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Philippine Nurses Association (PNA)

May 28, 2015 Category :All About Nursing| Healthcare Associations 0

The Philippine Nurses Association was establish to “promote professional growth towards the attainment of highest standards of nursing”, which now served as its philosophical mission. This was realized through the initiative of 150 Filipino professional nurses led by Mrs. Anastacia Giron Tupas on September 2, 1922. The organization was originally known as the Filipino Nurses Association (FNA) and was incorporated two years later in 1924. Seven years after its establishment, the FNA become a member of the International Council of Nurses organizations on July 1929. It was anointed as a member in a council’s congress held in Montreal, Canada. The FNA would later be baptized to its present name, Philippine Nurses Association or PNA for short in 1966, which was simultaneous with the inauguration of its new office at 1663 F.T. Benitez Street, Malate, Manila.

With over 13,000 nurses produced by the country annually, the PNA is one of the biggest professional associations in the country. And because Filipino nurses are very much known to constitute a major part of the country’s main export of manpower, who have often become residents of their foreign employers, PNA envisions of developing not only world class Filipino nurses but world class Filipinos and people of the world. Thus, its vision already exhibits an international orientation. However, the commitment to providing opportunities for the professional growth of the caring and fortifying light giver is still a primary part of its vision.

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What is Brittle Myasthenia Gravis?

April 26, 2015 Category :All About Nursing 0

Myasthenia Gravis is a enduring disease characterized by a muscular weakness due to malfunction of the neuromascular transmission of the nerve signals at the myoneural junction. While its cause is not yet clearly established, some studies point to the deficiency of acetylcholine or a flaw in the motor endplate, which decreases a person’s ability to respond to stimulus. Among the typical Symptoms of this disease included weakening of muscles or bones including the drooping of eyelids. The weakening of muscles in the pharyngeal or throat area affects the mechanism for swallowing, breathing, smiling, chewing and even speaking. Sometimes, patients also have difficulty holding their head up as it affects their neck muscles. Weakness in shoulder and arms is also manifested during which a patient have difficulty getting upstairs or holding arms up. Finally, weakness in lungs and diaphragm result to difficulty in breathing.

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Majority Of Nurses’ And Doctors’ Hospital Uniforms Carry Dangerous Bacteria

April 26, 2015 Category :All About Nursing 0

According to a study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology), over 60 percent of hospital nurses’ and doctors’ uniforms tested positive for potentially dangerous bacteria.
Yonit Wiener-Well, MD, from the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel and his colleagues conducted a study in which they collected swab samples from three different locations on 75 registered nurses (RNs) and 60 medical doctors (MDs) uniforms. The swabs were obtained by pressing standard blood agar plates onto the uniform’s abdominal zone, sleeves ends and pockets.

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The Reason Behind the Scrubs

April 22, 2015 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles| Online Store 0

You have probably noticed that the majority of workplaces have a uniform for employees. If not, then a dress code is at least in place. No matter what the uniform is, it needs to be appropriate for the sort of work you do and the activity involved therein. For example, if a nurse were expected to wear a suit to work, it could hinder his or her active work duties and would not be appropriate for the messy work involved. Nurses require a practical uniform in order to perform the duties required of them.

As a nurse works through the day, they need to be able to be physically flexible in their uniform as running around the hospital is often necessary when critical care patients are rushed into ICU, or situations of the like. This uniform should also be comfortable due to the very long hours a nurse is expected to work. Durability is another important factor in a nurse’s uniform because the uniform will need to be thoroughly washed often. Additionally, the long hours worked will cause wear and tear on the uniform, particularly the pockets on scrubs.

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Nurse Salary – 5 Tips To Increase Your Nursing Salary

March 29, 2015 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Jobs 0

Nurses are known for achieving some great salaries that make them among the better paid professionals today especially in the United States. Whether the degree was achieved through formal school or through an online school, the benefits and the salary are the same. This is precisely the reason why a lot of students who will be graduating this year are seriously considering taking up Nursing.

With the existing rates of nurses today and the ever-increasing prices of commodities, many nursing professionals are clamoring for even higher rates. And yes, there are many ways to achieve this goal.

Here are 5 most effective ways to get that salary increase.

1. Negotiate salary increases

This is easier said than done. With this task, one is needed to be aggressive in order to get a raise. If one is shy and silent all the time, the employer will probably be thinking that he or she is comfortable with the current rate. Unless someone starts to do the talking, nobody would start listening.

Of course, it is not also advised that one just rushes up to the employer and ask for that raise without being prepared with the tools. Should the employer ask for some documents to support the request, be ready.

2. Be aware of the salary ceiling in your profession

One mistake people have is that they are not aware of the salary rate of their profession. To address this, it would help to do research within the state. The internet can provide these data as well as the labor office. If one thinks that his or her current salary is below the ceiling rate, then a raise is definitely called for.

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Nurses immigration to Canada from Philippines

March 27, 2015 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles 1

Migrating to Canada as a nurse basically entails two important tasks namely: credentialing and licensure and employment and deployment, which one should complete either way or at the same time.  Nursing is a regulated job in Canada and every province has a corresponding local government agency which handles the regulation of practice of said profession, to wit: Manitoba – College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM), Saskatchewan – Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA), Alberta – College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA), British Columbia – College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC).  Hence, the first step one should take is to determine one’s prospective destination and know the requirements provided by the respective agency.  One can opt to find a potential employer in said area.  Take note that requirements may differ. However, the common requirements include as follows:  a BSN degree (College diploma and transcript of records); PRC license so you must pass the Nursing board exam,  and an English/French Fluency certificate, which one can take in accredited IELTS or TOEFL centers.   Once you receive a positive feedback from the specific Board of Nursing, you then need to take the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE).   Passing the CRNE entitles one to a full RN permit in the respective Canadian province.

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Filipino Nurses Taking the NCLEX Exam Continues to Drop

March 3, 2015 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles| Nursing News 0

According to the latest Stats released by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Filipino Nurses taking the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) continous to drop this year. NCSBN Statistics showed that only 4,354 Filipino Nurses took the NCLEX exam from January to September of this year as compared to the 7,780 who took the NCLEX exam in the same period last year.

According to LPGMA party-list Rep. Arnel Ty

The US labor market for foreign nurses is shrinking. America itself is producing more nurses, and fewer healthcare service providers there are making new hires in light of continuing government subsidy cutbacks

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A Rewarding Career As a Midwife

February 8, 2015 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Jobs 0

The midwife profession is one of the most underestimated medical practices in the world despite is its extreme value to society.  Unknown to many, the practice of Midwifery had been an age old profession even before the notion of medicine or even medical profession had been conceptualized.  Midwifery had been the traditional help for humans to give birth since ancient times.

Midwifery pertains to the healthcare provision to pregnant women before and after giving birth.  This includes giving sufficient support and care to women during pregnancy, helping women during labor and birth and providing care during the postpartum period. While the job is as complex as it is, midwifery is indeed a rewarding career choice.

First of, midwifery is not simply about helping people to give birth.  It is about helping a new person to be brought into this world. It is partaking to God’s giving of the gift of life to a person.  Midwives are instruments of God in bringing the gift of life to a person and the gift of a child to parents.

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Hypertension Management

January 28, 2015 Category :All About Nursing 0

Hypertension pertains to high blood pressure or a condition in which blood pressure or the force against the walls of the arteries are elevated thereby requiring the heart to work harder to pumps blood through the body. This illness is a major risk factor for stroke, heart attacks and heart failure, among others hence should be consistently managed.

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Should nurses be banned from smoking to help promote anti-smoking campaigns?

January 27, 2015 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles 0

Smoking is a choice given to an individual.  The practice of smoking is a practice of the individual freedom or right to have control to one’s body.  Proscribing smoking on the basis of one’s profession as a nurse is a violation of human rights.

While it is ideal and commendable to train nurses to avoid smoking because its practice is absolutely in contrast to the objectives of the nursing profession, which is the promotion of health, banning nurses from smoking altogether is discriminating against nurses.   If smoking would be banned or legally prohibited, it should apply to all people regardless of profession. The banning should not single out a particular group like nurses just because they are engaged in healthcare.

The only logical reason for banning smoking among nurses is to help promote anti smoking campaign.  If that is the line of reasoning, then it follows that nurses should be banned from eating junk food to help promote campaign against obesity or should not be banned from drinking liquor to help promote the campaign against alcoholism.  As shown in this slippery slope, banning smoking among nurses alone would be discriminating and a violation of their human rights.

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Intensive Care Nurses Have Doubts About Method For Establishing Brain Death

January 24, 2015 Category :All About Nursing 0

More than half of Sweden’s intensive care nurses doubt that a clinical neurological examination can establish that a patient is brain dead. Intensive care nurses also perceive that this uncertainty can affect relatives when the question of organ donation is raised, is reveiled in a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

End-of-life care in an intensive care unit (ICU) also includes caring for patients who are brain dead and who by their death become potential organ donors. The thesis investigated attitudes and actions of ICU nurses in the context of organ donation. Information was gathered through both interviews and a questionnaires that went out to 1,100 ICU nurses in Sweden – around half of the total workforce.

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Aspirin May Guard Against Skin Cancer

January 23, 2015 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles| Nursing News 0

Aspirin and other commonly used painkillers may help guard against skin cancer, according to a new study about to be published online in the journal CANCER, that was led by researchers from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark.

Previous studies have already suggested that NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, and other prescription and over the counter drugs, can reduce people’s risk of developing some cancers.

For example, earlier this year, three studies in The Lancet bolstered the evidence that a daily low dose of aspirin may protect people in middle age against cancer, particularly those at higher risk.

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Assistance for Filipinos with Glaucoma

January 23, 2015 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles 0

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve characterized by a progressive injury of the nerve which initially results to slight loss of peripheral vision to total blindness.  It is often related with high eye pressure which caused the damage although it is mainly caused by irregular or deficient regulation of blood flow to the optic nerve. There are two types of glaucoma to wit, open angle glaucoma and angle closure glaucoma. The former occurs when the anterior chamber angle is not clearly obstructed otherwise it is angle closure glaucoma.   Both types are further divided in primary and secondary which basically differs if its cause is not clearly identifiable cause for the glaucoma.  Unknown too many, glaucoma is the no. 1 cause of irreparable blindness because most of the people suffering of glaucoma are not aware that they have the disease until they start to lose their vision.  People should therefore be screened for glaucoma regularly especially those with a family history of glaucoma as well as older people.  In the Philippines, there are approximately half a million people who are blind.  It is also a common perception among Filipinos that the cause of blindness is cataract, which is now simply and effectively remedied.  Unknown to many, blindness caused by glaucoma is permanent and is therefore implacable.

Treatment for eyes including glaucoma is generally perceived as expensive especially in the Philippines in which a greater majority of the population lives at the edge of the poverty line.  Under this context, the UP PGH conducted a public glaucoma-screening program as part of its World Glaucoma Day celebrations.  Through the initiative of the DOH, selected hospitals around the country with ophthalmology residency programs are also encouraged to conduct free screening once a year to be able to target and reach more people.

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Technology That Altered the Nursing Industry

January 22, 2015 Category :All About Nursing 0

No workplace has escaped the touch of technology, including nursing. Nursing is still, and will always be, a field where technology has had a huge impact on the way that nurses do their job. While some of the technological advances have made the nurse’s job easier, others have been implemented as a price saving measure, and still others are used to improve patient safety.

Like those in other industries, nurses are often reluctant of using new technologies. With the desire to remain within the process they are familiar with, nurses are often unwillingly pulled into newer technologies. Like most others, once they become familiar with new technology, they grow to like it. One side effect of the new technological advancements in healthcare is the increase in jobs related to the field. Before ultrasounds, there was no need for someone trained to perform them. Respiratory therapy, nuclear medicine and many other branches of healthcare have created new jobs by the advancement of technology.

Improvements in medical care

Advancements in technology have lead to improved healthcare and patient care. Before the development of electronic IV monitors and IV pump infusions, anyone who received an IV had it administered under the watchful eye of a nurse. Because manual IVs were susceptible to stopping or flowing too rapidly, a nurse remained by the patient’s side every time they received an IV. When you consider how common IVs are, it is easy to see how much time is saved with the electronic IV monitor.

All nurses are familiar with the sphygmomanometer. This is the technical name for a blood pressure cuff. Having an electronic blood pressure cuff that also records the patient’s heart beat is probably one of the greatest time saving tools that technology has brought to nursing.

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Nursing Care for Cellular Aberration

January 11, 2015 Category :All About Nursing 0

Cellular aberration pertains to the abnormal deformation, bleeding, increase in size or internal configuration of a cell attributed to the mutation of chromosomes (DNA) that ultimately leads to a cancer, which disrupts the normal functioning of the organs, tissues or the body, which the cancer infects. Cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells grow resulting to tumor or proliferate abnormally. A cancer is benign if the abnormal cells grow slow and are isolated in distinct borders. It is considered malignant if the abnormal cells grow aggressive to the extent of invading or destroying other cells within the tissue or organ or spreads in other organs. The travelling of the abnormal cells through the blood or nodes to invade other organs or tissues is called metastasis. This can eventually lead to death if proper interventions are not made.

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How to Handle Emotions that come with Nursing

January 10, 2015 Category :All About Nursing 0

A nursing career is both incredibly rewarding and incredibly stressful. Almost everyday and throughout their career, nurses are inundated with heartaches, injuries, pain and even death, which causes stress and anxiety in their lives. Many have turned numbed and indifferent to these emotions. They begin to treat people not as human beings but biological creatures whose pains and sufferings are biological in nature.

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Focus on Orthopedic Nursing

January 9, 2015 Category :All About Nursing 0

Orthopedic nursing is a specialized field of nursing that deals with the caring, treatment and recuperation of musculoskeletal problems especially bone fractures. It also involves in-depth knowledge of supervising neurovascular status, casting, continuous motion therapy and other interventions and skills needed for treating orthopedic problems. The Orthopaedic nurse should also be trained with the advance orthopedic practice methods and innovations like Radiography for diagnostic evaluation as well the modern treatment procedures like Vertebroplasty, Arthroplasty, transplantation surgery, mechanical Devices for Lateral Transfers and Kyphoplasty, among others.

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Truth about Medical Scrubs

January 7, 2015 Category :All About Nursing 0

Scrubs refer to the gowns or uniform used by doctors and nurses in the operating room. They are called “Theatre Blues” in UK. They are essentially designed to be comfy and light to allow users to move freely, light in color to easily see dirt, easy to wash, and inexpensive to replace if torn or tainted irreparably.

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Reasons To Still Pursue Education in Nursing

January 6, 2015 Category :All About Nursing 0

Up until the early 2000s, the demand for nurses abroad was high. There were also studies that show that demand for healthcare practitioners and nurses will continue to be high with aging population of the baby boom generation and the trend for a more health conscious generation. However, the demand seemed to be dwindling following the upsurge of many nursing graduates. The supply grew higher than what the industry demands. In spite of this, many students are still pursuing nursing notwithstanding the growing population of nursing graduates who are either unemployed or underemployed. Why is this so?

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It is Cool to be Nurse

January 6, 2015 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles 0

That nursing is beyond any doubt a rewarding a career had already been established by many studies and personal testimonies.  This time however, let us focus on the practical benefits of being a nurse or cool things about being a nurse.

First on the list arises from the adage that health is wealth.  Being a nurse allows one the advantage of having a general knowledge of healthcare.  One’s knowledge is therefore important immediately applicable to ally types of people regardless if one is practicing the profession or not.  Healthcare knowledge is a wealth on its own.  A nurse becomes a default source of practical healthcare information and facts for the immediate family, friends, and acquaintances.

As a nurse or health practitioner, one gets to see people regardless of their socio economic statuses or backgrounds more equally as human beings vulnerable to sickness and disease, requiring similar physical needs and doing similar biological functions as any regular human will do. Seeing things in an equal perspective in turn helps one to gain more confidence and courage not to get intimidated, to interact with different types of people better and to understand more people better.

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