New Review: Introduction to Global Health

1449688349An exciting new review on Olive Branch United by Ben Wolinsky has credited Introduction to Global Health, Second Edition as the best place to start your education in global health.

“[Introduction to Global Health] doesn’t give you endless statistics about health, but gives you the skills you need to study it on your own. You’ll learn how to collect and measure data, compare health to population size, examine bias in research, and examine health with regard to ethnicity, occupation, and gender.

When you study health you must keep in mind all of the factors you’d learn in social studies, and that includes economy, religion, occupations, life expectancy, population growth, education, gender, equality, stability, war, famine, disease, agriculture, and so on. Introduction to Global Health is the best place to start with regard to this. It gives you just the right skill to get started in your research.”

Introduction to Global Health gives you the most comprehensive look at today’s critical global health issues. Completely updated and revised, the Second Edition offers expanded coverage of health across the lifespan, from childhood to young adulthood to aging (with additional coverage of NCDs, injuries, and mental health issues), as well as new content on health issues during humanitarian crises and health issues related to human rights.

Read the full review here, or find out for yourself how excellent this resource is by previewing a sample chapter, or visiting our website.

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Happy National Public Health Week

National Public Health WeekPlease join us in celebrating National Public Health Week (NPHW) today through April 13. For nearly two decades, NPHW has raised awareness of the important role public health plays in keeping communities both healthy and safe. This year’s theme is “Public Health: Start Here.”

Get involved each day with daily themes including:

  • Monday, April 7: Be healthy from the start. From maternal health and school nutrition to emergency preparedness, public health starts at home.
  • Tuesday, April 8: Don’t panic. Disaster preparedness starts with community-wide commitment and action.
  • Wednesday, April 9: Get out ahead. Prevention is now a nationwide priority.
  • Thursday, April 10: Eat well. The system that keeps our nation’s food safe and healthy is complex.
  • Friday, April 11: Be the healthiest nation in one generation. Best practices for community health come from around the globe.

Public Health 101, Second EditionAnother great place to start is with our recently published Public Health 101: Healthy People–Healthy Populations, Second Edition by Richard Riegelman and Brenda Kirkwood. From clean drinking water, to seat belts, to immunizations, the impact of public health on every individual is undeniable. For undergraduates, an understanding of the foundations of public health is an essential step toward becoming an educated citizen.

Public Health 101: Healthy People–Healthy Populations, Second Edition provides a big-picture, population perspective on the determinants of health and disease and the tools available to protect and promote health. It examines the full range of options for intervention including use of the healthcare system, the public health system, and society-wide systems such as laws and taxation.

Want to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website. Can’t await? Watch a recent webinar with Richard Riegelman:

 

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Never Say No

Sharon New Head Shot 2013As part of the capstone experience in our graduate program, students are required to interview a minimum of three executives or healthcare managers using a structured interview format  published in Career Opportunities in Health Care Management. At the completion of the interview, the student identifies and indicates the healthcare management leadership competencies the executive noted during the interview and the competencies needed to conduct the interview.  In addition, the student reflects upon what insights the interview provided about his or her own career development and continuing education plans.

During my weekly meeting with the students, we talk about their assignments, including this one. Recently, I asked one student if she had any surprises. She said, “Yes. Two of the three executives I interviewed told me ‘Never say no.’” She expanded on this theme. “Both of my interviewees told me if my mentor or boss comes to me and asks me to do something outside of my comfort zone, not to immediately dismiss it. They are making the request because they think you can do it—even if you don’t think you can.”

What a wonderful insight into good mentorship. In an era where we can become distracted by just keeping our heads above water and managing to put one foot in front of the other, it is important to remember that part of being a good mentor and coach is to push our mentees to the next level. We only become confident in our competencies when we are required to overcome obstacles, real or perceived. We win a game, we earn a good grade in a course, we push ourselves to the next level in a sport. Some of our students have received the message over the years, either from family, friends, or teachers, that they are doing just fine, and they need not exert themselves to work harder. Then they receive the jarring news from graduate school professors that their writing is poor, their math skills are weak, and their interpersonal skills are abrasive, at best. Where were their coaches and mentors at the undergraduate level? Why were they allowed to progress without honest, constructive feedback, and coaching? In some instances, I’m betting it was because it was easier for the instructor, teachers, parents, professors to let it slide.

Mentors must be competent, too. Emotionally competent mentors work on developing others. Per the Consortium on Research for Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, these people are competent at “sensing what others need in order to develop, and bolstering their abilities. People with this competence:

- Acknowledge and reward people’s strengths, accomplishments, and development;
- Offer useful feedback and identify people’s needs for development; and,
- Mentor, give timely coaching, and offer assignments that challenge and grow a person’s skill.”

The field of healthcare management needs mentors who will push a student, employee, or colleague to be his or her best. We do no favors to the student or the field of healthcare management when we decide it is not worth fighting with the student, or in some cases, parents, over grades. We need to develop a vision of what the field needs and strive to be the person who will push the student to be a better writer, get tutoring for epidemiology, and work on role-playing to improve interpersonal skills. The field of healthcare management needs and deserves competent managers. As educators, we need to step up to the plate and take the risk to improve the competencies of the graduates of our programs and the next generation of healthcare managers. We need to remember to “Never say no.”

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Sharon Buchbinder is Professor and Program Coordinator for the MS in Healthcare Management at Stevenson University in the Graduate and Professional School and former chair of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). She is also the author of three books from Jones and Bartlett: Introduction to Health Care Management (with Nancy H. Shanks), Career Opportunities in Health Care Management (with Jon Thompson) and Cases in Health Care Management (with Nancy H. Shanks and Dale Buchbinder).

Here are some resources if you are interested in this topic

Babbitt, M. (2014, March 10). Ten aspects of mentorship you didn’t know (but should). http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2014/03/10/ten-aspects-of-mentorship-you-didnt-know-but-should/

Cherniss, C. (2009). The business case for emotional intelligence
http://www.eiconsortium.org/reports/business_case_for_ei.html

Hollister, L. R. (March/April 2001).The benefits of being a mentor. http://www.ache.org/newclub/CAREER/MentorArticles/Benefits.cfm

PeopleResults. (2013, December 4). The more mentors the better: Try “micro-mentoring.” http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2013/12/04/the-more-mentors-the-better-try-micro-mentoring/

The Consortium on Research for Emotional Intelligence in Organizations. (2009) The Emotional Competence Framework
http://www.eiconsortium.org/reports/emotional_competence_framework.html

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New Report Stresses the Importance of Interprofessional Health Care Teams

BeaLeader2As the Affordable Care Act continues to add millions of Americans to the health care system, providers are struggling to balance the increased demand for quality health care with shortages of nurses, physicians, and other health care professionals. As a result, many organizations are beginning to adopt a team-based approach to care. In a recent blog post from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, Barbara Brandt writes that,

“I’ve personally observed workflow in transformed clinics, and to the uninformed, it is like entering a foreign land compared to traditional practices. In one clinic, I observed the front desk receptionist as leading a quality improvement meeting that included physicians, a nurse practitioner, a psychologist, technology manager, among others. For this project, it was essential that the receptionist take the lead because the project involved piloting a new patient scheduling system. It was an extraordinary experience and made me think about how important it is to prepare students and residents who will be rotating and learning in these environments to develop fully the skill sets they need.”

In addition, a recent Brookings Institute report titled, “On the ‘Front Lines’ of Health Reform: Reinventing Team-Based Care,” argues that,

“Bringing together a broad range of skills and perspectives across an interprofessional care team is critical to accommodating the many physical, emotional, and social needs of patients. The team may include primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, health coaches, and mental health professionals. The composition should depend entirely on each patient’s needs.”

In fact, these “frontline health care workers,” such as medical assistants, administrative assistants, laboratory and pharmacy technicians, community health workers, health educators, and home health aids, represent “nearly 50% of the estimated 18 million people employed in the health care workforce.” What’s more, they are often the first point of contact for patients and their families, making them essential to the successful health care experience.

The Interprofessional Health Care Team: Leadership and DevelopmentWant to learn more about how a team-based approach can increase positive outcomes for the health and wellbeing of patients, families, and communities? Check out The Interprofessional Health Care Team: Leadership and Development by Donna Weiss, Felice Tilin, and Marlene J. Morgan. By exploring theoretical concepts of leadership in an interdisciplinary health care environment, this text provides practical examples from the perspective of health care scholars, scientists, faculty, and health administration professionals. Read a sample chapter now or visit our website for more information.

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2014 Best Jobs in the US

www.usnews.comUS News & World Report just released their list of the Best Jobs of 2014, and 40 of the top 100 picks are health care jobs. Among other criteria, US News selected and ranked these jobs based on the number of expected openings, advancement opportunities, career fulfillment and salary expectations.

“All jobs aren’t created equal. In fact, some are simply better than the rest. U.S. News 100 Best Jobs of 2014 offer a mosaic of employment opportunity, good salary, manageable work-life balance and job security.” Below are some of the health care jobs that are ranked in the top 50. Follow each link for a full review of the specific job, and more information on salary and training.

#4 Nurse Practitioner

#5 Pharmacist

#6 Registered Nurse

#7 Physical Therapist

#8 Physician

#13 Physician Assistant

#14 Occupational Therapist

#17 Physical Therapist Assistant

#21 Occupational Therapy Assistant

#32 Respiratory Therapist

#35 Speech-Language Pathologist

#45 Medical Assistant

The health care industry is continuously growing, resulting in this abundance of top-ranking jobs. Jones & Bartlett Learning has all of the market-leading resources you need to jump-start or advance your career as a Nurse or Health Professional. Learn more at our website.

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Just Published: Introduction to Human Disease: Pathophysiology for Health Professionals, Sixth Edition

The all-new Sixth Edition of the best-selling Introduction to Human Disease: Pathophysiology for Health Professionals is loefflerhere.

This textbook provides a broad overview of the most common and important human diseases for students pursuing careers in the health professions. Comprehensive yet accessible, it addresses the aspects of disease epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment that are essential to clinical practice.

The Sixth Edition is thoroughly updated to cover the latest advances in medical knowledge and practice, especially with regard to mental health and nutritional disorders. Furthermore, it includes additional clinical information on treatments for diseases.

Designed to facilitate learning, this essential resource features new full-color photos and illustrations as well as chapter outlines, key terms, learning objectives, and practice questions for review and assessment. Introduction to Human Disease: Pathophysiology for Health Professions, Sixth Edition helps students build a solid foundational understanding of disease pathology and medical terminology, allowing them to succeed throughout their medical education.

New to the Sixth Edition:

  • Over 400 full-color photographs, illustrations, and tables
  • Updated and revised content on Infectious Diseases, Immunologic Diseases, Mental Illness, and Nutritional Disorders
  • New instructor and student resources, including the following:

Instructor Resources: Lecture Slides in PowerPoint Format (over 350 slides), Test Bank containing more than 200 questions, Instructor’s Manual including a Sample Syllabus, and an Answer Key for the End-of-Chapter Practice Questions

Student Resources: Companion Website including Chapter Quizzes, Crossword Puzzles, Interactive Flashcards, Matching Exercises, and Web Links

Interested in learning more?  Visit our website or preview a sample chapter!

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Just Published: Principles of Research Design and Drug Literature Evaluation

Ideal for professional pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, research fellows,aparasu practitioners and clinical researchers, Principles of Research Design and Drug Literature Evaluation provides a balanced approach covering critical elements of clinical research, biostatistical principles, and scientific literature evaluation techniques for evidence-based medicine.

This accessible text provides comprehensive course content that meets and exceeds the curriculum standards set by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Written by expert authors specializing in pharmacy practice and research, this valuable text will provide pharmacy students and practitioners with a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of drug literature evaluation with a strong grounding in research and biostatistical principles.

From the Foreword:

“This book was designed to provide and encourage practitioner’s development and use of critical drug information evaluation skills through a deeper understanding of the foundational principles of study design and statistical methods. Because guidance on how a study’s limited findings should not be used is rare, practitioners must understand and evaluate for themselves the veracity and implications of the inherently limited primary literature findings they use as sources of drug information to make evidence-based decisions together with their patients.”

Features & Benefits

  • Written by expert authors specializing in pharmacy practice and research
  • Each chapter includes: Learning Objectives, Key Terms, Figures, Tables, Review Questions, References, and Online Resources
  • Instructor Resources: PowerPoint Presentations, Test Bank, and an Answer Key
  • Student Resources, a Navigate Companion Website, including: Crossword Puzzles, Interactive Flash Cards, Interactive Glossary, Matching Questions, and Web Links

Find out more about the all-new Principles of Research Design and Drug Literature Evaluation by viewing this recorded webinar, visiting our website or previewing a sample chapter!

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Just Published: Introduction to Diagnostic Microbiology for the Laboratory Sciences

delostAs an aspiring medical laboratory technician, Introduction to Diagnostic Microbiology for the Laboratory Sciences is the all-in-one resource necessary for you to develop a foundation in microbiology.  A must-have text for students as well as a helpful reference for practitioners, it reviews the microorganisms most commonly encountered in clinical settings and clearly explains basic laboratory procedures.

While this text provides a concise overview of topics it also facilitates comprehension with learning objectives, case studies, key terms, and review questions. Furthermore, Introduction to Diagnostic Microbiology for the Laboratory Sciences includes laboratory exercises eliminating the need for a separate laboratory manual.

This accessible and comprehensive textbook prepares students for a career in laboratory science by covering content required in the MLT curriculum and featured on the ASCP certification exam.  In addition to being on the recommended reading list to prepare for the ASCP MLT exam (American Society for Clinical Pathology, Medical Laboratory Technician exam), Introduction to Diagnostic Microbiology for the Laboratory Sciences also:

  • Reviews the microorganisms most important in clinical practice
  • Explains basic laboratory procedures, such as specimen collection and staining
  • Includes laboratory exercises in the text–no need for a separate manual
  • Serves as a helpful on-the-job reference for laboratory practitioners
  • Provides practice questions to help students prepare for the medical technology certification exam
  • Includes an extensive suite of Instructor Resources: Image Bank with 272 photos/illustrations, Lecture Outlines in PowerPoint Format, Test Bank with 450 multiple choice questions and an exam with 225 questions.

Interested in learning more? Preview a Sample Chapter, or visit our website.

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Just Published: Concepts in Sterile Preparations and Aseptic Technique

Concepts in Sterile Preparations and Aseptic Technique examines the current standards and best practices for sterile compounding, and the fundamentals of asepticochoa technique in an accessible manner to pharmacy and pharmacy technician students as well as to professionals.

Beginning with a review of foundational calculations and microbiological considerations, this resource reviews compatibility, stability, engineering controls and quality assurance and control. With pertinent information from USP Chapter <797>, engaging case studies, tips, alerts, and accompanying video tutorials, and other robust student resources Concepts in Sterile Preparations and Aseptic Technique offers students and professionals the opportunity to fully grasp these essential topics.

“Having worked in institutions in the sterile products area and taught students about it for a number of years, this is the best compilation of information in one source that I have ever seen.  The writing is excellent; it is very readable and understandable.  This will be a resource that both academia and practice can rely on for many years.”
–Charles C. Collins, RPh, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
East Tennessee State University, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy

Video Tutorials on the Navigate Companion Website allow students to watch the techniques be carried out as they read about them. Video Tutorial topics include ampule breaking, garbing,  using a filter straw, fingertip testing and many more. Watch a sample Video Tutorial below:

Hear author Pamella Ochoa talk about Concepts in Sterile Preparations and Aseptic Technique in this recorded Webinar or learn more by visiting our website.

 

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Just Published: Guide to Evidence-Based Physical Therapist Practice, Third Edition

The number 1 evidence-based practice textbook for Physical Therapists and students has been updated to a new edition!

jewellGuide to Evidence-Based Physical Therapist Practice, Third Edition is an all-in-one resource offering readers the information and tools needed to appreciate the philosophy, history and value of evidence-based practice, understand what constitutes evidence, search efficiently for applicable evidence in the literature, evaluate the findings in the literature, and integrate the evidence with clinical judgment and individual patient preferences and values.

The Third Edition is updated and revised, to include an engaging and vibrant 2-color layout, improved organization, additional coverage of statistics and qualitative research designs, and expanded resources for instructors and students. The reader-friendly style facilitates learning and presents the knowledge and skills essential for physical therapist students to develop a foundation in research methods and methodologies related to evidence-based medicine.

Extensive Suite of Instructor Resources Includes:

  • Sample Syllabus
  • Lecture Outlines in PowerPoint Format
  • Helpful Resource List with Additional References
  • New Test Bank with 150 Questions
  • Revised Sample Evidence Appraisal Worksheet
    Answers to End of Chapter Questions
  • New Image Bank

Navigate Companion Website for Students Includes:

  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Flashcards
  • Interactive Glossary
  • Practice Quizzes
  • Web Links
  • Screenshots of Electronic Databases

Guide to Evidence-Based Physical Therapist Practice is the comprehensive resource no physical therapist or student should be without. Check out the transition guide, preview a sample chapter or visit our website to learn more.

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