3 Ways to Help Your Patients Quit Smoking

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Tips to Help Your Patients Fight Nicotine Addiction Smoking is a serious addiction that may cause diseases and cancers, not just in the lungs, but other body parts like the bladder and liver. As a healthcare professional, it can be devastating to see your patients suffer the consequences from years of smoking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco is still the number one most preventable cause of death, so many nurses and physicians speak with their patients on the damages of tobacco use. If you’re seeing the damages of smoking on your patients’ health-- or if your patients want to quit--there are several ways to gently inform them how to quit. Here are three ways to help educate your patients on how to stop smoking.…
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Salter Nursing’s 5 Tips for Aching Feet

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Many people in healthcare careers have jobs where they are on their feet for most of their working hours. In hospitals, shifts can last as long as 12 hours, which means a lot of consecutive hours where you can’t sit down. Whatever your nursing job—whether you are a nursing assistant, practical nurse, patient care technician, registered nurse, or a BSN—you need to take care of your feet. If your feet are hurting, you will feel miserable, and on top of that, you will not be able to care for your patients as well. Try these tips to give those dogs a break! 1. Be picky about your shoes Cheap shoes may be easy on the wallet, but they are usually not easy on your feet or back. It is worth…
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5 Tips for Becoming a Better Nursing Assistant

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Prioritizing your work can make your day run more efficiently If you are currently in Nursing Assistant training—or similar programs such as Patient Care Technician or Practical Nursing—you may be starting to think about your first job in your new field. You might be wondering: What will it be like? Will I be able to perform the clinical skills I learned at school? What if I forget everything I learned? What if I make a mistake? It is normal to ask yourself these questions and to be a little bit nervous about starting a new job. In an important job like nursing assisting, where you are dealing with patients’ health concerns, it is always best to ask your supervisor whenever you have a question. He or she will understand that…
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Where Do Licensed Practical Nurses Work?

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A Practical Nurse career offers opportunities for variety! Practical nurses are expected to work in a variety of settings. Luckily, most practical nurse training programs prepare you for work in many different environments. Each setting is different and requires you to take on varying tasks and even care for many different age groups. Here are some locations where Practical Nurses may work: Hospitals: According to the All Nursing Schools blog, hospitals are fast-paced environments where practical nurses may work in emergency rooms, maternity wards, or assist Registered Nurses (RNs) and physicians during surgeries. Hospitals can be a good place to learn more about nursing, because practical nurses are sometimes given advanced responsibilities in some areas. Home Health Care Services: As the large population of baby boomers ages, home health care…
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Why Compassion Is Important for Practical Nurses

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5 Ways to a Patient’s Heart Just as oxygen is needed for the body to function, Practical Nurses are essential for the everyday care of patients in long-term healthcare facilities, hospitals, and hospices. Practical Nurses spend time with patients every day. They take care of their every-day needs like eating, bathing, and personal hygiene among other duties. These personal environments make compassion a necessary trait to have as a practical nurse. Here are five tips to help you build long-lasting bonds with your patients and to make their lives more comfortable. Tip 1: Be empathetic Understanding the pain of others is key to being a helpful practical nurse. Being empathetic can be easy by imagining yourself in the patient’s position. Acknowledging and respecting a patient’s viewpoint or concern can help…
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How to Act Professionally in the Field of Nursing

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Follow these tips for a better career! If you are in job training for careers such as nursing assistants or practical nurses, you have probably heard your instructors talk about acting professionally on the job. Why is this so important? Acting in a professional manner is important to your career because it helps you earn respect from others, and in the end, you may even find that you have a higher respect for yourself. As you set off in your new career, be sure to try these tips! 1. Show your patients the highest respect. There is a reason that this tip is number one. Respecting your patients is the most important tip of all, because your patients are the reason for your career. You are here to help them…
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5 Important Tips for Hand Hygiene for Nursing Assistant Students

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Keep your patients safe, as well as yourself, your friends, and your family One important thing we learn in nursing school is that clean hands can help prevent the spreading of infection. We also learn that there is more to hand-washing than just running your hands under the faucet. The Centers for Disease Control publishes guidelines on effective handwashing and handrubbing. These are important to review whether you are a nursing assistant student, a practical nurse, just starting out on the job, or a seasoned nurse who’s been working for years. Take a moment to review! 1. When to Use Soap versus Handrub If your hands are visibly dirty, contaminated, or soiled, you should use soap and water. If your hands are not visibly dirty, you should use an alcohol-based…
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