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What is the NCLEX?

by Howard Gerber on August 10, 2010

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Anyone who wants to become a registered nurse will quickly become familiar with the NCLEX. NCLEX is short for the National Council Licensure Examination. There are actually two versions, the NCLEX-RN and the NCLEX-PN. The NCLEX-RN is the test that a candidate must past before becoming a registered nurse and the NCLEX-PN is for practical nurses. These tests are the culmination of years of study and are the final step a nursing student must take before being admitted into the world of nursing. As with any licensure test, they are extremely stressful. Before you can register for the test, you must first apply with your state nursing board for your nursing license. They will then determine if you are eligible for the examination.

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On June 22, the White House released a Patient’s Bill of Rights, which is actually a group of regulations aimed at helping patients find affordable health insurance. While most of the media focus has been on how these new regulations will help patients, there are measures that will be beneficial to the business of healthcare. By this, I mean that individuals will have a greater ability to choose and visit the healthcare provider they want. With fewer limits, these providers should see an increase in business which will allow them to retain, and possibly even gain, employees. With the new regulations, there should be an increase in the demand for health care workers from all fields and at all levels of experience. [continue reading…]

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Leftover Medications at the End of the School Year

by Howard Gerber on July 20, 2010

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One of the primary roles of a school nurse is to dispense medications that have been brought in by parents. A doctor may prescribe medications for conditions such as asthma, allergies, migraines, infection, or pain. Over the counter medications may also be brought in for students by their parents, such as a pain relievers, antihistamines, or eye drops.  All of these medications are kept in a secure location and accessible only by a nurse or other school official. At the end of the school year, some medications will be left over. Several steps need to be taken by the school nurse in order to dispose of the medications prior to leaving for the summer. [continue reading…]

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Surviving Your First Year as a Nurse

by Howard Gerber on July 13, 2010

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Making the transition from a nursing student to a full time nurse can by very trying. You no longer have someone constantly watching your work to tell you if you are doing a good job or if you have messed up. You are entirely responsible for the comfort and safety of your patients and the stress associated with that responsibility can be substantial. Use these five tips to make your first year of nursing more enjoyable. [continue reading…]

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Healthcare Jobs Available at Schools Now!

by Howard Gerber on July 7, 2010

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People who do not work within the school system often think all aspects of a school and the school district shut down when the students leave for the summer. This could not be further from the truth. The school board and district offices remain open around the year. Even the individual schools are staffed all year. Principals, assistant principals, coaches, some teachers, counselors, and office staff are all on duty getting ready for the following year. In fact, it is during the first few weeks of the students’ summer vacation that schools begin to aggressively search for new employees. [continue reading…]

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