Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Mind-Body Problem: The Brain as filter for universal Mind




The official scientific view of humans is we are just lumps of meat and consciousness is just a side effect of a ferment of activity in a certain part of any given lump of meat. And this picture has taken humanity a long way. But like all paradigms it must have its limits and the relationship between body and mind is where it runs into problems.
There is however an increasing body of evidence that indicates mind is not just activity in the meat we call our brain.
Kastrup [1] presents an overview of the filter theory of consciousness. Kastrup is not concerned with quantum physics but the filter theory is consistent with the requirements that Dossey cites theoretical physicists as claiming to be essential features of mind required by quantum physics. It may also be consistent with the notion that a complex 8 dimensional space time metric known as Complex Minkowski Space may offer some explanation of Psychic Phenomena [3].
While one must look to philosophy for possible explanations of consciousness, philosophical investigations must be constrained by observation to some extent and must explain the observation that normal mental experience is strongly correlated to brain state.
There is evidence that under unusual conditions this correlation breaks down which suggests either that the brain does not cause all mental experience, or, and Kastrup considers this more likely, that the brain is not the cause of mental states.
The filter theory of consciousness explains not only why mental events are normally correlated with neural activity but also helps explain those times where mental activity seems to be independent of the brain and indeed of space time.
This is consistent with a view this author has held for a long time, that the brain is an interface used by the mind to drive the body, a notion consistent with the apparent hijacking of subjects's free will by using electrodes connected to the brain to control a subject's muscles contrary to their will: such an experiment is like remotely controlling a car that is normally under driver control.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Do we need more men in general practice nursing?

  • Have we done enough to rid the health service of prejudice among staff?
  • When was the last time you saw a male practice nurse?
  • Where does the perception of practice nursing as a destination for the final years of your career come from?
  • Would having a wider demographic represented in community nursing enable the NHS to serve the population’s health needs better?
I always think of nursing as a very inclusive profession. Nurses treat everyone fairly – regardless of their race, age or religion. I have heard nurses talk about treating the victim of a crime and the perpetrator with equal respect and attention in a moving and remarkable way.
And yet, when it comes to nurses themselves, I am not always sure they gain that same respect.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Happy International Nurses' Day 2017 from the Nursing Times


From the moment you joined this profession you made a commitment to deliver the highest quality care for your patients.
So, on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday we're giving you FREE access to the following subscriber articles that highlight inspiring achievements or tips to help you propel your performance.

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Helping homeless people move forward with their lives

Gabrielle Bleidorn used to spend every Christmas volunteering with the homeless. So when a nursing post came up a year and a half ago to improve healthcare for homeless people, she knew it was the job for her

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Nurses get training to cope with stress


Overworked nurses in danger of burn out are practising mindfulness to help them cope with the stresses of the job.

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Carmel Sheridan’s The Mindful Nurse was published last year and has already been included on nursing training courses in the UK and the US.
The Galway-based psychotherapist says she was inspired to write the book when she realised how many people coming to her for help were nurses.
She told the Irish Sunday Mirror: “I’ve been teaching mindfulness around the country and more and more healthcare workers were enrolling.
“I saw there was a very high level of burn out for nurses who are not only struggling with their workload but also struggling with their own emotions.
“They are experts in caring for everybody else but they tend to be not so great in caring for themselves as a result.
“A lot of them are physically and mentally exhausted, have difficulty sleeping and have very high anxiety and stress levels.”

Friday, April 28, 2017

USA Nursing Associations

USA Nursing Associations (list from Smartscholar.com )

As with many professions, you will find that professional nursing associations provide abundant information about career responsibilities, choices, licensure and certification, professional development and links to journals, articles and other publications. Refer to the list below to get an idea about some of the organizations and resources available to you as a professional nursing or nursing student.
American Nurses Association (ANA) – The leading organization for registered nurses, ANA offers nursing students and licensed professionals links to industry news, a career center, job search tips and other helpful resources.
American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) – From conferences and webinar series to certification and continuing education information, the AACN provides all of the details you need to know about being or becoming a critical care nurse.
Association of Community Health Nursing Educators – Find information about professional development opportunities and public advocacy activities for those interested in becoming or currently working as community health nurse educators.
National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) – As the definitive association for clinical nurse specialists, this organization provides conferences, advocacy news, education information and links to relevant publications for those working in or interested in learning more about this field of nursing.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) – A professional organization for those pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing education, AACN offers advocacy services, conferences, webinars and information about industry standards.
National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) – An organization devoted to providing support to those pursing initial RN licensure, NSNA offers members links to relevant publications and hosts meetings and conferences focusing on career planning, workshops and advocacy.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cycling to work ‘could halve risk of cancer and heart disease’

Commuters who swap their car or bus pass for a bike could cut their risk of developing heart disease and cancer by almost half, new research suggests – but campaigners have warned there is still an “urgent need” to improve road conditions for cyclists.
Cycling to work is linked to a lower risk of developing cancer by 45 per cent and cardiovascular disease by 46 per cent, according to a study of a quarter of a million people.
Walking to work also brought health benefits, the University of Glasgow researchers found, but not to the same degree as cycling.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Nursing and health vacancies in ireland

AIT Positive Living Library books

There is a new guide to the AIT library collection of books on popular psychology, self development and healing at http://ait.libguides.com/positiveliving - click here
This collection orders into subject groups to allow focused searching of your area of interest. These books are available in the Main library and also in the Health library.
Don't forget these books are available for extended loans over the holidays periods also 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

How to Carry on When You Have Nothing Left

“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change” – Heraclitus
If you’ve ever had to start over I understand your pain.
When I was twenty four I had a mental breakdown that took my marriage, house and children with it, leaving me the shell of my former self.
It took a year of hard work to get back on my feet and functioning again to a point where I started to make progress.
Then it happened again. In fact it happened three times in a five year period.
Every time it happened it stripped away everything I had worked hard to get. It took away my desire to want to try to achieve anything ever again. It was downright soul destroying.

The History of the Nursing Profession Goes Beyond Florence Nightingale A Look at Suzanne Aubert

Born to French bourgeois parents who considered a good marriage should be the pinnacle of their daughter’s achievements, Suzanne Aubert was a rebel. To her family’s horror, she wished to be both a nun and a nurse. In 1854, working alongside Florence Nightingale, she tended Crimea War veterans, gaining a reputation for bone-setting and pharmacology. In 1860, she ran away … to New Zealand where she nursed society’s outcasts, ostracized Maoris, and those deemed ’Incurables’, finally founding a religious order now known as “The Sisters of Compassion”.

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The Dangers Of Sleep Deprivation – And What It Means For Nurses

Sleep deprivation is a real problem in America. Americans are getting less sleep than ever – approximately 6.8 hours on average, according to bettersleep.org. This is below the recommended physician average of 7-8 hours of sleep per day.

The statistics behind the truly sleep deprived are even more shocking – approximately 30 percent of American adults are sleep deprived, according to Medical Daily. Many Americans simply cannot get enough sleep due to the demands of their jobs, families, and other factors.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

5 Cats Who Understand Nurses

When I was studying for the NCLEX

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Shocking' figures show people get a third of recommended exercise levels

Irish people are lagging behind when it comes to exercise, as most of us get less than a third of the recommended amount of activity.
New research shows the average person in this country gets just 48 minutes of exercise per week.
The National Guidelines for Physical Activity recommends that people should undertake at least 150 minutes of activity per week, made up of at least 30 minutes of moderate activity, five times a week.
The study, commissioned by Aramark, surveyed more than 2,000 people across the UK and Ireland.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Talks have got under way in a bid to avert industrial action by nurses



Talks have got under way in a bid to avert industrial action by nurses across the health service over staff shortages from next month.
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Officials from the Department of Health and the HSE met with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) yesterday to discuss demands for an improved package to incentive nurses to apply for jobs here.
The union said hundreds of jobs remained unfilled with serious implications for patient care and existing staff burnout.
INMO chief Liam Doran said that HSE management would bring draft proposals to the union on January 20, while both sides would meet for face-to-face talks three days later.
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Are Coincidences More Than Coincidental? A Physician Shares a Compelling Story

27 Doctors Collaborate On A New Book Detailing Miraculous Physician Experiences

Have you ever had a moment where you were pondering a problem when suddenly an announcer on the radio started to discuss some approaches to that very dilemma.  My wife, Joan, who is more attuned to spiritual matters, was sewing at home when she suddenly had to jump into her car and hurry to the grade school where my son, Nathan, was just being led to the nursing station with a severe asthma attack.
Just yesterday I was going through a desk drawer looking for a schedule when a scrap of paper literally popped out of the drawer.  Written on the paper was the name of my old college roommate and his phone number which I had recorded on that yellowed sheet many years before.  We had lost contact with each other in the press of everyday life but I felt an urgency to contact him. When I did, I quickly learned why.  He was suffering from cancer and his chemotherapy had just stopped working.  I learned that he needed to talk seriously with a trusted old friend and physician about his options. Do coincidences like these happen in our daily lives more frequently than we might realize?

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The Mindful Nurse

The Mindful Nurse is the go-to-website for nurses who want to use mindfulness and compassion to improve their own self-care as well as the quality of care they provide to others

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Four Greatest Psychological Discoveries of 2016

Yes, you have had a lot to deal with in 2016. Your job, your family, your finances, and the election, to name a few.
While your attention has been focused on all of these personal and societal challenges, scientists have been working behind the scenes to learn what you can do to become happier and healthier in 2017 and beyond.
Here are four impactful studies that offer valuable information that can guide your decisions and focus in the coming year

How exercise is the latest 'wonder drug' that all doctors should prescribe

It's hailed as the "wonder drug" of 2017 that all doctors should prescribe - and it's free.
Exercise is hard to beat for its power to not just prevent but also treat illness.
It is possible to walk your way to better health, according a group of experts on the physical activity policy group of the Royal College of Physicians.
Co-chair of the group, Professor Sean Gaine, a specialist in the Mater Hospital, Dublin, said they were urging fellow doctors to "engage with patients to increase their levels of physical activity, through advice, prescription and referral".
The impressive long-term benefits include:

- A 30pc risk reduction in deaths from any cause;
- Reduced chance of heart disease, stroke and cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, breast and colon cancer;
- 29pc-30pc less risk of depression;
- 30pc lower risk of falls in elderly;
- 36pc-68pc reduced risk of hip fracture.

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