Resources for Patient Care Technicians and Students

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Use all the tools available to support you in pursuing your professional goals If you’re studying to become a patient care technician, then you know that there’s a tremendous amount of information to absorb and retain. There are dozens of technical terms, practices, and procedures, as well as rules to become acquainted with. The goal is to have the information you need available, so you can be responsive to patients—and to your fellow healthcare providers—quickly and efficiently. Communication is essential to success in this field, and there are a number of ways you can support yourself in improving those skills. Don’t be intimidated by all there is to learn. Instead, access some resources that have been created to support you in learning and your professional training. Whether you’re in school…
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Are You Studying All Wrong?

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Try these tips to ace your next test If you are in college, technical school, nursing school, or career training school, then this blog post is for you! The following tips are meant to help you get better at studying. Learning how to study efficiently is something that will make your schooling less stressful and more successful! 1. Make studying your job To really succeed in your classes, it’s important to treat your studying like a job. Find 2 to 3 hours every day, and block them out for homework and studying. Don’t schedule anything else over this time block. 2. Get organized before you start studying When it’s time to study, take an organized approach to it. Make a list of tasks and put them in priority order based…
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Ways to Support Patients in Quitting Smoking

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Working in healthcare means you’re in a unique position to help someone who’s decided it’s time to quit If you’re a nurse, nursing assistant, or other healthcare professional, you probably come into contact every day with individuals who want to—or have tried to—quit smoking. This single decision can have a radical impact on a person’s overall health. Healthcare providers should be equipped to provide patients with good information as well as support them in their attempts to quit. The first step is to be well informed, and to know what resources are available. A good place to start is the website www.smokefree.gov. Created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute, this site was designed to “help you or someone you care about quit smoking.” It takes…
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How to Be a Better Practical Nurse

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Strive to go the extra mile when you’re on the job If you are in nursing school to become a practical nurse, you are probably learning a lot about medical terminology, hospital protocols, and nursing procedures. Once you get on the job market, these skills will be important keys to your success. In addition to these “hard skills” that all practical nurses need to know, there are also several “soft skills” that make you a better employee. If you focus on improving in these areas, you may be more valued as an employee and find more career satisfaction. Here are some tips on developing these soft skills. 1. Keep smiling A day in the life of a practical nurse can certainly be challenging. You will have to stay on your…
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How Licensed Nursing Assistants Care for Patients

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There are varied aspects to this important healthcare role If you’re unfamiliar with the world of healthcare, you might not understand all the differences between practical nurses, nurse practitioners, nursing assistants, and other caregiving roles. One thing to know is that nursing assistants and nurse practitioners both work in the same healthcare facilities (such as hospitals and nursing homes). However, there are significant differences between the two. Nurse practitioners have earned advanced degrees (such as a master’s) over about six years, which enables them to treat patients directly for certain conditions, similar to the way a doctor can. By comparison, a licensed nursing assistant (LNA, also called a nurses’ aide) assists nurse practitioners by providing a tremendous amount of routine patient care. LNA positions also require significantly less training—the Licensed…
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5 Tips to Soothe Your Tired Feet

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Nurses are on their feet nearly all the time! If you are in nursing school or in training for an allied health profession, odds are you will be spending a lot of time on your feet. Whether you are a nursing assistant, practical nurse, registered nurse, or a BSN, you will want to take care of your feet. Here are some tips to pamper your feet so they are healthy and ready for another day on the job: 1. Choose the right shoes and socks Even though high-quality shoes and socks are more expensive than others, they are worth every penny if they save your feet and your back. Try the American Podiatric Medical Association’s list of shoes that have received the association’s Seal of Acceptance/Approval. If you click on “Footwear/Occupational” you…
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Decompress in Honor of Stress Awareness Month

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Now’s the time to focus on how to make your life less stressful Maybe it shouldn’t take a national awareness day to get us to unpack some of the stress we’ve built into our lives. But mindfulness is the first step towards making changes, so take advantage of April as National Stress Awareness Month to improve your mental state. Our lives can easily become dominated by routines, obligations, and worries. Here are some strategies to unpack that stressful life and schedule, and find some paths towards relaxation and contentment. It’s good for your health as well as your head. Let yourself laugh Every day, life provides us with something silly. Taking a few seconds to appreciate it, and let it delight or surprise us, is a great stress reliever. (There’s…
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10 Things that Make Nurses Everyday Heroes

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Being part of a nursing team is a career that should make you proud The Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health salutes all nursing professionals who pour their hearts into their work. At our nursing school, we train our students to become nursing assistants, patient care technicians, and practical nurses. And we know that being part of a nursing team is important work. You are making a huge difference in the lives of your patients. We also know that the lives of nursing professionals can by busy! On a particularly busy shift, you may sometimes feel that you don’t get the recognition you deserve. But we are here to say that nurses are everyday heroes! Here are some of the reasons why we know this to be true! Nurses…
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