Enough About the Politics: What Does Obamacare Mean for You?

Ever since November 2009, one piece of legislation has dominated almost every conversation about healthcare in America: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. As members of the medical community, however, it is crucial that we understand not only the basics of the new law, but also what the new law means for nurses and others in healthcare support occupations.

Signed into law on March 23, 2010, Obamacare represents the largest change in the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. Here are some Obamacare facts that you need to know:

Filed under

Benefits of Two-Year Associate Degree Programs

For many, a two-year Associate degree program offers advantages over a traditional four-year program.  Choosing the right college is vital to help avoid the debt (and difficulties repaying it) that so many students experience. With a national student debt topping $1 trillion dollars, more students are now considering an Associate degree to save money and avoid large student loans.

Here are some benefits of earning a two-year degree:

1. Eliminates unnecessary classes
A two-year program can eliminate coursework that is unrelated to the degree the student hopes to earn.   

2. Focuses on job skills

Filed under

Overcoming the Fear of Shots

Nobody likes shots, but we all have to get them. It’s not uncommon to be afraid of shots either. Here are some tips to help you or someone you know conquer the fear of the needle.

What to do on the day of the shot

Keep a positive attitude.Thinking about the needle will only stress you out. Instead, try reminding yourself about the long-term health benefits that greatly outweigh the momentary discomfort of the shot.

Tell your doctor if you’re anxious.Letting your doctor know about any fear or anxiety you might have will allow him or her to walk you through the process. The doctor can help keep you relaxed and put things in perspective.

Consider applying an anesthetic.If you’re afraid of the pain from the needle, ask your doctor about using an aesthetic beforehand to help numb the area of the shot and dull the pain.

Filed under

Preparing for the TEAS

Everything you need to know for the first step to nursing school.

If you've considered applying for nursing school, you've probably heard about the TEAS. While people seem to be more familiar with the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN examinations, the TEAS is a common preadmission test used by many nursing programs. TEAS, which stands for Test of Essential Academic Skills, is administered through Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Nursing Education. The test is a basic aptitude test designed to identify students who would succeed in nursing school and who have the ability to think like a nurse. While all examinations can seem a bit daunting, it's important to remember that it's another step to figuring out if nursing school truly is for you.

Filed under

Five Nursing Facts

On May 6, healthcare providers will celebrate those who give so much to the industry on National Nurses Day, also known as National RN Recognition Day. The event is the kickoff to National Nurses Week, which begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthdate of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale. The celebration is designed to recognize the contributions and commitments nurses make and educate the public about the significant work they perform.

To honor all of the nurses across the country who remain steadfast in their dedication to the profession, here are a few facts you may not know about the nursing profession – feel free to share them with the nurses in your life.

Filed under

What is the difference between Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner?

Nursing offers solid career options in addition to being personally rewarding. In their career path, nurses can advance through gaining experience and additional education. Registered nurses and practical nurses are the most common types of nurses.

What is a registered nurse?

A registered nurse (RN) specializes in treating and educating patients and assisting doctors. RNs serve mainly in an assistance role; their day-to-day tasks include monitoring and recording patients’ symptoms, ordering diagnostic tests, creating care plans, and preparing patients for examinations or treatments.

What type of education or degree is needed to become an RN?

Usually, RNs have completed a diploma, Associate or Bachelor’s degree program to prepare for the standardized National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)-RN.

Filed under

What are MLTs and What Do They Do?

The people who fill medical lab technician jobs have played an increasingly important role in medical research. In the United States, there are more than 325,000 professionals employed in the medical laboratory industry. And that number is expected to rise in the next decade.

What is a medical lab technician?

Medical laboratory technicians may also be known as medical lab assistants. Their primary responsibility is to collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue and other substances. Approximately half of all medical laboratory technicians are employed in hospitals; others may work in diagnostic labs and physicians’ offices.

Filed under

How to manage stress for college students

Whether you’re a full-time college student or just taking a couple of classes while you’re employed full-time, managing the stress associated with being a student is vital to your success. ”Learning how to deal with stress while in school” is not a course that they teach.

Stress management is an important life skill. College students are faced with stress that is sometimes beyond their control, and is often self-induced. Learning to identify potential stressors, the signs of stress, and how to overcome anxiety and find stress relief while dealing with the pressures of taking university-level classes is essential.

Filed under

Happy World Health Day!

Protecting yourself against vector-borne diseases

Every year, approximately 1 million people die due to vector-borne illnesses. This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) will use World Health Day to promote prevention of vector-borne disease.

WHO and World Health Day

The World Health Organization is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries, and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Filed under

Improve Your Memory With These Tips

Whether you’re studying for a test or trying to remember information you need for your job, there are techniques you can use to help improve your memory. If you have information you need to memorize, try these tips to help commit things to long-term memory.


Perhaps the most popular technique, repetition works because it is simple and effective. Repeating things to yourself will help you remember them until they become ingrained in your long-term memory. Practice does, after all, make perfect.

Flash cards

Although this technique strongly resembles repetition, it also utilizes visualization to help improve your chance of remembering the information. For pharmacy students who have to remember things like sig codes, flash cards are an effective way to learn, memorize and test what you know.

Teach new concepts to another person

Filed under