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MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2024

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Hey-O Nursing Beat Friends,

It’s time for another round of Mystery Diagnosis Monday. Get your thinking caps on because this one is tough.Β 

🤔 This disease is characterized by difficulties with peristalsis in the colon.Β 

🤔 Symptoms include abdominal swelling and pain, nausea, bloating, vomiting, and sometimes a history of chronic constipation.Β 

🤔 Complications can include perforation or ischemia of the colon.

I’ll give you three hints in the discharge instructions at the bottom of today’s newsletter as well as the link to see if your guess is right!

Today's Top Beats

🗽 Empire State Strike
🧪 Chemical Database
🫥 Hidden Keywords

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Memento vivere,
Kelly McClure
Managing Editor


Strike in the Empire State

Fed up with below-market pay and frequent understaffing, nurses at Staten Island University Hospital/Northwell, represented by the New York State Nurses Association, have voted to strike. They charge that the health system has been requesting them β€œto do more with less” and making changes that could affect patient care. They demand better staffing ratios, with one nurse for every four patients, and better pay β€” a 12% increase this year and a 10% increase in 2025, which Northwell countered with 3% in 2025, 2025, and 4% in 2026.

A Concerning Database

The PlastChem Project has compiled a groundbreaking database revealing over 16,000 chemicals in plastic products. Some 4,200 chemicals (>25%) are linked to significant health and environmental risks. Among many others, this includes chemicals that affect the reproductive system (phthalates), hormone regulation (bisphenols), and immunity and cancer (PFAS). These three types of plastic chemicals and flame-retardant chemicals called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) rack up some $250 billion annually in health-related costs.

A Policy Change with the VA

In response to lawsuits alleging discriminatory policies against LGBTQ+ veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a significant policy change, extending coverage for IVF treatments to qualifying veterans who are single or in same-sex marriages. It previously only covered IVF for married veterans with fertility issues related to their military service. Similarly, the Defense Department revised its IVF policy for active-duty service members, allowing coverage for assisted reproductive technology for troops and their partners, including the use of donor eggs and sperm.



About four-fifths of surveyed Americans identified β€œhealth and wellness” as the topic most learned about on social media, with 77% saying their health and well-being have improved from this knowledge.



Should You Include Hidden Keywords on Your Resume?

This is called white fonting. It’s a practice where applicants add extra keywords to their resume and change the text color to white. The idea is that the hidden text will increase keyword density and help you get through ATS and land an interview. But what happens if you use it and get caught?Β 

It is often viewed as a deceptive and unethical practice. If discovered, it could jeopardize your chances of employment with a company. It’s simple to uncover, no matter what type of document you submit your resume as. All someone has to do is hit β€œselect all,” and all text will be revealed.

What should you do instead? Organically use keywords to describe your accomplishments and skills.Β 

Need a resume that helps you stand out without using deceptive practices? Check out the Nurse Fern Resume Template.

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Roll Out

This handmade wooden foot massager will bring your tired tootsies back to life after a hard shift.


Drop it Low

You may have experienced your fair share of trouble with blood pressure assessments on patients. If you need a laugh, watch the feeling when your patient’s blood pressure won’t stop dropping!

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Is today’s Mystery Diagnosis:

  1. Campomelic Syndrome

  2. Ogilvie Syndrome

  3. Refsum Disease

Check to see if you’re right, here!


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