There is no one-size-fits-all definition of nursing. It’s a profession in the field of healthcare that focuses on the care of individuals, families, groups, and communities, both sick and well, to promote optimal health and quality of life. Nursing are an integral part of the healthcare system, and its role falls on a spectrum from general to specialized care. Nurses work in various settings, but their ultimate role is to take care of patients. If you’ve had a nurse positively impact your life, we invite you to celebrate National Nurses Month.
Where we live impacts our communities’ health, and we can make our communities healthier, stronger, and safer! The 2022 National Public Health Week (NPHW) theme is “Public Health is Where You Are.” During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.
In an ongoing effort to curb the latest omicron variant of COVID-19, as of January 18, 2022, every home in the United States is eligible to order up to four free COVID-19 tests. In recent weeks COVID tests have been hard to come by as there’s been an increase in demand, again thanks to the latest and more contagious variant. By offering these free tests, Americans will be able to have them when they need them so they can know sooner whether they need to stay home to protect themselves and others or if they can have peace of mind and go back to their daily activities.
During 2021, already well-acquainted with the pandemic, many people experienced a year of growth and perseverance. But with that also comes stress, mental and physical exhaustion. With the New Year upon us, near the top of many people’s list of resolutions has something to do with health. From dieting to strict workouts to drinking more water, the majority of resolutions fall into the category of health and well-being. Here’s a peek at what you may be seeing as health and wellness trends in 2022.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. We know the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of life, including your ability to attend important appointments and receive routine vaccinations. During NIAM, we encourage you to talk to your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional to ensure you and your family are protected against serious diseases by getting caught up on routine vaccination.
Orchard Hospital is committed to the health and safety of Butte County residents. As our community continues to make progress in the fight against COVID-19 we’re also dedicated to keeping you up to date with the latest information regarding guidance for face coverings and the vaccine rollout. We continue to stay aligned with the California Department of Public Health. Please see the latest press release below:
Butte County has qualified to move from Tier 2 (red) to a less-restrictive Tier 3 (orange) of the State’s COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a shift that allows more businesses to reopen and some that are already open to increase capacity. This change in tiers is effective at 12:00 am on Wednesday, March 31.
Ever since it was announced that we were officially in a pandemic, the world has been eagerly anticipating the COVID-19 vaccine. While Orchard Hospital’s first dose COVID-19 community vaccination clinic appointments have now been filled and will be paused until further notice, the second dose Covid-19 community vaccination clinic administration began February 17th at the Orchard Hospital Medical Specialty Center in Gridley.
The Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization advise the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and help people who may have it, but do not know it, from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings can be used as an additional public health measure.
Masks don't make you invincible, and they absolutely can't replace good hygiene, but along with washing your hands and practicing social distancing, they can help.
Whether or not to wear a face mask in the wake of Covid-19 is a hot debate. Do they really work? Are they just for public perception? A mask acts as a barrier to prevent the spread of the virus, but it only works when worn correctly.
A healthcare tradition since 1921, National Hospital Week celebrates hospitals and the men and women who support the health of their communities through dedication and compassionate care. It also recognizes the miracles they help make happen on a day to day basis, both large and small.
Now more than ever, this important week gives us all the opportunity to highlight our hospital, health systems, and health care workers and the innovative ways they are supporting the needs of our community members during this pandemic.