Types of Nursing Degrees

        Recently, I graduated from Nursing School with my 4th degree in Nursing. I was shocked to know people still do not understand nursing education. People would ask me, “Are you finally an RN.” What? I just completed a DNP in Nursing. I have been a nurse educator for the last ten years. People also ask, “Why do you need a doctoral degree to teach nursing?” There is a need to educate the general public on nursing degrees and programs. I have been a nurse for over 22 years. Many people start their nursing career providing basic nursing care. You can start you nursing career with a certificate in nursing. There are a few nursing training programs available to complete. Nursing Training Certificate Programs (CNA) (LPN’s take NCLEX-PN) CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant – takes six weeks-6 months and developed by a technical school. Passing the state exam is required to be certified. LVN/LPN – Licensed Vocational Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse – takes 1-2 years and developed by a technical school. Passing the NCLEX is a requirement to practice. In 1990 after returning home from Desert Storm, I decided to pursue nursing instead of medicine. I started out as a home health aide and a sitter. I did not take a course to do either. I wish I had completed a CNA program. I always knew I would pursue an education in nursing. Many people may be ready to pursue a degree to become a registered nurse. Entry into Nursing Degree Programs (upon completion can take the NCLEX-RN) Diploma in Nursing – takes three years and the...

5 Ways to help with Men’s Health

      5 Ways to help with Men’s Health As a nurse, we have to educate people and men about men’s health. Men have high rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are all on the rise. Also, depression, high blood pressure & prostate issues are common with age. By educating men to stay healthy, they can reduce their risk of stroke, heart attack, and other major complications. This means men have to be proactive and take charge their your own health. It means you have to be responsible on an ongoing basis. Here are five ways you can get started. 1 Get a checkup. Take a man to the doctor. When was the last time you saw your doctor? Regular checkups are an important part of staying healthy. 2 Get moving. Start a weekly exercise program. As a man realize that, exercise is good for you. Exercise can help with weight control and can effectiviely reduce other diagnosis’s such as Stress, Diabetes & High blood pressure. 3 Get hydrated. Let make a daily water drinking schedule. As humans sometimes we are guilty of not getting enough water. Let’s drink enough to stay hydrated. Water can help prevent dehydration & regulate body temperature. 4 Get calm. Have a plan to prevent stress. Remember stress is bad for you and especially men. Stress can lead to serious health problems. To combat stress you can do breathing exercises and meditation. 5 Get to bed earlier. Have a regular sleep schedule. Men have to remember not to cut into their sleep. Most men may need between 7 and 9 hours a...

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