Breaking Down Pay Scale for Nurse Practitioners in Texas

May 18th, 2015

nurseBecoming a nurse in the great state of Texas was the best decision you ever made. It all started with CNA training, where you first discovered your passion for helping people as a health care assistant. But it didn’t stop there. You knew there was more you could do, and becoming a nurse would allow you to do it. So you continued your education, working as a health care assistant during that time to gain experience and understanding of the field. After passing your NCLEX-RN exam, you were finally a registered nurse.

But is that where you want your career path to end? As a go-getter, your role as a nurse helps you live out your passion for helping others, but does it fulfill you? If the answer to that question is no, you may want to consider furthering your education even more and becoming a nurse practitioner.

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Making the Most of Your Time as a Nurse

May 11th, 2015

nurseNursing is an exciting, but often difficult field in which to work. The act of becoming a nurse is hard enough. In fact, in 2012, only 79.51% of first -time and repeat candidates were able to pass the NCLEX-RN, and this test is only provided to those who can actually finish nursing school. Once you become a nurse, however, things become even more hairy. You thought school was hard? Wait until you have to juggle 25 different tasks at the same time and get everything done in one 12-hour shift.

As a nurse, you’ll have to be very organized in order to complete everything, and you’ll need to think WHILE you act.

Of course, there are always going to be barriers- those every-day problems that drain your time and make you feel like a disorganized mess. We’re going to address a few here and help you overcome them.

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Nursing Job Opportunities: Faith Community

May 4th, 2015

nursing job opportunitiesDo you believe that medicine shouldn’t just be about healing the body, but also taking the time to heal the mind and the spirit at the same time? This is the basis for faith community nursing, a type of professional nursing that involves caring for patients while staying grounded in your spiritual beliefs. These types of nurses practice in the same way that many holistic nurses do. They help patients achieve overall wellness by balancing the mind and body, but at the same time they care for and even prevent disease by believing in a higher power.

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Nursing Job Opportunities: Become a Camp Nurse

April 27th, 2015

nursing job opportunitiesAre you eager to get some experience in the nursing field during your nursing program or after? Are you a school nurse who needs to make extra money during summer break? Are you simply a nurse who loves being outdoors?

You may love being a camp nurse. A camp nurse is an individual who provides medical care to adults and children who attends camps or retreats. A wide array of responsibilities are required of these nurses, and plenty of knowledge is needed to succeed in this field.

With summer just around the corner, though, this may be the perfect way to experience nursing in a new and exciting way.

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Failed Your Nursing Program? Next Steps to Take

April 20th, 2015

nursingNursing school is hard. If you’ve just failed the program, or even just failed a semester, there’s no doubt you’re repeating that mantra over and over again. You’ve probably even inserted “too” between is and hard.

It can be devastating to find out all your hard work, all your time, all your effort was completely wiped out in a moment. While some of you may be able to go back and continue your training right away, others may have to begin their training all over again.

How do you come back from this? What steps do you take next?

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How to Become a Nurse Consultant for the Legal System

April 13th, 2015

how to become a nurseLegal nurse consultants work as part of a legal team and share their medical expertise to help that team accomplish its goals. However, these consultants don’t always work for a typical attorney, although many do. As a nurse consultant, you can also work for hospitals, clinics, government agencies, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies.

 

Sound like something you’re interested in? Let’s show you how to get there.

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From Health Care Assistant to Nurse: Is it Really Your Dream?

April 6th, 2015

health care assistantIn today’s world, there is a lot of pressure to succeed. Even when you get to a place where you feel like you’re happy with your life, the world is constantly attempting to tell you that it isn’t good enough. You have to go farther, you have to be faster, you have to do more.

But is it really what you want?

If you’ve been thinking about entering a nursing program after working as a health care assistant for a while, you need to consider carefully whether it’s truly your dream, or the dream of those whispering in your ear.

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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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