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Nurse practitioners staying busy

Reimbursement, education requirements are still challenges to the profession While the recession has hit many areas of the healthcare industry hard, one group is staying busy. In fact, nurse practitioners are reporting an up tick in caseloads as many Mississippians turn to them for more affordable care. Ricki Garrett, Ph.D., executive director of the Mississippi Nurses Association, said she had ...

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Watching the Swine Flu

Could it mutate into a mass killer like in 1918? As the summer grows to a close, health officials are nervously watching the progress of novel H1N1, or swine, flu. The flu, officially dubbed a pandemic June 11, had “only” killed 800 people worldwide as of the latter part of last month, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), a ...

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GOT FLU?

State’s supply of seasonal flu vaccine looking good — for now It is still a little early in the game, but for now it looks as if there should be no problems with the supply of seasonal flu vaccine for 2009-2010. Certainly nothing from the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) hints that the vaccine supply will not meet ...

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High school ritual may be fading away

State’s prep coaches divided on whether to continue two-a-day preseason football practices   There is probably no single thing in the Magnolia State as universally beloved as football. Players and coaches at every level of the sport will begin season preparations soon. Preseason practice at Mississippi High Schools started Monday. This will be the first football season since the National ...

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Rural hospitals adopt ‘grow your own’ strategies to attract staff

It certainly is not news that there is a nursing shortage in Mississippi and elsewhere in the country. But particularly when it comes to hospitals in rural areas, it can be especially difficult to attract and retain nurses, and also physicians, nurse aides and many other types of medical professionals. “I think staffing is the hardest challenge,” said Fred B. ...

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Safety guidelines factor in preventing surgical errors

If you’ve ever been on an operating table and wanted the attending nurses and physicians to make one last safety checklist to make sure they have the correct patient and procedure, you’re not alone. As of July 1, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has issued new guidelines aimed at reducing surgical errors. That organization is just ...

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Southern Bone & Joint offering patients one-stop medical shop

Hattiesburg — Southern Bone & Joint Specialists, P.A., is a trend-setting healthcare practice. As Mississippi’s first comprehensive musculoskeletal center, they offer an array of specialty medical services and call themselves a one-stop center for assessment and management of conditions of bone, joints, muscles, nerves and tendons. Opened in 2000, the professional association has three components, according to CEO David Burckel. ...

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