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July 16, 2011



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POEA Warned Filipino Nurses on Job Offers in Belgium

Posted: 01 Apr 2011 11:48 PM PDT

belgium 300x235 POEA Warned Filipino Nurses on Job Offers in BelgiumThe Philippine Embassy in Brussels, Belgium has cautioned Filipino nurses on available jobs advertised by recruiters in the Philippines, who take advantage of the reported acute shortage of nurses in Belgium.

The Philippine Embassy has reported that although there is a shortage of nurses in Beigium, foreign nurses encounter difficulty in entering this country due to restrictions imposed by the European Commission, specifically the European Directive 2005/36/EC passed in 7 September 2005.

The European Dilective 2005/36/EC is the relevant law on equivalency which consolidates the rules currently regulating the recognition of professional qualifications. Based on the Directive, licensed Filipino nurses still have to take several units of nursingsubjects in Belgium to elevate their credentials to be at par wvith the Belgian nursing curriculum.

Filipino nurses are advised not to resign from their jobs in haste solely on the basis of the “sugar coated promises” of recruiters of non-existent jobs in Belgium.


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July 14, 2011

“Nurses Beware of Facebook and Twitter” plus 7 more nursing article(s): NursingCrib.com Updates

“Nurses Beware of Facebook and Twitter” plus 7 more nursing article(s): NursingCrib.com Updates

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Nurses Beware of Facebook and Twitter

Posted: 13 Jul 2011 11:26 PM PDT

facebook and twitter 300x256 Nurses Beware of Facebook and TwitterThe Nursing and Midwifery Council of United Kingdom has issued a warning on health workers specifically nurses and midwives to be extra careful when using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

The advisory was issued because the regulator is increasingly receiving enquiries about online conduct and improper use of Facebook in particular, which have already lead to a number of nurses and midwives being investigated and even struck off.

It comes after a community psychiatric nurse was struck off for "conducting an inappropriate relationship with a former patient". He had contacted the woman on Facebook two weeks after meeting her in the course of his work, but then "blocked" contact with her after they had a sexual relationship.

In another story, a nursing student was expelled after she posted a photo on Facebook of herself with a human placenta.

According to Prof Dickon Weir-Hughes, chief executive of the NMC, "The Nursing and Midwifery Council is committed to public protection and ensuring nurses and midwives make the welfare of those in their care their first priority at all times.

"I would advise nurses and midwives to exercise caution when using social networking sites. They could risk their registration if they share sensitive information, make inappropriate comments, or befriend patients online."

The NMC advice on social networking includes the following suggestions:

  1. Never put confidential or sensitive information on social networking sites, especially if it identifies patients.
  2. Whether or not you identify your work role online, be aware that all your activity online can reflect on your professional life.
  3. Don’t accept friend requests from patients, or use social networks to build or pursue relationships with patients or clients, even if they are no longer in your care.
  4. Do not post pictures that have patients in them.
  5. Keep personal and professional social networking as separate as possible.
  6. Consider everything you post as public, even in ‘private’ Facebook discussions.
  7. Social networking sites should not be used for whistle-blowing or raising concerns – instead follow the NMC’s guidance on raising and escalating concerns.
  8. Don’t discuss work online, and especially avoid talking about patients or colleagues.
  9. Don’t simply accept the preset privacy and sharing settings on Facebook, think carefully about what you want to share with different kinds of friends.
  10. Remember you can take action if you find you are the target of abuse; there are options available for blocking people from interacting with you.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council estimates that 355,000 of its 660,000 registered nurses and midwives use Facebook.

Room Assignments for July 2011 NLE

Posted: 21 Jun 2011 05:04 PM PDT

PRC Room Assignments for July 2011 NLEExaminees are reminded to take note of their exam venue, school/building, room assignment and go to the test center at 6:30 in the morning.

Late examinees will not be admitted.

More room assignments will be posted here. You may take the Pre-board exam for July 2011 NLE as you wait for further updates.

Hypovolemia (Fluid Volume Deficit) Nursing Care Plan

Posted: 08 Jun 2011 10:54 PM PDT


Fluid volume deficit, also called hypovolemia, is excessive loss of water and electrolytes in equal proportion; vascular, cellular or intracellular dehydration.

Clinical Manifestation:

  1. Tented skin turgor and dry mucous membranes
  2. Postural hypotension
  3. Increased heart rate
  4. Extreme thirst
  5. Dizziness, weakness, and change in mental status
  6. Renal shutdown and coma with severe fluid volume deficit
  7. Acute weight loss

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Why I Chose Nursing

Posted: 29 May 2011 06:27 PM PDT


Encountering this topic initially gave me a thought of taking a survey with my friends, colleagues as well as batch mates way back in college as to why they did chose nursing as a course in college.

Surprisingly, I had four major reasons why they pursue it:

1. To earn an income, preferably foreign currency. – This was the main reason 4 or 5 years ago when nursing as a profession as really in demand abroad. With our poverty-striken country, people would tend to find means to elevate the status of their living and one way is encouraging their children to take nursing as a course in college. However, at this present standpoint, with regression and other global issues aside, one might think twice before taking this course.

2. Because my mom, or aunt or any significant person have told them so. – This is in respect to wishes or frustrations of parents before who wanted to be a nurse if only time will allow them. Some would encourage it because it runs in the family that there are many skilled nurses in the clan. Some would still be financial reasons.

3. That was the trend. –Some students would drift to college without even knowing what course they would take. They would rather take the easier road by enrolling to a course where in numerous opted to. It is just like going with the flow.

4. Passing the nursing assessment examination was a privilege – I for instance, took this for a reason for taking up nursing. When I was in high school, I was hoping to become a medical doctor or something equivalent to that. I even considered nursing as a pre-med course at that time. It was like a practical reason for me to grab that opportunity to be enrolled in a nursing school. I thought that if I won't be able to reach medical school, I am still a health worker. I am a nurse, that settles everything.

Whatever reasons my batchmates, friends and colleagues have in mind at the time they stepped into the world of nursing, one thing for sure is true – we were all in white uniform now serving the people the best as we can. That is I think the best reason why you choose nursing as a course in college. It was not late for us to learn the real reason for taking up that course.

In nursing, you will be able to learn many things about humans and how they live. Taking for example the curriculum of nursing, it involves 4 levels.

Nursing Care Plan Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Posted: 25 May 2011 11:19 PM PDT

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is rapidly transported across the alveolar membrane and preferentially binds to hemoglobin in place of oxygen to form carboxyhemoglobin (COHb). Carbon Monoxide causes the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve to shift to the left, thereby impairing oxygen unloading at the tissue level. This shift results in a substantial reduction in oxygen delivery, given that 98% of the oxygen supplied to the tissues comes bound to hemoglobin.

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Nursing Care Plan Smoke Poisoning

Posted: 24 May 2011 11:01 PM PDT

Smoke Poisoning or chemical injury from the inhalation of combustion by products especially hydrogen cyanide, are produced when plastics or home furnishings are burned. Cyanide binds to the cytichrome system, thereby inhibiting cell metabolism and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production that disrupts cell function.

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Coping with Stress

Posted: 13 May 2011 06:41 PM PDT

stress 1 240x300 Coping with StressStress is perhaps the most common reason why illness are popping out. Stress is part of everyday life as this popular cliché would convey. Many people have studied stress and how it affects our lives as well as our relationships. As we become more aware about what is stress and how it affects our performance, it is fitted to know how to cope with it.

Coping with stress simply means accepting that stress cannot be eliminated but can be controlled as well as the results of it in our lives. It should be fundamental that in order to cope with stress, imagine yourself that you are on top of it. For instance, if stress is like a mountain, then think that you have climbed its peak. Simply think that you have explored and managed it.

Here are the ways to cope with stress:

H – Have a regular break from routine work. Remember that you are not a machine. Your body needs to readjust a little once in a while. A 15 minute break for instance is really helpful for the body to reenergize and continue with the work. Do regular deep breathing or when you have time do yoga exercises. In this way, more oxygen levels circulate your body as you move.

A – Acknowledge that stress is normal in life. Being aware that stress is really bound to happen to you may make the load easier to carry. Identify the things that cause stress or simply called stressors. Once you have identified it, you are now on the way of solving to control that particular stressor.

P – Pay attention to your body. Sometimes, you body may signal hunger, sweat or need for a comfortable temperature. These are normal and helpful signs that your body is adjusting to the physical stress that you feel. Grabbing a snack or replenishing yourself with fluids can keep you going.

P – Place a time for everything. Try to keep time with work, rest, relaxation and sometimes play. Giving you body a huge variety of levels of exertion will make your body fitted to cope up with the pressures. Practice to place a specific time for everything and you'll see that everything will just fall into its place.

Y – Yield yourself, your plans and decisions to the Almighty. Who else knows your future as well as plans ahead of you for your own good? Simply and not else but God the Almighty. He knows your strengths and weaknesses, so stop stressing yourself out and yield everything to Him.

As a closing note, according to my experience, when stress is overwhelming, I would recall this short saying: "Lord, grant me the serenity to accept things that I cannot change and the courage to change the things that I can."

Choosing a Course in College

Posted: 05 Apr 2011 06:40 PM PDT

man question mark 238x300 Choosing a Course in CollegeHigh school life is almost over and college life is waiting for you! A college student's life is quite different from the high school days. However, before getting excited on moving on to the next level, think it through, what will be your course in college?

One of the most difficult decisions facing leaving certificate students is what course and college to choose. Going to college is much more than just preparing yourself for a career. The trick in making college major choice is narrow things down as you go along. When choosing a college you should consider the following:


Know your Interests

It is very important that you know your interests. The more interested you are in a subject, the more likely you are to study it and achieve a strong result. What do you want? Is there something that you really like doing or you've always wanted to get into? Is there something that resonate the very fiber of your being?  If so, that maybe the choice meant for you. In cases where you really don't know, don't worry – guidance counselors in school will be able to provide you with access to different interest tests.

Consider your abilities

You will most likely succeed in a field that you are good in.  You can begin this self-examination by looking at the courses you took in high school. Figure out what kinds of majors are suited for people with the talents that you have.

Know what you will be looking for in a career

If you are interested in a certain career, do some research to see if a particular course is essential, or will give you an advantage. Research the careers you have an interest in to ensure your career will meet your expectation. Check to see also what professional recognition and exemptions you are entitled to.

After a thorough self-assessment realistically evaluate your options. For example, do you want to become an accountant but you don't like numbers or math? Also consider the career path you've chosen. Does it require postgraduate or not? And are you willing to continue studying after your course? Investigate the entry requirements of the course you have in mind and carefully evaluate it.  Knowing what you want and the figuring out what you will be looking in a career will definitely give you a head start and clear idea of what course to take.

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