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Nurses Can Help Patients Manage Vices

January 2, 2015 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles| Nursing Jobs 0

Getting someone to change his habits is hard, but it’s part of a  nurse’s job. . Here’s a look at some common vices and how you can help.

Tobacco: Coming up with smoking cessation goals and interventions for patients can be difficult, especially when it is estimated that 18 percent of nurses themselves take regular puffs of tobacco. Many people leave quitting smoking to be their next New Year’s resolution or perhaps wait until a pregnancy. But nurses know that there’s no greater incentive to quit smoking than one’s own health. If your unit or clinic doesn’t have local resources for smoking cessation programs, take it upon yourself to start your own informational billboard (with your supervisor’s approval).

Not enough exercise: After a grueling work day, what feels better then plopping down on that recliner and watching some TV? One study asserts that such lazy lifestyles cause more deaths than smoking. Going for a brisk evening run, hopping on a bike, or even walking around the neighborhood for half an hour are all options that might make you feel better and healthier in the long term. It’s the nurse’s job to encourage positive change in patients, so even small suggestions like keeping a weekly physical activity log might help the patient to start a brand new exercise regimen.

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Ten Tips for Your First Year of Nursing

January 2, 2015 Category :All About Nursing 0

After you’ve completed the schooling, grueling clinical rotations, mind-busting exams, medication memorization, and the NCLEX, now comes the fun part: your nursing career! Your first year as an RN might be difficult, and you might feel some burnout–many first-year nurses do. Here are ten quick tips to keep in mind and help make your first year of nursing a success:

1. Coffee is your friend. As a first-year nurse, you won’t have the most time-sensitive or desirable shifts. Caffeine can be heaven during those eye-closing 12-hour night shifts.

2. Respect your elders. You’re new in the game, and it’s important to both acknowledge and respect those nurses who have come before you–even if they have a different way of performing a particular procedure.

3. It’s OK to second-guess. While it’s important to be respectful (see #2), you are the new-grad nurse and might have some insight or reasons for doing something differently. Don’t be afraid to speak up.

4. Know your nursing lounge. From 15-minute cat-naps to soda machines and nursing research bulletins, the lounge can be your best friend–and where you make friends too!

5. Delegate, delegate, delegate. When you’re trying to balance five of your own patients, grab the CNA or LPN and ask him or her to help you with procedures he or she may be trained to complete.

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How to Care for Cerebrovascular Accident

December 31, 2014 Category :All About Nursing 0

Having problem related to heart is very complicated. The heart is the major part in our body that functions 24/7 without rest, unlike any other parts of the body that has to rest for some time. The heart once stops its beating can no longer feel anything. And the body won’t feel anything either. That is why protecting the heart is very important for the human body.

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Lifestyle Counseling in General Practice May Prevent Further Weight Gain

December 30, 2014 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles| Nursing News 0

Lifestyle counseling by nurse practitioners (NPs) or general practitioners (GPs) leads to similarly effective prevention of further weight gain among overweight and obese patients, according to 3-year results of a randomized controlled trial reported in the February 28 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

According to Nancy C. W. ter Bogt, MSc, from the University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands, and colleagues

Weight regain after initial loss of weight is common, which indicates a need for lifestyle counselling aimed at preventing weight gain instead of weight loss  This study was conducted to determine whether structured lifestyle counseling by nurse practitioners (NPs) group compared with usual care by general practitioners (GP-UC) in overweight and obese patients can prevent (further) weight gain

The study sample consisted of 457 patients with a body mass index (calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared) of 25 to 40, and either hypertension or dyslipidemia or both, seen at 11 general practice locations in the Netherlands. Mean age was 56 years, and 52% were women. Participants were randomly assigned to the NP group, receiving lifestyle counseling with guidance of the NP using a standardized software program, or to the GP-UC group, receiving usual care from their GP. The primary study endpoints were changes after 3 years in body weight, waist circumference, blood pressure, and fasting glucose and blood lipid levels.

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Nursing Career Options

December 29, 2014 Category :All About Nursing 0

Nursing career options has many varieties of career paths. It is one of the great strength of the nursing professions. When it comes to specialties and work environments from which a nurse can pick-out. Many opportunities for the nurses are available and they are continued to expand motivated by a number of trends. If not successful on a given career many opportunities related to nursing are available.

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How to become a Registered Nurse?

December 28, 2014 Category :All About Nursing 0

Registered nursing is one of the most fastest-growing career fields in and out of the country. Becoming a registered nurse in the Philippines needs to have a degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing BSN a 4 year course in college. To achieve this one has to finish all the necessary requirements of the school as well as the curriculum of the higher education. As a nursing student, the studies and practice will not end there.

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Managing the Emotional Side of Nursing

December 27, 2014 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles 0

As a nurse, you are taught and trained to perform complex medical procedures like giving injections, facilitating dextrose, as well as thinking critically to make important health decisions, among others. But have you been prepared how to handle and manage the emotional side of nursing including the death of a patient, dealing with aggrieved family, irate patients, the stress of seeing despair and hopelessness of people among others.

Apart from obtaining the medical knowledge to handle the typical procedures performed by a nurse, nurses must also enhanced their emotional intelligence  especially at the place of work.  Whereas IQ or intelligence quotient refers to cognitive abilities and knowledge, EQ or emotional quotient pertains to emotional skills of a person.  People as emotional human beings must equally enhance  their EQs because emotions is equally a powerful intrinsic force that can shape people’s behaviors, personalities and very lives.

Emotional intelligence is comprised by four factors namely, the ability to identify emotions, use emotions intelligently, understand emotions and control and manage emotions and those of others.  While most people the first three components, not everybody has the last component, which is what is needed for one to be a leader.  Managing emotions ultimately involves controlling emotions in such a way that it contribute to actions intended to achieve desired results.  This is most reflective on how coaches talk to the players at halftime break to change the depression of the team to bounce back in the next round as well as when the hero or leader of an army makes his final speech to arouse the fear and anger of the warriors to fight the enemy and make a battle cry.

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Why Nursing School is the Right Choice for You?

December 27, 2014 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles| Nursing Schools 0

Why nursing school is the right choice for many individuals who wanted to have a degree in nursing.  Choosing the right school to enroll is very important for a student to mold or shape his/her career as a nurse.  Being a professional nurse entails a lot of money, time, studies, sacrifices, planning, hardworking, training and love on the chosen course.  Nursing school is the right choice because now days the nurses are very in demand outside the country.  Countries like USA, Canada, Japan Middle East are the place who wanted to have a Filipino nurses.  Because of the expertise and knowledge on how to perform as a nurse helps them to minimize their work as attending nurse to their patients.  Choosing to become nurse as mention takes a lot of money, enrolling as a nurse at this time is not a big  joke, one has the money to cover all the expenses like tuition fees, seminars and others  especially the board exams, one has to pass this exam to enable them to have a degree as  professional nurse, next is time, of course taking up nursing will take a longer time 4 years to five years are long enough to study nursing career, sacrifices also gives a lot of  encouragement for a students to finish his/her studies.  Others may follow if one has the determination in finishing the chosen career.

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Occupational Health Nursing

December 25, 2014 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles 0

Occupational health nursing is a specialized field in the nursing profession, which specifically deals with the prevention and management of harm, injuries and even illnesses at work. Occupational health nurses often find direct employment of companies, acting to provide emergency health needs as well as consultations to employees at work.  They can also find work in government agencies tasked to monitor and ensure safety policies and occupational health hazard measures are strictly followed by the companies.  Occupational nurses are usually registered nurses or experienced nurses with additional training.

The implementation of occupational health nursing varies in approach and perspective.  Most are involved in the identification and determination of occupational hazards and act as agents to ensure companies strictly adhere to the occupational health laws established by the government. This type of work involves close collaboration with supervisors and the management in general to improve compliance and to promote self disclose of risky or dubious working practices and conditions from among personnel. For this type of work, the occupational nurse requires specific training about possible risks or danger related to a certain industry as well as policies and mandates and safety standards that the government has provided to mitigate or avoid such hazards.

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To BSN or Not to BSN – That is the Nurse’s Question!

December 24, 2014 Category :All About Nursing 0

When you are considering a career in nursing, your decision should be based on a lot of factors. You don’t just take BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) right after high school just for the sake of going to college.

To BSN or not to BSN – how do you really decide?

It is important for you to realize that the nursing profession is for everyone. In this field, you will need to have a lot of hard work and dedication to survive. Taking up a nursing course is hard enough, practicing what you have learned is even harder.

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Is Travel Nursing for You?

December 23, 2014 Category :All About Nursing 1

Are you in the nursing profession? Have you always wanted to travel? However, having limited or no budget at all prevents you from realizing your dream? Have you heard of travel nursing?

Being a nurse doesn’t necessarily mean being stuck in a hospital. There are a lot of career opportunities for nurses and travel nursing is one of them

Travel nursing is an exciting career path that a lot of nurses have discovered lately. Who said that you cannot mix business with pleasure? The increasing demand for nurses around the world has allowed for this particular field of nursing being a thriving success.

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Dignity in Nursing Care

December 21, 2014 Category :All About Nursing 0

Dignity is central in nursing care because nurses primarily deal with the care of humans who have inherent rights and emotions. Dignity is the inherent intrinsic worth of human beings. Christians usually attribute dignity to man’s creation in the likeness or in the image of God. Moreover, human dignity exists in every individual by virtue of being human. Thus, regardless of one’s health or physical condition and social circumstances, one’s dignity should be preserved and maintain by the nurses. This means that the human dignity of a psycho or a mentally impaired person should equally be preserved during treatment as any ordinary human being.

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Emerging healthcare careers

December 2, 2014 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Jobs| Nursing News 0

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Taking care of HIV patients

December 2, 2014 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles| Nursing Jobs 0

At the moment, medical science has not yet found a categorical cure against AIDS.  While isolated, rare and miraculous stories of healing had occurred, taking care of HIV patients remain as the best way for HIV patients to live normal and healthy lives.  HIV per se is not deadly.  However, having HIV makes the body more vulnerable and weaker against diseases. Even simple diseases like flu can become fatal to HIV patients because of their weak immune system to fight off diseases.  Thus, the best way to combat HIV is to live a healthy lifestyle in order to avoid any sickness. Obviously however, this is not a easy task because of the stereotypes against HIV patients, that can cause stress depression and further weaken a patient.   Here under are some tips in taking care HIV patients.

Take it easy.  While having an HIV does not necessarily mean changing your lifestyle, HIV patients should take extra care of themselves because their bodies are weaker or more vulnerable to disease. This means they should be less aggressive than what they use to do.  They should limit their inclination to stay up late but instead ensure that they get to sleep at least eight hours a day.  If they use to engage aggressively in different physical activities, they should minimize them to lessen their vulnerability to injuries.

Maintain positive attitude.  This is one of the most difficult things to do for a person suffering a deadly disease like HIV. To help HIV patients maintain a positive attitude, engage them in activities that will liberate them from worry or stress.  Let the patient do things that he/ she enjoy doing i.e. listening to music, playing music, reading books, watching television, etc.

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What You Need to Know About CGFNS Exam

December 1, 2014 Category :All About Nursing 0

There are people who are saying that it is impractical to get a nursing course these days because there are so many nursing graduates who can’t get a job in our native land and in other countries as well. In spite of all these, students still consider taking this course in the hope that this can be their ticket to go to the US and other countries that are in need of nurses and medical staffs.

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How to educate the next generation of nurses

November 29, 2014 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles 0

This is not to suggest that the quality of nursing education is deteriorating. Instead, while the nursing education has enormously improved over the past years in general, it is always open for further improvements. How do we further improve the next generation of nurses?

Enjoin the best. With the growing role of nurses in the healthcare provision, the growing practice of medical collaboration in the provision of health care services, and the continuous challenge to improve healthcare, nurses are called upon to continuously find and research to address problems and conceptualize things innovatively. Because of these, there is a need to encourage the best
and brightest high school graduates to consider a profession in nursing and similar health related careers. Healthcare is integral in the continuity of the human species and it is but logical that governments invest their best human resources to the study of nursing and healthcare.

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Why Nursing School is the Right Choice for You

November 28, 2014 Category :All About Nursing| Announcements| Nursing Articles| Nursing Jobs| Nursing Schools 0

Why nursing school is the right choice for many individuals who wanted to have a degree in nursing.  Choosing the right school to enroll is very important for a student to mold or shape his/her career as a nurse.  Being a professional nurse entails a lot of money, time, studies, sacrifices, planning, hardworking, training and love on the chosen course.  Nursing school is the right choice because now days the nurses are very in demand outside the country.  Countries like USA, Canada, Japan Middle East are the place who wanted to have a Filipino nurses.  Because of the expertise and knowledge on how to perform as a nurse helps them to minimize their work as attending nurse to their patients.  Choosing to become nurse as mention takes a lot of money, enrolling as a nurse at this time is not a big  joke, one has the money to cover all the expenses like tuition fees, seminars and others  especially the board exams, one has to pass this exam to enable them to have a degree as  professional nurse, next is time, of course taking up nursing will take a longer time 4 years to five years are long enough to study nursing career, sacrifices also gives a lot of  encouragement for a students to finish his/her studies.  Others may follow if one has the determination in finishing the chosen career.

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Changing Your Career for Nursing

November 26, 2014 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles 0

There are many reasons why one would want to change a career in nursing such as the strong demand or employment opportunities abroad, high salary prospects, and more meaningful work to society.  However, changing one’s career is not as easy as turning a left or right direction. Instead, it’s a decision that entails a lot of pondering because of the many issues that are involved.  First of, changing a career for nursing definitely requires intensive study.  Whether one wants to be a license practical nurse or a registered nurse, there are different paths that one can take that would definitely suit one’s current educational level.

There are basically two paths for becoming a nurse. Directly by taking a college course in nursing in which one can earn a diploma in nursing or indirectly by taking a vocational course on midwifery, practical nursing, or associate nursing in any TESDA school then continuing the modular studies towards attaining a degree or diploma in nursing.  One’s previous educational level and course also affects the path one takes.   A high school graduate would obviously start from scratch when pursuing a college degree like nursing.  This means one needs to take and complete all the required subjects and prerequisites to earn the diploma.   On other hand,  a professional who may have a degree in a medical related course such as biology, medical technology and similar courses, may be able to have some of the subjects one had taken in college credited already, which will definitely save one time and money in getting a nursing degree. After getting the diploma, one then needs to acquire a license by passing the PRC board exams.  Some may even need to study further for advance practices in nursing.  Because of the need for study to change one’s career for nursing, money and time would definitely be an issue.  Aside from escalating costs of the tuition and miscellaneous fees, one should also consider the cost of living allowance, which is even bigger.

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So You Want To Be a Nurse When You Grow Up?

November 26, 2014 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles 0

Every child’s dream when they were still young was to help the person who‘s in needs.  Ask them the question what is their ambition in life, without hesitations they will answers back “I want to be a nurse when I grow up”.  This scenario inculcates in their minds and upon finishing their high school education the course they will take up is nursing.  Being a nurse by profession is hard, because all the responsibilities of the patients’ conditions as well as safety measures being the nurse of the sick persons lies all Of course to  the attending Physicians second on the nurse.   The Doctor is not 24/7 monitoring the patient’s conditions; it is the nurse who is giving full attention to the patients in the hospitals, sometimes in any cases as a private nurse.

Being a nurse takes several practices and hard work, one has to pass the Board examination given by the Professional Regulations Commission or the PRC.  Once passed the Board exam, not by chance gives an automatic job for the board passers.  If lucky enough got the highest ranking automatic job will offer to the lucky individuals.

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Freedom needs a little nursing

November 25, 2014 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing News 0

 

Having received my RN license in 2007, I still am relatively young in ”
nursing years” which, as we all know, are different from “human years.” Human years are filled with happiness and sadness; birth and death; unbelievable stress and unending boredom; love and anger; sickness and, of course, the elusive good health.

Nursing years, too, are filled with all those things but then are multiplied by every patient for whom we have cared. Whether we are aware, through our eyes and ears, hands and hearts, voices and actions, we have gleaned time. » Continue Reading

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