We’re proud of our ACCESS Nursing team, many of whom represent many different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints. And we are standing in solidarity this month to celebrate Pride Month and our LGBTQ team members. ACCESS Nursing’s 36-year record of success and growth was built by a diverse employee team and a culture of acceptance and inclusion throughout our company. This compassionate, respectful culture of ours is one that we extend to all of our patients and clients, many who are members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Millions of people ages 65 and older fall each year, and one out of five falls cause serious harm, including broken bones or a head injury. Falls result in over 8 million hospital emergency room visits each year and is the leading cause of fatal injuries in older people. At least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures and 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling sideways.
It’s a fact! There are more jobs available in nursing than any other profession. More than 100,000 new RN, nursing aides and caregiver jobs are being added per year. And more than 500,000 RNs are predicted to retire by 2022. The bottom line… there will be a need for 1.1 million new nurses, as projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, for expansion and the replacement of retirees, and to avoid a nursing shortage.
There has been an increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since the start of the pandemic. Experts report that although some of these deaths can be attributed to COVID-19, most are due to an increase in social isolation.
Each year, 1 in 5 people are diagnosed with some form of a mental illness. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, to promote awareness and fight its stigma, provide support and to offer helpful information to the public about mental illnesses. According to a Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 6 in 10 health care workers say the pandemic has burned them out.
ACCESS Nursing issued a powerful statement today about the CDC’s new guidance on wearing masks, following National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union of Registered Nurses in the U.S., issuing its statement on Saturday about the CDC’s announcement last week. The NNU has called on the CDC to “do the right thing” and revise its guidance, which allows people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to stop wearing masks and social distancing, both indoors and outdoors.
The CDC announced a new mask mandate. People no longer need to wear a mask outside if alone or with family, whether you are vaccinated or not. This new mandate leaves people wondering, where should the line be drawn between safe and unsafe activities for vaccinated and unvaccinated people alike?
Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S., according to the American Stroke Association. May is National Stroke Awareness Month and the ideal time to learn about stroke prevention and recovery strategies. The risk of experiencing a stroke increases with age, but strokes can occur at any age. According to the CDC, 34% of people hospitalized for stroke were less than 65 years old.
If you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past few months and have since recovered, but still have lingering symptoms, you may be considered a COVID-19 “Long Hauler.” A COVID Long Hauler is a person of any age who is still experiencing COVID-19 symptoms for several weeks or months. These individuals test negative for the virus, but still feel sick, or not like themselves. Approximately 25-35% of people who had previously contracted the virus, can experience lingering symptoms and other side effects of COVID-19.
Is the pandemic over for you if it’s been two weeks since you received your second vaccine? A Long Island woman recently found out the answer to this question firsthand. One month after receiving both doses of the Moderna vaccine, a Valley Stream, NY resident visited eight unvaccinated friends without wearing a mask -- and then a month later tested positive for the virus.