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How Nurses Can Brighten a Patient’s Day

Nurses have a significant effect on patients. They spend more time with patients than doctors and other specialists do, which means that they are more in tune with patients’ needs and concerns. Since many patients in hospitals and clinics are sad, angry, upset, or otherwise negatively affected by their condition, nurses must go the extra mile in order to make a patient’s experience more comfortable and less painful.

1. Being there – One of the worst parts of the hospital experience is the constant testing, recording, and evaluating that patients must go through. A nurse is a patient’s main human link during their stay. Nurses can make a huge difference with simple gestures such as learning a patient’s name, sitting at their level during conversation, truly listening to their concerns, and acknowledging their presence when discussing them with other healthcare professionals.

2. Empowerment – It can be humiliating and frustrating for patients to feel helpless in a hospital bed instead of out doing their jobs or taking care of their families. Even though patients aren’t in control of their illness, nurses can empower them by letting them make decisions each day, from meal choices to treatment plans.

3. Calming fears – Nurses often act as counselors to patients who are worried about an upcoming surgery or the lasting effects of their illness. They can validate this concern by patiently listening, then calm those fears by offering words of encouragement to help them get through the struggles ahead.

4. Respect – A few polite gestures can go a long way towards earning a patient’s respect, from asking a patient what he/she would like to be called to explaining difficult concepts slowly and with patience. This respect helps a patient trust the nurse and eases their fears and anxiety about the experience.

Nurses go to great lengths to make sure patients are comfortable, at ease, and happy during their stay in a health care facility. Has a nurse made a difference in your life?

This article was written by Erin McKinney, who is a licensed nurse practitioner. Erin also owns the site Masters of Nursing for students interested in getting an advanced degree in the nursing field.

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The demand for health care workers has risen considerably over the past few decades because of the general increase in population that has taken place all over the world. Due to a lack of human resources, more and more health care facilities are hiring nurses and LPNs. The time and costs that are associated with nursing degrees has led many to consider becoming nursing assistants or LPN’s instead.

The normal course duration of a standard nursing education is around 4 years. Though several schools have a two year program as well, this course is usually very tough both academically and financially. Many people who wanted to become nurses are now considering becoming LPN’s instead due to its high demand in the medical sector as well as the pay that LPNs get.

One of the prime reasons why people tend to go for LPN courses is because it takes less time to complete a LPN course (1 to 2 year) than a traditional nursing course (4 year). LPN courses are offered by many colleges and school throughout the world. LPN’s are also known as LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) in some states and a LPN course is generally hailed as the first step that a person can take towards a nursing career.

It’s important to understand that RNs and LPNs have different responsibilities when it comes to hospitals. RNs are responsible for a wider range of responsibilities than LPNs. An LPN basically learns to deal with the basics of nursing, such as giving patients oral medications, monitoring his vital signs and ensuring his general comfort and well being. As mentioned above LPN education is more focused on getting people acquainted with a basic, entry level nursing education.

Nowadays LPN degrees are even offered online, these online degrees are ideal for those individuals who want to study and work at the same time. Several sites on the internet offer online LPN courses, not only are these online courses more convenient but they are more cost effective too. And the great thing about them is that they provide students with the same quality education that they would get in a traditional classroom setting.

In order to become a registered LPN you are required to pass an exam. These exams usually take place after the 12 to 9 month course. The filing of applications for the NCLEX-PN exam has to be made to the state board of nursing, just like nurses.

After successful clearing of your exam you can start to practice your expertise. The employment opportunities for LPNs are great at the moment and many LPN’s are hired by nursing homes and hospitals. The average salary of a LPN varies in between the $30,000 to $36,000 mark; it varies according to the place you are employed at.

Having a LPN education also gives you ample time to consider whether a medical career is the right one for you. The LPN program helps you fine tune the skills that you would need in order to become a competent RN. The LPN education program is a great way to get a glimpse as just what life would be like as a registered nurse.

Why You Should Buy Penny Stocks And Large Caps

Most investors and traders alike understand the dissimilarity between penny stocks and blue chip stocks. The stark difference is such that they can easily be placed on opposite ends in comparison. One is an industry of very limited resources with a small market capitalization whereas the other is a corporation with strong reputation in market and ample capital resources.

I believe investors should own both types of stocks for different reasons.

A Bit About Penny Stocks

Penny stocks are offered by those firms which are in the growth stage, are relatively new in the market, and where there is often uncertainty with the future of the company. The shares are sold at a much lower price – typically less than a dollar. These companies are attractive to traders mainly due to the possibility of the company shifting from a growth stage to a point where they can rapidly expand, along with the share price.

There is definite risk involved but with little speculation the investor gets to be a part of an up-and-coming company which can turn out to be very profitable. Read the rest of this entry »

Parties in Ban Tai in Koh Phangan

Thailand has several names. One of them is the ‘land of the free’. This moniker is partly because Thailand was never taken over by the British or the Japanese, and partly because Thai people tend to value their independence. When first going to Thailand it can be hard to understand how a country with prevalent traditional Buddhist values also is the world center for transsexuals. It is not a permissive attitude like in Western Europe that explains this seeming contradiction, but rather a ‘live and let live’ philosophy – one’s own karma is one’s own business.

The land of the free can also refer to the fact that Thailand remains a fairly decentralized country. In the south particularly they speak their own dialect and tend to ignore or just pay lip service to the edicts coming from Bangkok.

An example of this is the parties around the small village of Ban Tai on the tropical island of Koh Phangan. Ever since the Full Moon Party in Haad Rin started attracting big crowds there has been a general proliferation of all night techno and trance parties on the island. Read the rest of this entry »

Want To Enjoy Your Wedding? Here’s A Wedding Poses Checklist That Works

You’ve got enough to do planning your wedding without stressing about what photographs you need to tell your photographer to take. I’ve been a wedding photographer for coming up for 10 years now and have a pretty good system for this which I hope you like. It makes sure the photographer knows that they’re doing, but gives them some freedom to get on with it, and won’t take up your whole day.

It’d be nice if you’ve got a bit of time to enjoy yourself with you friends and family rather than being pushed from pillar to post for photos. Read the rest of this entry »

Time for You to “Get With It”: A Guide to Making Pour Over Coffee at Home

Pour over coffee first became a ‘trendy subject’ about a year and a half ago.  Before then it was only really discussed by baristas, coffee roasters, and other active members of the specialty coffee community (myself included).  Yet, even then, when we spoke about it I never thought about making it at home – I guess I just hadn’t tried enough of it to realize its potential and more than anything else, I had no idea how inexpensive and  simple the entire process was.

Yes, it is very simple – and I will teach you how to make pour over coffee at home. Read the rest of this entry »

The Weber Genesis S320 Home Gas Grill for Your Backyard

If you take home barbecue seriously and you want the best food for your family, then Weber is the way to go. They have a numerous grills in their line of great home barbecues, and perhaps the Genesis S320 is the best. You can’t beat quality Weber construction and ultimate performance that will deliver wonderful culinary memories.

This is much more than a simple barbecue, it will become a part of your home and backyard, and a valuable contributor to wonderful family memories. Like many other Weber products, chances are this one is going to last you for years and that means you get full value even though it has a high initial purchase price. Not everyone will be eager to spend $1000 on a new gas grill, but it might actually be more cost effective if the alternative is constantly replacing cheaper models. Read the rest of this entry »

Mineral Makeup Review: Youngblood vs Neutrogena

Choosing from the plethora of mineral makeup products that are on the market today can be problematic. There are various price ranges to consider and do you get involved in an auto shipping program?

Are the brands available on the high street as good as those advertised on infomercials or vice-versa? Here are two of the product lines that we recommend. Take what you can from this article about these 2 and if you are still not swayed either way, at least you have a few reference points to measure against other products. Read the rest of this entry »

Three Of The Best Anti Aging Creams On The Market

Today’s scientific advances have led us to create some of the best anti aging creams for far less in cost than they were in the past. My colleague Bree Roberts from created a list of her top 10 best anti aging products. I set out to create a similar list, albeit much smaller. The following three products are highly effective at removing wrinkles and age spots.

Suzanne Hydra Lift Treatment

The Suzanne Hydra Lift Treatment is one of my favorite anti aging products. The manufacturer recommends applying this treatment every morning and night for maximum results. If desired, you can combine the Suzanne Treatment with a base moisturizer to speed up the process of revitalization. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Be Cursed by Cash: Bootstrap to Grow Your Business

One of my good friends was one of the first employees of a local software startup. The company had some interesting technology that would help big corporations find higher quality job candidates for positions they were looking to fill. The goal was to cut in on the business of the big headhunting businesses who charge corporations big commissions when they place a new employee.

The software that drove the business was pretty sexy (in a nerdy way, of course). Individual investors as well as groups were putting in cash, on the order of millions of dollars. The startup even had the classic brash young CEO who was going to set the world on fire with the new product. Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s Talk About the Pros and Cons of Online Dating for Christians

It is amazing to see how the online dating world has quickly embraced Christian dating with so much of excitement. The virtual online meeting place offered by the dating community all over the world  has naturally evolved  as a perfect setting to meet like-minded individuals, and helped to embark upon a happy and rewarding relationship between Christian singles .

The good part about online dating is that many obstacles to your initial nervousness get removed and the online process itself helps surpass  the barrier of “breaking the ice’ between two people who come in contact online. In short the setup,  your initial teething problems, extra time, and friends chatter get automatically removed. But despite this, don’t make the mistake of thinking that online dating for Christians can be easy. Read the rest of this entry »

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