The Secret of Being a Good Nurse.

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The Secret of Being a Good Nurse.

“Tell me the secret of being a good nurse.” my student asked me as we wrapped up a busy day of clinical.  I smiled at her, the truth is, there is a secret to being a good nurse – but it is one that is not easily taught, nor can be measured by a grade on a medical surgical exam or by one’s SAT score.  These measures help of course, but I have met many brilliant nurses whose bedside manner is lacking, and many nurses who struggled in school, who by the bedside are the greatest gift a patient could ever have.

I reversed the question to her “What do you think makes a good nurse?”

“I thought it was experience, ” she said “but the more time I spend on the floor, I realize that experience is not just the answer”.  And she was right on.  Experience has much to do with being a good nurse, but it’s not everything.

There is something innately “supernatural” in the best of nurses – for lack of a better term – let’s call it “Nursing Intuition”.  It’s an innate alert system deeply wired into the best of our nurses that identifies something is wrong, before machines or others have noticed subtle changes. A nurses intuition is that innate sense that tells you that there has been a change in your patient from bad to worse, before the high-tech monitors have yet to identify a change in status.  It is the “feeling” that occurs when you walk in a room and know that something is “wrong”.

I have seen it, witnessed it, lived it. Those subtle moments where the hair on the back of your neck stands up, or the feeling of “dread” comes over you for no other reason than you crossed the threshold into your patients room and realized that things were not quite right.  The best nurses, respond to these feelings – they listen to their intuition and they investigate the cause of their unsettled feelings.  The best nurses know that nursing intuition will save the lives of their patients, and it is often what stands between devastating outcomes and life saving ones.

Intuition is innate in each of us  - but due to the modern state of medicine and the world, we have relied less on intuition to guide us, and more on the machines which monitor our patients.  The secret to being a good nurse is to never let go of your intuition – develop it, use it, treasure it. The best of nurses know that the secret of being a good nurse, lies in their ability to identify a change of status before bad becomes worse – and relying  on their nursing intuition in addition to advancements in modern medicine to save the lives of their patients.

The Secret of Being a Good Nurse.

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What’s the Difference? LPN vs. RN vs. BSN

What's The Difference? LPN vs RN vs BSN

What’s The Difference? LPN vs RN vs BSN

For many nursing hopefuls, the path to RN can be blurred with excessive amounts of information. How do I become an RN?  What is an LPN? What’s the difference between an RN or BSN nurse? For these questions, there are also answers, so for those who are new to the field of nursing, have no fear! We’re here to break down duration, necessary core classes, pre-requisites; and the main difference between the various nursing levels as well as the known salaries of the distinctive nurse titles. Remember that things like core classes can vary, so be sure to check with your local counselor for specific details.

LPN- LPN stands for Licensed Practical Nurse, or Practical nurse/ LVNs (Licensed Vocational Nurse)

Duration of degree: Becoming an LPN/LVN takes the least amount of time to complete. The program in most states ranges between 12-18 months.

Education: Within a normal LPN/LVN program, prospective students are expected to take courses like introduction to anatomy, nutrition, pharmacology, research, legal/ethical issues. Examples of classes include Introduction to Client Care, Care of the Client with Health Deviations and Advanced Client care which includes clinical classes. Finally, a Nursing License Preparation class may be offered to sit for state boards.

What certifies an LPN – LPNs sit for the National Licensure Examination known as the NCLEX- PN, to certify that they can practice as a licensed practical nurse.

Salary- While salary is based on region/ experience; per the Bureau labor of statistics the average salary is $43,170

RN- RN stands for Registered Nurse

Duration of degree:  becoming an RN takes 2 years to complete.

Education-   Most RN degrees are obtained at community colleges.

A prospective student beginning this journey would first complete the general education classes such as English, math, basic Science, nutrition, sociology, general psychology and speech/ communication class. General core can vary depending on the state and school. After liberal arts classes are out of the way, you enter into what many know as prerequisite classes to enter the nursing program.

*Note: For many schools, your general education classes are a totally separate entity than the nursing program. You must take general course, pre-requisites and then usually apply SEPERATELY to the schools nursing program. Make sure you verify with any program you are looking to attend, as entrance requirements differ in the US.

Pre-requisite courses for the RN program are usually comprised of the following classes (or something very similar to this):

  1.       ANATOMY I w/ lab
  2.       ANATOMY II w/ lab
  3.      INTRO TO MICROBIOLOGY w/ lab      
  4.      COLLEGE ALGEBRA
  5.      INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY or INTRO TO DEVELOPMENTAL           PSYCHOLOGY (or something similar)

 *Note: Depending on the program, grades in the above classes as well as an entrance exam like the Teas.  It is usually very important to do well in these courses to give you leverage prior to entering the program.  Recommendation purchase a practice test book.

What certifies an RN: Upon entrance, the RN curriculum follows classes and clinical experiences designed to prepare a nurse to sit for what’s known as the National Council Licensure Examination, otherwise known as the NCLEX-RN. This board exam determines the ability for a graduate nurse to enter entry level practice.

*Note: Depending on the program ATI, Kaplan, or Hesi are usually used to measure how well you are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN.

*Note: Usually Kaplan and HESI are used after intake to a nursing program, although a few nursing programs use it as a bar of testing to enter the program

Salary: Average salary based on region and experience, the 50% percentile earn $67,490

BSN – Bachelors of Science in Nursing

Duration of degree – it takes 4 years to complete a BSN

Education: A BSN can only be obtained at a 4-year institution. A prospective student who is trying to obtain their BSN would take the general core classes and pre-requisites needed as listed above for the RN degree. Here is the only difference….

Difference: As well as the prospective student taking all the classes we listed above for the (RN degree) (anatomy I w/ lab, anatomy II w/ lab, Intro to microbiology w/ lab, college algebra, Intro to psychology) a BSN student would take additional pre-requisites and additional upper division nursing classes once in the program. (see below)

Most schools want BSN prospects to complete the additional following pre-requisite courses before applying to the program: Statistics, Chemistry I w/ Lab, Chemistry II w/ Lab (* note these might vary depending on state)

As well as the additional pre-requisites, once ADMITTED into the program, a prospective BSN student takes additional upper level courses that involve classes such as: Leadership and Management in Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Health Assessment, Capstone Project, and Clinical Leadership Practicum. The student may be guided to choose 1 of the following classes as an elective: Nursing Informatics, Public Health Nursing, or Ethical issues in Nursing.

What certifies a BSN/RN- A BSN trained RN will sit for the EX

What’s The Difference? LPN vs RN vs BSN

ACT same board exam that a community college trained RN studies for and takes. The National Council Licensure Examination, otherwise known as the NCLEX-RN.

Salary: The pay scale tends to be the same for RN trained nurses and BSN trained nurses in some states. Although in other states, you will see that an RN nurse may make a dollar less than a BSN trained nurse, rounding the median salary from $67,490- $70,000 for a BSN trained nurse.

Author : Alexandra Amanambu

DNP vs PhD: What is the difference between a DNP or PhD in nursing???

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The question for many Masters Prepared Nurses when thinking about pursuing their “doctorate” is what is the difference between a DNP vs PhD in nursing.  It is actually a relatively new phenomenon in nursing to have two doctoral options within the same profession, the PhD being the traditional path for a doctorate in nursing, until recent years when the DNP was created in an effort to encourage more Master’s Prepared Nurses to pursue their Doctorate. Surprisingly (or not), there is quite a significant difference between a DNP vs PhD, from the area of focus, the length of education/schooling and honestly, the career expectations of one who obtains a DNP vs PhD.

Here is the basics between a DNP vs. PhD in nursing:

The DNP (Doctorate of Nursing Practice) degree is a practice doctorate – meaning it focuses on the practice of nursing at the highest level of the nursing license as it applies to patient outcomes.  Whereas, a PhD ( Doctor of Philosophy) is a research doctorate, focused on the science of nursing. Graduates of PhD programs are prepared to conduct independent research, while DNP graduates use research in their practice to influence better patient outcomes.

Further, the focus, objectives and length of schooling:

DNP vs PhD Focus:

DNP = Focused on commitment to a “practice career”.

PhD = is committed to a “research career”.

 

DNP vs PhD Objectives:  The primary difference in the objectives lies in “Practice/Outcomes vs. Research/Science”

DNP Objectives = To prepare nurse leaders at the highest level of nursing practice, to improve patient outcomes and translate research into practice.

PhD Objectives = To prepare nurses at the highest level of nursing science to conduct research (either quantitative or qualitative research) that will be used to advance the science of nursing.

***  The major difference here is that as a DNP you “translate research” as it relates to practice to improve patient outcomes, and as  PhD you “conduct research” to elevate nursing science and practice.

Education – length of time in school:

DNP =  can be completed in one to two years full-time, but averages between three to four years part-time.

PhD = A doctorate in nursing degree takes, on average, four to six years to complete.

So in simplest terms, the biggest difference, outside of the the length of time for schooling, is that a DNP prepares you for a career in clinical practice, whereas the PhD prepares you for a career in research.

Career Options: 

Both DNP and PhD prepared nurses practice at the top of the nursing chain of opportunities, including Dean’s of Nursing Schools & Chief Nursing Officer positions.

However, it should be mentioned, that as the DNP is a newer “doctorate” it continues to struggle to gain the same “prestige” of those with a PhD.  Candidates that have a PhD, tend to “outrank” DNPs for positions within Colleges/Universities or Hospitals.  However, more and more Master’s Prepared Nurses chose the DNP path due to the flexibility, shorter length of schooling and focus on clinical practice vs. research.

The ultimate choice is up to you – as a Nurse considering a DNP vs. PhD – consider why you are pursuing your Doctorate – and decide for yourself, which degree will make you happy and get you to the position you hope to achieve in your career.

DNP vs PhD in Nursing.

 

 

March Nurse of the Month: Donna Maheady, ARNP of Exceptional Nurse

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We are thrilled to welcome and congratulate Donna Maheady, ARNP and founder of Exceptional Nurse as our March Nurse of the Month.  Donna is not only a champion of nurses, but a champion of all those with autism and special circumstances to achieve their full potential.   Her story of balancing life as  nurse and raising a child with significant disabilities, while advancing and championing the cause of all to succeed with her blog Exceptional Nurse which serves as a resource for individuals with special needs to become nurses  - inspired us to have her as our March Nurse of the Month. Enjoy!

Forever nurse and autism/Mom warrior! The journey started many years ago.

I grew up in Hartford, Connecticut. Becoming a nurse was all I ever wanted to do. I have a large Irish family and many of my cousins are nurses. As a teenager, I rode a bus to get to Mount Sinai Hospital to work as a Candy Stripper. The rest as they say is history!

Donna Maheady, EdD, ARNP… 66 years young!

Currently I teach nursing online in the accelerated BSN program at Utica College. I volunteer as a nurse practitioner, write a blog http://exceptionalnurse.blogspot.com/ and maintain a website http://www.ExceptionalNurse.com.

I went to nursing school at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Later, I attended one of the first pediatric nurse practitioner programs in the country at the University of Texas Medical Brach in Galveston, Texas. I later received a master’s degree in child health nursing from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University.

My first nursing position was on a pediatric unit of a large teaching hospital. (By the way, I never worked med-surg!) My passion quickly became working with children with disabilities.

Lauren, my daughter, was born in 1986 and later diagnosed with autism, OCD, epilepsy and a host of other autism related challenges. I quickly became an advocate for her and overtime expanded my advocacy efforts to include nurses and nursing students with disabilities.

Recruited to teach one pediatric clinic rotation, I was quickly “hooked” on teaching nursing. The first part-time job led to full time employment and a host of adjunct positions.

My biggest career challenge has been juggling parenting a significantly disabled child in tandem with a nursing career. I found that I could do most things, but not all at the same time. I have practiced part-time, taught clinical and didactic courses and worked in home health.  It has not always been a smooth process, but overtime I learned to find a balance. It remains a work in progress!

When considering a research topic for my doctoral dissertation, it was just “natural” to study the experiences of nursing students with disabilities. Through the research, I found that few resources existed for this group and most students struggled to become nurses and find employment. A young man was doing some work on our house. He said he created web sites “on the side”. Mind you…at that time; I was lucky if I could pick up my email!

Long story short: ExceptionalNurse.com was born in 2001!  Exceptional Nurse is a nonprofit resource network for nurses and nursing students with disabilities. The nonprofit provides information, support, mentors, employment opportunities, social media and related articles. ExceptionalNurse.com also awards scholarships to nursing students with disabilities.

Following completion of my doctoral program, I published three books and many articles about the experiences of nurses and nursing students with disabilities.

Currently, I teach nursing online, blog, write articles for publication and manage ExceptionalNurse.com. My computer has become my most useful item!

Professionally….it is impossible to pick a fondest memory…there are so many special patients and nursing students!

To my fellow nurses and nursing educators, I would stress that we can inspire the nursing profession, by recognizing that disability is part of life…for everyone! Nurses with disabilities have knowledge, experience and skills to share. They have walked the walk and gained insight into patient care. Their experiences inform and benefit their practice. Many have a passionate desire to care for others. Nurses with disabilities can be the best role models for patients. Many of our practice settings are some of the most accessible facilities in our society. We need to put these settings to work for nurses as well as patients. Where technology, equipment and reasonable accommodations are not enough, nurses need to rely on positive attitudes, teamwork and thinking outside the box. A move toward upholding more of the spirit of the ADA will benefit all of us.

 

Donna C. Maheady, ARNP, EdD

New Graduate Nurse Residency Program Opportunity in Wales, United Kingdom!

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In an exciting opportunity, HireNurses.com and Epic World Jobs has launched a New Graduate Nurse Residency Program in Wales, United Kingdom for new nurses from the United States and Canada to gain international nursing experience in excellent hospitals across Wales in the United Kingdom!
The new graduate nurse residency program is a 18-24 month nurse residency program that will train you to operate in Level 1 Hospitals and develop leading nursing skills and practice.  To qualify New Graduates most have 6 months of nursing experience post graduation, 500 clinical hours in their nursing school program, and a desire to gain excellent hospital nursing training, and the ability to work, live and travel abroad!  The best thing about this position is the schedule, 3 – 12 hour shifts a week – plus 5 weeks of paid vacation right when you start! Not to mention all the other amazing benefits, health insurance and enrollment into the British pension system.
To apply, please make your profile on HireNurses.com and send in your resume. You will be contacted for a skype interview.
New Graduate Nurse Residency Program Opportunity in Wales, United Kingdom.

New Graduate Nursing Jobs on HireNurses.com

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Being a new nursing graduate is hard, finding the right first job can be even harder. Here at HireNurses.com, we have sourced some of the best new graduate nursing jobs in the country to make sure that they all include full new graduate training programs!

As nurses ourselves, we remembered the challenges of being a new nurse looking for our first new graduate nursing job and wanted to make sure that the new nursing graduate positions we have posted provide keys for success as new graduates including orientation, training and a supportive environment to lead to your future success as nurses.  Also, we know that once you gain hospital experience as a nurse, you can do anything.  See below for a sample of the current positions we have open directly for New Nursing Graduates on HireNurses.com.

For full-details and to apply, make your complete profile on HireNurses.com and apply directly to the positions that fit your life and style and of nursing!

Open Positions across the Country for New Graduates in:
In Patient Hospital Settings:
  • Medical Surgical In-Patient Acute Care
  • PCU: Progressive Care Unit (Step-Down Unit).
  • Surgical: Peri-Operative
Out-Patient:
  • Behavioral Health: Out-patient Setting

International Travel Opportunities:

  • Medical Mission Trips: Around the World
Make your Profile on HireNurses.com Today and find your first Nursing Job!
New Graduate Nursing Jobs!

Congratulations to Cinthia Miramontes – our Nursing Scholarship Winner and January Nurse of the Month

cWe at HireNurses.com would like to Congratulate Cinthia Miramontes as our 2016 HireNurses.com Nursing Scholarship Winner and our January Nurse of the Month!

Wait to you read her story – a single mother of 3, that after 13 years as a CNA went back to nursing school – “where there is a will, there is a way“. Cinthia just graduated and we wish her the best of luck on her NCLEX and entering the world of nursing! Cinthia – you are inspiration to the rest of us!  Congratulations!

Cinthia Miramontes: January 2017 Nurse of the Month and HireNurses.com Nursing Scholarship Winner! Her Story:

I have been a Certified Medical Assistant for 13 years and while my experience has been great and I have learned so much, I’ve also had the privilege to meet many nurses that demonstrated to me the impact one can have on another’s life and the obvious need there is for nurses. They inspired me to believe that I can be as great a nurse as they are and they validated how rewarding this profession is through their endless love and passion for nursing despite the years. I wanted to have that same joy and passion of helping others in their time of need, all the while loving what I do and making a difference by impacting people’s life for good. Their passion became mine. As a single mother of three wonderful boys, I also strive to be a role model for them and show them that just because things don’t always go the way you planned or come as quick as you’d like them to, you sure can keep dreaming and you CAN achieve what your heart desires and what you put work in to. It’s been a long journey and though it doesn’t end with a BSN for me, it’s a nice place to make a stop.

Name: (and age): Cinthia Miramontes, I am 35 years old

Years working as a nurse: Just graduated from nursing school in December

Current Position: Preparing for NCLEX!

Where did you get your nursing degree? I received my BSN at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL where they have the most amazing faculty ever…ever!

What brought you into the nursing profession, why did you become a nurse? I enjoy helping others, being able to make their day easier and brighter in any way. Nursing is an amazing profession with endless opportunities where you never grow bored and you have the ability to change someone’s life with a single touch. Being bilingual especially has given me the opportunity to even be the voice for patients at times where they need to be heard without borders. The impact nurses have on their patients is unique and priceless. The demand is there and I am ready to fulfill it.

First nursing position (and how you got it… we’ve all been there!): I have yet to take the NCLEX, which I plan to take by the end of January. My desire is to be an ER nurse.

Biggest career challenge and how you’ve overcome it (or how you are currently working to overcome!): My biggest challenge yet definitely was nursing school as a non-traditional student trying to balance school with a full-time job, 3 growing boys and life itself! Nursing school was the hardest thing I have had to endure for that period of time. It required much determination and dedication even when I was tired, sick, struggling and basically at my wits end with everything. My strategy however was always to take it one semester at a time, which is what not only got me through but also helped me never to lose focus or hope. At those moments where I didn’t believe in myself, I remembered those individuals that never stopped  believing  in ME and my children, that have waited for so long to see this accomplished, I couldn’t let them down.

How do you feel we can empower and inspire the nursing profession?  Empowering and inspiring other current or prospective nurses is an aspect of this noble and rewarding profession that enriches those that do. Living by example, practicing our skillset at our best, offering moral as well as professional support and motivating fellow nurses by our example to reach their potential is a great way to pay it forward. Hirenurses.com does a great job propelling nurses to their best by connecting resources, communication, careers, and opportunities in which foster personal and professional growth potential. The phrase “nurses eating their young” should not be heard of but instead a “passing of the torch” with all the skills and experiences shared; this is how we inspire and empower a profession that holds much value and honor. .

What item is most useful to you as a nurse? (What piece of equipment, training or clothing could you NOT do your job without?) As a nursing student I can definitely say it would have been hard to do my job without my stethoscope.

Do you have a fondest memory or favorite nursing experience?  My favorite nursing experience was when I got that “Aha!” moment as a nursing student and everything began to click and it all started to make sense finally. It motivated me to keep going and gave me a sense of accomplishment for all the hard work I’d put in so far and the light at the end of the tunnel suddenly didn’t look so far anymore. I remember thinking to myself, “I feel like a nurse, a-real-nurse!!” However, as a soon to be nurse, I am looking forward to many fond memories/experiences throughout my career.

What one piece of advice would you pass on to someone wanting to become a nurse, a student nurse, a new graduate or a seasoned nurse who has helped you along the way? To a nursing student- you can do it! Don’t give up. When you think it’s bigger than you and that you’re not smart enough, don’t give up! When the world around you is falling apart, don’t give up! When no one else believes you can do it, Believe in yourself and do it! The greatest feeling EVER is when you are finally done- no matter how long it takes, you will not regret it and you’ll be so very proud.

If you wanted to thank one person in your journey in nursing – who would that be and why? Oh wow, this is hard! There have been so many people that have inspired, encouraged, and supported me through my nursing school journey, that to pin just one, I can’t. I’ve had my wonderful mom who has supported me through all these years to make it happen and always believed that I can, the nurses in my life that believed in me, inspired me and welcomed me into this esteemed profession, my friends who have encouraged and helped me through this journey without letting me go insane. I am so thankful for each and every one of them in my life (you know who you all are) and for the impact they have made.

What will you do with the scholarship?  I applied for this scholarship to help with the cost of expected fees in my last semester as a nursing student in effort to lessen that burden on my household. Since I have graduated already, I will use the scholarship to pay for my NCLEX exam as well as expenses in preparing/studying for it. Thank you SMYS and HireNurses.com. 

Cinthia Miramontes: HireNurses.com 2016 Nursing Scholarship Winner!!!

Medical Mission Trip to Ghana 2017

Medical Mission Trip to Ghana

Medical Mission Trip to Ghana

MAKE IT A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION – A MEDICAL MISSION IN 2017!

 

The New Year is just a few days away as of this writing, and I bet most readers are considering New Year’s resolutions.  Resolutions, goals, or intentions figure large in our minds, as we take a moment to look over the year that’s passing into memory, and look forward with anticipation to the year to come.  If your thoughts are going toward ways you can use your healing gifts in service, allow me to suggest the possibility of exotic travel and service to some of the world’s poorest people, all rolled into one!  My partner Godfried Agbezudor and I are co-directors of a U.S. registered 501c3 non-profit organization, “Healthy Villages, Inc.” and together, we organize and lead humanitarian missions in Ghana, West Africa as part of our overall organizational mission.  In October 2016, we partnered with Show Me Your Stethoscope (SMYS) to bring a group of eight volunteer RNs, Nurse Practitioners, and one all-around helper (husband of one of the RNs) to Ghana for a medical mission that served over 800 poor villagers in five days.  You can read all about the mission, as well as the other work we have planned, on the Healthy Villages website blog (http://healthyvillages.weebly.com).  Healthy Villages and SMYS will be teaming up again to organize two nursing missions to Ghana – in April and October/November 2017.  Here’s the lowdown:

 

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Villagers wait patiently for their number to be called (October, 2016)

 

 

Both missions are 15 days in length from date of departure to date of arrival back in the U.S. (13 days in-country).  In-country cost to nurses will be $2000 USD.  Pre-travel costs (passport, visa, malaria prophylactic medication, yellow fever vaccine and other immunizations as desired, and traveler’s insurance) will be approximately $400.  Airfare to Ghana ranges from around $1000 to $1600 from most places in the US.  Volunteers will be expected to do their own fundraising to cover part (or all) of these costs.  Healthy Villages, Inc. will provide information to assist in this effort.  Nurses should also plan to pay for any miscellaneous items like souvenirs, beverages other than water, and food other than that provided as part of the package.

We request a $200 non-refundable deposit to secure your place.  This will be deducted from your total in-country cost.  You will receive information on important dates and deadlines when you register for the trip!

Healthy Villages will organize travel – if we have a group of at least 10 nurses we can get a group airfare rate from Delta (the group needs to leave from the same airport in the U.S).  We will also assist with visas and other pre-travel arrangements.  Once you arrive in Ghana, your ground transportation, lodging, food, and other needs will be taken care of.  We also organize the mission itself, in conjunction with the Ghana Health Service.

We include several “rest days” to take in cultural sites of interest (or just to rest up from the hot, hectic days in clinic).  Godfried is a native of Dogbekope Village in the Volta Region of Ghana, where we will be based, and is an expert in African history, culture, and spirituality.  He loves to answer questions and share information, and our volunteers learn a lot!

 

M2A procession of Voodoo priestesses in a local village – a real treat for our volunteers to see them!

 

The two missions have a different focus – here are the details about each:

APRIL 2017 MISSION – April 11 – 25 (inclusive of date of departure from the U.S. and date of arrival back in the U.S.):

This will be a general health mission.  We expect to see at least 1000 people over the course of six clinic days, male and female, ranging in age from infant to elderly.  The health conditions will range from aches and pains, to severe, life threatening problems.  We will be testing for illnesses such as malaria, STIs, and HIV and providing treatment free of charge (or referring the patient to the Ghana Health Service for long-term treatment).  We will have a pharmacy on hand to dispense medications.  We work in conjunction with the Ghana Health Service, and GHS personnel will be with us to assist in making diagnoses, as some of the conditions will be unfamiliar to the volunteers.  We will have interpreters who speak the local language to work alongside our nurses.  Please see the Healthy Villages, Inc. website blog for “daily diary” entries from one of the nurses on our October 2016 mission, which will give you an idea what to expect!

 

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OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017 WOMEN’S HEALTH MISSION – October 21 – November 4 (inclusive of date of departure from the U.S. and date of arrival back in the U.S.):

This mission will be focused on women’s health, and will run in conjunction with  another Healthy Villages, Inc. project to distribute 500 kits of washable and reusable sanitary products to poor girls and women in villages who have no access to disposable menstrual pads.  We are partnering with another U.S. non-profit, Women To Be, for this effort.  Women To Be has taken 2000 kits to Nepal and Guatemala, and this will be their first such mission to the African continent.  As part of this project, we will also be conducting informal classes to share information about menstruation, family planning, reproduction, and sexuality. 

We expect to see at least 500 adolescent girls and women in the health mission clinic.  We will be primarily focused on testing for pregnancy, STIs, HIV, and providing appropriate medications and referrals for continuing treatment to the Ghana Health Service.  Women presenting with other (general) medical problems will also be served.  Women will receive advice and counseling regarding their ob/gyn health needs.

Nurses and nurse practitioners with a specialty in women’s health are especially encouraged to apply!

 

 

M3Kids enjoying the social scene at the clinic – having American visitors is a real cause for excitement in a small village!

To apply to the trip please create your profile on HireNurses.com and send us a message directly! This helps us keep everything organized and we will contact you back! Thank you and look forward to hearing from you!

 

6 Ways Nursing School is Just Like Life

like life1. It is a mindset.

Ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Well, you’re not alone. Mindset is everything and your attitude will have a profound impact on not only your work habit but also your results. Going into a test negatively will ensure you receive negative results. The law of magnetism revolves around the fact that you will get what you think about most often. So, think positive fellow nursing students!

2. You get what you put into it.

If you workout on a regular basis at a local gym…you’re probably noticing some physical changes and undoubtedly feeling great about yourself (if you’re not working out, try it!). When you put that same level of effort into your schoolwork you will be blessed with similar outcomes because the more time you put into something, the better you will do. Hint hint: This is why our parents made us practice writing our name in kindergarten about 500 times a week.

3. It’s all in your reaction.

When you think about quitting, remember why you started. If a teacher gives you constructive criticism or you fail a test, how do you react? Do you smile, acknowledge the failure, identify the issue and problem-solve to improve next time? Or do you immediately blame someone else or blame the teacher and make yourself extremely upset and negative in regards to the whole situation? Examine your reaction habits and adjust accordingly.

4. Focus on being productive, not busy.

There is a difference. Have you ever seen someone in the grocery store and they ask how you are and you say “Oh my goodness I’ve been so busy!” Is “busy” a descriptor of yourself? If you’re feeling so busy, are you really accomplishing your goals on a day-to-day basis? Start making a list every day of 5 things you need to accomplish and focusing on being productive and not just simply busy. It will make nursing school run much more smoothly.

5. Sometimes you win sometimes you lose.

View everything as a growing opportunity. You will feel like you are losing sometimes as a nursing student and as long as you understand that and try to grow from the experience; it will have a positive impact in your life and career. If you fail at performing a procedure, identify what went wrong, find resources to help you next time, prepare and study, and you will undoubtedly be better prepared the next time and more likely to succeed!

6. You won’t regret anything because at that moment in your life it was exactly what you wanted.  

There will be moments in nursing school where you wonder what you are doing. Do I really want to be a nurse? Can I really be a nurse? Should I quit? Maybe you regret not studying last weekend because of a family BBQ and subsequently getting a C on your exam the next day. Don’t worry. In every moment we chose what means the most to us and as long as you are not always choosing the option that doesn’t involve nursing school, it is okay to give yourself breaks and chose not to study. The key is DON’T do it every time, because then it will become a habit and habits are hard to break!

 

By: Justine Fischer, Strategic Marketing Intern, original post found here.

Pampers Thank You Nurses Awards

thank you nursesPampers Thank You Nurses Awards

Pampers has just announced their 2nd annual Pampers Swaddlers Thank You Nurses Awards! Make sure to nominate your coworker or share this award with other parents and nurses so extraordinary nurses’ stories can be heard! The Award includes collaboration from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN). From the Pampers’ website ”Now through January 27, 2017, we are inviting parents, co-workers, family members and friends to nominate and share the story of an extraordinary nurse who provides babies and their families with special touches of love.”

Find out more information and how to apply by clicking here.