Blood, Guts, and Gore- Becoming a Nurse or CNA When You’re Squeamish

March 23rd, 2015

nurseIf you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it 5,177,856 times: it takes a special type of person to become a nurse or a CNA. That being said, there are some limitations that shouldn’t keep you from finding a career in the health care field, and one of them is being squeamish at the site of blood.

The fact is, you aren’t alone in your phobia. A study of a large medical school in 2009 revealed that 12% of students at the school studying to become doctors felt faint or even fainted when assisting in the operating room. If these students could go on to become doctors, why should you let something like syncope or near-syncope affect your ability to become a nurse or CNA?

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How to Become a Nurse: Specialty in Diabetes

March 16th, 2015

how to become a nurseDiabetes affects about 24 million people in the United States and is one of the most common diseases Americans face. It presents in two classifications, Type 1, an autoimmune disease where the body produces no insulin, and Type 2, which occurs when the body doesn’t use the insulin produced in the right way.

Assisting individuals with diabetes learn how to check their blood sugar, adjust their eating and exercise habits, and take their medication is the job of a diabetes nurse. This type of nurse works closely with patients and their families to help minimize the damage diabetes can inflect on the body, conduct nutritional therapy, and deal with the psychosocial issues related to this disease.

If you’re thinking about becoming a diabetes nurse, you’ll spend much of your time educating patients and their families on how to maintain proper diet, lifestyle and exercise habits, and medication plans to control the symptoms of diabetes and help prevent damaging side effects like strokes, kidney disease, and blindness.

But first, you have to learn how to become a nurse with this specialty.

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Nursing Job Opportunities: Domestic Violence Nurse

March 9th, 2015

nursing job opportunitiesWhen many individuals decide to become nurses or health care assistants, they do so because they want to make a difference in the world, even a small one. They want to make the lives of those around them just a little bit brighter, and a little bit better. One way they can do this is through nursing job opportunities like becoming a domestic violence nurse.

A domestic violence nurse is also known as a forensic nurse. This type of nurse deals with a population that is vulnerable and complex- victims of domestic violence. While any nurse or health care assistant that believes a patient has become a victim of domestic violence must report their finding to the authorities, these types of nurses are specially trained. Their training allows them to screen patients they see, identify injuries, document occurrences of domestic violence, and connect with the patients in an effort to help them get out of the situation they are in.

They are often responsible for making the health care environment a comfortable place, so that victims find it easier to disclose their experience. They may be responsible for photographing injuries that can later be used by the judicial system.

This field of nursing is relatively new, but it’s quickly growing.

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Learning Experiences in the ER: Heart Attacks in Women

March 2nd, 2015

nurseIn the movies, heart attacks are easy to spot. A man clutches his chest, gasps for air, and then keels over. In reality, heart attacks don’t just affect men. Women can have them too, and they generally aren’t as dramatic. This is what makes spotting a heart attack in a woman so difficult.

When you work in the ER as a nurse or CNA, however, it will be your job to know exactly what a heart attack looks like so you can get your patient the treatment she needs right away.

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How to Become a Nurse Manager

February 23rd, 2015

how to become a nurseSo you’ve been through CNA training, working as a CNA as you earned your title as a registered nurse. After a few years of experience in different health care facilities, though, you decided being a nurse just wasn’t enough. You have the skills and the intelligence to take on more. More work, more responsibility, and more money.

It’s for this reason that you’ve decide to become a nurse manager.

While you may have the talent and ability to succeed, though, learning how to become a nurse manager isn’t as simple as wanting it.

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3 Health Care Assistant Positions you can Choose From

February 16th, 2015

health care assistantWorking in the health care field is something many aspire to, but not everyone has the time or money to become a registered nurse or a doctor. Sometimes finding a position within this field quickly so you can begin earning a steady paycheck is much more important than studying for years so you can eventually earn a higher pay. While the pay scale for assistants may not be anywhere close to as much as the pay scale for nurses and doctors, you can earn a relatively good income as an assistant in many different medical areas. Here are just a few you can choose from.

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Pay Scale for Nurses: Breaking Down Hospice Pay and Care

February 9th, 2015

pay scale for nursesAs a CNA or nurse, you have the opportunity to work in many different areas of the medical field. One such field, hospice care, involves comfort or palliative care that is given to patients who suffer from terminal illness and don’t have long before they pass away. This type of care can be completed in the home of a patient, with the help of their family, or may be given in a facility that is dedicated to hospice care.

Working in hospice allows you to make a difference in the lives of patients who may only have days or weeks left to live.

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Nursing Job Opportunities: Reasons to Choose Oncology

February 2nd, 2015

nursing job opportunitiesWorking in oncology as a nurse or a CNA means you’ll be able to provide care for patients who are at risk for getting or suffering from cancer. It’s a specialty that not every health care assistant is ready for though, and you may not be sure if it’s the right option for you.

 

 

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Pediatric Nursing: Vital Tips to Avoid Making Kids Cry

January 26th, 2015

nursingPediatric nursing. Aside from the maternity unit, it’s one of the places you want to be in the hospital. There’s nothing as sweet as knowing you played a role in helping to heal a little one’s ‘boo boo’ or brought a smile to an otherwise-sullen teenager. As a CNA, working with children is something special, and although not every case you come across will end happily, those that do will fill your spirit and make it all worth it.

Of course, that’s only if you’re up for the challenge. The thing you have to consider when you’re working in pediatric nursing is that you’ll be working with children of all ages, from infants to teenagers. As a health care assistant, the LPN or RN in charge will have the skills to perform a number of procedures. Your job will be to take care of the basics, like:

  • Intake information
  • Vital signs
  • Basic care, like bathing, feeding, and changing diapers
  • Holding infants and children when their loved ones and parents are not available
  • Reporting any changes to the charge nurse quickly and efficiently
  • Smiling

Yes, smiling. And joking. And laughing. Your number one job will be to make the child you’re caring for feel better. You’ll need to like children, have plenty of patience, and an ear for details if you plan on going into pediatric nursing as a CNA.

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Nursing Job Opportunities: Becoming an ER Nurse or CNA

January 19th, 2015

nursing job opportunitiesWorking in the nursing field is something you’ve always dreamed about, but you have very specific details for that dream. You don’t want to spend every shift waiting and watching the clock. You want to see as much as possible, experience as much as possible, and get your hands just a little bit dirty.

You want to be an ER nurse or CNA.

In the emergency room, time stands still for no-one. While there may be the occasional slow hour, you’ll most likely find yourself rushing from one area to another, trying to keep five patients alive at the same time. The rush, the sense of purpose- there’s nothing quite like it.

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