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15 Jan 2020

What Is a CNA & What Does CNA Stand For?

Becoming a CNA can be a deeply rewarding career path for many people interested in performing personal care work or basic companionship services. The acronym CNA stands for certified nursing assistant, and this job title often gets intertwined with other care titles like nursing assistant. A CNA works under the...
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7 May 2020

What is a CNA Certification?

How long does a CNA Certification last? A CNA certification lasts 24 months. Most states renew the certification if the nursing aide has worked at least 8 hours within that 24 month period. PA may allow CNAs to take the qualifying test if a CNA’s license has lapsed without going...
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24 Mar 2020

CNA to LPN Bridge Programs

CNAs know what a rewarding and meaningful experience their job is. However, it’s not unusual for them to want to advance their careers. One of the ways to do this is through the completion of a CNA to LPN bridge program. These accelerated programs leverage the CNA’s learning and experience...
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10 Mar 2020

CNA to RN Bridge Programs

Working as a CNA is an excellent introduction to health care. However, the goal of many Certified Nursing Assistant is to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Advancing from the role of a nurse assistant to a registered nurse requires hard work. The good news is that the journey is worthwhile....
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3 Mar 2020

What is a CNA Bridge Program?

Now is an excellent time to consider going back to school to pursue your dreams of working your dream job in healthcare. There are more ways to enter a training program that enables students from all walks of life to become a certified nursing assistant or a licensed practical nurse....
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14 Feb 2020

National Nursing Assistant Week

When is CNA Week 2020? CNA Week is on Thursday, June 18th, 2020. CNAs are recognized for seven days starting Thursday, June 18th, 2020 through Wednesday, June 24, 2020. CNA Week is also known as CNA Appreciation Week, Certified Nurses Aide Week, Nursing Assistant Week, and Nurses Aide Week How...
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31 Jan 2020

What Can a CNA Do and Not Do?

CNAs are considered the backbone of nursing. These healthcare workers often provide the majority of hands-on patient care duties that include assisting patients with bathing, grooming, dressing, helping with walking, transfers from one place to another, turning bed-bound patient position, feeding, toileting, and many other essential activities of daily living...
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1 Jan 2020

How to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant

To become a CNA, you need to complete a nursing assistant certification program that is approved by the nursing board in your state. These programs typically take 12 weeks or less to finish. Throughout the process, you will learn about human anatomy, patient care, and how to execute the tasks...
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29 Nov 2016

Robots to Help Alleviate High Demand for Nurses

An ongoing shortage of nurses is causing hospital administrators to get creative. With approximately one million nursing positions expected to go unfilled by 2022, the problem is more serious than ever. That’s why some are suggesting that robotic nurses may be able to fill the gap. A larger percentage of...
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22 Nov 2016

Violence Against Nurses is too Common in the Workplace

Violence against nurses in the workplace is incredibly common. Unfortunately, it’s been a taboo topic. People are more open to discussing the problem these days, which provides an important opportunity for everyone to become aware of the issue. Increased awareness brings greater chances of preventing violent outbursts and being able...
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15 Nov 2016

Going Above and Beyond for Medication Safety

One of the most vital responsibilities of any nurse is the preparation and dispensation of medicines to patients. Even with a reasonable level of caution, mistakes can occasionally be made. Rarely, these mistakes will have tragic consequences. More often, administering the wrong medication or the incorrect dose will result in...
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8 Nov 2016

Good CNAs vs. Bad CNAs

As in any profession, not all certified nursing assistants are equally good at their jobs. While the vast majority of CNAs are dedicated, caring and ethical, there are exceptions. Exploring some of these exceptions, and comparing them to a CNA who is providing outstanding care, is a reliable way to...
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1 Nov 2016

National Health Holidays You Never Knew Existed

Nearly every family in the United States is affected by some type of health concern whether it is physical or mental, acute or chronic. Health care workers in a variety of fields care for individuals every day of the week and every hour of the day. They are tireless warriors...
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1 Oct 2016

5 More Things Nurses Need to Know About Zika Virus

With reports of the Zika virus continuing to dominate the headlines, it is crucial for nurses to gather all relevant information. This enables them to better support other medical staff. Moreover, greater understanding helps nurses to counsel patients on how they can avoid exposing themselves. Here are five more things...
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27 Sep 2016

‘Bridge’ Programs for Online Nursing Students

When it comes to getting an education, nurses have many options. Some take the traditional route of completing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing before they begin practice. However, others may take a less direct path. Perhaps they earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree before returning to school...
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20 Sep 2016

How Eye-Tracking Technology Improved Training for Nurses

It doesn’t seem like nursing students and novice airline pilots have much in common. However, that could be changing as the eye-tracking technology that has been used to train pilots is finding its way into nursing classrooms. The UCLA School of Nursing recently published a study that used eye-tracking technology...
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13 Sep 2016

Your Second Degree Nursing Options

If you’re like many people in the U.S., you probably went to college directly after graduating from high school. That means that you were pretty young when you chose a career path, and you may have been laboring with the suspicion that you didn’t select the right one for a...
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6 Sep 2016

Advice for International Nurses Seeking U.S Jobs

Being an experienced nurse can open the door to a number of opportunities. One of these opportunities may be the chance to live and work in the United States. For many foreign-educated nurses, this is a dream come true. However, it pays to proceed with caution. While some nurses have...
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23 Aug 2016

Things you Wish you Knew about National Nurse Associations

With demand for qualified nurses on the rise and rapid advancements in science and technology, membership in various nursing organizations has become more vital than ever before. Membership is not mandatory for licensing. However, nurses, and even nursing students can reap substantial benefits from joining. Membership in one of the...
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16 Aug 2016

The Issue with Nurse-to-Patient Staffing Ratios

The debate over nurse-to-patient staffing ratios has raged for years. No one can deny that patients receive better care when there are sufficient nurses on staff. However, how many nurses are enough? Is there an ideal ratio between nurses and patients to ensure adequate care? Perhaps most importantly, should there...
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9 Aug 2016

Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses

If you are considering a career in nursing, then one of the first decisions you’ll have to make is what kind of nurse you’d like to be. Generally, these health care professionals are either registered nurses or licensed practical nurses. Choosing one of these routes will affect your educational and...
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2 Aug 2016

Nurses are Being Attacked in the Work Place

Some professions, like law enforcement, can expect to encounter violence every day. However, most people are surprised to learn how common it is for nurses to suffer violent attacks on the job. These attacks can happen at any given time. They occur in hospital emergency rooms, long-term care facilities, and...
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26 Jul 2016

How to Use Social Media to Get a Job in Nursing

Organizations like the U.S. government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics frequently tout nursing as one of the most in-demand career fields, yet recent graduates aren’t necessarily finding this to be the case. Many of them struggle to find their first job despite earning good grades and passing licensing examinations. If nurses...
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12 Jul 2016

Nurse Practitioner License Requirements: Change is in the Air

Obtaining a license is an important step for any aspiring nurse. In fact, it would be illegal for them to work without holding a valid license. Currently, and for approximately the last 100 years, nurses have had to seek licensure in any state where they wished to work. If they...
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5 Jul 2016

Advice for RN Program Applicants

Anyone who is looking for a great career that promises a bright future should learn more about nursing. Demand for qualified health care professionals is expected to rise in the coming years, and these positions feature good pay and excellent job security. Of course, the first step toward becoming a...
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28 Jun 2016

All About Nurse Burnout

Nursing may be a rewarding career, but it is also a demanding one. In fact, the pressures of the job become so intense that nurses are prone to a condition known as “burnout.” Nurse burnout is more than just needing a vacation. It’s an ongoing condition that is an emblem...
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5 Mar 2015

Write a Great Resume & Get Hired

As anyone who has ever applied for a job knows, a well-written resume is a powerful tool that can help translate your skills, talents, and qualities to a prospective employer quickly. Writing a great resume isn’t difficult, but you should take the time to list your education, any health-related experience...
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5 Mar 2015

All About Staffing Agencies

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are vital to the healthcare team and work in a multitude of healthcare facilities and areas of care. As a CNA employed by a staffing agency, you may experience numerous options that fit your lifestyle and accommodate your busy schedule. Staffing agencies provide optimal opportunities for...
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5 Mar 2015

How to Deal with Patients Suffering from Dementia

As a certified nursing assistant (CNA), the chances are high that you frequently care for patients who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. With special strategies to keep patients safe and less confused, you can manage a smoother workday and provide an environment that supports patients who experience memory loss,...
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5 Mar 2015

How Being a CNA helps you in Furthering your Career

Working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) is both a challenging and rewarding career in the healthcare profession. However, you may also discover that being a CNA has huge perks that may provide a stepping stone for furthering your career and aspiring to your dreams. As numerous nurses, physical therapists...
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5 Mar 2015

How to get your Tuition Back

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are rigorously trained healthcare providers who play a critical role in patient care. With almost two million patients currently residing in nursing homes alone, the CNA is a highly sought after position by hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health agencies. If you are considering a...
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