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The One Thing Kayakers and Baseball Players Have In Common

Scott Stephens on Feb 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM


How hard is it to hit a 95 mph fastball? In some physics classes, the professor has actually termed it impossible. The decision time to swing, calculated at the speed of the bat against the speed of the ball. Makes the margin of error minute, and mathematically impossible. However, every summer we see it done routinely.


---  Fashion Design, Zumba, Zero and Eight ---

Gary Salazar on Feb 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM


Doesn’t it seem like everything today has multiple perspectives or interpretations; what you see depends on your point of view.


How Yoga Could Have Helped the World of Harry Potter

Jena Hintze on Feb 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM


The international phenomenon that is Harry Potter enchanted the world when it first released and continues to grow even today. It has everything you could ever want. Heroics, romance, magic, danger, Quidditch, and Butterbeer.  The books are incredible, and luckily the movies captured the magic. There are theme parks dedicated to it’s splendor. You can find out your patronus, which house you belong to, and what kind of wand fits you best. Yet, the Wizarding World is missing one thing….


The Three I's of Competition in the Workplace

Jena Hintze on Feb 3, 2017 3:00:00 PM


It’s long been debated whether competition in the workplace is good or bad; and we’ve all seen it go badly. From the snide glances in the break room to the full on war of words that erupts in the middle of the weekly staff meeting, a feeling of competition can create tension to say the least. Yet, when handled correctly, competition in the workplace can be one of the best things for it.


3 Keys to Effective Training

Scott Stephens on Jan 27, 2017 12:00:00 PM


Imagine going in for a visit with an eye doctor, who before he performed any tests or assessments, handed you a pair of glasses and said, “Here, this is what you need.”


Pancakes or Tap Dancing?

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


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


The Psychology of a Nurse

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


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.


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!


Why You (And Everyone) Should Learn to Write

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


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.


Getting Ready for an Office Job

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


            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.


Dental Assisting

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


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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