Online Nursing Programs Wed, 02 Aug 2017 18:26:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Facts About Child Abuse Thu, 19 Aug 2010 23:00:40 +0000 A nurse that serves child care facilities or assists in the implementation of protective policies requires a specific base of health and safety knowledge. Over 80,000 children a year fall prey to child abuse, and learning the causes and how to differentiate between neglect and abuse can provide valuable supplemental knowledge to formal education and on-the-job training. The crisis of the tragedy and severity of child abuse in America is detailed in the infographic below.

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Facts About Contraceptives Fri, 30 Jul 2010 17:25:40 +0000 From as early as recorded history, humans have been inventing methods of preventing conception. Ancient Egyptians and Romans devised various homeopathic solutions thought to aid in this societal and medical issue. As human innovation progressed, so did the technology, methods, and devices for contraceptives, as well as overall efficacy. Nurses, as importantly as doctors, must possess the knowledge of these tools for presentation to their patients. The infographic below details modern methods and contraceptive devices, as well as outlines a broad history for context and reference. You never know when you might need a history of latex and proof of its effectiveness when dealing with a particular patient.

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17 Things You Should Know About DNA Thu, 22 Jul 2010 15:28:16 +0000 DNA is a double-helix structure, resembling a twisted ladder, with steps that serve as the “bases”, or foundation, for life. Discovered in 1868 by Friedrich Miescher, this has been one of the most critical developments in mankind and has served as a crux for developing medical technologies of the future. While you may not be headed for a career as a research laboratory scientist, fundamental knowledge and understanding of (D)eoxycibo(N)ucleic (A)cid will provide a much needed stone in the foundation of your medical career. Whether its providing on-the-fly references or providing an educated explanation to a curious patient, this detailed infographic gives a concise history and fun factual information for ease of digestion and recitation.

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15 Things You Didn’t Know about the Brain Wed, 30 Jun 2010 21:47:38 +0000 The brain orchestrates and is responsible for an incredible about of work in the human body. This mass of grey matter is the most complex organ in the body, and while there is much to be discovered, we have detailed a comprehensive and insightful overview of this vital organ. For example, outlining the physiological differences in the thought processes across gender can provide a bevy of useful information relative to dealing with patients. Nurses in particular must be aware of the intricacies in the functions of the brain in order to properly accommodate patients with possible head trauma. The following infographic provides some valuable and quick reference to the capabilities and functions of the brain.

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Who’s Addicted to the Internet? Tue, 01 Jun 2010 17:04:57 +0000 Internet Addiction is quickly becoming a problematic disorder in today’s technology dependent society. Between 2004 and 2009, the amount of time that Americans spent online increased 117%. And with the integration of social media into everyday life, the numbers will only increase. The symptoms and afflictions of this emerging addiction has the same far-reaching emotional and physical effects on society as other addictions, and is quickly gaining recognition in the medical community. As a responsible and diligent nurse, it is paramount to continue education in emerging and not-yet-emerged disorders to properly diagnose, understand, and relate to patients. The following infographic on Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) provides raw data on the prevalence of the Internet in daily life as well as outlining the symptoms of addiction.


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15 Things About the Human Body Wed, 05 May 2010 03:30:10 +0000 The human body is a cacophony of individual processes that manages to work harmoniously to create a functional being. Mankind has always looked introspectively in awe of the physical being, and to understand it has spawned many different sub-fields of biology. While studying to be a nurse, one will obtain the relevant knowledge necessary to properly treat patients in an effective and productive manner, and through this application of knowledge comes great responsibility. However, there is also a necessity for learning the obscure and lighter side of the functions of the human body, such as providing uncommon knowledge to an inquiring mind, or providing playful information to a curious child. The following infographic juxtapositions useful yet light-hearted information in a playful display for ease of knowledge acquisition.

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The Guide to Vitamins Mon, 03 May 2010 18:00:15 +0000 Vitamins are daily necessities and without them, people will start notice deficiency issues. For example, Vitamin A assists in proper cell division and helps prevent cancer, while those who are deprived of Vitamin A suffer from night blindness and dry corneas. Conversely, overdosing on vitamins can become a hindrance to the body. For instance, overdosing on Vitamin A will lead to birth defects, coarse bone growths, hair loss, skin dryness or peeling, vomiting, and pressure around the brain. This information should be of interest to nursing students, because registered nurses are able to help and educate people with vitamin deficiencies. These deficiencies can cause serious health issues, and more nurses are needed to work with patients and their concerns.

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Alternative Online Nursing Programs Fri, 04 Dec 2009 18:25:06 +0000 The health industry has witnessed a transformation from traditional medicine to the more “new age” health reform that has slowly crept into the mainstream culture.  As health care continues to skyrocket, different forms of medicine have become more integrated in the United States health industry, opening up new forums for students to consider.  Alternative medicine is any healing practice that does not fall within the realm of conventional medicine, and typically encompasses therapies with a historical or cultural, rather than a scientific basis.

Known as CAM, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine offers students the opportunity to participate in online courses about many different types of alternative medicine programs.  Registration is free for these courses and offers health care professionals to receive continuing education about the health field, particularly stressing the importance to doctors and nurses.   To receive the credit for this type of online nursing program, students must pass with a 70 percent accuracy rate.  Nurses can additional earn twelve hours throughout the program, thereby earning a certification of completion. 

Energy medicine is one of the domains of complementary and alternative medicine as identified by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the U.S.  Therapists in this field focus on theorized forms of “energy”, the imbalance of which is said to result in illness.  Donna Eden has become a major force within the energy medicine community, and her Eden Energy Medicine Certification Program offers two years of training to become a practitioner through online classes.  Three different programs are available for health care professionals, offering basic, intermediate, and advanced training in energy medicine, and teaching students how to heal patients in an unconventional way.

While many of these alternative medicine forums are not recognized by many in the health industry, the business has become quite lucrative as more and more patients flock to these centers.  The United States has additionally always been a melting pot of different cultures, and has thus welcomed this type of alternative healing from different backgrounds.  As an alternative to many traditional online nursing programs, many alternative online nursing programs cater exclusively to herbalism, homeopathy, and acupuncture, as well as other spiritual approaches to the health industry.  While these programs are not for every nursing student, they offer a glimpse into a different type of health community which also prides itself on helping its patients.  Since most of these programs are online, students are offered the flexibility to learn at their leisure while still retaining the ability to continue other online nursing programs.

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100 Healthy Hacks for Tech and Gadget Geeks Mon, 23 Nov 2009 04:52:00 +0000 There’s a dirty little stereotype flying around that techies and geeks aren’t the healthiest people around. With busy, unpredictable schedules that chain you to your computer or project all day (and sometimes all night), it’s hard to eat right, maintain good posture, and remember to go to the doctor for your annual check-up. Here are 100 healthy hacks for tech and gadget geeks who want to get in shape and turn the stereotype around.


Give your back, wrists and eyes a break when you practice these ergonomics exercises and techniques.

  1. Get an ergonomic keyboard: Get an ergonomic keyboard to prevent carpal tunnel, which seriously hurts and can really impede your movement and your productivity.
  2. Adjust your monitor: The top of your screen should be at or slightly below eye level.
  3. Rest your eyes: Every 20 minutes or so, focus on an object that is at least 20 feet away.
  4. Avoid repetition: Move your hands, arms, wrists, and neck around to avoid stiffness and too many repetitive tasks, which can lead to carpal tunnel.
  5. Get a keyboard pullout tray: Your keyboard should actually be below you, on a stable surface (not your lap).
  6. Keep your computer directly in front of you: Don’t stress your neck or head by twisting them to see your screen.
  7. Keep your mouse close by: You shouldn’t be reaching across your desk for your mouse.
  8. Type with your wrists above the keyboard: Only use your wrist rest when taking breaks.
  9. Adjust contrast: Make sure screen contrast and brightness are at comfortable levels.
  10. Listen to your body: If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, it may be time to cut back or work on your posture.
  11. Carpal tunnel exercises: Do 10 reps of these exercises to combat carpal tunnel.


Don’t succumb to greasy pizza and takeout every day. These healthy foods and eating hacks will help you lose weight, keep up your energy, and feel better.

  1. Keep healthy snacks at your desk: Stock your mini-fridge or desk drawers with healthier snacks like fruits, veggies and whole-grain cereal bars.
  2. Spinach and leafy greens: Eating a spinach salad or other leafy greens may protect your eyes from computer glare.
  3. Drink lots of water: Staying hydrated is important and can keep your energy and focus in top shape.
  4. Monitor your eating schedule: If you’re lost in a serious project, you might forget to eat, or start snacking mindlessly on anything you can get your hands on. Remember to eat something light every 4 hours if you don’t have time for sit-down meals.
  5. Dress your pizza the right way: You don’t have to give up pizza altogether: just eat it in moderation and pile on healthy toppings like artichoke hearts, bell peppers, tomatoes, mushroom, spinach, onion or broccoli.
  6. Watch out for "crash" foods: Junk foods that contain lots of sugar and no complex carbs or protein (like pizza or chips) will make you crash an hour or so later. Eat nuts, whole wheat crackers and cheese instead.
  7. Pistachios: Pistachios are a healthy nut that can lower blood pressure.
  8. Whole grains: Those who sit all day may find that belly fat is a problem. You can zap the fat by eating whole grains like brown rice and oatmeal.
  9. Blueberries: Keep a bowl of blueberries close by for healthy snacking and to improve your focus and maintain cognition.
  10. Drink black coffee: You’re probably addicted to coffee, but try to drink it black or with skim milk and not lots of creamer and sugar.
  11. Drink tea: Drink green or black tea instead of coffee every once in a while.
  12. Pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds are a good alternative to chips and contain magnesium, which is also a muscle relaxant.
  13. Cold-water fish: Salmon, mackerel and herring are full of omega-3 fatty acids, which is also good for your brain and your heart.
  14. Eggs or egg whites: Start your day with protein by making eggs.
  15. Black beans: Make a meal out of black beans or put them on your salad for an excellent serving of fiber, protein, iron, B vitamins and antioxidants.
  16. Low-fat, low-sugar yogurt: Get calcium and add probiotics, or "good bacteria" to your diet with low-fat, low-sugar yogurt.
  17. Tomatoes: Tomatoes are another easy food to add to all types of meals and snacks, and they’re one of the biggest sources of carotenoids, which contain antioxidants.
  18. Quinoa: Quinoa will keep you full longer because it has the most protein of any other grain. It also contains fiber, riboflavin, magnesium and iron.
  19. Salads: Even if you’re short on time, you can make easy salads that will pack in lots of protein, fiber, veggies and fruits.
  20. Don’t eat too late at night: You might have a weird schedule, but you should still avoid eating, especially heavy foods, late at night. Eating right before bed or when your metabolism is slowest makes it easy for your body to gain weight.


Make time to exercise, even if it’s just for spontaneous jumping jacks or during your break time.

  1. Sit on an exercise ball: Strengthen your abs and work on your posture by sitting on a stabilizing exercise ball instead of your regular desk chair.
  2. Start your own fitness routine: Squeeze in any kind of exercise any way you can, and stick to the same schedule to make it a habit.
  3. Take a walk after you eat: After heavier meals, take a walk to burn extra calories, improve your digestion and prevent sluggishness.
  4. Don’t skip a workout: Skipping a workout will make you feel depressed and unmotivated, and more likely to keep skipping in the future.
  5. Set goals: You’ll be more likely to stick to your exercise plan if you stick personal, reasonable goals.
  6. Do spontaneous jumping jacks: Spontaneous spurts of exercise: like 5-10 minutes of jumping jacks can blast calories.
  7. Do something every day: Even light to moderate activity like walking helps.
  8. Sex: Sex isn’t just a workout: it helps increase blood flow and boosts your mood.
  9. Work out with a friend: Combine social time with exercise by finding a friend to motivate you.
  10. Walk or bike when you can: Walk or bike to run errands to get to work.

Taking Breaks

Here are healthy ways to hack break time and give your body and mind a rest.

  1. Get up once an hour: Give your eyes, back and wrists a break by getting up once an hour, even if it’s just to walk around the room or take out the trash.
  2. Take the stairs: If you’re running downstairs on your break or for lunch, take the stairs to get your legs and heart pumping.
  3. Stretch: Between your "getting up" breaks, take a minute to stretch your neck, arms, back and legs.
  4. Don’t watch TV: The whole point of taking a break is to give your eyes a rest.
  5. Get off the computer: You shouldn’t play on the Internet during break time either. Get up and walk around.
  6. Quit smoking: You don’t need to be a smoker to be entitled to a short break. Quit smoking and use your breaks more productively, to take a walk or eat a healthy snack.
  7. Take a cat nap: Spin your chair around or find a couch to take a 20-minute cat nap during your break time.


Remember to head to the doctor for regular check-ups and screenings.

  1. Get your eyes checked: Get your eyes checked to prevent eye strain or eye diseases.
  2. Check your blood pressure: High blood pressure can be an indicator of other health problems, including stress, and can put you at a greater risk for heart attack.
  3. Go for regular check-ups and screenings: Remember to go for regular check-ups, screenings and teeth cleanings to make sure you’re in good health overall.

Web Tools

While you’re on the computer anyway, use these health tools to monitor your symptoms, weight, exercise routine and more.

  1. BMI Calculator: Assess your overall health and decide if you need to lose weight by calculating your BMI.
  2. Symptom Checker: This interactive tool will help you diagnose a problem.
  3. The Daily Plate: Count calories and plan meals with this healthy living site.
  4. Games for Fit Brains: You’re probably working (or overworking) your brain at work, but these fun games can keep you on your toes by introducing you to new challenges.
  5. SparkPeople: This social network and healthy living community will introduce you to diet and fitness plans just for you.
  6. Physical Activity in Your Daily Life: Here you’ll be able to figure out which daily chores can cut calories. It’s a good tool to give you ideas for stretching and fitting in "work outs" during your breaks, too.
  7. Diet and Fitness Assessments: These quizzes and assessments will test stress, motivation, saturated fat intake and more.
  8. Dietary Guidelines for Americans: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ guide on nutrition can help you pick foods from each food group.
  9. Healthy Living Calculators: Calculate target heart rate, calories burned, ideal body weight, depression risk, and more.

iPhone Apps

If you’re of the iPhone persuasion, you’ll like having these healthy living apps handy to remind you to eat right, work out and track your well being.

  1. WebMD Mobile: This free app connects you to the guides and tools on WebMD.
  2. Your Ideal Weight: Use this app to set weight-loss goals and figure out your BMI.
  3. Restaurant Nutrition: Find out the nutrition facts of meals from Arby’s, Burger King, Chick-Fil-A, Chili’s, Dairy Queen and other popular eateries.
  4. DailyBurn: Track workouts, calories and weight goals with this free app.
  5. FoodScanner: Get the nutrition facts by scanning UPC barcodes with your iPhone.
  6. iTreadmill: Turn your iPhone into a pedometer with this app.
  7. Two Hundred Situps: Get weekly health and fitness tips as this app helps you work up to 200 situps.
  8. GymGoal: It’s easy to track your favorite workouts and find workouts for different parts of the body with this app.
  9. Muscle Head and Neck System: Learn about the muscles in your head and neck, and how to relax them.
  10. HeartWise Blood Pressure Monitor: If you’re worried about your blood pressure, you can track it with this app.


Don’t let the stress of annoying clients and ridiculous workloads get to you. Manage stress with these healthy hacks.

  1. It’s okay to rant: Through exercise or a rant fest with friends, letting off steam can help you relax.
  2. Make time for yourself: It’s easy to get lost in your projects, but schedule time each day for something fun.
  3. Find out what’s expected of you: Prevent unnecessary stress and job burnout by communicating with bosses and clients regularly.
  4. Learn how to control your reaction: You can’t always control what’s stressing you out, but you can work on ways to deal with issues more constructively.
  5. Avoid gossip and office conflict: Keep your mind on your work and your own problems.

Sleep Hacks

Make the most of naps and regular sleep to refuel yourself.

  1. Wind down before bed: Free Geekery reminds you to read, try acupuncture and avoid over-stimulating activities (like TV) before bed.
  2. Caffeine Naps: This might sound weird, but apparently it works: Drink a cup of coffee and then take a 15-minute nap as a chaser. You’ll feel alert when you wake up.
  3. Practice getting up when your alarm goes off: During the day when you’re already awake practice responding to your alarm. This strategy makes it easier to wake up in the morning.
  4. Address anxiety: When you can’t fall asleep because of anxiety, spend the hour before bedtime writing down everything that’s stressing you out.
  5. Sleep on schedule: Try to go to bed and wake up around the same time even on weekends.

Boost your immunity

Keep your immune system in good shape to avoid getting sick and have more energy.

  1. Deal with stress: Stress is one of the greatest threats to a healthy immune system, so learn to deal with it appropriately.
  2. Eat lots of veggies: Eat less red meat and more veggies and chicken soup to boost immunity.
  3. Get enough sleep: Sleep deprivation can also weaken your immune system.
  4. Indulge every once in a while: Keeping yourself happy with a piece of chocolate can boost mood and immunity.
  5. Nuts: Get your healthy fats and oils by eating nuts, which also contain Vitamins C and E.
  6. Mushrooms: Mushrooms contain cytokines and Vitamin D which are supposed to be good for your immune system.
  7. Exercise: Reduce stress, sleep better and increase blood flow with moderate exercise.

Daily Habits

From flossing to getting sunlight, these daily habits will keep you healthy.

  1. Get enough natural light: Open the blinds or take your breaks outside to keep your body on a regular schedule and boost your mood.
  2. Be social: Social interaction can extend your health and improve your mood. Even if you work alone, take some time to chat online with friends or go out for lunch.
  3. Keep a journal: It sounds sappy, daily or weekly journaling can help you manage stress, track goals, vent, and force you to spend time away from the computer.
  4. Multitask less: Multitasking can add to stress, mess with your ergonomics strategy and make you lose your focus.
  5. Clean your house and office: Make sure you dust, vacuum and clear away dirty dishes to avoid getting sick and to keep pests at bay.
  6. Get out of your pajamas: You’ll be more productive and energetic and will also feel more confident and connected if you shower and get dressed like a "normal" person, even if you work from home.
  7. Floss: Your oral health is a good indicator for your overall health. Floss to rid your mouth of bacteria and help promote fresh breath.
  8. Check the A/C: Server rooms are often over-cooled, so ask if it’s okay to adjust the temperature. If you can’t, bring a jacket or sweater to keep yourself comfortable.
  9. Wash your hands: If you work on other people’s keyboards all day, you’ll want to make sure you wash your hands frequently to avoid getting their germs.
  10. Get a dog: You’ll find a new purpose, become more responsible and less lonely if you have a dog to take care of.
  11. Eat breakfast: Eat something for breakfast — even if it’s just a piece of fruit — to jump start your metabolism and give your brain and body an instant dose of energy and nutrition.
  12. Take a multi-vitamin: Consult with your doctor if you’re not sure which vitamins your body needs most. A multi-vitamin is especially important if you work on an irregular schedule and can’t find time to eat healthy meals all the time.
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How do Online Nursing Programs Work? Fri, 20 Nov 2009 20:05:35 +0000 There have always been critics and skeptics of online education who have maintained that students cannot learn out of a classroom setting, but none more so than the critics of health care programs.  These programs, especially online nursing programs, appear to be created in such a way that they cannot be taught anyplace but a classroom or clinic.  However, online nursing programs have emerged around the country through many online schools and offer students the chance to become a registered nurse in an unconventional, but accepted, manner. 

Online nursing programs are typically not completely distance learning programs and usually work with clinics in different cities for students’ residency requirements.  Nursing classes can be taught online, but when students reach the point of residency requirements, the online classes must shift to field work and students must earn a set number of hours in order to attain a nursing degree.  Ordinary classroom nursing programs work in the same way: students must complete a set number of classroom instruction hours before they have to complete another set of clinic hours.  The only difference with online education is that students can earn their classroom hours from home, although some online schools require students to attend classroom meetings from time to time.

Online nursing programs and other health care programs are composed in such a way that students must earn some of their hours away from the comfort of their computer.  Students cannot gain this type of clinic experience through online classes and therefore must become involved with clinics after a year of online nursing classes.  However, online classes help many students who do not have the time to enroll in traditional classroom courses because of their busy schedules.  While their schedules must change by their second year in nursing school, the initial year of online classes means that they can hold onto their job or family life while still earning a new degree.

The only real difference with online nursing programs is the early stages of nursing school; adjusting your school schedule to match with your work schedule during this first year is demonstrative of the flexibility online education allows its students.  However, nursing students need to do further research into their online nursing programs to ensure that they can complete all their early classes from home before they are required to begin attending clinics and other residency requirements. 


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