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Two so-called "never events" occurred in a Devon hospital last month, it has emerged.

In one of the events, at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, a patient received a transfusion of the wrong blood type, sources confirmed.

The other involved a tube being fed into a patient's heart unnecessarily. 
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A former Champaign nursing home administrator remains in jail after allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from residents. 
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Two of America's premier national parks, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, warned visitors on Wednesday about a gastrointestinal illness that has sickened at least 200 people at the start of the summer tourist season.
The rare health advisory, tied to a suspected outbreak of the highly contagious norovirus, comes in the early weeks of a season that drew about 6 million people to the parks last year.

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After many years in nursing leadership, I have gathered five effective principles for those considering this career or who want to brush up on their leadership skills:

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Health care advances today are at a much more rapid pace than they were 50 years ago. With all of the changes and detailed intricacies of medical practices, the need for communication is a topic that we all need to improve on. Verbal communication skills have decreased over the years due to forms of electronic communication and this leads to the reason why we need to take an active role in improving and maintaining our communication skills. 
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Kathryn Tucker, the first of the fraternal twins to endure a stroke, felt a sharp pain in the back of her head before she went to bed in July of 2012, ABC News reports.

After experiencing impaired vision, she went to the nearby hospital in Tempe, Ariz., and was later discharged from the emergency room. However, when she woke up after sleeping for three days, her vision was worse. "Everything was distorted and one-dimensional. I could barely get around," she told the outlet. It was later determined she endured a stroke. 
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Long-term care facilities are finding ways to increase reports of abuse when they happen. Of all the possible threats to seniors' physical and financial well-being, you might expect their children to be low on the list. But the fact is, abuse of elders is all too common — annually affecting one in 10 adults over the age of 60, according to a study by the Medical University of South Carolina — and it's often perpetrated by a victim's own offspring.
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Nurses deal with traumatic experiences on a daily basis, a factor which puts them at higher risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is diagnosed in over 7 million U.S. adults every year. Now, researchers have discovered a simple solution to help nurses and others with PTSD, cope with their disease; just two hours of stretching and meditation every week.
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Now more than ever before a lot of attention is being directed to the care of our elders, frail, and disabled citizens. Nursing Assistants, or direct care workers, are a vital part of the healthcare team for patients and clients in many healthcare settings, and are honored during the week of June 13-20th by celebrating Nursing Assistants Week.
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Margaret Fiester is no shrinking violet, but she says working for her former boss was a nightmare.
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