Apart from the excitement and joy that pregnancy brings, there are also certain responsibilities that soon-to-be moms are ought to consider. Keeping the baby healthy and well is just one of the many things. If you are expecting to give birth, an appropriate hospital where you can deliver you child should be taken in to account. First of all, you have to consider your budget. Aside from this, you also have to consider your location to avoid any hassle and inconvenience of travel if your time to give birth has come. Below are some of the hospitals with their maternity packages you can choose from, depending on your location and budget, but please keep in mind that these packages are subject to change.
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The biggest barrier to good diabetes management may be the delivery of quality diabetes health education to minorities due to language and cultural barriers. This is what Dr. Yolanda Robles and her colleagues from Cardiff University in UK reported in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews from The Cochrane Collaboration. The team was able to reach this conclusion after examining combined findings from 1 1 published research articles that compared the “usual” care with culturally tailored diabetes education among ethnic minorities living in middle- or high-income countries. All 1,063 study participants were 16 years old and above. Investigators, despite limited number of studies available for analysis, were able to find “clinically significant improvements” in blood sugar control among those who underwent diabetes education in their native tongue using culturally modified methods. In addition, patients also showed improvement in their knowledge of diabetes and healthy lifestyles. Dr. Robles and colleagues noted that these improvements were seen three to six months after the program’s implementation and that it strengthened the concept “that health education should be couched in a learner-centered manner” without compromising on religion, and social and cultural values.
Previous studies have already associated high levels of a liver protein called fetuin-A and insulin resistance. However, the link to the development of diabetes was still uncertain until Dr. Joachim H. Ix and colleagues from the University of California in San Diego conducted a study to investigate. The team compared initial fetuin-A levels in 135 older adults who developed diabetes after a six-year follow-up with those seen in 383 adults who did not develop diabetes. In the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers said that those with the highest level of the said protein were twice more likely to develop diabetes as opposed to those older individuals with the lowest levels. “Future studies,” the team concludes, “should evaluate whether the results may generalize to middle-aged individuals in whom the [diabetes] incidence rate is highest. If confirmed in future studies, fetuin-A may ultimately prove useful as a target for therapeutics, and its study may provide novel insights to glucose (sugar) metabolism in humans.”
A new study has proven that people with long-standing diabetes are prone to impairment of their ankle function despite not having peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy, which is linked to diabetes, is a progressive deterioration of nerve function in the extremities that can cause chronic pain, numbness, weakness and tingling sensations in the feet.
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According to a study done by the Nurses’ Health Study, women should start eating green leafy vegetables and whole fruits and stay away from fruit juices if they want to stay diabetes-free. Some 71,346 women who were enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study were shown to have a decreased risk of developing diabetes over an 1 8-year period if they ate an additional three servings of whole fruit daily, or one more serving of spinach, kale or similar leafy green vegetables. The participants were divided into five groups based on fruit and vegetable intake, and on fruit juice consumption. After analyzing data of the diets of the women participants-4,529 of whom developed type 2 diabetes during the study period-it was found that an increase of three servings of whole fruit lowered the risk of diabetes by 18 percent, while an additional serving of green leafy vegetables cut the risk by nine percent. However, an additional serving of fruit juice a day increased the risk of deloping diabetes by 18 percent. “Caution should be observed in replacing some beverages with fruit juices in an effort to provide healthier options. The same caution applies to the recommendation that 100 percent fruit juice be considered a serving of fruit as it is in the present national dietary guidelines,” according to the team of researchers.
– Research: Do your homework on the Nursing Agency. Go to their website and find out as much information as you can. If you know someone who is currently working for them, ask him/her for information about them. Interviewers are always impressed when they know you have gone to the effort of researching their company. You will also avoid embarrassment of not knowing some basic information if asked. – Preparation: Have some sample answers ready. Practice saying your sample answers aloud. You may be asked why you want to leave your current employment. Try to avoid talking negatively about your current employment as this may give a bad impression. You should focus more on the positives of Traveling e.g. gaining experience while travelling, having the opportunities to work in many specialist areas that are not currently open to you, career advancement etc. – Punctuality: Arrive at least 30 minutes early for the interview. This will give you the chance to find where you have to go, relax and read over your preparation notes. You will be able to enter the interview room calm and assertive. If you arrive late, this will give the interviewers a bad impression. If something unavoidable has turned up and you cannot make the interview, phone the Nursing Company as soon as possible to reschedule. If it is a genuine reason most employers will understand. – Body Language: It is important to create a positive first impression. When you enter the interview room, greet the interviewing panel by shaking each of their hands. Maintain eye contact while shaking the persons hand and give them a firm handshake. If you are uncomfortable maintaining eye contact, focus just above the persons eyes instead. Try not to fidget with your hands during the interview. Interlink your fingers and place them on your lap or the table in front of you. – Give Examples: When answering questions, try and relate them to your own experiences as much as possible. If you can give specific examples of how you dealt with specific situations this will let the interviewing panel know exactly what you are capable of. If you don’t have any relevant working examples, relate back to situations you encountered in Nursing School or some other aspect of your life where you showed the desired skills. – Be Interested: It is a good idea to have some sample questions prepared to ask the Nursing Company. If there is something that may concern you, and you have not been able to find the answer elsewhere, there is usually time permitted for such questions. It is also a good idea to have two good questions prepared to ask.
You’ve decided to go out on the road and become a healthcare traveler. Your first task is to find a travel company. It’s the travel company, after all, that will be your employer during your travel assignments. Many seasoned travelers will tell you that the travel company you choose can make or break your experience. Here are some key do’s and don’ts from those in the industry and others on the road: Do shop around. There are a lot of travel companies. Nurses should take their time to research different companies and find one that has the best package for them. While many companies may seem similar, they are different in what they offer, says Julie Birnbaum, RN, recruiter, Cross Country TravCorps. Birnbaum traveled for about three years before joining Cross Country. “It’s important that nurses do their research. It’s hard bouncing around, so it’s good to find a company that you can stay with for the duration,” she says. Do find a company that has experienced nurse advisors, recruiters. Kevin Clark, founder and CEO of Onward Healthcare, a nationwide provider of interim staffing services to healthcare facilities, says that company recruiters who know what they’re doing and understand the industry can place travelers in those jobs best suited for them. He tells the story of meeting a 45-year-old male nurse who on his first travel assignment was placed in a hospital in the US Virgin Islands. “He should have never gone. It was a tough assignment — in a place where 60% of the nurses are travelers,” says Clark. “He worked at a hospital where travelers are asked to work charge. So can you imagine a new, temporary employee who goes to work at a hospital and gets put in charge of a floor without having the understanding of the hospital, the unit, the culture and more?” An experienced recruiter would have made a better placement — especially considering that this was the traveler’s first assignment. The point? Look for a company that has experienced nurse advisors who will listen to who you are, your needs, and where you want to go with your career. Don’t sign a contract without fully understanding it. Geoff Pridham, manager of nursing administrative services, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, CA, encourages nurses to look for potential trouble spots in travel company contracts. Think twice about signing a contract that says you have to work a guaranteed number of hours, says Pridham. “If you were to call in sick during the assignment or for some reason you had to leave for an emergency, you might owe some of your housing allotment back. [Or if the hospital takes you off its schedule because of a low census,] you might be required to make up that time at the end of the contract,” he says. Make sure you realize the potential pitfalls if you sign a contract that prohibits you from moving from agency to agency, or one that doesn’t allow you to return to a hospital for a certain period after completing your assignment, says Pridham. Do ask questions about floating. Don’t think you don’t have a say. Clark, an industry veteran, who previously cofounded Cross Country TravCorps, says that travelers who don’t ask questions might find themselves floating to units in which they don’t want to be. While many hospitals want travelers to float, Clark recommends talking with travel company recruiters and hospital staff about whether you’ll be required to float and where. Tell them early on about those areas in which you will not work. “There is so much stress out there and risk of error, if a nurse makes a wrong decision and loses her license, it can be a career issue. So, the stakes are high,” he says. Do choose a firm that walks you through the process. Choose a company that is willing to help you along with the travel process. Traveling is a whole new ballgame, says Birnbaum. “Your recruiter should be willing to educate you on the process — the good, the bad, and the ugly. I feel it’s my job to educate nurses to have realistic expectations,” says Birnbaum. Do choose a company that works with you on housing. Housing is right up with pay when it comes to important issues for travelers. Clark says travelers should know their housing options beforehand. Some questions to ask: Will my housing be a studio apartment? A one-bedroom apartment? Shared housing? If there is a roommate, you might first want to get acquainted with that person, he says. Then ask questions about proximity to the hospital and transportation options if you don’t have a car. Parking is an issue in some cities. Travelers should be sure to ask about the costs of parking. Pridham recommends that travelers check on the housing or to make sure that the amount of money that the travel companies offer for housing is adequate for the area. Find out if the housing is in a good or bad area and ask questions about those qualities that are important to you — for example, if the apartment is higher than the first floor or if it’s near railroad tracks (which could be a drawback if you’re working the night shift). Don’t think you’re a bother. Travel companies are there for you. Travelers shouldn’t feel lost in the shuffle. The recruiter and other members of the travel company staff are only a phone call away. A firm that doesn’t return your calls promptly isn’t one you want to go with in the long term. Kathleen Capone, RN, who travels regularly with Preferred Healthcare Staffing, a subsidiary of AMN Healthcare, and has traveled for nine years, says it’s important to have a recruiter that you feel you can keep in touch with and one that is “on the same page” as you are. Do look for a travel company with clinicians on staff. Some travel companies make it a point to have nurses and other clinicians on staff. It’s reassuring to know, Clark says, that there is a registered nurse reviewing a registered nurse candidate’s credentials and skills before assigning that nurse for a travel experience. “Important information can be missed if someone who doesn’t know nursing who presents the information to a hospital,” he says. Do check the credibility of the companies you consider. Pridham says that it’s important to see how long a travel company has been in business and how many travelers it has placed on average. “If these are questions they don’t want to answer, I would move along,” he says. Clark says travelers should ask to speak with a member of the travel company’s management team to get a sense of the company; then, ask to talk to other travelers. Do try to settle with one company to gain financial benefits. It’s a good idea to develop a relationship with a travel company because many offer long-term incentives for staying on. Don’t rely solely on the travel company. Be prepared for your assignment by doing your own homework. Do your own homework — even if you have total confidence in the company you choose. Capone says that preparation is the key to a good assignment. She also talks to the nurse manager at the hospital to which she will be assigned before taking the assignment — just to get a feel for the person and the demands of the job. “If I even have a instinct that it might not work, I don’t take the assignment,” says Capone. She also calls the apartment complex that she is expected to live in for the next 13 weeks and asks to speak with some of the people who live there.
MANILA, Philippines — Filipino nurses who took the United States’ NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) for the first time have gone down seven percent from 5,076 during the first quarter of 2007 to 4,686 during the same period this year. The data came from Catanduanes Representative Joseph Santiago, who said that for the whole of 2007, a record total of 21,499 Filipinos took the NCLEX for the first time, excluding repeaters. He noted that this was up 6,328 or 42 percent compared to the 15,171 Filipinos that took the NCLEX for the first time in 2006. In a statement, Santiago said the 2007 figures translate to a daily average of some 60 Filipino nurses seeking to practice in the US. The congressman advocates the closing down of substandard Philippine nursing schools. He also supports the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) directive that compels every independent Philippine nursing licensure examination review center to promptly affiliate with an accredited college, or face closure. He said the move would ensure the scholastic accountability of review centers and check the spread of deficient ones, including fly-by-night operators. Santiago previously bared a list of the best and worst Philippine nursing colleges, based on the historical performance of their graduates in the local licensure examination. He said he wanted to discourage parents from sending their children to the low-grade schools. “Many young Filipinos aspire to become nurse practitioners because of the lure of lucrative overseas employment. We must protect this hope and dream by seeing to it that flunkey schools and reviewers are shut down,” he said. Nursing has become the preferred course of a growing number of college enrollees. The CHEd’s Office of Policy, Planning, Research and Information sees almost half a million or 497,000 students taking up the nursing course in the school year 2008-2009. Next to nursing, the second most favored course is hotel and restaurant management, with some 134,600 projected students; followed by computer science, with 100,700 expected students; criminology, 96,900; information technology, 95,300; accountancy, 89,500; business management, 82,800; elementary education, 67,000; English education, 52,300; and electronics and communications engineering, 48,200. — INQUIRER.net http://www.inquirer.net/specialfeatures/nursingmatters/view.php?db=1&article=20080426-132889
Labor and Employment Secretary Arturo D. Brion announced on Monday that 9,198 of those who took the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-initiated voluntary retake examination of Tests III and V of the June 2006 nursing examination hurdled the retake. The number of passers represents 68.96% of the 13,338 who took the retake last June 11, 2007 which was held simultaneous with the regular nursing examination. The list of passers can be accessed through the DOLE website at www.dole.gov.ph or at www.specialnursingreview.dole.gov.ph. While more than 30% of those who took the retake failed in the exam, Brion clarified that they could still practice their profession as licensed nurses except in the US following the policy issued by the United States’ Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) limiting the issuance of VisaScreen Certificates only to Filipino 2006 nursing board passers who took and passed a re-take of the nursing licensure tests particularly Tests 3 and 5. It can be recalled that to address the problem on the employability of the affected Filipino nurses in the United States, Brion took the initiative of offering the voluntary re-take of Test 3 and 5 of the June 2006 Nursing Exam in coordination with the Board of Nursing (BON). During the exam retake last June, four lawyers hired by the CGFNS observed the conduct of the tests at testing centers in Manila, Baguio City, Cebu, and Davao. Brion said that the retake exam is a one-time opportunity since it is merely an accommodation for those took the leakage-tainted June 2006 licensure exam. “Those licensed retakers last June but failed cannot take another retake exam in December,” Brion said. “But let us not forget that this is just in compliance with the policy of the US. Those already licensed under the 2006 exam but failed to pass the retake can still practice their profession because they are already licensed nurses — but not in the US.” There were 17,000 nursing graduates passed the June 2006 licensure exam. With almost 14,000 already took the retake, Brion said that the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) expects 3,000 more to take the retake exam in December. Brion said that as in the June 2007 retake exam, there will be another round of special review classes by the nursing schools to start in October 2007. “Enrollment in the review is free and registration will start in mid-September,” he said. In the July 2007 retake exam, 11,172 examinees registered for the special review classes but only 8,284 actually attended the review classes. Some 2,066 retake examinees did not enrol for the special review classes at all. Meanwhile, Brion said that the Office of the DOLE Secretary located at the 7th Floor, DOLE Building, Muralla corner General Luna Streets, Intramuros, Manila shall start issuing Certificates to successful examinees starting on September 3, 2007, from 9am – 12n and 1:30pm – 4:30pm, upon presentation of the examinee’s PRC License. The examinees are advised to strictly follow the schedules for the release of individual Certificates. Those residing outside of Metro Manila who wish to claim their Certificates via the DOLE Regional Offices are advised to register with the Regional Office nearest their place of residence/work. The DOLE Central Office shall transmit (in batches) the Certificates within 3 days from receipt of notice from the Regional Office concerned. In either instance, all proxy claimants / representatives are required to present an authorization letter and a photocopy of the examinee’s PRC License (original license must be presented). The schedules are as follows: September 3, 2007 AALA – ANGELES September 4, 2007 ANGELO – BARCELON September 5, 2007 BARCELONA – BUMIDANG September 6, 2007 BUNAGAN – CASTILLO September 7, 2007 CASTILLON – CUARTEROS September 10, 2007 CUASAY – DIMAANO September 11, 2007 DIMACALE – FABROS September 12, 2007 FACTO – GIDOC September 13, 2007 GIL – JIMENEZ September 14, 2007 JIMERA – LLENA September 17, 2007 LLENES – MARCELO September 18, 2007 MARCIA – NAVARRIS September 19, 2007 NAVARRO – PACHO September 20, 2007 PANDAN – RACELIS September 21, 2007 RACHO – SABLES September 24, 2007 SABUD – SOMEJO September 25, 2007 SOMOROSTRO – TOMAS September 26, 2007 TOMBOC – VILLEGAS September 27, 2007 VILLENA – ZUŃIGA Source: Information and Publication Service
MANILA, Philippines — With a shortage of healthcare professionals amid an aging population, Finland is open to having Filipinos fill the gap, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday. Philippine Ambassador to Sweden Maria Zeneida Collinson said Finnish officials accepted her proposal to send a Philippine labor mission to Finland before the yearend to discuss the possible need for a bilateral labor agreement. Collinson’s post also covers Finland. In a meeting with Finnish government officials two weeks ago, she discussed the Philippines’ readiness to help alleviate Finland’s critical shortage of nurses and other healthcare professionals. Collinson, n her report to the home office, said Finland’s Minister of Employment and Economy Tarja Cronberg, as well as officials of the country’s Ministry of Interior, Immigration Department, and the Ministry of Social Welfare and Health, welcomed her proposal. She said the possible entry of Filipino healthcare professionals to Finland was first discussed a year ago and it resulted in the arrival on April 22 of a pilot of a group of eight Filipino nurses in the northern European country. These eight Filipino nurses received initial training and Finnish language lessons in the Philippines. There, they will be given further training so that they can qualify as a practical nurse. Collinson said some private sector groups plan to visit Manila in the next few months to help lay the groundwork for the official Philippine mission later in the year. According to the DFA, Finland is widely expected to be one of the first European countries to experience a demographic shock as an estimated 900,000 of its “baby boom” generation reach retirement age within the next 12 years. “With insufficient birth rates to offset the country’s rapidly aging population, the ensuing decline in the working-age population is predicted to lead to rising pensions and deteriorating healthcare services,” it said. — Veronica Uy INQUIRER.net http://www.inquirer.net/specialfeatures/nursingmatters/view.php?db=1&article=20080502-134193
The Professional Regulation Commission on Wednesday announced that 28,924 out of 67,728 passed the Nurse (first timers, repeaters, removals and voluntary retakers of all subjects) Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga last December 2007. Ten out of the 14 retakers as per Court of Appeals decision passed while 729 out of the 1,132 Special Certification Retakers for C.G.F.N.S. passed the examination. The number of passers represents 43.42 percent of the total examinees. It is lower than the 48 percent passing rate in the June 2007 licensure test. The oathtaking ceremony of the successful examinees will be held before the Board on March 17 and 18, with morning and afternoon sessions at the SMX Convention Center, at the back of the Mall of Asia, in Pasay City. The examinees are required to come in their white gala uniform, nurses cap, white duty shoes, without earrings, hair not touching the collar and without corsage, the PRC said in its announcement. Tickets for the oathtaking will be available starting February 28, 2008, at the Philippine Nurses’ Association, 1663 F.T. Benitez Street, Malate, Manila. — GMA http://www.gmanews.tv/story/81563/28924-out-of-67724-pass-Dec-nursing-licensure-exam
How Do You Decide Where to Work? Many nurses had an idea of the exact type of nursing they wanted to do before they even began nursing school. Sometimes they stayed true to this choice, and sometimes another rotation during nursing school opened their eyes to other possibilities and stole their heart. Some nurses had no idea what choices were even open to them until they went to nursing school. As they went through each rotation, they thought “this one is the one for me” until they began the next rotation and fell in love all over again. So how do you decide whether you want to be a newborn nursery nurse, or work in the NICU? Or do you want to be in the delivery room? Perhaps you like the challenges of the ER, or the ICU? Want something a little less hectic like an orthopedic unit or rehab? How does oncology appeal to you? Do you want to work in women’s health? Or do you see yourself working in a cardiac cath lab or in the OR? You don’t have to make those decisions right away. You could opt for a general med/surg experience first. This is especially useful if your nursing program has been a little light on offering you lots of hands on experience. Med/surg is an essential background if you want to go into home health nursing. You need at least a good solid year of med/surg first. This would be recommended before jumping into ICU and ER as well. Try a Teaching Hospital If you have an opportunity to work in a teaching hospital with med students this would be a great opportunity. You’ll see a wider variety of patients, illnesses, treatments and procedures. A Preceptor is Essential Look for an opportunity to have a preceptor or mentor for a minimum of three months. Six months to a year would be optimal. Some facilities also offer internship programs for new grad nurses which provide rotations through various departments in their facility. This can be a great way to learn more on the job and see how different departments run in the facility. Give yourself a good year to become comfortable in your skin as a new nurse. Then think more about where you’d like to spend some time. Some self-assessment questions you may want to consider in looking for your first or second job in nursing include: What clinical rotations interested you the most in school? And which the least? Do you want to work with babies, children, adults, the elderly, women, families? When do you want to work? (How many days, weekends, etc?) What are your salary requirements? Do you need benefits? Which ones? Are you going to continue your education and when? Do you aspire to be a manager or nurse educator eventually? By setting some goals and realistically looking at some requirements such as salary and benefits, you may narrow down your choices. The nursing shortage offers a unique opportunity to new nurses. Take time to explore your own needs and goals, and make the best package for yourself. This isn’t a lifelong commitment. You always have choices and options. Give an opportunity a fair chance, but if it’s not working for you, move on. If it is… grow with it. — Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN has had over 30 years experience in nursing, primarily in home health care. In addition to being a nurse, and mother of three, she is a webmaster, freelance writer, desktop publisher and researcher. She enjoys writing for patients and health care professionals as well as other professionals such as engineers, real estate agents, and financial planners. She has recently completed The Everything New Nurse Book for Adams Media. It will be available March 30, 2006. Her next book is in progress. It will be The Everything Guide to Careers in Health Care for Adams Media as well. It will be available January 2007.
PHILADELPHIA, PA — MARCH 5, 2007 — The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS International) Board of Trustees President Dr. Lucille Joel, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Barbara Nichols, and counsel to CGFNS John Ratigan met in extended discussion with the Philippine Task Force organized by Congressman Monico Puentevella on March 5 at CGFNS headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. They heard the Task Force present its concerns about CGFNS’s decision to deny VisaScreen® certification to the June 2006 passers of the Philippine Nursing Licensure Exam. In addition to Congressman Puentevella, the Task Force was composed of Dr. Leonor T. Rosero, Chair of the Philippine Professional Regulation Commission, Dr. Remigia Nathanielz, representing the Commission on Higher Education and Philippine Nurses Association, and the leader of a group of June 2006 nursing licensees, Renato Aquino. After listening to and reviewing the concerns of the delegation, Joel and Nichols explained that CGFNS’s decision was based on the requirements of U.S. law and was not subject to re-negotiation or further review. Dr. Joel and Dr. Nichols explained the following to the Philippine delegation that: * This decision was based on U.S. law, and what U.S. law required of CGFNS in the circumstances of the June 2006 examination. The key question was not what Philippine authorities did, but what U. S. authorities would have done in similar circumstances. * CGFNS determined that in the case of the June 2006 Philippine license examination, the compromise situation was handled in a way that was not comparable to the way it had been handled in the U.S. * CGFNS has been gathering information on this matter almost since it occurred. Dr. Nichols led a fact-finding team to Manila in September 2006 for exactly that purpose. CGFNS has been well and thoroughly informed of developments throughout this process. * As Dr. Nichols advised Dr. Rosero, the decision on this issue made and announced by the CGFNS Board of Trustees on February 14 was unanimous. That decision is final, and will not be reconsidered. The Philippine delegation accepted that fact. * We hope that is the message the delegation will take back to the Philippines — that the time for challenges and delegations is past. * The sooner the responsible authorities in the Philippines move forward to implement the steps for a re-take of Tests 3 and 5, without the need for Philippine nurses to surrender their current licenses in order to do so, the better it will be for all concerned. CGFNS announced on October 26, 2006 that it was questioning the eligibility for VisaScreen certification of the Philippine nurses who passed the Professional Regulation Commission’s (PRC) June 2006 nursing licensing exam based on the widespread allegations that the June 2006 Philippine Nursing Licensing Exam had been compromised. The CGFNS Board of Trustees directed its staff and counsel to review and assess whether the licensure process based on the challenged results of the June 2006 exam is “comparable” with that required for nurses licensed in America, as required by U.S. law. CGFNS then made a final determination on February 14, 2007 that the licensure process was not comparable and moved to deny VisaScreen certification for Philippine Nurses Who Passed the Compromised June 2006 Philippine Licensure Examination. The CGFNS VisaScreen Program, administered by the International Commission on Healthcare Professions (ICHP), a division of CGFNS, is a federal screening program mandated by U.S. immigration law. U.S. law designates CGFNS to determine whether internationally-educated healthcare professionals who wish to obtain a visa to practice in the U.S. possess education, training, license and experience that is “comparable with that required for an American healthcare worker of the same type.” The CGFNS decision provided a remedy by which the June passers could regain their eligibility for VisaScreen certification by re-taking and passing the compromised Tests 3 and 5 with a passing score of 75. CGFNS urged the Philippine authorities to authorize a re-take of those tests without surrender of licensure. The integrity of foreign licensing systems ultimately affects the health and safety of patients in the United States, a primary consideration of CGFNS in its role in evaluating foreign-educated healthcare workers under U.S. immigration law. The decision that was made final on February 14, 2007 supports this critical mission of CGFNS. CGFNS International is an internationally recognized authority on credentials evaluation and verification pertaining to the education, registration and licensure of nurses and healthcare professionals worldwide. CGFNS International is an immigration-neutral, nonprofit organization with 30 years of experience in certifying the credentials of over 450,000 internationally educated nurses and other healthcare workers. source: www.cgfns.org
Manila, chosen as new site for NCLEXďż˝ examinations The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBNďż˝) recently announced that it has selected Manila as a new site for the administration of the NCLEXďż˝ examinations. This decision has been made during the NCSBN’s Board of Directors meeting last Feb. 8, 2007. NCLEX examinations has been offered abroad since January 2005 on the following international sites : London, England; Seoul, South Korea; Hong Kong; Sydney, Australia; Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, Canada; Frankfurt, Germany; Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai, India; Mexico City, Mexico; Taipei, Taiwan; and Chiyoda-ku and Yokohama, Japan. All security policies and procedures that are currently being used to administer the NCLEX examination in the mentioned locations will be fully implemented in Manila. According to the press release at the NCSBN website (www.ncsbn.org/1152.htm), no schedule of implementation has been set as of this time.
Information Provided by Kaplan Test Prep Taking the NCLEX? exam can be… well, let’s just say stress-inducing. To help you out, check out our NCLEX? questions and answers for the exam. And even though being nervous is completely natural, we have a few tips that can help reduce your anxiety as the test date approaches. Some Hot Tips Always keep a set of flashcards (whether bought or self-made) on hand in order to make use of traveling/commuting time. Set up a feasible study schedule early and plan to stick to it. There is nothing worse than wasting time feeling guilty for not adhering to an impossible schedule. When doing problems, read all of the answers, not just those you get right. This will reinforce your understanding as well as ensure that your original mode of thinking was correct. As you go through problems, mark the ones you miss. That way, you will be able to review those questions you had trouble with at a later date. Do not plan to spend every free moment studying. You need to reward yourself for your hard work once in a while. Make plans to see a movie with a friend, cook dinner, or take a trip to the gym. Bring energy food to the exam. A full day of testing can take a lot out of anyone. Raisins, chocolate, and nuts are great snacks. The night before the exam, pull out all of your paperwork and make sure you know where you have to be and at what time. Confirm any lodging and/or travel arrangements you have made. And try to relax. You have studied hard up to the test – passing is just a matter of calming down and facing the exam in an objective manner. Make plans to celebrate after your exam. You will have earned it! Copyright ?2000 by Kaplan Inc. NCLEX is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. and is not affiliated with this site.
Laparoscopic comes from two Greek words. Lapara means â€śsoft parts of the body between the rib margins and the hipsâ€ť.Â Skopein means â€śto see or view or examineâ€ť.Â Laparoscopy is a kind of surgical procedure which a small incision is made, usually in the navel, through which a viewing tube is inserted.Â It has a small camera on the eyepiece which allows the Doctor to examine the abdominal and the pelvic organs on a video monitor which connected to the tube.
A Laparoscopic Nurse Practitioner is a nurse that specifically handles patients that undergo Laparoscopic surgery acting as the principal assistant during the surgery per se under the management and direction of the Laparoscopic surgeon and specializes in the comprehensive care of these types of patients.
A Laparoscopic Nurse also have administrative functions from admission, evaluation, initial operative care and the control of pain of patients undergoing Laparoscopic surgery.Â Admission pertains to the acquisition of background information of the patients. Evaluation refers to the assessment of patients to check their suitability and capability to undergo surgery per the established protocols of the hospital. This is important to reduce the need for the patient to stay and wait for oneâ€™s turn for the surgery.Â Consequently, the nurse should proactively instigate and coordinate the release planning of a patient before admission. With these functions, the nurse should establish and maintain constant open communications and relationships with all ward staff and specialized teams created to conduct surgery for specific patients.Â He/ she should also coordinate and arrange the nursing care plan with patients and effectively relay the said plan as well as the policies to the concerned families. Because the nurse must always maintain contact with patients and families, he/ she must maintain accessible service during the duration of the patientâ€™s stay for the patient care, education, pain and wound control and provision of immediate response to any complaint from the patient and his family.Â As part of continuing healthcare service, the nurse is also tasked to conduct follow up on patientâ€™s condition as needed or instructed by the surgeon.Â Meanwhile, quality care monitoring should be conducted by preparation and provision of regular reports which should be constantly collaborated with medical and nursing teams.
Where to Start Information provided by Kaplan Test Prep Looking for a new job is never easy. But searching for one when you have no significant experience can be a nightmare. So make sure to leave enough time to look for work. If you’re just changing jobs, begin your search a minimum of two months before you plan to start in your new workplace. If you’re a new graduate, it’s best to start your employment search one year before your date of graduation. Do Your Homework Attending job fairs and career days is a great way to look for nursing-specific opportunities. You should also visit college career placement offices and read ads in newspaper and telephone yellow pages, healthcare publications, and professional journals. Network with friends, faculty, relatives, and co-workers. Attend professional meetings for practical advice and for referrals for job opportunities. Once you’re interested in a particular organization, phone their recruiting offices or personnel department requesting information about the hospital or organization, an application, and a job description. Start a folder on each employer you are considering. Gather all the information about a prospective employer and evaluate it carefully. Ask Questions About Possible Employers Investigating potential employers before you send out resumes or show up for the interview gives you a competitive extra edge. You’ll know in advance whether the company deals with the area you’re interested in, whether there’s room for growth and promotion, and what the company’s growth potential is like. Based on these facts, you’ll be able to evaluate the companies for yourself, ruling out some employers, and creating a list of favorite companies. You’ll also be able to incorporate this knowledge into your cover letter or interview, which will no doubt impress the potential employer. So what types of information should you know? Try finding out the answers to some of these questions: – What is the location and size of the institution? – Is it a community based or national corporation? – Is it affiliated with a university and is it research-oriented? – What specialty areas are available? – What services are provided to consumers? – What is the organizational structure, that is, the lines of authority? – What is the financial status? – Is this a profit or not-for-profit institution? Check Out the Annual Report and Mission Statement Another aspect to investigate during your job search are the values of the organization. This is especially important in several sectors of the healthcare industry. For instance, if you’re a devout Catholic, you may not want to take a job at a health clinic that is pro-choice. Make sure that you don’t have issues with the values, management style, or benefits of the organization you are investigating. Some issues to find out about are: – the institution sickness or wellness oriented? – What does the institution value most? – What is the management style? – What is the philosophy of nursing? – How is patient care organized: primary care or the team concept? – What are the work schedule options? – What is the salary? – What benefits are available? – What is the basis for raises? – Do they have tuition reimbursement, retirement plans, or profit-sharing programs? – Are there career advancement opportunities?
The health care industry and the Internet have always made uneasy bedfellows, although the relationship has improved dramatically in recent years. Initially, when the Internet was less regulated, health care professionals were crying foul at the proliferation of unlicensed pharmacies and unlicensed practitioners doing business via the World Wide Web. While those complaints have subsided coinciding with a new set of laws for e-commerce, many health care professionals are still wary of the influence of the Internet on the industry as a whole. Some medical practitioners lauded the onslaught of web sites that offer free medical information while others saw it as an intrusion to their authority. Health care education suffered the same fate for quite some time. While many in the medical community saw an opportunity to expand the opportunities for health care education, others were skeptical. Today, it is accepted that an online education is just as viable for most areas of study as a traditional campus education. While there are some positions in health care that will always require hands on learning, many can be effectively taught online. Most universities that offer online curriculum are now making degree programs in health care available. Administrative programs are the most widely offered, although there are several that lean toward the clinical side of the industry. Nurses, in particular, have a variety of choices when it comes to online education. Several bachelors of Science degrees in nursing have become a popular way for nurses with LPN or RN licensure to advance their education. The emergence of online educational opportunities for the health care industry will have a positive effect in the next several years. With an aging baby boomer population, positions in health care are expected to rise well above the average for all other industries. New positions will be created and both new and existing positions will need to be filled. Online degree programs offer many the chances to work in the health care industry that otherwise might not be able to because of scheduling conflicts that keep them from attending traditional universities. [AuthorBio] –> To earn a nursing degree online visit www.careersinhealthcare.info/ To search other online degrees visit www.searchforclasses.com To learn more about online degrees visit kaplan.searchforclasses.com/
I initially chose my career in nursing for financial reasons. One of my friends had become a registered nurse and was making a very comfortable living. When we would get together, I would often ask her questions about the time commitment involved with becoming an RN and what she liked and disliked about the job. Being a close friend, she tried her best to paint an accurate picture for me of what her daily work was all about and certainly didn’t sugarcoat her position. While I was interested in what she had to say, I was much more interested in finding a way to quickly raise my earning potential. I enrolled in a nursing program and worked part time while I went to school. After graduation, I was able to get a job at a senior care facility. I was already prepared for the worst I might encounter and was looking forward to getting my first paycheck. My first paycheck came and went, and while I was happy to be earning a high hourly wage, my focal point had shifted. You see, for the first time in my working life, I actually looked forward to going to work. It’s not that I ever hated any particular previous job so much that I dreaded coming in, but more that I always viewed work as a necessary evil. Nursing changed that for me. Everyday, I get to help people. I comfort them when they need to be comforted. I listen when they need someone to talk to. I have a very busy schedule, and not everything I do is rewarding or even pleasant, but there are aspects of this job that make me feel like I am really making a difference to someone. Three months after I started my job, one of our patients unexpectedly passed away. When his family came for the wake and funeral, they made a point to stop by the facility and thank me. Apparently, this man had told them several times of how kind I was to him and how much he appreciated it. Hearing this made me cry, but it also made me happy that my efforts were appreciated. It’s now been a few years since I first graduated from the nursing program. I’m going to earn an online bachelor’s of science in nursing while I continue at my job. My hope is to eventually become head nurse, although I want to avoid moving into an administrative position. I like spending my workday caring for patients. The feeling I get from my job is worth more than any paycheck could ever be. [AuthorBio] –> To earn a nursing degree online visit www.careersinhealthcare.info/ To search other online degrees visit www.searchforclasses.com
Because of the sudden upsurge of Filipino nursing graduates including those who were unfortunate enough to pass the licensure exams for nurses, the Philippines has a great supply of nurses that are scampering for the meager vacancies for nurses in the country. Hence, despite the strong demand for nurses abroad, there is still an oversupply of nurses at home. Because of this, there are many nursing graduates as well as nurses who remain unemployed or underemployed in the country.