The good news is that there is a great deal of information online about health care. However, you can’t always be sure that you are getting credible or legitimate information. What you need is an authoritative source.

You can’t always go running to a nurse or other health care professional, though. What you can do is look at respected sources of information online. The U.S. government offers a number of sites that provide you with information about your own health. If you are interested in learning more about the risks that are out there, and what you can do to improve your own health, here are 50 .Gov web pages that can help you: [click to continue…]

Top 50 Free eBooks for Your Personal Health

by admin on November 3, 2010

If you are are a nurse, you know how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle. Your entire body will thank you for living well, and carefully choosing what you eat, as well as the activities you engage in. However, you do not have to be a health care professional to live healthy. There are plenty of resources online to help you improve your personal health. Indeed, here are 50 free ebooks that can help you improve your health: [click to continue…]

The Ultimate Guide to Nursing Agencies

by linda on June 21, 2010

Nurses may often feel frustrated in their careers, as the chance to find another job up the career ladder often is limited by time spent on a current job. Job hunting takes time, but there is one way to replicate yourself in this job search or move on immediately — by using a nursing agency. If you’ve never consider this resource, we have some tips for you as well as a list of 25 nursing agencies to help you get started along this path. [click to continue…]

If you are interested in becoming an LPN or an RN, it can help to have some knowledge of medical technology. It will help you do a better job, and can provide you with a degree of insight into how different aspects of medtech work.

Indeed, with technology advancing at its current rapid pace, and with the movement toward more electronic involvement in health and medicine, it can be extremely helpful to have a basic understanding of medical technology. If you are looking to brush up on your knowledge of medical technology, there are open courseware classes, most of them free, that you can take in the comfort of your home. Here are 50 open courseware classes that you can take to learn more about medical technology: [click to continue…]

Top 25 Blogs for LPN’s

by linda on February 19, 2010

Anyone who has a desire to help other people for a good portion of their waking lives needs help, too. Sometimes, an Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) needs help in deciding whether or not to purchase a pair of Z-Coil shoes to avoid aggravating a plantar fascia inflammation caused by standing for many hours. Sometimes that LPN needs to learn whether or not to advance his or her career after helping a very sick patient or an irate doctor. Sometimes, that LPN just needs a good laugh. [click to continue…]

Most people think of a career in the medical field as being a doctor or a nurse. However, while these jobs are certainly important, there are plenty of other jobs available in the medical field that can provide you with a career that is fulfilling and interesting. A number of jobs also require less education than becoming a doctor or nurse, while at the same time allowing you to make a difference in others’ lives. Here are 50 medical blogs that can help you learn about every medical career.

Medical and Health Career Job Blogs

These blogs can help you learn about your options, as well as provide you with places to go to find a job in the medical field:

  1. Health Careers: This blog from About.com provides insight into different medical careers, and how to find a job.
  2. Premier Health Careers: A blog about looking for jobs in the medical field, and insight into what you need to do.
  3. BioJobBlog: Find a career in biology and health biology related fields.
  4. Healthcare Executive Careers Blog: Learn about what it takes to get a job as a healthcare executive.
  5. Non-Clinical Medical Jobs: This blog and job board focuses on jobs that do not revolve around clinics. Lots of travel medical jobs here.
  6. Healthcare Career Blog: A look into the latest trends in medical careers and jobs.

Physician Blogs

Learn about what it’s like to be a physician, and get jobs tips.

  1. Physician Careers Blog: Focuses on what you need to get a good job as a doctor.
  2. Buckeye Surgeon: Shares information on being a surgeon and comments on different aspects of the career.
  3. KevinMD: One of the best doctor blogs around, sharing career information and commenting on health care.
  4. GruntDoc: This doctor was once in the military, and he has an interesting perspective on medicine.

Nurse Blogs

Find out about nursing, and how to make it your career.

  1. Travel Nursing Blogs: Get a collection of career advice and career stories from nurses who travel as part of their work.
  2. St. Vincent’s Hospital Darlinghurst – Male Nurses: Learn about what life is like for a “murse.”
  3. Nurse Healers: Focuses on the healing aspects of nursing, and how to be a better nurse.
  4. The Nurse Practitioner’s Place: Learn about how you can be a nurse practitioner.
  5. A Midwife’s Muse: Learn about life as a nurse midwife.

Dentist and Orthodontist Blogs

Learn about the careers opportunities available if you don’t mind working on others’ teeth.

  1. Marty Jablow DMD: Discussions on dental technology and career helps.
  2. Exceptional Dental Practice Management: Learn about how to more effectively manage a dental practice.
  3. The Tooth Booth Dental Blog: Get a first hand look at what’s going on in the world of dentistry.
  4. The Daily Grind: A blog about life in a tooth related practice.
  5. Ask Dr. Straight Orthodontist Blog: Learn about what it’s like to be an orthodontist.

Eye Care Blogs

Optomologists and ophthalmologists have interesting jobs working with people’s vision and eyesight.

  1. Vision: This About.com blog talks about vision, and includes information on careers in eye care fields.
  2. optoblog.com: Follow the exploits of optometrist David Langford.
  3. Dr. Morris’s Optometry BLOG: Learn about a career in eye care, from a guy who talks about eye issues.
  4. Ophthalmology News Blog: This blog from MedicineWorld offers a look at news and information from the world of eyes.
  5. Ophthalmology Blog: Learn more about what is going on with regard to procedures and other career helps.

Radiology and Medical Tech Blogs

Learn how to me a medical tech or a radiologist, and enjoy an interesting and rewarding career.

  1. Radiology 101: A look at life in radiology, and what you need to do to be successful at it.
  2. Aunt Minnie: Learn about therapy, radiology and more, as well as get the latest news in the field. Also includes a helpful career center.
  3. Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Medicine Podcast: Learn about the latest happens in the world of nuclear and molecular medicine.
  4. Latest Medical Technology: Learn about what’s available in medical technology, and be a part of it.

Medical Assisting Blogs

You can assist in medical practices without being a doctor or nurse. Learn how to help others and have a good career.

  1. Medical Assistant Jobs: A look at different career opportunities for medical assistants.
  2. Nursing Assistant Resources on the Web: Learn how to be a nurse assistant.
  3. The American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistant’s Blog: Learn about medical assisting, specifically in podiatry.
  4. American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s MySpace Blog: Learn about the ins and outs of assisting dentists as a hygienist.

Transcription, Billing and Coding Blogs

You can take care of administrative issues in medical offices. Some of these medical transcription, billing and coding blogs can even be done at home.

  1. Medical Transcription Blog: Learn about a job as a medical transcriptionist, and what it takes to become one.
  2. Medical Billing Blog: Learn about medical billing and software that can help you enhance your career.
  3. Medical Coding and Billing Blog: Learn more about the jobs of medical coding and billing, and get information on where to find jobs.
  4. Your Medical Coding Career: Get advice and helpful hints on enhancing your medical coding career.

Pharmaceutical and Medical Sales

You can get involved in medical equipment sales and pharmaceutical sales as a career, selling doctors, hospitals and others what they need to help patients.

  1. CafePharma: This page is devoted to pharmaceutical industry news, and a helpful resource for sales professionals.
  2. PharmaGossip: Get the inside story on the pharmaceutical industry.
  3. Medical Sales Recruiter: Learn what recruiters are looking for in sales professionals, and brush up your skills.
  4. Specialty Medical Sales Blog: News and information that can help you with a career in medical sales.
  5. Recruit Buzz: Get career information and help from this helpful blog on medical sales.

Alternative Medicine Blogs

Learn how to provide medical services and healing in an alternative/complementary way.

  1. The Chiropractic Blog: Learn how to enhance a chiropractic practice.
  2. Next Generation Chiropractor: Offers insights on a career in chiro, as well as a look at the latest developments in the field.
  3. Acupuncture Health Insights Blog: Learn about the practice of acupuncture, and how you can use it to enhance your career.
  4. Natural Health Almanac: Learn about natural health, and what it’s like to be a naturopathic doctor.

Student Blogs

Learn how to get into a career program for various medical fields. These student blogs provide insight into what’s like to study in medicine.

  1. Medical Assistant News: St. Augustine School of Medical Assistants: Get information on becoming a medical assistant, from students and teachers at St. Augustine.
  2. RNLife.com – A Nursing Student’s Blog: Delves into healthcare issues, and addresses the challenges of being a nursing student.
  3. Radiology Student’s Page: This is put on by Dave’s Places in Radiology, and offers helpful hints for students.
  4. RookieDoc: Tools and tips to help doctors-in-training through their internships.

50 Nurses on Twitter Worth a Follow

by admin on January 27, 2010

Twitter is a great tool to help you connect with others. More and more people are getting Twitter accounts, and sharing their thoughts on a number of subjects, professional to personal. This trend is also growing among nurses. Many nurses use Twitter as a way to vent their frustrations, share stories of courage, and just connect with others who understand them. You can find funny stories about patients, heartbreaking real-life experiences, and life lessons learned from a nursing perspective. You can even find legal and career advice.

If you are looking for a little more insight on life, parenting, nursing, and information on career opportunities, you might consider following these 50 nurses on Twitter.

ER and Critical Care Nurses

Emergency room and critical care nurses that offer insights into some of the most devastating situations and conditions, as well as some of the most miraculous recoveries. And offer some fun insights into what life.

  1. @nursingpins: Vernon Dutton is a critical care nurse, and also a collector of nursing history items and information. Plenty of interesting posts and information.
  2. @emergencyroom: A nurse who works in the emergency room, and shares experiences from the real world.
  3. @ernursek: Interesting thoughts on working in the emergency room and what goes on there.
  4. @Cynical_Nurse: This critical care and transport nurse offers a somewhat cynical view of what goes on in medicine.
  5. @Emergiblog: Kim offers insight into the world of the emergency room, and feisty comments about life and patients.
  6. @Nicurnmama: This NICU nurse offers insights on being a mom and wife as well as being a nurse.
  7. @nursesean: Works in med trauma, in “massive ICU”, and provides insight and information.
  8. @nursewendy: Intensive care nurse helping those in critical conditions, and sharing thoughts about it.
  9. @NurseDan: ER nurse with a Master’s in health care innovation. He is also working on a Ph.D.
  10. @MikeERNurse: Follow the adventures of Mike, as he works in the emergency room and gets through life.
  11. @ernurses: Updates on emergency room nursing, and the challenges encountered.
  12. @hypocaffeinemia: ICU nurse and dad who shares all sorts of information and insight.
  13. @geekymedic: A paramedic nurse, sharing thoughts and information about EMS and life threatening conditions.

Registered Nurses

A look at nursing from labor and delivery, to the psych ward, to long-term care, to hospice care to other types of nursing. Get a good feel for what life is like for a nurse.

  1. @ali_rn: Follow the tweets of a mother and RN, doing her best to keep from falling apart.
  2. @aydzb: Aida is a nutrition expert and RN who is involved with education and teaching about healthy weight loss.
  3. @Bob_the_nurse: Bob works as a psychiatric nurse with a mental health drug team. Interesting stories and insights from the nurse who insists that she’s a woman — really!
  4. @BrianBowman: An interesting nurse who is also a pilot.
  5. @not_ratched: Savvy insights on nursing, and down to earth observations.
  6. @ChristianNurse: Focuses on aspects of nursing for Christians, provides insight into religion and medicine.
  7. @Geek2Nurse: Became a psych RN after a career as an electrical/software engineer. An interesting take on nursing.
  8. @nursedotcom: Get a look at what it’s like to be nurse, and connect with others.
  9. @agmcgaha: Interesting look at the life of this nurse and mother.
  10. @allseeingjamus: Funny and insightful look at life and nursing, as well as what goes on in the wider medical world..
  11. @creature57: A fun look at nursing, drumming and life in general.
  12. @HeatherRN: Health nurse and educator, offering insight into good habits and better living.
  13. @heidiwolff: A nurse that is a self described “word firl in a picture world.
  14. @h2cm: Insight into the NHS in Britain, health care policy and nursing in general.
  15. @marandalee: A “super nurse” who has lots of things to share about life as a nurse.

Nurse Consultants

These nurses providing consulting services, as well as legal help.

  1. @vpmedical: Learn more about life care planning from this nurse legal consultant.
  2. @BonnieRN: Bonnie is a nurse consultant involved in legal type issues. An interest look at the profession of nursing, and lots of useful information.
  3. @Vickie_Milazzo: Nurse legal consultant who can help you keep up with the nursing world and can provide guidance for your quandaries.
  4. @pcRN: This nurse can help you with legal issues.
  5. @joycollins: This nurse consultant and writer can help you with any number of problems.
  6. @learae: This nurse business coach can help you make the most of your career and talents.

Nursing Students

Learn about what it’s like to be a nursing student and find support.

  1. @MBAtoRN: Follow this MBA as she becomes an RN, working toward becoming a registered nurse after eight years on the business end of the health care industry.
  2. @LarissArreguin: A nursing student sharing her enthusiasm for learning.
  3. @rdjfraser: A nurse graduate student looking to learn more and help others.
  4. @bexy4506: This nursing student shares thoughts and information.
  5. @sweetsadie86: A looking into the head of a nursing student who also enjoys going out and having fun.
  6. @Student_RN: Get an inside look at what it’s like to be a nursing student in Australia.
  7. @flobach: Enjoy the insights of this paramedic student.
  8. @JenRN: She isn’t a student nurse, but she does teach nursing students. Helpful insights from the source.

Career

Twitter accounts related to nursing publications and other resources that can help you with your nursing career. You can also use the hashtags #nurse and #jobs to help find more information that could be helpful to your nursing career prospects.

  1. @MedSurgNurses: The Twitter account for the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses can keep you up to date with what is happening in the world of nursing.
  2. @WorkingNurse: Get information on becoming a nurse, and different career moves that can help you.
  3. @minoritynurse: Get career help and information especially geared at nurses who are minorities.
  4. @RNpathways: Up-to-date information on nursing careers and jobs.
  5. @nurse_careers: Find job openings and career information for nurses.
  6. @allnursescom: Get help for nursing plans and other necessary items for your career, as well as job opening information.
  7. @jobnursing: Posts surrounding the job hunt as a nurse in the U.K.
  8. @nursejobs4u: Check here for nurse job openings from around the country.

LPN to RN

by admin on January 7, 2010

Becoming a Licensed practical nurse isn’t very hard at all, it only requires a bit of dedication and a good course of online LPN training. The vast majority of on line LPN courses offer all the theoretical material you should need. The things taught in these lpn online courses is not only very important for your career as a Licensed Practical Nurse (or LPN as they’re called in USA, or RPNs as they’re known in Ontario, Canada)  but can at the same time be very easily learned. The only downside of these courses is the fact the more practical stuff can’t be taught online, things like anatomy or microbiology – these two require specialized laboratory equipment (microscopes, etc).

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