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Is a Career in Health and Social Care Right for You?

Posted by on May 22, 2015

Working as a health care assistant is one of the most fulfilling roles you can do as it gives you real-world experiences of improving an individual’s quality of life. This isn’t the only reason you might consider the role though. There’s also job security, travel opportunities, and the potential for flexible hours. Is it the right career choice for you though? Do I Need a Certain Qualification? There are currently no specific national requirements for becoming a health care assistant, though you will have to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service test (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau test). This is to help employers make better informed decisions about applicants and prevent unsuitable individuals from working with vulnerable groups like the elderly or children. This is because your employer will train you in the skills required to be competent in your role. Because the skills required will vary from institution to institution, you can expect to undergo new training whenever you change roles. Bare in mind that, in a competitive field like this, having a relevant qualification could put you...

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Health

Why You Should Take Advantage of the Growing Field of Travel Nursing

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016

Whether you are approaching the end of your nursing studies or are looking for a new direction in your existing career, travel nursing might just be an option for you. Recent developments within the health care industry, along with a few other factors, have contributed to an increased need for nurses to fill positions all over the country. Not only can travel nursing allow you to earn a great living, it will also afford a bit of variety to your working environment, which many health care professionals crave. What Is Travel Nursing? Much like the name implies, travel nurses work in different locations on a temporary basis. While assignment lengths can vary greatly, on average they may range anywhere from four to 13 weeks per assignment. Nurses will typically work in those areas currently experiencing staffing shortages. Accordingly, a travel nurse will fill a specific role in a medical facility before moving on to a new location. Those who have specialized training are among the most sought after. As for pay, wages tend to be competitive in this booming field. Some...

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International

University of Illinois-Chicago

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014

Health care is becoming more complex each day. This complexity, however, can be an asset as an increasing level of efficiency is being created within health care systems thanks to information technology. The communications, computer technology and infrastructure that health care institutions and organizations are beginning to implement can be quite complex, but they help medical information instantly transfer and store across a digital network. This all can help with an increasing scale of analytical processes that will benefit patients, insurance companies and medical providers. To catapult into this growing sector of the health care economy, interested students will need to take health informatics classes or enroll in a degree program. These classes and programs focus on how information technology helps particular parts of health care, such as nursing or pharmaceutical services. Most of these programs are found at the graduate level at a range of universities, like the University of Illinois-Chicago. Admissions will vary depending on the school, but since they are a graduate program, students will need a baccalaureate degree to enroll in the health informatics programs. It should...

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Wellness

Can Astrology Tell Us What Illness’s We Are Most Prone To?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014

Perhaps, a lot of us are wondering a connection between health and astrology and whether or not such astrological information can help us with a health regimen. Well, believe it or not, the answer is yes. In fact, astrology could even assist in your physical well-being. Each of the astrological signs has particular areas of the body that they govern, and if you’re familiar with these areas, there’s a great chance that you’ll be able to take the precautionary measures to stop the illnesses before they even start. Likewise, this would also give you the ability to know what your weak points are, allowing you to treat an illness as soon as possible. Your Astrological Signs Aries Aries governs the head, which includes the nerves, brain, carotid, arteries, jaw, facial bones, and the cranium. Thus, people who are born under this astrological sign often suffer from head ailments, such as migraines, sinusitis, headaches, tooth infections, and are even prone to baldness. Likewise, Aries could also have birthmarks on the face, pimples, blemishes, and could be a possible candidate for dyslexia, speech...

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Why You Should Take Advantage of the Growing Field of Travel Nursing

Why You Should Take Advantage of the Growing Field of Travel Nursing

Jan 30, 2016

Whether you are approaching the end of your nursing studies or are looking for a new direction in your existing career, travel nursing might just be an option for you. Recent developments within the health care industry, along with a few other factors, have contributed to an increased need for nurses to fill positions all over the country. Not only can travel nursing allow you to earn a great living, it will also afford a bit of variety to your working environment, which many health care professionals crave. What Is Travel Nursing? Much like the name implies, travel nurses work in different locations on a temporary basis. While assignment lengths can vary greatly, on average they may range anywhere from four to 13 weeks per assignment. Nurses will typically work in those areas currently experiencing staffing shortages. Accordingly, a travel nurse will fill a specific role in a medical facility before moving on to a new location. Those who have specialized training are among the most sought after. As for pay, wages tend to be competitive in this booming field. Some employers will cover the cost of living arrangements, while others may offer bonus packages determined by factors like the length of assignment. In general, travel nurses earn a very comfortable wage, especially during times of increased demand for medical professionals.  Why Has Demand Increased? One major factor in the increased need for travel nurses has to do with The Affordable Care Act. As a result of this mandate, more and more Americans have access to health insurance. This has led to an increase in the number of people seeking health care, resulting in the need for more medical staff in select areas. Additionally, many health care works are aging out of their professions, while declining unemployment rates are also contributing to a rise in patients seeking treatment. Fortunately, there seems to be no end in sight to the growth within the travel nursing field. Some projections expect a 10 percent increase by year’s end, with an additional 8 percent increase occurring the year after. This heightened demand means more and more opportunities for travel nurses, many of which entail sizable pay packages and...

Ways To Rehab Injuries

Ways To Rehab Injuries

Dec 2, 2015

At one point or another people will get hurt and will have to rehab their injuries. There are many schools of thought on how to rehab the same injury let alone injuries of all parts of the body. Some of these methods are more effective for some people while the others are just as effective for other people. There are wrong ways to rehab an injury but professionals would not subject you to these. The following are some ways you can help rehab an injury. Physical therapy is an obvious way as it is one of the most prescribed treatments to deal with injuries. A large portion of physical therapy is to strengthen the areas around the injured body part in order to reduce the stress on it. The other portion is preventing the injury from happening again. In the cases of overuse injuries like seen in swimming or pitchers, they do exercises to also prevent any further injury. There will be some injuries that just take a bit of rest to recover from. Some of these injuries would be having tendonitis in a certain area which heals with preventative therapy as well as rest. Do not argue with a doctor that just prescribes rest because further injury could require treatment or even surgery. It is important to get massages for certain injuries. A massage can help increase the blood flow to the area massaged which can help injuries recover more rapidly. Massages can also get out any knots in muscles that could cause some type of injury. Massages will be covered by insurance if prescribed by your doctor in many cases so ask about this if you are in pain from an injury. Water rehab is used frequently by those who have had lower body injuries. Water jogging can be great exercise and rehab for those with an injured knee as it allows for natural movement with less weight on the legs. Many professional athletes use pools to condition as well as rehab injuries. Rehabbing an injury can be very frustrating so keeping a positive attitude is essential. Don’t rush yourself back to regular activity as you can injure yourself further. Good luck...

How to Pick the Best Walking Shoe

How to Pick the Best Walking Shoe

Dec 1, 2015

Walking is one of the best ways to stay fit. It’s easy and doesn’t require any special equipment, aside from a good walking shoe. It’s important to pick a quality shoe that will give your feet and whole body the support it needs. You can shop for a variety with different support, colors, styles, and prices at FOOTLOCKER or adidas. Here’s what you need to know before buying your new favorite pair. Ensure a Proper Fit First, be sure to look for walking shoes versus track, basketball, or other fitness styles. Each type offers special considerations depending on activity. A walking shoe offers a more flexible sole, which is important to prevent injuries. Even more important is ensuring a proper fit. No other feature is more important than making sure your foot is fully supported. Measurements can be taken in store or often online. Be sure to choose a style with a rounded toe which provides enough space for your toes to move comfortably. The heel should fit snug, so your heel doesn’t slide or move. The overall fit should not feel cramped or too tight. Choose Quality Features High performance shoes include important features, which can help reduce injuries or calluses. Look for shoes with extra cushioning to protect the heel and ball of the foot. Removable insoles should offer plenty of support without being mushy or a gel-like substance. If it’s not sturdy, your foot could roll or turn while you’re walking. Removable padding allows you to wash and air shoes between uses. Mid-soles and insoles can also offer additional padding or extra high-tech features, such as shock absorption and stability. The outside material should be comfortable but provide sturdy protection. Choose a shoe that feels lightweight. Some design materials are too bulky and can feel heavy and inflexible. You can also find a style with mesh outside materials, which help lessen the weight but also provide breathability. Flex Your Sole After choosing the right size and features you’d like, make sure to test the shoe. Check for its flexibility by bending the sole in half. The shoe should bend with slight resistance. You should feel some resistance when pushing upward, and...

Cocaine – The Caviar of Street Drugs

Cocaine – The Caviar of Street Drugs

Nov 11, 2015

Cocaine is often insinuated as the “caviar of street drugs,” and it is an expensive way of getting high. Its notoriety is often propagated in movies and by celebrities who can afford this expensive and illegal drug. Classified as a high-abuse and high-dependency risk by the federal government, the reality of this drug hits after the high. Cocaine has an extremely negative impact on the brain, heart, and emotional wellbeing of an individual such that the users become psychologically and emotionally dependent on the drug. The abuse of cocaine can lead to long-term life-threatening and devastating effects. Cocaine is an illegal street drug often referred to as “blow” “crack” and “coke” on the streets. It is a recreational drug made by purifying an extract obtained from the leaves of the Erythroxylum Coca plant. The two major forms of cocaine are made using different processes. Powdered cocaine, known as coke or blow, is often snorted. It is highly soluble in water. Thus, it can be injected intravenously. Crack cocaine, or “rock,” is made through a chemical process that creates a freebase form of cocaine that is smoked. The high or immediate effects produced by cocaine wear off between 30 minutes and two hours after use. When injected or smoked, it causes a faster but shorter high than snorting it. Cocaine acts on the reward centers of the brain. Stimulating this area with cocaine can produce a strong craving to use more and more of the drug. Repeated use of cocaine causes tolerance where one needs higher and higher doses to achieve the same effect. It then leads to dependence, and finally addiction. No amount of cocaine is regarded as safe. Statistics of Cocaine Abuse The statistics of cocaine abuse are staggering. In 2014, about 14 percent of American adults reported having tried cocaine, while one in every 40 American adults reported using cocaine in the past year. Young men aged 18 to 25 have the highest rates of using cocaine, and 8 percent of this population reported using blow in the past 12 months. Co-occurring Disorders Drug addiction, especially cocaine, often co-occurs with mental illness. Some of these disorders that occur together with cocaine addiction...

Is your bed harming your health?

Is your bed harming your health?

Oct 16, 2015

Your bed should help you to sink into restful sleep each night and leave you feeling rejuvenated when you rise in the morning. But if this bedroom essential isn’t up to scratch, it could in fact be doing you more harm than good. If you’re wondering whether your bed may be bad for your health, it’s worth asking yourself the following questions. Do you wake up with aches and pains? Sleep gives your body a chance to rest and repair, but a poor quality bed can put paid to this and leave you feeling achy when your alarm rings. Ideally, your bed should be big enough to allow you to stretch out, and it should enable you to adopt the perfect sleeping posture. If you struggle to get into a comfy position on a regular bed, you may want to consider getting an adjustable design. Some of these models also come with massage features that are specifically designed to alleviate muscle and joint pain, and to improve circulation. You can find out more about this technology online by visiting specialist websites such as http://adjustablebeds.co.uk/. It’s not just your bed frame that could be causing you problems. The wrong mattress may also compromise your comfort. The received wisdom used to be that firm mattresses were best for reducing the risk of back pain. However, this idea has been challenged. A study conducted by a team at the Kovacs Foundation in Palma de Mallorca assessed over 300 adults with long-term lower back pain who complained of discomfort while lying in bed. They found that at 90 days, the people who had used medium-firm mattresses reported better outcomes for pain than those who had slept on firm mattresses. Many people find that high-quality pocket sprung designs offer the best level of support. It’s also possible to get versions that feature a layer of memory foam on top for added comfort. Are you struggling to get enough sleep? Not getting enough sleep can make you feel tired and groggy, but did you know it can also have more serious effects in terms of your health? A prolonged shortage of shuteye can increase your risk of a range of...

Treatment of Skin Diseases Demands Quality Time with Your Dermatologist

Treatment of Skin Diseases Demands Quality Time with Your Dermatologist

Aug 25, 2015

The largest organ in the human body in both total area and weight is also the most visible. When disease strikes our skin, it is often there for everyone to see and leads to much suffering, physically and emotionally. As a dermatologist with more than two decades of diagnosing and treating people ranging from virtually newborn to 100 years old, I’ve learned that spending time with my patient, learning his or her special needs and demands, is critical in my mission as a healer. It is easy to increase volume, because of the sheer numbers with so-called “skin conditions,” but dermatologists need to recognize the tremendous responsibility we have to these patients to help them achieve the best possible outcome. Take it from me, you can have a thriving practice without depriving patients of your time and attention. Skin cancer is the most common of the cancers and, according to skincancer.org, strikes more people every year than the cancers of the colon, prostate, breast and lung combined. Invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in almost 74,000 new patients by the end of this year, the same source tells us, and the projected death toll from melanoma in 2015 is 9,940. Yet even as deadly as this kind of skin cancer is, the cure rate is even more impressive and, if diagnosed early enough, it approaches 100 percent. Because skin cancer is so prevalent and early detection is so critical, it is important to schedule a total skin exam with a dermatologist as part of your annual medical routine. The importance of treating skin cancer is obvious, but dermatologists treat many more conditions than skin cancer such as skin allergies and infections, nail disorders and fungal infections. Few of us get through life without some kind of skin problem, and many of us often hide it under long sleeves and pants legs. Too often it is something you can’t hide without wearing a mask. Such is the case with acne, so often dismissed as something some of us have to accept during adolescence that will eventually become just an unpleasant memory. While it is true that acne is most common among teenagers, it is often relentless...

What to look out for in a good stethoscope

What to look out for in a good stethoscope

Aug 20, 2015

With a variety of stethoscope available in the market, it’s quite difficult to establish the best stethoscope that meets your needs. A lot of us are acquainted with the basics which involves putting the hearing part in your ear with the other on the sick person to listen. Aside from that, the stethoscope works in quite a unique way. First of all, the diaphragm has got a sealed membrane which vibrates just like our own ear drum. Once it moves the column pushes the air inside tube enabling the air to move up and down on your ear canal. What you can do with it: There is much more to a stethoscope than checking out the heartbeat. Some of the features that are unique in stethoscope include; Assessing lung sounds. A good stethoscope allows you to identify the rhythm; rate and quality of breathing this also include the obstruction of airways or inflammation of pleura. It’s also important to begin right from the clavicle since the lung tissues extend that high. If you ought to listen to the back, then patients have to lean forward to expose the triangle of auscultation. You can start by moving from the right to the left- which gives you a better way to make comparison. Assessing heart sounds A stethoscope does more than just listen to the heart beat but it’s able to get any other sound which might be there (adventitious sounds). These sounds include murmurs, gallops or clicks. The sounds might seem the same at first but after you listen to many heart sounds you will be able to make the distinction. We listen to the heart beat in four main areas which the left and right of sternum at the level of the second rib. Detecting bruits Bruits are the abdominal whooshing sounds of the blood through an artery that indicates the artery has been narrowed which can be the cause of arteriosclerosis. Bruit can easily be detected in the neck, kidney and umbilicus. Measuring the span of liver. The stethoscope can plays a vital role in determining the span of liver which is done by tapping the belly. It is also advisable to place...

Asbestos Victim Advice For Asbestos Mesothelioma Victims

Asbestos Victim Advice For Asbestos Mesothelioma Victims

Jul 21, 2015

Asbestos employees have experienced asbestos cancer simply because they operate in the atmosphere of high levels of asbestos. Asbestos materials can frequently be breathed in in to the lung area leading to cell gene mutation because asbestos materials cannot be eliminated. Mesothelioma cancer is really a typical disease in asbestos cancer cases. Asbestos may cause asbestos cancer, cancer of the lung, mesothelioma cancer, etc. Asbestos cancer possess a longer incubation period and isn’t apt to be identified. Companies must provide protective gear for employees to avoid exposure to asbestos. Regrettably, Some work or production process lead employees were uncovered to asbestos. The employees uncovered to asbestos might not notice any sickness immediately because the signs and symptoms of mesothelioma cancer may take decades to manifest. While no absolute cure can be obtained, you will find numerous useful remedies that patients typically undergo to lessen discomfort and prolong existence. These remedies, however, are extremely costly, and medical health insurance isn’t necessarily enough to sufficiently lessen the costs. Selecting an Asbestos Victim Advice can be that the exposure to asbestos history while your can do so, just in case you’re not able to later. Also, the earlier select a good Asbestos attorney , the earlier you will get more compensation. Asbestos Victim Advice can help give you the claim when the employer doesn’t supply the necessary protective gear. The victim must provide information towards the attorney or law practice, The Data should be true and there’s no perjury. The data such as the fundamental information, health reviews, work history, family people as well as their work history. The medical status is the greatest evidence to demonstrate that you’re a victim of exposure to asbestos. The job atmosphere with exposure to asbestos is the greatest evidence If you’re able to prove it is a fact. If you’ve been identified with mesothelioma cancer and believe you had been uncovered to asbestos, make contact with an Asbestos Victim Advice.   About Sarah MurphyI'm Sarah, a passionate healthcare professional and nurse advocate. All Things Nurses is my place to share health & wellness information and news about the nursing industry.Mail | Twitter | More Posts...