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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Breaking it Down: Pay Scale for Nurses and CNAs

January 12th, 2015

pay scale for nursesThe majority of us don’t seek out the health care field for our careers because we want to make a lot of money. We want to make a difference in the lives of others and utilize our caring and compassionate nature in a pure and positive way. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to get paid, though. Each of us has bills, and the electric company tends to frown when we don’t pay them- on time, every time.

If you’re considering a career in nursing in Florida, knowing your potential pay is an important step in deciding which career path to take.

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Your CNA Training Clinicals: Timeliness

January 10th, 2015

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The first day of my CNA training clinicals was a blur of excitement and fear. I wanted to make the best first impression I could. After all, this was not just another part of CNA training that determined whether I passed or failed the class. It was a test- a test to see whether I had what it took to make it in this field of study. It was a test to see whether I’d even like being a CNA.

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Preventing Dehydration After CNA Training During Busy Shifts

January 8th, 2015

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When you’re a CNA, your everyday life will vary from one moment to the next. However, every single circumstance will be the same after CNA training: you’ll be busy.

As you hurry from patient room to patient room, answer calls lights, chart intakes and output, take vital signs, pass ice, and make sure every patient is where they are supposed to be, it can be hard to remember to grab something to drink, which can quickly lead to dehydration. In fact, we sometimes cause this ourselves by drinking too little. After all, with such a busy schedule, you don’t know when your next bathroom break is going to be, so why would you drink a lot?

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6 Tips to make it easy to go From CNA Training to Nursing School

January 6th, 2015

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It might seem like that with a shortage of nurses all around the world, it would be easy to get into nursing school after CNA training. That couldn’t be further from the truth. According to a report from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, about 54,000 applicants were turned away for the 2013-2014 school year because there simply aren’t enough clinical sites, faculty, classrooms space, and budgetary needs met. This means that if you want to get into nursing school, it’s going to take more than a great student loan and a desire to care for others.

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