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Focus on Nosocomial Infection?

January 4, 2015 Category :Nursing Articles 0

A nosocomial infection is an infection acquired in a hospital or health care facility that was not present when the client was admitted in the hospital.  A nosocomial infection also include those infections that become symptomatic after the client is discharged and infections passed to other medical personnel.  Nosocomial infections, also termed as hospital acquired infections, typiaclly fall into four categories: urinary tract, surgical wounds, pneumonia, and septicemia.

Usually, nosocomial infections are transmitted by health care personnels.  These healthcare personnel fail to practice proper hand hygiene or sometimes when they fail to change gloves between client contacts.

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Straight-From-The-Pantry Hair Probem Solvers

January 3, 2015 Category :Nursing Articles 0

The best hair helpers may be right in your kitchen.  Here’s are some straight-from-the-pantry problem solvers

Apple cider vinegar deep cleans hair and removes styling-product buildup.
Pour one cup over web, unwashed hari (amount depends on your hair length; use more or less depending on your hair length). Then shampoo and condition as usual.  Do this once a week.

Beer smooths rough-up damaged cuticle that make hair look dull and streghthens hair with proteins. Shampoo and condition, then pour a bottle of dark stout beer over wet hair.  Rinse well.  Try it once a month.

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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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Prostate Cancer Treatment

January 1, 2015 Category :Nursing Articles 0

Of all the disease that a person obtains, cancer is the one that is scary. Having a cancer is a hard battle to win, but because of the latest and effective way in treating the disease this illness can be cure. One of the deadliest diseases the country today is the Prostate Cancer. What is cancer first; the word “cancer” encompasses a multifarious set of more than 100 different types of sickness. Cancer can influence in a minute the different organs in the body. The developing stage of the cancer is when the normal cells in the body start to multiply non-stop.

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What is Ligation?

December 31, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 0

Ligation is a process where a stitch is joined surrounding an anatomical construction to lock it off. Ligation has different procedures, these includes the following;

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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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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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The Changing Role of Nurses

December 26, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 0

During the ancient civilization, the work of nurses had long been related to nurturing pregnant women and infants. Although obviously they were not called nurses then, people who perform these functions are actually nurses because they provide caring. During wars, nurses attend to those who were injured in the battle. Still later, nurses were more involved in taking care of the sick or those who have illness.

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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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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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Getting job for new qualified nurses

November 30, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles| Nursing Jobs 0

Every year, there are thousands of newly qualified nurses that are produced in the Philippines who in turn join the million more Filipinos in the labor market looking for jobs.  In short, there is an obvious difficulty of getting a job even for qualified nurses in the Philippines.  Are there really no available jobs for nurses?  The truth is there is really a great demand for nurses both locally and internationally.  Unfortunately, the local health care industry just does not have the sufficient funds to accommodate additional nurses and address the shortage.  According to HealthWrights in 2004, there is 1 nurse for every 16,000 Filipinos.   The ideal nurse to patient ration is 1:1000.   Hence, there is a backlog of additional 15 nurses for every 16,000 Filipinos.     Since it’s about healthcare, a higher ratio would always be an improvement.   Hence, the number of Filipino nurses could have ideally helped improve the health care situation in the Philippines and could have sufficiently get employed by today.

With local employment difficult to find, the next logical option for nurses is to find employment abroad. Many research studies claim that there is a great demand of nurse professionals  abroad because of the aging population of certain countries and their corresponding decreasing supply of nurses.  This is actually true especially in the US and the UK.  However, it is still difficult to get a job in these countries especially with the rigorous requirements that they impose.  Chances are, one can opt to find employment in countries where it is easier to secure visas and work permits like the middle east and find your way to Canada, the US or the UK.  A great percentage of Filipino nurses can still find work abroad although not immediately in US, Canada or the UK.

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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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Resume Tips for Health Care Professionals

November 28, 2014 Category :HealthCare Companies| Hospitals| Nursing Articles| Nursing Jobs 0

The healthcare profession has taken leaps in terms of advancements in the last two decades as healthcare institutions are increasingly becoming perceptive in controlling cost and boosting productivity. Funding support especially from government organization had curtailed subsidies and allowable expenses, which one’s healthcare resume must consider and reflect an understanding of these trends.  Generally, one’s resume must provide clear evidence of one’s academic training, skills, and experience. This should be reinforced by a commitment to quality and the willingness to continually grow professionally for oneself and the company to be served.  Following are simple tips to prepare a healthcare resume.

Format. The chronological format used is the most common format used in a resume which presents ones work experience in a historical manner. An alternative format especially for an experienced professional is to use a functional format which presents one’s work experience according to skills, thereby providing better emphasis.

Target Employers Needs. Employers need to know if your skills would match their needs.  Is therefore advisable to include a short descriptive statement of how each listed skills can fit the company requirements and contribute to advancing company services.

Specify details if necessary. Itemize facts or elements that you think relates to the healthcare institution that you are applying for.  For instance, note if your previous employer was a public hospital, a 200-bed tertiary hospital, and the departments to which one was assigned.

Use healthcare lingo.  Every profession has its own vernacular.  In the case of the healthcare industry, it utilizes different acronyms and jargon, which is normally known and comprehensible only among health professionals.  The use of such jargon will help reflect one’s experience and expertise in the profession.

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The Value of Medical Telemarketing Service to Health Care Industry

November 27, 2014 Category :Medical Transcription| Nursing Articles 0

Value or the worth of being a telemarketer in the service health care industry is very important for the medical institutions.  It helps them to broaden their choices or the knowledge on how it works, how it’s done, how to use and other medical terms the product or services use.  Telemarketing is very powerful medium for those who wanted to know more about a certain product or services.  They use telemarketing strategy to have their feedbacks or a survey for the product they are going to release in the market. Many medical telemarketing services offer to the public, one good example is medicine, for the product to make available to the buying public, they will use the telephone to market and make a survey regarding the said product, what taste would be love by people, pricing, is it affordable can be bought by public and maybe shapes and many others characteristic the product might look like.  The best way for the Health care industry is that they give the doctors their medicines samples for their patients to try the product.  In this way they can certainly examine if the product will be out in the market, if they will use the product or does the medicine will patronize by the buying public.

When it comes on the value of medical telemarketing service to the health care industry, for the new medical instruments to be out on the market, the telemarketer must be expert in communicating with the hospital or head of a certain health care industry. They must explain thoroughly the merchandise on how it works, the benefits in using the said item, is it affordable can be afford by the middle income earner if the product will give a soothing effect or does it gives a healing effect on the patients.  Being a telemarketer one must be good in communicating.  Must understand the medical marketing world, so that if the medical Industry has something to ask regarding the product they introduce they will easily and comfortably answers the question on the best knowledge and expertise they have.

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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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How Nurses Prevent Hypertension

November 24, 2014 Category :Nursing Articles 0

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How Nurses Save Patient Lives

November 23, 2014 Category :All About Nursing| Nursing Articles 0

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