ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Brings Awareness to a Little Understood Disease

The Jones & Bartlett Learning Marketing Team taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Jones & Bartlett Learning marketing team taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Over the past few weeks, the social media phenomenon known as the Ice Bucket Challenge has brought unprecedented attention and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

With everyone from Charlie Rose to Benedict Cumberbatch to our very own teams at Jones & Bartlett Learning taking part in the challenge, the ALS Association reports that since the end of July, “more than 70,000 new donors” have contributed to the cause. According to Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association,

“We have never seen anything like this in the history of the disease. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the level of compassion, generosity and sense of humor that people are exhibiting as they take part in this impactful viral initiative.”

However, the ALS Association also notes that only about half of the general public fully understands the disease. One result of the Ice Bucket Challenge is the opportunity to explain that it is,

“… a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.”

Respiratory Management of ALS: Amyotrophic Lateral SclerosisJones & Bartlett Learning is committed to ALS awareness and education. One key resource is Respiratory Management of ALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis by Lee Guion, RRT, MA, the first comprehensive textbook on the assessment and management of respiratory symptoms in ALS and other motor neuron diseases.

  • Brings together the latest research, expert opinions, and treatment options for respiratory symptom management
  • Provides a detailed, step-by-step approach to assessment of upper and lower airway structures and how motor neuron loss impairs function
  • Treatment options emphasize symptom management and enhanced quality of life
  • Includes palliative care, end-of-life decision making, and long term mechanical ventilation

To learn more about this title, visit our website.

To find out more about ALS or donate, please visit www.alsa.org or www.petefrates.com.

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Congress Introduces Computer Science Education Act

Given the huge demand for highly-trained computer experts and engineers, secondary education is already trending towards a marked increase in computing classes. Now, Congress is considering a bill to help close the skills gap and strengthen our national competitiveness. The bill, currently in the House of Representatives, is the Computer Science Education Act (HR 2536).

studentcomputerIntroduced by Representatives Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO), this act would remove barriers that make it difficult for states to use Federal funding for computer science education. What’s more, it would not introduce any new programs or mandates, and therefore would remain cost-neutral.

The act amends title IX (General Provisions) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 <link> to include computer science as a core academic subject. “Under the amendment, ‘computer science’ is defined as the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including the study of computing principles, computer hardware and software design, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society.”

Brooks and Polis also included a list of findings that favor stronger computer science education. A few of these findings include:

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be 9,200,000 jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by the year 2020. Half of these, or 4,600,000 jobs, will be in computing
  • In the 2012-2013 school year, only nine states allowed computer science courses to count toward secondary school core graduation requirements, chilling student interest in computer science courses
  • While students who take the College Board’s AP computer science test are eight times more likely to major in computer science in college, in 2011, only 1 percent of all AP exams were in computer science. The test also highlighted the STEM gender gap with male test takers outnumbering females by four to one

Last week, the bill gained its 100th supporter. With 60 Republicans and 52 Democrats signed on as co-sponsors, the Computer Science Education Act is now the most broadly cosponsored education bill in the House.

The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) have already established a four-part curriculum framework that would support the bill’s goals and guide local and state computer science efforts. The first level would be intended for K-8, focusing on basic computer literacy skills. Level two would relate computer science to the modern world. Level three focuses on computer science as analysis and design. Finally, the fourth and optional level would be for advanced high school learners.

As interest continues to grow in computer science, Jones & Bartlett Learning provides a wide selection of texts that improve learning outcomes and provide career readiness. For more information or to view our Computer Science texts, visit jblearning.com/computing.jbl

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5-Star Review for Communication for Nurses: Talking with Patients, Third Edition

Communication for Nurses: Talking with Patients, Third EditionTerrific news– Communication for Nurses: Talking with Patients, Third Edition by Lisa Kennedy Sheldon and Janice Foust earned 5 stars and a perfect score of 100 from Doody’s Review Service. Reviewer, Debra E. Stieve, DNP, MSN, RN, from the Michigan State University College of Nursing, writes that it has a “refreshing style that provides a bridge from content to practice.”

Read more excerpts from the review:

“The book covers a broad spectrum of communication. As a guide, it provides excellent background, examples, and exercises for readers to complete. This is a refreshing style that provides a bridge from content to practice. Every chapter begins with a scenario, then it proceeds with details, reviews how the scenario ends, and ends with exercises and evidence-based research and current references. Some of the chapters have sections that discuss the role of the student nurse in specific situations. This is a great reminder of the unique role of students, who sometimes find themselves in awkward situations which require confidence to communicate their abilities and notify the nurse.

This book provides clear direction regarding appropriate communication in professional nursing. It articulates the unique roles of the professional nurse and the student nurse. It easily links the content to practice by providing scenarios, exercises for readers to reflect on their own biases, and covers not only communication with patients, but also with other healthcare providers. It covers areas that are often viewed as difficult to communicate (end of life, lateral violence), but are necessary for nurses to know.”

Interested in learning more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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It’s World Breastfeeding Week

wbw2014-logo-hdCelebrated in more than 175 countries, World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) raises awareness for the importance of protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding worldwide with the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This year’s theme is “Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal – For Life!”

According to World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action Chairperson, Dr. Felicity Savage,

“…we can all can contribute to each of the MDGs in a substantial way. Exclusive breastfeeding and adequate appropriate complementary feeding are key interventions for improving child survival, potentially reducing deaths among children under five by about 20%. Early and exclusive breastfeeding improves newborn care and reduces neonatal mortality, which contributes to the majority of infant deaths. Breastfeeding has been shown repeatedly to be the single most effective way to prevent infant death; it plays a major role in children’s health and development, and significantly benefits the health of mothers.”

This year’s World Breastfeeding Week objectives are:

  • To inform people about the MDGs and how they relate to breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF)
  • To showcase the progress made so far and the key gaps in improving breastfeeding and IYCF
  • To call attention to the importance of STEPPING UP actions to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as a key intervention in the MDGs AND in the post 2015 era
  • To stimulate interest amongst young people of both genders to see the relevance of breastfeeding in today’s changing world

Join us in recognizing the important work that World Breastfeeding Week celebrates!

Interested in learning more about Jones & Bartlett Learning breastfeeding resources? Visit our website.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Author, Marie-Helen Maras, Discusses Identity Theft on CBS News

MarasCF2eMarie-Helen Maras, author of Computer Forensics: Cybercriminals, Laws, and Evidence, Second Edition, discusses the dark reality of identity theft and cybercrime in an interview with CBS News.

In the interview, Maras talks about the difficulty in tracing and convicting ID thieves:

Police are also playing catch-up when it comes to the so-called Dark Web or Deep Web, which Marie-Helen Maras, the author of “Computer Forensics: Cybercriminals, Laws and Evidence,” describes as difficult-to-access online forums where people buy and sell illicit information like stolen social security numbers. The results for the victim, she says, can be devastating.

“This isn’t something that can be fixed, your information is out there,” says Maras, an associate professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. “One person may purchase it or multiple individuals may purchase it.”

And, says Maras, even if police trace an illegal data purchase, a conviction can be difficult to secure because a thief can claim that he or she was not the one sitting in front of the computer when the stolen information was downloaded.

Read the full article here.

Learn more about Computer Forensics: Cybercriminals, Laws, and Evidence, Second Edition.

 

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HIV Essentials 2014, Seventh Edition Earns a 5-Star Review

HIV Essentials 2014, Seventh EditionGreat news– HIV Essentials 2014, Seventh Edition by Paul E. Sax, MD, Calvin J. Cohen, MD, MS, and Daniel R. Kuritzkes, MD, recently attained 5 stars and a perfect score of 100 from Doody’s Review Service. According to reviewer, Sara Hurtado Bares, MD, from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, it “is a concise handbook written by world-renowned experts in the field of HIV.”

Read more excerpts from the review:

“The book provides a step-by-step guide to the diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, and prevention of HIV infection and its complications. The majority of the book is presented in concise bullet points and easy-to-read tables which allow it to serve as an accessible guide that can be easily referenced when clinical questions arise, even during a busy clinic.

This revised and updated book is a welcome addition to my library. As a new attending, I referred to the tables on a regular basis during my first few weeks of independent practice and I am grateful to have this new version. More recently, I have found the tables and content to be useful when organizing lectures for medical students, residents, and even fellows.”

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

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Five-Star Review for Porter-O’Grady and Malloch’s Quantum Leadership, Fourth Edition

Quantum Leadership, Fourth EditionWe’ve just received a perfect score of 100 and 5 stars from Doody’s Review Service for Quantum Leadership: Building Better Partnerships for Sustainable Health, Fourth Edition by Tim Porter-O’Grady and Kathy Malloch. Reviewer, Cynthia Lee Cummings, RN, MSN, EdD, from the University of North Florida Brooks College of Health, calls it “an extremely well-made book that is very inclusive in the topics it covers.”

Read more excerpts from the review:

“The book covers a wide variety of topics related to leadership trends. It addresses changes in healthcare related to staffing, reimbursement, cybernetics, liability issues, and errors. The authors use many learning methods such as discussion opportunities, points to ponder, objectives, and questions. The highlighted features are easy to read. This is an extremely well-made book that is very inclusive in the topics it covers.

I enjoyed this book. The authors have done an outstanding job of covering current and important topics. The clear writing and the use of a variety of teaching approaches make it a very worthwhile book for students, current leaders, and anyone else interested in healthcare leadership.”

Interested in learning more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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Buppert’s Nurse Practitioner’s Business Practice and Legal Guide, Fifth Edition Receives a 5-Star Review

Nurse Practitioner's Business Practice and Legal Guide, Fifth EditionPraise is already coming in for the recently published Nurse Practitioner’s Business Practice and Legal Guide, Fifth Edition by Carolyn Buppert. Doody’s Review Service just awarded it 5 stars and a perfect score of 100. According to reviewer, Cynthia Lee Cummings, RN, MSN, EdD, from the University of North Florida Brooks College of Health, it is “an invaluable book for nurse practitioners.”

Read more excerpts from the review:

“The book goes into great detail about legal issues that may affect nurse practitioners in every state. It covers legal protocols, standards, and their respective citations. The detail and citation information is extremely valuable. I have not seen these concepts covered to this degree in any other book. It is also noteworthy that it includes information from every state.

This is an invaluable book for nurse practitioners. Nurses need to understand specifically the legal implications of their professional practice and how best to protect themselves. This excellent book is detailed and pertinent.”

Can’t wait to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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Financial Management for Nurse Managers, Third Edition Earns 5-Star Review

Financial Management for Nurse Managers: Merging the Heart with the Dollar, Third EditionTerrific news to share– Financial Management for Nurse Managers: Merging the Heart with the Dollar, Third Edition by Janne Dunham-Taylor and Joseph Z. Pinczuk just received a perfect score of 100 and 5 stars from Doody’s Review Service. According to reviewer, Cynthia Lee Cummings, RN, MSN, EdD, from the University of North Florida Brooks College of Health, it is “a great resource.”

Read more excerpts from the review:

“This book details financial and corporate concepts important for nurse managers. The purpose is to present information about finances, budgeting, healthcare policy, ethics, and current reimbursement issues. The goals are worthy and the book is a great resource.

In addition to discussing financial, reimbursement, and budget management, the book includes pertinent information on staffing, ethics, collaborative work environment, and the professional setting. The best aspects of this book are the wide range of topics it covers and its thorough presentation.

This excellent book is both thorough and current, making it a valuable resource for its intended audience. For a new nurse manager, it is well worth the cost. It is also a great resource for management or for educators teaching nursing management.”

Can’t wait to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Authors Become Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing

2014 Class of Academy FellowsThe American Academy of Nursing just announced their 2014 class of nursing fellows– and the list includes five Jones & Bartlett Learning authors! The nurse leaders selected for this prestigious honor include Cynthia Barrere, Kathleen Heinrich, Nancy Crigger, Karin Reuter-Rice, and Barbara Haag-Heitman.

Each year, the American Academy of Nursing selects a new class of fellows. This year, 168 nurse leaders were invited to join due to their leadership in education, management, policy, and work to improve the health of the nation. The induction will take place during the Academy’s 2014 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference on October 18, 2014, in Washington, DC.

Comprised of more than 2,200 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research, the Academy fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers. The 2014 class represents all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 24 countries.

“The American Academy of Nursing welcomes this stellar cohort of new fellows,” declared Academy president Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN. “As clinicians, researchers, educators, executives, and leaders in all sectors of our society, they are joining the nation’s thought leaders in nursing and health care.”

Fellowship criteria includes evidence of significant contributions to nursing in addition to sponsorship by two current Academy fellows. In addition, a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows reviews each applicant’s contribution to the nursing field. New fellows will be eligible to use the credentials FAAN (fellow of the American Academy of Nursing) after their induction in October.

Please join us in congratulating the 2014 fellows on this impressive achievement!

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