Nursing, Healthcare Informatics and Technology 2006

Welcome to Nursing, Healthcare and Technology 2006. My name is Margaret Maag and I will post reviews of current top stories in nursing, healthcare informatics and technology at this blogspot. I hope you will share this site with your friends, colleagues, and students.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Scientists Turn Stem Cells Into Disease-Fighting T-Cells

It is a wonderful time to be alive and to see what scientists are doing to assist patients afflicted with chronic diseases. For example, the author of this article points out how Stem Cell research is assisting our immune system to stave off disease. The online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences tells us of the first time scientists have derived T-cells (produced by the thymus) from embryonic stem cells. This is a major breakthrough for the possible treatment of T-cell and other blood diseases. Perhaps this is a lead in the cure for the AIDS epidemic. Let's hope so.

Nursing Shortage Predicted

A "new" nursing shortage is reported in the NCEMNA news. The purported "crisis" could bear a shortage of 1 million nurses or more and there is a grave concern about how healthcare managers will deal with such a shortage. Fortunately, the report points out the need for the profession to create a better image and to look carefully at the nurse educator shortage problem. What do you think is the primary problem with the image of nursing? Why do you think nurses are still underpaid? Your comments on this news article are appreciated.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Education Times Are A Changing!

A professor in the United Kingdom is podcasting his lectures and taking questions from his students via Instant Messaging. Those questions will be answered via a blog. This is one example of distance education!