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4 Principles for Person-Centered Care in Diabetes Education

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 100 million Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes (which, if left unchecked and untreated, can lead to Type 2...

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Engaging a New Generation of Learners with Simulation

Posted on July 31, 2019 by Evan Stiger

Generation Z is the subject of research, scrutiny, and sometimes criticism because it represents such a large portion of the population. Statista reported the following population sizes for each...

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Simulation Technology to Enhance the CTE Lab

Posted on July 24, 2019 by Neal Andrus

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg once said, “College isn’t for everyone, but education is.” Career and technical education (CTE), once known as vocational training, doesn’t carry the...

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4 Methods for Empathy Building in Pharmacy Simulation

Posted on July 17, 2019 by Nicki Murff

I was recently exhibiting at a conference full of brilliant pharmacy technician educators (PTEC in San Antonio, TX). I had brought with me a selection of the wearable trainers that Pocket Nurse...

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Teaching Hands-Only CPR in High Schools

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as we recognize it today came into existence in the 1960s. Three doctors decided to combine mouth-to-mouth breathing with chest compressions to create this...

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Creating an Inclusive Environment for Students, Patients, and Caregivers

Brianna Banachoski, RN, is a nurse in the Hematology and Cellular Therapy Unit at West Penn Hospital.* She identifies as a lesbian, and uses she/her pronouns. She is also a cancer survivor; she...

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Pharm Tech Careers

With the class of 2019 prepared to enter post-secondary education and the workforce, many are looking for a stable career that offers opportunity and growth. Becoming a pharmacy technician is a...

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Simulation Ideas for Men’s Health

June is Men’s Health Month, and the goal of spotlighting men’s health is to encourage prevention and early detection for health issues that affect men and boys in greater numbers. Men are less...

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Cognitive Load Theory in Simulation

Posted on June 5, 2019 by Dawn Mangine

A phrase that we keep encountering as we research and write about simulation is “cognitive load.”

For students, cognitive load means the point at which there is so much information, they are no...

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Learning to Take an Accurate Blood Pressure Reading

Although most hospitals and doctor offices now have digital blood pressure machines, it is still important to teach the basics of taking a manual blood pressure reading. When I was a nurse...

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