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Options in Nursing: Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse

by Howard Gerber on February 26, 2015

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iStock_000009107094Small lpn-licensed-practical-nurse-jobsNursing can be a great profession. It is a career where an individual can know the work they do matters. Nurses have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of their patients. For those interested in the nursing profession, there are several options for the type of degree they can earn. One degree that usually can be earned in as little as a year is a practical nursing degree. [continue reading…]

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Is an Online BSN Program Right for You?

by Howard Gerber on February 12, 2015

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online-nursing-school-degreeCongratulations if you have decided to take the next step in your nursing career and get an advanced degree! Earning a bachelor’s of nursing degree can open new doors in the medical field. Nurses who earn a BSN degree may have the opportunity to work in management, education, discharge planning, and more. [continue reading…]

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Options in Nursing: Working as a Surgical Nurse

by Howard Gerber on January 29, 2015

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surgical-nurse-career-pathsThere are many options in nursing if you are interested in treating a wide variety of patients. For instance, working in surgery is a specialty that can be further divided into sub specialties. Working as a surgical nurse can be a challenging and exciting nursing career.

One thing nursing students may not be aware of is that there are different nursing jobs in the operating room. Below are two different options for those who are interested in surgical nursing. [continue reading…]

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Joining a Professional Nursing Association

by Howard Gerber on January 2, 2015

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join-nursing-associationWhether you are a recent graduate of a nursing program or a seasoned nurse, there are many options when it comes to joining nursing associations. A nursing association is a professional organization aimed at supporting and advancing the nursing profession. [continue reading…]

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How to De-Stress After Your Nursing Shift

by Howard Gerber on December 26, 2014

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de-stress tips for nursesEveryone has days when they feel stressed out, and if you work in healthcare, you may have had many. Healthcare can be a very stressful job. Even if you love the work, there can be days when stress is high.

What Causes Stress Among Healthcare Workers?

Working in healthcare can be tough for a number of reasons. In some situations, healthcare workers may be dealing with life and death circumstances, which is a lot of pressure even for the calmest person. In addition, patients can be demanding when they do not feel well. Healthcare workers may also have to deal with pressure to meet a certain level of productivity, which can add to feeling overwhelmed. Additionally, employees who work the graveyard shift may be dealing with an unconventional sleep schedule.

The Cost of Stress

A little stress is unavoidable and can keep you alert. But chronic stress is never a good thing. Too much stress can lead to depression and interfere with relationships. Stress can also cause burnout and a poor job performance.

In addition to emotional issues, stress can also cause physical problems to develop. According to the Mayo Clinic, chronic stress increases your chances of developing conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes. Too much stress can also increase cortisol levels in the blood, which may lead to problems losing weight and sleep difficulties.

Finding Time to Relax

With all the possible consequences of stress, making time to de-stress should be a priority. If you are a healthcare worker, you are probably used to taking care of others. But it is essential to recognize signs of stress in yourself. Signs of stress include:

  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping excessively
  • Depression
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Physical complaints, such as headaches
  • Feeling anxious frequently
  • Increased anger or moodiness

Ways to De-Stress

There are several ways to combat stress. But it may take a little trial and error to determine what works best for you.

Exercise: Whether you enjoy walking, swimming or dance classes, getting regular exercise is one of the best ways you can de-stress. Exercise releases chemicals in the brain, which help promote relaxation. Try to do some type of aerobic activity for a minimum of 20 minutes on most days.

Deep Breathing: If you are looking for a quick way to relax, deep breathing may do the trick. When you feel stress building, take a minute and breathe deep. Slow, deep breathing can lower your blood pressure and decrease anxiety.

Laugh: It is hard to feel stressed, when you are smiling. Think about it. How did you feel after you had a really good laugh? The answer is, probably pretty good. Laughing releases endorphins, which are chemicals that boost mood. Find things that make you laugh. Read a funny book, watch a comedy, or spend time with people who make you laugh. Laughing is good for stress reduction

Counseling: In some cases, professional help dealing with stress may be needed. If you don’t see a reduction in your stress level, after trying some things at home, consider talking to a counselor who can provide you with ways to cope with stress.

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Nursing Certifications You Should Consider

by Howard Gerber on November 20, 2014

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types-of-nursing-certifications-nihss-acls-palsIf you are planning on working as a nurse traveler, you want to make yourself as marketable as possible. Depending on where you want to travel, assignments can be competitive. Maybe you don’t have the time or desire to go back to school for a bachelor’s or master’s degree, but you still want to enhance your skills. There are several certifications you can earn in as little as a weekend, which increase your knowledge and your chances of being offered a great travel assignment. Certification classes are often offered at hospitals, colleges, and private companies. [continue reading…]

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Discharge Planning as a Nursing Career

by Howard Gerber on November 13, 2014

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discharge-nurse-nursing-career-specialtyThere are several types of nursing careers that do not involve direct patient care. One option for nurses with at least a few years of experience is discharge planning. Discharge planners are registered nurses who help patients with the transition to their next level of care when leaving the hospital. In some situations, it may involve making arrangements for care in the patient’s home or placement in a nursing home or rehabilitation hospital. [continue reading…]

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