Scholastic Spotlight: the Importance of Classmates

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Classmates, also referred to as schoolmates, are defined as students who attend at least one of the same classes together at a particular school or educational institution. Classmates are important and can serve as amazingly valuable resources to a person’s future career pathway in the healthcare industry, albeit for a number of good reasons that might not be completely apparent at the first glance.

Why are classmates so valuable? Firstly, classmates can enlarge a person’s professional and personal network. Second, classmates are a great source of knowledge and wisdom. Third, classmates can make the time at school pleasurable. Fourth, classmates can be the ones to provide character references for jobs or college applications. Finally, classmates can help each other to learn the mountains of material being taught in school.

The majority of adult learners opt to go back to school or enroll in career training classes so they can acquire job skills that will make themselves more marketable and salable in the employment marketplace. In other words, people go back to school to increase the odds of getting better jobs for higher pay. Classmates can be a helpful part of a personal network since they may know of potential workplaces that have job openings.

Furthermore, classmates can bestow a lot of free knowledge and pearls of wisdom upon each other by way of sharing their life’s experiences, backgrounds, personal stories and work histories. For instance, the 48-year-old student with 25 years of home health care-giving experience can provide useful info to her classmates on the benefits and pitfalls of giving direct care to clients in a homelike residential workplace setting.

Also, friendly relationships with classmates can enhance the social experience at school. Aristotle said that human beings are social animals and therefore naturally seek the company of others as part of their well being (Cohen, 2010). Students often take pleasure in joining one another for coffee breaks, lunch time and class sessions. These friendly bonds may extend outside school and can last for many years after graduation day.

Do not forget about professional and personal references that a job seeker needs when applying to places of employment, educational programs and so on. Hiring managers and school program directors often request character references from people who can vouch for the applicant’s habits and goodness. When a former student keeps in touch with his classmates, they will be more likely to offer character references for him.

Finally, classmates can help each other learn the material that is being covered in school. Groups of students who attend the same class may form study groups to learn and retain the information. Also, classmates can share the techniques they use to study for quizzes, exams, hands-on skills and reading assignments. Some classmates exchange phone numbers and may call or text each other when they need help or clarification.

Classmates function in all sorts of useful ways. They boost the size of a student’s personal network and can help in the job hunt. They are full of free knowledge and pearls of wisdom, and can enhance the schooling experience. They may serve as much-needed character references and can help each other learn the material. Since classmates are so very useful, they are of the utmost importance during a student’s time in school.

REFERENCES

Cohen, E. (2010, September 21). You Are a Social Animal. Psychology Today. Retrieved March 24, 2019, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-would-aristotle-do/201009/you-are-social-animal

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Nursing Career Ladder in the United States (Part Two): the Licensed Practical Nurse, a.k.a. Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN / LVN)

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This post shall be the second in a four-part series that aims to shed some much-needed light on the illustrious nursing career ladder in the United States. Although the certified nursing assistant (CNA) remains the robust foundation of the nursing career ladder in the United States, the licensed practical nurse deserves a markedly special place on a rung of the very same ladder.

A licensed practical nurse, better known as an LPN, is a trained nurse who delivers basic nursing care duties under the direct and indirect supervision of registered nurses and/or physicians. Basic trained nurses in the US states of California and Texas are known as licensed vocational nurses, or LVNs. In fact, LPNs and LVNs are exactly the same type of nurse, but geographical location and local custom has dictated that their titles differ.

Throughout many instances in the lengthy history of the US healthcare system, LPNs have been respectably referred to as the eyes and ears for RNs and physicians. In the settings where they customarily work, LPNs have the tendency to spend more hands-on time delivering direct care and face to face contact to their patients than both RNs and doctors.

LPNs deliver direct nursing care duties that normally include important tasks such as medication administration, observation, data collection, vital sign acquirement, wound care, charting and documentation, dressing changes, supervision of nurses aides, maintenance of ostomies and feeding tube sites, prompt reporting of significant changes in patient status, measurement of inputs and outputs, and urinary catheter care.

To become an LPN / LVN, a prospective candidate must successfully complete a state approved practical nursing program. Completion of a state-approved practical nursing program generally takes about 12 to 18 months from start to finish. In the states of California and Texas, these programs are referred to as vocational nursing programs.

Practical and vocational nursing programs can be found in a diversely interesting variety of educational institutions such as community colleges, trade schools, private academies, and technical colleges. Practical and vocational nursing programs are also offered at many adult education centers, regional occupational programs (ROP), career training schools, and state universities.

Admissions requirements tend to vary depending on the type of institution and the competitiveness of the specific program. Generally speaking, practical nursing programs with the most affordable tuition attract more applicants, so admissions at the schools with the cheaper LPN programs are usually more competitive.

Also, practical nursing programs with excellent reputations in the local community often have competitive admissions processes because since students want to be associated with reputable schools. On the other hand, LPN/LVN programs that are owned and operated by for-profit corporations will usually have far less competitive admissions requirements due to factors such as high-priced tuition and issues with reputability.

The practical / vocational nursing graduate will also need to successfully pass a national licensing exam in order to secure a state license as an LPN / LVN. The name of this national licensing exam is the NCLEX-PN, and it is offered in all 50 U.S. states. Moreover, LPNs /LVNs can utilize a process called endorsement to obtain nursing licensure in additional states.

LPNs / LVNs can be found employed at nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, physicians offices, hospices, home health companies, private duty cases, blood banks, psychiatric facilities, camp sites, and physical rehabilitation centers. LPNs also work at schools, employee health centers, jail intake centers, prison infirmaries, the military, and same-day surgery suites.

Be on the lookout for the third post in this informative four-part series on the United States nursing career ladder. Also, place a telephone call to the Legacy Healthcare Careers campus at (682)626-5266 or call the 24-hour hotline at (682)313-6404 to enroll in affordable fast-track certified nursing assistant (CNA) training classes.

Feel free to visit the school’s website at http://www.LegacyHealthcareCareers.com for additional information and resources on careers in the nursing profession. After all, many LPNs and LVNs had originally entered the nursing profession by working as CNAs before ascending the nursing career ladder.

A career as a CNA can potentially serve as a wondrous springboard into the nursing profession. Jump-start your legacy today to make a wise investment in your professional and economic future.