Nursing Blog

BRCA Gene and Genetic Testing

There are several factors that are associated with an increased risk for breast cancer. One of the most significant variables is genetics, as about 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers may be hereditary.

Mammograms: Scheduling Through Results [INFOGRAPHIC]

Understanding the process of getting a mammogram can help prepare you for your initial screening, and ease stress or anxiety.

Breast Cancer Resources

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Nursing@Simmons put together the following resource guide to highlight some of the groups and organizations that serve patients, caregivers, families, and anyone impacted by breast cancer. The list includes resources related to financial assistance, community-based support, advocacy, and coping with the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

State-by-State Vaccination Exemptions

Although federal public health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) make national vaccination policy recommendations, actual legislation regarding their enforcement is decided at the state level. This creates a state-to-state variance, which in turn impacts Americans' decisions on whether or not to vaccinate themselves and their children. It also affects primary health care providers such as Nurse Practitioners, who are tasked with giving vaccinations and educating their patients on the vaccines.

Tasha’s Tech Tips: 2SN and Mobile Resources for Nursing@Simmons Students

Tasha’s Tech Tips is a blog series by Nursing@Simmons student Tasha Ellsberry. Tasha is an RN from Jacksonville, Florida, where she works as a pediatric care coordinator.

Scientific Look at Vaccines

The measles outbreak of 2014 set a record. With 668 cases in 27 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the numbers had not been that high since the elimination of measles in the U.S. in 2000. The rapid spread shed light on how many individuals were unvaccinated — bringing new energy to the vaccination discussion. Here, we examine the science behind vaccine development and the safety protocols that exist to ensure their benefits.