Author: Michelle Cave

Greetings! I am an Information Officer with the California Department of Consumer Affairs and I am glad that you took a moment to check out our blog.

ShakeOut. Don’t FreakOut. The Great California ShakeOut

The state of California has been dubbed “earthquake country” thanks to an infamous 800–mile–long crack otherwise known as the San Andreas Fault that travels along the state from the Salton Sea in the south to Cape Mendocino in the north. Earthquakes occur daily in California because there are thousands of fault lines that run up…

Don’t Let Your Halloween Costume Contact Lenses Turn Your Eyes into a Permanent Fright

If you are considering using costume contact lenses as part of your Halloween get-up this season, make sure you don’t purchase them from a gas station, online store, or other unlicensed dealer—or you and your eyes could be in for a real scare. Costume contact lenses are also referred to by several descriptive names such…

GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL TO HELP PSYCHOLOGISTS PREVENT SUICIDE

On September 1, 2017, day one of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 89 (Levine), which was co-sponsored by the California Board of Psychology. Click here to view the news release.

Weighing In On Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is a major health problem. Currently, about one in five school-aged children (ages 6-19) has obesity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that since the 1970s the percentage of obese children in the United States has more than tripled. The CDC defines obesity as “having excess body fat.” Many factors…

BRN is Doing Their Part to Go Green!

This September, the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) is making strides to reduce their use of paper by requiring license applications and renewals to be submitted online for Registered Nurse (RN) and advanced practice licensees. Obsolete pocket (identification) cards are also being eliminated. The rationale for this modification? An individual’s license status can change…

Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.

Disaster can strike at any time without warning. National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an annual nationwide campaign held during the month of September which encourages Americans, including the young, old, people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, to plan ahead.   Initially launched in 2004 as an effort by the federal government…

Don’t Let Excitement Overshadow Safety During the Solar Eclipse

For approximately 2 to 3 hours on Monday, August 21, 500 million people across a large portion of North America will experience a rare phenomenon—a total solar eclipse. It’s been nearly 40 years since the United States was in the path of a total solar eclipse; people are paying exorbitant amounts in airfare and lodging…

This August, the Focus is on Eye Exams

On July 19, California Senator Andy Vidak introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 70, declaring August 2017 as National Eye Exam Month in California to promote consumer awareness about the importance of eye health and safety. Founded by Sears Optical in 1989, this annual designation continues to be observed by eye care professionals nationwide, and serves as a helpful…

MANTERRUPTING—Has it Happened to You?

Someone being interrupted while they are speaking is nothing new. In fact, it happens quite often to both men and women. However, there is current research that shows that in conversations, men interrupt women more often than they interrupt other men and vice-versa. The name given to this phenomenon is MANTERRUPTING. You may have seen or heard this…

Expert Practice Consultants Wanted by the Board of Registered Nursing

Nearly all industries have them. From medicine to technology. Expert Practice Consultants (EPCs), also known as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are bona fide experts in a particular field who are called upon to provide guidance or counsel, and sometimes expert testimony in lawsuits or other legal matters. Typically, EPCs have developed proficiency in their career…

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