Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! You might be asking yourself, “Does Dr. Seuss really have a place in healthcare?” Sure he does. His words remain as inspiration to those of us in service fields, and he absolutely has a unique connection to health care. He inspired this joint healthcare story a while back.
So, here’s a reminder from an author that celebrated the beauty and importance of individualism. It’s okay to diverge from the “norm;” be yourself! You can download this free, printable poster reminder, too.
Many thanks to Patricia Poirier, PhD, RN, AOCN®, for allowing me to share her poster, Health Policy Advocacy Begins in Undergraduate Nursing School, which was highlighted at the 36th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress in Boston last month. I love her poster because I recently have become active in health policy…and it has only taken me seven years as a nurse. FAIL. I did receive education about health policy in my undergraduate program, but I wish it was more comprehensive and pushed me to be active while in nursing school. Dr. Poirier’s poster is an excellent example that can easily be replicated by other programs to increase nurses’ health policy advocacy.
Dr. Poirier presented her poster at the 36th Annual ONS Congress in Boston. Click to enlarge.
You can also download Dr. Poirier’s poster to reference in your upcoming presentations and articles or share with your nursing program dean or director. Subtle hint, eh? Please do so and help increase or incorporate health policy advocacy into undergraduate nursing programs.
Presented at the 36th Annual ONS Congress in Boston, MA. Click to enlarge.
Download this poster to reference in your upcoming presentations or articles.
Full disclosure: I am an author of this poster, and I think it very important to follow gained knowledge into transference of nursing (and other healthcare professional) practice.
Many thanks to Patti Palmer, RN, MS, AOCNS®, and collaborating authors for allowing me to share their recent Oncology Nursing Society Congress poster. Sickle-cell pain management is a touchy subject within healthcare, at least it is in my opinion. I think that our personal attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors greatly impact pain management, often negatively, for millions of people suffering from sickle-cell disease. What do you think?
Patti Palmer, RN, MS, AOCNS's poster drew my attention at the 36th Annual ONS Congress in Boston. Click to enlarge and see the poster love!
If MacGyver was a nurse and needed to do a cervical cancer screening in the wilderness, this is the one he would use – visual inspection with acetic acid, or VIA*. I think he was more into wires and bomb diffusions, but whatever…
I had never heard about VIA in my sweet little nursing bubble until two years ago when I met some African nurses who were actually utilizing it to save their neighbors’ lives. I was amazed as they told me about their work, and I was shocked at how differently similar our clinical experiences were in comparison. According to Jhpiego, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in females globally killing more than 250,000 women annually. This from a cancer that is largely, what we call, “controlled” in the U.S. 80% of the world’s cervical cancer burden occurs in developing countries where as many as 95% of women have never had a Pap test.
VIA is particularly useful in developing countries in which financial and technical constraints serve as tremendous barriers to screening. A healthcare professional or lay worker is trained to swab a female’s cervix with acetic acid, otherwise known as vinegar, and then view or photograph the cervix under a bright (halogen) light, looking for clearly defined white neoplasms, or abnormal cells, that appear as a result of the chemical reaction.Very cool. And to make it even cooler, there are now examples of VIA practiced in telemedicine as explained in this poster-love video.
*VIA is also known as cervicoscopy or direct visual inspection (DVI).
I love seeing untraditional posters that still convey the point. Check out this poster from CanTeen, presented at the November 2010 LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance meeting.
Here’s one of my favorite posters presented at the November 2010 LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance meeting. Enjoy!