Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Online Nursing Programs - Is It Even Doable?

By Melanie Ullman
Programs such as online LPN nursing classes are becomingly increasingly popular, since it allows students to get their degrees or certifications without having to change their schedules.

The Internet, with its great flexibility and ease of use has become a huge part of many people's lives. People use the Net to meet and start families, find and communicate with relatives they have lost, seek out and get jobs, take care of their health and get education. No wonder that you can now start a very successful nursing career taking online nursing programs that will prepare you for what might turn out to be the opportunity of a lifetime.

Why Nursing?

There are jobs that will always be in demand. We need teachers to teach our children. We need doctors to take care of the sick. We need lawyers to represent us in court and... we need nurses to help us take care of ourselves when we can't. If you want to have a fulfilling job that will make you feel good about yourself, because you'll be helping people, as well as give you a great salary, then nursing is just right for you.

Why Online Nursing Programs?

We all live in a very busy world. We have things going on all the time in our lives, so it's really convenient to be able to take classes whenever you want, do homework in your spare time and go through tests at your leasure.

Another great things about those programs is that they are usually much cheaper than going to the campus, spending money for travel and eating out all the time. When you participate in online nursing programs, all you have to do is log in to your student area and you can immediately start working. Can you imagine how much time it's going to save you?

What Should You Know Before You Sign Up For An Online Nursing Program?

There are a few things you need to be aware of before you join an online nursing program. One of the most important things, in my humble opinion at least, is security. You need to be sure that the information you exchange online with the school is absolutely safe. Most of the reputable nursing schools are safe to access online, all you have to do is a bit of research.

Another thing you have to pay close attention to is the faculty and staff. Again, most reputable schools publish information about the educators working at the school. If you visit the online nursing program's home page, you'll easily be able to verify the teachers' academic background.

These are just a few things that are crucial for you to know when you consider joining an online nursing program. It's impossible for me to cover everything you should know before joining a nursing program online, but I'd like you to check out this website if you feel like you need to do a little more research.

Some other resources that might be helpful are Hubpages (http://hubpages.com/hub/Nursing-School-Programs)and Squidoo (http://www.squidoo.com/nursingschoolprograms)

Not ready to commit to becoming a nurse? Consider becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant! Like nursing, you can take your courses and prepare for the CNA certification test online.

Monday, September 7, 2009

CNA: Training, Jobs, Salaries

CNA training is required to become a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Also known as CNA, Personal care Assistant, or PCA, Home Health Aide, the title will vary depending on the area or setting in which you are working. Certified Nursing assistants, are probably the hardest working, and the most underpaid.

The services they provide are immeasurable Nursing Assistants have to be caring, hardworking and dedicated. The position can be stressful yet rewarding. Many CNAs do not get the credit and recognition they deserve.

What is A CNA and How do I Become one? Certified Nursing Assistants work closely under the supervision of Nurses Usually an RN, or LPN. Certified Nursing assistants can work in a variety of settings, including, Nursing Home facilities, Hospital settings, or even provide care in the Home. The C NA functions in the role to assist with patient care needs. Duties vary, according to the location in which you choose to work. For example a home health aide duties, may consist of helping a client with a bath for that day, preparing a meal, reminding or assisting patient in medication, obtaining a blood sugar. Transporting a patient to an appointment, light chore work that may include assisting with laundry, and light house keeping in the part of the home where the patient spends most of the day.

A Nursing assistant who works in the hospital may be responsible for seven to thirteen patients at a time, they will usually do rounds every two hours on the patients, and be responsible for answering any call lights in between. The first round usually consist of taking a full set of vital signs on each patient, assisting with transfers, getting a patient from bed to chair, or putting them back to bed, they may assist with baths as well, and with meals.

Nursing assistants in the hospital settings can assist in inserting and removing Foley catheters, and many other task like such hooking up oxygen and assisting in dressing changes under direct supervision of RN. Certified Nursing Assistants that work in Nursing homes have the most demanding duties, they usually are responsible for ten or more patients at a time. It can be very physical as well, because a lot of the patients are not able to do much for themselves. It requires a lot of patience and understanding.

Certified nursing assistants are very important, for they are watchful eyes, because they spend most of their time with the patient they can alert the nurse to anything that may be abnormal, so that she can intervene.

There are also a number of free CNA training classes, online or through an institution such as a nursing home or hospital.

What kind of Training is Required? You can become a Certified Nursing Assistant in as little as six weeks. Depending on where you live, you can get training that is sometimes offered at local facilities, such as Local Hospitals, Nursing Homes. Technical Schools, or Community Colleges. The Red Cross, and Good will Industries even offer the training. In High School, depending on where you live, Health Occupations, Students of America allows you to obtain certification as a Nursing assistant as well. How the program works is that you take one semester, learning theory, the second semester is based on clinical, and then you are able to take the written exam to obtain certification.

Among others, there are a lot of Allied Health courses even offered on line. The college network, and Ashford university, to name a few offer programs in Allied Health. Certification, includes a written , and clinical demonstration. Clinical demonstration may include proper hand Hygiene, providing privacy, and dignity, obtaining oral and rectal and axillary temperatures. Obtaining a manual blood pressure. Giving a patient a bed bathe, Placing a patient on the bed pan, Making an occupied bed. Colostomy care, Oral hygiene etc.

Salary A certified Nursing Assistant Salary will range for any where between $19,00- $32,000 a year depending on the area where you live. Most Can will tell you that it is not about the money. They simply like what they do.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Deciding On A Schedule For Fall Classes

Accelerated nursing programs, which can help you get your degree in sometimes half the time as a regular program, is becoming an increasingly popular option. With summer drawing to a close and the school year, or semester approaching, many people are having to finalize their plans.

Accelerated programs have the distinct benefit of helping those who's responsibilities mean they often cannot accommodate a campus program with "regular" course hours. Rather than taking the two years, like a regular schedule, these programs usually take only about one and a half years to complete.

An accelerated nursing degree is just as good one that takes more time, it's just compacted into a quicker timeframe.

Nursing prerequisites and requirements will vary, and they may not actually be the same as they would for a regular degree curriculum, but they shouldn't be any more difficult to cover.

As with any of your decisions regarding courses choices, you should talk with the admissions counselor at the nursing school you are considering. If it's an online program, see if there's an admission office or staff that you can reach by telephone. If not, you can always send an email.

Some matriculating courses are now specially designed with the "modern" student in mind. That is, students who must juggle school with traditional life responsibilities. It's no longer unusual to see students who are also holding down a full time job or position, and in some cases having to care for children as single parents. This "modern" lifestyle imposes a whole different set of concerns and considerations, not just financially, but in terms of scheduling time to study, attend class, take tests, etc.

For someone who already has an undergraduate degree in nursing, these 'fast track' programs can mean the difference between being stuck in their current job position and title, and having the opportunity and ability to move up, not just in position, but in pay scale and earnings potential as well.

Regardless of a person's current situation though, it seems as if time is more fleeting and precious these days as compared to what it was like many years ago. People are beset on all sides by others moving ahead quickly, changing schedules and life choices, and the like. Even the decision making process seems to have taken on a sense of increased urgency, particularly in areas affecting job and career paths.

In any event, the time is now, so-to-speak. With fall almost here, summer is over, and many programs will be beginning very shortly. Waiting too much longer to make a choice will in effect be making the choice for you. That being said, it's never too late if you're willing to "lay it on the line". Go ahead and call the admissions office directly, drop in and visit in person, or start sending emails, along with follow up.