June 19th is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

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Were you aware that June 19th is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day? In fact, June 19th has been set aside as World Sickle Cell Awareness Day for more than a decade. Beginning in 2008, World Sickle Cell Awareness Day has been observed on a yearly basis in order to help boost the general public’s fund of knowledge and increase awareness of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).

In addition, the World Sickle Cell Awareness Day observance brings some much needed attention to the painful, time-consuming battles that the afflicted people and their loved ones go through on a regular basis. SCD affects millions of individuals globally, including both adults and children. In the United States, nearly 100,000 individuals are afflicted with SCD.

SCD, the most prevalent form of a genetically inherited blood disorder that causes the shape of red blood cells to be abnormally crescent-shaped like a sickle, is a potentially lethal disease process. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), SCD is one of the leading causes of early death among children under the age of five in multiple African countries.

Healthy people who are not affected by SCD have normal, round, dome-shaped red blood cells that possess enough flexibility to move swiftly across small blood vessels without causing blockages. The abnormal hemoglobin that characterizes SCD leads to sickle ‘C’-shaped red blood cells. Sickle-shaped cells are inflexible and often become stuck in small blood vessels, resulting in occluded blood flow, blood clots, chronic pain and infections.

The blood clots that form in the bodies of people with SCD can lead to horrendous pain in many areas such as the hands, feet and trunk. The occluded blood flow can also result in damage to the bones, muscles and organs (WHO, 2017). SCD sufferers frequently have fatigue, weakness, tiredness and pallor. They sometimes seem to have a pale or ashen appearance and the whites of their eyes and skin often have a yellowish undertone.

To observe World Sickle Cell Awareness Day, people can use the hashtags #ConquerSCD!, #WorldSCDawarenessDay and #WorldSCDay to spread awareness about the burdens of sickle cell disease on social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. People can also visit local a children’s hospital due to the reality they may encounter one or more chronically ill children who have been hospitalized because of SCD.

REFERENCES

World Health Organization. (2017). Sickle Cell Disease. Retrieved June 10, 2019, from https://www.afro.who.int/health-topics/sickle-cell-disease

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Reasons to Consider a Healthcare Career (Part Four)

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NOTE: This piece is the fourth in a six-part essay that seeks to cast some light on the top reasons to think about entering a healthcare career pathway. Click here to read the first essay. Click here to read the second part, and click right here to read part three. Click here for parts five and six.

A number of amazing reasons exist for integrating a healthcare career into one’s future career plans. The overwhelming majority of people cannot lose out by becoming a part of the healthcare industry, regardless of their current skill level or prior educational attainment. Inexperienced entry-level workers are very much welcomed in healthcare, and so are the highly experienced career changers.

Parts one, two, three, five and six and of this six-part essay arguably succeeded at shedding some light on good reasons to think about selecting a career in the healthcare sector. Guess what? There are some additional reasons for joining the ranks of the healthcare sector. Continue reading to find out more about these fantastic reasons to become a healthcare worker in the near future.

REASON 10: The healthcare sector has a refreshing array of variety.

It has been previously said that “variety is the spice of life.” Healthcare contains plenty of variety that keeps things interesting for those who work in this booming industry. The healthcare industry is home to a number of diverse and fulfilling career pathways. There are healthcare careers that involve direct hands-on patient care, managerial duties, scientific research, administration, consultative services, educational instruction, and innovation.

Healthcare workers can work in a multitude of workplace settings. Healthcare workers can be found working in healthcare environments such as acute care hospitals, skilled nursing home facilities, insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, jails, prisons, personal care group homes, colleges, the military, schools, and hospice. Healthcare workers also secure employment with the federal government, home health companies, clinics, physicians offices, elementary schools, and infusion centers.

REASON 11: Healthcare sector occupations have good opportunities for career progression.

Career progression, also known as career mobility, is a great process in which workers climb up the different rungs of the economic ladder in order to to earn higher pay and achieve more occupational prestige. For instance, a nursing assistant can go back to school to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN), licensed vocational nurse (LVN), registered nurse (RN) or advanced practice nurse (APN).

A certified pharmacy technician can go to pharmacy school to pursue a lucrative career as a pharmacist, and a physician’s assistant (PA-C) can attend medical school to become a licensed physician who works in any number of great medical specialties. There are many more examples of career progression in the healthcare field.

In addition, the healthcare field has always welcomed entrants who have clear-cut aspirations of advancing their careers. In general, nurse managers love it when a patient care assistant expresses the desire to return to college part-time to become a nurse. Nursing home administrators are often supportive of employees who opt to take additional coursework to become licensed nursing facility administrators.

REASON 12: Healthcare workers play key roles to help clients improve and get better.

Healthcare workers play an integral role in assisting clients to improve their outcomes. Essentially, most types of healthcare workers help clients improve and heal, whether it is through direct patient care or more indirect methods. It is important that patients who enter the healthcare system start feeling better and improving as soon as humanly possible, and healthcare workers use their skills to facilitate these improvements.

Patients progress more optimally when an interdisciplinary team of healthcare workers and providers contribute to their care because each worker brings a different type of expertise to the table. For example, physicians diagnose and treat disease processes while nurses plan the care of their patients. Pharmacists do a number of important things to enhance compliance to medication regimens. Nursing assistants provide direct hands-on care while communicating changes in the patients’ statuses.

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You can also visit the school’s website at www.LegacyHealthcareCareers.com to apply online and/or collect additional info on the affordable, high quality nurse aide training programs that are offered. Now is the perfect time to jump-start your legacy…

 

Nursing Career Ladder (Part Four): the Advanced Practice Nurse

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This post is the fourth and final one in this four-part installment series that has aimed to put a spotlight on the diverse nursing career ladder in the United States.

The first post in this particular series discussed certified nursing assistants, known as CNAs, and the second post elaborated on the unique importance of licensed practical nurses (LPNs), also known as licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) in the states of California and Texas. The third post highlighted the significance of registered nurses. This fourth post will shed light on advanced practice nurses.

An advanced practice nurse, or APN, is also known as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). The APN is a registered nurse (RN) with additional educational attainment, specialized training and a wide knowledge base that soars above and beyond the customary bedside RN role.

According to the American Nurses Association (2018), APNs include nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives. Additionally, all APNs possess a vital place in the future of the entire healthcare system in the United States. APNs routinely serve as patients’ primary care providers. They are placed at the forefront of the provision of preventative healthcare to the public as a whole.

APNs treat and diagnose disease processes, possess the authority to write prescriptions in most states, advise the general public on health issues, and manage chronic disease processes in strict accordance with high quality evidence-based practices. APNs also obtain continuing education to remain abreast of the continual, technical, methodological, and other emergent changes in the nursing profession.

All APNs have attained a minimum of a master of science degree in nursing with an advanced practice specialization. This educational attainment is in addition to the initial nursing education and licensing that is mandated for all RNs. A number of APNs hold doctoral degrees (PhD or DNP). The PhD degree is the doctor of philosophy in nursing science, and the DNP is a doctor of nursing practice degree.

Many APNs started their glorious careers as nursing assistants before ascending the healthcare career ladder through hard work, education, persistence and the pursuit of lifelong learning. Legacy Healthcare Careers is a Dallas/ Fort Worth CNA school in the Mid-Cities/HEB area of Texas that offers coursework to become a nursing assistant in four short weeks.

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