Can I Be a Nurse if I Am Afraid of Blood?

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Many nurses overcome their squeamishness Do you feel faint at the sight of blood? Do injuries or wounds cause you to feel nauseous? If so, you are not alone. Being afraid of blood and needles is a common fear. If you are considering becoming a nurse, you might be wondering if this might stand in your way. Can you become a practical nurse or nursing assistant if you are afraid of needles or if you get squeamish at the sight of blood? The answer to this question will depend on you. For many people the answer turns out to be a “yes!” And here’s why: 1. Your training ramps up slowly During nursing school, you will slowly ramp up to the most difficult tasks. For example, you will practice giving…
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Employment Paths for Patient Care Technicians

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These trained healthcare professionals have several options about where they can apply their skills You may not realize that becoming a patient care technician (PCT) can provide you with several employment options in the healthcare field. Let’s break down the kinds of employers that might be looking for someone with this kind of training. Generally PCTs assist patients with a range of needs, under the supervision of a registered nurse. This can mean helping to transport patients, monitoring their vital signs, or feeding and bathing them. As you would imagine, several kinds of facilities need this kind of assistance. Here is an overview: Hospitals Some PCTs may prefer to work in a hospital because these positions often involve a range of medical as well as administrative duties, which can keep the…
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Make Heart Health a Priority in Your Life

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Take steps to reduce your risk of heart disease Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer of both men and women in the U.S.? According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease claims about 610,000 lives per year in the U.S., accounting for one in every four deaths. February is American Heart Month. At the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health, we want to help raise awareness of heart disease. Do you know the risk factors for heart disease? Or the warning signs of a heart attack? Raising our awareness is the first step in battling this serious disease. What are the risk factors for heart disease? There are several risk factors that can increase your chance of having heart disease or heart attack. According…
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Why Manchester Is a Great Place to Study

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Find out all there is to see and do in Manchester, NH When you’re looking for a professional training school, you have a lot of choices to make. You want a strong program, of course, one that suits your interests and career goals. But you also want a location where you will be happy as a student—which means a location that’s convenient but also has a range of fun activities in the area. The Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health offers students a great lifestyle at its Manchester, NH campus. The city has the advantages of both a busy metropolitan area and a scenic setting. Did you know? Manchester is: the largest city in New Hampshire. often ranked as one of the most affordable and livable cities in the…
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What is a Patient Care Technician (PCT)?

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PCTs provide basic care to patients who need assistance   Would you describe yourself as caring and compassionate? If you would, then you have two of the important traits of a Patient Care Technician. If you are looking for a new job field where you can get trained quickly, becoming a PCT may be a good option for you. PCTs play a valuable role in the healthcare system and can work in a variety of healthcare facilities. What does a Patient Care Technician do? These professionals are responsible for providing basic care to patients who need help with their daily living. Most PCTs work in nursing homes or long-term care facilities where they assist patients on a day-to-day basis. Some of their tasks may include: Assist patients and nursing home…
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Taking Care of Yourself Pays Off

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Give yourself what you need to do your best in life Do you find you’re under a lot of stress? It could be affecting your performance at school or work. Over time, it can take a toll on your self-confidence, as well as your health. What’s the answer? Taking the time to take care of yourself is an essential first step. This is one thing you can always control, and you’re the only one who can do it. Consider a few new lifestyle habits that can help support you. Here are some suggestions, whether you’re working or still in school. Keep them in mind as you move though your day. Check in with your feelings Part of self-care is paying attention to how you’re feeling, and then responding accordingly. Are…
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Trending…Men in Nursing School: 5 Benefits to Consider

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The nursing profession can be rewarding for men and women alike If you’ve ever seen a nurse at work, you know that nursing is serious business. Nurses are everyday heroes who are on the front lines of patient care. They are actively serving patients’ needs day in and day out. They provide skilled care that is life-supporting and sometimes even life-saving. While nursing has historically attracted more women to the field, there is no reason at all why men can’t be nurses. The field of nursing offers many benefits to men and women alike. Take a look at some of the great reasons why men and women are choosing nursing: 1. Positive job outlook for the future The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that nursing jobs will have…
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5 Ways to Improve Your Attitude

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You’d be surprised how much an “attitude adjustment” can make a difference at school or work Everyone’s under a lot of stress, just keeping up with all the responsibilities of work and/or school, family and—if you’re lucky—juggling an active social life. It’s easy to fall into the trap of negativity, and react with complaints or criticisms to what’s happening around you. When you want to “blow off steam” you might actually be making things harder for yourself. It can be hard to influence others, so start with the one person you have total control over: you. 1. Fake it ’till you make it Even if you’re not feeling happy, generous, open, or positive, you might find it’s hard to keep that bad mood going if you put a smile on…
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