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Pancakes or Tap Dancing?

Jena Hintze on Jan 20, 2017 4:15:00 PM

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“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” –Pablo Picasso

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The Psychology of a Nurse

Jena Hintze on Jan 5, 2017 4:05:52 PM

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Do you remember those career aptitude tests you took in high school? The one that said you were meant to be a librarian or a counselor…not the movie star like you always imagined? We think those are great, but as you grow out of the indecisive teenage years into the still indecisive, but more urgent decision making years of adulthood, sometimes you want a little more information. Rather than categorize your future for you, we’ve outlined the psychology of a nurse, the traits that help someone thrive in this position. Then, if you’ve been curious if you would look good in a pair of scrubs, you can make an educated decision on your future…for yourself.

Communication Skills

First and foremost, nurses have to be able to communicate with and understand others well. They deal with a lot of different people who need a variety of things from them and may not always be able to communicate their needs. The doctor they’re working with will need the nurse’s assistance with the patient’s care; the families need reassurance and clear explanation of what’s going on with their loved one; and the patients are counting on their nurse to listen and act on their needs.

Flexibility

One of the best things about being a nurse is that every day there will bring something new. There is always a new patient, a new problem to solve, or a new shift to cover. Rolling with the punches and adapting to an ever-changing career field is a key ingredient for a successful nurse. There is also a continuing education expectation to be met so if you have a love for learning you will thrive in this position.

Attention to Detail

Patience and a watchful eye are crucial aspects of nursing. When it is literally life and death, the number of pills given to a patient cannot be miscounted. Clocks must be watched carefully to be sure check-ins are done promptly. Charts must be scrutinized to ensure accuracy. The well-organized and efficient individual will excel in this role.

Physical Endurance

One thing is certain about a nursing position…it’s not a desk job. From standing for hours assisting in procedures to helping patients walk the halls to regain mobility, a nurse is always on the move and rarely still. The fitness enthusiast will be happy in a position such as this that requires so much physicality.

Compassion and Empathy

Oftentimes, people in the nursing industry feel drawn to the work. The care of the helpless stirs something in their hearts and their compassion takes over. Nursing is a demanding position that engages you emotionally as plans and caring attentiveness for patients’ care do not always result in a happy ending. But seeing the difference that you make when the outcome is successful is rewarding ten-fold. If you feel strongly for others and are quick to offer a helping hand, a profession in nursing will be most fulfilling for you.

Stats and Figures

Among the many abstract benefits of becoming a nurse, the compensation is excellent. According to a 2015 study a nurse makes an average of $67,000 every year. The industry is expected to grow by 19% by 2022 and there is a fair amount of flexibility with scheduling as most companies and hospitals that hire nurses are open 24/7. Certified Nursing Assistants, the prerequisite training for our LPN and RN programs, average $12.36/hour in Southeastern Idaho and you get started on an exceptional career path.

Now you know the traits of a nurse. If you’re thinking this could be the right career for you, we’ve got the best way to get started. The Certified Nursing Assistant program at Idaho State University is 12-16 weeks long and the course fee is only $600. With our payment plan options, you could get started as soon as next week. It’s the perfect way to test the waters and see if this is the path for you. Plus, it funnels into the LPN, ADRN, and BSRN programs. Click here to be taken to our registration page to learn even more about this exciting and growing career!

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Why You (And Everyone) Should Learn to Write

Bethany Skidmore on Jul 27, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Maybe English was just another class you slept through in high school, where symbols were overanalyzed and you had to write an essay every week. Lots of people don’t ever take an English class past the ones they’re required to take. Still, as boring as essays are, good writing skills are an extremely important tool in the job market.

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Getting Ready for an Office Job

Bethany Skidmore on Jul 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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            It can be so hard to transition into an office job, especially if you haven’t worked one before. But even if you have, there are some skills you can add to your resume to make yourself more marketable.

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Dental Assisting

Bethany Skidmore on Jul 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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When you see employees in the dentist’s office, you might assume they’re either dentists or hygienists. Many of us try to avoid the dentist as actively as possible, so it’s easy to misunderstand that many of the employees we see talking to patients and performing basic procedures are actually dental assistants. Dental assisting is essential medical work that you can learn easily and quickly, and then have a well-paying job for much longer.

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The Essence of Essential Oils

Bethany Skidmore on Jun 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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Essential oils have become pretty popular these days. I’m sure you’ve seen them at the mall being plugged by an annoying salesman, or used by an overworked mother to calm herself and her children down. They’re everywhere, which begs the questions: why? What are they used for? And what are they?

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Preventing Anxiety and Depression in the Elderly

Bethany Skidmore on Jun 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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           If you or someone you love is a senior citizen, you might be worried about mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. These late-onset mental illnesses are scary, but there are ways to help prevent them. The activities associated with preventing anxiety and depression can significantly improve the quality of life of the elderly.

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CPR: Worth the Fight?

Bethany Skidmore on Jun 15, 2016 3:33:42 PM

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CPR: Worth the Fight?

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More than Mario: A Discussion of the Plumbing Industry

Bethany Skidmore on Jun 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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If you’re like me, the only plumber you know is Mario. Or maybe you have some vague image in your head of a plumber with a messy toolbox and jeans that hang too low. But that can’t be the whole story. So let’s get real about plumbing and talk about it as it actually is: the job that no one wants that everyone should.

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Immunization and Vaccinations Available at Urgent Care Clinics

Alex Tate on Jun 1, 2016 4:02:25 PM

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One of many conveniences about visiting an urgent care center is that not only are you able to walk in for sick visits, you are also able to walk in to receive vaccinations. Since many doctor’s offices can have a couple days to over a week wait for a doctor’s appointment, it is nice to know that options such as urgent care centers are available for a simple vaccine. Vaccines can be available to adults and children at these clinics. In this article, I am going to talk about all of the immunizations, and vaccinations you can receive at an Urgent Care Clinic.

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