Heartbeat Disorders: Know the Warning Signs

Ever feel like your heart is racing? Or like it just skipped a beat? Sometimes these can be signs of a heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia). Here are some warning signs to look for in your own heartbeat.

What is an arrhythmia?

A heart rhythm disorder, also called an arrhythmia (or dysrhythmia), occurs when an abnormal heart function causes the heart to beat faster or slower than usual, skip a beat, or beat irregularly. How problematic can arrhythmia can be to a patient depends on the type of abnormality itself.

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Heart Attack Prevention Tips

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Here are the top four lifestyle changes suggested to help prevent a heart attack in women and men:

Avoid tobacco
Although it is now common knowledge, it should be reiterated that smoking is very harmful. Not only does it increase your chance of developing lung cancer, but it will also cause serious damage to your heart. When you smoke a cigarette, you inhale carbon monoxide instead of oxygen. Thus, you are preventing your heart from getting the one thing it needs to function properly. According to the CDC, about 20% of all deaths from heart disease in the U.S. are directly related to cigarette smoking.

Exercise regularly

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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:

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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