Naming Your Business: Process and Pitfalls

Company names like Apple, Amazon and eBay evoke an image of success and cutting-edge technology. They make an emotional connection with consumers, resulting in the kind of brand recognition that many companies dream of. It’s hard to overstate the importance of a business name. Not only is it the first thing that customers see, it… Read more »

DNP vs. PhD: Differences and Practical Considerations

At the turn of the 21st century, a new doctoral degree for nurses emerged: the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Until then, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing was the terminal degree in the nursing profession. More than a decade after the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) launched the DNP, DNP programs… Read more »

Guide to Nursing Compact States

Nurses who live in one of 25 nursing compact states have access to a single multistate license, giving them the freedom to practice in their home state and other compact states. The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), sponsored by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), brings together state boards of nursing for an… Read more »

Safety Information and Notices: Zika Virus Travel Guide

The most recent Zika virus outbreak that began in Brazil in early 2015 has the potential to spread across most of the Americas. As of May 2016, more than 50 countries and territories in the Americas, Oceania/Pacific Islands and Africa have active Zika virus transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…. Read more »

Zika Virus: Responding to a Public Health Emergency

Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 and is named after the Ugandan forest where it was first isolated. More than 50 years later, major outbreaks of the mosquito-borne virus occurred outside of Africa and Asia for the first time, including the Zika outbreak that began in 2015 and is expected to spread across most… Read more »

The History of Bitcoin

The digital currency and payment system bitcoin is now recognized as a legitimate financial entity. Although it has its drawbacks, bitcoin is accepted by a large number of merchants, nonprofits and investors, prompting many to consider bitcoin for small business use. Starting as an idea in 2008, bitcoin became a mainstream currency option in just… Read more »

Examining the Pros and Cons of Bitcoin for Small Business

Bitcoin is a digital currency and payment system that is created and exchanged electronically, outside of banks and governments. Using a virtual wallet, users can store, spend and receive bitcoins, as well as convert traditional currency into bitcoins. Since Satoshi Nakamoto invented bitcoin in 2008 and released it in 2009 as open-source software, bitcoin has… Read more »

Circling Back on Corporate Speak: The History and Impact of Business Jargon

“Transformation,” “disruption” and “millennials” topped a 2015 survey of business jargon terms workers are sick of hearing. Unfortunately, these are just the latest entries in corporate speak, joining “low-hanging fruit,” “touch base,” “bandwidth” and “innovation.” Business jargon, or specialized language used in the industry, has a long history and is universally disliked. Business jargon does… Read more »

Public Health Initiatives to Combat Opioid Painkiller Addiction in America

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared that the dramatic increase in opioid pain reliever use has led to the “worst drug overdose epidemic in [US] history,” the Annual Review of Public Health reports. The rate of overdose deaths involving opioids nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2011, when 16,917 Americans died of… Read more »