Independent Living, Much Easier Said Than Done

It is difficult for me to understand people who say they want to live independently yet, are not willing to use the tools available to ensure an independent lifestyle. For example, refusing to use a walker, cane or electric cart because they do not like the “way it looks.” They report to me that they do not want to “look” like they need help. But they do need help and using these tools will help keep them living independently longer. This logic confuses me.

I have a 78 year old client who walks a mile to have her session with me. She arrives wearing a fashionable pink sweat suit or a pair of cute colorful jeans. She almost always is sporting a sequenced baseball cap and her make-up is applied perfectly. As she enters the building with her walker she never promises to tell me, “I do not need this thing, but I'll be damned if I am going to fall on that rough sidewalk and break something.”

Now this attitude I understand. She does not want to fall because she enjoys and wants to continue to live independently. However, there are people who see this as “giving up” or “giving in.” For me, I see the exact opposite. In reality it is merely moving into a different developmental stage. With each new decade of life things can, and probably will shift a bit and adjustments need to be made.

I just had a birthday a few days ago. It was not a “milestone” birthday but a birthday just the same. I am not as agile as a twenty something, nor adventurous as a thirty something or ready to take on the world as a forty something. I am not “giving up or giving in.” What I am doing is adjusting to where I am emotionally, spiritually and physically. I plan to eat healthy foods, exercise everyday, continue with activities that challenge my mind and body, laugh with my family and friends and enjoy life to the fullest for hopefully a long time.

When the time comes to relinquish my control to a hard piece of carved wood or hunks of metal on wheels it would not surprise me if I too have great reasons for not using the necessary equipment that will keep me independent. It also would not surprise me if I tell people that “I do not want to give in or seem like I am giving up.” Maybe having this attitude in all reality is not such a bad thing at all.

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Are Wheelchairs in Hospitals an Outdated Approach to Patient Care?

It has become an increasingly common sight in hospitals to see patients wheeled various wards, units, treatments rooms and departments. It is standard procedure within hospitals that when a patient needs to be transported, it is done via a wheelchair, even when patients are perfectly capable of walking themselves.

There are many good and valid reasons for this blanket approach, however, in a bid to standard procedure and remove decision making powers from healthcare workers, the question needs to be asked – has a culture of separation of patient and staff been created? As the porter collects the patient transport wheelchair from the bay and wheels it to his or hers intended destination, are they thinking about the patient? Will there be any conversation? Or has the patient become one more body to transport, one more task to perform before the end of the day?

Is the fear of litigation causing patients to be treated simply as a collective risk to be managed rather than what they are, often scared and vulnerable people with individual needs. Many feel it should be within the power of a healthcare professional to determine if a patient can walk to their next destination. Not only would this save time and hospital resources, but it could be a small act of independence that allows patients to feel a small sense of control over what is happening to them while they are staying in the hospital. It would also act as an opportunity for the patient and carer to learn more about each other and to connect in way that is not possible under a catch-all rule.

Beyond the practical element, there may be a more serious side-effect to the autonomy of wheeling every patient around. 'Superbugs' and hospital infections are a battle continuously faced by healthcare facilities and unfortunately, hospital wheelchairs are classic examples of an item which could become easily contaminated, and cause illness to spread around a facility. If there is limited conversation between the patient and the staff member who is transporting them, the staff may not realize that the person may be carrying some kind of infection or contagious illness. The wheelchair is then likely to be used by many more people and if it has not been properly appreciated then it is easy to see how easy it is for illnesses to spread. Anyone using the wheelchair will become exposed to the infection and could end up contracting an illness. Using wheelchairs less will reduce this risk as less people will be sharing the same chairs.

A blanket approach to the use of wheelchairs will almost certainly have contributed to the reduction of accidents in hospitals but many feel that a more personal approach is now needed, especially when it is equally possible that other types of 'accidents' may have also been caused by the use of wheelchairs. It is a tough decision to make. However, the goal of any healthcare professional should be treat patients as the individuals they are, not just as a risk factor to be eliminated.

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Nursing Home Care Versus Home Care

If you're in the market for long term care for an elderly or disabled adult who needs medical monitoring and assistance with personal care, hygiene, and other daily living activities, the odds are that you're considering both nursing home care and at- home care. These two options are the most poplar solutions when a loved one's medical needs have progressed beyond what the patient can do for themselves or what the patient's family can provide. Choosing the best option can be a challenge. Both offer benefits and drawbacks, and in the end, it's a question of which one better serves more of the patient's needs. Understanding the positives and negatives of each long term care option can help make the decision easier.

One of the big benefits that nursing homes provide is the opportunity for structured and unstructured activities and socialization. In many nursing home settings, residents who are able to participate will find themselves able to participate in everything from field trips to resident council meetings. Larger nursing homes typically employ activities directors that arrange outings and transportation, club meetings, games, and social affairs for the residents. In addition to socializing with other residents, it's not unusual for residents and staff members to develop friendly attachments. Speaking of staff, nursing homes employ enough staff to cover patient care and medical needs 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Even if multiple people call in sick or inclement weather prevails people from driving, you can be assured that at a nursing home, there is a full staff to see to your loved one's needs.

The primary drawback of nursing home care is the loss of familiar surroundings that residents will experience. It is not at all uncommon for normally alert and directed patients to become confused while relocating to nursing home care, although this typically does not last long. Residents are usually assigned a roommate, or will will have to pay extra for a private rooms. Private rooms are often scarce even for those willing to pay extra. Because space is limited, nursing home residents are only allowed to bring a limited number of possessions from home. If the most appropriate nursing home for a patient is located far from their home, they may even lose the comfort of familiar faces, as family and friends may find it difficult or inconvenient to visit. Patients may feel abandoned, may be bothered about the loss of privacy and possessions, and may be intimidated by the many strains that work and live in the nursing home.

Employing an agency to provide nurses and aides for at-home care or hiring nurses or aides privately neatly addresses the problem of unfamiliar surroundings. Home care allows the patients to keep their possessions, stay in the home that they're familiar and comfortable with, and avoid unwanted interactions with strangers. It's common for agencies to send the same home care team to a patients home on a regular basis, and when hiring private medical caregivers, families often choose caregivers who are interested in live-in positions. That means that the patient can get to know and feel comfortable with their caregivers. There is usually a lower turnover in these positions than in nursing home positions. Being the only patient in the house also affords the patient with more privacy than an institutional setting can. Family and friends who regularly visited before the home care was needed will not have to change their routine to keep in touch.

On the other hand, a patient who already had little interaction with family and friends can become very isolated when being cared for at home with only the caregiver for company. At-home care also carries the risk of the caregiver not showing up when needed, either through scheduling errors or in emergency situations. Depending on the physical and mental state of the patient, being left alone could be a minor inconvenience or a disaster, or anything in between. It should also be noted that, while the majority of home nurses and nurse aides are caring individuals and upstanding citizens, the risk of abuse, theft, or fraud may be higher in home care situations where there is less oversight. Families should also consider the cost. At-home care often costs more out of pocket than nursing home care, and in many cases, money must be spent to out the house with rails, a hospital bed, and other safety and medical accessories.

In the end, the decision is a personal one for the patient and family. Keep in mind that any patient who is able should take an active role in discussing and deciding their medical and personal care needs, and if at all possible, the final choice should rest with the patient.

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Geriatric Suicide

Some of the suicidal stats out recently seem to want to point that suicide for the group of elderly over the age of 85 yo is the highest percentage of suicide in the US Is that long term in firmed person choosing to lay down and refusing treatment and nourishment doing it because they want to make that decision? Or could they be confused because of some other symptom related to one of their long standing illnesses? The observations made by the caregiver who has the understanding of knowing this person is typically the knowledge of that evidence and making decisions upon this knowledge. For suicidal polls claiming that 1 out 4 men over the age 85 yo commit suicide looks so randomly established as myself worked for many years in these environments and even though I may have an opinion, it may not be actually accurate. That stated suicidal fact I am very curious as to the process of making it a fact.

Do all in firmed, nursing home residents demonstrate psychological stability at all times? Usually not, and many behaviors are peppered with emotions directly related to their realistic situations. Like all of us. At the same time the malady structure commonly seen in the elderly directly related to that environment has the effects needed to be ruled in or out when evaluating these stats of suicide. I mean a teenager shooting themselves in the head is much less confusing the stat database than an 85 yo diabetic who openly refuses treatment and or nourishment; and may in fact state that it is their time to die. Do diabetic health issues confuse the situation just as much as diabetes can confuse the resident? Quite possibly. Do medications and blood values ​​disturb the elderly enough to bring forward a long suppressed emotion of a death wish? Not impossible. At the same time it may in fact be an accurate assessment that the case is as we think, and the person is simply at that point and has decided it is time to die. For myself and the time spent with these tenants I actually know of few whom I could say came to that suicidal decision and followed through with it. It would seem to me very difficult to cultivate this suicidal state from what my own experiences have been in these situations. I often wonder what we believe on the internet is real or propaganda related to issues for other reasons.

The professional caregiver needs to implement all the tools that they have and come to a decision of which road to take. My direction from experience has been to first rule out those multi-system maladies known to that resident. There are certainly very many illnesses that can unduly be the cause of emotional behaviors not conducive to life itself. Cardiac and vascular issues and dementia and certainly renal insufficiently come to the top of the list. Trying to rule out a diabetic cause may take a very diligent caregiver as symptoms can not only be vague but could easily cover long periods of control considered just above the symptomatic range. A blood glucose of 50 maybe OK, but not always.

Bringing forward the legal issues that many people in the nursing home environment have well established living wills to make the decision much less of a problem. I would definitely point this out as something for the caregiver to hang their hat up, however do not be confused with the reality of those illnesses that can be confusing the resident. The caregiver needs ambition of a certain level as sometimes it could be very easy to let somebody go to the great beyond. The professionalism at this point belongs solely with that caregiver. A final expression of professionalism and care will be within that caregiver to which they will unduly have always knowledge of that although few others can contribute to.

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Choosing the Right Nursing Facility For Your Loved One

Many adult children of senior parents today face a difficult dilemma. Better nutrition and various medical advances have led to people living longer than ever before, but in many cases, it's not advisable for senior citizens to live on their own. Seniors that suffer from dementia or have a medical condition that requires close monitoring, as well as those with mobility impairments, may face unsafe living conditions if left alone in their homes. Others may simply not be comfortable living alone, may be unable to keep up with the cooking or home maintenance, or may find that an inability to drive hampers their ability to live independently. There are many options for these seniors and their families. Some adult children choose to coordinate daily visits to their aging parent's home, while others move in with their parent or move the parent into their own home. Hiring in-home care is always a popular option, and of course, many people choose nursing facilities for their loved ones.

Going to move an aging parent into a nursing facility is always a difficult decision for an adult child, and many people have only a vague idea of ​​what these facilities are like or should be like before they begin the placement process. It's a good idea to know what to look for when considering various nursing facilities. Keep in mind that the person who will be living in the facility should always be involved in the decision to the extent that they're capable of.

When choosing a nursing facility, you should tour at least three or four of them, if not more, before you begin to make a decision. Different facilities offer different levels of care and service, so be sure to focus your search on facilities that are most suitable for your parent's needs. Is your parent mostly capable of independent living, but in need of transportation services, light housekeeping, and a nearby medical staff in case of emergency? If so, then an assisted living facility may be an appropriate choice. You can find these as standardone facilities or in connection with a nursing home offering skilled care, where your parent can be transferred to their condition decline. If your parent is suffering from dementia, you should look for a nursing home that has a secure dementia ward with staff trained in caring for dementia patients. A chronic illness may require a nursing facility with a skilled care wing.

When you're touring nursing homes, pay attention to the call lights that are usually located above the rooms. Nursing facilities are typically staffed by nurses, nurse aides, and a number of support and administrative staff, all of which can answer a residents call bell. A call bell should never take more than a minute or two to respond to. If you see call lights that stay on for more than a minute or two during the time of your tour, be wary. This may be a sign that the home is understaffed, or that the standard of care is not up to where you want it to be.

You should also take note of the residents that you see in the hallways and common areas. It's not a good sign if you do not see any residents in these areas during a daytime tour; that means that they are in bed or in their rooms instead of up and engaged in activities. It's also not a good sign if you see a large number of them sitting around and doing nothing. During the day, you should see many nursing home residents up and alert, dressed in street clothes with clean faces and brushed hair, and participating in activities or socializing with other residents.

Finally, pay attention to your nose. A nursing home, like a hospital, is a medical facility and may smell slightly antiseptic, and the occasional bad scent is to be expected. However, a foul odor should certainly not permeate the place, nor should it smell as if someone sprayed lots of air freshener in order to cover a bad odor. Food should smell appetizing, residents' skin and hair should smell clean, and the rooms should smell fresh as well.

Paying careful attention to detail will help ensure that your loved one ends up in a well equipped facility that will treat them with care and respect.

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Dealing With Engorgement During The Initial Stages Of Breastfeeding

Many first-time moms expect breastfeeding to be easy. After all, this is the most natural way for women to feed their babies. More often than not, breastfeeding is a breeze for the first two or three days after giving birth. The supply of colostrum is moderate and breastfeeding and nipple swelling are mild enough for the baby to easily latch on. More importantly nursing in the hospital and home environment is read encouraged and then, there are few concerns over discretion and exposure.

Unfortunately, however, all of this can change once the actual supply of milk comes in. Women are graced with an abundance of milk over a twenty-four hour period that can cause the breasts to double in size and become tight, swollen and painful. Swollen nipples may be too large to accommodate the tiny mouth of an infant and so, latching on is done with incredible difficulty.

The Good News

All of these problems are designed to self-correct. Women simply have to make sure that they stay calm and that they are wearing the appropriate clothing articles. Many fashionable options in maternity bras and tops often have easy access openings so that nursing can be easily accomplished and discretely, anywhere. This is important once new moms have left the hospital environment and have a number of guests and visitors.

Staying relaxed is also important for preventing the natural letdown process to occur. Although the engorged breasts do not seem capable of emitting a healthy flow of milk, once moms and their youngsters start to relax, this will happen easily. Good clothing with ease of access and plenty of room for accommodating the additional breast size is important for avoiding blocked ducts and the resulting secondary infections. Bras should be supportive and comfortable, but not too tight.

Other Garments That Prove Helpful During This Time

Breastfeeding is not just good for babies. It is also good for their mothers. Studies have shown that nursing significantly decrees a woman's likelihood for developing breast cancer. It also helps to facilitate the shrinking of the uterus, back down to its normal size. This shrinking is caused by uterine contractions that occurs when infants suckle. Many women have opted to wear maternity belts during this process, such as those that are offered as part of the Brestmates pregnancy clothing line. These help to minimize pain and cramping and to expedite the contracting of the uterus. Best of all, they serve the dual purpose of transforming a woman's pre-pregnancy clothes into functional maternity gear by concealing pants closures when bellies grow too big for these to be zipped or snapped securely.

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All About Free CNA Classes Online – Everything That You Should Know

If you want to take free CNA classes, then you most likely already know that a CNA is a Certified Nursing Aid. And you probably also know that to start working as a CNA, you will need to take CNA training in order to qualify for the certification exam.

Once you complete your courses, you take a test, pass it, and get started on working as a CNA. The whole process can take 30 to 170 days, depending on the program you choose.

Through the nation, Certified Nursing Assistant classes are provided in universities, vocational schools, community colleges and on the web. These classes can cost anywhere from $ 300 to $ 2500. With these costs, it is tempting to search for CNA training programs that are free, especially free online classes.

If you're looking to go through your CNA training for free, you have to know your options.

Taking Free Online CNA Classes

Sad to say, there are no free CNA courses on the web.

A CNA course must be accredited with the state where you plan to find a job. Pretty much all “free CNA training programs” online are not recognized. Taking these training programs will not allow you to meet the criteria to take the CNA certification assessment.

Many online sites that claim to give “free CNA courses” are usually not genuine, accredited CNA training programs. These courses do not qualify you for your CNA certification examination. They do not provide in-person lab training nor do they provide in-person, observed clinical training – two key requirements for your CNA qualifications

Free CNA Courses Offline

There are, however, practical options for free CNA training programs that are conducted off-line, in a classroom. There are actually two kinds of institutions that will offer you free CNA training programs: hospitals and unemployment centers.


Hospitals can offer free CNA training programs in exchange for your commitment to take a job with them after the training program is completed. This may be a wonderful choice if you have a limited income, since it also guarantees that you will have employment when you earn your certification.

But if you complete the CNA training course and realize that a CNA job just is not for you, you might be stuck doing a job that you do not like. If you break your agreement with the hospital, you may have to deal with penalty charges, or pay back the entire cost of the training program.

Therefore, this is only a good option if you're certain that you want to become a CNA. To learn if this is possible for you, reach out to the hospitals where you live and ask about free training opportunities.

Unemployment Centers

Certain employment offices provide free CNA training to unemployed men and women who can not pay for training. These unemployment centers receive funding to provide CNA courses to help you find work.

Since working as a CNA is an entry level job that can springboard a long and stimulating nursing career, it's easy to understand why employment agencies will pay for your courses. This is especially true if local employers are looking for CNAs.

If you are unemployed, you can contact your nearby employment agency. These free training opportunities can help you save hundreds of dollars in training fees.

Getting Started Now

There are lots of choices, both offline and on-line, if you want to enroll in CNA training classes. Even if it's not possible to enroll in totally free CNA training programs in your area, you can always pay for your lessons.

Having to pay for classes may seem like a big expense, particularly if you happen to be unemployed. But if there are not any free courses available at a nearby hospital or employment office, then you could think of the money spent as an investment in your future.

Once you're certified, a CNA could make $ 24,000 to $ 30,000 each year, so the money spent on your certification classes will pay for itself.

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What Is a Certified Nursing Aid (CNA)?

A CNA is a Certified Nursing Assistant or a Certified Nurses Aid. These terms have the same meaning, it just depends on who you are talking to.

A CNA works as part of a group of healthcare professionals, that may include doctors and nurses. They perform jobs that assist healthcare doctors in looking after sick people, typically the elderly.

A Certified Nursing Aid's tasks usually make people feel better so that they could have a more acceptable quality of life even though they are not feeling well, or may be incapable of performing normal every day things.

What does a CNA need to know how to do?

There are two levels of CNAs: a CNA-I and CNA-II. A CNA-I commonly takes on tasks that require only fundamental CNA schooling, but they are still really important. CNA-Is usually do jobs like:

  • Maintain a hygienic patient bed – changing sheets, sanitizing bed pans, and so on.
  • Washing patient's body safely and correctly – ensuring that patients are kept clean, for their health and comfort
  • Keeping a care diary and tracking tasks performed – recording performed tasks in a diary, like developing new symptoms or responses to medication.
  • Aiding patients both to and from the bed area – many sick people have a hard time walking, so they might need some help.
  • Taking and documenting the patient's vitals – including the patient is not negatively reacting to medication or developing new problems
  • Helping to feed and hydrate patients – many patients who require assistive care can not feed themselves, so a CNA helps them
  • Identifying and reducing bedsores – any individual that stays in bed all day long is vulnerable to uncomfortable bedsores; CNAs move patients around to prevent sores from developing.
  • Looking for new symptoms and informing doctors – if unforeseen signs and symptoms develop, the CNA Nurse can be the first person to detect the problem and inform doctors
  • Recognizing all negative reactions – detecting unfavorable responses to patient care, and informing the doctor (or resolving the situation by themselves, if they are able to)
  • Sustaining patient comfort – keeping the patient's bedroom cozy while they are under care
  • Maintaining the patient's flexibility – moving the patient's arms or legs through the complete range of motion

A CNA-II must do the jobs that a CNA-I does, but has taken additional training to become qualified for more technical and complicated tasks. The duties of these second level Certified Nursing Assistants can include:

  • Using more sophisticated devices – setting up oxygen therapies, tracking oxygen flow, and so forth.
  • Conduct oral and nasal suctioning – removing oral mucous build-up with a suction machine when the patient is not able to do it themselves
  • Resolving fecal impacts – removing fecal impacts when a patient can no longer use the toilet on their own
  • Rendering tracheostomy care – providing a second airway if patients lose the ability to breathe normally
  • Cleaning and changing dressings – changing and disposing of dirtied dressings and bandages
  • Administering IV treatments – assembling and flushing IV lines, checking fluid flow rate, stopping IV therapies, and so on.
  • Providing ostomy treatments – getting rid of a patient's wastes when they've gone through an ostomy
  • Administering tube feedings – after the equipment is set up by Nurse Practitioner, a Certified Nursing Aide can be in charge of performing the tube feedings
  • Applying Catheters – performing catheterizations and irrigating catheter tubing

Most of these tasks and duties of a CNA drastically improve the quality of life of any individual undergoing rehabilitation or treatment … and a fantastic Certified Nursing Aide can make all the difference in the world to an individual who is under care.

Imagine your grandpa, your mother or some other loved one that may be in the hospital and under care. Think about precisely how impacted these duties of a CNA might be on their well being. Think about how it will comfort and ease your family members, to find out that your own flesh and blood is benefiting from fantastic care and attention while they are sick.

The duties of a CNA, all the things a Certified Nurses Aid must do, have a substantial impact on the happiness of a patient, and the well-being of that patient's entire family.

What sort of person becomes a CNA?

Many kinds of people are hired to a CNA career. Those who decide to become CNAs usually want to look after others, they have a tendency to be kind people who take pleasure from taking care of people. A lot of Certified Nurses Aides describe themselves as confident, or as a people-person.

Becoming a Certified Nurses Aide requires that you work with a number of people on a daily basis, or that you work with a single person as their care taker and good friend. For these reasons, several Certified Nursing Assistants say they like working around people.

Many CNAs also state that they are drawn to the work because it offers a way of generating an income while requiring a flexible schedule. It can be excellent for folks that lead busy lives, like someone who has to take care of a loved one.

Since a Certified Nurses Assistant's services are necessary 24/7, there is usually room to schedule your shifts at times that suit your needs. Quite a few Certified Nurses Aides take advantage of the fact that it's easy to get shifts and earn money.

Some CNA Nurses choose to get certified as a CNA because they do not want to have all of the responsibilities of a RN. And some other people decide to become a Certified Nurses Aide in order to start getting experience with a healthcare job, in order to eventually become an RN or LNP.

So what is a Certified Nurses Aid? To put it briefly, they are people, just like you, who enjoy caring for other people … so much they make it their regular job!

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What Are the Different Types of Nursing?

When considering a career in the medical field, many individuals find themselves looking towards the nursing field. However, there are many different types of nursing. How do you know which is the one best suited to your interests? The following contains some different types of nursing, plus a description of each, including a general overview of the daily tasks involved.

Diabetes Nursing

These nurses work primarily with patients who have diabetes. Most of their time will be sent helping patients monitor their blood sugar and giving nutritional therapy. These nurses will also be well-versed in the proper diet, exercise, and lifestyle those with diabetes should lead. Some diabetes nurses choose to become diabetes educators, or diabetes nurse consultants.

Nurse Educator

Nurse educators have received advanced and special education in order to not only become registered nurses, but teachers, as well. Some may choose to be full-time educators, while others only take this position in a part time role. Typically, these professionals work in teaching hospitals and nursing schools in a general or specialized area of ​​study. Even if an individual chooses to become a full time educator, they still need to keep current with the latest nursing methods and newest technology.

General Nursing

These professionals typically have a strong foundational knowledge in basic nursing care. They can practice in many different types of healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes. Their daily tasks involve maintenance stabilization care, managing stress, administering medicines, and provide emergency support as needed.

Intensive / Critical Care Nursing

The role of these nurses is to care for the most unstable and critically ill patients, typically found in intensive care units and emergency departments. Intensive care nurses usually specialize in treating babies, children, or adults. On a day-to-day basis, these professionals will analyze patients in critical condition, give intensive therapy, and maintain life support systems. This career is typically fast-paced and involves a complex working environment.

Occupational Health Nurse

OHNs work with employers and companies to design and develop health and safety programs. Their job is to understand safety and prevention methods in relation to hazardous exposure and workers' illnesses and injuries. These individuals are also typically in charge of emergency preparedness, employee treatment and follow-up, and return-to-work issues.

Oncology nurse

Oncology (cancer) nurses provide care for cancer patients. Some nurses may also work with individuals who are at risk for this disease. While their primary job is to provide care to patients, these nurses also work with a cancer patient's family to provide emotional support and educational resources. These individuals may work in hospitals, cancer treatment centers, or provide at-home care. Oncology nurses must be very detail-oriented, be able to communicate effectively, and have a compassionate and caring nature.

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How to Become a CNA (Certified Nursing Aid)

You want to learn how to become a CNA? Becoming a CNA can be a fulfilling career change. Maybe you intend to gain knowledge of how to become a CNA mainly because you think you'll find it a superior fit for your kind, cheerful and sociable personality. Maybe you simply wish to support others. Or maybe you think the pay and hours are just what you need.

No matter what reason, you need to learn HOW to become a CNA. The endeavor is not too tough, but it sometimes feels like it is possible to search for hours on the web and does not have access to much of the important information.

Thankfully the prerequisites to become a CNA are quite easy to satisfy. If you fulfill the requirements, then you only need to attend some classes, pass your examination and you're able to work as a full-time CNA.

In just a few weeks or months, you'll have your first job as an effective CNA.

Here's the full procedure, divided, step-by-step.

STEP 1: Be aware of the Requirements

For you to work as a CNA it's essential to meet some basic requirements. Do not worry, though. Since Certified Nursing Aids are a basic level role, the requirements are reliably easy to satisfy.

Even though you may be a young adult with no expertise, a very busy mother or father trying to find your first occupation, or simply have not got a large amount of work experience, you can in all likelihood meet the requirements to become a CNA .

The specific requirements vary from state to state. Typically, the pre-reqs composer of:

  • You need to be 18 years old (in certain states, you could possibly be sixteen)
  • You can complete a criminal history check, including fingerprinting.
  • You currently have a high school diploma or GED
  • You need to satisfy an illegal drug test
  • You need to successfully pass a screening test for transmittable illnesses for example TB, hepatitis, and so forth.
  • You possess appropriate immunizations

For prerequisite requirements, youought to make contact with the correct agency in your state. This is normally the office of professions, public health or nurse licensing.

So do you meet the pre-reqs? If so, you learned a little bit more on how to become a CNA. Now you should get licensed to enable you to be a CNA and begin doing the job.

STEP 2: Start Certification Classes – CNA Online Classes or Conventional Training

The next stage in discovering how to become a CNA would be to learn the essential skills. Each region requires you to absolutely get certified, including enrolling in required classes in theory principals, executing lab work and doing closely watched clinical instruction.

This is a necessity if you wish to become a CNA.

It's impossible to bypass it, you will need to take courses and get certified if you wish to become a CNA. This is the most important lesson you'll find out if you are figuring out how to become a CNA.

Thankfully these particular courses usually take four to twenty four weeks, based on the types of class you take, and the class schedule. So you can get through the entire process and become a CNA, that has a job and earnings, in just a few weeks. Ponder on how this stacks up to learning to be a Registered Nurse (RN), which may take a long time simply to get done with your mandatory training!

Although people learning how to become a CNA have traditionally gone to these lessons on-site at a nearby training center, CNA classes online are becoming significantly more favored. In the past, there have been no more than a few schools that made available CNA classes online. These days, quite a few schools will offer CNA classes online.

Before you start, though, make sure that the school you select is acknowledged for CNA classes online in your area. For example, some training program can be acknowledged for people intending to get qualified in California, but could probably not be approved in New York. The best way to get to the bottom of this is usually to phone the college personally before registering. The phone call takes five minutes, and will certainly help you save a lot of precious time.

CNA classes online can be wonderful if you have to take the classes on your own terms, and do not want to be committed to participating in classes on a fixed schedule. This is great for on-th- go people, or if you do not enjoy to go to school building.

Yet you've got to attend an actual physical training center to carry out your lab instruction. Also you need to attend to a clinic, care home or an authorized training center to carry out your supervised clinical education. So, keep that in mind as you're deciding upon your CNA classes online, and make certain you are near to locations where you can conduct your on-site training before enrolling.

Now, if CNA classes online are not for you, then you can certainly still go the way of classic lessons that train you on how to become a CNA. To achieve this, contact the agency of professions, nursing licensing or public health in your locale and they're able to offer a catalog of nearby, approved colleges that you can sign up for in your region.

Step 3: Sign up for the Certification Exam

As soon as you have concluded your courses, you will need to apply for the certification examination. You can do this by getting in touch with the company that runs the CNA qualification exams in your state. This can vary from one state to another, but there are two companies that administrator tests in almost all US states.

The first organization is the NNAAP which administers tests in twenty three US states. The second is Prometric, which administers tests in twelve states.

If your state is not handled by NNAAP or Prometric, you will need to check with your state's agency of professions, nursing licensing or public health to learn which testing agency conducts the exam for you to become a CNA.

When you find yourself completely ready to pass your certification test, go to the web site for the testing organization (Prometric, NNAAP or the one in your state) and print the application. Complete the form, and mail it to the physical address listed on the application form, and you will have registered for your exam to become a CNA.

STEP 4: Successfully pass the CNA Certification Assessment

You put in the work to learn how to become a CNA. You took your CNA classes online, or your on-site classes. You've registered for the exam, and your big time has arrived.

Your training programs have very well prepared you for your exam. You only need to get a passing grade.

When you finally complete the exam, the organization that administrated the certification exam (like Prometric or NNAAP) will grade your test and calculate a mark out of one-hundred. If you succeed, they will certainly issue your certification and place your details and certification identification on the Nurse Aid Registry for your state.

If you get a passing grade, make sure you get listed in the Nurse Aid Registry for your state, because new employers will use this registry to verify that you are certified, and have all of the necessary requirements to work as a CNA.

STEP 5: Find a CNA Job

Getting employed when you have your CNA certification is a satisfying event. Within the past few years, we have seen thousands and thousands of CNA jobs created in the US, with an approximation of around three-hundred thousand CNA jobs made available by the end of the decade! It is a great time to be CNA certified.

When you have your certification, and you discovered how to become a CNA, you may want to examine online job sites like that can show Certified Nursing Aid jobs in your area. Just enter your location and you will be presented with all of the CNA jobs in your town.

If you can not find any employment opportunities on line, then you should call local medical facilities or retirement communities to find out if there are any employment opportunities to choose from. Because being a CNA also makes you eligible for many private home health care jobs, you can even place flyers at your local church or community center which may result in a non-public career for a private client, taking care of someone in their own home .

STEP 6: Pat yourself on the back for learning how to become a CNA

Mastering how to become a CNA takes some time, as well as work, but finally you have accomplished something wonderful.

By conquering how to become a CNA, you become eligible for a wide world of rewarding careers, and are able to begin making a better wage by helping people.

Take pride in your accomplishment!

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The Benefits Of Being A Nurse!

Do you think that nursing is nothing but a drag? Well, think again because you could not be more wrong. Nursing with all it's challenges and complexities has its perks and benefits and I am here to reveal to you what those are.

There may be some of you who are at crossroads, wondering if indeed they should take the plunge. Perhaps they have told you how 'little' it pays and how complicated patients can be. They may have told you how scary and unnerving it can be should things go wrong. You have probably come across nurses from hell- you know the ones I am talking about. The ones who have not got a fiber of empathy in their body. Well, they did not lie to you but if my experiences are anything to go by those inexhaustible examples are not in the majority. There is always that one bad apple where you go and I am here to tell you that nursing is all that and more, much more!

I am not going to dwell on the monetary issues, short or long term because I do not believe that is what nursing is all about. So sit back and be ready to be amazed at what I am about to reveal.

1) Nursing is lots of fun! Yes, you heard right. I have laughed more in my recovery room than I have anywhere else. Those patients are full of tales. They will have you in stitches you will be begging them to stop and you know what they say- Laughter is the best medicine!

2) There are bound to tears in the face of human suffering and even the most hardened human beings are bound to get softened at some point. Nursing has the ability to 'transform' you if you catch my drift!

3) Nursing enables you to be cool, calm and collected in a medical emergency. As the years pass, confidence and competence develop and you will know just what to do in an emergency. Even if outcomes are not always favorable in every situation, what matters is you would've done good by those you would've attended to.

4) Think of the exercise as you pace up and down the hospital corridors. Need I say more?

5) Wherever you go in the world there will always be a job for you. You will always be revered as a nurse for it is considered a noble and one of the most prestigious professions!

6) Many opportunities to develop both professionally, academically / intellectually and spiritually!

7) Nursing gives you a sense of purpose in life when all hope is lost in other areas of your life. You know someone needs you and relies on you in their time of need and that alone keeps you going, giving you a lot of job satisfaction!

8) Nursing enriches you as a person. What job gives you the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life, of all races, color or creed all in one place? Those patients have traveled the world, seen and experienced life and if you're lucky enough they will share their wonderful experiences with you and that alone develops you as a person.

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Tasks Performed by Nurses for Their Patients: The Minute, the Unusual and the Bizarre

Have you ever wondered what nurses do? If you have never been inside a hospital environment or watched Holby City or St Elsewhere then you probably do not have the darnedest clue! What better person to tell you than a nurse!

The moment a patient enters the hospital doors for treatment of one form or another they have no choice but to entrust their life into the hands of a complete stranger- those caring for them. These patients sometimes lose their independence, some permanently and some temporally and when that happens they become vulnerable creatures. The role of the nurse can never be over-emphasized at this crucible time in a patient's life. They are the patient's eyes and ears, walking and talking on behalf of the patient. This is why there is more to nursing than that pay packet at the end of each month!

Nurses do not only pace up and down the hospital wards tending to patients' wounds, popping pills, making beds and missing their coffee breaks, they also perform some of the most mundane, unusual if not bizarre tasks for their patients. Of course these tasks as mundane and minute as they may seem, they mean a lot to the patient and nurses perform them for their patients out of care and love. Those who were indeed called to be nurses do this without winching or complaining and it is these little tasks that make it all worthwhile. It is the reason these nurses keep coming back for more.

The following is a list of some of the most minute if not unusual and / or bizarre tasks that nurses perform for their patients:

1) The itch
Scratching patients' noses, feet and bellies. Patients do sometimes ask nurses to perform these little tasks for them when they are incapacitated and feeling vulnerable and what better person to fill in the gap than their entrusted nurse!

2) Hearing aids / dentures
Most older patients who wear hearing aids and dentures need help putting them on and taking them out, switching them on and adjusting them and nurses are more than happy to do that.

3) Grooming
Cutting and / or painting a patient's toenails, fingernails and filing them. Combing, styling and / or platting their hair. Yes, you read right. Forget the beautician. Nurses do it all.

4) Personal hygiene
Wiping patients' bottoms! Enough said.

5) Communication
Holding the phone to their ears, interpreting and passing on messages.

6) Nutrition
Feeding patients back to health. There are times nurses have to beg, plead and persuasive patients to eat!

7) Entertainment
Reading for patients, sitting together their beds listening to them talk, watching TV with them and so on.

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What Are the Best Nursing Jobs?

The term nursing jobs can effectively relate to at least two different scenarios that can overlap, but that can also be completely separate. The work of nursing can be done either by a qualified health care professional or by someone who is completely unqualified in that sense, but is able to provide a level of compassion and care that does the work that nurses are traditionally conceived to be doing.

Today's nursing profession is much focused on work that is more than simply looking after people in a way traditionally thought of as nursing.A nurse today can perform a range of medical procedures and interventions, and obviously an individual needs to be professionally qualified and regulated in order to do these. However often people care for other people in their own home, such as relatives or close friends do effectively perform a wide range of nursing jobs for that individual over a long period of time.

Trying to decide what are the best and most important nursing jobs can be a difficult process. If one is looking at the question from a professional point of view in terms of a nurse deciding on their career or future then there are a number of important considerations. Perhaps the first and most important area is to decide what group of people as a necessity you want to look after, and in what type of environment you want to work.

Traditionally nursing has taken place in hospitals and various types of nursing homes and care homes, and clearly that still applies to a large extent. In addition there are many nursing jobs that take place in the community, in people's homes, in schools and businesses and offices, as well as a number of other environments such as research and policy-making bodies.

It is probably fair to say that the major of nursing jobs that are open to nurses who are qualified do have very specific requirements in terms of qualifications and experience.

What is important from a nursing point of view is that they look at the type of job and the type of environment that they would like to work in, and then work backwards to see what qualifications and experience are needed in order to be able to apply for such a job. Nursing despite more than many other professions is very reliant on its status and its own perception as to how competent and qualified individual nurses are.

This can be both a good thing and a hindrance at times. The other important factor when looking at what type of job a nurse wants to have is the issue of shift work. A nurses own health and well-being is important, given the rising costs and different levels of benefits available under health insurance, and the need of the individual to take care of their own health, such as shift work which can have a detrimental effect on health.

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Five Of The Best Nursing School Shoe Brands And Styles

Indeed if you are going to pursue an occupation in nursing, you are going to want some comfortable shoes. There are plenty of stores that sell shoes and other clothing items and accessories for nurses, and there are also plenty of online venues as well. Take a look at these five nursing school shoe brands and styles and determine whether or not you think they are some of the best.

1. Landau RX Slip-On Shoes
These extremely comfortable and well-padded shoes are drawing in some very favorable reviews from many customers. These are not clogs as many of the other brands put out, but they are slip-on all the same and very stylish. They also cost quite a bit less than many of their competitors. So, that is why they are first on the list to give you a look at a special deal.

2. Dansko Women's Professional Slip-On Shoe
This white clog is one of the most popular amongst nurses as well. Dansko actually makes a variety of different nursing shoes that you can choose from. This two inch thick soled shoe provides you with the best level of support when it comes to the amount of cushion between you and the floor. This shoe is also known for being very comfortable and roomy for your toes. Dansko guarantees superior arch support and shock absorption.

3. Merrell Encore Moc Pro White Women's Shoe
This slip-on professional nursing shoe is made of all-grain leather that is both waterproof and easy maintenance as well as the obvious, fashionable. The heel height for this shoe is one and a half inches, and the Dri-Lex lining is treated with an antimicrobial agent. Equipped with an Orthlite foot bed, an air cushioned sole sole and more, this shoe is definitely one of the best.

4. Crocs Mercy Work Women's Professional Shoe
There is another style of Croc shoe for the food service industry that would also work as a great option for nurses, but this particular style, the Crocs Mercy Work women's professional shoe, gets top billing for this brand. It is leather free, as are all Crocs, which is ideal for people looking for a good option without any leather. They use Croslite material for that extra support, especially for your heel and arch. Complete with circulation nubs, a heel strap and slip resistant characteristics, these shoes will have you ready for you next day as a nurse.

5. Nurse Mates Dove Women's Professional Shoe
This stain-resistant leather shoe is very flexible and comfortable for your feet, and it is also extremely lightweight. There are rubber inserts included, and the heel height for this shoe is the standard one and a half inches.

If you're looking for nursing shoes, then you are now aware of some of the better brands and styles out there. Take a closer look at the top five, and see which one you think you should get. Hey, it's your feet, and it's whatever is going to make you most comfortable.

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Orion – For Accurate Clinical Simulation Recording

Today, healthcare industry is growing at a very fast pace. The healthcare industry makes use of latest technology to expand the knowledge and skills of their staff. Be it a nursing school, hospital or allied health school, they are all using good skill software to run their clinical simulation training spaces.

Medical simulation is the future of healthcare education and training. If you are not using a simulation management tool, you are missing out a lot! There are several companies that offer the services of clinical simulation management solutions. You must get in touch with them to know more about it.

When you are talking about clinical simulation management solutions, the first platform you would be discussing is about Orion. Orion is a web based single platform catering to simulation and skill management. It is one of the most powerful management platforms available today for performing different activities such as clinical simulation recording, center management and evaluation of the performance.

Orion is a versatile platform catering to the needs of all types of spaces. Whether you have a small training space or a big space for training, Orion will cater to your customized needs. You will get the liberty to choose from various options available with the provider. They will help you choose a platform that will not only cater to your present needs but will also help you as you grow.

Orion has a number of good features. It is because of this reason that it is widely used in healthcare industry. It includes USMLE-style Patient Note allowing the students to complete the simulated note. It has an integrated calendar that shows both SP and simulation sessions. When you are using it, you will have access to a learner portal. It will help you arrange the personal information, schedules, calendars, and activities.

Orion offers a good experience to users. It uses the latest technologies and improvements the efficiency of the users. There is a smooth integration of audio and video in it. It has the ability to play videos on iPhone, Android, Windows and Mac. Apart from this, there are many more features in this versatile platform.

Looking at all the features mentioned above, you will also prefer using Orion, the next generation clinical simulation management solution for your healthcare training institution. If you introduce it in your training space, you are allowing your students to have a good experience. You can get this information about this management solution from the Internet.

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