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The Importance of Compassion in Providing Care

guest August 6th, 2014, 8:06 AM
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Caring for our patients goes far beyond seeing to their medical needs. Nurses work to create an attitude of calmness and listen to patients and caregivers with respect. This allows clinicians to provide the right care to every person in every setting.

Eno Onda is a nurse in VNSNY’s Children and Family Services in the Bronx. Recently, Eno received a home care nursing referral for a two-week-old baby, born to a 15-year-old mom. The baby was smaller than normal and had been diagnosed with “failure to thrive.” The mother wanted…

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“I had no idea what it meant to be a dad.”

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A BFP graduate breaks the cycle of absentee fatherhood.

Studies show that children whose fathers are involved in their lives tend to do much better socially and in school. The Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s Bronx Fatherhood Program aims to break the cycle of absentee fatherhood. This program helps young, low-income fathers understand the important role a father plays in his child’s life and to accept the responsibilities and enjoy the rewards of fatherhood. Participants attend support groups, receive instruction in basic parenting skills, and are connected to resources and agencies…

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Seasonal Complaints

smcternan May 12th, 2014, 11:42 AM
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As the pollen flies…so does the nose. As anyone who suffers from allergies knows, the irritation from seasonal pollens and allergens can cause havoc. What is a allergy suffer to do?

Check the weather forecasts, and pay careful attention to the pollen counts. When they are high, take steps to protect your airway. Masks may be too much for you, but you can always wrap a loose scarf over your mouth and nose.

Take any medications that are prescribed for you, but know when you are dosing and don’t over do it.…

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Learning to Be a Mother with Help From VNSNY

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This is the story of CG, a graduate of Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s Nurse-Family Partnership program.

nfp2I was born and raised in the Bronx. My parents were drug addicts and unable to properly care for me. After my maternal grandmother died, my aunt assumed guardianship of me and my brother. She was very abusive.

Despite growing up in turmoil, I had a dream: to become a doctor. I was on a clear path … and then I found out I was pregnant.

My life shifted significantly. I found myself alone and afraid.…

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Asthmatic-Don’t Suffer Through Allergies!

smcternan May 7th, 2014, 2:01 PM
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Here comes the pollen, mold, airborne irritants that all asthmatics really dread. Well there are methods to deal with this season with a positive outcome rather than a trip to the ER. How? Well, to begin with there are certain strategies that can curtail your symptoms. There are some easy ways for exampleTaking your medications as prescribed and monitoring your symptoms. It is best to treat symptoms early not late. While heading outside consider protecting your eyes from airborne irritanats by wearing large sunglasses, wear a hat and wash your…

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Smiles or Sorrows

smcternan April 27th, 2014, 7:50 PM
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On a good day we are all smiles…on a bad day we are?  Everyday we choose our mood based on any number of things. The good side of the bed the wrong side of the bed. A great night sleep or a poor night sleep.We all need rest but some of us may need more than others. Well when all things are considered some children are naturally happy temperaments and others not so much. What is a mom or dad to do if their child is all smiles or all…

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Autism and Recent Findings

smcternan March 31st, 2014, 11:18 AM
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Two new reports have been released about the rise in autism incidence in this country. What does it all mean really? We do know that autism is no longer rare, and that it no longer affects only, or even primarily, boys. The incidence is rising in both boys and girls, albeit more boys than girls are still diagnosed.

We can identify autism at much younger ages using tools that ascertain symptoms that would otherwise be missed at a child’s 6-, 12-, 18-month and two-year check-ups. We are getting better at getting services to…

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A Cough That Just Won’t Stop

smcternan March 23rd, 2014, 4:53 PM
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Maybe spring is in the air, but along with warmer temperatures come a host of viruses and bacteria as you venture outdoors.

Have you ever had a cold that lasts for two weeks or longer and then becomes an irritating, compulsive cough? This may actually be whooping cough. Whooping cough can be deadly in small children and infants as it becomes very difficult to eat, and vomiting and difficulty breathing are often symptoms of whooping cough. It is very hard to watch a child cough repeatedly and struggle to breathe. Malaise…

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Move It, Move It

smcternan March 16th, 2014, 1:00 PM
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Upon my return from a national conference on all things Pediatrics and Healthcare, an interesting discussion was ignited by Bone Health and the loss of bone density in children. Why are children today experiencing more bone breakage and weaker bones? Does the use of sunscreen have anything to do with it? Maybe,but then again maybe not as skin cancer is also on the rise in younger and younger children. What is a parent to do about their child’s bone health. Well it is known that kids that are active have…

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Peace on …Trains, Planes and Automobiles

smcternan February 23rd, 2014, 3:18 PM
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Thirty percent of two-year-olds (yes, toddlers!) know how to operate a smart phone. As plans go forward to allow use of cellular phones on planes, I wonder who will use phones more, adults or their offspring. I am guilty of handing my iPhone to my elementary school child as we wait to board a plane or for a meal served in a restaurant to prevent boredom,  but actually I have realized that the opportunity to distract my child with another tactic is lost. With my older children, I’d have a…

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