What It Takes to Be a Practical Nurse

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Practical nurses are everyday heroes who make a true difference Are you one of those people who feels good when you help others? Do you look for ways to make other people’s lives better? Do you jump in when you see someone in need? If so, you may be the perfect type of person for a career in nursing and allied health. This article looks at some of the traits and characteristics that are helpful for becoming a Practical Nurse. Take a few moments and see if your personality matches up! Trait #1: Compassion One of the top traits for practical nurses is compassion. Compassion means that you are concerned for how others are doing and feel sympathy for their suffering. To be an effective and caring practical nurse, it’s important…
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Healthy Weight Means a Healthy Outlook

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Give yourself a leg up on those changes you’ve been wanting to make Last week (January 20 to 26) was National Healthy Weight Week, and for most of us a week is not nearly enough—we’d all like to eat better, shave off a few pounds, or get into shape. Turns out there are some ways to tackle this that you can work into even the most rigorous schedule, because, as so many things, how you approach taking care of yourself affects whether it works. Say Nicer Things to Yourself Studies show that if you have a positive body image, you have a much better shot at achieving your weight goals. A study found that having a positive body image made people more than twice as likely to be successful at…
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Looking for LPN Programs in NH?

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Gain the practical nurse skills you need to enter today’s job market with confidence For residents of Manchester, Concord, and Nashua, New Hampshire, did you know there is a nursing school in downtown Manchester? If you are looking to become a practical nurse (LPN), your path may be right around the corner. The Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health offers a Practical Nurse training program that can prepare you for entry-level LPN jobs in hospitals, nursing homes, doctors’ offices, and other healthcare facilities. How long does it take to become an LPN? The LPN program at the Salter School of Nursing is 1200 hours. As a full-time student, you can complete it in about one year. The program starts three times per year, so we encourage students to enroll…
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The Unspoken Aspects of Professionalism in Healthcare

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How you conduct yourself in your workplace, and how you look, are part of what makes you valuable We all want to earn the respect of our peers. When you work in a healthcare environment, there are some basic actions you can take that can go a long way to inspire confidence from others. Your attitude and your appearance are two places you can shine, and you’ll find that a little effort in this area will pay off over time. Whether you do it to impress your boss or put your patients at ease, here are some areas where you’ll want to give some thought to how you conduct and carry yourself: Every day is an opportunity to learn. A new job is full of ways to figure out new…
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5 Great Reasons to Work in a Long Term Care Facility

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Nursing homes employ many practical nurses and nursing assistants Students at the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health in Manchester, New Hampshire are busy learning the nursing skills they need to become tomorrow’s practical nurses (LPNs), nursing assistants (LNAs), and patient care technicians (PCTs). The most common places for nursing assistants and practical nurses to work are skilled nursing homes, rehab centers, residential care facilities, continuing care communities, and other long-term care facilities. These facilities provide much-needed care to elderly patients who may not be able to live on their own anymore. Many nursing professionals find that there are distinct advantages to working in these settings. If you are considering becoming a nursing assistant or practical nurse, consider these benefits: 1. You get to know your patients up close…
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10 Things to Know about HPV

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Educate yourself in honor of Cervical Health Awareness Month Since January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, at Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health, we encourage you to learn more and make a difference by sharing the facts. Take a few minutes to see what you already know about Human papillomavirus (HPV): a common sexually transmitted disease that, if untreated, can lead to cervical cancer. You may find that there are aspects of cervical health you could still learn more about: 1. HPV is a fact of life HPV is such a common infection that, at some point in their lives, most individuals who are sexually active will contract it. At any time nearly 80 million Americans have the virus—which is temporary if caught in time. In the U.S., 14…
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The Latest in Resume-Writing

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Try these new tips to update and improve your resume Writing a resume is one of the most critical first steps in your job search. It’s usually the first impression you make with a potential employer. Over the years, just as technology and the job landscape have changed, the art of writing resumes has changed, too. The Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health website provides some basic resume-writing tips in our article 10 Resume Tips. But there are some new trends that are emerging. Check out some of the newest advice for writing a winning resume: 1. Develop your social media presence to support your resume In the old days, your name, address, and phone number at the top of your resume was enough. These days, you need a…
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Becoming a Nursing Assistant is within Your Reach!

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Join the World of Nursing in the New Year When you were little, you probably thought there were only two medical careers: doctors and nurses. But in reality, there is an astonishing array of jobs in the field of medicine and nursing! And many of these jobs can be attained with a short-term training program that can have you ready for the job market in less than one year. One of these possibilities is that of a nursing assistant—also called a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) or a Certified Nurses’ Aide (CNA). Nursing assistant positions are entry level positions in the field of nursing. Nursing assistants are responsible for assisting patients with their basic needs. Their duties might include: changing bed linens helping a patient with personal hygiene checking and recording…
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