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  1. Climate change is reawakening germs that have been dormant for years. As nurses, we may not need to take Microbiology again, but we should be cognizant of how the environment affects us and impacts the patient population we see daily. According to the BBC, soil is melting allowing bacteria and viruses to reemerge, such as anthrax. This is happening due to frozen permafrost soil thawing and then being melted due to climate change. In the Arctic Circle, in a far-off area called the Yamal Peninsula, death has already occurred due to anthrax. A 12-year-old boy perished, and 20 individuals were hospitalized due to this devastating illness. "Heat Death" Another area of concern is "heat death". In the jungle, the humidity is over 90 percent. Once humans start walking around, the temperature rises to 105 degrees. This can cause death to the individual. These temperatures may not be compatible with life. Food cannot exist in this extreme heat. Less food is produced in extreme temperatures. The United Nations put out a recent warning about current famine in parts of the world like Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen. Global warming will be responsible for a 50 percent drop in crop availability by the end of this century. A solution that has been proposed, to move the products to other parts of the world doesn't work because of poor soil quality. The Brain and Autism Currently, the amount of carbon dioxide is 400 parts per million. By the year 2100, it will be at 1000 parts per million. Sure, we may not be around to witness this, but surely, the residents of Planet Earth will be here. Impaired brain function will result, up to 21 percent. In addition, our projected time on earth will decline. This is due to ozone which impacts our lifespan. Even before the end of the century, by 2090, the air will be dangerous to breathe. Autism is now on the rise and guess what? Increased ozone in the atmosphere has been implicated in autism. Air pollution due to smog is another problem due to climate change. In China in 2013, there was an "air-pocalypse". 33 percent of the deaths in China were attributed to this problem that year. The Grapes of Wrath Part 2? Most of us read The Grapes of Wrath in high school or college. Do we want to go through this scenario again? In a few short years, by 2080, Europe will be in the middle of a drought. This will happen due to an increase in greenhouse gas which is taking over the atmosphere in this part of the world. Not just Europe will be affected. NASA also projected in 2015 that a significant drought will hit the American plains and will rival any drought that has occurred in a thousand years. The Middle East, which for this projection includes Iraq and Syria, as well as sections of South America, Australia and Africa will also suffer from horrific drought conditions. Flooding and Business In Miami Beach, there has already been flooding which has affected retail business sales. Well, this city is not alone. Global warming will have an impact on the sea level. It will cause it to rise. This will directly cause flooding. This is significant since one-third of this country's cities are coastal. The devastation will continue and have a direct effect on related businesses. This will include energy plants, such as your local electric company. In addition, food sources such as fisheries, and farms that produce rice will be impacted. Seaports that bring consumer products, which could also be electronics, will be affected. Navy shipyards and bases where our military lives and works will also feel this flooding. By the end of the current century, there will be a 4-foot to 10-foot rise in sea level. This statement alone is enough to cause anxiety since currently upwards of 600 million people reside within 10 feet of sea level. The End of Planet Earth? The worst-case scenario from climate change concerns "ocean acidification". This is related to the ocean picking up the carbon dioxide from the sky. Coral reefs are dying already due to this process. This is cause for alarm since coral reefs are the source of food for 500 billion individuals worldwide. Toxic gases are expelled into the atmosphere. The result is destruction of the earth as we know it today. Next Patient: Planet Earth The acuity of patients we see every day in the ER, the ICUs and the floors can all be traced back to how the planet is decomposing due to climate change. There is a cause and effect to all these scenarios and we are starting to experience all the fallout now. REFERENCES From website: Todays Weather Now | Daily weather updates and breaking weather alerts pushed straight to your device? Published August 2018. Accessed August 15, 2018.
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    Fashion Therapy

    As a baby boomer RN, do you sometimes feel like changing your look? We do spend almost 40 hours a week in scrubs or a facility prescribed uniform. What about the rest of the week? Do you feel like dressing younger than your age? There are two schools of thought, either dress to reflect the number on your driver's license or dress younger than your stated age. Baby boomer nurses especially may need a push when it comes to their fashion choices, since they may be also experiencing life transitions as well. A POSSIBLE SOLUTION There is a psychologist in New York known as The Fashion Mentor who deals with just that question. With your disposable RN income, this psychologist will take 250 an hour to teach you how to dress age appropriate. For almost two decades Ania Schwartzman has been a clinical psychologist based out of New York. Four months ago, she started working as a consultant with women who wanted to change their look. LIFE TRANSITIONS There is an old joke about retail therapy, which basically entails going shopping when you are depressed and spending money. Schwartzman doesn't do that. True, you are going shopping with her but as she explains she doesn't do therapy doing the shopping trip. Instead she will help women who may be experiencing life changes which most women experience. Life which often spills over into their fashion choices. This could be a midlife crisis, such as facing a divorce or relationship breakup or someone facing a birthday such as the big 5-0 or even 60. This is where Schwartzman applies her therapeutic background. She also has her private practice in New York where she has children and adults as clients. Ania explains that clothes are designed to help you feel empowered through their fashion choices. From her website, "Ania believes clothes are like armor. With the right can begin to find your confidence again." Her website also states that she offers a personal shopping stylist service. DO THE WORK You just don't show up and go shopping with this psychologist. No, as they say in therapy, you must do the work. That entails the following. Schwartzman meets with them before they step into the department store for a cup of coffee or they answer some key questions before preparing for this shopping trip. She looks at coping strategies as well as what bothers them on a day to day basis and what are their stumbling blocks to achieving success. The total package for the sessions usually is $750, which covers three outings with this therapist. During that time, they can put together a new look and face whatever life's curveballs have recently thrown at them. FASHION PSYCHOLOGY Like mindful eating, where you think about what you are putting into your stomach instead of wolfing your food down, there is you guessed is, mindful dressing. Our fashion choices also have meaning. The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York may be offering a course called fashion psychology. Dawnn Karen, FIT instructor is the impetus behind this course. She already has been the instructor for this school's Center for Continuing and Professional Studies in fashion psychology. At FIT, she teaches how clothing and the colors we select can affect us on a behavioral level. Karen, by the way, has her master's in counseling psychology from Columbia University. Karen also is a therapist. At the present time she charges clients $1000 to $5000 per month for brand consulting and counseling. She calls herself a fashion psychologist and she defines this as the "study and treatment of how color, image, style and beauty affects human behavior, while addressing cultural norms and cultural sensitivities." She is an innovator and has started an online Fashion Psychology Institute. Some of the course offerings are the hoodie phenomenon as related to Trayvon Martin and First Lady Fashion, which of course dissects current first lady and former model Melania Trump's fashion choices among others. These online courses go for $379. YOUR FASHION SENSE In general, since nurses tend to wear uniforms, at times their personal style does not exist, at least during working hours. Do they need a boost as Schwartzman says or more analysis of their choices as Karen advocates? The jury is out on this. Nurses, is your fashion sense lagging? Do you need fashion therapy, or can you do it on your own? REFERENCES Women are hiring shrinks to help them shop-New York Post By Doree Lewak Published April 27, 2018. Accessed August 19, 2018 The Dress Doctor Is In-New York Times By Jennifer Miller Published April 12, 2018. Accessed August 19, 2018. thefashionmentor Fashion Psychologist - Dawnn Karen