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Easy Interviewing Tips for a School Nurse

January 19th, 2011

The extensive coursework you endure in order to graduate from a nursing program is only have the battle—you need to ace your interview in order to fulfill your dream of becoming a school nurse. Continue reading below to learn some simple tips to ensure your interview goes smoothly.

Aside from the obvious interviewing tips such as arriving to your appointment on time and dressing appropriately and professionally, it's important that you are well-prepared in all other aspects as well. One of the easiest ways to do this is to do some preliminary research of the school and district before your interview. This way, if the opportunity arises you can prove to your potential future employer that you are well-informed about the dynamics of the kids, including the economic, social and racial background, and you are the perfect person to fulfill the job. Researching the district's history and policies may also be highly beneficial.

While you may be highly qualified to fulfill the position, sometimes first-time interview jitters can get the best of you. A good way to prevent this from happening is to simply formulate a couple of answers to critical questions before the interview takes place. While it's uncertain what exact questions will be asked, you can be assured that the interviewer is going to ask questions regarding your background such as "what made you originally pursue nursing?" "Why did you decide on school nursing" and "tell us about a conflict in your past and describe how you resolved it." Be honest with your answers, but do your best to answer them is a positive fashion.

On a similar note, your interviewer will ask you a series of "what if" scenario questions where you will be required to describe how you would respond to hypothetical emergency and common situations. For example, you may be asked how you would respond if a parent strongly disagreed/disapproved with the treatment of their child or you may be asked how you would handle treating two children who were suffering from severe healthcare problems simultaneously. These questions are highly imperative so it's important that you assess the hypothetical scenario carefully and put a lot of thought into your answers.

It may also be beneficial to prepare some questions of your own. Asking about the job during your interview will show that you are serious and have a strong interest in the position. But try to avoid questions about salary.

100 Great Hacks for the Green-Minded Mom

January 18th, 2011

Becoming a mom means investing in the future. Your children, and your children's children will live on this Earth long after you're gone-and knowing that sort of thing makes a lot of moms more eco-conscious than ever before. A woman who may have thought little about recycling before can turn into a green-minded mom with a desire to make the world a healthier place to live. Whether you're a newly green mom, or a lifelong eco-crusader, these hacks offer great ways to help preserve the Earth for future generations.

General

Reduce, reuse, and recycle with these hacks.

  1. Have fewer children: Consider limiting your number of kids to two.
  2. Use reusable bags for everything: From groceries to library books, get lots of use out of your reusable bags.
  3. Use Gmail as a baby book: Record daily achievements in a dedicated Gmail account.
  4. Live simply: One of the easiest ways to go green at home is to simplify and acquire less.
  5. Let kids sort recycling: Get your kids involved when you're recycling.
  6. Be a good example: Be green to raise a green child.
  7. Recycle everything: Find a way to recycle everything, unless you can reuse it or find a way to not acquire it in the first place.
  8. Be happy with what you have: Learn to live with less.
  9. If you don't absolutely need to use it, don't: Cut down on waste and chemicals by simplifying.

Health

Be healthy and green with the help of these hacks.

  1. Give up smoking: It's healthier for you, your baby, your family, and the environment.
  2. Try natural oils: Use olive oil to moisturize baby.
  3. Avoid overusing antibacterial products: Continued use of antibacterial products can lead to superbugs.
  4. Give oatmeal baths: Treat inflamed skin with oatmeal baths.
  5. Don't pump gas when you're pregnant: Stay way from gas fumes.
  6. Use calendula oil: Instead of diaper cream, try calendula oil.
  7. Use probiotics: Probiotics can treat poop problems, prevent allergies, and more.
  8. Ventilate your home: Open windows regularly to get fresh air in your home.
  9. Use an aspirator: Before turning to drugs, try using a bulb syringe.

Diapers

Diapers are a fact of life for most families, but with the help of these hacks, they don't have to be an environmental burden.

  1. Use cloth diapers: Make use of cloth diapers that can be cleaned and worn over and over again instead of thrown away.
  2. Go biodegradable: Buy biodegradable or compostable disposable diapers.
  3. Reduce the number of diapers you use: Pick more absorbent diapers, and strategically time diaper changes to cut down on your diaper quantity.
  4. Wash diapers on cold: Save money on energy by washing your diapers on cold instead of hot.
  5. Potty train as early as possible: Cut down on the number of diapers you use by potty training early.
  6. Create old school wipes: Keep damp washcloths in plastic bags.
  7. Try elimination communication: Pay attention to potty patterns, holding your baby over the toilet when it's time.

Holidays & Gifts

Make the holidays and gift giving more eco-friendly.

  1. Give reusable Easter basket grass: Veggie Booty makes great edible basket grass.
  2. Shop online: Instead of hitting the mall, get your gifts sent to you.
  3. Give reusable gift wrap: Use gift wrap that can be used over and over again.
  4. Create a wish list: Avoid unwanted and unused gifts by using a wish list.
  5. Give gifts in reusable shopping bags: Instead of disposable gift bags, give reusable shopping bags.
  6. Donate to charity: If you have no use for a gift, just give it to a charity.
  7. Make fabric gift bags: Make these easy fabric bags to give gifts in.
  8. Wrap without wrapping paper: Wrap in newspaper with festive ribbon, or solid colors you can use all year.
  9. Start a book swap: Organize a book swap among friends.

Mealtime

These hacks will help lower your food's impact on the world.

  1. Breastfeed: Breastfeeding leaves virtually no carbon footprint.
  2. Eat safe and sustainable fish: Be aware of which fish are low in mercury and caught or farmed sustainably.
  3. Buy local: Support your local farmers market.
  4. Feed organic foods: Look for organic foods for your kids.
  5. Make your own ice pops: Blend and freeze your own ice pops to save resources and avoid toxins.
  6. Stop using paper towels and napkins: Make use of reusable materials instead of paper.
  7. Use washable breast pads: Instead of disposable pads, use washable ones.
  8. Skip bottled water: Cut out plastic bottles, opting for glass and other reusable containers.
  9. Don't use BPA bottles: BPA in baby bottles can cause health problems.
  10. Use washcloths as napkins: Use old baby washcloths all day as kid napkins.
  11. Go selectively organic: Go organic just for the worst fruits and vegetables, so you don't go broke.
  12. Eat alterna-meats: Vegetarians can eat healthy alternatives to processed meat.
  13. Buy frozen in bulk: It's not always easy to find fresh, local vegetables, to get them frozen if you need to.
  14. Let kids pick out vegetables: Kids are more likely to try something they chose themselves.
  15. Cut paper towel use: Clean your high chair, walls, floor, and more with a washcloth you hang in the kitchen.
  16. Buy only what you need: Don't waste food-buy only what you need.
  17. Avoid white sugar: Substitute honey, agave nectar, or raw sugar when kids are old enough.
  18. Make your own baby food: Create your own baby food at home.

Clothes

Kids go through clothes at an alarming rate, but these hacks can minimize their impact.

  1. Buy secondhand baby clothes: Pick up cheap used clothes that can be reused-and that have already been offgassed.
  2. Swap clothes: Use sites and networks like ThredUp to share clothes and other items.
  3. Save yourself from bedbugs in used clothing: Use pre-loved clothing without worry by following these steps.
  4. Hack a baby dress: Repurpose fabric into this super easy dress.
  5. Buy organic: Pick up organic fabric clothes, like cotton or bamboo.

Bathtime

With these hacks, your kids can stay clean and green.

  1. Go natural: Choose natural shampoos and other toiletries for your baby.
  2. Limit baby care products: Just use water to wash a baby instead of creams, soaps, and lotions.
  3. Wash hair with ketchup bottles: Rinse your child's hair with an empty ketchup bottle.
  4. Bathe with your baby: Share a bath with your baby, and save water while enjoying bonding time.
  5. Turn the water off: When showering and brushing teeth, turn off the water until you need it.

Playtime & Creativity

Play green using these fun hacks.

  1. Styrofoam castle: Turn Styrofoam package inserts into a make-believe castle.
  2. Make nontoxic play-dough: Save money and avoid toxins with homemade nontoxic play-dough.
  3. Play with nontoxic toys: Give your baby safe, nontoxic toys to play with.
  4. Reuse Tyvek enveloped as homemade boats: Make sailboats with old Tyvek envelopes.
  5. Strawberry basket bubbles: Dip strawberry baskets into bubble solution for cheap and fun bubble machines.
  6. Play with cardboard boxes: Make houses and castles with large cardboard boxes.
  7. Use rechargable batteries: Buy rechargable batteries for toys and games.
  8. Scribble on telephone books: Let your kids use telephone books as scribble material.
  9. Create a reuse fun bin: Keep bottle caps, toilet paper rolls, and more in a bin to get crafty with.
  10. Use outdoor craft supplies: Make use of sticks, pinecones, and more.
  11. Go to a Home Depot kids workshop: Visit these workshops to teach your kids how to build birdhouses, flowerpot holders, and more.
  12. Reuse page a day calendars: Use old page a day calendars as doodling paper.

Household & Cleaning

Clean your house without hazardous chemicals by making use of these hacks.

  1. Clean with baking soda: Put baking soda to work in your bathroom.
  2. Make your own laundry detergent: Here's how to formulate your own laundry detergent.
  3. Use natural cleansers whenever possible: Make or buy natural products when you can.
  4. Declutter: Clean out your clutter and sell it to cut down on the items in your home.
  5. Be extra careful when washing play areas and toys: Be mindful of the products you use to clean the things your children use the most.
  6. Live in a smaller space: Enjoy environmental friendliness, constant togetherness and limit too much stuff with a smaller home or apartment.
  7. Dust with an old fashioned feather duster: An ostrich feather duster picks up dust and leaves a dry surface that doesn't attract more dust.

School

These hacks can make your child's school a greener place to be.

  1. Bring a lunch box to school: Instead of a paper bag, use a lunch box, or repurpose old shopping bags.
  2. Send notes in junk mail envelopes: Repurpose old junk mail envelopes for teacher notes.
  3. Pack food in washable plastic containers: Instead of plastic baggies, use containers.
  4. Start an organic garden at school: Compost and start an organic garden at your school.
  5. Walk, carpool, or take the bus: Get to school by walking, carpooling, or taking the bus.

Furniture & Design

Keep these hacks in mind when designing your child's nursery or bedroom.

  1. Use low-VOC paint: Look for low-VOC paint for your nursery or kids rooms.
  2. Kitchen utility cart changing table: Instead of buying a changing table, get a kitchen utility cart that you can put to use later.
  3. Buy a crib made from organic materials: Get an earth friendly, organic crib.
  4. Use sunlight: Turn off overhead lights and open your blinds instead.
  5. Decorate with DIY decals: Create eco friendly and reusable decor with DIY decals.
  6. Repurpose broken cribs: Old cribs can be used as baby gates and garden trellis.

Outside

Go green in your own backyard using these hacks.

  1. Go on litter patrol: Take your kids out to pick up litter in your neighborhood.
  2. Plant something: Teach kids how to take care of a living organism.
  3. Get kids to help with weeding: Pay kids a penny per weed.
  4. Start seeds in egg cartons: Start a kids vegetable garden with plastic egg cartons.
  5. Use natural alternatives to bug spray: Make your own natural bug spray.
  6. Play in the water sprinkler: While watering the lawn, get your kids to play in it and cool off.
  7. Plant a tree: Grow a memory and foster a love of nature by planting a tree.
  8. Catch fireflies: Collect fireflies for light and interest-and remember to let them go so they don't die.

Patient Mortality Increase Associated with Extensive Critical Care Nurse Work Schedule

January 18th, 2011

According to a new study, patients placed in the intensive care unit are more likely to die from illnesses such as pneumonia and acute myocardial infarction in hospitals where nurses experience long-shift work schedules. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,is published in the January/February issue of the journal Nursing Research.

The findings suggest that while a 12-hour shift may seem appealing—you get a higher paying salary—it causes sleep deprivation and fatigue. And naturally, sleep deprivation and fatigue can have serious consequences: if your mind is too tired or fuzzy, you are more likely to making critical mistakes. It's these mistakes that can end a patient's life.

While a 12-hour shift is optional at some hospitals, it is a mandatory set schedule at others. The popularity of the 12-hour shift (as opposed to the 8-hour shift) began with the nurse shortage of the 1980s. Some hospitals continue to require critical care nurses to work a 12-hour shift in order to relieve in-training physicians of their duties –hospitals don't want in-training physicians to overwork themselves. However, inadvertently it is the nurses who are being overworked, the study claims. The study does not claim however that taking a nap during breaks will improve one's performance; but it is safe to say that an adequate amount of sleep before enduring a long shift will most certainly be beneficial.

The study also suggested that a lack of time off was a reason that some nurses were prone to injury and mistakes. Nurses need time off to rest and recuperate, not only to improve job performance and properly take care of their patients, but to also protect their own health and bodies, the study reports.

For the study, which is titled "Nurses' Work Schedule Characteristics, Nurse Staffing, and Patient Mortality," researchers randomly selected and surveyed 633 nurses from 71 acute-care hospitals in two hospitals—one in Illinois and the other in North Carolina.

What Is an Accelerated Nursing Program?

January 18th, 2011

The title of this program really does tell the whole story. These programs were designed to serve the needs of any of those who aspire to dive into the nursing field at an accelerated pace – faster than the usual time span. If you have expressed an interest in being a part of these programs you must first have obtained a Bachelors in the field you would like to apply for an accelerated nursing program. It should be noted that there have been instances where certain accelerated nursing programs only take on applicants who possess credits in science or biology courses. However the eligibility standards differ among all nursing schools.

Now when you have worked hard enough to earn the eligibility to attend some of these accelerated nursing programs it is extremely important to be aware of the fundamentals of these programs, not just the educational qualifications. Almost all of these programs, no matter where you take them, are demanding. Completing an already challenging course in an ever shorter period of time is going to result in an intensity that not everyone can handle. The reality is that you are taking a three year program and completing it in just one. The upside of this is you are moving along a lot quicker than you normally would, you are able to start your life sooner than you originally anticipated. But the other side of the coin presents the reality that completing a challenging program that fast can be very stressful, demanding of a large majority of your time, and it may not leave a lot of extra room for other curriculars. The mental preparation before taking on such a challenge is just as important as the focus you need to have once you begin the actual program.

Another thing to consider with these accelerated nursing programs is that the curriculum is not identical in all of the programs. The same can be said for the course requirements. From GPA to references, before being accepted into any program your intentions and motivation should be displayed through your resume. Just as you will be judged, you as well should dig through all of the programs that are presented to you, and find the one that suits you. The whole function of these programs is to push you through the medical door in the fastest and most efficient manner possible. The sooner you are able to obtain the necessary education to then assist those in need, the sooner you will be able to address your own finical situation – the quicker the program, the quicker you will be able to secure a job.

One of the Top Nursing Schools to Offer DNP Program

January 18th, 2011

Brenau University, a private university in Gainesville, Georgia, will launch its doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program in Fall 2011 as planned, providing the highest level of education possible for advanced practice nurses, nurse managers and nurse leaders. Brenau recently became a Level V doctoral degree-granting institution, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Brenau had its application approved by the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the article noted.

The DNP is designed to prepare experienced nurses for "the highest level of clinical practice and leadership in nursing," according to Brenau University's Department of Nursing website. Only 12 to 15 students will be admitted for this fall semester, but the program eventually plans to build up to 25 new admissions a year by 2015, the Journal-Constitution article indicated.

The DNP is picking up speed across the nation even though only 1 percent of nurses were doctorally prepared in spring of 2010, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The AACN noted that the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) had only accredited 18 DNP programs as of spring 2010, but a whopping 70 DNP programs were pursuing accreditation through CCNE. The AACN noted that it believes the appropriate degree for advanced practice nurses—which includes nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists and nurse midwives—is the DNP.

Until recent years, doctoral degrees for nurses had been research-focused doctorates (Doctor of Nursing Science and PhDs) rather than practice doctorates, but there is a strong move among advance practice nursing organizations to get advance practice nurses trained with the DNP.

The AACN conducted a survey further reflecting the move to the DNP. The survey revealed that 72 percent of nursing schools with programs for advanced practice nurses offered a DNP program or were planning to offer a DNP program. (Read more here.)

As of now, those who wish to become an advanced practice registered nurse only need to have a master's degree in their area of specialty. If this organizational movement toward the DNP continues, only those nurses who hold a DNP will be able to work in advanced practice in the future, while those who work as advanced practice nurses with master's degrees will be grandfathered in under the old stipulation.

33 Foods That Make You Ugly

January 17th, 2011

There are all kinds of stories and research studies conducted to tell us how to look younger and more beautiful. But instead of scouring the grocery store for every acai berry or skin-saving product you can get your hands on, you can also avoid certain foods that do damage to your appearance. Some of the foods below are bad for your insides and outsides, while others just make you stinky or sweaty. You might be inclined to cut out certain foods and oils altogether, while others can be saved for nights alone at home.

  1. Cereal: Many of today's cereals are made from anemically "enriched" flours and refined grains, plus an excess of sugar and artificial flavors and colors. Ancient man didn't even eat grains: it's a relatively new phenomenon to eat flaky cereals that cause bloating and can contribute to obesity.
  2. Milk: Whether or not you're completely lactose intolerant, milk can still cause gas. Milk can also cause face bloat or puffiness, and cramping.
  3. Coffee: Coffee in moderation isn't harmful, but if you drink too much, it can stain your teeth, makes your breath smell wicked bad, and may even make you a little gassy. Too much caffeine can also lead to dehydration, which leaves a pallid skin complexion.
  4. Processed food: Processed food lacks natural nutrients, so if you're filling up on these foods, you're most likely not getting nutrients and vitamins you really need. That means your body — including your face — isn't as healthy as it needs to be, and cell repair slows.
  5. Cocaine: Cocaine is obviously a troublemaker for lots of reasons, but it can also make you ugly. Cocaine — especially cocaine that isn't 100% pure — can lead to skin tissue death and a low white-cell count, as well as purple marks on your body.
  6. Alcohol: Even a few drinks might leave you looking a little rough the next day — bloodshot eyes or bags under your eyes, and a weak looking complexion are the result of restless sleep and dehydration. Drinking heavily and often will also help you gain weight and makes you pudgy, as alcohol destroys muscle.
  7. Margarine: Margarine is thought of as a healthier alternative to butter, but check the label. Many margarines contain trans fats, or hydrogenated oils. These are terrible for maintaining hormone balance in your body, and can cause you to break out.
  8. Salt: Eating salty snacks can make your whole body bloat, including your tummy, face and fingers. That tissue-swelling and then deflating makes your skin less elastic over time.
  9. Sugar: Some sugars, like raffinose, lactose, fructose and sorbitol cause gas. And on top of that, high-glycemic foods, like waffles, white breads, Corn Flakes, potatoes, and dates, are what really make you break out.
  10. Soft drinks: Regular 12 oz. sodas have up to 10 teaspoons of sugar, and often contribute to tooth decay and obesity. But even diet sodas with caffeine dehydrate your skin and contain lots of toxins and artificial sweeteners that aren't good for you, either.
  11. Salad dressing: Always check the label before buying salad dressing. Many contain MSG, or include a listing of ingredients that are used to make MSG (a trick used to make you think you're buying something that's MSG-free). The flavor enhancer can cause nausea and headaches, but also sweating, facial tightness and a burning sensation in your face. And even salad dressings without MSG may cause gas, or be mixed with mayonnaise and lots of sugar, which are bad for your skin.
  12. Barbecue sauce: Barbecue sauces are also red flags for MSG. They're also full of sugar and carbs, so check the label.
  13. Trans fats: Cooking oils, microwave popcorn, and packaged or baked goods contain trans fats which clog your arteries and restrict oxygen flow to the brain and your heart. Check the label, but know that some boxes that say "0 Trans Fats" actually do have some trans fats. Food companies can get away with sneaking a half gram of trans fats into a serving, without disclosing the information to the consumer.
  14. Soy sauce: Just one tablespoon of soy sauce can contain over 40% of your daily value of sodium. Many soy sauces also contain MSG, so you'll be a sweaty, bloated mess after all that dipping.
  15. White bread: White breads and rice can lead to inflammation and break outs, so opt for whole-grain, low-glycemic substitutions if you have to eat bread.
  16. Mystery meats: Sausages and other processed meats are packed with fat and salt which are not conducive to beauty.
  17. Cake: Chocolate probably won't make you break out, but cake will. Made with white flour, it leads to inflammation.
  18. Pasta: Pasta is another food that can lead to inflammation, bloating and break outs. Pick whole grain pastas high in dietary fiber if possible.
  19. Doughnuts: Doughnuts are terrible for your skin and your figure. They're packed with refined sugar, refined oils and refined flour. All those refined ingredients lead to break outs, and the intense sugar high you'll feel will be followed by a major crash, giving you headaches and more cravings.
  20. White rice: Unless you want puffiness and pimples, eliminate white rice from your diet.
  21. Artichokes: A staple in many Mediterranean dishes, artichokes naturally contain fructose, which causes gas.
  22. Gelatin: Gelatin, which is used to make Jell-O, candy corn, cream cheese, yogurt, jams, marshmallows and other foods, is a hidden source of MSG.
  23. Palm oil: Another cooking ingredient that might make your date run away is palm oil, which is high in saturated fat and not a safe substitute for trans fat. It amps up cholesterol and promotes heart disease. Check labels on packaged foods like cookies and crackers to make sure they weren't made with palm oil.
  24. French fries: French fries contain gross levels of salt and either saturated fat or hydrogenated vegetable oil (or both). You might notice your fingers swell just a couple of hours after eating french fries, so don't order them on a date.
  25. Chewing gum: Sugary gum can actually make your breath smell worse, so don't pop a stick in right before a kiss if you're hoping the minty freshness will overpower your dinner. The sugar in gum, mints and candy might make your mouth taste good to you, but the sugar helps bacteria reproduce, making your breath reek.
  26. Soy oil: Soy oil is considered an industrial oil, which can break skin down — and out. Always look for unsaturated fat in oils.
  27. Flavored jerky: Besides containing unbelievable amounts of sodium — oftentimes half your daily value or more — flavored jerky usually contains MSG to keep it, well, tasting good for ridiculous amounts of time.
  28. High protein foods: Foods that are high in protein are good for controlling appetite, but they also contribute to bad breath. It's a common problem for people on low-carb diets who rely on fatty, high-protein foods like meat, fish, eggs, and dairy for nutrition. These foods can also lead to dehydration, and later, keto breath.
  29. Garlic: Garlic gets under your skin in a way few foods do. It can make you sweat and stink, even after taking showers and brushing your teeth.
  30. Cabbage: Cabbage is another food that makes you sweat and can give you bad breath. Members of the cruciferae food family — like cabbage — contain sulfur compounds, which make us sweat — and it's the stinky kind of sweat.
  31. Starchy foods: Starchy carbohydrates are very closely linked with bad breath, so avoid potatoes and other starches.
  32. Broccoli: Also part of the cruciferae family, broccoli can make you sweaty and smelly.
  33. Hot wings: Extra spicy foods make you sweat visibly. What date wants to see you dripping over your messy, saucy meal? If you go out for wings, don't try to impress your date by ordering the hottest sauce: stick with something mild.

How School Nurses Can Reduce Conflicts with Parents

January 15th, 2011

Becoming a school nurse can be a very rewarding experience—after all, school nurses have the opportunity to treat and work with children. But sometimes there are challenges that arise when working with children, like having conflicts with their parents. Parents can get angry for a magnitude of different reasons; including thinking you aren't doing your job correctly. It's important to remember that if the child is severely sick some parents go into defensive mode and blame the school nurse for their child's illness. It's imperative that you do not take the parent's reaction personal—don't doubt your nursing techniques or skills. And don't argue back—this is not only unprofessional, but it can also add fuel to the fire, causing more tension and hostility. Rather, it's important that you learn how to deal with these sorts of situations when they occur or at least how to minimize confrontations with parents. Continue reading below to learn how to do this.

One of the easiest ways to avoid/reduce conflict with parents is to attempt to develop a good relationship with the parents from the very beginning. This starts with discovering the student's needs and his or her family's proprieties and preferences. Recognize the family's individuality and understand that people cope in different ways to certain situations. Also, prepare yourself to implement policies that are tailored to meet the needs of these individual families.

Another way to prevent conflict is to attempt to build trust with the student's family. Trust is built when you actively try to include the parent. This might mean some joint-planning and problem solving, or simply being open to recommendations and adequately addressing concerns. But whatever you do, it's critical that if you do not agree with the parent's position, you don't convey an extremely disapproving look or tone. Explain to the parent why their recommendations may or may not be a wise choice (including how it may affect the student's learning for example) and explain in layman's terms the reasoning behind your conclusion. Addressing issues this way encourages a harmonious environment.

Lastly, it's important that you always give parent's the complete (and unbiased) information regarding their child's care and condition—this includes notifying parents when a student's health status changes or alerting the parent if his or her child must undergo certain procedures.

Online Schools for Nursing

January 15th, 2011

Becoming a nurse has never presented more options than today. With all of the opportunities available, online schools have been created to offer those interested the flexibility of achieving a nursing education in their own time at and at a pace that works for them. Most of the online nursing schools that are only a click away give you the chance to work towards a degree, which can then qualify you to become a registered nurse – the most basic requirement when it comes to nursing. The way these online programs work is that you are able to complete the non-clinical part of your work through online classes. However for obvious reason, there are no schools that give you the chance to satisfy your clinical requirements online. What happens in this case is that you are usually able to perform this part of your education a local medical facility in your area.

To focus more on the online portion of this process, you will almost always have your nursing class on its own website. On the site you will find lecture notes and assignments posted in a discussion forum – giving the other students in the class the chance to post any comments or questions they may have regarding the presented material. Apart from any organized chat times, you are free to sign on whenever it is convenient for you and work on your designated assignments. However it is always important to send in your work before the due date your instructor with post along with the work itself. In the case of examinations, some schools will let you take them online, while others may require them to be proctored. If this is the case, you will be provided with a list of locations in your area where you can take any tests assigned. The amount of work you are able to do online really does depend upon the program you sign up for. Some schools may require you to occasionally attend a residency.

Many of the online nursing schools structure themselves like traditional schools, giving the students set start dates and a deadline for their work to be completed by. Conversely online courses leave you without an academic advisor, leaving you solely responsible for planning your curriculum. Now you will need more than just a checkbook and a desire to become a nurse to enroll in an online program as there are some entry requirements for certain degree program. Be sure to be aware of your previous academic achievements as well as the requirements for the degree you are interested in to see if there are any gaps. If there are no holes that need to be filled, online nursing programs can be a great venue for you to reach your goals.

Alabama Nursing Schools Students Nervous about Snowy Road Conditions

January 14th, 2011

As icy road conditions persist in the Tennessee Valley area of Alabama, many schools have remained closed to keep students off the dangerous roads. However, some nursing students have reported feeling pressure by their instructor to make it to an orientation class or else miss out on future mandatory nursing clinicals, according to WHNT News 19.

The University of Alabama at Huntsville opened for classes Wednesday, even as other schools remained closed through Thursday, the article indicated. Nursing students who lived in rural areas e-mailed their local news station to complain that they felt pressured to come to a nursing clinical orientation Wednesday morning. They said they were scared to drive in the dangerous conditions but equally scared of missing the orientation, lest they be blocked from attending future clinicals that they must complete in order to become nurses.

The major issue was due to authorities closing off certain roads that students in rural areas must use to get to class. One student even wrote to her professor, who glibly emailed back that she could not proceed with her clinical training until she had attended orientation, and that she may be able to do the orientation at another school, the article explained.

The response made the nursing student feel like she had gotten the cold shoulder and that no one cared if she was risking life and limb to make it to class, the article indicated. A call to the college by the news station clarified the situation, however. Nursing students who couldn't make it to the clinical orientation would receive alternative arrangements, according to the dean of nursing at UA Huntsville in the article. The dean emphasized that no nursing student would be excluded from clinical training because dangerous road or weather conditions prevented her or him from making it to orientation on a specific day, the article revealed.

The story shines a light on the pressures that many nursing students face when trying to keep up with what can be a rigorous course load when events happen that are out of their control. This isn't limited only to snowstorms and dangerous road conditions. Nursing students also must balance work and family responsibilities while attending school, and even a small setback can put them behind in their nursing coursework and clinical training.

rientation on a specific day, the article revealed.

100 Delectable Recipes for Your Gluten-Free Kid

January 12th, 2011

Finding recipes that your picky kids will eat is hard enough, but when you add in the requirement that those meals be gluten-free as well, things can get a bit tricky. Luckily, there are loads of other parents, chefs and gluten-free eaters out there who paved the way towards good eating and willingly share their knowledge with others. Here are 100 great recipes created by these gluten-free gurus that are sure to please your little one, at home or at school, while making sure he or she stays happy and healthy at the same time.

Breakfast

These recipes will help you start off the day right – without any gluten.

  1. Breakfast Muffins: Using quinoa flour instead of wheat helps make these healthy muffins tasty and gluten-free.
  2. Pancakes: You don't have to give up yummy pancakes to avoid gluten, as this recipe shows. Add some fruit for a delicious morning meal.
  3. Green Eggs and Ham Quiche: Kids will love this literature-inspired dish for breakfast.
  4. Gluten-Free Granola: When you're in a hurry, this gluten-free snack makes an excellent way to stay healthy.
  5. Overnight Belgian Waffles: Make these waffles ahead of time for a quick, satisfying meal – even when you've got a crazy morning ahead.
  6. Gluten-Free Biscuits: Add some gravy, eggs or jelly and you've got a perfect morning meal in these biscuits.
  7. Bagels: You can make bagels at home and they can be gluten-free! Just try this recipe and see for yourself.
  8. Scrambled Tofu: Eat healthy with this great recipe for eggs and tofu.
  9. Easy Morning Potato Pancakes: Serve up some latkes your kids will love by following this recipe.
  10. Poached Eggs on Toast: This simple, classic comfort food goes gluten-free in this recipe.
  11. Hash Brown Casserole: If you're craving some potatoes for breakfast, whip up this great gluten-free meal.

Lunch

Pack or make these delicious lunches for your kids. They're sure to please and healthy to boot!

  1. Thai Chicken Wraps: These wraps are healthy, low-cal and, best of all, gluten-free.
  2. Cilantro Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: What kid doesn't love a good grilled cheese? With this recipe you'll get a great take on a classic without all the gluten.
  3. Gluten-Free Spaghetti-Os: You may not be able to eat the store bought variety, but you can make your own version of this meal that kids will love.
  4. Nori Wraps: If your kids like sushi, these delightful wraps can be the perfect addition to any lunchbox.
  5. Teriyaki Chicken Salad: This chicken salad is simple and can be made with leftovers from the night before.
  6. Whole Grain Wraps: Follow this recipe for a gluten-free wrap and stuff it with whatever meats, cheeses and veggies your kids like.
  7. Gluten-Free Nachos: Add some veggies to turn these yummy nachos into a healthier meal.
  8. Avocado and Bean Pasta Salad: This simple pasta salad is sure to please.
  9. Baked Sweet Potato and Bacon: Give your kids some extra nutrition by replacing that potato with a sweet potato.
  10. Tomato Soup: Serve this soup with the gluten-free grilled cheese above and your kid will be a happy camper.

Main Courses

Looking for something to make for dinner? These recipes have got you covered.

  1. Easy and Fast Carbonara: This carbonara recipe will help you whip up dinner in a jiffy.
  2. Quick Roast Chicken with Lemon and Spices: Try out this roast chicken for a healthy, hearty meal on a busy weeknight.
  3. Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas: Even picky eaters won't turn up their noses at this adaptation of a Mexican classic.
  4. Vegetable Sushi: Have some fun with sushi and wrap up delicious veggies for dinner.
  5. BBQ Pulled Chicken: Easy to make and delicious, this recipe is perfect for the gluten-free home.
  6. Pork Ramen: Ramen doesn't have to be boring. Jazz and health it up using this recipe.
  7. Red Beans and Rice: This classic can be adapted to a gluten-free diet with these handy instructions.
  8. Chicken Fajita Quesadillas: Try out this quesadilla recipe for a great dinner in minutes.
  9. Crab and Corn Chowder: Kids will love this salty and sweet chowder for dinner or lunch.
  10. Baked Brown Rice Risotto: This risotto is amazingly healthy and will surely to please your entire family.
  11. Spring Pasta: Spice up some gluten-free pasta with veggies using this recipe.

Sides

These sides don't contain gluten, but do have loads of great taste even kids won't be able to resist.

  1. Carrot French Fries: Who says French fries have to be potatoes? This carrot version is a great healthy adaptation.
  2. Cauliflower Rice: Gluten-free kids of all ages will enjoy this healthy side dish.
  3. Thanksgiving Stuffing: You don't just have to save this stuffing recipe for special occasions! Bring it out any time you have a roasted meat.
  4. Gluten-Free Baked Beans: This summery side becomes gluten-free when you try out this recipe.
  5. Roasted Vegetables: You can't go wrong with some simple roasted veggies like those found in this recipe. If you've got picky eaters, substitute their favorites.
  6. Grilled Chili Relleno: This stuffed chili is a tasty treat anytime you can get to a grill.
  7. Spanish Rice: Serve this side alongside any classic Latin American dish.
  8. Green Bean Casserole: Because this holiday favorite very often contains canned soups, it's hard to find a gluten-free recipe. Yet if you don't want to miss out on this retro dish, use this recipe instead.
  9. Roasted Potato Wedges: Using a variety of different potatoes, this recipe makes roasted potatoes fun for little eaters.
  10. Peanut Coleslaw: Using a peanut dressing, this dish spices up the traditional coleslaw recipe.
  11. Creamy Potato Gratin: These delicious potatoes go well with just about anything.

Snacks

These snacks are great gluten-free choices any time of the day.

  1. Vegan Herb Crackers: Top with cheese or eat alone for an excellent gluten-free snack.
  2. Power Bars: Why buy what you can make better and gluten-free at home?
  3. Tamari Roasted Almonds: Almonds are full of protein that can help keep your kids fueled up all day long.
  4. Pita Bread and Hummus: This recipe shows a simple way to make your own pitas and hummus.
  5. Deviled Eggs: You don't need to be on a picnic to enjoy this summery snack.
  6. Spicy Roasted Edamame: Edamame are incredibly healthy and low-cal, so try out this recipe to give them a little extra spice.
  7. Roasted Kale Chips: Even kids will appreciate the rich, nutty flavor of these kale chips.
  8. Caramel Corn: Try out this caramel corn recipe for a great treat to keep or give away as gifts.
  9. Chicken Salad Lettuce Wrap: These wraps are not only healthy and gluten-free, but pretty tasty to boot.
  10. Fried Polenta: Turn this Italian staple into something new by frying it.

Classics

Just because you have to cook gluten-free doesn't mean you have to give up on classic dinners. Try these gluten-free recipes to enjoy your old favorites.

  1. Italian Chicken Nuggets: Most kids love chicken nuggets, so capitalize on that with this healthy and gluten-free recipe.
  2. Chicken Potpie Bowl: A dinnertime classic, this adaptation makes the comforting dish perfect for even Celiac eaters.
  3. Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese: You won't miss anything when you make this take on mac and cheese.
  4. Gluten-Free Tacos: Skip the flour tortillas when you make this taco recipe for dinner.
  5. Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza: Pizza can be even more delicious and healthy when you follow this recipe.
  6. Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole: Go retro with this casserole classic at dinner.
  7. Lasagna: Full of good stuff, this dish is filling and is great for families with kids.
  8. Spaghetti and Meatballs: Simple, tasty and gluten-free, this recipe meets all the requirements for a perfect family meal.
  9. Gluten-Free Chili: You can adjust the spice level to your tastes in this great gluten-free recipe.
  10. Chicken Soup: Whether you're sick or just need a good soup to warm your family up, a bowl of classic chicken comfort is a great choice.

Desserts

If you or your child has a sweet tooth, these desserts are a great way to indulge it, gluten-free!

  1. Carob Brownies: This recipe uses carob as a substitute for cocoa, creating brownies that are still delicious, but a bit healthier.
  2. Gluten-Free Ice Cream: Ice cream is naturally gluten-free, so learn to enjoy this icy treat by making your own.
  3. Fig Cookies: The fig cookies you find in stores may contain gluten, but these alternatives don't and are just as yummy.
  4. Dark Chocolate Brownies: These amazingly decadent brownies are a great indulgence for families who eat gluten-free.
  5. Sugar Cookies: These cookies are perfect for icing and decorating on any holiday.
  6. Churros: Covered in cinnamon and sugar, these tubular donuts are a lot easier to make than you might think.
  7. Rice Krispie Treats: Here's a great gluten-free recipe that can help your kids eat this treat without all that pesky gluten.
  8. Chocolate Pudding Cups: This recipe creates a yummy pudding that's free from corn, dairy, gluten and soy.
  9. 36-Hour Chocolate Chip Cookies: These cookies might take you awhile to make, but it will be worth it.
  10. Lemon Cheesecake Bars: While they're not healthy, these gluten-free dessert bars sure are tasty.
  11. Carrot Cake: Throw a few veggies into your dessert by using this great recipe for gluten-free carrot cake.

Baking

You might not think there's much baking you can do that doesn't involve gluten in some form or another, but you'd be wrong. These recipes prove that baking can be just as fun, even without the gluten.

  1. Banana Bread: As breads go, banana bread is pretty healthy, though not traditionally gluten-free. This recipe changes that by substituting a few key ingredients.
  2. Gluten-Free Bread: This basic bread will go great with any soup or to make sandwiches.
  3. Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes: Indulge your sweet tooth with this simple recipe.
  4. Soft Pretzels: Have these great treats on hand at all time by making and freezing this recipe.
  5. Sesame Crackers: Sesame seeds are packed with protein – and since these crackers contain no gluten, they're a great choice for a snack.
  6. Yellow Cake: Whether for a birthday or just a special treat, this gluten-free recipe will help you whip up a cake.
  7. Panettone: Have this Christmas dish anytime of the year when you use this recipe.
  8. Millet Oatmeal Bread: This bread is hearty and healthy and perfect for gluten-free families.
  9. Cornbread: Serve with chili or a soup for a well-rounded meal.
  10. Pumpkin Muffins: Make the most of pumpkin season with this mouth-watering recipe.
  11. Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread: Kids will love this sweet and delicious recipe.

Beverages

Round out your meal with one of these great drinks.

  1. Homemade Almond Milk: Why buy almond milk at the store when you can make your own fresh at home?
  2. Green Smoothie: Sneak some veggies into your kids' diets with this recipe.
  3. Homemade Hot Chocolate: Many store bought hot chocolates aren't gluten-free, so whip up your own at home.
  4. Agua Fresca: Kids will love this refreshing drink any time of the year.
  5. Apple-Lemon Slush: Help kids cool off in summer by making this recipe with fresh fruit juices.
  6. Chocolate Banana Strawberry Milkshake: Try out this gluten-free shake for a yummy dessert.
  7. Blueberry Smoothie: This smoothie is full of vitamins and antioxidants.
  8. Gluten Free Horchata: Your kids can still enjoy this classic Mexican drink with the help of a gluten-free recipe.
  9. Cucumber Lemonade: Use this recipe to create a slightly different take on the standard lemonade.
  10. Strawberry Smoothie: Berries are good for your kids, and when put in this smoothie, they'll be crying for more.

Miscellaneous

Sauces, gravies and more make this miscellaneous list of gluten-free treats.

  1. Almond Butter: Create this healthy and tasty almond butter to serve with fruit or put on a sandwich.
  2. Gluten-Free Gravy: Instead of wheat flour, this recipe will show you some helpful substitutions that will make this gravy gluten-free.
  3. Applesauce: Whip up a batch of applesauce as a great treat for your kids.
  4. Mango and Avocado Salsa: This salsa is yummy eaten on its own with chips or served over chicken or fish.
  5. Homemade Marshmallows: These marshmallows can be a fun and wintry treat for kids– especially when paired with homemade hot chocolate.