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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CNA Training, LPN, RN- Which path to nursing is right for you?

January 4th, 2015

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Becoming a valuable part of the medical field is a step that many individuals decide to take during their lives. I did when I took CNA training, and I have never looked back. There are three ways you can join the nursing field, though, and each one is different than the other. Which one is best for you?




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After CNA Training: How to Deal With Losing Your First Patient

January 2nd, 2015

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There are a lot of firsts after CNA training, especially when it comes to death. My first death happened on my first day as a full-fledged CNA, and I was thankful for it, though not at the time. It was scary for me, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Unfortunately, or perhaps luckily, it was one of the worst I would see in my CNA training career so far.

Saying that when you work in a nursing home isn’t much. I didn’t have to deal with gun shot victims or children dying, like you might in a hospital after CNA training. Nursing homes are often called the waiting rooms of heaven. That’s because many of the residents there are expected to pass away at some point; it’s a given. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be prepared for it. When the patient I barely knew died on my first day, I wasn’t prepared. All of the tips I’d been given in CNA training couldn’t have gotten me ready to see her lifeless body lying there on the bed. I stood back away from the more experienced CNAs, handing them wash clothes as they gingerly prepared her body.

There have been other death “firsts” since then. The first time I held a patient’s hand as they slowly drifted away. The first time I lost a patient I had become emotionally attached to. The first time I had to walk out of postmortem care and walk into another patient’s room with a smile on my face.

Dealing with death after CNA training is never easy, but I’ve learned over the years that there are some things you can do to help ease the pain.

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After CNA Training: When You’re in Trouble

December 30th, 2014

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It’s always scary when you make a mistake after CNA training, but when that mistake is big enough to threaten your CNA license, it’s terrifying. You may be frightened, embarrassed, angry, and even intimidated by the situation, especially if the complaint that has been filed isn’t factual or was out of your hands.

So what do you do?

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Three Difficult Individuals You’ll Work With After CNA Training

December 28th, 2014

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Working in a hospital, nursing home, or doctor’s office can be difficult and tiring after CNA training. There are things that will happen that will frustrate you to no end, and there may be some days when you truly wonder what was going through your mind when you decided to take CNA training. Aggressive patients may plague you on a daily basis, and other individuals, not even patients, may disrupt your day and make you wish you had chosen to work in fast food.

What kinds of people am I talking about?

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