Is Practical Nursing Right For You?

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Find out what Practical Nurses Do Every Day With so many different types of nurses—registered nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists—it’s easy to get confused about what duties each nursing role entails. If you’re looking to go back to school knowing what each nursing job requires will guide you down the right path. Practical nursing is a great way to start—and in many cases doesn’t require a bachelor’s degree. The Role of A Practical Nurse Practical Nursing is one of the most common nursing career paths for those starting out in the field. Practical Nurses often assist registered nurses (RNs) and physicians, performing vital roles in hospitals and long-term care facilities. While RNs might help prescribe medications, practical nurses are the ones behind the scenes making sure patients get daily care.…
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Is Nursing a Good Career for Men?

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The Salter School of Nursing encourages men to enroll There are certain job fields that have historically been predominantly female or predominantly male. You can probably think of two or three such career fields right off the top of your head. But in the 21st century, these old stereotypes do not have to be true anymore! One field that is beginning to close the gender gap is the field of nursing. But we still have a long way to go! At the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health in Manchester, NH, we want to actively encourage men to consider nursing as a career. Reasons why nursing is a great career choice for men Should you become a male nurse? If you are still trying to figure out a direction…
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Hand Hygiene for Practical Nurses

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Handwashing in nursing is critical for patient safety Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are a serious issue in hospitals and other healthcare institutions. When you are a practical nurse, the last thing you want to do is to spread a patient’s infection to yourself, to other patients, or to loved ones at home. What are the things an LPN needs to know about infection prevention? When you are in nursing school to become an LPN, you will learn about Standard Precautions that are designed to help prevent the transmission of diseases. These precautions cover everything from protective equipment (like masks, gowns, and gloves) to needlestick protocols to waste disposal. This article looks at one key tool in the fight against infection, and that is proper hand hygiene. Washing your hands may sound…
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Facts about Kidneys Practical Nurses Should Know

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Learn about this important organ in honor of National Kidney Month March is National Kidney Month, and practical nurses—or anyone in a practical nursing training program—should use this month as an opportunity to learn more about this vital organ. Why? A third of adults in the United States are at high risk for developing kidney disease, which means practical nurses are likely to see many patients who have significant risk factors. In fact, more than ten percent of American adults have kidney disease and are not aware of it. So educate yourself so you can look for the signs. Here is some basic information about the kidneys themselves. Size and shape: An adult’s kidney is about the size of a fist. In adults, the kidneys make up less than one…
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