Wednesday, January 22, 2014

No Such Thing As Small Information

By Chiqui Raveloski

My blog domain had expired and I did not have any idea that this was going on. My daughter found out about it by accident when she tried to access my blog from Google. From this, I realized that it has been a year, and yes, I needed to renew the domain. Well, this is where the problem started.


First of all, I didn't get the email to renew my domain name. This is because I don't use the gmail address that I provided when I signed up for the domain from Google anymore. When I ditched this gmail address, I should have taken into consideration that this piece of information about my domain purchase should not be taken lightly.

Next, I tried to access my google admin console but unfortunately, cannot get in. My fault. Forgot my password. Tried to reset the password, but the the recovery email, non functional. Why? Virus!

Needless to say, I'm doomed. I still have the rights to the domain, but cannot access it since I cannot get into the admin console. After emailing, calling, talking to Google, they finally referred me to Godaddy.com. Google uses their services for domain hosting. Aha. Did not know that..But I was thinking. Isn't this more like a Google issue and not Godaddy?

However, Godaddy is so helpful and really trying their best to accommodate my needs. A service specialist is working with me right now to try and figure out how to get in my admin console with Google. In the meantime, I went ahead and purchased the .net domain for my blog from Godaddy. This way, I can just contact them and talk to a live person directly 24/7 if I need to.

What upsets me right now is the fact that I cannot even direct the traffic from my old address to the new one. It's the most major setback of not being able to access my admin console from google. Therefore, I'm starting from the ground up all over again.

Lessons I learned from all these.
* Do not forget to pay for domain name before it expires.
* Keep up with information no matter how minute it seems that time.
* Transfer everything from an email account to the next one.
* When transferring from one email account to the next, inform businesses associated with the old account about the move. It will save a lot of headache.
* If you really love your blog, you should keep all the information about it from birth till present. It's like taking care of a child.
* Keep a written copy of all passwords you have. I know it might pose as a security issue. Keep it in a safe place. It can come in handy.
* NEVER GIVE UP.

After weeks of working to try and get my domain name back, I finally did it.

I'm back on track. Nice to be home again.








Friday, January 17, 2014

How To Become A CNA

This is a guest post by my blogger friend , Chris Salvato at US CNA Classes Online who help people become a CNA every day!  If you are interested in becoming a CNA, then you may be interested in the loads of information they provide about CNA classes online, on their website.

When looking into the nursing bubble from the outside, it looks like its really hard to start a career. After all, you need to take nursing classes, go through clinical training, get your degree, and do what seems like a million other things.
Then, at the end of it all, what if the drawbacks (grumpy patients, long hours, etc.) DON'T outweigh the benefits for you? That's where a job as a Certified Nursing Aid, also known as a CNA, can be really awesome.
When people normally think of nurses, they think of Registered Nurses (RNs) or Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).  But these are only two nursing jobs on a healthcare team.  Being an RN/LPN carries a lot of responsibility.
But a CNA is different.  A job as a CNA doesn't have responsibilities that are as crucial, but it also requires much less training. The tasks performed by a CNA (like cleaning and feeding patients) are usually very important, but not vital to keep a patient alive.
For a lot of people, CNA jobs allow you to test the waters in healthcare BEFORE committing years of time and effort to a nursing degree program.
So if that sounds like a good fit for you, you are probably wondering how you become a CNA.  Well, here's the step-by-step process!

BEFORE YOU START - Understand the Requirements
First you need to satisfy some basic requirements. Being a CNA is an entry level position, so the requirements aren't too hard to meet.
But the requirements vary from state to state.  For example, in some states you only need to be 16 years old, in others states you need to be 18.  Luckily, you can check out the exact requirements for each state on this website, US CNA Classes Online.
In general, the requirements are usually along these lines:
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have proper immunizations and can pass a drug test
  • Test negative for diseases such as TB, hepatitis, etc.
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
If you satisfy these requirements, then you have two options: research CNA classes online or try to get a job without training.

STEP 2: Try To Find a Job WITHOUT Training (OPTIONAL)
One great thing about a CNA job is that many people can get started with absolutely no training. Since its rare that someone's life will be solely in the hands of a CNA, you don't need to be fully trained to start working.
If you have a CNA job before you get certified, you usually have a few weeks or months to finish your training so that you can continue working.  If you want to just feel out the job, it's entirely possible to start working without any training.
The fastest way to find CNA jobs in your area is to look on an online job board, like indeed.com.  This link will show you ONLY CNA jobs in your area.  Unfortunately, most of the job postings on a job board will expect you to have your CNA training completed already.
A more effective way to find a CNA job without training is to visit US CNA Classes Online and click on your state.  While this website is usually used to help people find their CNA classes online, it also provides a list nursing homes in each state, too. Nursing homes will often have jobs available that are NOT posted on job sites like indeed.com.   Just use US CNA Classes Online to find nursing homes in your area, call them up and see if they offer jobs to people without training.
Even though it is a bit harder to find a job without training, its worth looking into.  Firstly, because you can see if you actually like the job first. Secondly, because nursing homes will often pay for your training if you are currently employed by them as an untrained nursing aide.
Whether or not you find a job before you are trained, you will need to ultimately get trained.  Thus, the next step is to find more information about CNA classes online, then enroll in a training program.

STEP 3: Research CNA Classes Online
There are no states that will let you work as a CNA without any training. Even if you get a job without training, you will ultimately need to complete a training program and get certified to keep your job.
There is no way around it.  You need to take classes and get certified.
The good news is that these classes only take a short time to complete.  The exact duration depends on the state, but your CNA classes should take somewhere between 4 and 24 weeks. You can get through the whole process within weeks.
Compare this to becoming a Registered Nurse (RN).  As an RN, it can take years just to finish your training!
In general, training programs include some amount of time in classroom lectures and some amount of time in hands-on clinical training.  The best way to find out more about classes for your state is to look up information about CNA classes online.  First, start by finding nursing homes/training areas that perform training in your state.  This used to be very difficult to do.  You had to look through the yellow pages and make a lot of phone calls.  But now there is a directory to help you find in-person CNA classes online.
One common pitfall here is that people think that they can actually TAKE their CNA classes online.  Taking CNA classes online isn't possible though, because a lot of your training needs to be done in person.  This is worth mentioning since a lot of people are interested in attending online classes.  If you want to get trained to become a CNA, then you can't take CNA classes online!  You will need to take your CNA classes on-site and in-person!
With that said, once you have a list of training centers in your area, give them a call to get more details about the exact class structure, and the total costs.  Most times, CNA classes cost about $500 to $1000, including books and learning materials.
Once you found a CNA training program that's for you, you just need to complete the program and then you're ready to earn your certification.

Step 4: Apply for the Certification Exam
Once you have completed your courses, you need to apply for the exam.  Again, each state is different, but the place where you have taken your training will be able to tell you exactly where to apply.
In most states, the test is typically broken down into two parts.
  1. Theory Test - A written or oral test that includes questions on topics like safety, the role of a CNA and why certain CNA tasks are performed.
  2. Practical/Skills Test - A hands-on test that will test the required skills of a CNA, including the proper procedures on things like handwashing, feeding, bathing and dressing.
When you have completed your program, and you're ready to take your test, you submit your application form with testing fees (usually about $100 to $200, depending on the state).
After the exam, you will receive your grade out of 100%.  If you pass, you will be issued your certification immediately.  That means that your name will appear in the Nurse Aid Registry for your state.  This registry is what employers will use to verify that you are certified so that you can legally work as a CNA.
If, for some reason, you are not listed after passing the exam, contact the testing agency and ask how to fix the problem.

STEP 5: Find a CNA Job
If you don't already have a job as a CNA, then you should have a much easier time finding work now that you're certified. Once you have your certification, you will qualify for a lot of jobs on indeed.com.  You can also call nursing homes in your area (again, state by state list can be found on US CNA Classes Online).
Being a CNA also qualifies you for many home healthcare jobs.  So, if you're still having trouble, you can also place flyers in your local church or community center.  For some people, this can lead to a private job where you will be taking care of someone in their own home.

STEP 6: You've Done It!
Learning how to become a CNA takes some time and work, but in the end you will have accomplished something great.

By learning how to become a CNA, you qualify for a whole new set of jobs.  You can start making more money by actually helping people.  And you can see if a career in healthcare is for you, and possibly advance on to be an RN or LPN!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What's In Your MP3 Player?

By Chiqui Raveloski

We are officially still in the new year season. Eager to change a few dirty habits and move on to clean and productive ones. As nurses, we go through so much in our personal as well as our professional lives. More often than not, our professional life seem to engulf us into the point of giving up.


In the midst of all the chaos, once in a while, the universe lines up just right. When this happens,  I get in this period of clarity. I just have to capture it and stay in this state for as long as I can. Everything seems clear and what used to bother me, I can easily shake them off and laugh about it. It's not that bad. I learn from it and move on.

Learning from your mistakes builds strong character. There is a Filipino saying which goes, " Walang naninira sa bakal kundi sariling kalawang". Nothing destroys iron but its own corrosion. Simply says, we are responsible for our own being. We are the architect of our own lives. We are our own enemy. We live and learn.

This is so true. Don't you think?

As nurses, we learned that nursing is an art. We are artists trapped inside our nurses body. We like to express ourselves freely. But, we are inhibited by policies, protocols, dress codes, etc. When we're inhibited, we internalize, loose our sense of self, then eventually get burned out. Just like painters and sculptors, when there's no inspiration, artwork does not come to life. Inspiration comes from within. It's the driving force. The force that can bring positive effect. Man, this is really sounding serious, right?

I can go on and on about this but I think you know what I mean. It's just that in this celestial moment that I have right now the song that has been playing inside my head seems to have changed in tune and rhythm. Literally!

So, yeah!!! Here I go again with the songs that I connect with. Maybe its the musician in me. Have I ever told you that I was a classically trained pianist growing up? I learned to play the piano when I was six years old up until I was 19. I came to America and left that part of my life somewhere out there.

I still go back to it every now and then. I was actually a Music major in my early 20's and quit. When my daughter was 5 years old, I taught her how to play the piano during my stay at home mom period. I got her as far as I think I can get her until she said that she is more interested in the flute.

My daughter now is an avid flute player and she has participated in the All State Band, District Honors Band, and many others. She is now in the 11th grade and wants to pursue a college career on a band scholarship. Keeping our fingers crossed.

Needless to say, I am surrounded with music and talent. Together, these forces are clearly lined up and a few songs have actually started to play in my head as I am writing this. They are forming an inspirational theme for the new year. Let my song selections motivate you and trigger the artistic nurse to come out.

Pump up the volume and jam with me.


Beautiful Day. by   U2
No matter how bad your day is going, there's always something good about it. Sometimes its hard to find the good. But it's there!




Don't Stop Believing  by  Journey
I remember listening to this song back in the Philippines. Going to school riding in the jeepney and the driver would crank up the 8 track! Very nostalgic. I still like the way the electric guitar sounds!




Bulletproof by LaRoux
Very motivating lyrics. "I won’t let you turn around / and tell me now I’m much too proud / All you do is fill me up with doubt". If others pull you down, let them realize what you are made of..






I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
For some reason, every time I hear this song, all I wanna do is dance to it ! Crazy!  It's just a feel good tune all in all.



The Real Slim Shady by Eminem
Ok. Eminem is not really for everyone. But, I did have a blog post  about this song. Rebelling from the status quo and start questioning what you have become. Finding your Slim Nursey, and stand up for yourself.

Clean





Try by Pink
We just have to accept the fact that from time to time, things just don't work out. However, we should not give up and keep on trying. Don't give up. Dream big.






Inner Ninja by Classified featuring David Miles
I have a blog post  about this. A cute, funky, and dance worthy song about finding your inner self. Hi....ya! Watch out!





Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk
In my opinion, it takes more than words to express the simple lyrics of the song. Daft Punk's rendition tends to move you in a futuristic mode of playing harder, striving for the best, to make you stronger. Kanye West's song "Stronger" featured a sample of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger".




Dare You by Hardwell
A song about breaking free. The lyrics, "Now your heart be your religion, Let it break you out of this prison you became, Its not too late". Find your strength, and let your heart lead you to what you want. Dare you.





As a nurse, you strive to heal your patients the best way possible. You empower them with kind words, giving heart, compassionate spirit, and healing hands. You're always looking for a better way to do things in order to attain desirable outcomes. 

A popular song,  Heal The World by Michael Jackson , reminds me of the world that we are living in right now. There are so many people out there who needs help. As a citizen of this world, what can we do to make this world a better place.



I believe that the song Heal the World is a perfect song to close this blog post. It all ties in together. I realized that I am very lucky with what I've had , what I have, and my ability to what I can become. There is a world out there and each one of us has a purpose. Finding out our purpose takes time to realize. But the purpose of it all is to find love, respect, and happiness, within ourselves, our family, the society, and the world. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Cherokee Flexibles Pro Womens V-Neck Scrub Top Product Review

By Chiqui Raveloski

It's New Years once again and what better way to start it off with a new perspective and fresh start to your everyday life. A lot of you are probably ready for a new look for 2014. Whether it be a new hairstyle, new make up, new wardrobe, change is refreshing.


As nurses, it's always invigorating when we think about buying new nurse scrubs for work. Those cute tops that fit just right ! It makes you very excited to go to work and show off your newly found treasure. Particularly, when you know that you are the very first one to find it and wear it for everyone to admire.

With that said, I'm starting off the new year by doing one of my many scrub top reviews for Uniformed Scrubs. I'm very excited to take this opportunity my fellow nurses and healthcare camaraderie, to introduce you to a new kind of scrub top from Cherokee scrubs.

Cherokee tops became more popular when they introduced their line of super cute tops with unique black side stretch panels which gives you the slimming feminine shape and silhouette. Don't we all love that?! (To all the males out there, sorry not for you.) I actually bought two of them..

Now, Cherokee made it to where the side panels are in solid color as the top itself. This gives you the professional look required by some workplaces where dress codes prefer a clean solid look. It's from their newest line called Cherokee Flexibles Pro

The top I am reviewing is the royal blue Cherokee 2968 V - Neck Women's Scrub Top ;




This top is made out of 65% polyester and 35% cotton. The polyester material is so soft you would think it's all cotton. Nevertheless, the scrub top did not shrink after washing and stayed very soft with the addition of fabric softener. The flexible side panels are made of 88% polyester and 12% spandex. It makes for a very comfortable and soft stretch material we nurses need to hug us during the long 12 hour shift.

I asked for a medium and it fit perfectly. This top is the "Missy Fit". Not too big, yet fitted enough to hug my waist to give that subtle, flattering curve. Other tops require the back ties to achieve this look. But this Cherokee nurse scrub gives you that effect without the added ties. Very versatile.



The center back length of this medium top is 26 1/2 inches. It's  just right. Your "butt crack" stays hidden (LOL) when you bend over and pick up something from the floor, raise your hands up to reach for that IV bag on the pole, do the Macarena, jumping jacks, etc....That's one of the thing I watch out for when I'm wearing the low rise scrub pants. Ladies, this top has got your back !!!

The shoulder to shoulder length is 17 inches. I was a little skeptical at first when I saw the top. The cut is so feminine that I thought my shoulders will not have enough room. I have always had that problem. Yet, looks can be deceiving. I had plenty of shoulder and arm room. Did not feel constricted at all. Sleeves measures
8 1/2 inches from the top shoulder to the top end of the sleeve. Plenty enough to cover the upper arm and still show off the biceps you have been toning up for the new year.

The pockets I thought were the most adorable pockets I had ever seen in a scrub top. Let me tell you why. It comes with 2 pockets on both sides. Length is 7 3/4 inches and width is 6 1/2 inches wide. It comes with a snap tab closure in the middle.Now, you're probably thinking, " That's not gonna work. I don't wanna have to open and close the snaps". As much of that is true, i saw some potential in it. You can choose not to use the tab at all and just keep it un snapped. Then just snap it on if you want to secure something important inside your pocket.

Then on the other pocket, you can leave the tab snapped close, then  add some flavor and bling to it by attaching something to the tab itself. Like what I have on the pictures. You can keep your pens, pen light, etc, that you can secure inside the pocket.



You can use a hair ornament or any accessories you like with an alligator clip on the back to secure it on the tab. I used my pink daisy hair clip. Easy on and off just in case the CNO or JCAHO comes in for inspection and you have to be within your dress code. When they leave, just put it back on. So Multi faceted ! You can keep this tab close and just keep pens and other gadgets that can be secured in place. Isn't this a great idea? Remember you saw it here first!!!

Overall, Cherokee has managed a way to incorporate fun, adorable, and diversity to  formal, strict, and boring dress codes. I have gotten a lot of compliments with this top when I wore it to work. The added flower on the pocket got some attention especially from patients. Kinda different from the ordinary and brightened their day.

So, to brighten your day with oh so adorable scrubs, shoes, and accessories, check out  Uniformed Scrubs.
And as a special treat, my readers get an additional 15% off from now through April 2014 when you use the coupon code "trueblue". That's awesome.


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