childsurvival.net – One can subscribe to a daily newsletter at http://childsurvival.net/?content=com_frontpage

People might also wish to consult the Global Health Hub at http://www.globalhealthhub.org/

Dr. Greg Martin does a weekly You Tube video on key global health topics, often including an interview with important global health actors. These can be both informative and fun for faculty and students alike.

Unite for Sight regularly hosts webinars on a range of global health topics and has an online Global Health University.

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health has an extensive array of learning modules/presentations on global health

Those who use Twitter will want to follow at least Amanda Glassman from the Center for Global Development. Amanda tweets daily about new studies and other information on Global Health.

I have also blogged about teaching global health and am about to restart such blogging on a regular basis.  In my blog, I try to highlight information about resources that are valuable for teaching global health.

Some New and Valuable Resources that Can Aid Teaching Global Health

The participants in the session came from a range of disciplines with a substantial number who were not aware of two key resources on global health investments that have recently been published and another that has been out for some time. These resources can be used by instructors to address key content areas for their courses.

The Center for Global Development recently published Millions Saved 3 online. This is the third and completely revised edition of a widely used collection of cases on “what works in global health.” This edition moves substantially beyond the well-known success stories on disease control and includes cases on a wide range of global health activities, including vaccinating against meningitis in Africa; providing anti-retroviral therapy in Botswana; reducing tobacco consumption in Thailand; and, results-based financing to strengthen health systems in Argentina. Some faculty have used earlier versions of Millions Saved as a textbook or casebook.

(Disclosure: I am on an editorial advisory group for this book).

The Disease Control Priorities, Third Edition should be fundamental for anyone teaching or studying global health and can be found at http://dcp-3.org/.

This effort builds on DCP1 and DCP2, which were published in 1993 and 2006. The  third edition aims to provide the most current evidence on the efficacy of interventions that can address the leading burdens of disease. This edition “goes beyond previous efforts by providing systematic economic evaluation of policy choices affecting the access, uptake, and quality of interventions and delivery platforms for low-and middle-income countries.”  DCP3 also introduces extended cost-effectiveness analysis that seeks to account for equity and financial protection issues. DCP3 will present its findings in nine volumes, several of which have already been published, such as the volumes on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health; cancer; mental, neurological, and substance abuse disorders; and essential surgery.

Participants were also pleased to hear more about USAID’s Global Health eLearning Center. Faculty and students can find here a range of “interactive mini-courses” on key global health topics.

I also pointed out that there are now a large number of global health courses online that instructors can use to supplement their classes. For example,  I am teaching a  a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Yale through Coursera that will launch this fall.  The course is a comprehensive introduction to global health, with “summary classroom sessions” on a wide range of key global health topics.

Bringing Expertise into the Classroom

Many of the participants in the meeting noted the difficulty of bringing into the classroom—either virtually or physically—guest speakers who are at the top of their game on key global health issues. High demand, lack of time, complicated travel schedules, and the fact that many faculty have limited connections with such people are among the barriers to incorporating reputable guest speakers.

After some discussion, the participants agreed that I would personally work to develop an online set of presentations and/or moderated discussions that would feature speakers of excellence. It was also agreed that I would do this in conjunction with Unite for Sight. The aim would be to establish a platform that would allow such information to be updated annually and always be accessible online. I am now working with Unite for Sight on this effort in hopes of having a number of presentations available for January 2017, at the latest.

Global Health 101, Third EditionRichard Skolnik has worked over 40 years in international development and global health. After 25 years at the World Bank, he spent 8 years teaching global health at The George Washington University. He recently retired from five years at Yale University, where he taught global health courses in Yale College, the Yale School of Public Health, and the Yale School of Management. Richard is the author of Global Health 101, Third Edition.

Ms. Lindsey Hiebert provided valuable comments on the draft of this blog.

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Flip or Flop?

Flipping the Nursing Classroom: Where Active Learning Meets TechnologyPlease welcome our guest blogger, Dr. Karen Hessler, PhD, FNP-C, author of Flipping the Nursing Classroom: Where Interactive Learning Meets Technology, for a post on the highs and lows of flipped classrooms.

Summer is such a great time to take a few minutes to reflect on our teaching practices in the classroom and clinical settings. Even if you find yourself busy with publications, presentations at conferences, and teaching coursework during the summer, taking a moment to think about how we teach is a worthy endeavor. As I watched the fireworks display on the 4th of July with my family this year, it made me think of a parallel to my flipped classroom experiences. Some of the fireworks were beautiful, brilliant, and awe-inspiring, while others seemed to be…..well, duds.

Some of us who have worked with the flipped classroom can most likely relate to these same outcomes using the pedagogy. At times when we flip the classroom we get a beautiful and energetic outcome that makes us “ooo” and “ahhh”. Other times you and your students might find yourselves thinking, “Well that was a dud!”

Experiential learning has been a key to the success of preparing nurses, both undergraduate and graduate alike, for the roles that they will soon be responsible for. Why then, should we as nurse educators not use experiential learning ourselves? Try, try, try again. It is often that 3rd or 4th time of flipping the content that you find the “Goldilocks” recipe to the best flipped classroom experience.

My advice to you as a fellow educator and flipped classroom pioneer? Step out and light that flipped classroom firework to see what the outcome is. If it is beautiful, rejoice! If it ends up being a dud, try it again with a few changes in the recipe. Most of all, have fun in your flipping experiences and know that even if it seems like a dud, your students have learned more than if you lectured to them for hours.

Happy summer and Happy Flipping!

– Karen

Serving as an easy-to-read and conversational “how-to” guide for instructors, Flipping the Nursing Classroom: Where Active Learning Meets Technology draws on the author’s extensive experience in addition to research that shows flipping the nursing classroom as an evidence-based teaching strategy. It opens by defining the flipped classroom and includes evidence that this technique improves student outcomes. Using both learning theory and cognitive load theory to demonstrate why the flipped classroom is an effective mode of learning, it also teaches nurse educators how to implement this technique and use it to evaluate student success.

What else makes this text special?

  • Case exemplars
  • Video lectures narrated by the author
  • Tips for getting started
  • Detailed experiences of flipping the classroom

Dr. Hessler was the host of a popular webinar last year. Back by popular demand, she will return with a new webinar soon. Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, watch the original webinar now:

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Announces Integration of Canvas with Navigate 2

closeuphandsonkeyboardaWe are excited to announce that we have integrated Canvas, the popular learning management system (LMS), with Navigate 2. Responding to the needs of instructors and students, Jones & Bartlett Learning has created a seamless experience that will save time and make teaching and learning easier. For the first time, instructors and students using Canvas will be able to sign in to their Navigate 2 courses using their Canvas accounts for an identical Navigate 2 experience.

Read the full press release.

“Jones & Bartlett Learning is committed to delivering the best learning experiences for students and the most effective teaching opportunities for instructors. That’s what makes the Canvas integration so important; it does both,” said Eduardo Moura, General Manager, Academic & Professional Publishing, Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Navigate 2 combines technology and content to expand the reach of the classroom. Whether taught in online, on-ground, or hybrid courses, Navigate 2 offers mobile-ready course materials, such as a comprehensive and interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, a full suite of instructor resources, and learning analytics reporting tools. For more information on Navigate 2, visit www.jblnavigate.com.

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World Breastfeeding Week Supports Sustainable Development

World Breastfeeding Week 2016Today begins the start of World Breastfeeding Week (WBW). Held annually since 1992 and recognized in more than 170 countries, World Breastfeeding Week highlights the global impact that breastfeeding has as “a key element in getting us to think about how to value our wellbeing from the start of life, how to respect each other, and care for the world we share.” The theme is “Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development.”

This year, World Breastfeeding Week acknowledges the links between breastfeeding and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global initiative organized by the United Nations (UN) to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.”

According to Dr. Amal Omer-Salim, World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) Co-Executive Director,

“Celebrations should mark on-going efforts to learn from achievements and overcome challenges. The annual WBW celebration should be more than a week-long effort. By focusing on a broader context, longer time frame and practical yet ambitious goals, we can create sustainable and engaging campaigns. Let us campaign for a generation!”

Those goals seek:

  • To inform people about the new SDGs and how they relate to breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF)
  • To firmly anchor breastfeeding as a key component of sustainable development
  • To galvanize a variety of actions at all levels on breastfeeding and IYCF in the new era of the SDGs
  • To engage and collaborate with a wider range of actors around promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding

For decades, Jones & Bartlett Learning has been committed to providing high-quality breastfeeding resources for clinicians, students, and instructors. We are so proud to support World Breastfeeding Week this and every year!

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Author and Health Policy and Law Expert Joel Teitelbaum Weighs in on the Latest Affordable Care Act Litigation

More than six years after becoming law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains heavily litigated.  Since 2010, dozens of lawsuits have been lodged against it, with four of them reaching the United States Supreme Court – a remarkable number given the law’s relatively short lifespan and the fact that the Court only grants approximately 80 of the 8,000 case petitions it receives each year.  ACA litigation continued apace over the past year, with two new important decisions handed down in May of 2016.

One decision was issued by the Supreme Court, but in fairness the word “decision” is a bit of an overstatement, as the Court – currently reduced to 8 members following the death of Justice Scalia and the Senate’s failure to take up President Obama’s nomination to replace him – punted on the merits of the case.  At stake in Zubik v. Burwell is whether religiously-affiliated, not-for-profit employers that oppose contraception are effectively “complicit” in the provision of contraceptives to their women employees by virtue of filing a form with their insurance carrier that attests to their opposition, which in turn triggers a process by which the insurance provider and the federal government provide the contraceptive coverage.  (Under the ACA, for-profit companies that employ more than 50 people must provide insurance coverage for the 20 types of contraceptives for women approved by the Food and Drug Administration, but not-for-profit companies can exclude themselves from this requirement by filing the form.)  Under the separate process, the employer is not on the hook for any associated costs, and coverage is supplied through an insurance policy that is distinct from the employer’s.

Nonetheless, multiple religiously-affiliated, not-for-profit employers sued, claiming that the filing of the form violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a statute prohibiting the federal government from “substantially burdening” religious beliefs unless the law is necessary to achieve a “compelling” government purpose.  On May 16th, the Supreme Court sent the case back to the federal Court of Appeals, expressing “no view on the merits of the case, [including] whether petitioners’ religious exercise has been substantially burdened, whether the government has a compelling interest, or whether the current regulations are the least restrictive means of serving that interest.”  In a brief opinion, the Court wrote that both the employers and the federal government stated in briefs to the Court that it was feasible that “contraceptive coverage could be provided to petitioners’ employees, through petitioners’ insurance companies, without any such notice from petitioners….  Given the gravity of the dispute…the parties should be afforded an opportunity to arrive at an approach going forward that accommodates petitioners’ religious exercise while at the same time ensuring that women covered by petitioners’ health plans receive full and equal health coverage, including contraceptive coverage.”

 The second noteworthy ACA decision of 2016 was handed down by a federal trial court judge just a few days before the Zubik opinion was issued – but House of Representatives v. Burwell is a case that may eventually end up at the Supreme Court as well, given what’s at stake: whether the ACA’s insurance premium cost-sharing subsidies are subject to annual appropriations by Congress.

Under the ACA, insurance companies that want to sell products in the online marketplaces set up by the law must cover certain “essential health benefits” and demonstrate an “actuarial value” (i.e., the percent of covered claims paid by the plan) ranging from 60% to 90%.  Eligible people who buy these qualified health plans are entitled to both premium assistance (in the form of refundable tax credits) and cost-sharing subsidies.  Eligibility for premium assistance ranges from 100% to 400% of the federal poverty level; eligibility for income-adjusted cost-sharing assistance is effectively capped at 250% of poverty, though the majority of marketplace plan enrollees receive this type of assistance.  The federal government pays both types of subsidies directly to health insurers, which in turn pass on savings to those members who qualify for one or both types of subsidies.

Under the ACA, premium assistance subsidies are considered mandatory (as opposed to discretionary) spending, require no annual appropriation, and are not specifically at issue in House of Reps. v. Burwell.  However, Republican members of the House of Representatives sued the Obama Administration over the ACA’s cost-sharing provisions, contending that the law as written requires those subsidies to be appropriated annually.  Unsurprisingly, the Administration argued that interpreting the ACA in this way would produce severe health insurance market defects that the ACA was, in fact, designed to cure.  But the trial judge agreed with the plaintiffs, concluding that the cost-sharing subsidies are subject to annual appropriations, and that Congress is at liberty to decide whether to appropriate the needed funds.  As is typical in high-stakes cases where an appellate court is likely to supersede a trial court decision, the trial court judge stayed her ruling pending appeal, meaning that for now the cost-sharing assistance will continue to flow to insurance companies and the people they insure.

In the end, for the time being at least, the parties and the law in both Zubik v. Burwell and House of Reps. v. Burwell are left in a state of uncertainty.  Thus both cases bear close watching: Zubik could implicate the operation of the ACA’s contraception mandate, while House of Reps. v. Burwell could produce the kind of result that could fundamentally undermine the ACA as a whole.

TetelbaumJoel Teitelbaum, JD, LLM is an Associate Professor and the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs in the Department of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. He also serves as Managing Director of the School’s Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program. Along with co-author Sara Wilensky, Professor Teitelbaum is the author of Essentials of Health Policy and Law, Third Edition from Jones & Bartlett Learning. (Qualified instructors are invited to request review copies here.) Professors Teitelbaum and Wilensky are also the authors of an annually updated chapter on health reform which may be bundled with any Jones & Bartlett Learning text at no additional cost.

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New Edition of Best-Selling Understanding Viruses Features NEW Virology Animations that Educate and Entertain

Understanding Viruses, Third EditionThe highly anticipated Third Edition of Understanding Viruses by Teri Shors of University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh will publish July 29th.  Understanding Viruses continues to set the standard for the fundamentals of virology. This classic textbook combines molecular, clinical, and historical aspects of human viral diseases in a new stunning interior design featuring high quality art that will engage readers. Preparing students for their careers, the Third Edition greatly expands on molecular virology and virus families. This practical text also includes the latest information on influenza, global epidemiology statistics, and the recent outbreaks of Zika and Ebola viruses to keep students on the forefront of cutting-edge virology information. Numerous case studies and feature boxes illuminate fascinating research and historical cases stimulate student interest, making the best-selling Understanding Viruses the clear choice in virology.

The Third Edition features NEW Virology Animations on antiviral drug mechanisms that educate and entertain!  See one for yourself.

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Review: Handbook of Home Health Care Administration, Sixth Edition “should be on the shelf in every branch of every healthcare at home provider”

Handbook of Home Health Care Administration, Sixth EditionIn an outstanding new review for Handbook of Home Health Care Administration, Sixth Edition by Marilyn D. Harris, Home Care Technology Report raves that it is, “…a textbook that should be on the shelf in every branch of every healthcare at home provider.”

In fact, the review goes one step further with its praise,

“Let’s modify that. It should never be on the shelf but should live on the administrator’s or branch manager’s desk. In the current edition, which is a comprehensive, 1,000-page tour de force, editor Marilyn D. Harris has assembled a team of over 80 authors to cover, in detail, everything a private duty or certified agency administrator needs to know to be compliant and successful.”

Handbook of Home Health Care Administration, Sixth Edition is a comprehensive text that reflects the current state of home health care administration. With contributions from leading experts in the field, it addresses key aspects of home health care, including finance, human resource development, legal and ethical issues, management information systems, marketing, quality management, research, and current technology for patient care.

The Sixth Edition includes seven new chapters:

  • Status of Home Health Care: 2015 and Beyond
  • The Roles of and Competency Requirements for Paraprofessionals
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Pediatric Home Care
  • Beyond Medicare-Certified Home Health Services: An Overview of Other Types of Home Care Services
  • Expanding Your Performance Improvement Program: Using Process and Other Measures to Improve Care
  • ADRs, CERTs, RACs, SMRCs, ZPICs, and Other External Audits

Want to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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