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    Care Plans: Worthwhile or Worthless?

    Care Plans: Worthwhile or Worthless?
    You can find some lively debates on the value of writing care plans and using nursing diagnoses. Some argue that they are a waste of time and not very useful. Others argue that they are absolutely essential to advance the field of nursing. The bottom line is that if you are a nursing student, you need to know how to write ...
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    Advancing Your LPN License

    Advancing Your LPN License
    Having a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse is a great start to immerse you in the nursing field relatively quickly, however, it can be limiting in the types of positions that are available to you. You may have found yourself with this license because you have never been able to take time enough away from your family or your job ...
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    A Simple Guide to MRSA

    h4. About MRSA Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus is the full name for MRSA (sometimes referred to as the 'superbug'). It belongs to the Staphylococcus aureus family of germs. Staphylococcus aureus is a very common cause of bacterial infections such as boils, carbuncles, infected wounds, deep abscesses and bloodstream infection (or bacteraemia). It was first described in the 1880s when doctors realised ...
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    Treatment Methods for Kidney Failure: Hemodialysis

    Treatment Methods for Kidney Failure: Hemodialysis
    Hemodialysis is the most common method used to treat advanced and permanent kidney failure. Since the 1960s, when hemodialysis first became a practical treatment for kidney failure, we’ve learned much about how to make hemodialysis treatments more effective and minimize side effects. In recent years, more compact and simpler dialysis machines have made home dialysis increasingly attractive. But even with better ...
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    Aging Under the Microscope: Posing Questions, Finding Answers

    Aging Under the Microscope: Posing Questions, Finding Answers
    In 1965, a lawyer made an unusual deal with one of his older clients, Jeanne Calment of Arles, France. In exchange for ownership of her apartment, he agreed to pay her a monthly pension for the rest of her life. Because Mme. Calment was 90 years old at the time, it seemed likely that the lawyer would only have to make ...
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    The A to Z of Complementary & Alternative Medical Terms

    The A to Z of Complementary & Alternative Medical Terms
    Homeopathy, Chinese medicine, acupuncture; there are now more terms used to describe approaches to health care that are outside the realm of conventional medicine than your average nurse can keep track of. However, it is becoming increasingly important for nurses to familiarize themselves with these terms since patients frequently use alternative healing methods in conjunction with their western therapies. This fact ...
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    Signs of Depression

    Signs of Depression
    In any given one-year period, 9.5 percent of the population, or about 20.9 million American adults, suffer from a depressive illness. Not everyone who is depressed or manic experiences every symptom. Some people experience a few symptoms, some many. Severity of symptoms varies with individuals and also varies over time. h4. Depression * Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood * Feelings ...
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    Airborne Allergies - Symptoms

    The signs and symptoms of airborne allergies are familiar to many. # Sneezing, often with a runny or clogged nose # Coughing and postnasal drip # Itching eyes, nose, and throat # Watering eyes # Conjunctivitis # “Allergic shiners” (dark circles under the eyes caused by increased blood flow near the sinuses) # “Allergic salute” (in a child, persistent upward rubbing ...
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    CNA to LVN - Carving Out a Career Path

    CNA to LVN - Carving Out a Career Path
    Do entry-level positions matter to you? Do you want to be on top? Do you think you have the right qualities to move up to the next level in your career? Are you aiming for a higher salary? Are you hungry for more knowledge, new challenges, and new experiences? Or are you the type of person who is willing to ...
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    Obesity Losing Weight and Keeping It Off

    h4. Introduction Regardless of what the obese state represents in terms of altered metabolic and hormonal function, obesity is above all a psychological or, perhaps more accurately, a behavioral disorder. Eating is a behavior, and the two most logical and direct ways of losing weight and keeping it off, a sensible diet and moderate exercise, represent, for obese persons, a challenge ...
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    What Can LPN Practitioners Expect As a Salary?

    What Can LPN Practitioners Expect As a Salary?
    The salaries of LPN professional vary from one state to the other. The significant increase in the demand for health care professionals has resulted in a lot of competition in the market and there is a greater variance in the salaries of the LPN professional, mostly depending on the experience and educational background. A LPN (licensed practical nurse) or LVN ...
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    Advance Directives: Living Wills and Healthcare Proxies

    Advance Directives: Living Wills and Healthcare Proxies
    _Advance directives_ are oral and written instructions about future medical care should your parent become unable to make decisions (for example, unconscious or too ill to communicate). Each State regulates the use of advance directives differently. A _living will_ is one type of advance directive. It takes effect when the patient is terminally ill. Advance directives are not set in stone. ...
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    Become a Licenced Practical Nurse (LPN)

    Become a Licenced Practical Nurse (LPN)
    Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) work under the direct supervision of RNs and physicians but are capable of performing most patient care tasks. These tasks include taking patients' vital signs, temperature, blood pressure, and patient bathing. The only RN-specific tasks that LPNs are not able to do are to administer IVs, push pharmaceuticals, and hang the first unit of blood. h4. Connect ...
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    You Know You're an LPN When...

    You Know You're an LPN When...
    How do you know you’re an LPN (or an LVN if you’re practicing in California or Texas)? See if you recognize yourself in the following tongue-in-cheek list, compiled by a 30-something Mississippi-based LPN. 1. You feel like Malcolm in the Middle—stuck between the RNs and CNAs. 2. You’re so used to eating cold food that you don’t bother microwaving anything other ...
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    Fetal Development

    Fetal Development
    When sperm is deposited in the vagina, it travels through the cervix and into the Fallopian tubes. Conception usually takes place in the Fallopian tube. A single sperm penetrates the mother's egg cell, and the resulting cell is called a zygote. The zygote contains all of the genetic information (DNA) necessary to become a child. Half of the genetic information comes ...
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    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

     Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that becomes apparent in some children in the preschool and early school years. It is hard for these children to control their behavior and/or pay attention. It is estimated that between 3 and 5 percent of children have ADHD, or approximately 2 million children in the United States. This means that in a ...
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    What is a Cell?

    What is a Cell?
    Cells are the structural and functional units of all living organisms. Some organisms, such as bacteria, are unicellular, consisting of a single cell. Other organisms, such as humans, are multicellular, or have many cells - an estimated 100,000,000,000,000 cells! Each cell is an amazing world unto itself: it can take in nutrients, convert these nutrients into energy, carry out specialized functions, ...
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    Mitosis and Meiosis: How do Cells Divide?

    Mitosis and Meiosis: How do Cells Divide?
    There are two types of cell division: mitosis and meiosis. Most of the time when people refer to “cell division,” they mean mitosis, the process of making new body cells. Meiosis is the type of cell division that creates egg and sperm cells. Mitosis is a fundamental process for life. During mitosis, a cell duplicates all of its contents, including its ...
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    Tips for a Smooth Nursing Shift Change

    Tips for a Smooth Nursing Shift Change
    At the end of a long day of caring for patients, it’s time to give the end-of-shift report to the oncoming nurses. Although it may be tempting to rush through this routine duty, patient safety hinges on a complete and correct exchange of information. “We underestimate its importance,” says Elizabeth Henneman, RN, PhD, CCNS, an assistant professor in the School of ...
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    Developing a Self Care Support Strategy

    Developing a Self Care Support Strategy
    h4. Key actions When developing a self care support strategy for your area, the following should be considered: # Involve patients and the public through new and established mechanisms - any strategy needs to be based on their requirements and preferences. # Assess the self care information and support networks which already exist within your health economy. Are there any gaps ...
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