March is Autoimmune Awareness Month

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The month of March is National Professional Social Work Month. In addition, March is National Nutrition Month. Since the professions of social work and nutrition are tightly interrelated with connections to the healthcare sector in a number of differing ways, a couple of previous posts had been devoted to these aforementioned month-long observations. Click here and right here to read these posts.

Well, March is also Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month. The whole purpose of Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month is to bring crucial awareness to the painful plights of the nearly 50 million individuals in America who are currently afflicted with autoimmune diseases. Many common illnesses such as type I diabetes, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease are autoimmune in origin.

An autoimmune disease is one in which a person’s bodily immune response begins to destroy perfectly healthy tissues and organ systems, leading to illness. Eustice (2018) asserts that an autoimmune disease is related to a malfunction of a person’s immune system, which results in the body attacking its own tissues. When the immune system malfunctions, the body sees its own tissues as foreign and attacks those tissues.

In addition, more than 100 autoimmune disease processes exist, and approximately 75 percent of afflicted persons are females. Some other common autoimmune diseases include Graves disease, psoriasis, vitiligo, inflammatory bowel disease, hemolytic anemia, systemic lupus erythematosus, juvenile arthritis, vasculitis, Hashimoto’s disease, mixed connective tissue disease and autoimmune hepatitis.

Certain factors seem to place an individual at a greatly increased risk of developing an autoimmune disease process. Females of childbearing age, persons who belong to particular racial-ethnic backgrounds, people who have been exposed to certain triggers or environmental exposures, and individuals with a family history of autoimmune disease are at higher risk of developing an autoimmune response (Eustice, 2018).

According to Whitehill (2017), Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month provides the public with the optimal opportunity to continue to raise awareness of scleroderma, Raynaud’s disease and the multitude of other autoimmune-related health problems. In order for a widespread public health problem such as autoimmune disease to be solved, it must first be acknowledged and brought into peoples’ awareness on a large scale.

If autoimmune conditions receive more attention from the American public as well as deeply moneyed stakeholders such as large research universities and major hospital systems, financial investments in well-designed autoimmune disease research trials will most likely rise. The body’s autoimmune response definitely needs further investigation in order to find a cure and perhaps alleviate the suffering of millions of affected people.

More monetary investment in clinical and medical research is surely needed to enhance the day to day realities for those unfortunate individuals who are caught up in the midst of the autoimmune disease journey, as well as swifter access to innovative treatments (Whitehill, 2017). A blend of innovation, money, critical thinking, initiative, research trials and intense curiosity will be needed to fight the issue of autoimmune disease.

REFERENCES

Eustice, C. (2018, December 24). Autoimmune Disease Types and Treatment. Verywell Health. Retrieved March 10, 2019, from https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-is-an-autoimmune-disease-189661

Whitehill, N. (2017, March 7). Raising Awareness and Knowledge of Autoimmune Diseases for March. Scleroderma News. Retrieved March 10, 2019, from https://sclerodermanews.com/2017/03/07/raising-awareness-knowledge-of-autoimmune-diseases-for-march/

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Brain Awareness Week: March 11 Through March 17, 2019

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This year (2019), Brain Awareness Week is to be observed for the entire week that begins on March 11th and ends on March 17th. For those that might not have been previously aware, Brain Awareness Week is a worldwide celebration of the brain. Since the brain has such a profound impact on peoples’ physical, mental, social and emotional health, Brain Awareness Week deserves to be the sole subject of an informational post.

Brain Awareness Week is a week-long celebration of the brain that was established back in 1996. Every single year, during one whole week in the month of March, Brain Awareness Week brings together the diligent work of organizations, research firms, partners and interested stakeholders on a global scale to celebrate the marvelous organ otherwise known as the brain.

In other words, Brain Awareness Week is a worldwide campaign with the intent of boosting peoples’ awareness regarding the uniqueness and importance of the brain, as well as getting the public to see the merits and beneficial aspects of clinical research involving the brain. This week is loaded with multiple opportunities to discuss the progress that revolves around brain research.

Numerous diseases affect the human brain in ways that are devastating to individuals, families, and entire populations. Brain Awareness Week provides opportunities to let people know about the progress that is being done to diagnose, treat and prevent brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, strokes, schizophrenia and depression (Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, 2019).

Brain Awareness Week is celebrated with a myriad of activities and events. According to National Day Calendar (2019), activities are limited only by the organizers’ imaginations and include open days at neuroscience labs; exhibitions about the brain; lectures on topics that pertain to the brain; social media posting campaigns; displays at libraries and community centers; classroom workshops; and so much more.

To observe Brain Awareness Week, individuals can take a look at the the BAW calendar of events to find activities that will be taking place in the region where they live. People can also post on social media outlets using the hashtags #BrainAwarenessWeek and #BrainWeek. Also, the neuroscience departments at many colleges and universities will be organizing exhibits and educational activities that are often open to the public.

REFERENCES

Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. (2019). Brain Awareness Week. Retrieved March 13, 2019 from https://www.fens.org/Outreach/FENS-Brain-Awareness-Week/

National Day Calendar. (2019). Brain Awareness Week. Retrieved March 13, 2019 from https://nationaldaycalendar.com/brain-awareness-week-changes-annually/

 

 

Friendly Reminder: CNA School Open Enrollment Event Today, 3/13/2019 2:00 to 5:00pm (English & Spanish CNA Classes)

March Open Enrollment

This is just a friendly reminder regarding the Open House /Open Enrollment event that has been scheduled to take place today at Legacy Healthcare Careers, a small vocational school with a campus location in the Mid Cities area directly between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. This informal Open House /Meet & Greet event is scheduled to occur this afternoon, March 13, 2019 between the hours of 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

The school is located at 7100 Boulevard 26, Suite 205, Richland Hills, Texas 76180, near the intersection of Highway 26 and Glenview Drive. The school’s office is located on the second floor and it is accessible by either an elevator or two staircases. Also, parking is free. It would be greatly appreciated to call either (682)313-6404 or (682)626-5266 to RSVP to confirm your attendance prior to the event. Walk-in attendees will also be welcomed.

Light refreshments, snacks and beverages will be available to attendees on a first come /first serve basis. In addition, an informal meet & greet session with the nursing assistant training program instructors will take place to ensure that potential students’ questions are satisfactorily answered. Two certified nursing assistant (CNA) training classes, one in English and the other in Spanish, will start on Monday March 18, 2019.

Both of these are two-week CNA training programs that begin on March 18th and end on April 1st. The classroom schedules have been designed specifically to accommodate adult students who work full time and have other obligations. The schedules have also been carefully crafted to ensure students graduate quickly while learning as much as possible to ensure solid preparation for the local DFW healthcare employment market.

Since this is an Open Enrollment event, prospective students should arrive prepared by bringing a picture ID, social security card, and a $200 down payment to reserve a seat in one of the upcoming March 18th CNA training programs. Proof of prior education such as a high school diploma, GED, college degree, high school or college transcripts, report card or evidence of attainment of an 8th (eighth) grade education is also required.

Legacy Healthcare Careers provides an array of support services to current students and graduates such as job placement assistance, resume and cover letter preparation, hands-on procedural skills practice and so much more. Legacy Healthcare Careers is a small school with approval to operate from the Texas Workforce Commission and the state Department of Aging and Disability.

All of the healthcare training programs offered by Legacy Healthcare Careers are very affordable as well as fast track.

 

Open House + Open Enrollment Event for English & Spanish CNA Training Programs: Wednesday March 13, 2019 2:00 to 5:00 pm

March Open House

Legacy Healthcare Careers, a small vocational career training school with a campus near Fort Worth, Texas is conducting an Open House Meet & Greet and CNA School Open Enrollment Event to take place on Wednesday March 13, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The address is 7100 Boulevard 26, Suite 205, Richland Hills TX 76180. Place a telephone call to either (682)313-6404 or (682)626-5266 to RSVP and confirm your attendance.

Light refreshments and beverages will be served. In addition, the nurse aide training program instructors will be there to answer any and all questions prospective students may have. Two CNA training classes, one in English and one in Spanish, are scheduled to begin on Monday March 18, 2019. Both of these are two-week nurse aide training classes. Class schedules are designed to accommodate adult learners who work full time.

In addition to an Open House, this is an Open Enrollment event. The minimum age to enroll is 18, or 16 years of age with parental consent. To enroll, potential students need to bring a picture identification such as a drivers license, passport, school ID or state issued identification card, as well as a social security card along with a diploma, GED, high school transcript, college transcript or proof of completing the 8th (eighth) grade.

To enroll, prospective students will also need to bring a $200 down payment to reserve their seat in the next two-week nurse aide training class that is scheduled to start on March 18. Accepted forms of payment include cash, credit cards, debit cards, money orders, and cashiers checks. In addition, Legacy Healthcare Careers offers the most flexible payment plans possible with as little as a $200 down payment to start.

All of the healthcare training programs offered at Legacy Healthcare Careers are fully approved to operate by the Texas Workforce Commission as well as the state Department of Aging and Disability. The school’s graduates are sent into the local employment market with solid vocational preparation and a multitude of hands-on skills that allow them to function in their new healthcare career pathways as trained nursing assistants.

So, why should adult learners choose Legacy Healthcare Careers over the other career training schools in the area? Well, we offer small class sizes in an intimate setting to facilitate learning. We offer real job placement assistance before you even graduate. We offer ongoing support after you graduate by way of resume preparation services, skills practice, career coaching and general advice. Also, our instructors care about you.

Are there any other compelling reasons to select Legacy Healthcare Careers over the other local CNA training schools in the Dallas /Fort Worth metro area? The school’s location in the Mid Cities area is convenient to those who live in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Irving and surrounding suburbs. Tuition is affordable. Three different partial tuition scholarships are issued every month. Students learn in a judgment-free zone.

In addition, all students enrolled in the nurse aide training program receive 40 hours of a hands-on clinical externship practicum at a local healthcare center where they get the opportunity to continually practice basic nursing care and perform procedural skills on real patients, residents and clients. Place that call to (682)626-5266 to jump-start your legacy at Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School. We hope to see you in class soon.

 

Nurse Aide Training / CNA Classes in Spanish in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area

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Almost any person who lives in the Dallas /Fort Worth Metro area of Texas would be able to conclude that it is an immensely diverse region filled with many people from a variety of different racial-ethnic backgrounds, cultures and countries. The diversity, combined with the extremely large metropolitan population of 7 million people, also means that this region has many job opportunities in the medical field.

In addition, there is a continual inward migration of residents who are new to the area that come from different cities, states and countries. Many of these people want to work in the booming healthcare industry. Therefore, receiving occupational training as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) can open the doors to employment opportunities, steady pay, and a career that allows one to make a difference in the lives of others.

Also, working as a CNA can open up an abundance of job opportunities for individuals who speak Spanish as their first language. Fortunately, Legacy Healthcare Careers offers CNA classes in Spanish for people who want quality, fast nurse aide career training in the Dallas /Fort Worth area. The next Spanish language CNA class begins on March 18, 2019. Call (682)626-5266 for more information.

As long as the student is motivated and puts forth an appropriate amount of effort, a new healthcare career as a CNA is within one’s reach regardless of the native language spoken. Legacy Healthcare Careers is a small vocational school in the Mid Cities area that utilizes a small classroom setting, caring instructors, lectures, videos, discussions and a judgment-free environment to encourage learning.

Place a telephone call to (682)626-5266 to enroll in Spanish language CNA lessons in the Fort Worth area at Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School. It does not matter where a student originally comes from. As long as he or she is eager to learn all that it takes to become a nursing assistant, a new career in the healthcare field as a CNA can surely become a reality.

 

 

Healthcare Career Spotlight: the Nursing Facility Social Worker

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Firstly, social workers are educated professionals who assist people to meet unmet needs, address problems, and deal with various issues in their lives. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018), social workers work in a myriad of workplaces such as clinics, schools, social service agencies, hospitals, group homes, homeless shelters, settlement houses, community organizations, and private practices.

The main purpose of this posting is to bring light to the multifaceted role of the nursing facility social worker. The point of having a social worker in the nursing home setting is to ensure that the ongoing needs of the facility’s multiple residents are being met in a timely manner. In essence, nursing facility social workers contribute to residents’ socio-emotional well-being by working closely with them and their family members.

All nursing homes are required to have a comprehensive social service program to assure that each resident’s social and emotional needs get fulfilled. It is the social worker’s responsibility to assist in the oversight, operation, and staffing of the social services department at the nursing facility. In fact, some larger nursing homes utilize at least two social workers to manage all of the residents on their caseloads.

Social workers in nursing homes are responsible for doing admission assessments on newly admitted residents to determine their needs and make the transition to facility living easier. As soon as newly admitted nursing home residents adjust to life in the facility, the social worker involves them in the care planning process and participates in the plan of care for each resident as a member of the multidisciplinary team.

Nursing facility social workers might also complete tasks such as pre-admission screenings, provision of information on advance directives, do not resuscitate (DNR) forms, social histories, questionnaires, reviews of residents’ rights, appointment scheduling with external healthcare providers, quarterly assessments, progress notes, assistance with monetary matters, and referrals to outside professionals.

In addition to the admissions process, social workers are absolutely integral to residents’ discharge planning in nursing homes. In this sense, the discharge process may simply entail a transfer from one department (e.g., the skilled sub-acute rehabilitation wing of the nursing home) to another area, such as the long term care section of the same facility.

In the majority of other instances, a resident’s discharge involves a transfer to home, the hospital, a homeless shelter or another facility. In these types of discharges, the social worker would carefully assess the needs of the discharging resident and make arrangements to ensure that (s)he or the family is able to obtain certain goods and services that are needed once the discharge takes place.

Once the actual discharge is happening, the nursing facility social worker would assist the resident to acquire goods such as shower chairs, glucose meters, and other types of durable medical equipment (DME). The social worker would also set up important services, such as home health care, pharmacy delivery, outpatient physical therapy, community resources, and/or transportation. Social workers function as advocates.

In general, most nursing facility social workers work a full time schedule that consists of daylight hours. Furthermore, they must occasionally work evenings, weekends and holidays to catch up on their workloads. The vast majority of nursing home social workers work at a desk and have an office, although they must often visit residents and meet with families during care plan meetings.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018) asserts that the employment of healthcare social workers is projected to increase by approximately 20 percent through the year 2026, which is notably faster than the average for all occupations. Nursing home social workers remain in steady demand because of the assistance they provide to aging residents and their families while they adapt to the institutional facility lifestyle.

REFERENCES

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. (2018). Social Workers. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm#tab-1

Scholastic Spotlight: a Description of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) for CNAs

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Activities of daily living, most commonly represented by the acronym ‘ADLs,’ consist of the everyday actions that revolve around the provision of the most fundamental self-care activities for one’s own body. The main ADLs include seemingly simple tasks such as bathing, eating, dressing, mobility, toileting (continence), grooming (personal hygiene), and transferring (ambulation).

Even though the aforementioned ADLs seem fairly simple for a healthy person to carry out, they can pose a number of uphill battles for many clients and residents in medical settings. Workplaces such as hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, personal care group homes, and clients’ private residences are full of patients who cannot do their own ADLS due to weakness, immobility, cognitive impairment and/or long term illness.

For example, a male patient whose entire left side of the body is very weak due to an old stroke might have extreme difficulty getting himself dressed. This same patient may really struggle to transfer himself from the bed to the wheelchair. There’s a good chance he probably has issues with mobility. He might also need assistance with other activities like eating, showers, personal hygiene, and going to the restroom.

Furthermore, a client’s general ability to complete ADLs is affected by a number of differing factors. These can include cognition, motor skills, physical abilities, and overall functional status. A person’s functional status is defined as one’s ability to accomplish tasks that are imperative for living. Factors such as confusion, dementia, debility, weakness, deconditioning and prolonged immobility affect ADL performance.

Functional status is a very important concept in healthcare because it is one of those defining things that dictates whether or not an elder will require daily caregiving and assistance with ADLs. For elders in the community, their level of functional status will determine whether or not they are placed in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Functional status is also a good predictor of morbidity (illness) and mortality (death).

Of course, anyone who is enrolled in a nurse aide training program has probably been taught that one of the CNA’s most crucial roles in the workplace is to help patients and residents complete ADLs. In fact, the CNA is entrusted with knowing how to help their patients perform ADLs in an efficient manner while maintaining an environment of safety, cleanliness and privacy regardless of the setting.

Tasks such as feeding, mouth care, incontinent care, combing hair, showering, bathing, abiding by timed toileting programs, and pushing a resident’s wheelchair are all things CNAs do to assist clients with ADLs. This is consistently true whether a CNA works in a nursing home, hospital, group home, assisted living facility, or a private duty nursing case at a client’s personal residence.

Here are some rules of thumb when delivering assistance with ADLs. CNAs should ask the client about his or her preferences when providing care, as well as allow them to do as much as they reasonably can for themselves. Also, CNAs should praise their clients when they are cooperating or doing things the right way. Finally, a calm attitude of caring and empathy goes a long way in forming bonds of trust with patients.

Do not forget to call Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School at (682)626-5266 to jump-start a fulfilling career in the healthcare sector as a nurse aide. The nurse aide classes offered by Legacy Healthcare Careers all include classroom instruction as well as hands-on training with real patients by way of clinical externships at local healthcare centers in the Dallas /Fort Worth metro area of Texas.

 

March 2019 CNA Program Scholarships

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The Health Occupations Scholarship Award, a partial tuition scholarship fund that is exclusively offered by Legacy Healthcare Careers, has enough monetary reserves to grant three financial awards to prospective nurse aide training program students in the Dallas /Fort Worth Metroplex region of Texas during the month of March 2019. However, prospective students must act with a sense of urgency if they are interested.

The three partial tuition scholarships are intended for potential pupils who wish to attend a certified nursing assistant (CNA) training program. The Health Occupations Scholarship Award is a way to greatly help out certain student populations by way of partially paying for some of the tuition, fees, supplies and expenses associated with attending a nurse aide training program.

First and foremost, the following requirements determine eligibility for receipt of a partial tuition scholarship award from Legacy Healthcare Careers. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older, or a minimum age of 16 with parental or legal guardian consent. In addition, all applicants should possess the desire to enter the allied healthcare field or medical field, or plan to climb the career ladder in a healthcare occupation.

Every single winner of the Health Occupations Scholarship Award is granted a partial tuition scholarship to assist them with paying for educational costs associated with tuition, textbooks, enrollment fees and other mandatory schooling supplies needed for the nurse aide training program. Furthermore, three of these scholarship awards are issued every month.

The Health Occupations Scholarship Award is being purposefully made available to prospective pupils who plan to enroll in either a nurse aide training program or another classification of medical career training course of study at Legacy Healthcare Careers School in Richland Hills, Texas. Applicants of the partial tuition scholarships are permitted to attend classes at Legacy Healthcare Careers full time or part time.

To apply for the Health Occupations Scholarship Award, visit Legacy Healthcare Careers’ website (www.LegacyHealthcareCareers.com) and continually scroll downward to locate the right icon to click in order to submit an application. Potential students may also just copy and paste or click on the weblink that appears below to instantaneously access the scholarship application form:

http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-4595340/scholarship-application

A career in healthcare is a glorious way to get a foot into the invigorating doors of the medical field. Legacy Healthcare Careers is a local school in a suburb in the Dallas /Fort Worth Metropolitan area of Texas that offers a number of affordable, quick, high quality CNA programs. Call us at (682)626-5266 or place a call to our 24-hour hotline at (682)313-6404 if more information is needed.