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Monday, September 22, 2014
Yesterday, over 300,000 people marched through New York City as part of a climate change demonstration—the largest one in history. Other demonstrations will be held around the world “to shine a spotlight on global warming ahead of the U.N. summit Tuesday.”
 
Why write a post about the march? Because health and climate change are linked, which is why JAMA released a study discussing the association between the two, and possible adverse reactions of climate change. For example, researchers noted the following negative outcomes of climate change:
● heat-related disorders
● occupational health
● respiratory disorders
● infectious diseases
● food security.
 
It was concluded that healthcare professionals can play a major role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions because our input is needed for policy decisions involving energy, housing, transportation, agriculture, food systems, and more, to make sure unintended harm to the community is avoided. Have you considered ways to go green and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

Thursday, September 18, 2014
The University of Michigan released a report that stated one in five men* reported physical violence toward their significant other.
Recently, we’ve heard a lot about domestic violence in the news due to controversy within the National Football League. It’s unfortunate that a horrible event must take place before we have serious discussions about these issues. However, working in the healthcare field may actually make us more aware of domestic abuse because we see the effects of it within our organizations. Treating a battered partner, or helping a survivor of rape may be part of our job descriptions. But, the signs of abuse aren’t always so obvious, and we must make sure we do all we can to help someone living with a violent partner.
As the University of Michigan study points out, we need to start focusing our efforts on rehabilitating violent offenders through the creation of identification and intervention programs. Remember, domestic abuse isn’t selective; it can affect anyone, no matter his or her race, religion, sexual orientation, or class.
*Editor’s note: We realize that not all abusers are men; this is information from the study, which only examined certain data.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
National Get Ready Day (September 16th), founded by the American Public Health Association, is dedicated to preparing individuals, families, and the public for disasters and hazards. The APHA's Get Ready Day website has tips for preparing for any emergency. It also has great resources you can share with your family, patients, and the community.
Be sure to check out articles we've published on preparing for disaster:

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Today is the 13th anniversary of 9/11/2001. A day Americans will never forget. We lost too many people in the terror attacks, but out of the rubble and chaos we learned how strong we are as a community.
Take some time today to reflect on all that you’re thankful for and have a moment of silence for those who lost their lives and loved ones 13 years ago.

Monday, September 08, 2014
Our September issue brings readers a new department: Higher Learning. This department will focus on advanced education for nurse leaders, options for education, and how to get your staff to further their education, too. Higher Learning will be an important one for leaders to read because of the IOM’s call for action in its Future of Nursing report, which include the main takeaways:
● ensure that nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training
● improve nursing education
● provide opportunities for nurses to assume leadership positions and to serve as full partners in healthcare redesign and improvement efforts
● improve data collection for workforce planning and policy making.
Check out our first article for free this week.
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“Think About It” is an extension of Nursing Management. Here, you can read and discuss professional information geared toward helping nurses excel as leaders. This blog tackles important topics without the worry of print publication deadlines!

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