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.

RN vs. LPN: The Advantages of Becoming a Registered Nurse

Categories: Nursing

Nursing is a great career choice for those who are committed to making a difference in the lives of others. Those who decide to go back to school to pursue a degree in Nursing have a big decision to make – what type of Nursing program to choose. Many schools across the country offer either a Registered Nursing program or a Licensed Practical Nursing program. So what’s the difference between the two? The biggest difference is the length of each program, the types of classes required, and the degree or certificate you will earn upon completion of either Nursing program. Those who choose to become a Registered Nurse must earn either an associate degree or a Bachelor’s in Nursing degree. Typically, pursuing a career as an LPN requires participation in a program that culminates in earning either a certificate or an associate degree upon graduation. Regardless of whether you choose…

Meet the Dean of Nursing

Categories: Nursing

Arizona College is pleased to introduce Rose Saunders, EdD, RN, CNE, as the Dean of Nursing for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Arizona College. Dr. Saunders is responsible for administration and oversight of all aspects of the Nursing program including faculty, curriculum, students, resources and program evaluation and has been leading the nursing program for the last several months.  Please take a moment to get to know our Dean of Nursing! Dr. Saunders received a diploma in nursing from Jameson Hospital School of Nursing in New Castle, PA. She continued her formal education at the University of Pittsburgh where she earned both a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) and a master’s degree (MN) with specialization in nursing of children. She later received a doctoral degree in Higher Education (EdD) from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She began her nursing career as a staff nurse at Children’s…