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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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Why Nursing Is a Good Career for a Mom

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If you’re a mother, there are many reasons to consider this career in healthcare Working in nursing has many advantages. If you want to change careers, or you’ve been a stay-at-home mom and are thinking of getting back into the workforce, or you might not realize that a job in nursing could be a good fit, given your needs but also your existing skills. Nursing can offer flexibility, and much of what it requires are qualities that moms tend to have plenty of. Take a look at some of these factors you may not have considered about why nursing and being a mom can be compatible: A flexible schedule One of the best things about working in nursing is that it offers a lot of flexibility in terms of the…
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Breakfasts That Will Energize Your Day

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Focusing on the most important meal of the day will pay off with productivity Do you wonder why you wake up feeling groggy and weak? Your body needs to re-energize after a (hopefully) long night of sleep. The first thing you eat should be healthy and good for you. Eating a good breakfast can make you feel better but also help you to perform well in school or at work. First, let’s take a look at why breakfast matters in terms of your energy and overall health. If you’re skipping breakfast, you’re missing out on essential nutrients and other benefits that can improve your effectiveness. Then we’ll give you some ideas for quick morning meals that will get you ready for the day. How eating a healthy breakfast will help…
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Practical Nurse Job Interview Questions and Answers

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Try these sample interview questions for practical nurse students The Salter School of Nursing in Manchester, New Hampshire, wants our Practical Nursing students to get off to a great start when they begin their new career paths. Many students are nervous when it comes time to begin their job search. They are asking: Where do I look for a job? How do I write a resume and cover letter? How do I prepare for my first job interview? This article provides sample job interview questions for practical nurses as well as job interview tips. If you are like most people, a job interview will make you a little nervous. But by practicing sample questions and rehearsing your responses, you will walk into the interview with a lot more confidence. Here…
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Embrace the Power of Positive Thinking

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Here are techniques for getting your mind into a better and more productive space If you’re dealing with stress about work, school, or family, you’re not alone. Many of us struggle with negative feelings. The important thing is not to let a bad attitude get in the way of enjoying your life or achieving your goals. It can take some discipline to keep yourself in a more positive place, but once you start noticing it, you’ll find it can become a habit. Some people even believe that positive thinking is powerful enough to transform almost any situation. You should experiment and see for yourself! So here are suggestions for ways to let go of that negative thinking and get in touch with the power you have within you to think…
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Welcome Chelcie Krier: New Director of Career Services

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Meet the new staff member who brings energy to this important, student-focused role Current students and alumni should introduce themselves to Chelcie Krier, our new Director of Career Services. She can assist you with resume writing, interview skills and other job search preparations, as well as helping you find and prioritize job offers. Read the article to learn more about the important services she can provide to help you! Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health is proud to introduce Chelcie Krier as the new Director of Career Services. Chelcie is dedicated to assisting students and alumni in securing employment within their fields of study. She provides students with employment referrals as well as training on techniques that will support their career searches. Chelcie’s first day was December 4th. She…
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How to Choose a Career

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Suggestions for finding a job field that’s a good fit for you Are you trying to decide what kind of work you’d like to do? If you’re getting ready to graduate from high school, this is probably a decision that’s weighing on your mind. Or you might be a mom who wants to get back into the workforce, now that your kids are a bit older. But even if you’re just someone who’d like to have a job that aligns better with your interests and skills, the process of choosing a career can seem overwhelming. This article breaks it down into some concrete steps, to help you feel positive about getting started making a professional change that will suit you. As with so many tasks in life, the key to…
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