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Tops Websites for Nurses (and other healthcare professionals)

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As a nurse, CNA, RNA, medical assistant, or other healthcare professional, you know that getting your degree or certificate does not mean your education is over. You constantly have to stay updated with the latest trends, medications, procedures, laws, and regulations in the healthcare industry.

As for any other profession out there, there are always tons of resources online available for free. The problem is not access to information, it’s sifting through to find the best sources.

Here at Just Like Family, we love seeing our team stay up to date and wanted to create this resource guide to help you find the most important information you need to do a job well done.

Online Medical Journals

Medscape
This is a site that offers a collection of the latest journal articles and nursing journals. Find everything from critical care to pediatrics to nursing economics.

American Journal of Nursing

Journal of Professional Nursing

Evidence-Based Nursing

MEDSURG Nursing Journal

Journal of Emergency Nursing

Journal of Pediatric Nursing

American Journal of Critical Care

American Journal of Public Health

American Nurse Today

Pain Management Nursing

Nursing Associations

American Nurses Association

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

American Association of Critical Care Nurses

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Nursing Education

Nursing Center
Professional Development for Nurses

Nurse.com
A site from OnCourse Learning featuring news, education, and job boards.

RN.com
Education and courses

Nursing Communities

All Nurses
Lots of article for students up to specialists

Scrubs.com
This site includes beaty, health, fun, career, nursing school, and more.

Mighty Nurse
Features a community section, job board, shop, and more.

Nurse Together
Learn, find jobs, and join the nursing community.


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Health tips for the always on the go nurse

Nurses are a busy bunch. Not only are they out all day taking care of others, but many come home to take care of their own families as well. It’s a draining day to say the least. It’s no wonder that many nurses find it hard to exercise and eat healthy when they’re always on the go.

In this article, we want to give nurses, home health aides, and other medical professionals some ideas on how to get in a little extra exercise and healthy eating into the day.

Take Care of Your Mind

Your mind is as valuable as your body, yet how many of us exercise our minds as regularly as we exercise our bodies? There’s no “gym” for the brain, but there are activities that can help strengthen your mind and keep it sharp.

The best activity is developing a love of reading. You may have grown to hate reading after being told what to read in school, but there are thousands and thousands of books and there is sure to be one that will grab your attention.

“But I don’t have time to read”. Of course you do! Even just 5 minutes before bed. If you have trouble falling asleep, get rid of the screens at least 30 minutes before bed and get a book in your hand, it will help.

Listen to stimulating audiobooks or podcasts during your commute or chores. This is a great way to pass the time and learn a little in the process. You may actually enjoy your commute once you find a great audiobook you can’t wait to finish.

Prepare Better Food

We all succumb to the fast food drive thru when it’s been a long day at work and we’re starving. Start using your days off to prepare your next week’s worth of meals. Create healthy dishes and put them in tuperware. So now you have no excuse to go to the rive thru when you know you have food ready to eat when you come home.

Carry around healthy snacks at all times. We get cravings, but if you have an apple, nuts, or a Clif bar, you’ll eat that because it’s there. Avoid the vending machines!

Meal Prep Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

10 Minutes of Exercise Before Work

You may feel like you have absolutely no time to work out before work. Get up 10 minutes earlier and do bodyweight exercises. Try push ups, sit ups, pull ups (get a bar that goes in the doorway), and squats. Just 10 minutes, that’s all you need! You can get up 10 minutes earlier, can’t you?

10 minute workout ideas

Resources

How to be a healthier nurse

Keeping nurses healthy, safe, and well

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How to be a healthier nurse

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Nurses! It’s time you take care of yourselves! Here at Just Like Family Homecare we know how hard our caregivers work to provide for their patients. But it’s equally important that you, as a caregiver, find time to take care of yourself both in mind and body.

Yeah, it’s easy to say and tough to do. But we will give you some easy routines you can implement into your day to start getting on track to living a healthy life so you can continue to do what you do best: care for others.

Body

Snack right
Snacking is often where our diet can go wrong. We get a little hungry during the workday and want something quick to munch on. So we reach for the Sour Patch Kids or the Twix. Instead, carry around healthy snacks in your lunch like trail mix, nuts, fruit, vegetables with hummus, plain Greek yogurt.

Less sugar
This one is difficult for many of us because sugar is such a big part of our diets. Try going for one week without any sugar (that doesn’t include natural sugars like in fruits). See how you feel. There are often stories from those that cut out sugar that they feel happier and more energized. Here’s a story from a family that cut out sugar for a whole year.

An easy way to cut out unnecessary sugar is to stop drinking soda. Not sure what to eat? Here’s The No-Sugar Diet Plan from Livestrong.com.

Drink more water
This one is easy! Start carrying a water bottle everywhere. Get a nice stainless steel one that you can continue to refill. You want to always have it with you so you’re not tempted to purchase a drink out somewhere. If you’re thirsty, water is the best thing for you. Avoid buying other types of drinks like bottled tea or coffee, soda, fruit drinks.

Do a 15 minute morning workout
This doesn’t need to be a sweat-filled workout. But you should do it before your day begins to ensure you get it done. You can do bodyweight exercises like situps, pushups, pull ups (get a pull up bar for your door frame), squats.

Mind

A healthy mind is a huge part of being in overall great shape that many of us tend to neglect.

Meditate
If find that your mind is running and running with thoughts all the time, try learning to meditate. Now, it can turn some people off to hear the word meditation, but there are tons of very successful people that constantly recommend it to others. That’s not saying it works for everyone, but it’s worth trying out for a few weeks. If you’re not sure how to start, use apps like Calm or Headspace to guide you.

Read more
When was the last time you read a full book? If you can’t remember then it’s been too long. Carry a book or Kindle with you in the car, to appointments, to work. Instead of grabbing your phone to check Facebook or play a game, pick up your book. The key is kinding a great book that keeps you entertained.

Sleep better
You can improve your sleep by doing a few things. One includes an hour of screen-free time before you plan to go to sleep. This means turning off the phone, TV, and computer. During this time, wind down by reading (which often puts many people into a sleepy mood). Don’t drink caffeine anytime before bed either, this means 4 hours or less before bed. Here are some other helpful tips from the National Sleep Foundation.


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10 Best Nursing Blogs

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No matter the profession you are in, you likely have sought out a community, hub, or resources online. As a nurse, you are in luck! There are tons of websites out there for you to connect with fellow nurses, read more about the profession, learn new things, have a laugh, and just be in good company. There are websites for nurses in general as well as sites for specific types of nurses like ER or pediatric.

Just a quick google search and you can find tons of blogs and sites for nurses and nursing students. Here are a few of our favorites that we would like to share.

Reddit.com/nursing
This community currently has 26,000 subscribers and is quite active. You will find posts on everything related to nursing and can post items yourself.

Nurse Eye Roll
For when you need a laugh

Nurse Buff
This humor and lifestyle blog is just what the Doctor ordered. There are tons of blog posts ranging from life hacks to funny quotes and more.

Scrubs
This is similar to NurseBuff as they are all about the nursing lifestyle. They are a magazine and have plenty of content to go through. Examples include “10 Ways to Keep Your Nursing New year’s Resolutions” and “5 Things Nurses Can’t Live Without in 2016”.

School of Nursing Blog | Rasmussen College
This is the perfect blog for the nursing school student or the nurse who can never know enough!

Evidenced-Based Nursing Blog
This nursing blog comes from the Evidence Based Nursing Journal. For the nurse who loves research.

Nurse Code
This nursing blog covers everything from funny images to “nurse problems” to inspiration.

Off the Charts
This blog comes from the American Journal of Nursing. Lots of trends in nursing to keep up with.

Nursetopia
“A random stream of consciousness about nursing and the world we impact”.

The Nurse Teacher
This blog is run by a nurse who is involved in clinical teaching. They give tips and personal anecdotes.


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Motivational Quotes for Nurses

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Nurses don’t get enough of the praise they deserve. Luckily, as a nurse there are plenty of motivational quotes to get you through a tough workday.

“The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest.” – William Osler

“Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back in the shell.” – Cass Canfield

“Nurses, one of the few blessings of being ill” – Sara Moss-Wolfe

“Save one life you’re a hero, save one hundred lives and you’re a nurse.” – Unknown

“It would not be possible to praise nurses too highly.” – Stephen Ambrose

People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel! – Maya Angelou

One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. – Simone de Beauvoir

To accomplish great things, you must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe. – Anatole France


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Pathways in Nursing

If you’re in the world of nursing, you know how many different career paths there are. People may refer to you as a nurse, but you may be a Registered Nurse, or maybe an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, or even a Nurse Practitioner. If you’re not a nurse, you are probably wondering what all these terms mean, and what the difference is between these different nursing fields.

Lucky for you, the internet is alive and well and full of creative people sharing their knowledge. The wonderful team at Nursing License Map created a useful infographic to walk you through the Pathways in Nursing. This infographic is especially helpful for those looking for ways to explain to non-nurses just how they got to where they are, or for those looking to enter the nursing field.

Source: Nursing License Map


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Become a Caregiver for Just Like Family

Caregiver and male patientJust Like Family Home Care is a Nurse Registry that takes applications at all times. As an independent contractor registered with our company, we will refer clients to you that meet your availability and skill level.

Please download the caregiver application and fax to (239) 431-6690 or mail to our office. If you have any questions, you may direct them to info@justlikefamilyhomecare.com or call our office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at (239) 431-6661. The application must be complete including copies that you need to include according to your skill level. Please also download a copy of the rules and regulations that apply to your skill level. We also have physical forms available to download if you need one.

Click HERE to download the application


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Alzheimer’s Disease: Do you know all the facts?

Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and as many as 16 million will have the disease in 2050. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is estimated to total $214 billion in 2014, increasing to $1.2 trillion (in today’s dollars) by mid-century. Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

Have you ever wondered about Alzheimer’s Disease? Does it run in your family? Do you know all the facts about this disease?

Here are some quick facts according alz.org:

  • More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease
  • Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States
  • There are approximately 500,000 people dying each year because they have Alzheimer’s
  • 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia
  • In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion

Alzheimer’s statistics for Florida 

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia which is a progressive brain disease. If you are over 65 years of age you should know all the facts of Alzheimer’s. This disease slowly attacks nerve cells in all parts of the cortex of the brain. There are three brain abnormalities that are indicators of the Alzheimer’s disease process. The first indicator is plaques which is a protein that accumulates and forms sticky clumps between nerve cells. This will impact your memory and learning process. The second indicator is tangles which are damaged remains of the support structure that allows the flow of nutrients through the neurons. The last indicator is the loss of nerve cell connections. This process is the combination effect of the tangles and plaques that causes nerves to die off which in turn causes your brain tissue to shrink.

Memory Loss Myths & Facts

Now that you have a little insight on what Alzheimer’s disease is, there are some early symptoms that can be warnings signs to pay attention to: forgetfulness, loss of concentration, language problems, confusion about time and place, impaired judgment, loss of insight, impaired movement and coordination, mood and behavior changes, and apathy and depression. If you or a loved one feels like you have one or more of these symptoms please contact your doctor.

Know the 10 Early Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

Those that are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s have a tough choice to make. They can either choose to receive care at home from a caregiver or receive care at a nursing home. This decision can effect many of your loved ones and you should know the facts about each one.

Receiving care from a home caregiver is the first choice for most patients with Alzheimer’s disease. About 80% of patients receive care at home by family members. There are also options for patients to receive care from a home health aide. Home care can cause a tremendous amount of stress and impact on the quality of life on family members. It is very important to make sure that family members receive the right support services.

Receiving care from a nursing home is normally the second choice for most patients with Alzheimer’s. Many of the patients who end up in a nursing home are at the point where the home caregiver is no longer able to care of them. It is very important to find the right nursing home that will offer the correct services for Alzheimer’s.

When faced with Alzheimer’s remember that you are never alone and that there are ways to help you cope with the disease.

For more information and resources, visit http://www.alz.org 


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Calling All Home Health Aides, Companions and Nurse Assistants!

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Just Like Family Home Care has an immediate need for Companions, Home Health Aides and Certified Nurse Assistants in Collier and Lee counties.  Typical clients will need you to provide companionship, personal care, meal preparation, light housekeeping and/or shopping and errands to patients in their homes as needed.  Various shifts, including evenings & weekends, are available, and we offer competitive pay as well as a warm, happy, family-like atmosphere.  We have a specific need for registrants who are interested in doing small day shifts, four hours or less.  You will love working with our experienced office staff, and feel good about what you are doing!

You must be at least 18 years of age, mature and emotionally stable, and capable of displaying empathy and sympathy towards patients at home who have medical problems or are infirm.  Many clients want to feel like they’re being taken care of by someone who could be their own child or grandchild, so a genuinely caring and invested attitude are absolutely essential.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to application@jlfhc.com.  We’re looking forward to hearing from you!


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We’re Hiring Again!

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We’re putting out another special SOS for jobs!  We have two jobs that we immediately need to fill, and if you’re looking for a job in the healthcare field, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better company to work for than Just Like Family.

The first job is a nursing position with us in Charlotte County, Florida, while the second is a special job as a school nurse in Cape Coral, Florida.  Send any resumes to jlfhcfl@gmail.com, and, if you know someone who’d be perfect for these jobs, send them our way!

RNs and LPNs Needed, FT/PT (Charlotte County, FL)

RNs/LPNs are needed for immediate jobs in Charlotte County. Shifts are flexible, and multiple shifts are available, both part-time and full-time. Please email your resume to us for consideration ASAP. We are a great staff to work with, and offer competitive pay! We are a growing, family-run company, and you will love being a member of our team!

Seeking LPNs or RNs for Elementary School Nurse (Cape Coral, FL)

We are recruiting applicants for an LPN or RN to work as an elementary School Nurse in the area of Cape Coral, FL.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 10am to 2pm, following the school’s calendar.

Experience and/or an interest in pediatric care is PREFERRED. Experience/training in giving insulin injections and in seizure management and medications is REQUIRED. Must be able to follow all policies and procedures set forth by the school, and maintain required records.

Please email your resume and cover letter to us for consideration ASAP. This is an excellent opportunity for competitive pay in a rewarding and fun environment.