Friday, July 31, 2009

Laid-Off Worker Lands a Book Deal and Parties Across America

Using his severance pay to fund the research, Michael Guerriero landed a book deal, hit the road, and penned Party Across America!--the first travel guide to the nation's 101 greatest annual celebrations, festivals and sporting events. Not only does the book pinpoint the best bashes across the country, but it provides every detail necessary for others to enjoy them. It's out nationwide and is selling like hotcakes, due to an economy that is suited to domestic long-weekend travel.

CNN has dubbed Michael Guerriero "the nation's leading authority on good times." How did this former buttoned-up corporate stiff transform himself into the USA's foremost celebratory expert? After getting the axe from the pharmaceutical industry, Guerriero jumped into his Subaru Outback, drove 12,000 miles, and crossed the country 8 times while attending the 101 greatest annual celebrations in America. The result--Party Across America! "Nobody had ever tackled a project like this. And it took loosing my job before I finally had the guts to do it. The idea was sitting inside my head for years," he says.

If there was ever a time that we needed to blow off some steam, this is it. Party Across America! is the first book of its kind - 300 pages that reveal the ins, outs, and secrets to attending the nation's best shindigs on a budget. The book has received glowing reviews from USA Today, The L.A. Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Sun Times, and countless other publications. In fact, a TV production company has recently developed Party Across America! into a weekly show with Michael as the fun-loving host (see attached 2 minute video).

Types of celebrations range from the expected (Kentucky Derby, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Halloween in NYC) to the unexpected (Tour De Fat, Mermaid Parade, Oakie Noodling Tournament), and details from lodging to tickets to transportation to what-to-pack are included. 47 states are represented, and no rock is left unturned in Michael's quest to weave the social fabric of the United States.

With international travel at an all-time low, most Americans will rely on long-weekend trips to recharge their batteries (according to Travel Industry Statistics, 55%). Each event occurs over the course of a long-weekend, and is suitable for fun-loving retirees as well as 20 and 30 something's. This is truly the time to Party Across America - from sea to shining sea.

Website: http://www.partyacrossamericabook.com/

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無敵數鈔機 said...

醫院看護的工作內容
醫院看護的工作項目,可分為以下三種:
1. 日常生活照顧:洗(擦)澡、會陰沖洗、更換病人衣物、清潔病人周圍環境、整理床鋪、口腔清潔、聯絡護士報告病人病情等。
2. 活動搬運:協助翻身、轉位、上下床、檢查皮膚有無壓瘡、發紅或破皮、協助病人坐輪椅或走動、協助使用活動輔助器陪同病人院內活動、協助關節被動運動等。
3. 協助性護理技能:更換點滴、給口服藥、鼻胃管灌食、處理病人情緒問題、觀察藥物效果及副作用等。

完備的看護生活
-照顧者的健康管理、如何規劃一天的生活
-認識老年人的身心狀況
-合適照顧環境的安排
-居家環境的安全設計
照顧法寶
-常見照顧上之問題
-身體移位及復健
-如何協助不便的病人進行身體清潔
-如何攝取均衡的營養
-擾人的排便問題
-如何協助病人入睡
-如何預防壓瘡及照護方式
-如何面對及處理瀕死的病人
常見的老人疾病及照護方式
-中風
-糖尿病
-高血壓
-脊髓損傷
-失智症
-巴金森氏症
看護工作守則:
1. 依規定穿著,儀容整齊清潔。
2. 遵守管理及規定,接受護理人員指導完成工作,對醫護工作不表示意見,或擅自執行醫護行為。
3. 定時為病患沐浴、更衣、換床單、換尿布、尿褲、尿袋、洗臉、清潔口腔、會陰、肛門、剪指甲及處理排泄物。
4. 按時並耐心協助進食(灌食),並於餐後立即清洗。
5. 給予或協助做關節、肢體復健活動、下床活動。
6. 按時翻身、扣背,保持皮膚完整,並給予之托。
7. 保持病患及環境清潔整齊,無異味。
8. 無仲介行為,不聚集聊天或電話聊天。
9. 個性成熟、情緒穩定,尊重病患,態度謙和親切有禮。
10.體力充沛,工作勤奮有耐性,動作輕柔,技術嫻熟,能勝任指派之工作。
11.經常注意病患需求、安全、舒適及隱私,正確傳達病患的意思,發現問題立即告知醫護人員並協助處理。
12.誠實不欺,不向病患借貸、騙(竊)取財物。
13.不向病患自我推介擔任自費照顧服務員。
14.負責盡職,離開工作崗位前主動告知家屬或醫護人員並許可。
15.未經護理人員同意,不私自進入護理站或治療室擅取物。
16.不以個人或家屬婚喪喜慶事由向病患收禮金(奠儀)或病患轉床、轉院、死亡時能正確交班,須向公司告知。
17.不向病患及家屬推銷或代購藥品、其他醫療及生活用品。


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無敵數鈔機 said...

推長期照護保險 專家肯定
【台灣醒報記者林怡秀報導】
針對經建會規劃未來長期照護保險將與健保合併收費,提供各種老人照護服務。對此,老五老基金會常務董事成亮認為立意良好,接下來就要看服務體系夠不夠健全,以居家照護來說,看護的品質及管理就需要建立一個統一的機構,以應付未來政策上路後的看護需求量。
根據經建會初步推估,去年老年失智加失能人口可能逼近四十萬人,二十年後將倍增超過八十萬人。國人平均壽命延長、但出生率持續下降,推動長期照護保險的需求也更加迫切。
成亮表示,隨著醫療技術的進步,讓台灣的老人家「雖然死不了、但是活得很痛苦」,「大多數六十五歲以上的老人家,都有慢性病的困擾,甚至有人同時2種至3種慢性病纏身。」對家屬而言,長期照護所需的時間及金錢都是沈重負荷,如今長期照護保險預定在民國100年上路,屆時將可減輕家屬負擔。
「過去長期照護政策不易推動,主要是卡在經費不足。」成亮說,現在與健保合併收費,算是解決了財源的問題,「不過,接下來就得看醫療的服務體系夠不夠健全。」成亮舉例,以收費最便宜的居家照護來說,看護的品質及需求,就需要有個機構來統一管理,建立一套完整的機制與架構,以確保每位長者都能擁有相同的照護品質。
成亮指出,經建會的政策目前看來沒什麼問題,也肯定長期照護保險的立意,接下來就看相關的配套措施是否完善、醫療資源是否分配得宜,為進入高齡化社會做足準備。
瞿文英認為,目前老人家的人口比例越來越高,推動長期照護政策的時機已經成熟,「我是樂觀其成啦!」瞿文英預測,未來政策上路後,居家照護的人力需求勢必增加,因為長者通常還是習慣待在熟悉的環境,與家人一起生活,請看護到府服務是最理想的方式,「所以屆時居家看護的訓練也會相對重要。」


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