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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June 16th is Father’s Day

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Father’s Day 2019 is observed on Sunday, June 16th. Therefore, the members of staff at Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School would like take a moment to warmly wish all dads a very happy Father’s Day. Fathers are vitally important because, without them, the healthcare field and society would not be in existence today.

Since the Father’s Day holiday has been set aside to recognize and celebrate the significant role that fathers play in the lives of their children and society as a whole, we wholeheartedly encourage people to honor all fathers on this special day. Happy Father’s Day to all dads. After all, fathers have earned this day.

Call (682)626-5266 to enroll in nurse aide (CNA) training classes at Legacy Healthcare Careers. You can become a nursing assistant in two weeks in Texas. Jump-start your legacy today.

June 14th is National Wear Blue Day

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June 14th is National Wear Blue Day, and the month of June has been designated as Men’s Health Month. Throughout this month, the general public and members of the healthcare community can observe Men’s Health Month by displaying a warm show of support for men and the health issues that are most likely to affect their lives.

Men’s Health Month is the optimal time to encourage men and boys to seek routine checkups from healthcare providers. Obtaining checkups and physical exams from physicians and other healthcare providers can increase the likelihood of preventing health problems and/or catching health issues before they become life-threatening.

To become a part of the healthcare community, consider training to become a nursing assistant (CNA). Legacy Healthcare Careers offers quality two-week CNA training programs at an affordable cost. Call (682)626-5266 to schedule a tour, ask questions, or enroll in CNA training classes at Legacy Healthcare Careers in Texas.

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

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June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. In other words, the month of June is the perfect time of the year to show unwavering support for the millions of unfortunate sufferers globally who are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. The month of June is also a prime time to acknowledge caregivers for the diligent work they do behind the scenes for those struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

According to the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (2019), dementia is a general term that describes any disease process that causes changes in memory skills and/or thinking skills that is severe enough to impair an individual’s daily functioning. Some aspects of daily functioning that can be profoundly affected by dementia include routine tasks such as driving, grocery shopping, managing household finances, maintaining employment, communication, and so forth.

In addition, multiple types of dementia are in existence. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s dementia, better known as Alzheimer’s disease.  The part of the brain that contributes to the formation of new memories tends to be affected very early on in the Alzheimer’s dementia disease process, and this is one of the reasons why short-term memory loss is normally one of the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s (UCSF Memory and Aging Center, 2019).

Since June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, what can people do to show their support for the millions of persons who suffer with dementia, as well as their brave caregivers? There are a number of actions people can take during the month of June to show support and spread awareness regarding the truly devastating Alzheimer’s disease epidemic. Some ideas to display steadfast support for dementia sufferers and their devoted caregivers have been listed below.

  1. Wear purple to show support for the themes and purpose that revolve around Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Purple is the official color.
  2. Offer to volunteer at a memory care center or nursing home that specializes in dementia and memory care issues. These residents often enjoy volunteers.
  3. Utilize the hashtags #EndAlzheimers and #EndAlz on social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to spread awareness.
  4. Participate in a walk to end Alzheimer’s disease. These walks are organized and held in more than six hundred communities across the United States yearly.
  5. Discuss preventive and protective techniques. Measures such as regular exercise, healthy eating, low alcohol intake, ample rest, maintenance of good sleep/wake cycles, stress reduction, and social engagement are all excellent ways to potentially prevent Alzheimer’s disease and practice self care at the same time.
  6. Do not forget about the myriad of other health problems that have a detrimental impact on the brain. Illnesses that can negatively affect the brain, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, need to be treated if present (UCSF Memory and Aging Center, 2019).

REFERENCES

UCSF Memory and Aging Center. (2019). Dementia & the Brain. Retrieved June 9, 2019, from https://memory.ucsf.edu/dementia-brain

Do you want an invigorating career as a paid, professional caregiver? Think about becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Legacy Healthcare Careers offers two-week CNA training programs at their Mid Cities area school. Job placement assistance is available, so call (682)626-5266 to enroll.

Choosing a Healthcare Career

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Let’s face it: the choices we make tend to play an integral role in our day to day lives. Also, no one can deny that some choices definitely carry more long-term significance than others. For instance, the choice to have turkey bacon and lightly scrambled eggs for breakfast has less long-term fallout than the decision to obtain higher learning or job training. In other words, some of the choices we make can have a profound impact on our outcomes in life.

An individual should always proceed with caution when making decisions. In addition, important lessons can be gleaned from each choice that an individual has made. One choice that many people make is the option to train or retrain for a new career. Many questions arise that revolve around this monumental decision. Why do I want a new career? Which career path do I choose? Which school do I attend? How much will this cost? How will this decision affect the people around me?

Career training might not be a matter that requires decision-making on a daily basis for most people. Nonetheless, multiple aspects exist that contribute to the choices we make with regards to our jobs and/or careers. The choice to enter a certain field or industry can lead to either a lifetime of rewards or many years of major headaches. Since most people spend approximately one-third of their lives on the job, it is crucial to work in a field that is enjoyable and stable.

In general, the majority of individuals cannot go wrong by choosing to pursue a career in the healthcare industry. Jobs in the healthcare field are plentiful and offer perks such as steady pay, career mobility, educational progression, and opportunities to advance. For example, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) can return to school to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), or physician (MD). Thus, the choice to enter the healthcare field to become a CNA is extremely wise.

By examining the variety of healthcare career choices that can be made and paying close attention to the benefits and drawbacks associated with each, the major task of making a final decision on medical field job training can become a much more informed process. The potential lessons a person can learn by making deliberate career training choices often plays an enormous part in how future encounters will be managed in relation to the employment marketplace. Choose wisely!

To obtain a healthcare career as a nursing assistant in just two short weeks in the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex, call Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School at (682)626-5266.

Day & Evening Nursing Assistant (CNA) Classes in the Mid-Cities Area

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Legacy Healthcare Careers is a small family-owned vocational school that has multiple affordable 2-week nursing assistant (CNA) training classes at a conveniently located campus between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. The next 2-week CNA training classes begin on Monday July 8th with a scheduled graduation day of July 22nd. In addition, more CNA training classes will start on Monday July 29th.

It does not end there. More CNA training classes will start in August 2019. Place a call to either (682)626-5266 or (682)313-6404 to ask about registering for CNA classes near Dallas and Fort Worth using the school’s hassle-free enrollment process. Minor criminal records are acceptable and applicants do not need a high school diploma or GED to enroll for CNA classes. 16 years old is the minimum age to enroll.

Visit the school’s website http://www.LegacyHealthcareCareers.com to submit an online application to get the enrollment process started or, if you prefer, feel free to call the school’s 24-hour line at (682)313-6404. Legacy Healthcare Careers’ very friendly instructors are standing by to answer questions and address concerns about the nurse aide training course offerings at the school.

What does Legacy Healthcare Careers have to offer current and potential students? The school has convenient day and evening classes, as well as the ability to allow students to graduate in just two weeks. The all-inclusive tuition includes textbooks, a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, transfer belt, skills video access, clinical externship, and so much more. Job placement assistance and other services are made available to all graduates.

Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School is located at 7100 Boulevard 26, Suite 205, Richland Hills TX 76180. The 24-hour hotline is (682)313-6404 and the school’s office line is (682)626-5266. Jump-start your legacy today to ensure a fulfilling healthcare career tomorrow.

CNA Class Open Enrollment Event Thursday June 6 From 2:00 to 5:00pm

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An Open Enrollment event for two-week CNA classes will take place on Thursday June 6, 2019 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Legacy Healthcare Careers. The school’s address is 7100 Boulevard 26, Suite 205, Richland Hills TX 76180. Please call Ms. Kee at (682)626-5266 to RSVP and confirm you will be attending.

The next CNA classes will start on Tuesday June 11th with a graduation date of June 25th. Also, another round of CNA classes will start on Monday July 8th with a graduation date of July 22nd. Legacy Healthcare Careers offers both daytime and evening classes to fit into the busy schedules and lifestyles of potential students. In addition, job placement assistance and aftercare services are offered to all graduates.

In order to enroll, potential students will need to bring a picture ID, social security card and a $200 down payment to reserve a seat in one of the upcoming CNA training programs. Call (682)626-5266 or (682)313-6404 for any questions regarding our CNA classes in the Dallas /Fort Worth metro area.

Texas CNA Skills (Part Eighteen): Skills That Are Not Performed on Other Live People at the CNA State Test

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Candidates and test takers who have completed a nurse aide training program must attain a passing score on the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program exam, more commonly known as the CNA state test, in order to receive state certification as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in Texas. The CNA state test consists of two parts: a written section with 70 multiple choice questions as well as a skills evaluation.

Both the written section and skills evaluation of the CNA state test must be passed in order to receive state certification. The skills evaluation requires the test taker to demonstrate five testable skills in the presence of a nurse aide evaluator (NAE) who is scoring them as he or she observes the performance of each skill. There are exactly 22 testable skills that could appear on the CNA state test in Texas, and five of them will be selected at random for the test taker to perform.

Out of the 22 testable skills, 15 of them are to be performed on a live person at the CNA state test. In other words, the vast majority of skills will be performed on a random student with whom the test taker will be partnered at the Pearson Vue testing center. This is a reciprocal process because the two partners will be performing their five skills on each other as the NAE observes the skills demonstrations for scoring purposes.

Only seven of the 22 hands-on skills are not performed on a live person at the Pearson Vue testing center during the skills evaluation portion of the CNA state test. The first skill is hand hygiene (a.k.a. hand-washing); of course, test takers will demonstrate how to wash their own hands in front of the NAE. Thus, hand hygiene is not done on another live person. Keep in mind that all test takers will be required to complete the hand hygiene skill due to the emphasis on infection prevention.

Moreover, the personal protective equipment (PPE) skill, which requires the test taker to don and doff a gown and a pair of gloves properly, is not performed on another live person. The test taker will be dressing oneself in the PPE items before demonstrating how to appropriately remove and dispose of them. Another skill that will not be performed on a live person at the CNA state test is denture care. Rather, the test taker will demonstrate how to correctly provide care for an upper or lower denture.

Measurement and recording of urinary output is yet another skill that the test taker will never perform on a live person at the testing center. The test taker will be called upon to accurately measure the amount of simulated urine in front of the NAE before recording the numeric result. Measuring and recording urinary output is considered one of the five measurement skills that requires correct documentation at the Pearson Vue testing center in order to achieve a passing score.

Due to concerns that revolve around privacy, safety and infection control, the skills of catheter care, perineal care and applying an elastic stocking to one leg will always be performed on a mannequin at the CNA state test. In essence, these three skills are not done on a live person at the Pearson Vue testing center. This bit of knowledge often relieves test takers since they would feel uncomfortable if a random student wiped their most private areas in front of a NAE during a perineal care skill demonstration.

Do you want to become a nursing assistant in two weeks in the DFW area? Call Legacy Healthcare Careers at (682)626-5266 where you will be trained to pass the Texas CNA state examination on your first attempt.

Texas CNA Skills (Part Seventeen): Do Not Forfeit Your CNA State Examination Fees!

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Graduates of certified nursing assistant (CNA) training programs most likely put forth a whole lot of effort in a diligent manner to complete their coursework and practice their skills to perfection. The next logical step is passing the CNA state exam. Achieving a passing score on the CNA state exam is like icing on a cake because it is a rewarding culmination of the student’s perseverance and efforts throughout the previous weeks or months.

Nevertheless, there are a number of ways students can mess up on their efforts to take the CNA state test before they ever even get the opportunity to set foot in the the Pearson Vue testing center. In other words, some students make one or more silly mistakes that result in forfeiture of their testing appointments in addition to loss of the exam monies they paid.

The following is a list of actions that could potentially cause students to not be admitted into the Pearson Vue testing center and lead to forfeiture of CNA state exam fees.

  1. Test takers will need to arrive at the Pearson Vue testing center approximately 30 minutes prior to their scheduled test appointment times. A failure to arrive at the testing center on time will result in forfeiture of the CNA state exam appointment as well as any testing fees that had been previously paid.
  2. Test takers who want to change or cancel their testing appointment times will need to provide proper notice to Pearson Vue. Test takers who opt to change or cancel their state test appointment times without providing sufficient advance notice will forfeit the exam fee.
  3. Test takers will need to present two forms of unexpired identification in order to be admitted into the Pearson Vue testing center. For instance, a valid drivers license and a social security card would be acceptable forms of identification. Test takers who do not present two forms of unexpired identification will forfeit their testing appointments and lose the exam fees they previously paid.

2-Week Evening & Night CNA Classes in the DFW Area

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Many adult learners want to either continue their educations and/or retrain for a new career pathway. Therefore, night classes can serve as a very convenient way to pursue all those educational goals that may have been deferred or tossed aside long ago. In essence, evening and night classes allow busy adults to finish the same educational pursuits that they had always wanted to achieve before their lives became somewhat hectic.

Legacy Healthcare Careers offers several affordable 2-week nursing assistant (CNA) night classes in the DFW area between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. The next 2-week CNA evening class starts on Monday July 8th with a projected graduation date of July 22nd, while another 2-week night CNA class begins later in the month of July. Call (682)626-5266 to enroll in night CNA classes near Dallas and Fort Worth.

Life tends to become busy in ways that can distract people from their long term goals, and if a person is attempting to manage a full schedule, night CNA classes can be really convenient. In an intensely competitive local employment market, the more training an individual has, the merrier his or her job prospects. Job training gives people a competitive advantage. Evening and night classes allow us to continue day routines while fulfilling job training goals during late night hours.

In addition to the extreme convenience, going to night CNA classes can come with a myriad of other positive aspects. Adults with full time jobs who might be unable to get ample time off during the daylight hours to go to classes on a more traditional schedule will need night classes to allow them to retrain for new careers and improve their overall value in the job market. Working while going to school can help offset the cost of classes while still leaving ample time to be with family and friends.

Call (682)626-5266 to either schedule a tour of Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School and/or ask about enrolling in one of their evening/night CNA classes with a convenient Mid Cities location directly between the DFW cities of Dallas and Fort Worth.