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It’s time to get moving! If you love living a healthy lifestyle and you’re active on social media, there are many communities and experts that will speak to your interests. Exercise buffs and fitness freaks are especially active on Twitter, and you don’t have to go far to find them. Add these 11 awesome fitness experts to your Twitter lists today!

  1. @BornFitness

    Adam Bornstein is a social media darling and the former editorial director of Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong.Com. The fitness buff has worked in media for a long time and was the fitness editor of Men’s Health magazine. Author of several fitness books, the tweeter posts great links, thoughts, and questions for his audience.

  2. @JoeDowdellNYC

    Joe Dowdell is a long time trainer to the stars, and everyone wants to know what the fitness expert has to say. Follow him for articles and videos about exercise, nutrition, and improving your personal strength. The elite trainer tweets videos and tips for the general public. If you follow Joe Dowdell, you’ll get the star fitness treatment.

  3. @JenSinkler

    Jen Sinkler is the editorial director of fitness content for Experience Life magazine and a self-proclaimed "workout connoisseur." She’s a fan of balancing life, nutrition, and work to have a truly healthy and powerful life. Sinkler also believes that women can (and should!) do the heavy lifting — she often shares tweets about intense workout sets with large weights.

  4. @GirlsGoneSTRONG

    If you’re a woman who works out, you’ll love this Twitter feed. Workout tips, before and after photos, and insights on how to get the most from your workout make up this link-filled Twitter feed. It’s not just for women, either. The feed has plenty of information and motivation for anyone trying to break a sweat. Nutrition and healthy eating are a main focus, too.

  5. @Gunnar

    Everyone knows Gunnar Peterson, and everyone wants a piece of what the Beverly Hills personal trainer has to offer. The trainer is friends with celebrities and other fitness experts, and they often show up in his Twitterfeed. He hosts a feed called The Gunnar Challenge, where participants are encouraged to weigh in and report their workout progress. Not only is he great on Twitter, but Gunnar will whip you into shape!

  6. @BandanaTraining

    Filled with eating tips, cute pictures, and great links and re-tweets, Bandana Training is poised to make exercisers of us all. With intelligent tips on how to build muscle and burn fat, the trainer will also design a workout program for you online. Maybe he’s not a household name yet, but we’d bet it won’t be long.

  7. @AshleyBorden

    She’s a personal trainer in Los Angeles who is often called upon by fitness experts and media professionals. A pro at fitness tips, tweaks, and advice, Ashley Borden infuses her Twitterfeed with topical observations, as well. Mixed martial artists will like lots of her links and ideas, as she’s both a practitioner and a fan.

  8. @BobbyStorm

    Bobby Strom is known as a trainer’s trainer in Hollywood. He tweets great life advice for those wanting to incorporate fitness into their routine, as well as sharing pictures, information, and relevant exercises. Although you’ve never heard of him, if you pay top dollar for an elite Hollywood trainer, Bobby Strom has probably helped them learn how to teach you. The tattooed trainer can get anyone fit!

  9. @MyTrainerBob

    The famous face from The Biggest Loser has taken social media by storm. Bob Harper is not only a tweeter, but an author, TV personality, and trainer. He’s tough, he’s funny, and he’s got a sweet heart. And if you’re looking to break a sweat, you should start with Trainer Bob.

  10. @BodyForWife

    He’s a syndicated fitness columnist for the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, and more. With an upcoming book in 2013, the babe with the buff bod will be more popular than ever. James Fell is his real name, but he’s rising to great heights. He even has a column for famed Internet hangout

  11. @KellyOlexa

    The founder of FitFluential is one of the most connected fitness experts in the country. Based in Chicago, Kelly often tweets about healthy eating, fitness fixes, and her food choices. She’s fresh, fun, and fearless — in other words, FitFluential.

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15 Books Every New Father Should Read Tue, 12 Apr 2011 03:40:58 +0000 By Leslie

In the immortal words uttered by Keanu Reeves in Parenthood: "You need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car — hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they’ll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father." On one level, it’s impossible for a man to totally prepare for the experience of fatherhood. At best, you can buy supplies and prepare by telling yourself that, no matter what, things are probably going to get crazy. But even if it’s not feasible to understood the magnitude of parenting until the situation is upon you, it is possible to do your homework and read first-hand accounts from men who’ve done their time in the trenches with dirty diapers. Granted, reading a book about parenting and thinking you’re prepared is a lot like reading a sex-ed primer and then landing a hot date: application is a whole lot trickier (and more interesting) than theory. But these books are still some of the best places to get the info you’ll need, and new or expectant fathers would be wise to buy them, bookmark them, and live by their example.

  1. Alternadad: The True Story of One Family’s Struggle to Raise a Cool Kid in America, Neal Pollack: While a majority of titles aimed at new moms take a softer emotional approach, the best books for new dads tackle the subject with humor and frankness. It’s not just about knowing the ropes, it’s about trying to stay true to the image you’ve built of yourself. Journalist and pop culture columnist Neal Pollack gets to the heart of the emotional choice between dad and dude in Alternadad, his memoir about his attempts to raise his kid to be "cool," meaning just like dad. The book’s a fantastic and funny read, especially for post-Gen-Xers who are diving into parenthood but worrying about losing their personalities.
  2. Punk Rock Dad: No Rules, Just Real Life, Jim Lindberg: Jim Lindberg, former frontman of rock group Pennywise, has found a second career playing up his rocker dad persona. He was recently the focus of the documentary The Other F Word, about punk rockers who grow up and get responsible when they start families, and a couple years back he wrote Punk Rock Dad, in which he detailed the changes wrought upon his life by having three little girls. His account of going from road dates and endless concert tours to doctors’ offices and toy stores is a great primer for guys who might be wondering how to balance their passions with their impending fatherly duties. It’s a quick read, too, at fewer than 250 pages, but it’s charming throughout.
  3. My Boys Can Swim!: The Official Guy’s Guide to Pregnancy, Ian Davis: This one’s another quick read — at 112 pages, per Amazon, it shouldn’t take you more than a few trips to the bathroom — but it’s another solid entry in the genre thanks to its frankness and sense of humor. Much of parenting literature is designed to tell you stuff no one ever told you before; this book goes the extra step by having the author make jokes about his own initial cluelessness, which makes it way more relatable than drier, more straightforward instruction manuals. A smart and funny resource for new dads feeling lost in the woods (which is all of them).
  4. Mack Daddy: Mastering Fatherhood without Losing Your Style, Your Cool, or Your Mind, Larry Bleidner: If you’re sensing a trend here, you’re not wrong: modern fatherhood literature is all about how to take care of your child and spouse without sacrificing that essential thing that makes you you, whether that’s rock music or evenings with your friends. Granted, you’ll probably have to compromise on how much time you get to do that stuff, but still, it’s worth preserving in some form. The goal of Mack Daddy is to remind new fathers that, though your life is going to change completely, that doesn’t mean you have to.
  5. What to Expect When Your Wife is Expanding: A Reassuring Month-by-Month Guide for the Father-to-Be, Whether He Wants Advice or Not, Thomas Hill: Thomas Hill’s book isn’t a counter-point instruction manual to What to Expect When You’re Expecting, but a parody of it. Because of that, it’s not really the best place to look for actual advice or tips to make fatherhood go smoothly. What it lacks in practicality, though, it makes up for in wit and self-deprecation. Books like this are great to have around when the impending life change starts to feel overwhelming. Every new father acts like they’re the first guy to ever have to make tough decisions and deal with insurance bills. Use this book as a reality check when you start to get worked up.
  6. In the Event of My Untimely Demise, Brian Sack: Brian Sack, a writer who blogs at Banterist, put together this collection of tongue-in-cheek essays as a way to pass on wit and wisdom to his child if Sack himself happened to die before he instructed his child in the ways of life. The brief pieces are packed with jokes, but that doesn’t make them any less applicable to real life, and if anything, the format only underscores just how vital it is for new fathers to keep their wits and wit about them when confronted with the difficulties of being a parent. He’s self-deprecating without being self-loathing, and he’s incisive without being mean. He’s smart and funny, but never so aloof that he isn’t honest about his love for his family. Definitely worth your time.
  7. Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads, Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden: One of the many wonderful things about Be Prepared is its utilitarian approach to child-rearing. This isn’t a tip collection as much as it is a field manual or survival guide for men entering the wilds of fatherhood. Men like lists, charts, and easily digestible information that breaks down problems and outlines solutions, which is why this book approaches, say, crying by talking about the different ways an infant cries, how to identify each one, and what each one means for you. It’s a solid, self-aware entry in the field.
  8. The New Dad’s Survival Guide: Man-to-Man Advice for First-Time Fathers, Scott Mactavish: Scott Mactavish’s invented slang can be a bit too cute for his own good — referring to one’s female parenting partner as the "FPP" is a good way to get sentenced to sleeping on the couch — but his survival guide for brand-new dads is nevertheless a great guide, regardless of how much you might know about parenting. While other fatherhood guides focus on the first year of a child’s life, The New Dad’s Survival Guide zeroes in on the first three months. A short but ultimately entertaining read, and one new dads will likely revisit several times during sleepless nights.
  9. The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be, Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash: Armin Brott is basically a cottage industry of fatherhood tips. He’s got several titles to his name that are geared toward helping fathers find their feet, but for new dads, The Expectant Father is the best place to start. It’ll give you a rundown of what to expect during pregnancy and right after, including a helpful (and appropriately graphic) primer on the physical havoc this will wreak on the mother. (Do not research episiotomies on your lunch break.) A great one to help expectant dads navigate pregnancy, and one worth rereading several times after the birth.
  10. Pacify Me: A Handbook for the Freaked-Out New Dad, Chris Mancini: The subtitle says it all: "A Handbook for the Freaked-Out New Dad." No amount of preparation or excitement can change the fact that fatherhood can be downright scary. Chris Mancini — a comic who blogs at Daddy Needs Some Alone Time — knows all too well the sweat-inducing terror that parenthood can bring, and his book sets out to remedy that by saying that freaking out is just a natural part of the process. His book is ultimately a sweet one, too, highlighting that the anxiety of new fathers is always tempered by love for their kids and the fact that, though trying, having kids isn’t quite the nightmare some make it out to be.
  11. The Guy’s Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth and the First Year of Fatherhood, Michael Crider: Michael Crider’s story of transformation is similar to that of the rock stars and hip dads who had to grow up fast. Crider’s passion and defining traits were comedy, though, so he approaches his tale of young fatherhood from the perspective of a man determined to keep his sense of humor and playfulness even when dealing with lack of sleep, mounting bills, and the sheer challenge of changing diapers when you’re tired all the time. New dads will probably find themselves alternately nodding in recognition and shaking their heads in sheepish recognition of their own mistakes. A solid, honest story.
  12. The Father’s Almanac: Revised, S. Adams Sullivan: This book’s gone through several revisions since it debuted in 1992, but the fact that it’s been in print for 20 years surely speaks to its quality and applicability. Sullivan’s volume scores points by being frank but never bossy, and it’s remained popular by offering new and expectant fathers a variety of viewpoints and stories from experts and real dads. It’s one of the most respected instruction manuals for fathers ever written.
  13. The Caveman’s Pregnancy Companion: A Survival Guide for Expectant Fathers, David Port and John Ralston: Think of the caveman approach to fatherly advice as a kinder, more humorous companion to the dry "For Dummies" series. The Caveman’s Pregnancy Companion is built around the assumption that most new dads are clueless to a degree, but it frames the narrative as one of helping out guys who just don’t know any better. They’re innocently ignorant, not callous or unwilling to learn. "I don’t get it" is the rallying cry for caveman dads, and this book is a great introduction to parenting life for men who never knew such worlds existed. Worth the purchase price just for the list of things not to do in the delivery room.
  14. The Dudes’ Guide to Pregnancy: Dealing with Your Expecting Wife, Coming Baby, and the End of Life as You Knew It, Bill Lloyd and Scott Finch: The biggest thing that plagues men as they venture into fatherhood is the fog of uncertainty about how to care for their wives and partners, how to outfit the house, how to plan for a kid, etc., etc. The Dudes’ Guide to Pregnancy is a quick but elemental read that uses humor to cut through that fog, illuminating the ins and outs of early fatherhood in ways that would have been ignored a generation ago. Sure, some of the "dude" stuff can be broad, but Lloyd and Smith use the easy jokes as entry points for fantastic, practical advice.
  15. The Joy of Fatherhood: The First Twelve Months, Marcus Jacob Goldman, MD: To balance out all the joke approaches, here’s a serious book from an actual doctor and dad that’s dedicated to helping men get through the first year of fatherhood in one piece. Psychiatrist Marcus Goldman takes a smart two-pronged approach to fatherly counsel, alternating between technical tips for things like bathing and feeding and more emotionally based ones that deal with how fathers can be expected to feel as they lose sleep caring for a child. What’s more, by covering the first year of a child’s life, the book lets fathers start to see rhythms in an infant’s life, and it gives them insight how to adjust things going forward into year two (or how to do things differently the next time around). A smart, warm, and indispensable book that celebrates the work and rewards of being a father.
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60 Essential Links for Quit-Smoking Support Fri, 25 Feb 2011 03:58:03 +0000 If you’re trying to quit smoking, you can use all the support you can get. Websites, communities, and more all offer a lending hand. Make use of these links to quit for your health, family, and life.

Resources & Advice

These sites can point you in the right direction for resources and advice that will help you quit smoking.

  1. Smoking Cessation Health Center: WebMD’s health center will help you quit with tools, advice, and more.
  2. Reasons and Resources for Quitting Smoking: Suite 101 offers some great ideas for quitting smoking.
  3. Dealing with Urges to Smoke: Deal with your smoking urges by using these ideas.
  4. Where to Get Help When You Decide to Quit Smoking: Here you’ll find out how you can get help when you want to quit smoking.
  5. How Can I Quit Smoking?: Find out about quitting smoking as a teen on this site.
  6. How to Quit Smoking: Read about the steps of quitting smoking here.
  7. Quitting Tobacco-Talk With Your Doctor: This radiocast shares why it’s so important to discuss tobacco use with your doctor.
  8. My Time to Quit: Get started with the how-tos of quitting on My Time to Quit.


Check out these websites for information, motivation, and more for quitting smoking.

  1. About: Quit Smoking: Browse the topic of quitting smoking here.
  2. Determined to Quit: Determined to Quit can offer you motivation, information, support, resources, and more.
  3. Quitter in You: The American Lung Association’s site offers inspiration for quitting smoking.
  4. Quit Tobacco: Designed for members of the military, this site has tools, information, and more for those who want to quit smoking, spitting, and using tobacco.
  5. Smoke Free Homes: Smoke Free Homes will help you stop secondhand smoke exposure to children.


Become a part of these communities for the support you need to quit smoking.

  1. Stobacco: Stobacco will help you get support from your friends to quit smoking.
  2. Quit Smoking Message Board: Check out this message board for support in quitting smoking.
  3. Wellsphere Quit Smoking Community: Get help for quitting smoking in Wellsphere’s community.
  4. Stop Smoking Center: The Stop Smoking Center offers this support group for getting through the rough spots.
  5. WhyQuit: WhyQuit offers motivation, education, and support for quitting smoking.
  6. Smoking Cessation: offers this smoking cessation support forum.
  7. QuitNet: QuitNet’s forums and more can help you avoid quitting alone.
  8. Ready to Quit: Ready to Quit has support groups and more for quitting smoking.
  9. Stop Smoking Simplified: Here you can find community support groups for quitting smoking.


Follow these blogs for information and motivation for quitting smoking.

  1. My Quit Smoking Diary: Read about quitting aids, tips, and more here.
  2. Smoking Cessation Blog: Terry Martin discusses ideas and support for quitting smoking.
  3. I Can Quit!: Learn about going tobacco free on this blog.
  4. Healthy Lifestyle: Healthy Lifestyle shares information and tips on stopping your smoking habit.
  5. Quit Smoking for Good: The smokers blog will help you learn how to quit smoking.
  6. Nonsmoking Nation: Read the Nonsmoking Nation blog to follow tobacco-related news and events.
  7. Quit Smoking Counter: This blog shares gadgets and tools that can help you quit smoking cold turkey.
  8. Quit Smoking: Mayo Clinic counselor Jennifer Kern discusses quitting smoking on this blog.

Programs & Guides

These resources will help you follow programs that can help you quit smoking.

  1. Freedom from Smoking: The American Lung Association offers this online program to help you quit smoking.
  2. Guide to Quitting Smoking: The American Cancer Society offers this guide to quitting smoking.
  3. Become an Ex: Relearn life without cigarettes by getting started with Become an Ex.
  4. Not on Tobacco: Not on Tobacco is an online program designed to help reduce teen smoking.
  5. Help for Smokers and Other Tobacco Users: In this consumer guide, you’ll find help for kicking the habit of smoking.
  6. Guide to Quitting Smoking: Find the basics of quitting smoking, and learn how to take action against smoking in this guide.
  7. Smokefree: This government website offers a step by step quit guide, quizzes, and more.
  8. Pathways to Freedom: Pathways to Freedom discusses strategies for gaining freedom from tobacco.
  9. Quitting Helps You Heal Faster: This informative resource explains why you should quit smoking while in the hospital.


These guides offer information on products that can help you stop smoking.

  1. Nicorette: Nicorette’s website has information and quit plans available to help.
  2. Stop-Smoking Programs Resource Guide: This guide shares what you should look for in a smoking cessation program.
  3. FDA 101: Smoking Cessation Products: This guide offers a discussion of the various options available for smoking cessation.
  4. Drugs@FDA: Get more information on smoking cessation drugs from this FDA site.

Information & Advice

Check out these links for information and advice on kicking the habit.

  1. How to Quit Smoking Now: Fast and Easy: Find out why and how you can quit smoking.
  2. Nicotine Dependence: The Mayo Clinic explains the symptoms, risk factors, and support resources for nicotine dependence.
  3. How Can I Quit Smoking?: This document explains how you can quit smoking.
  4. Tips for Parents: The American Lung Association offers tips for parents who would like to prevent smoking in their children.
  5. Smoking: Steps to Help You Break the Habit: Take these steps to stop the habit of smoking.
  6. How Can I Handle the Stress of Not Smoking?: Check out this information sheet to learn how you can deal with the stress of quitting smoking.
  7. How to Handle Withdrawal Symptoms and Triggers When You Decide to Quit Smoking: Use this fact sheet to learn how to deal with withdrawal symptoms and triggers you may experience when you quit smoking.
  8. How Can I Avoid Weight Gain When I Stop Smoking?: This information sheet can help you avoid the weight gain that can happen when you stop smoking.
  9. Smoking Cessation PSAs with National Football League Hall of Famer Darrell Green: In this video, Darrell Green talks to kids about tobacco use.
  10. Harms of Smoking and Health Benefits of Quitting: This fact sheet discusses the cancers and other problems that can develop from smoking, as well as benefits you’ll receive when you decide to quit.
  11. If You’re Pregnant and You Smoke: This audio program shares the risks of smoking while pregnant.
  12. "Light" Cigarettes and Cancer Risk: Get the real information on light cigarettes through this fact sheet.
  13. How to Give Up Smoking: Quit Smoking for good with the help of this resource.
  14. 97 Reasons to Quit Smoking: If you need all of the reasons to quit smoking spelled out, check out this list.
  15. Quit Tips: Find tips for quitting in this article from the CDC.
  16. Your Non-Smoking Life: Transition into a non-smoking life with this article.
  17. Why Quit Smoking?: The American Heart Association explains why you should quit smoking in this article.
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What a Legal Nurse Consultant Does Sun, 13 Feb 2011 16:04:26 +0000 Legal nurse consultants play a powerful and important role in the litigation of court cases. A legal nurse consultant is a nurse that uses their specialized knowledge and training of the health care industry to take part in legal cases that are medical related. A legal nurse consultant is a registered nurse that has completed the necessary requirements to become a registered nurse. Their knowledge and experience in the field provides him or her with a grave understanding of medical health and procedure, terminology, and the industry in general, which can help lawsuits, legal matters, and the judicial process run smoother with medical expertise on the case.

There are several reasons that legal nurse consultants are needed in the legal systems and plenty that they can do to help in litigation. Because attorneys are not generally proficient in the healthcare industry, legal nurse consultants can bridge the gaps in the attorney’s knowledge when it comes to legal cases. Legal nurse consultants assist attorneys in reading and understanding medical records, terms, and issues. They can be responsible for screening lawsuits and cases for legal grounds and merit, conduct medical research on the case, and assist with discovery, which is a pre-trial phase in which evidence can be obtained and questions, answers and documents can be presented. Legal nurse consultants can also be responsible for preparing reports and summaries and act as expert witnesses to the case. Cases can often rely heavily on the professional contributions of legal nurse consultants, as their work is critical to a clear understanding on the attorney’s part and their efforts are needed on the case as a whole.

Legal nurse consultants can also work for government offices, insurance companies, consulting firms and in other independent practices. Regardless of employer, the educational and qualifying requirements associated with pursuing a career as a legal nurse consultant include specific requirements in most cases. Legal nurse consultants must be a licensed registered nurse and complete a legal consulting course in order to be eligible to practice legally. Nursing requirements will vary by state, and those that wish to work as a certified legal nurse consultant must also pass a qualifying certified consultant exam. While legal nurse consultants are not required to have a formal legal education background, many have acquired legal knowledge in their practice.

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Forensic Nursing and the Role of a Forensic Nurse Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:03:56 +0000 Forensic nursing is a medical practice that combines healthcare with law enforcement and crimes. Forensic nursing generally refers to the practice of treating the victims of crimes while also recognizing, collecting, and protecting evidence that could be important to the case. Gathering and preserving evidence is crucial to the case in which a forensic nurse is assigned to, so it is important that rules and procedures are followed with crime victims. However forensic nursing can also apply to using forensics to identify dead bodies, work with those in jail and detention centers, and others. Depending on their specialization, they can participate in the scientific investigation and treatment of patients that have been abused, sexually assaulted, raped, or that have been through a traumatic accident.

Forensic nursing is a diverse area that has several specialties including correctional nursing, sexual assault nursing, gerontology nursing, death investigations, legal nurse consulting, and communication awareness and education. Forensic nurses often deal with patients that are traumatized, upset, combative, and at times, uncontrollable and it is important for the nurses to always maintain their patience. They should also be prepared to work under pressure and ready to provide comfort to victims that are traumatized and showing clear signs of being distraught. At times, patients may be distant and unwilling to talk because they are scared, so it is the duty of the nurse to examine patients slowly and carefully to read into actions and note behaviors and markings to try to figure out what happened. Forensic nurses make reports and list procedures and may also be used in court and during testimony during court proceedings and trial.

Forensic nurses must be licensed to practice as a registered nurse. Many colleges and universities offer nursing programs to qualify registered nurses to become certified through 2 year associate degree or 4 year bachelor degree programs. Additionally, while specific licensing requirements vary by state, registered nurses need to be certified by the state in which they wish to practice. After becoming licensed to practice as a registered nurse, candidates must also complete a forensic nursing degree program, which is also offered at many colleges and universities in the country. They must then earn a certification that demonstrates their knowledge and training in the field, with specific requirements varying by state.

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Holistic Healing and the Role of Holistic Nurses Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:03:29 +0000 Holistic healing is an alternate form of healing and medicine that is used to describe a series of approaches and treatments used to treat discomfort and imbalances in the body. The intention of holistic healing is also to promote wellness and encourage a balanced lifestyle. The main distinguishing factors between traditional general medicine and practices and holistic healing, is that holistic healing focuses not necessarily on physical pain and health, but more on mind, spirituality, and comfort. While it is obvious that sever physical pain and discomfort, illnesses, and injuries need medical attention and holistic healing is not an alternative form of medical care, holistic healing is not a quick fix to a medical problem and is generally viewed as more of a lifestyle.

Holistic health can be viewed as a lifestyle approach and journey. Holistic therapies and treatments can include counseling, awareness, dieting, herbal remedies, aromatherapy, exercise, and acupuncture, with many other treatments known. Nutrition and body cleanses also play an important role in holistic nursing. Patients are generally encouraged to have a nutritious diet that flushes toxins in the body to promote health and increase wellness and energy levels. Other factors taken into consideration with holistic health include the aspects that may affect the lives of patients such as stress levels, relationships with friends and family, mental health, religious views, employment history, and other important aspects of people’s lives. Loosely speaking, holistic health can cover aspects of caring and personal wellness that can sometimes be ignored in the healthcare industry.

Holistic nurses generally need the same educational requirements and training that professional registered nurses and licensed practical nurses have. Nurses must be certified by the state they wish to practice in, which usually requires a degree, a certification, and the successful passing of an exam, but specific qualifying requirements for nurses will vary between states. Most schools and universities offer 2 year associate degree and 4 year bachelor degree programs for different types of nurses. However, holistic nurses also need additional education in holistic nursing which can be attained through a certificate or degree. Most holistic nurses trained in healthcare practices work in hospice settings and long-term health care facilities because holistic nursing is believed to be especially helpful with terminally ill and long-term patients, but they can also be employed by hospitals and clinics.

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The Role of Psychiatric Nurses Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:03:02 +0000 Psychiatric nursing, also commonly known as mental health nursing, is the specific nursing of people that have mental illnesses or distress including bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, and dementia. Mental health is extremely important to the quality of life of individuals and it takes a licensed and trained professional to deal with patients suffering from mental health issues. Mental health affects individuals, as well as their families and lives so it is important to deal with mental health illnesses and diseases properly and carefully. The treatment and care associated with mental diseases is extremely sensitive so it is important that psychiatric nurses are genuine, approachable, and supportive. Psychiatric nurses treat patients of all ages in a variety of manners and in a number of healthcare settings.

The roles and job responsibilities of psychiatric nurses including evaluating, diagnosing, and developing nursing plans for patients with mental health disorders. They may assist patients with daily living tasks if they need help with them, and also help them to improve their abilities through the use of treatment, rehabilitation, and interaction. This may include ensuring that they practice good hygiene, eating habits, and sleeping patterns, and intervene to aid patients when they can not practice good habits on their own. They administer treatments plans, such as medication or ability activities, and monitor and record the progress, if any, made by their patient. They watch for side effects caused by medication, and ensure that the proper medication is taken in the proper dosages. Psychiatric nurses work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics, mental health facilities, home health services, and other facilities.

There are eligibility criteria and requirements in order to become qualified to practice as a psychiatric nurse. All psychiatric nurses must hold a current license to practice as a registered nurse. Registered nurses must be licensed by the state to practice, with requirements varying between states. In addition, they must have practiced the equivalent of at least two years full time as a registered nurse. Psychiatric nurses must also usually have a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice in a mental health setting and have completed at least 30 hours of continuing education in mental health, which is offered at many colleges and universities across the country.

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25 Best Novels for Psychology Buffs Mon, 07 Feb 2011 03:20:44 +0000 Psychology and mental health issues obviously comprise a significant slice of the literary scene. Hardly surprising, considering the amount of drama and provocative questions to be wrung out of the truly bizarre, occasionally beautiful human mind. Far, far more books than these 25 exist to pique the minds of psychology fans, and many worthy ones were left off due to space constraints. However, this does not devalue their worth to readers in any way, and anyone curious about insight presented would do well to seek these titles out.

  1. The Tale of Genji (12th Century) by Murasaki Shikibu: In medieval Japan, an emperor’s son must descend through the caste system and take an imperial officer position. As the eponymous character’s life progresses, his adventures uncover many observations and inquiries into the human mind and spirit.

  2. Don Quixote (1605 and 1615) by Miguel de Cervantes: The famous tale of an older man completely obsessed with the concepts of chivalry and knighthood embarks on an epic, humorous quest for glory. His frequent delusions and dynamic relationship with neighbor and sidekick Sancho Panza make for both provocative and thoroughly entertaining reading.

  3. The Red and the Black (1830) by Stendhal: A passionate bildungsroman, The Red and the Black weaves a narrative of love, monarchy and an unyielding class-based society — and all the psychological implications those factors entail. When politics, religion and history begin insinuating themselves into the central figures’ lives, it results in a textured, richly layered narrative suitable for perusal and debate.

  4. Crime and Punishment (1866) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: After famous antihero Raskolnikov ax murders a very old pawnbroker, he starts increasingly marinating in his own anxiety and guilt. And things only grow more tense as the novel progresses, with both internal and external pressures percolating until they inevitably explode.

  5. Hunger (1890) by Knut Hamsun: While a young Norwegian man begins succumbing to the myriad visceral effects of starvation, his mind dips in and out of various delusions. He aimlessly wanders about the unforgiving, dark streets while doing his very best to veil the poverty and homelessness that gradually chip away at his sanity, perception and health.

  6. The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896) by H.G. Wells: It may seem an unorthodox decision to place The Island of Dr. Moreau here, but the biological abominations inhabiting the eponymous locale provide some bizarre psychological and sociological insight. When compared and contrasted with an average man stumbling upon both their civilization and monstrous creator, plenty of stimulating, provocative questions arise.

  7. The Turn of the Screw (1898) by Henry James: Some of the best ghost and horror stories take a cue from humanity’s fears and twisted psychological profiles, and Henry James added a layer of ambiguity to his popular novella to wrench up the drama. Whether or not the specters actually exist and what they represent remains one particular question psychoanalytic literary critics seem to absolutely adore debating.

  8. The Supermale (1902) by Alfred Jarry: This surrealist, unfortunately overlooked curiosity sports tinges of science fiction and uses psychology as a means to further exploring sociology. A man determined to test the boundaries of the human mind and body undertakes some bizarre challenges, questioning society’s phallocentrism and over-reliance on machinery along the way.

  9. The Metamorphosis (1915) by Franz Kafka: One otherwise average morning, Gregor Samsa awakes and discovers he’s inexplicably turned into a giant insect, usually interpreted as a cockroach or a beetle of some sort. The emotional and physical torment he experiences at the mercy of his even more monstrous family raises plenty of provocative questions regarding psychology and mental illness.

  10. A Farewell to Arms (1929) by Ernest Hemingway: A semi-autobiographical romance nakedly contrasts with World War I in one of the American author’s most studied works. Here, he painstakingly details the self-destruction of a soldier trapped in a cursed love affair with nowhere to run but a massive, disconcertingly anonymous and violent conflict.

  11. The Stranger (1942) by Albert Camus: Although the author denied any real connection with existentialism, Albert Camus’ lauded magnum opus still does an excellent, evocative and often chilling job of delving into the human psyche’s unfortunate potential. A murder, its subsequent trial and the complex depths of the perpetrator’s mind lay at the center of this absolutely essential read.

  12. The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J.D. Salinger: Frustrated, introspective Holden Caulfield rages against the WASP machine without realizing the ironies present in his words and actions. Fans of psychoanalytic literary criticism absolutely love picking apart his isolationist, oftentimes idealistic philosophies.

  13. Invisible Man (1953) by Ralph Ellison: The nameless narrator recounting his horrific experiences with racism and discrimination offers up one of literature’s most effective, wrenching perspectives on marginalization. Being unfairly shoved to the margins of society for no reason other than skin color carries with it a unique facet of psychology to explore.

  14. Things Fall Apart (1958) by Chinua Achebe: Most postcolonial literature aficionados consider Things Fall Apart amongst the most adroit examples of the genre largely because of its thorough, brutal character study. Igbo tribal leader Okonkwo painfully unravels inside as the British begin threatening the stability of his peoples.

  15. A Clockwork Orange (1962) by Anthony Burgess: Grotesque parodies of violent, rape-hungry youth flood the streets of a dystopian England with hearts full of transgression and drugged milk. The leader of one such gang finds himself on the end of a shocking attempt to reprogram his sociopathic, sadistic urges that employ aversion techniques.

  16. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) by Ken Kesey: Set in a horrific mental health facility, this novel analyzes the bureaucratic shortcomings that allow abuses to take place and patients to slip through the cracks. The author himself worked as an orderly in one such institution, sympathizing much more with the inhabitants than the often cold, dismissive people paid to oversee them.

  17. A Single Man (1962) by Christopher Isherwood: Following the unexpected death of his lover, an English professor mulls about his daily life and cycles through many recognizable stages of grief. Christopher Isherwood’s most beloved work stood at the forefront of the then-nascent LGBTQIA movement, notably, bravely humanizing a marginalized, frequently threatened and brutalized minority at a time when such things were considered scandalous and unmentionable.

  18. The Bell Jar (1963) by Sylvia Plath: Sylvia Plath channeled many tragic personal demons ? especially those stemming from her lifelong, suicidal battle with mental illness ? into her only novel. It chronicles the rise and fall and possible subsequent rise of a promising young magazine ing?nue who finds life entirely too overwhelming.

  19. Gravity’s Rainbow (1973) by Thomas Pynchon: At the center of this wild, quintessentially postmodern work lay an intention to entirely derail and challenge prevailing societal norms regarding pretty much everything one can imagine. The results will absolutely fascinate anyone interested in the psychology of rebellion and revolution, providing them with some scathingly tar-black comedy along the way.

  20. A Scanner Darkly (1977) by Philip K. Dick: Psychology students with a particular interest in studying drug addiction and the surrounding culture will find A Scanner Darkly an incredibly fascinating read. A lifetime of mental illness and self-medication went into its often agonizing narrative, which paints an incredibly depressive portrait of users and the people and institutions that prey on their habits.

  21. A Confederacy of Dunces (1980) by John Kennedy Toole: In spite of this Pulitzer winner’s epic hilarity and breakneck pace, John Kennedy Toole still included plenty of pathos and psychological insight with his beloved narrative. Iconic, grotesque protagonist Ignatius J. Reilly fascinates audiences for more than just his flatulence and defective pyloric valve ? contrasting his intellectualism with horrendous laziness and motivation issues is only the beginning.

  22. Norwegian Wood (1987) by Haruki Murakami: Most of Haruki Murakami’s impressive oeuvre could have easily made this list, but Norwegian Wood notably brings readers inside one of the rare examples of a loving, productive mental health facilities in literature. Main character Toru Watanabe must watch as his beloved Naoko grows increasingly unstable after both her boyfriend and her older sister commit suicide.

  23. Generation X (1991) by Douglas Coupland: Readers can enjoy this phenomenal debut novel as an observation of psychological and sociological phenomena, especially as it pertains to a unique generation effortlessly afforded (then-)advanced technology and other luxuries. Three neighbors and friends bond over similar stories, both real and imaginary, and ultimately exist as a microcosm of the prevailing socioeconomic climate.

  24. Fight Club (1996) by Chuck Palahniuk: Contemporary perceptions of masculinity and conspicuous consumerism receive a much-needed deconstruction and darkly comedic parody in this tense, deeply psychological read. From a sociological perspective, it also provides some incredible inquiry into the ironies and hypocrisies present in various subcultures.

  25. Middlesex (2002) by Jeffrey Eugenides: Anyone interested in the psychology of gender and gender identity should certainly pick up this emotional portrayal of an intersexed man coming to grips with his ambiguous biology. It’s a tragic, evocative and educational narrative that peers into how it feels to be an outsider when society holds ridiculously narrow definitions of "normal," "attractive" and "acceptable."

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Healthcare Courses Available Through iPad Tue, 25 Jan 2011 19:51:02 +0000 Medline University (MU) has released a new online clinical education resource. This may be of interest to individuals who have, or wish to pursue a nursing degree.
Anybody with access to the internet will be able to take courses, watch video presentations and read newsfeeds relating to the healthcare industry. MU is an educational resource provided by Medline Industries, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products.
The Florida Board of Nursing and the California Board of Registered Nursing have both approved MU’s courses as continuing education contact hours. In addition, a number of online offerings have been certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Long term Care Administrator Boards. Individuals who take the courses are eligible to receive credits.
Sue MacInnes, MU’s chief marketing officer, said that thousands of healthcare professionals take advantage of the "free resources and continuing education credits they can earn on MU."
According to company officials, more than 100,000 registered users take an average of 15,000 MU courses every month. Individuals can access the educational resource through their iPad and iPhone.
Online programs such as MU’s may be a convenient way for professionals to increase their knowledge. In October, the Institute of Medicine recommended that nurses achieve higher levels of education and training. 
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How to Become a Substitute School Nurse Wed, 12 Jan 2011 15:58:33 +0000 Many recent nursing school graduates want to become school nurses. And it’s no mystery why they want to go down this route either. Unlike working in the intensive care unit at a hospital, working in a school setting is not as overwhelming. In fact, because you work with students, you get the additional benefits of having school-related working hours and extra holidays. For example, you have weekends off, no late hours, and you get both a winter and spring break vacation. But unfortunately school nursing jobs are very limited, and when openings do arise, they are given to applicants you have the most experience and are already familiar with the school district’s procedures and policies. Thus, if you are currently looking to be employed as a school nurse, a good way to get your foot in the door is to become a school nurse substitute. Yes, school nurse subs exist. After all, school nurses may work to ensure kids health and well being but they’re only human—they get sick too.

Qualifications to become a school nurse vary by state and school district, however typically in addition to having your RN license in the state you wish to be employed in, you must also have your CPR certification and have some sort of prior experience. Some districts will accept any sort of nursing-related experience; others are more specific, requiring sub candidates to have experience working in a clinical setting in a pediatric practice, school health, community health or adolescent health care setting. Be aware that some districts may require that applicants be specifically nurse certified, which can take an additional 12 to 18 months to complete. Some districts also might require additional documentations and procedures such as a criminal background check, a photocopy of his or her valid RN license and provide proof that he or she is negative of Mantoux (TB). Some special requests may be asked of recent graduates, such as official transcripts. For specific requirements and qualifications it’s best to contact your state’s school nurse association and the school district.

Pay will vary depending on the state and school district, but typically sub school nurses earn anywhere from $12 to $20 an hour. Since you are a substitute school nurse, the probability of you receiving benefits is low.

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