Nurses are known to be the heart of the hospital. In part that's because they bring compassion, empathy and kindness to healthcare. But, more importantly it's because nurses help keep patients alive. Without these consummate hard workers, who juggle long shifts, paperwork, big egos, and cleaning bed pans, we'd all be worse off, yet they still don't get the respect they deserve. Need more proof nurses need respect? Here are the top 5 reasons you should hug every nurse in your life whenever you get the chance:
Between delivering meals, breaking up fights in the waiting area and fielding advances from patrons, some days nursing can feel a lot like waitressing, except that can't just ask their unruly "customers" to leave. And because of privacy laws, patients have no idea what else their nurse has going on—but it's likely that they are juggling the needs (medical and otherwise) of 5-10 other patients.
When was the last time you had to lift a 400-pound person? For most people, the answer is a resounding "never." For nurses, however, that's a normal Tuesday. Ants are often lauded for being able to lift objects five times their own body weight—maybe nurses should be, too!
But they don't just lift all day long—they also mix in an incredible amount of cardio. A recent study found that nurses walk an average of 4-5 miles during a 12-hour shift.
While nurses are busy darting between hospital rooms, tending to the needs of their patients, you know who they aren't taking care of? Themselves! In a study of 400 nurses during a 28-day period, 10 percent of participants reported no opportunity to sit down or eat. Forty-three percent of the time, nurses grabbed something to eat while responding to call lights or other patient needs. For many, the only breaks they took in a day were restroom breaks—and even those happened only after patients' needs were met.
Did you know that RNs outnumber doctors nearly 3 to 1? And while doctor's quickly complete rounds to all patients, it is the nurse who spends the majority of the time with each patient, digging into their chart and asking important questions to learn more about the patient's history. This intense, one-on-one time pays off. According to recent research, patient outcomes are more closely tied to the quality of nursing care they receive while hospitalized.
A doctor's diagnosis is critical, but it is the accurate, expert information from a nurse that often informs that opinion. Nurses are the ones who are administering medication and watching a patient's vitals. If there is a sudden change in a patient's condition, it is the nurse who typically notifies the doctor. And because they are patient advocates, they are generally the one checking allergies, drug interactions and questioning doctor's orders as needed.
Nursing is truly a calling—and while it does offer a well-paying, flexible, and reliable career, you would be hard pressed to find a nurse that is "just in it for the money." So, if you have a nurse in your life, or if you find yourself one day hospitalized, be sure to treat your nurse with kindness and respect—chances are he or she will return the favor.
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If you’ve taken any prescription medications, you’ve no doubt interacted with a pharmacy technician. These professionals are most recognizable as the folks at your local drug store – handing you a prescription bag and ringing up your purchase on the cash register.
Retail pharmacies aren’t the only places pharm techs work, though. Pharmacy technicians work in a variety of settings, from hospitals to mail-order prescription facilities. And their job tasks can vary greatly depending on where they work.
About half of all pharm techs work in drug stores, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In a retail environment, pharmacy technicians work under the direction of the registered pharmacist to handle a number of important tasks, including:
Most pharmacy technicians employed in a retail setting work full time, sometimes in shifts that include nights and weekends. The median pharmacy technician salary in retail drug stores is about $30,000 per year, and demand for pharm techs is expected to grow rapidly as the Baby Boomer population continues to age.
Some pharm techs don’t want to interact with the public as much as required in a drug store setting. If that sounds like you, then you may be interested to know that hospitals employ many pharmacy technicians “behind the scenes” to prepare medications for patients. Like their retail peers, hospital-based pharm techs also work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist, but they may perform more complex tasks, including:
Working in a hospital is tops for pharmacy technician pay: the median salary for these professionals comes in at nearly $37,000 per year.
Many people receive their medications through the mail these days, and while it’s true that big machines count and package those pills, the prescriptions still must be processed by someone who has passed a pharmacy technician exam.
In a mail-order pharmacy, a pharm tech might:
Pharmacy technician hourly pay in a mail-order facility might run as high as $15.50, for a median annual salary of about $31,000.
Pharm techs work in other settings, too, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities, where they may package and dispense medications to patients.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to become a pharmacy technician, our Admission Advisors can put you on the path to enter this this fast-growing field. Learn more about the online pharmacy technician program at Ashworth College. Call 1-800-957-5412 or request free information today!
In our GO AFTER IT blog series, you'll meet fellow students and grads who committed themselves to chasing their dreams and proving it pays to GO AHEAD toward better opportunities -- no matter the obstacles to be overcome.
When Dan Brennanhusen* attained his role as the new director of safety and security for a major school district, his qualifications included nearly two decades of law enforcement and corporate security experience. He had also earned his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Ashworth College and is a strong believer in the power of education to achieve success.
“I believe higher education is a leveraging tool to seek higher positions,” says Brennanhusen, “and with higher positions you typically are better compensated.”
While Brennanhusen was rewarded with better compensation, he feels that his Ashworth College program provided him with something much more valuable than the promise of higher pay. Even after working as a professional in law enforcement for so many years, he learned new concepts and techniques from the books and lessons in the Master of Criminal Justice Degree Program. He also discovered the practicality of his education, since he is using what he learned every day in his new job.
“I found the program to be contemporary and directly applicable to my profession. The core principles and components of my studies positively impact my career daily,” he says.
The quality of the program was unquestionably relevant to Brennanhusen’s career, but there were other benefits of an Ashworth College education that drew him into attending in the first place.
“Because I had a really busy work and family life, including two kids, I had to find a flexible program. I had been promoted to new assignments and divisions so life was as busy as it could possibly be. Ashworth College offered the accreditation and flexibility I needed to attain my objectives. The cost was also a plus.”
One might ask why a successful criminal justice professional who was already promoted would want to continue their education. According to Brennanhusen, the answer was twofold: career advancement and personal growth. At the time, he was a police sergeant and wanted to become a member of his department’s executive leadership team by working his way up to chief. After being promoted to commander, Brennanhusen realized that he would need a master’s degree to be considered for the next step up. And he knew that a higher-level degree would help him in his role for future promotions.
Says Brennanhusen, “Hiring someone always comes with some risks. I view degrees and higher education as an important piece of the puzzle. Having ‘missing pieces’ may cause a potential employer to find someone who has a more complete puzzle.”
As Brennanhusen completed his educational “puzzle,” he took his time. Aside from his competing priorities of earning a living and caring for a busy family, he says he didn’t want to merely pass assignments – he wanted to get good grades, do well and truly learn. He even paused his studies for a while so he could regroup and refocus.
Congratulations to Brennanhusen on completing his master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and the opportunities it has afforded him. If you’re interested in this field, or other fields of study, we recommend you contact an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 who will be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.
* At the request of the student in the interest of job privacy and security, a pseudonym is being used; otherwise, all quotes and information in this blog are actual and verifiable.
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