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Generation X and the Technology Leap

When I was in the 11th grade, I had to do a term paper for my American history class.  It was my first true research paper.  I spent hours in the school and town libraries, developing a thesis question, looking up books in card catalogs, using the microfiche machine to find relevant articles, index cards and books scattered over the table.  Then, utilizing the typing skills I learned in the 10th grade, I typed out my paper on an electric typewriter with correction tape that never quite covered up the typo you had made. I graduated from high school in 1989.  Through my undergraduate years in college, I saw word processor programs take over the typewriters and electronic catalogs replacing the card catalogs.  As I entered graduate school in the fall of 1995, the internet had replaced the long nights in the library with long nights in the apartment.  This past fall, I took a history class for the first time in many years... read more

Every Nurse is a Skin Care Nurse

If you are a nurse, you know the “turn Q2H” orders that we see almost every day. Having a good working knowledge of skin care is essential in providing good nursing care (after all, skin is the largest organ of the body). If you are a staff nurse and you want to enhance your nursing practice, you may want to consider looking into the possibility of shadowing a Certified Wound Nurse Practitioner or a Wound Treatment nurse for a day. Many hospitals have departments or staff who specialize in skin and wound care. There is a plethora of treatment modalities that will help the general nurse provide enhanced care to those patients who are susceptible to skin breakdown and other skin related illnesses. In addition, these professionals are very proficient in teaching nurses evidenced based practices that will help you throughout your nursing career. In Cleveland, Ohio, we are privileged to have some very good academic hospitals with excellent skin and wound care departments... read more

Combining American Literature with American History

If you are going into the 11th grade this fall, it is a good idea to make a summer reading list. High school juniors almost always take an American literature class and an American history class. Why not combine the two? Here are a few titles to consider. The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne is a great way to explore the 17th century Puritan culture of New England and the social norms of the times. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald gives us a glimpse into the urban American life of the 1920s. We see how the United States prospered between the two world wars. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair shows us the life of southern European immigrants and their struggles with living in a new world at the turn of the 20th century. The book is also said to be the catalyst to the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck gives the reader a look at the life of a migrant family as they look for work... read more

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