Health

Nurse Weight Issues: Diet vs. Exercise

nurse weight lossDid you know that many nurses struggle with weight loss? It may come as a surprise to you but just like the general population, nurses may find themselves getting obese due to not having time for exercises. With the new year coming in a couple of months, perhaps it’s time to talk about weight loss for nurses.

Planning to lose weight in the new year may be jumping the gun if you haven’t made it through the holidays yet. Many people gain a few pounds during the winter holidays. You can stop holiday weight gain by having a game plan.

The OPEN (Observing Protein and Energy Nutrition) study by the National Cancer Institute found that exercise didn’t help people lose weight during the holidays. Holiday weight gain happens just as easily for those who hit the gym as those who don’t. The results of this study suggest that diet plays a bigger role in weight loss and maintenance during the holidays.

This study reminds us to rely on diet, not exercise to lose weight over the holidays. It would take hours, if not days, to burn off the extra calories taken in during a traditional carb-laden holiday meal even if you are working out on a Rogue weight bench. Instead, use these tips to keep calories down without depriving yourself.

  • Be consistent

Don’t skip meals to make room for one heavy meal later in the day. Eat breakfast and small meals throughout the day to keep hunger at bay and prevent overeating at later meals.

  • Get an appetite suppressant to help you

Taking appetite suppressants can be a great way to minimize those nasty hunger pangs. Appetite suppressants control your hunger by keeping “hungry” chemicals in your brain in check. The Secret Fat Burner is in my experience the …

Health

Natural Remedies for Reversing Hair Loss

natural remedies for hair lossAs a nurse, there are many personal challenges you may face. Today, we are discussing about hair loss.

Hair loss is an embarrassing condition for countless people. Although once considered to afflict only men, studies have revealed that women and children also suffer from excessive thinning and baldness. Experts say that it is normal for people to shed between 50 and 100 hairs each day. As normal hair counts are approximately 100,000, such shedding is largely unnoticed. However, hair loss in excess of these numbers that does not experience re-growth can lead to baldness.

Normal Growth Phases of Hair

Normal hair growth occurs in two or three-year cycles. Throughout these cycles, each hair lengthens by approximately one centimeter every month. Hair strands alternate between growth cycles and periods of rest. Such rest occurs for three to four months. After that time, hair that was resting falls out and is replaced with new hair growth.

Causes of Excessive Hair Loss

As people age, hair gradually thins. However, a growing number of individuals experience premature hair loss. The causes of hair loss are many and can vary depending upon health, stress and genetic factors.

Illness or undergoing major surgery can both lead to loss of hair. This is related to stress and lasts only temporarily. A number of women also experience hair loss approximately three months after they have delivered a baby. Hormones that must adjust to pre-pregnancy levels are responsible for such. A thyroid gland that is either over or under active can increase hair loss as well. Again, this is relative to imbalanced hormone levels.

Certain medications, fungal infections and underlying diseases are additional contributing factors to hair loss. Blood thinners and antidepressants, for example, are both associated with hair loss. So are such medical conditions as lupus and diabetes. …

Products

Best Hearing Aids (2017)

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Are you looking for the ideal hearing aid? With thousands of hearing aids out there, it may be a bit overwhelming and tiring to find the perfect one. So, how do you come up with the right hearing aid for you?

Start from yourself. What are your requirements? By this, we mean, medical-wise and fashion-wise. Is your hearing loss problem mild, moderate, or severe? Are you worried about how a certain hearing aid will look on you?

There are different types of hearing aids to choose from. You can have BTE (behind-the-ear), ITE (in-the-canal), completely-in-the-canal (CIC), etc. Each type of hearing aid comes with different functions and style.

Below is a short list of hearing aids that we recommend. Of course, it is still best to consult your doctor before trying any hearing aid.

The Bionic Hearing Aid

The Lee Major’s Rechargeable Bionic Hearing Aid is an in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid that is popularized by the actor Lee Majors. Most probably, you have seen its commercial on TV.

The great feature of this hearing aid device is the fact that it is a small and discreet ITE type of hearing aid. This means that it is almost invisible to an ordinary bystander which is good news for those who are fashion conscious or those who avoid the embarrassment of having a physical deficiency. Its less than $500 price range is also very achievable most especially for those who don’t have medical insurance.

Technical-wise, the Bionic Hearing Aid is an ideal hearing aid. Its rechargeable capacity is perfect for frequent travelers. It comes with a recharging case which you can plug anywhere. If you don’t have a socket, you can charge your hearing aid using size AAA batteries.

The Acoustitone PRO by MDHearing Aid

The MDHearingAid Acoustitone …

Equipment

Littmann Master Classic II Stethoscope Review

Littmann Master Classic II Stethoscope black edition – black coated chest piece and binaural. The Littmann Master Classic II Stethoscope offers efficiency in auscultation that is unprecedented in a general examination stethoscope. Its patented single-sided tunable diaphragm allows monitoring of both high and low frequency sounds without having to turn over the chest piece. A reinforced double-leafspring and thick binaural provide extra durability, while still maintaining portability. It also features high performance single-lumen tubing, nonchill rim and patented Littmann soft-sealing ear tips. It is protected with a hand-polished, scratch-resistant finish. The 3M Littmann Master Classic II Stethoscope provides excellent acoustics in a portable design. Includes a three-year warranty.

Littmann Master Classic II StethoscopeThe reviews we found on-line for the Littmann Master Classic II Stethoscope, Black, 27 were a solid 5 stars. Here are some samples:

“I just can’t live without my black Littman! I always hear people talking about how beautiful it is! Highly recommended”

“Unbelievable sound difference. I have hearing lose in both ears. And trying to get lung sounds and blood pressures in a controlled setting was just hard for me. On scene or in the back of a moving unit with lights and siren going was impossible. After trying a littman stethoscope of a friend of mine. I ordered a Littmann Master Classic II Stethoscope. By far the best money I have ever spent.”

“I was very happy with the new stethoscope I received, the Littmann Master Classic II. It’s lightweight and easy to use. The earpieces are comfortable and the sound is clear. Great quality at a price lower than I could get in the stores.”

“Had to replace my Cardiac II after someone decided they needed it more than I did. Decided to go with the Littmann Master Classic II Stethoscope based on the great reviews and I’m glad

Equipment

Littmann Classic II S.E. Stethoscope Review

Littmann Classic II S.E. Stethoscope, known as the standard in the industry, this performance stethoscope features the tunable diaphragm (Classic II S.E.) that allows both low and high frequency sound to be heard by simply alternating the pressure on the chest piece. The Classic II pediatric and infant stethoscopes feature the patented floating diaphragm technology. All models feature single-lumen tubing, nonchill rim, patented Littmann soft-sealing ear tips and three-year warranty. Classic II pediatric and infant style stethoscopes are optimally sized to facilitate sound sources in smaller patients.

Reviews found for the Littmann Classic II S.E. Stethoscope were very favorable. The majority of of them are 5 stars! Here are some of the Amazon review excerpts:

“This is a good all-around stethoscope for nursing use. It’s lightweight, has comfortable earpieces, and the sound is clear and easy to hear. Cheaper scopes are certainly available, but you’ll be using this for years — and this one certainly holds up for years”

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“I am very pleased with my Littmann Classic II S.E. Stethoscope. The product itself is a good choice for me. Lightweight, good acoustic, and comfortable to use. As a respiratory therapist, it is a good tool to use on a daily basis. The ordering process was very easy with the one click PayPal option. Product was delivered on time as Amazon.com predicted. Package was not damaged in anyway. Thank you Amazon.com for making my purchasing experience excellent.”

“At first i didn’t see what the big deal was with littmann stethoscopes. I thought it was just my friends trying to show off. But you have not heard anything until you get a littmann.. The quality of the sound be it heart, lungs, abdomen, you hear it all waaay better. So basically after

Career

How Much Do Nurse Practitioners Earn?

become a nurse practitionerHave you ever wondered how much is a nurse practitioner salary per year in the United States? Health care is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States and well paying job opportunities are expected to continue to rise.

A nurse practitioner salary, benefits and other rewards can be what you just what are looking for to fulfill the dreams you have for your life.

The Duties of a Nurse Practitioner

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse that has completed a Master’s or Doctorial degree. The duties of a nurse practitioner expand beyond those of a traditional registered nurse. They are licensed and certified through state nursing boards in specialized areas including women’s health, family care, pediatric and psychiatric practices.

For example, they may help seniors that need to be put on a recliner for sleeping, work with children who are sick and so on.

In all of these areas, a nurse practitioner salary is earned by performing duties such as preventive and wellness care, patient education, family support, patient advocacy and research. Other duties include examinations and ordering tests as well as diagnosing and treatment of medical conditions.

According to recent a market pricing report, the average nurse practitioner salary is around $89,000 to $113,000 a year. This figure represents general nurse practitioners who work in hospitals, doctors’ offices and other industries of all sizes and in various geographical locations in the country.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners state that in 2008 the highest nurse practitioner salary was paid for practitioners in the state of Florida. In general, correctional facilities, hospitals and cardiac care units offered higher nurse practitioner salary.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Salary

A pediatric nurse practitioner has advanced training and education in the field of pediatrics in addition to a nursing degree. …

Equipment

Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope Review

Littmann cardiology III stethoscope is an outstanding, versatile stethoscope featuring two patented tunable diaphragms (adult and pediatric) for listening to both low and high frequency sounds. Designed for acoustical excellence, the”two-tubes-in-one design” eliminates noise artifact that can be created by the tubes rubbing together. The pediatric side of the chest piece easily converts to a traditional bell by simply replacing the diaphragm with the nonchill bell sleeve included with each stethoscope. Features a solid stainless steel chest piece, nonchill rims, adjustable double-leaf binaural spring and patented Littmann soft-sealing ear tips. Includes a five-year warranty.

littmann cardiology iii stethoscopeWe found that over 80% of the reviews for the Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope were 5 stars. Below is a sampling of these review, click hereLittmann Cardiology III Stethoscopeto go to Amazon for more.

“As a nursing student at an inner city hospital I really didn’t want or need such a nice stethescope. But my husband surprised me with it anyway. It turns out I never knew what sounds I was missing until I began using the Littmann Cardiology III stethoscope. Honestly, I don’t need it but I do very much enjoy using it. My old double tubed hand-me-down pales in comparison. The Littmann allows me to auscultate easier and simply makes hearing lungs sounds, etc much louder and clearer. These are sounds I may have heard with my old stethescope, but now I really know what I am hearing and have a little more confidence doing assessments.”

“Great stethoscope..Sound quality is amazing. Very clear acoustics and is even great with backround noise.”

“I don’t know why I used the Classic II S.E. for 5 years since nursing school! The Littmann Cardiology III stethoscope is 100% better! I can hear heart tones & lung sounds like a pro even in a loud, crowded ICU room. Suddenly, it has …

Equipment

When You Need The Best, Think Littmann Stethoscopes!

Accuracy, precision and quality are the absolute priority when considering which tools and instruments are needed in the health care industry. Your patients are depending on you to use only the best for their health and well being.

The stethoscope is the most useful of all instruments for any medical doctor or nurse. Littmann is the brand most likely that you will find being used by any health professional you ask.

A well respected cardiologist and professor at Harvard Medical school, David Littmann changed the way medical auscultation was done by inventing a new type of stethoscope in 1963.

This new stethoscope was so revolutionary that it was named after him. It has continued to be developed and improved resulting in what is know today as the the 3M Littmann Cardiology Stethoscope. This has become the de-facto standard among medical professionals.

The Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope is specially equipped to pick-up hard to hear lung, heart and other bodily sounds while eliminating other distracting noises.

The most important new feature is the Ambient Noise Reduction technology.
This stethoscope reduces room noise around 75% or -12 decibels over the operation range of the bell and diaphragm.

Another great feature in Littmann Stethoscopes which allows the user to switch from bell to diaphragm mode and back is the new tunable diaphragm. This increases the versatility for adapting to required use.

A new line of Littmann stethoscopes have been developed because of this new technology. This includes an electronic Littmann Master Cardiology Stethoscope geared towards infant and pediatric disciplines as well as veterinary professionals.

Littmann models like the Littmann Master Classic II, Littmann Cardiology STC, and Littmann Cardiology III are the most popular nurse stethoscope options. Nurses and  cardiologists who use them for both adult and pediatric auscultation.

These stethoscopes have a …

Career

What Does a Nursing Assistant Do?

nursing assistantA nursing assistant is often called a certified nursing assistant, or CNA. This is a job that is focused on the patient, so you will be working with people in need of care in medical settings. Some assistants work in patient’s homes, or in other settings to provide patients with the care that they require to be healthy.

Your Job Duties

As a nursing assistant, you will provide a support system for the registered nurses and physicians in your medical facility. For example, you may work to help patients with basic grooming and hygiene needs, or provide medication on schedule. The job is actually very diverse, and includes a wide range of activities that help the patient feel their best throughout the day.

Some nursing assistant professionals work in patients homes, as well. This is a job that allows you to have a flexible schedule, but also allows you to help people in need of care. If you are working in a medical facility, you may also help patients by providing health care tips and instructions as provided by the physician in charge of the patients care. There is really no limit to the types of activities that you complete each day.

Training

As a nursing assistant, you will need to have some basic training. Some medical facilities provide training in exchange for your services, but there are also colleges that offer assistant training. The program will teach you some basics in patient care, and provide you with training based on state laws. For example, some states don’t allow nursing assistant students to give medication to patients directly.

Your training will allow you to serve your patients to the best of your ability, and allow you to meet all local and state requirements for nursing assistant training.