Ecological Grief—The Growing Emotional Toll of Climate Change

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Sad polar bear on dwindling chunk of ice, with trash in the water

Ecological grief describes individuals who experience deep emotions related to loss of the environment and nonhuman life, loss related to the degradation of landscapes and ecosystems, and loss of cultures, livelihoods, and ways of life. Ecological grief also involves the experience of anticipatory grief for what is likely to come with continued climatic and environmental changes (Cunsolo & Landman, 2017).

Last October, the United Nations released its report on climate change. In it, the U. N. warned that without “unprecedented action,” catastrophic conditions could arrive by 2040 or earlier.… Read more »

Climate Change and Your Health

Posted by & filed under Education, Food, Nutrition, and Health, Wellness.

Grassland turning in to barrens, illustrating climate change

All human societies have had to adapt to challenges created by climate change. No matter where people live, how they earn a living, what they eat, or how they access food and water, human health and well-being has been intricately connected to climate. The connection between protecting the natural environment and safeguarding human health has been recognized for a long time.

While shifts in climate have occurred throughout history, these changes have occurred very slowly and gradually, allowing humans and other life on earth to adapt.… Read more »


Posted by & filed under Community Health, Education, Mental Health, Violence Prevention and Awareness, Wellness.

Two bully boys bullying a smaller boy

Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever stood by and watched someone else get bullied? What did you do? How did it make you feel?

If you have ever been bullied or witnessed bullying, you are not alone. In the United States, more than 25% of students say they have been bullied at school while 30% of students admit to bullying others. More than 70% of students and staff have witnessed bullying at schools.

Human relationships are at the core of the human experience.… Read more »

World Hepatitis Day – July 28

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hands forming heart around liver-shaped earth to signify World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day is July 28th. It provides an opportunity to learn the global burden of this disease, understand the different types of hepatitis, and the actions individuals can take to prevent the spread of it.

Hepatitis is a general term meaning inflammation of the liver. Viral hepatitis is a group of infectious diseases that include hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E and it affects millions of people worldwide, causing both acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) liver disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B or chronic hepatitis C.… Read more »

Pesticides, the Dirty Dozen, and the Clean 15

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fruits and vegetables

Does it really matter if we buy organic versus non-organic foods? What is the real difference between the two? Well, you might be surprised. There are over 400 pesticides currently licensed to be used on U.S. foods, but our exposure to thousands of others is “tolerated.”

“Pesticides” is a general term that the government and other agencies use to include insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, insect repellants, weed killers, antimicrobials, and swimming pool chemicals designed to prevent, destroy, repel, or reduce pests of any sort.… Read more »

ALLEGRA Learning Receives Accreditation with Distinction

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ALLEGRA Learning Solutions is pleased to announce that it has just received Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program (ANCC).  ALLEGRA Learning is committed to creating and delivering outstanding, evidence-based nursing education activities that enhance the professional and clinical development of nurses while improving patient outcomes.… Read more »

Cyndie Koopsen Interview on RN.FM Radio

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Cyndie Koopsen, Co-CEO of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC, sat down with nurse entrepreneurs Keith Carlson (of NurseKeith Coaching and the blog Digital Doorway) and Kevin Ross (founder of Spire Health Partners and Innovative Nurse) to explore Cyndie’s journey of entrepreneurship and the creation and vision of ALLEGRA Learning.

Cyndie has an extensive clinical and administrative health care background that includes nursing executive leadership, education, and curriculum design and development. She has co-authored two integrative health care texts with Caroline Young and they both have created an organization that provides nationally accredited continuing education courses, certificate programs, workshops, and presentations for health care providers and others interested in expanding their knowledge and skills, particularly in the area of integrative health.… Read more »

America’s Epidemic Prescription Drug Crisis

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Prescription drug abuse is considered the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. While the illegal use of some drugs (like cocaine) has decreased, new research shows that nearly one-third of individuals aged 12 years and older who used drugs for the first time began by using a prescription drug in a non-medical way.
The Federal Government’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan expands on the National Drug Control Strategy to include action in four additional areas:  education, monitoring, proper disposal, and enforcement.

Read the entire report here…
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The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

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The Affordable Care Act represents one of the most comprehensive health care restructuring efforts since the creation of the Medicare and Medicaid programs in 1965.

A transformation of the current health care system to provide safe, high-quality, patient-centered, accessible, and affordable care will require a paradigm shift in the way many healthcare professionals fulfill their roles. Nurses are at the forefront of this shift, and a fundamental restructuring of nursing education (before and after nurses receive their licenses) is considered to be the centerpiece of this transformation.… Read more »

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These products will prepare you to score higher on your upcoming NCLEX exams by providing you with hundreds of practice questions, feedback, and multiple ways to learn. Select one and begin today!… Read more »