Wear Contacts? Then Take Extra Good Care of Your Eyes

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Don’t cut corners on the care your lenses need So many of us wear contact lenses—approximately 40 million people in the U.S.—but they’re generally so comfortable that we sometimes take them for granted. Did you know that the famous inventor Leonardo De Vinci drew the first plans for contact lenses all the way back in 1508? His drawings don’t look much like what we wear today, but they show just how long people have been looking for a way to improve eyesight without glasses. There are many advantages to contact lenses, including a face free of glasses, relative safety and convenience during physical activity, the avoidance of fogged glasses when going from one extreme temperature to another (e.g., walking out of an air-conditioned building on a steamy summer day).  Regardless…
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10 Self-Improvement Tips that Really Work

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Find your way to the “you” you want to be! Do you want to become a better person? Are you always looking for ways to improve yourself? If so, then you are on the right track. Becoming the best version of ourselves is a “work in progress.” It’s a continuous process that goes on for our entire lives. We are constantly evolving and growing, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be. If you want to keep on improving, try these suggestions. 1. Be willing to accept change For some people, change is one of the hardest things to accept. Just when you’ve figured out the way you like things to be, a big change comes along and it feels like your world is turned upside down. But rather than…
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A Day in the Life of a Practical Nurse

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Find out how these healthcare professionals spend their days If you ask a practical nurse (or LPN) what a typical day is like, they might tell you that most days are different, fast-paced, challenging, and ultimately rewarding. In this job, the tasks of one day are rarely exactly the same as the day before. Most practical nurses work in a nursing home, residential care facility, or a hospital. The typical length of a practical nursing shift is 8 hours, but some people choose to do 12-hour shifts, even several days in a row, so that they can have a solid 3 or 4 days off—which can be appealing for those taking care of children or other family members. Let’s take a look at the general routine of a practical nurse…
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Social Media Do’s and Don’ts

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Are you breaking social media etiquette? Our social lives in the 21st century rely heavily on electronics and social media. Just take a moment to think about how many friends, acquaintances, colleagues, and family members you keep in touch with on a regular basis, thanks to the miracles of the Internet. When it comes to social media, there’s no “rule book” on how you are supposed to use it. For many, it’s a matter of trial-and-error until they figure out what works for them. Sadly, some people have found themselves in awkward or embarrassing situations as a result of their social media use. How can you make the most out of social media, and at the same time, avoid any mishaps? To learn what to do and what not to…
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A Timeline of the History of Modern Nursing

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Some details about the profession you might not be aware of Nursing is a profession that, over the centuries, has inspired a lot of talented people to care for others. It can be valuable to look back over recent decades and recognize the contributions of those who came before you—not in the earliest days of the profession, but more recently. Take a look at some of these more nursing milestones from the past 50 years: 1964: U.S. Congress passes the Nurse Training Act, to help educate nurses and build nursing schools. The act also created a uniformed Cadet Nurse Corps within the U.S. Public Health Service. 1967: The hospice movement takes a big first step, when English nurse (and social worker, physician and writer) Dame Cicely Saunders founds St. Christopher’s…
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Ideas for Fast, Easy, Healthy Breakfasts

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Get your day started the right way each morning Do you tend to skip breakfast? Or do you grab a doughnut and an iced coffee from the drive through? Or are you the vending machine type? If you’re like many of us, you’re in a rush to get to school or work, and a healthy breakfast is the last thing on your mind. This may be okay every once in a while, but it’s not the best habit to have. Breakfast is important because it primes your body with the fuel it needs to get through the morning. Starting off with unhealthy options doesn’t provide the nutrients or sustainable energy that our bodies need. Here are some benefits to eating a healthy breakfast, according to WebMD: Better concentration Better overall…
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Work Wardrobe Mistakes That Are Easy to Avoid

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Why show up at work looking less professional than you are? A good professional appearance can serve you well in your career. It shows self-respect and that you take seriously what you do and where you work. But with our hectic schedules, it’s easy to overlook some of the details of a proper work wardrobe. Fortunately we’ve got some reminders for you, to keep you looking your best. Taming the mane (or facial hair) Be sure that you’re keeping your hair under control—and not just washed and brushed. Use some styling product to keep it in place, if needed. This goes for beards, mustaches, and goatees as well! Glasses full of smudges It only takes a minute to wet the lenses of your glasses (water is better than nothing) and…
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What NOT to Do on a Job Interview

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A job interview is your chance to shine If you are searching for a job, you know it’s a long process. From writing your resume, to searching the job postings, to submitting your application, it can be time consuming. One of the most important milestones in the process is getting invited to a job interview. Getting an interview is great news, because it means the employer is interested in learning more about you. It’s your chance to show them why you are the best candidate for the position. How can you make the most out of your job interview? How can you impress the employer and convince them that you are the right person for the job? Here are some do’s and don’ts of job interviewing. Make sure you review…
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Can Eating Certain Foods Cool You Down?

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Making certain choices on a hot day can make a difference During the “dog days of summer” it’s smart to get creative about ways to stay cool. We all find ourselves drawn to a tall glass of something iced, but you might not know there are other, more strategic ways to think about what you eat and drink. The next time you’re looking to beat the heat, here are a few items to enjoy that you might not have thought of: 1. Raw Fruits and Vegetables There are many seasonal fruits and vegetables that can help keep you cool while providing the added bonus of supporting weight loss—and in some cases promoting hydration. Dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens are tasty as well as healthy options. These…
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