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New Resource Highlights the Top Health Care Careers in Kansas

(Kansas Hospital Association | July 23, 2021) – With hundreds of occupations, the health care field is a world of possibilities growing and evolving every day. The Kansas Hospital Association and its member hospitals and health systems strive to assist individuals in finding a place in this exciting and challenging field.

The Kansas Hospital Association and Kansas Board of Regents have teamed up to promote the Top Health Care Careers in Kansas, a guide showing the 30 most in-demand health care careers. This resource is a comprehensive snapshot of the health care job outlook in Kansas and a great starting point for those embarking on an educational journey or wanting a career change. 

The easy-to-review guide shows:

  • Options sorted by education level
  • Hourly and annual salaries for each position
  • Projected annual job openings and future demand
  • Summaries of duties and titles

Currently, 240,000, or 12 percent of the Kansas workforce, have careers in health care. There are opportunities beckoning at every level. Kansas hospital leaders recognize action must be taken now to fuel the health care workforce pipeline. Consider the following:

  • The population of Kansas is expected to grow by 28.8 percent by 2070
  • Kansans over the age of 65 are projected to double over the next 50 years
  • The average age of most practicing health care professionals is over 40 years

Make Self Care a Priority

Self-care at the simplest level is making sure that you are doing the things that you need to do in order to stay healthy physically and mentally. Caring for yourself is an active choice that you need to make every day that prioritizes your own health and happiness.

There are a lot of significant health benefits that come from making physical self-care a priority. Regular exercise will help you keep your muscles strong, reduce stress and help with weight management. According to medical studies taking the time for regular exercise can have any or all of these effects on your physical health:

  • Better sleep
  • Lower risk of heart attack
  • Lower stress levels
  • Stronger bones
  • Better cardiovascular health
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Reduce risk of some kinds of cancer
  • Lower risk of diabetes and insulin resistance
  • Better circulation
  • Better mood

Mental self-care means giving yourself a break from the worries and stresses that you have to deal with all day long so that you can relax, clear your mind and focus. Taking regular mental health breaks for self-care can help you manage the symptoms of conditions like depression and anxiety and for some people can get rid of those symptoms entirely. Meditation, journaling, making art and pursuing hobbies are all things that you can do to practice mental self-care.

If you’re struggling with your self-care options please contact your SFP primary care physician at 785-336-6107 today.

Alcohol and Your Health

The pressure to drink alcohol is everywhere. Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, some types of cancer and more. This month, during Alcohol Awareness Month, Nemaha Valley Community Hospital encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much.

Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease that can be fatal if untreated. However, people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery!

Drinking too much can take a serious toll on your health. Here’s how alcohol can affect your body:

Brain
Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.

Heart
Drinking a lot over a long time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including:

  • Cardiomyopathy: Stretching/drooping of heart muscle
  • Arrhythmias – Irregular heartbeat
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure

Liver
Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of liver issues including:

  • Steatosis, or fatty liver
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Fibrosis
  • Cirrhosis

Pancreas
Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels that prevents proper digestion.

Cancer
Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing
certain cancers including:

  • Mouth
  • Esophagus
  • Throat
  • Liver
  • Breast

Immune System
Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease.

If you have any questions or want to know more about your alcohol treatment options, please contact your Seneca Family Practice primary care physician at 785-336-6107 today!

Be Safe in the Sun

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. As you head outdoors for warmer weather and fresh air, we encourage to be safe in the sun. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., and unprotected UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.

You can reduce your risk by:

  1. Seeking shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  2. Wearing sun-protective clothing, such as a lightweight and long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection, when possible.
  3. Applying a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all skin not covered by clothing. Remember to reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
    Use sunscreen whenever you are going to be outside, even on cloudy days.
  4. Apply enough sunscreen to cover all skin not covered by clothing. Most adults need about 1 ounce — or enough to fill a shot glass — to fully cover their body.
  5. Don’t forget to apply to the tops of your feet, your neck, your ears and the top of your head.
    Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand, as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
  6. Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from tanning beds can cause skin cancer and premature skin aging.
  7. Consider using a self-tanning product if you want to look tan, but continue to use sunscreen with it.

In addition, since skin cancer is highly treatable when detected early, we encourage you to perform regular skin self-exams and/or schedule an annual skin exam with your Dermatologist. Tiffany Engelken with KMC Dermatology has an Outpatient Specialty Clinic at NVCH twice a month so talk to your primary care physician today about a referral.

Positive Experience is Key

Sharing your recent experience with us is vital in helping us continue to improve our services for you and your family!

We value our relationship with our community and the surrounding communities. We are proud to be a trusted part of your family and look forward to providing personalized, compassionate care for many years to come. We are always exploring ways to improve our services for you and your family. For us to continue to improve these services we need your input! After your visit to the clinic or any of our ancillary services you may receive a survey via email. Click here to read what your friends, family and neighbors are saying about Nemaha Valley Community Hospital and Seneca Family Practice.

COVID-19 Message

The identification of Coronavirus has created anxieties throughout the world. Rest assured Nemaha Valley Community Hospital staff is staying updated on the latest protocols and practices for response. We are confident we will be able to respond to the needs of our community.

We are working with public health, county emergency management, EMS and Sabetha Community Hospital to make sure we maximize our resources should the need arise.

Nemaha Valley Community Hospital and Seneca Family Practice patients can call our hotline at 785-336-0399 between 9am-5pm or 785-336-6181 after hours if you have concerns about your current symptoms. If you feel you have Coronavirus symptoms or if you have concerns about exposure, please call the hotline before you come to the hospital or clinic.

Click here for information regarding testing process and pricing.

For updates and additional resources on COVID-19 please visit the KDHE or CDC websites. You can also visit the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital Facebook page for additional and current updates.

Please review our updated Hospital Visiting Hours in response to COVID-19.

Improving Mental Health In Nemaha County - A Top Priority

Behavioral health needs are growing in our small rural communities. In fact, this need was reflected in the 2018 county-wide Community Health Needs Assessment. Response to mental health illnesses and preventional tactics for behavioral health has been a priority for Nemaha County for many years.

Nemaha Valley Community Hospital has approached behavioral health needs in multiple ways. Front lines staff members have attended Mental Health First Aide Certification Classes including a class specifically focused on youth. They have access to crisis intervention via telepsych services in the emergency room. They are also working with 16 area peer organizations on a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to provide more inpatient and outpatient resources to the region.

“The gap in the plan is in our rural health clinic. There is a growing need to be able to address behavioral health issues in the primary care setting first,” said Kiley Floyd, NVCH CEO. “Treatment should start with patients with new chronic disease diagnosis or patients in a mental health crisis at the time of their primary care appointment. We cannot wait until these issues become emergent.”

We are excited to announce the addition of Mental Health Therapy to Seneca Family Practice. Kailey Patton, LCMFT, LCAC is providing therapy to patients of Seneca Family Practice. To continue reading click here.