SimMom prepares nursing students for labor and delivery

Categories: Nursing

Imagine, you’re nearly 9 months pregnant while purchasing some last minute grocery items to stock your refrigerator before the highly anticipated arrival of your little bundle of joy.  When all of a sudden, your water breaks and contractions begin! While ditching your cart and waddling to your car, you call your partner, as it’s time to head to the hospital!  You arrive with your perfectly packed suitcase and begin the process of labor and delivery check-in.  Once in your labor and delivery room, the nurse and doctor perform an examination; you’re so close to meeting your little one! With approximately 267 humans born each minute around the world, Labor and Delivery professionals truly have their hands full.  While birth stories vary to a great degree, most involve a combination of specially trained nurses, midwifes and/or physicians. The professionals are required to know, minute by minute, the health status of the…

What are the Factors of General Health?

Categories: Nursing

Many of us spend countless hours every week working out at the gym, doing yoga or recreational activities, and eating specific diets to achieve or maintain good general health. It is very likely, that most of us just continue with these rituals we have become accustomed to, knowing the result leave us feeling better overall. We all know that food, water and shelter are required to meet the basic necessities for life. After these basic needs are met, we are constantly attempting to obtain a higher level of overall general health. In addition to diet and exercise, there are a few factors that contribute to general health that may get overlooked. Let’s dig deeper into all contributing factors of overall general health: Diet/Nutrition-a proper, well balanced diet that consists of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Within those groups you can also include vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Water is also considered part…

What do Vital Signs Consist of?

Categories: Medical Assisting, Nursing

Anytime you go to the doctor, typically the first things that the Medical Assistant begins to measure are your Vital Signs. Do you know what Vital Signs are and what the normal range for an average adult should be? Vital signs typically consist of four primary readings: Temperature– the baseline for the body’s core temperature at which it functions under normal conditions. The body and its systems are constantly burning energy and temperature is tightly controlled. This process is called Thermoregulation. The average adult temperature is approximately 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The purpose for checking body temperature is to check for an increased temperature; which is an indication that the body is fighting and infection. Pulse/Heart Rate– the expansion/contraction of an artery and is typically measured on the body at the wrist or ankle. The measure is counted in beats per minute and the average for an adult is 50-80 beats…

What is the difference between a RN and LPN?

Categories: Nursing

Are you thinking about the possibility of having a rewarding career a Nurse?  Are you curious about the difference between a Registered Nurse (RN) and a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)?  What about pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) as opposed to an Associates Degree?  Often times, many people do not know that the profession of a “nurse” has a hierarchy of various levels, and what education and job responsibilities are associated with each classification. The RN’s main responsibility is to ensure that the patient’s needs are being met and that they are receiving the proper medical treatment in a safe environment.  The RN takes verbal and written orders directly from a physician and works under minimal supervision.  Depending on the work environment, a RN typically performs the following: Assesses, analyzes, evaluates and documents patient conditions and symptoms Creates treatment plans with other members of the healthcare team Communicates…

Nursing Skills & Qualities You Have Already Picked Up as a Parent

Categories: Nursing

If you are a parent, chances are you have already developed many of the qualities and skills that are important for those interested in a career in Nursing to have. Like parenting, Nursing is both very demanding and incredibly rewarding. If you are a parent and are thinking about going back to school to become a Registered Nurse, you likely already possess some of the qualities that will help you to be successful in this field.