Other Options To Pursue!

Usually being in the military means having a chance at a secure future, but this is not always the case. Some of the may benefits given to former military personnel have been temporarily halted due to budget expenses. This is the current status for the Army and the Marines as they have stopped tuition assistance momentarily. There is no word as to when we can expect tuition assistance to come back, but this can cause lots of problems for a lot of people. There are soldiers all over the world that put their life on the line to fight for our country, the least we can do is help them pursue a college degree by cutting down on their college expenses. Even though two branches of halted their help, don’t fear because there are other options to pursue!

There are still lots and lots of scholarships out there with heavy amounts that can chip away at that mountain of a tuition. College tuition is expected to rise every year and get more and more expensive, so scholarships do wonders at helping bring that total cost down. Scholarships and grants are literally free money given to those who the hosts see fit to receive their reward. Perhaps the best part about these scholarships is that there are some that can apply to the entire family. That’s right, whether it’s your spouse or even your kids, they can reap the benefits of your military background just the same. These scholarships are fantastic, very easy to get, and most important they are actually large sums that can really make a difference in your tuition.

Another thing to realize is that the recent stop of tuition assistance is coming from the federal government. The state however has lots of say in benefits that you can receive with your military background too though. Check to see what the guidelines are in your state and see what all you’re qualified for. Who knows, maybe with your certain military experience you could be getting tuition for free! This is the case for any POW, MIA, or injured veterans in the state of North Dakote, so check to see what you might be eligible for! There is free money out there for your taking. You put your life on the line to fight for our country and thus you should be aided in the attempt to obtain a formal college degree.

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mozartNeuroscientists have been studying the process of brain development and music for years. Unfortunately, our schools do not teach us about the process of learning, areas of the brain and how the brain benefits from sound and rhythm. The role that music plays in our thought process has created a lot of interest in both the science and business community. There is more and more research that implies that music may have the capacity to hardwire our brain. The Mozart Effect is the idea that music and intelligence is linked directly to one another.

Why should we consider making music a part of our education? There is an increasing amount of people who take great interest in the Mozart Effect and how music may give us the power to heal, strengthen and find mindful creativity. The experiments conducted on this effect began in the 1980’s in which our nerve cells were linked to cell groups that had specified patterns. The rhythm that they found in the cells seemed to replicate various music genres. If there is a connection between neural functioning and audio is it possible that listening to music can boost our brain power and cell firing patterns?

Whether or not this finding is real, evidence does show that children who are exposed to music while learning do experience an enhanced learning pattern. Kids who are active in music training are often synchronized cognitively – they tend to be very advanced in speech and English skills. There are many students who choose to make music apart of their career by attending music school after graduating from high school which is why there are music-based educations throughout the country designed for those who find happiness and identity in self expression.

It’s quite often that for the majority of us, putting our headphones in is not something that we do for work or school because we’ve been taught not to. Although we may enjoy it on our down time, we tend to turn it off when it comes to focusing on a task at hand. Consider making it apart of your child’s focus to possibly make the learning process much more fulfilling. Music is a joy of life and it can also be a learning technique that helps students if they are struggling in academics. With a positive learning environment and desirable atmosphere music school gives students the chance to find excitement in growing up.

Music school is a great opportunity for anyone to find their creative self. There is so much importance within our education that it’s even more important that we find passion in it and make it something that children look forward to; this is why there are plenty of colleges designed for musicians and artists who find happiness and purpose in music.

3 Cool Ways To Make Your House More Green

Almost everyone is joining the movement towards sustainable living by recycling, carpooling, and using eco-friendly cleaners for their home and personal use. For those who wish to carry the green way of thinking into their home (other than natural cleaners) look below for some ideas.

  1. Go green energy – Installing solar panels should be a requirement for new builds in areas of the world where the sun never sets. In the U.S. states such as Arizona and Nevada benefit greatly from using solar energy. My in-laws live in Arizona and with the installation of solar panels of their roof it took what was an energy cost of $300 dollars per month during the summer down to almost nothing! There are even days when they don’t use all of the energy that their solar panels have created and with their system, that excess energy flows back into the grid for use by others and generates a credit for them. Solar panels are also a great selling point for a home since they cut monthly energy costs. There are also states that have so much wind blowing all the time that wind turbines make perfect sense. The state of Texas produces more wind energy than any other state in the U.S., and during 2013 wind energy accounted for over 8% of the energy generated for the entire state.
  2. Use the rain to your advantage – This is particularly useful in areas that are experiencing drought. Using rain barrels to collect rainwater from the gutters of a home as well as other areas of the property can save thousands of gallons of wasted water every year. Rain water typically just runs into the storm drains, so why not use it to water the lawn and the garden? The water can even be used for aquariums or ponds, as rainwater typically has very little chemicals. There are classes around the country that teach gardeners the concept of catching rainwater and many companies that sell rainwater catching systems.
  3. Stop mail abuse – Marketers have gone overboard with mailers and credit card offers that clog the average mailbox on any given day, and in turn creates more trash in our landfills. There are ways a homeowner can cut back on this trash by paying bills online, requesting that monthly statements be sent via email, and opting out of credit card offers. This can be done online at www.optoutprescreen.com, or if you wish to opt out by mail you can contact each of the credit agencies with a written request. Just be aware that they will ask you for personal information to be able to opt out of mailings, such as your social security number and date of birth. Opting out of mailings will cut back on the gas used to deliver these unwanted mailers and save the trees that are cut down for paper.

There are even appliances for the home that are considered to be green such as a composting toilet, or an electric or propane toilet that incinerates waste. Going green in the home is not a hard thing to do, it just requires a bit of time and a desire to help the environment.

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5 Tips For Making The Most Of A Tiny Living Space

If the 90’s was the era of living large it must be said that the 2000’s is the era of living small. In countries all over the world both single individuals and families are learning to live in smaller spaces and loving it. Living in a smaller space means less is spent on monthly expenses, and on the furniture and appliances needed to furnish a smaller abode. Making the most of a smaller space is easily accomplished; it just takes some creative thinking.

  1. Dual use furniture – There are many different ways that one piece of furniture can work double duty, such as using a dining table as a desk. Futons have changed through the years from the hard, unattractive pieces they used to be to stylish comfortable sofa and bed alternatives. Murphy beds, which have been around since the 1900’s are a great way to have a lovely living room set that easily converts to a bed when needed. They are highly customizable and a regular mattress can be used for the bed.
  2. Smaller appliances for smaller spaces – Manufactures are making appliances specifically to fit in the new small spaces such as compact under-the-counter refrigerators, dishwashers that are the size of a large drawer, and clothes washers and dryers that reside in one compact unit. Instead of a regular size stove, we now have “rangettes” which are much smaller in size but still have a stove and oven combo. If you don’t need the stove, a simple cooktop may be the answer for you.
  3. Use color wisely – If each room in a small space is painted a different color is can make the space feel boxy, small and uncoordinated. Using a light colored paint throughout the space will give it a light and airy feeling, and keep the eye moving which gives the illusion of space. If a color such as a light peach is used it will make the room look full of sunlight even on a cloudy day.
  4. Don’t crowd the space – a bit of minimalism is needed when living in a smaller area, as too much furniture will make the room appear cluttered. Pick pieces of furniture that will serve a function such as a bookcase that can double as a room divider. If you wish to display collections, keep them to a minimum and in the same color group. If you have several collections display them on a rotating basis as opposed to a clutter of knick-knacks everywhere.
  5. Use the light – If possible, replace kitchen cupboard doors with see through glass; this will make the kitchen appear larger. Use reflective surfaces such as mirrors on the walls to create the illusion of space. Ensure that window coverings do not block out the natural sunlight; use sheers for privacy rather than blinds which will allow sunlight to come through. If you hang curtains do so from the ceiling instead of the window frame; this will create the illusion of height in the room.

Living in a smaller space does not mean one has to give up comfort or style. With a bit of outside-the-box thinking you can turn your tiny space into the stylish home of your dreams.

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4 Ways To Save Money On Your Home Expenses

With the cost of utilities rising every year it’s no wonder that homeowners are looking to find ways to save money any way they can. Maintenance and repairs on a home can be costly, but by ensuring that your appliances are running at maximum efficiency a homeowner can cut some of their monthly costs down. Other ways to cut back on expenses for the home would include changing light bulbs to the newer, more energy efficient bulbs than last longer and cost less to run. If a homeowner wants to make some larger changes they would include:

  1. Swapping old model appliances to new Energy Star appliances – The Energy Star label indicates that the product is made according to international guidelines for energy efficient products, which was adopted in 1992 by many countries around the world. Products using this designation can experience up to 20% to 30% less in energy costs.
  2. Perform yearly maintenance – Several systems throughout a home need yearly maintenance to keep them running at peak efficiency. A water heater should be flushed out to remove sediment, which will ensure a long life for the tank. The anode rod, which hangs in the tank to keep rust at bay, should be checked for viability every year as well. If a homeowner takes the time to insulate their water heater it will result in less loss of heat from the tank by up to 45 percent, which in turn will lower energy costs. Other maintenance projects that can save homeowner money are cleaning clothes dryer vents, checking hoses on the clothes washer for leaks which will prevent mold and water damage, cleaning air conditioner and refrigerator coils, inspecting the roof for leaks in order to prevent water damage, and checking windows for air leaks that may need re-caulking.
  3. Heating and air conditioning are one of the most expensive monthly costs for a home. Installing a programmable thermostat will ensure that the home is being heated and cooled when people are in the house, but not wasting the energy to do so when there’s no one at home. Programmable thermostats are easy to install and can save the homeowner up to 10% of their monthly heating and cooling costs.
  4. Hire a professional – Some homeowners try to save money by engaging in do-it-yourself projects for the home. This is a great idea if you are a professional that knows the trade, but if you are not the project can end up costing much more than if you had hired a professional to begin with. Before a professional is hired for any project thoroughly check their references and even go so far as to check their previous work if possible. Check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure no complaints have been filed against the business for inferior work or unfair business practices.

There are many things that a homeowner can do to save on the expense of owning a home; it just takes a bit of research. Things such as properly insulating a basement or garage, installing solar panels, or even installing a wind turbine for creating energy can help to offset the cost of a home.

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Rising Tuition Costs Cause Increase Enrollment In Vocational Education

It’s no secret that college is expensive, especially when you’re unable to find employment right out of school. This is the case for many people and has become a ubiquitous struggle all around American and the rest of the world. People do not want to fork over thousands and thousands of dollars for a degree that may or may not find them a decent position working in an environment and they see fit. This is why attending vocational education is quickly becoming an easy substitute for the might and expensive university experienced.

Vocational education, otherwise known as career and technical education, prepares you for specific careers. You learn technical and specific skills that fully prepare you for employment. You don’t have to go through the process of getting your “gen-eds”  and taking classes you don’t want to take. Vocational education is for people who want to get right to work when they’re done with high school and don’t want to waste any time or money doing it. Vocational education isn’t just cheaper, but it’s way more efficient too as it puts you in the shoes of someone working your trade.

The only catch is that you have to be committed to a certain niche. You do not want to take classes learning how to be a welder and then decide half-way through that you want to pursue a journalism degree at university. Technical education is for people who want to do hands-on, technical things such as engineering, nursing and other medicine fields, technicians, architecture, etc. However people do seek out vocational education for law degrees; morticians too commonly choose career and technical education. It’s cheaper, faster, and can get out into the field which is where many people feel they need to be.

While tuition costs are increasing, they are starting to plateau, but this still leaves college has a major expense. Most students who don’t have the luxury of full-rides or getting their college paid for take on student loans. Student loans have become a norm throughout society which really says something considering most people can’t pay off their student loans for decades after they graduate. This is a problem that just can’t seem to be fixed which is why vocational education is looking more and more like the route to go.

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Being a Mortician Is a Calling

Being a mortician is not a job that everyone can handle, or that everyone would even like. It takes a special person to be a funeral director, since they are exposed to not just the deceased, whose body they will embalm, but also the grieving families, whom they will comfort.

Challenges of Being a Mortician

Many morticians see their job, accurately, as being called to serve people. Funeral directors handle many end-of-life arrangements for people, working with family members, and although we do not see it, they are deluged with paperwork,

Morticians have long hours and they are frequently called late at night to retrieve bodies to be prepared for cremation or burial. There is not much downtime. They deal with tragedies and death on a daily basis.

Preparing a Body

Our bodies will not last after death, and every step is taken to preserve a body with care, especially if the family and friends want an open-casket memorial or viewing. Morticians earn about $54,000 per year in the United States, but the care they provide to the family of a deceased loved one is priceless.

If a body will be buried, then its blood must be replaced within 24 hours with embalming fluid. For open-casket viewings, the morticians must reconstruct or reshape bodies, and they do so with the use of wax, plaster of Paris, cotton and clay. The last step is applying cosmetics, so that the deceased will look natural, and then dressing the bodies. This process may take from a half hour to over four hours.

“Buried” in Paperwork

When morticians are not working with sad families or preparing bodies for burial or cremation, they are busy with paperwork. This is a side of the job that we do not often see. There is much paperwork associated with someone’s death, including the papers submitted to the state, for the issuance of death certificates. Morticians also distribute copies of death certificates to heirs.

Morticians may help members of a family apply for burial benefits for a veteran who has died, and notify the Social Security Administration of this death. Funeral directors also may have the task of applying for transfer of insurance policies, annuities or pensions, for the surviving family members.

In fact, only about five percent of a funeral director’s work is dealing with an actual body. 45% is working with grieving families and 50% of their time goes to the completion of all the necessary paperwork.

Morticians Are Exposed to Crime Scenes

In May 2012, a mortician in Detroit discovered a gunshot wound in a body, where the Medical Examiner had ruled the death as being from natural causes. As she was preparing to embalm a 59-year-old man, the mortician found a small burned-looking area near the deceased person’s heart. It was a small caliber gunshot wound. This was reported in the Detroit Free Press.

The geographical area where the man had died was not a crime scene, because the police believed he died of natural causes. Now the crime scene was contaminated, and investigation was difficult. However, the mortician had discovered the true cause of death.

These are just some of the things you may not think of as being related to the job of being a mortician. These people take their work very seriously, and sometimes, as in the case of the man from Detroit, they even allow the dead to speak to the living.

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The Risky Side of Being a Zoologist

When you see zoologists with precious baby animals on late night TV, it is easy to imagine the aspects of the job that they love. However, zoologists have adventurous lives, including the time they spend studying animals in their natural habitats. Whether working outdoors or in laboratories, zoologists face job dangers unknown to other professionals.

What Types of Dangers Lurk for Zoologists?

Injuries on the Job

While they perform their job duties, zoologists may travel to areas of the world that are untamed. They spend time on water and land, both. This can place them at risk for injuries that have nothing to do with the animals they study. Slipping off sliding rocks and malfunctioning equipment could cause injuries unrelated to animals. Zoologists could even drown if they have a critical equipment malfunction.

Animal Attacks

Of course, the main injuries we attribute to the job are attacks by animals. Even with all the training they have, zoologists will sometimes be caught off guard by aggressive animals. Individual animals that they know personally can turn aggressive. In addition, zoologists working in the wild die from injuries that would not be life threatening in areas with emergency medical attention available.

Hazards in the Environment

Extreme temperatures could cause zoologists to suffer from frostbite or hypothermia in cold climates and dehydration in any climate. They could experience a shortage of clean water or food, especially if they are working in an area with which they are not familiar. Zoologists spending long periods away from their loved ones may experience psychological and emotional distress.

Diseases from Plants and Animals

Injured or sick animals or poisonous plants present a danger for zoologists, regardless of whether they are working outdoors or indoors. Improper handling of the blood of diseased animals can lead to illness. In the field, zoologists may accidentally encounter poisonous plants that can make them ill.

Ebola and AIDS are diseases for which scientists have no cure. Zoologists also need to be on guard for parasite infestations. Animals play host to some nasty diseases. As long as they take proper precautions, however, zoologists can protect themselves from most contact with the diseases of animals.

A Day in the Life of a Zoologist

In just a typical day in a zoo, zoologists and other workers may be injured while:

  • Carrying heavy bags of feed up slippery stairs in a habitat
  • Trying to open doors stuck on tracks and flying backwards into walls
  • Medicating territorial birds, some of which have six-inch long beaks
  • Handling loaded darts that contain enough vaccine for huge animals
  • Being knocked off catwalks above animal habitats
  • Being kicked by large-hooved animals
  • Handling and inhaling chemicals like bleach
  • Climbing trees with saws in-hand

The simplest tasks performed every day can cause injury to zoologists, even when they are exercising caution. Animals may have a much different personality than usual when you are talking about a mother bear protecting her cubs, for example. You can never be too careful when you work with wild animals.

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zoologistBeing a veterinarian and/or zoologist is no easy task. These professionals have a long list of demands that they must be able to meet in order to find any relative success in their field. Along with their extensive job description, the schooling needed in order to become either of the two is equally is grueling.

This is why you must seek out caution when deciding where to attend for schooling. Accidentally attending a non-accredited vet or zoology school could single handedly ruin your chances of becoming either a veterinarian or a zoologist; it will definitely affect how much you get paid.

In addition to the many traits that make a good veterinarian, seeking out the right education is equally as important. There are thousands of universities, colleges, and institutions that provide veterinarian programs that you can go through, but not all are accredited. There, at your program, you will learn about all the duties of a veterinarian. You will also engage in hands-on practice with animals. Many of the students that attend the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University choose to do private practice.

A very similar field to veterinary medicine is zoology. Animal Careers informs that zoologists are biologists that study various species; rather than caring for them as a veterinarian would do. Zoologists work in conjunction with vets however, as well as other professionals such as zoo keepers and biologists.

They engage in extensive studies to help improve living conditions as well as learn more about animal behavior. In order to be a zoologist, one must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. The AZA (Association of Zoos & Aquariums) is highly-touted as being the most prominent membership group that zoologists and other animal professionals seek out.

As you can see, being a veterinarian or a zoologist is no easy job. It takes lots of schooling and extensive amount of knowledge in order to be either of the two. That being said, it is crucial to attend the right schooling. Initially attending a non-accredited school could be the worst decision of your life if you are to become either a vet or a zoologist.

The credits do not transfer easily to other accredited universities, and several employers do not acknowledge degrees from non-accredited schools. Also, there is the lingering thought that non accredited schools do not provide the same quality of education as an accredited school would.

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Pregnant woman getting ultrasound from doctorAmong the extensive list of “modern day heroes” rests registered nurses; the heroes with long white gowns who ensure your stay at a hospital or health clinic is comfortable as possible, and also provide doctors, anesthesiologists, and surgeons with all the needed information. But adding to that list could be ultrasound technicians, as many RNs are planning to switch from their nursing positions to holding a position as an ultrasound tech.

Nurses focus more on patient care while ultrasound techs focus on diagnostic medical sonography (from Global Post). However, registered nurses have to go through extensive procedures to being licensed and certified while most ultrasound technicians do not; in fact only a few states in the US demand ultrasound technicians to be licensed. There is the question of who gets the better pay, but to many people’s surprise the pay is roughly equal; it all depends on where and whom they work for.

For pay charts, see these links:

http://www.wikiprofessional.org/Ultrasound_technician_salary

http://www.wikiprofessional.org/Registered_Nurse_Salary

However, the biggest difference between the jobs other than the duties of each is the outlook. As a registered nurse, the job percent growth rests at 26% – not a bad number for such an important position. But as an ultrasound technician, the job percent growth is at a whopping 44%!

So why are nurses wanting to switch to being ultrasound technicians? A blog post on allnurses.com suggests that the life of an ultrasound technician is WAY less stressful than the life of a registered nurse.

Both jobs have their fair share of struggling aspects, but ultrasound technicians do not do nearly as much bouncing back and forth between patients and constantly being given new assignments. It should also be noted that most ultrasound tech programs are about two years long, but depending on the institution, the wait could be equal to that.

Being an ultrasound technician is very different from being an RN. First of all, you work a lot in dimly lit rooms working with x-rays and other sonographical equipment. You don’t spend nearly as much time hustling and bustling about like you would as an RN.

It may be a little more peaceful and slow-paced, but it demands just as much focus and intelligence. Having a deep understanding of the equipment before you is mandatory to being a good ultrasound tech as well as being able to work independently as well as with other patients. Some patients are scared of x-ray equipment, so being personable is a very important aspect.

VeterinarianBeing an excellent veterinarian is in no way easy work. As one of the the fastest growing medical profession jobs, veterinarians are held to the highest expectations. Whether it’s at an actual veterinary clinic, a farm, or some other place, this world needs good veterinarians in order to function properly. Without veterinarians, our food supply would diminish, and many animals would suffer as well in addition to spreading diseases. This is why there are key elements to being a veterinarian that are crucial to success.

First of all, communication is a very prized trait. Being a good communicator will not only improve your relationship with pet owners, but it will also better inform them. It’s a horrible feeling when you take your pet to the vet and even after they briefed you, you still have no idea what is going on. This is why communication is a must when it comes to being a good veterinarian.

Furthermore, more than just communication is customer service skills. Pets And Pests says that great customer service skills will ensure that the customer is comfortable and better treated within the facility. It’s important to keep in mind that veterinary clinics are businesses, and in order for a business to succeed, it must be well liked. This means being friendly and kind to all whom enter the door.

This also goes hand-in-hand with business skills. Knowing how to manage paperwork, appointments, licensing, and other vet clinic demands are all requirements to being a good veterinarian.

Your personality is another big thing that will better strengthen the relationship between you, the veterinarian, and the customer as well as the pet. If the pet owner likes you, there is a better chance that the pet itself will like you as well.

This means being compassionate and really feeling for the pet. It’s said that pets can often times know your feelings better than you can; if this is true than you must be genuinely empathetic with the pet owners and pets. This will ensure that they are provided the highest quality of health care available.

Last but not least, you must be good with your hands. Since most vet work is all hands on, whether it be with tools or otherwise, so having strong, sturdy hands is a must. Nobody is going to trust you with his or her pet if he or she is not comfortable in your skills. Surgical procedures can become extremely complex and difficult, so you must be prepared to focus and not make any mistakes. It’s a difficult thing, but people love their pets. This is why veterinarians are held to such a high standard.

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petrol-engineering-background-imageI’m confident when I say that engineers are prized as being some of the most high-paying specialists out there in the world today, and also some of the most important to our nation and world. Petroleum engineers right now have been reaping in the benefits of the economy and position of demand that petroleum has found itself.

So what does a petroleum engineer do?

According to CNN, petroleum engineers use a variety of skills such as math, physics, and geology to do their job. They oversee digging operations, evaluate drill sites, and lots of managing work. On top of all this they handle lots of the financial business. This means as a petroleum engineer you must be able to be good with numbers and know how to estimate costs, as well as cut them.

Why are petroleum engineers so prized? Well, the median salary right now is running at roughly $163,000! That’s quite a bit of money considering an entry level position would already be right around six-figures; given, not everyone is cut out to be a petroleum engineer.

EveryDayLife states that at least a 4-year Bachelor’s degree is needed in order to be a petroleum engineer, but there are Master’s programs available. There are also an estimated 30,200 jobs available right now, with an expected increase of 17% over the next 10 years.

Some of the perks of being a petroleum engineer are actually quite big. For one, you get to travel a lot. While you may have to work long hours and shifts, you may get the chance to go places that you have never been able to otherwise.  For something a little more noteworthy, the Society of Petroleum Engineers reports that U.S. Respondents receive on average an additional $50,000 per year; about a third of what their salary normally is.

I think it’s safe to say that petroleum engineers are paid quite well. However, being a petroleum engineer is quite challenging. You must have great problem solving skills and be able to think outside-the-box in order to create solutions. This is all in addition to being proficient with all the technical aspects too, which can be quite comprehensive. Having a profound knowledge of drilling rigs as well as all of the geology involved with petroleum is crucial to being a successful petroleum engineer.

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obamacareWhile the implementation of ObamaCare has definitely been met with extreme opposition from around the U.S., there are a group of people who do not see as much of the negative effects as others do – these people range from those who take care of patients while they are in the hospital to those who only see patients from time to time.

Obamacare is actually helping the words and ideas of various nurses be vocalized and presented in a way that can be beneficial to them. For so long, nurses have been at the receiving end of the nation’s health care treatment, and they have been getting the “short end of the stick” because of it. But with the recent Health Care Reform, the American Nurses Association, or ANA, is happy that their message as been received.

Now, with ObamaCare, more and more people are being given high-quality health care and are not forced to suffer on their own. Many more people now have a tighter security to losing their health insurance as well, which means many medical fields are expected to grow exponentially within the coming years.

The ANA however does recognize that it still is not perfect, and perhaps never will. From NursingWorld.org, the ANA “recognizes the debate of health care is not over, and remains committed to educating the nursing public about how the changing system impacts our lives and our profession.”

Another big positive in the world of healers and believers comes in the form of perspective. Recently a large conference hosted by the AOP and College of Optometrists titled Fresh Eyes has brought optometrists and speakers from all over the United Kingdom together to share their knowledge. This has not yet been done before, so this was extremely beneficial and many good things are to come from it.

Discussed at this conference were various innovative techniques improve contact lenses, children testing, corrective eye aid comfort, and also several legal pitfalls that hinder the advancement of optometry to the public.

Several new types of equipment and recent researched was shared to give more insight towards the importance of corrective eye-wear and corrective lenses as well. At the conclusion of the two-day conference, nearly everyone was in agreement that it was extremely beneficial and that the most important thing they, as students and teachers, had to do was to communicate their ideas with one another more often.

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LifeInTheNICUDo you have a soft-heart for infants and enjoy caring for them? If so, a career in neonatal nursing could be right up your alley! Intensive Care Neonatal nurses (or NICU RNs) are the medical professionals responsible for providing care for newly born babies that need intensive care at hospitals and other health clinics.

As a neonatal intensive care unit registered nurse, you have the responsibility of providing immediate care to patients (newly born infants). After birth, babies must be assessed accurate and all information must be recorded; things such as weight, height, and vital signs are all very important information.

Because these neonatal nurses are in the intensive care unit, information regarding the babies diagnosis and treatment must be communicated to other doctors and nurses as well as the parent(s). From there, proper steps are sought out.

Neonatal nurses must be able to function well not only with infants, but also technology. Incubators and ventilators must be adjusted and set on a consistent basis to provide the ideal environment for the infants; keeping tabs on the baby’s IV and heart rate as well as blood pressure and other vital signs. Another required skill is multi-tasking and the ability to care for up to four patients at once.

When a NICU RN has a full plate in front of them, it can be stressful to take care of so many patients at once. Not only is it mentally stressful, but also physically as these specialists spend a lot of time walking, standing, bending, and carrying. An energetic, positive, physically healthy individual is needed to be a NICU RN.

Another popular type of nurse is a CRNA, or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. The exact job description of these nurses varies depending on location, but most of the type CRNAs work side by side with physicians, surgeons, and anesthesiologists to make sure the patient is feeling as little pain as possible during his or her stay at the given health care clinic or hospital. CRNAs must be extremely knowledgeable and be willing to help out any other medical professional with his or her job.

Because of this CRNAs have to be quick and fast acting as they are always on their feet, as well as being eager to help out. CRNAs also have the responsibility of assessing patients and clearing them for discharge.

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cosmetologyIf you are one for the finer things in life, maybe a career in cosmetology has interested you before. If so, then you should be informed that there has been a recent explosion in the field of cosmetology with a sudden demand for estheticians. Estheticians are celebrity stylists who are personal “beauty assistants” for given celebrities (most commonly actors and actresses). Check out this more detailed look at how to become an esthetician.

According to jobmonkey.com, celebrity stylists are specialists when it comes to hair styling, makeup, manicures, pedicures, facials, hair removal, and massages. These assistants get the luxury of working one-on-one with the celebrities of their dreams, and better yet, they get to make them glorious so he or she can look good for the camera.

Among the many positives of being an esthetician, such as the various pros of being close with celebrities, there is the benefit of building a reputation for yourself. By belonging to an esthetic agency, you are given “assignments” to work for. These assignments of course are other celebrities whom are seeking the skills of professional cosmetologists. You could get the chance to tour the world and travel with celebrities.

Estheticians however are also known to do freelance work. By not belonging to any given agency, one has the benefit of setting his or her own price and also accepting or declining any offers given. Also, estheticians are known to eventually end up on the big screen! Sometimes producers who are shooting movies or TV shows need fill-in characters, and who’s better than the make-up artist who can turn anybody into, well, anybody!

While this may sound like the job of your dreams, there are unfortunately a few downsides to the job. There is the ever-longing impression that you, as an esthetician, are merely a “make-up slave”. Unfortunately when you are hired by a celebrity’s management, you do have to do what they say and work whatever hours they want you to work. While this is all surely worked out before any sort of agreement or contract is struck,  there have been extreme disagreements.

I fall back to CBS Los Angeles where an esthetician was rumored to have been connected in a murder-plot to kill a nearby competitor. Because freelance estheticians have to compete directly against agencies as well as other freelancers, things can get a little hairy; especially considering the amount of money some celebrities are willing to pay estheticians to go on the road with them.

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engineering-images-3Engineering is one of the most important and crucial elements to the successful world in which we live in today. Without engineers, none of technology, whether that be computer or mechanical, would be at the advanced state that it is today. With that said, there is quite a difference between computer engineering and mechanical engineering despite a whole of similarities. Both are equally important to our daily lives as well as those of the future.

If you are a desired engineer then it is key to know which fields of engineering you want to go into; there are many, but right now computer and mechanical engineering are among the top echelon of most valuable degrees. An article on Forbes lists out the most valuable college degrees and it’s no surprise that computer science (very similar to computer engineering) is listed as Forbes’s number 2 spot.

One of the biggest differences separating computer engineering from mechanical engineering is how the skills apply to other aspects within the given field. For instance, learning the ins-and-outs of one style of computer will also guarantee you a little bit of knowledge if you were to look at different style of computer.

Because most of the “language” is the same and most computers all have the same key components that make the computer work (a mother board, a processor, etc.) a lot of what you learn about one computer can easily be applied to other computers.

However, this is not the same for a mechanical engineer. If you go into mechanical engineering, you will most commonly fall into a niche. Let’s say a specialist with washing machines, or perhaps microwaves, or even boats or trucks. You specialize in one thing to learn about, and it’s that one thing that you learn ALL about.

Because our world of mechanization is so vast and has been translated into several different styles, the guts of a washing machine are going to look extremely different than the guts of a speed boat.

With that said, there is also one huge factor that seems to give a slight edge to computer engineering over mechanical engineering, and that is salary. According to BusinessInsider, there are roughly 20 large companies that utilize computer engineers with an average salary of six figures. That is crazy considering the same can NOT be said for mechanical engineers. Yes, mechanical engineers are still very ubiquitous and in demand, but computer engineers are guaranteed way more money in this day in age.

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anesthesiaMedical professionals often have a lot of pressure on their hands during their time of work. Because so many people are often at the mercy of their respective doctors and physicians, it is so crucial that the professionals have the required amount of practice, knowledge, and experience before stepping into the limelight. As an anesthesiologist, you are in charge of providing the anesthesia for patients who have to undergo surgery or some sort of treatment where they must be numbed from the pain. As you can expect, one slight slip up could easily cost the patient his or her life.

An interview with an experienced anesthesiologist on the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society’s website shows a few traits that are required if you want to be an anesthesiologist. A keen eye for detail is among one of the most important. Being observant and able to pick up on small things can often times be the difference between life and death for a patient.

As an anesthesiologist you must select and pick out the right drug for the patient, if you are sloppy, lazy, or just plain dumb you might just possibly select a drug that either is not compatible with the patient, not strong enough, or plausibly something that he/she is allergic to. Dealing with this amount of stress and pressure is something that you must get used to as an anesthesiologist. Because some patients don’t have a whole lot of time for you to think things through, you must be willing to think on your feet and make split-second decisions – accurate split-second decisions that is.

The field of anesthesiology is said to have excellent job security given that you are proficient in the work field. The only real reason you should lose your job as a doctor or anesthesiologist is if you suddenly lack the competence to be one; very rarely do medical professions such as those lose their job simply to other competition.

Of course, there are many ups and downs of such a high stake career. One of the best things about being an anesthesiologist is actually working in those life-or-death situations. When you have that high amount of stress and pressure on your shoulders, and you perform exceptionally, it makes it that much greater you can take a moment to reflect to know that you could very well have just saved someone’s life. For that, there is no greater feeling.

Another great positive of being an anesthesiologist is that you get to work with other people and function as a unit. Because everyone relies on each other’s skills and expertise, it is very much a team-oriented experience when you must dive into the action; a very well-paid team at that.

But just like other jobs, there are some serious down sides to being an anesthesiologist. Of course, there is the feeling of making a mistake. When you make a mistake as an anesthesiologist, you tend to feel it heavier than most other occupations because that commonly means you just ruined someone’s chances at life when they needed it.

On a less serious note, the hours of anesthesiologists can be brutal as you will have to work all through-out the day and night on some occasions. Such a high-stress job can also have a serious mental toll as well as Fox News reports that recent studies have shown anesthesiology residents have been struggling with substance abuse.

The New Challenges of Being a Phlebotomist

There aren’t many professions where one has to be able to stand the sight of blood, but if you’re a phlebotomist, blood is something you have to be all too comfortable around. Phlebotomists have the responsibility of collecting blood from people in order to run tests and analyze it.

Blood tests are needed in order to diagnose illness, and also experiment with when developing new innovative medical practices. Phlebotomists are often under-looked in the medical field, but without their steady supply of blood, other medical professionals would have a very hard time.

The job out look for phlebotomists is excellent as there aren’t a whole lot of people that want to be a phlebotomist. Very few can stand the sight of blood, let alone the needles and veins that go along with it.

The average phlebotomy salary is $25,00-30,500, but being a phlebotomist does not require extensive schooling like many other medical professions; that being said, phlebotomy requires just as much precision, patience, and accuracy as well as 200 hours of training and a national certification which is granted by passing a specific exam with a 70% or better.

One of the best schools for phlebotomy is the Southwestern Illinois College of Phlebotomy. Through this course you take many classes that lead up to actual clinical education experiences. This puts those aspiring to be phlebotomists out in the field working on real patients under supervision of his or her instructor.

These clinic sessions run Monday through Friday; in order to pass the clinics you need at least 120 hours of supervised experience. Beyond the experience, auto and health insurance is required in addition to a few medical requirements and a background check too. This school is one of the finest out there for phlebotomy, but it is not easy to make it all the way through. This school separates good from great.

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Dental Hygienist: Saving Lives

Most people are quick to discount the importance of their local dental hygienist, but you can’t overlook their job in the medical field. Dental hygienists don’t just scrape the food out of your teeth and complain about how you need to brush more.

Hygienists are responsible for reviewing your overall oral health, which can include other areas such as your head and neck, but also taking x-rays, taking teeth impressions, removing plaque, influencing good oral hygiene, and also all of the documentation that goes along with it. It’s safe to say that being a dental hygiene is not an easy job, and requires lots of training and schooling before one can jump into the field and take on patients. It is, however, handsomely rewarding.

Each state also has a variety of specific regulations that are different from one another, so the role of a dental hygiene is often different from state to state.

What people don’t realize is the actual importance of dental hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth, what’s the worse that could happen? Well, poor oral hygiene can in many ways lead to oral cancer.

Drinking alcohol, using tobacco, chewing betel nut (or paan, as it is known in India), and even excessive swishing with mouthwash can all lead to oral cancer. Oral cancer definitely isn’t as fatal as some other forms of cancer, but the results can be very discomforting.

Those who do not diagnose their oral cancer fast enough let the tumors build up; the only way to remove them is through extensive surgery which can lead to removing whole parts of the face and mouth. Oral cancer is not a pretty thing, and it can all be prevented by visiting your dental hygienist to make sure you are doing everything you can to ensure a healthy mouth.

Brushing and flossing after meals and avoiding high-sugar foods can easily contribute to a healthy oral region, but avoiding tobacco and alcohol play just as much of a role.

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Real Estate Agent: Not an Easy Life

In the modern day work field where products and services and bought and sold, real estate agents represent the best of the best. Their marketing skills are second-to-none and their knowledge of “the business” is equally as impressive. With that said, real estate agents didn’t get to where they are on accident. In order to be a real estate agent you have to have a finely tuned set of skills, a vast understanding of marketing, and whole lot of professional charm.

While each state differs on their requirements for qualifying to be a real estate agent, you can expect to need roughly 75 hours of in-class schooling. These classes can be taken at actual real estate schools, but they can also be provided at universities as well as online; some popular firms, like Prudential and Coldwell Banker, have their own schools.

After you have completed your required amount of in-class hours, a final exam will be given. The exam itself will cost around $100 on average, but the classes you took before can cost around $500; becoming a real estate agent is not cheap as there are a lot of things that you need to learn.

Once you have completed your exam, you will get your license. Luckily for you, real estate agents don’t have that hard of a time finding job. Firms will often be scouting for talent and may even come to you. However, you must pick the right firm to work for. Each firm is different in terms of pay, routine, strategy, etc., so finding the right one to fit you is crucial. Once you have found the right firm for you, it is time to get started.

A typical real estate agent salary can be quite large, but don’t expect to be making six-figures when you first get started. Often times the first month of working is brutal because you make next to nothing, so budget accordingly. Once you get your feet going, you will start to make some decent figures, but it comes at a price. While it costs a lot of money to get licensed, it costs even more to stay licensed.

License renewals as well as other fees can add up to well over $1000 a year. On top of the cost, the work itself can be frustrating. On the outside, buyers and sellers look to be gentle, kind, and sympathizing people, but you must keep in mind that real estate works with loads of cash; people tend to get emotional when negotiating with large amounts of money.

Being a real estate agent is not an easy life. You need an extremely flexible schedule to bend and fit the needs of your buyer or seller every step of the way. It’s a costly business to get into, but once you jump in and get your feet wet, it really starts to pay off. Real estate is a booming industry that will always have ways to keep itself going. Top notch real estate agents, like possibly you, help keep the real estate business alive and booming.

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