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  • Nursing Shoes: The Most Important Accessory for Healthcare Professionals

    As an LPN/LVN, Paramedic or Respiratory Therapist, you could be spending the majority of your day on your feet, running from patient to patient to provide the best care and attention that you possibly can. But by the time you finish your hectic day and have a minute to sit down, you might notice that your dogs are barkin’, and we’re not talking about our fuzzy, four-legged companions here.

    We’re talking about your feet, and more specifically, the type of shoes you’re wearing throughout the day. Did you know that most foot pain is caused by shoes that don’t fit properly and can cause pain to other parts of the body, like the back and neck? 

    But there might be a cure to your pain. Brands such as Sketchers, LA Gear and Reebok created footwear that make for the perfect nurse shoes that can help improve posture and blood circulation, relieve stress to knees, strengthen backs and even help tone muscles! These “nursing shoes” could help you throughout the day and leave you feeling more pain-free when you’re done with your shift.

    You work hard as a healthcare professional, and just like the care you provide to your patients, you need to care of yourself.  Make sure to treat yourself (and your feet!) with the care you deserve. Investing in comfortable nurse shoes is the first step.

    We want to hear from you. Have you tried any of the brands of nursing shoes mentioned above? What did you think of the nurse shoes you tried? Leave us a comment below or post to the Facebook page!

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  • Is There Such a Thing as a Recession-Proof Job?

    A recession-proof job is something that is going to continually be in demand and something that cannot be outsourced.  Healthcare is at the top of the list of recession-proof jobs.


    The baby-boomer generation is aging.  Nurses and other healthcare professionals in the industry now are retiring and they themselves will need care.  This makes healthcare an industry that is going to grow in terms of demand.


    According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, ten out of the 20 fastest growing occupations are in healthcare. Between now and 2018, the healthcare field will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs. This means more openings for healthcare professionals, and the opportunity to find placement within the field after completing a healthcare degree.


    Where to find the jobs

    Jobs in healthcare are found throughout the country, but they are concentrated in the larger states such as Florida. A 2009 report by the Florida Center for Nursing identifies two important points for potential Florida healthcare workers:

    • The potential nurse workforce in Florida – those with an active license, eligibility to practice, and a Florida address – increased by 5.4% over two years.
    • Florida’s nursing jobs can be found not only in hospitals, but in home health agencies and nursing facilities.
    • These points reflect the growth of Florida’s healthcare career field and the chance to break into the industry.

    How to begin a healthcare career

    The first step in pursuing a healthcare career is by completing a certification, licensure or obtaining a college degree. For those looking to spring board into this career field, completing college credit by examination is an ideal choice.


    iStudySmart.com provides students the tools they need to  test out of CLEP, DSST (formerly known as DANTES Subject Standardized Test) and Excelsior College exams. For healthcare students, in particular, iStudySmart.com offers a wide variety of courses for those working toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing.


    Why Choose iStudySmart.com

    Completing college credit by examination through iStudySmart.com allows students the flexibility to study at their own pace and in an environment that’s most comfortable for them. The traditional college classroom is eliminated, but the support and assistance needed to pass the exams is still there.


    iStudySmart.com’s courses are affordable and available in three formats: online, workbooks or CD-ROMs. Discounts are available for HCA employees and a referral rewards program is offered to all students.


    For more information, visit www.iStudySmart.com or call 800-737-2222.



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