New Emergency Nursing Triage Course Available Online

New Emergency Nursing Triage Course Available Online



MC Strategies, a leader in e-learning solutions for healthcare professionals, today announced the launch of a new online Emergency Nursing Triage course that has been developed in collaboration with the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).



Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) May 23, 2008



MC Strategies, a leader in e-learning solutions for healthcare professionals, today announced the launch of a new online Emergency Nursing Triage course that has been developed in collaboration with the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). The ENA: Emergency Nursing Triage online course, edited by Jeff Solheim, RN, BRE, CEN, CFRN, an expert in emergency nursing triage, is targeted to emergency nurses new to triage, as well as to those with experience, for orientation and continuing education. Additionally, nurses will have the opportunity to earn up to 17.4 continuing nursing education contact hours through Mosby's Office of Nursing Continuing Education.*



Triage is a process of prioritizing patients based on the severity of their condition so as to treat as many as possible when resources are insufficient for all to be treated immediately. While the ENA supports a 5-level triage system, this course is meant to be used by any organization no matter which triage system is in place.



"The Emergency Nursing Triage course provides the foundation for building triage skills to help nurses intervene with competence and confidence for any patient in any emergency department", says Cindy Tryniszewski, RN, MSN, Executive Director, Clinical e-Learning, MC Strategies.



Jeff Solheim said, "Unlike other triage programs which provide generic instruction, this course provides typical and atypical patient presentations to help prevent undertriaging and overtriaging. The course also has exercises that nurses can print and review with preceptors so that it's applicable to each individual institution."



The Emergency Nursing Triage course consists of 18 online lessons that cover basic triage concepts, special situations, and chief complaints. Each lesson is rich in multimedia elements, such as slide shows, flashcards, and audio elements. The course also includes such interactive learning activities as line matching, true/false, and case studies with multiple choice questions to help learners engage with the content while testing their knowledge.

As an added bonus, the Emergency Nursing Triage course includes access to the Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Toolkit, which focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to successfully implement alcohol SBIRT in the emergency setting.



About ENA

ENA (www. ena. org) is a professional member organization recognized internationally for promoting excellence in emergency nursing through leadership, research, education, and advocacy. The Association actively collaborates with other health-related organizations to improve emergency care, including identifying and disseminating information on key trends affecting and pertinent to emergency nursing.



About Elsevier/MC Strategies

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Elsevier/MC Strategies has been providing web-based training and education products and services to the healthcare industry since 1986. The company is a pioneer in providing e-learning solutions and serves a client base of over 1,300 healthcare organizations nationwide, including integrated health-delivery networks, hospitals, academic institutions and the federal government. We offer a wide range of courses to help nurses meet their clinical and professional education needs and as part of Elsevier Health Sciences, home to some of the world's premier names in healthcare publishing such as Mosby and Saunders, our library continues to grow. For more information, please visit the MC Strategies website (www. mcstrategies. com).



About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in over 70 offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as ScienceDirect (www. sciencedirect. com), MD Consult (www. mdconsult. com), Scopus (www. info. scopus. com), bibliographic databases, and online reference works.



Elsevier (www. elsevier. com) is a global business headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc (www. reedelsevier. com), a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).



*Elsevier/Mosby is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.



Elsevier/Mosby is provider approved by the Florida Board of Nursing. The provider number is #50-4681. Elsevier/Mosby is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. The California Provider number is CEP 3257.



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Down the Cereal Aisle---More than wisdom and love of food in this new memorial cookbook

Down the Cereal Aisle---More than wisdom and love of food in this new memorial cookbook



Going down the cereal aisle of the grocery store after the death of a child can be a heart-wrenching experience. Can you help those in grief?



(PRWEB) February 20, 2003



A cookbook with a new approach is making its debut this spring, showing readers not only how to prepare memorial recipes sent in by bereaved parents and siblings, but how to reach those in the deep crevices of grieving after the death of a child. There are tips on understanding what grief is, how to break some of the myths, how to take care of one's health, as well as anecdotes and poetry on food.



"We find the cereal aisle particularly difficult to tread. Kids live off cereal and knowing we can't buy it for our child any more produces great emotions," says the author, Alice J. Wisler.



Alice J. Wisler wants this book's proceeds to go to charities such as The National Childhood Cancer Foundation because "the need is great and Daniel (her son who died in 1997 after cancer treatments) would want it this way."

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Hospital Rating Site Launched, RateYourHospitalStay. com

Hospital Rating Site Launched, RateYourHospitalStay. com



RateYourHospitalStay. com is a free site where consumers can both rate a hospital or look up hospitals to see how others have rated them.



Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) March 3, 2009



RateYourHospitalStay. com, http://www. rateyourhospitalstay. com (http://www. rateyourhospitalstay. com)], is a newly launched website that provides opinions and ratings of hospitals (http://www. rateyourhospitalstay. com/search) across the U. S. The site also allows people who have recently undergone a hospital stay to rate their experiences and share their opinions. The site is based on the premise that by providing an online mechanism to unite the opinions of those recently hospitalized with those who may be considering hospitalization, the information can help people make informed decisions about which health care facilities best fits their needs.



"Our mission with RateYourHospitalStay. com is to shine a light on unbiased assessments of patient care for other consumers who are often ill-informed of their choices," says Founder of RateYourHospitalStay. com Joseph Reed. "Through better, more complete and dynamic information, consumers will be able to separate the good hospitals from the bad."



Reed says most of the information about hospitals and healthcare facilities on the web today is provided by companies who are owned or controlled by those in the healthcare industry or groups who benefit from keeping information limited. RateYourHospitalStay. com is completely independent, dedicated to providing the best possible unbiased information to consumers. The site is not funded or supported by any hospital or healthcare corporation. Its support comes solely from the advertising sponsors on the site.



RateYourHospitalStay. com is also committed to being a free service. All that is required is registering in order to complete surveys and post comments. Registration is easy and simply requires having a valid email address. RateYourHospitalStay. com does not sell or give any private information to outside sources and is a member of the Ratings and Reviews Professional Association.



RateYourHospitalStay. com (http://www. rateyourhospitalstay. com/) surveys include questions on:

Admissions Process Hospital Facilities Food and Nutrition Nursing Care Visitor Experience Discharge Process



The rating system is a five-star system with:

1 Star = Unacceptable 2 Stars = Poor 3 Stars = Average 4 Stars = Good 5 Stars = Excellent



All ratings for each hospital facility are combined and averaged to arrive at a score.



Currently there are over 4,500 U. S. hospitals listed on the RateYourHospitalStay. com website. If consumers don't find a particular hospital listed, it can easily be added to the database by contacting RateYourHospitalStay. com via the "Contact Us" page with the name, city and state of the hospital they wish to include. Within 72 hours it will be added to the site. People can also search by zip code to view information on all the hospitals in a particular area.



RateYourHospitalStay. com encourages people to include personal comments, both positive and negative, as long as they relate to a hospital experience. The survey is specific to hospital facilities and the treatment received in and by the hospital staff. The information not only helps individuals in choosing a hospital or facility that best fits their needs, but additionally, by making the information public, hospitals may see the need to reevaluate their patient care services. For more information, visit http://www. rateyourhospitalstay. com (http://www. rateyourhospitalstay. com).



Contact:

Joseph Reed

626-356-3231

Joseph(at)JWReedOnLine. com



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Singapore Offers Precision Guided Spinal Surgery

Singapore Offers Precision Guided Spinal Surgery



The Singapore General Hospital was one of the first medical institutions in the world to invest in the O-Arm navigation system for spinal surgeries when the US-developed technology was made available in late 2006.



Singapore (PRWEB) March 10, 2009



The Singapore General Hospital (SGH) - one of Southeast Asia's largest spine surgery centers (http://www. singaporemedicine. com/hcp/hcp1.asp) - has succeeded in achieving almost 100 percent accuracy in implant-related spinal surgeries with the help of advanced medical technology.



SGH was one of the first medical institutions in the world to invest in the O-Arm navigation system for spinal surgeries when the US-developed technology was made available in late 2006.



"We started offering spinal surgeries using this technology in mid-2007. Only about a dozen centers globally had the O-Arm system at the time," says Clinical Associate Professor Tan Seang Beng, Director of the Spine Service and Head of SGH's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.



Costing about US$1 million, the mobile O-Arm Imaging System (http://www. singaporemedicine. com/leadingmedhub/leadingmedhub1.asp) is a multi-dimensional surgical imaging platform that is of great help in complicated procedures where metallic implants of various shapes and sizes have to be placed into the spine.



"Every year, SGH does hundreds of spinal operations, ranging from slipped discs to fractures to bone cancer cases. Repair work to the bone structure is often needed for patients who have hurt their spines in accidents, or through general wear and tear," explains A/P Tan.



Such repairs usually require some form of metallic implantation - most often, titanium screws, rods or even hooks.



"In implant-related surgeries, precision is extremely important. The bone or pedicle that will bear the implants may be just a few millimeters in diameter and the screws, for example, can be almost as large. If placement is not accurate, perforations may occur and that can result in quite serious damage to the surrounding tissues and nerves, not to mention the pain and costs involved when corrective surgeries must be done," says A/P Tan.



Since X-rays are only two-dimensional, a surgeon is often required to make a judgment call based entirely on his expertise, to decide if an implant is well-placed.



Because of this, between five and 30 percent of all pedicle screws inserted in the course of spinal operations (http://www. singaporemedicine. com/healthcaredest/sg. asp) worldwide have been reported to be misplaced, and some of these patients require repeat surgeries to re-adjust the position of the implanted materials.



"It is in everyone's interest to have a good fit at the first try and that's where the O-Arm comes in very useful. So far, we have performed more than a hundred surgeries with it and we are very satisfied with the outcome," says A/P Tan.



This "intelligent" system offers three-dimensional, intra-operative scanning, which means surgeons can periodically perform a scan during the surgery to accurately check the position of the implants.



"Now, all necessary corrective re-placement is done during the operation, before any damage can be done. The detection is as complete as it can get, and screw misplacement can be totally avoided using this technology," says A/P Tan.



According to him, the O-Arm is particularly useful for spinal surgeries (http://www. singaporemedicine. com/healthcaredest/healthcaredest1.asp) involving children.



"Because a child's bones are still in the growing stages, their bone sizes are relatively smaller compared to adults, and this makes the placement of implants more difficult. With the O-Arm, we will be able to pick and choose the ideal areas along the spinal structure for implantation," he says.



Those with abnormal anatomies such as a curved spine will also benefit from this firm of assisted surgery.



"The outcome of surgeries involving the spine is partially dependent on age and body proportion so for patients with unusual anatomies, precision-guided systems like this will be an obvious help," A/P Tan explains.



Accuracy aside, the portable O-Arm also emits less amounts of radiation compared to conventional CT scans. Cost, too, is a big draw.



"In Singapore, the Government has a fund we can tap for new medical technologies, so the investment costs don't get passed on to our patients.



"Here, it makes no difference whether you opt for implant surgery with or without the O-Arm technology. We don't charge extra just for using this system," says A/P Tan.



A typical spinal operation in Singapore costs about US$15,000 (http://www. singaporemedicine. com/intl_pts_guide/preparation. asp), compared to about US$70,000 for a similar operation in the US.



About the Singapore General Hospital

The Singapore General Hospital (SGH) is the public sector's flagship hospital. Established in 1821, SGH is Singapore's largest and most established acute tertiary hospital and national referral centre. A multi-disciplinary approach to medical care offers patients ready access to a wide range of specialties and support services. SGH achieved Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation in 2005 - the largest teaching hospital in Asia to be accorded such recognition. (www. sgh. com. sg])



About SingaporeMedicine

Launched in 2003, SingaporeMedicine is a multi-agency government-industry partnership committed to strengthening Singapore's position as Asia's leading medical hub and international health care destination (http://www. singaporemedicine. com/). Led by the Ministry of Health of Singapore, SingaporeMedicine is supported by three government agencies: the Economic Development Board, which develops industry capabilities, the International Enterprise Singapore, which fosters regionalism by Singapore-based health care players, and the Singapore Tourism Board, which markets Singapore as a healthcare destination to inbound international patients and develops associated people-oriented services. (www. singaporemedicine. com])



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Healthier Ergonomic Seating is Just a Click Away at BuildMyChair. com

Healthier Ergonomic Seating is Just a Click Away at BuildMyChair. com



Employees and employers alike need to pay closer attention to ergonomics. Now, with BuildMyChair. com, they can. BuildMyChair. com is a one-of-a-kind resource - the first website of its kind to let users design their own ergonomic chairs from the casters and armrests to the style, fabric and color. Built by Bowling Green-based BioFit Engineered Products, a worldwide provider of ergonomic seating solutions, BuildMyChair. com products carry an industry-best 13-year warranty, which means long after some are on their second or third replacement chair, BuildMyChair. com customers will still be sitting pretty on their original chair.



Bowling Green, OH (PRWEB) April 7, 2007



With the rise in repetitive stress and muscle strain injuries in the workplace, employees and employers alike need to pay closer attention to ergonomics. Now, with BuildMyChair. com, they no longer have to take the risk sitting down. BuildMyChair. com is a one-of-a-kind resource - the first website of its kind to let users design their own ergonomic chairs from the casters and armrests to the style, fabric and color.



According to Spine-health. com, applying ergonomic principals in the selection of an office chair is one the most effective ways to prevent work-related back pain and injury, while supporting overall wellness. This may not be new, but the way BuildMyChair. com fits into the equation as part of the answer is. The key is the innovative way that users can mix and match different components and see the results in real time, right online.



Built by Bowling Green-based BioFit Engineered Products, a worldwide provider of ergonomic seating solutions, BuildMyChair. com products represent an investment that can really pay off over time. They carry an industry-best 13-year warranty, which means long after some are on their second or third replacement chair, BuildMyChair. com customers will still be sitting pretty on their original chair.



It's a difference that Ed Metzger, President of BioFit, takes great pride in, stating, "Our chairs may cost marginally more upfront, but they provide a great return on your investment."



To learn more, log on to www. BuildMyChair. com or call 1-800-597-0246.



Located in Bowling Green, Ohio, BioFit Engineered Products is an industry-leading manufacturer of ergonomic chairs, carts, cafeteria seating and mobile tables for office, industrial, educational, healthcare, bio - and high-tech, hospitality, and custom environments.



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Obesity Projections Indicate Drastic Increases by 2015

Obesity Projections Indicate Drastic Increases by 2015



Obesity projections indicate drastic increases by the year 2015. HCG Diet Direct urges consumers to actively look for solutions to the problem. Homeopathic HCG is an all natural method of weight loss offering no side effects and extreme weight loss results; making it a probable option to curb the progress of the obesity epidemic.



Phoenix, AZ (Vocus) October 24, 2009



HCG Diet Direct sees the obesity projections for 2015 (http://www. hcgdietdirect. com/hcg-diet-news/obesity-projections-increase. html) as a big indicator that something in the American way of life needs to change now. Studies indicate drastic increases in the percentage of the population classified as either overweight or obese by the year 2015. 



HCG Diet Direct's Jenny Boynton said, "Healthcare is a big topic right now in our country. A large percentage of our healthcare costs are due to illnesses and disease related to overweight and obese conditions. And the fact that the projections for the future show a huge increase in weight of individuals, you better believe healthcare costs will follow. We aren't necessarily saying we have the answer, but our weight loss program can help a person struggling with weight get a jump start on weight loss and make a change to a more healthy lifestyle."



At its core, the HCG Diet (http://www. hcgdietdirect. com/) Direct's diet program uses a proprietary, homeopathic HCG weight loss formula in liquid form. Combined with a low calorie diet and supportive supplements, the diet has produced in large numbers, real success stories. The recommended diet program is 26 - 30 days, though other supplemental durations are provided. The company offers convenient access to the homeopathic HCG drops, recipe guide and other supplements through a secure online ordering system at www. hcgdietdirect. com.



"Our eCookbook is very popular and highly recommended. It makes sticking to the HCG diet easier, the food is easy to make, even for non-cooks, and tastes great," says Boynton.



To get further information on HCG Diet Direct or the HCG Diet get in touch with Jenny Boynton at info(at)HcgDietDirect(dot)com or by phone at: 1-602-330-7655. Or you can visit HCG Diet Direct at their website at www. hcgdietdirect. com.



Contact:

Jenny Boynton

HCG Diet Direct

Phone 1-602-330-7655



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Denver Acupuncturist, Martha Lucas, Ph. D., L. AC., Offers Affordable Acupuncture & New Program: Acupuncture For The Underemployed

Denver Acupuncturist, Martha Lucas, Ph. D., L. AC., Offers Affordable Acupuncture & New Program: Acupuncture For The Underemployed



Martha Lucas, PhD., L. Ac., founder of The Colorado Center of Traditional Medicine in Denverís Capitol Hill area, is now offering her Acupuncture for the Underemployed Program. The new program offers lower priced treatments for those who have lost their jobs but still need medical care for their pain, fertility issues, emotional health, etc.



Denver, CO (PRWEB) January 8, 2010



Martha Lucas, PhD., L. Ac., founder of The Colorado Center of Traditional Medicine in Capitol Hill, is now offering her Acupuncture for the Underemployed Program. Additionally, she does not plan to increase the cost of treatment as is customary in many businesses at the beginning of a new year. She maintains her lower-than-average prices for Acupuncture to make it more accessible to those who need treatment. Her Acupuncture for the Underemployed Program offers even a lower price for treatment for those who have lost their jobs but still need medical care for their pain, fertility issues, emotional health, etc.



Lucas's practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes Acupuncture, Chinese herbal prescriptions, QiGong for self-care, and nutritional advice for those who want to maintain a healthy weight. Though she treats a variety of conditions, Lucas specializes in non-surgical face-lifts as well as the treatment of couples who are experiencing challenges with fertility, internal medicine issues like digestive distress (IBS for example), depression and other emotional conditions, weight loss, stopping smoking, allergies, chronic pain, and sports injuries to name a few. Additionally, she offers a variety of training and seminars including Corporate QiGong, Cosmetic Acupuncture, and Advanced Pulse Diagnosis.



Dr. Lucas calls her practice one of traditional medicine rather than alternative medicine because the therapies she uses have a tradition of more than 3000 years. TCM is a system of medicine whose philosophy is neither contrary nor exclusive to modern western medicine or vice versa. They are complementary, supplementary, and in some cases, alternative or redundant systems of medicine.



Like modern, western medicine, TCM is a form of scientific, evidence-based, triage style medicine. It counters the effects of the illness by treating acute symptoms first and then isolating and treating the underlying imbalance or root cause of the disease. In the pursuit of optimal health and medical care, some practitioners and hospitals have recognized that diverse approaches can be used simultaneously to treat certain conditions while other conditions must be treated with more narrowly focused procedures, like surgery, where modern medicine excels.



Research into the efficacy of TCM and Acupuncture continues to follow the general trend toward increased use of traditional medicine therapies. For example:

NIH has accumulated more than 2300 references on Acupuncture and continues to fund research. Traditional Chinese Medicine has been chosen by the World Health Organization for worldwide propagation to meet the health care needs of the twenty first century.* The U. S. government sponsors the use of Acupuncture in drug rehabilitation programs.* Approximately $22 million of U. S. government money has already been spent on alternative medical research since 1992 at the National Institutes of Health and Public Health Services.* The American Medical Association (AMA), in Resolution #514, is encouraging its members to become better informed regarding alternative medicine and to participate in appropriate studies of it.* The World Health Organization estimates that between 65 to 80 percent of the world's population (about 3 billion people) rely on traditional (alternative) medicine as their primary form of health care.* Worldwide, only 10 to 30 percent of people use conventional medicine while 70 to 90 percent use traditional medicine.* (*from Alt Med Online - ThinkQuest)



Lucas is the author of the books Vanity Calamity: Your Guide to Cosmetic Acupuncture for Anti-aging, Pulse Diagnosis: Beyond slippery and wiry, and the meditation CD, QiGong Meditations for Life: Basic Maintenance, that can be used to improve general health. Vanity Calamity and QiGong Meditations are available at her office or through her website www. AcupunctureWoman. com. Pulse Diagnosis is available through her website www. PulseSeminars. com.



Lucas received her Ph. D. in Research Psychology from the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, and her degree in TCM from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver. Besides her direct training in TCM school, she has advanced training in QiGong and pulse-taking diagnostics. She is an internationally known instructor of Cosmetic Acupuncture and Advanced Pulse Diagnosis. Her practice is located at The Colorado Center of Traditional Medicine, in the Capitol Hill area of downtown Denver. She can be reached at 303-947-6224 to schedule an appointment. Additional information is available at her website, www. AcupunctureWoman. com.



Contact:



Martha Lucas Ph. D., L. Ac., 303-947-6224



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Healthy Diet Chef Serves Up Private Cooking Lessons in the NY Area

Healthy Diet Chef Serves Up Private Cooking Lessons in the NY Area



Home Cooking Consultant, one of Long Island's leading personal chef services, is pleased to welcome Chef Phil Andriano to provide healthy cooking lessons.



Bellmore, NY (PRWEB) February 4, 2008



Chef Phil Andriano has joined Home Cooking Consultant Personal Chef Service to share his expertise with Long Islanders who would like to learn more about how to prepare balanced, healthy meals. "His approach to meal planning and preparation has been proven over the years to be an amazing program. Many people that have enjoyed his meals that provide healthy weight loss and good nutrition. "We are very pleased he has joined us to offer private cooking classes to teach our clients these skills," states Chef Lia Soscia, owner and founder of Home Cooking Consultant.



Chef Phil Andriano is a top honors graduate of the CIA - Culinary Institute of America. He is also an award winning Chef who has been serving as a Chef Consultant for a very popular "Diet Company", and through this venue he has become known as the Chef to the "Stars". He has been seen on many newscasts promoting healthy cooking techniques and has appeared on Extra-Extra, HSN shopping network and Health Channels. He is an expert in nutrition and Seafood Cookery and has been a first place winner and named the best in NY for his culinary expertise. He is a culinary educator as well; teaching for NYIT, the NY Restaurant School and Suffolk Community culinary programs. Chef Andriano has a "hands on approach" as he teaches students how to make a healthy and better choice for themselves in the kitchen.



Home Cooking Consultant was established in 2004 and has become one of Long Island's leading Personal Chef Services. This Long Island chef service focuses on providing private cooking lessons that are personalized to the student's abilities and food desires. Students receive hands-on training using their own equipment in their own kitchen environment. Learning how to cook in this manner makes learning a much more relaxing and pleasurable experience. Adults and children alike have enjoyed cooking with the Home Cooking Consultant chefs.



In addition to private cooking lessons, Home Cooking Consultant provides a variety of other culinary services such as weekly meal preparation for busy families and professionals, interactive cooking parties, and customized special dinners or intimate parties hosted in the home. To learn more, visit http://www. homecookingconsultant. com (http://www. homecookingconsultant. com) or call 516-826-3169.



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Rebuilding The HR Department Image

Rebuilding The HR Department Image



Some HR departments are lucky enough to have a good reputation within the organization. However, there are the unfortunate circumstances where the previous HR Leader or the entire HR department has a bad reputation within the organization. What is an HR Leader supposed to do to rebuild the department’s image?



Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 31, 2006



HR departments grow and hire new employees on a regular basis. Some departments are lucky enough to have a good reputation within the organization. In such organizations, a new HR Leader can easily follow in an old leader’s steps and continue to be admired and respected. However, there are the unfortunate circumstances where the previous HR Leader or the entire HR department has a bad reputation within the organization. Hence, the organization is now faced with finding someone to take over the role. As the new HR Leader, the primary focus should be to rebuild a poor HR department image and re-establish the department as a strong and resourceful entity among management and employees.



There are many reasons why HR departments fail. There are the ones that have bad customer service skills. They just do not know how to interact with people on a professional basis. Perhaps this is the reason why an organization might have turnover issues. Or maybe, the HR department was not focused on the appropriate benefits for the company. This may be why the department isn’t able to recruit the best candidates to work for the organization.



Another possibility is that the previous HR department or the department’s leader was perceived as unethical. Possibly they were not as unbiased as they were supposed to be when it came to the employees. Or, even more damaging, maybe the HR department has the reputation of not being confidential. Perhaps employees confided with an HR team member in the past regarding personal or business-related matters and the information was somehow passed along inappropriately. As you can imagine, breaking the employee’s trust with confidential matters can be very damaging to the organization.



As a member of the HR department, you are supposed to have a good sense of people, hence the term human resources. If the members of the HR department do not possess those skills, then they are probably in the wrong profession.



As a newly hired HR Leader, it’s very important to uncover these issues right away. So, what is an HR Leader supposed to do about what seems to be an impossible situation? Here are five steps to rebuilding your HR department image:



1. The first thing is to come clean. Talk to the employees. Acknowledge the poor leadership they experienced in the past. Let them know that the new department has been put into place to clear the air and start fresh.



2. Conduct an internal customer satisfaction survey. Conducting a survey is a good way to jump start improving the HR department’s image. It’s very important to establish your baseline – especially when the perceptions of the current department are so poor. Some HR Leaders make the mistake and hold off on conducting a survey in fear of the repercussions based on the old department. However, if you do not hold an initial survey, how will you be able to compare and contrast the improvements that you have made? In the long run, having something to compare and contrast will make you look more accomplished, so hold an initial survey and follow up with another survey a year later. Showing that you value the employees’ and managers’ opinions about the HR department demonstrates a positive message on your part. Plus, you’ll be able to walk into your first annual review with concrete evidence of turning the HR department image around.



3. Another way to rebuild the HR department’s image is to bring in new faces. Get rid of the “bad apples” and rebuild your image along with a quality team. If other employees see new hires coming in and taking charge with a positive attitude, then seasoned employees will be more motivated to perform better.



4. Market and brand the HR department to employees. Create a new logo and or tagline for the department such as, We don’t expect you to do it all, that’s why we’re H. E.A. R. [Helpful Employees, Accurate Resources]. Or, similar to one of our long-time clients, Columbus Regional Healthcare System, HR Serving You. Wayne Joiner, Vice President of Human Resources for Columbus Regional Healthcare states, “our new logo is included on all of our communications to the employees. This branding helps to demonstrate the linkage between our company values, employee engagement, and job satisfaction, and provides mission and strategy reinforcement for employees.”



5. Be visible! One of the statements that tends to score the lowest on an employee opinion survey is “If I have questions about HR, I know who to contact.” Have an open door policy. Make sure that your faces are familiar. Try to know all of the employees so that they feel comfortable confiding in you. Having this trust will allow you to intercept any problems first hand instead of getting a story that has gone through multiple employees. Also, you might want to consider doing cafeteria sits, where an HR representative can be available to answer questions, address concerns, or distribute literature for human resources personnel policies, benefits, compensation, etc.



Taking steps to improve the HR department’s image will reestablish the credibility of both the HR Leader as well as executive management and will make your employees more confident in your HR department’s abilities. At the end of the day, how your employees view the HR department should be one of the most important goals to focus on. Having a healthy HR department image will foster happier and more productive employees, which in turn translates to better customer service for your customers and better results to your bottom line.



Contact: Julie Skuturna



HR Solutions, Inc.



25 East Washington St., Ste 600, Chicago, IL 60602



(312) 863-6134



Http://www. hrsolutionsinc. com (http://www. hrsolutionsinc. com)



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The ABC's of Insurance, Complementary Health Series, Hosted by Lester Robinson, an Interactive TV series

The ABC's of Insurance, Complementary Health Series, Hosted by Lester Robinson, an Interactive TV series



The show is about complementary Health items to help you relax, reduce stress, and live a healtier life. The TV show is also an interactive TV series, with ability to work with your computer, to get helpful information online from the website.



(PRWEB) November 12, 2004



The “Complementary Health Series” topic will be the “Feng Shui and Items to help you relax." The series will be on the "ABC’s of Insurance" hosted by Lester J. Robinson FIC.



Topic: Show 8 Feng Shui and Items to help you relax



This week the show has two parts. The first topics will be Feng Shui with Linda Ellson. Linda Ellson will review on how Feng Shui helps you reduce stress and relax in your life. Linda will review many different Feng Shui items that help people reduce stress and relax. Linda will review the importances of the placement of items and how the items work.



The second part of the show will be Angela Blackley from Herbal Magick. Angela will review how Herbs, Candles, Oils, and Teas help you reduce stress and help you relax in your life. Also on this show, the editor Phil Garis was interviewed on the TV series.



For more information on the interview go to www. wnyinsurance-quote. com and click on the complementary health series



The dates the programs will be aired will be on Niagara County LCTV channel 20 Tuesday at 8:30 pm, Thursday at 6:30 pm and Fridays at 2:00 pm, and in Erie County Adelphia Channel 20 the time is 10:35 pm Wednesday. On Wednesday November 10, 2004 in Erie and in Niagara County Thursday November 11, 2004 at 6:30 pm, Friday November 12 at 2:00 pm, and Tuesday November 16 at 8:30 pm.



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Drop the Bottled Water: Home Water Pro Makes Clean Tap Water Possible

Drop the Bottled Water: Home Water Pro Makes Clean Tap Water Possible



Roger Sample launched HomeWaterPro. com in July after 20 years of bringing water filtration into peoples' homes. Allowing his site to grow, Sample is adding new products, as well as a new blog, to get clean water and clean water information out to more Americans.



Beaverton, OR (PRWEB) September 28, 2008



"I got started with water filtration in 1988 when I couldn't stand the quality of water in the community I lived in," recalled Roger Sample.



Sample is the proprietor of www. HomeWaterPro. com, a website that specializes in water filtration products. While Sample has been working steadily at bringing clean water into homes for two decades, it wasn't until July 2008 when he finally decided to make an internet counterpart in Home Water Pro.



In a time when people are buying up bottled water like mad, Sample reminds people that a filtration system is not only cheaper, but it's healthier than what you'll find on the grocery store shelf.



"It's hundreds of times cheaper than buying bottled water," said Sample of his filtration systems. "On our smallest model, it could product water at $.03-.05 a gallon. The savings are almost beyond calculation to filter your own water for larger units."



On the matter of health, Sample said that the filtration systems leave the natural minerals there, which is something that is removed or added back in at a higher cost in bottled water. "People should carefully read of the bottled water to know what they're buying," he said. "With filter systems, you can be assured of the quality."



With a wealth of information, Sample has launched a companion blog, www. WaterProBlog. com, to go along with his site. "We'll be covering the most common contaminants, the types of filtration and which filtration system removes which contaminant," he explained.



Along with the blog, Sample is planning on expanding his product line: "We are planning on adding an extensive line of whole house units, water-softener units and units that prevent hard water build up in your pipes, tubs, showers and in pots and pans."



Unlike most internet entrepreneurs, Roger Sample is one of the few people who have opened a business that will greatly benefit the world at large. Clean water may not seem like much, but it will make the difference during the quest for great health.



About the Company:

Home Water Pro is owned and operated by Roger Sample. Sample received his Bachelors Degree in Environmental-Related Science at Oregon State University and has a Masters Degree from the University of Oregon. He has 20 years of experience with water filtration systems and continues to work in the business today.



Contact Information:



Roger Sample

Www. HomeWaterPro. com

(503) 807-2265



IePlexus, Inc.

Www. iePlexus. com



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The Circle of Healing: Deepening Our Connections with Self, Others, and Nature

The Circle of Healing: Deepening Our Connections with Self, Others, and Nature



(PRWEB) September 7, 2002



The Circle of Healing:



Deepening Our Connections with Self, Others, and Nature



By Cathy Holt



Paperback, 224 pages



Publisher: Talking Birds Press



Publication Date: 9/1/00



Price: $14.95.



Printed on Vanguard recycled Plus (90% post-consumer waste, plus 10% hemp, process chlorine free, printed with soy-based ink.)



This useful book can assist and inspire you to:



1) develop communication skills and create supportive community



2) understand and work through difficult emotions



3) prepare yourself for surgery



Shift your perceptions, habits, and judgmental patterns



4) let nature teach and heal you



5) create your own healing rituals



Filled with colorful, often humorous stories, The Circle of Healing engages the reader with its light-hearted, personal style, and intriguing exercises. The natural world's healing messages are vividly captured in story and haiku.



Cathy Holt has been a teacher of holistic health and communication skills, a biofeedback therapist, and an ecological activist for many years. She is currently residing in Earthaven, an off-the-grid Eco-Village practicing sustainable living near Asheville, North Carolina.



For Review Copy, Author Interview, More Information or to Order please contact:



Talking Birds Press



P. O. Box 13073



Berkeley, CA 94712



1-800-404-9492



Fax (510) 845-5879



Cathy@TalkingBirdsPress. com



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New HOME Stroke Rehabilitation device Biomove 3000 receives CE certification in addition to recently obtained US FDA approval

New HOME Stroke Rehabilitation device Biomove 3000 receives CE certification in addition to recently obtained US FDA approval



European CE certification, in addition to US FDA approval, for marketing of the highly affordable and easy to use Home Stroke Therapy device Biomove 3000 manufactured by the Israeli company Curatronic Ltd.



Hashmonaim, Israel (PRWEB) August 31, 2005



- Curatronic Ltd. announced today that it has obtained CE certification for the Biomove 3000 Stroke Rehabilitation system, which has been received extremely well by health professionals and patients throughout the US.



The Biomove 3000 system was specifically developed for home therapy following a stroke. The highly affordable battery-powered device detects extremely small electrical EMG signals that persist in paralyzed muscles after a stroke and uses these tiny signals to initiate an electrical stimulation impulse to the muscles, resulting in actual muscle movement by the patient.



Millions of people suffer from the debilitating effects of stroke. Fifty percent have some one-sided paralysis and seek effective treatment for their severe, long-term disabilities. FDA 510(k) approval allows Biomove 3000 to be marketed in the United States, where over 700,000 individuals experience a stroke each year. CE certification allows marketing throughout Europe where over one million new stroke survivors are added yearly.



Ben Philipson, President of Curatronic Ltd. said, "We are delighted to have received CE certification in addition to US FDA approval for the Biomove 3000 system, which enables us to reach the many stroke victims with our economical, easy-to-use system.



Further information about the Biomove 3000 system can be found at CuratronicÂ’s Biomove web site: http://www. biomove. com (http://www. biomove. com)



Curatronic Ltd. was founded in 2000 as a privately held R&D company dedicated to developing affordable, easy to use state-of-the-art stroke rehabilitation and therapy devices for use by patients at home and by professional therapists. The company has recently been awarded certification according to ISO 13485 for design, manufacturing, final inspection, distribution and service of electrical therapy devices.



Curatronic Ltd.



P. O.Box 1532



Hashmonaim



73127 Israel



Tel: + 972-8976-1441



Fax: + 972-8976-2020



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Sevocity EHR Celebrates Implementation Guarantee Anniversary

Sevocity EHR Celebrates Implementation Guarantee Anniversary



Sevocity EHR has successfully implemented over 200 Providers in the last year under its historic Electronic Health Records money back guarantee.



San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) April 22, 2010



Sevocity EHR, a division of Conceptual MindWorks, Inc. (CMI), today announced it recently celebrated the one year anniversary of its historic Electronic Health Records (also referred to as Electronic Medical Records or EMR) implementation guarantee program. The program, implemented in April 2009, allows practices implementing Sevocity to cancel their contract 60 days after implementation and receive 100% of their Sevocity payments back. Since the program inception over 200 providers have implemented Sevocity and not one has requested cancellation under the guarantee.



“We began this initiative because we knew that providers were reluctant to implement Electronic Health Records for many reasons; but chiefly cost and concerns with implementation were hindering adoption”, stated Mark Holliday, Sevocity Chief Operating Officer. “Our affordable and all-inclusive pricing addressed the cost issue but we wanted to find a way to convey the value of our implementation program”, stated Holliday. “We know we have an easy to use EHR and a strong implementation program so we decided to, as they say, put our money where our mouth is” continued Holliday.



The guarantee is included in the standard Sevocity contract. Under the program a provider only needs to complete 100 patient visits in Sevocity during the 60 days to request cancellation and a full refund. The Sevocity implementation process is unique among affordable EHRs because each practice is individually customized prior to training and implementation. “This level of customization and our support during the transition to EHR are key to the satisfaction of our providers”, concluded Holliday.



About Sevocity

Based in San Antonio, Texas, Sevocity empowers physician practices and health centers to embrace electronic health record (EHRs) by providing an easy-to-use, Internet-based electronic health record system. Because Sevocity EHR is an ASP (application service provider) product that provides secure access to clinical information via the Internet, practices and health centers avoid the expensive upfront capital expenditure and ongoing maintenance costs associated with client/server offerings. For more information about Sevocity, visit www. sevocity. com (http://www. Sevocity. com) or call (877) 777-2298.



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