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How to Begin a Career in Nursing

May 23, 2018

If you have a natural empathy with others and a desire to help people, the nursing is a career that might be for you. There is always demand for nursing staff, and it is an industry that is growing because larger and aging populations mean that more people require nursing care. Being a nurse is also fulfilling, as the opportunity to diversify in the field allows you to develop your skills in an area you’re most interested in. Nursing is a varied role where you will learn a variety of skills and disciplines. But what exactly does a nurse do, and how do you get started on a nursing career?

The Role of a Nurse

Although nurses may work in different niches of the medical profession, there are some tasks that they mostly have in common. Some of the core values of nursing are to care, to be understanding of patient’s needs, and to allow them dignity while under care. Nursing duties may include practical tasks, like performing a physical examination of patients, administering medications, treating wounds and injuries. Other duties may be to keep patient records updated, giving advice to patients on healthcare topics, and supervising other staff. It can be a varied, fast paced role with scope to specialize.

How to Start a Nursing Career

To become a nurse, there are formal training required. This means graduating from an accredited program, such as a nursing diploma or bachelors’ degree. Becoming a nurse can take anywhere from two to four years, depending on previous education and what level of nursing you want to work in. Training consists of practical placement work, as well as classroom-based study. Once you have passed exams and obtained the relevant qualifications, you need to obtain a state license before you begin employment. If you’re unable to study in a formal setting, then there are ways to go about this. For instance, online study is a great way of studying if you already have a job or family to tend to. Plus, you’ll be able to find many flexible working hours, thanks to Millennials who don’t want to be confined to a 9-5 job.

How much do Nurses Earn?

The salary of a nurse will depend on their level of experience and qualifications, and may also depend upon where they work. For example, nurses salary in Texas may be more or less than in other states, due to the average wage. However, the income you can earn from being a nurse, plus other benefits such as paid sick leave, flexible shift hours, vacation time, and health insurance, make it a profession where you have the potential to earn a high income and save money on other things.

The nursing profession is one that is well-respected, and the opportunity to help people and benefit their lives makes it a fulfilling career. As a nurse, your skills will always be in demand giving you many employment choices. By taking on further training, you can learn to specialize in a niche of nursing, such as mental health care or becoming a therapist, so the opportunity to develop your career is not limited. If you are looking to train as a nurse or thinking about changing your career, nursing is a profession that benefits others and yourself in countless ways. It can be rewarding for both you any many others.

 

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The most beneficial bedroom houseplants

May 21, 2018

Thinking about adding a houseplant to your bedroom, but don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing? Join DM Design — a fitted bedroom specialist — as they use data from NASA and the American College to guide your houseplant choices.

Houseplants and their benefits

So, what properties of houseplants make them so beneficial for both your bedroom and the rest of your home? Not only can they add a touch of green to urban spaces, they also purify air without costing a fortune. Studies have shown that houseplants have been found to help with concentration, promote better sleep and reduce anxiety among people who live around them on a day-to-day basis too.

The Plantsman, when reporting on a 2016 piece which was published in the RHS’s journal, underlined: “As placing indoor plants in rooms is one of the simplest changes that can be made to enhance the environment, it stands out as a practical and affordable support for health.”

Top plants and their properties

Advice from NASA and the American College suggests that these houseplants would be the best additions:

1. Aloe Vera

The medicinal properties of Aloe Vera plants are well-publicised. The clear and cool gel of an Aloe Vera leaf can be applied to burns, cuts, rashes and areas of sunburn to provide instant relief and speed up the healing process.

It’s also one of the best plants for air purification, releasing oxygen on a regular basis during the night, and fighting against both benzene — an ingredient of detergents — and formaldehyde — found in varnishes — to ensure a room’s air remains pure.

Keep your Aloe Vera plant in a sunny indoor location — they’re very susceptible to frost. Furthermore, plant them in a spacious pot that contains soil which has been well drained beforehand.

2 Areca Palm

The Areca Palm is also known as the Bamboo Palm, the Golden Cane Palm and the Yellow Butterfly Palm.

With its air-purifying benefits, the plant is said to be great for those who often have colds or sinus problems due to it regularly releasing moisture into the air.

This type of plant loves bright but indirect light, so choose your spot wisely! The leaves will begin to turn yellowish-green if you get it wrong!

3. Boston Fern

The Boston Fern scooped ninth place in NASA’s run-down of the top air-purifying plants. A key reason for this is that the plant is very adept at removing formaldehyde from rooms.

Chemical sensitivity is common with this type of plant. Smoke from coal fires and wood burners can also be toxic to the plant, which means that they should be placed away from any spaces susceptible to draughts.

You may want to let your Boston Fern hang off the top of a wardrobe or chest of drawers to highlight its drooping nature.

4. Chinese Evergreen

The Chinese Evergreen is appealing in that it’s fairly straight-forward to look after. The plant can grow even in areas of low light — no need to worry about placing it in a dark bedroom then.

As the plant spends more time in your bedroom, it will remove an increasing number of toxins from the air. Make sure you keep the plant away from bright sunlight (which can actually scorch its leaves), water regularly with cool water and feed with plant food once every three to four weeks.

Sources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5009063/The-plants-NASA-says-NEED-bedroom.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/how-to-grow/houseplants-every-home-better-multi-tasking-pollution-busters/

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/aloe-vera/aloe-vera-plant-care.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/areca-palm/growing-areca-palm-indoors.htm

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/special-care-areca-indoor-palm-trees-43127.html

https://www.ourhouseplants.com/plants/boston-fern

https://www.flowercouncil.co.uk/campaign/october-2016-chinese-evergreen-is-houseplant-of-the-month

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4 Tips for the Best Bath Ever

May 20, 2018

Do you love taking a long, hot, relaxing bath in the evenings? How would you like to make your baths even more enjoyable? There are plenty of things you can do that will turn your bath into the next best thing to a spa experience, at a fraction of the cost. It just takes a bit of creativity to set things up, and then you need to find some time for yourself (later in the evening, after the kids have gone to bed so you can really relax). Whether you’re vacationing at an extended stay hotel or just a stay-cation at home, here are five tips that will help you to create the best bath ever.

1)   Set the Mood

The first thing to do is set the mood. Get rid of the overhead light, and set up some tea lights or candles. These are small and can be placed anywhere in the bathroom. They also don’t cost much. You can find tea lights and candles at your local dollar store. Decorate the entire bathroom with tea lights, and you will have the perfect atmosphere all ready for any time you want to enjoy a relaxing bath. Don’t forget to turn on some mood music while you are at it. It can be anything, as long as it is music that helps you to relax.

2)   Stock Up on Snacks

You might get hungry while having your bath, so make sure that you have some munchies in the bathroom. That way, you won’t have to get up in the middle of your bath. Opt for your favorite treats, even if that means preparing a big sandwich before you head into the bathroom. You can also keep treats in the bathroom so they are always there, such as chocolate and other munchies. Keep your treats within reach, but not so close that they could end up falling into the tub.

3)   Use Relaxing Bath Products

Now it is time to choose your bath products. Look for scented bath oils, beads, and bath salts that will give you a mini aroma therapy session right in your bathroom. You can pamper your skin while you are at it by using body scrubs with rings. These scrubs are made with ingredients that will keep your skin soft and give it a healthy glow. Plus, you will get a beautiful piece of jewelry to wear long after the product is all gone (of course, you’ll want to get more, because they are awesome for your bath, and you’ll love the jewelry).

4)   Lay Back and Relax

All that is left to do is lay back in the warm water and relax. Make sure that your head is supported. If not, you will not be comfortable, and all of your work to create your perfect bath atmosphere will be for nothing. You can buy special inflatable bathtub pillows, or you can even fold up a towel or two and make your own neck support pillow. Now, enjoy your bath for at least 20 to 30 minutes. Make sure that you tell everyone that you want some alone time and not to disturb you during your me time.

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The future of food, technology and family life on the go

May 15, 2018

Jaguar Land Rover have partnered up with chef, Jamie Oliver, to design and create a fully functioning kitchen inside an SUV. The Land Rover Discovery Kitchen is a truly bespoke model that highlights complete versatility of the Land Rover Discovery. Jamie Oliver worked alongside Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team to bring his vision of a kitchen on wheels to life – and they did it with style and innovation.

Oliver had a big list of must-haves that he handed over to Land Rover – Lisa Tookey, chief revenue officer and head of commercial partnerships at Jamie Oliver Ltd, said: “Jamie is probably the most creative person I’ve ever met – he has a constant pipeline of brilliant ideas. Some of them are bonkers. If you let him run wild, this is what the outcome is.”

She added: “We always want to deliver the unexpected and believe that this partnership does just that whilst showcasing the future of food, technology and family life on the go.”

The Land Rover Discovery features a fully integrated kitchen, utilising every bit of space and technology available. Whilst Land Rover already have a reputation for integrating only the most state-of-the-art technology, this model features some of the best culinary gadgets. The centre console, usually home to the instrument panel, features a fully functioning two slice toaster, whilst the engine bay is home to a 4.7 litre slow cooker and the boot stores the fully equipped fold and slide out kitchen worktop with two gas hobs, a sink and a veneered finished surface. The worktop area is also fitted with an integrated slide out 40” flat screen TV with connectivity, and can be turned into a dining table to eat at.  

Both rear windows have been custom built with external access to the model’s very own herb garden on the right and 11-piece spice rack on the left. The herb garden can accommodate up to 8 living plants. The real first for anything in the motor industry was to develop technology that churned butter whilst you drove the vehicle – the Discovery is fitted with three 5 litre butter churners mounted onto the wheels.

David Fairbairn, head of bespoke at SVO, commented: “As a team, we never imagined we would be asked to produce wheels that churn butter so it has been great fun working alongside Jamie to bring his vision to life. He really wanted to push the boundaries of what was possible with this versatile vehicle and the team fully embraced the challenge.”

And, of course, it wouldn’t truly be a fully functioning kitchen on wheels without a dual folding BBQ mounted onto a metal table with grill rack and rotisserie that is powered by the Land Rover engine. With this model, Jamie Oliver and the Land Rover SVO team have completely broken the boundaries of family life on the go with the Land Rover Discovery Kitchen. The project demonstrated the extent of JLR’s specialist bespoke modifications. Land Rover said: “All of the modifications are fully functional, meaning that Jamie and his family can cook a meal from scratch using the Discovery.”

Jamie Oliver was impressed by the bespoke 4X4 kitchen on wheels too, commenting: “I gave Land Rover a massive challenge to create the ultimate kitchen on wheels. I dreamt big and asked for a lot…

“I didn’t think they’d actually be able to put a slow-cooker next to the engine and an olive oil dispenser in the boot, but they did. The result is an amazing Discovery, tailored perfectly for me and the family – we love it. This unique creation means we can take our culinary adventures to the next level.”

This is just an example of how vehicles can be modified to the requirements of customers. Although the Discovery Kitchen is designed as a one-off, it proves that specialist modifications are almost limitless today. The automotive industry is progressively introducing new innovative technologies to enhance the driving experience and make life easier. Jamie Oliver’s vision to prove that family life and food on the go is possible has been realised, and simply on the horizon in the future. From Jaguar Land Rover’s perspective, the project was an opportunity to demonstrate the talent and bespoke nature of its SVO team to a mass audience.

Sources

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/cars/862653/Jamie-Oliver-Land-Rover-Discovery-custom

http://www.thedrum.com/news/2017/10/07/jamie-oliver-and-jaguar-land-rover-partner-showcase-discoverys-potential-car-kitchen

https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/why-jamie-oliver-partnered-jaguar-land-rover-car-kitchen-built/1447835

 

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4 Essential Tips when Preparing Your Garden’s Soil

May 14, 2018

You can have the perfect crops, the perfect weather conditions, and treat your plants with the best care, but if you have the wrong soil, to begin with, you are setting yourself up for failure. The quality of your soil will have a direct effect on the types of yields you can get, the appearance of your plants, and the quality of your produce. In this article, we’re going to give you a few simple tips to give your plants the best soil possible.

Feed your Soil

Plants soak up the minerals and nutrients in the soil and it’s important to replenish it every season for best results. In this case, compost is the best option. Compost has everything your plants need to grow – healthy microbes, beneficial bacteria, and all types of fungi that facilitate plant growth.

You can use your own compost or buy some compost from your nearest garden retailer if you wish. Try to spread a 1.5 to 2-inch layer of compost over your fresh soil and dig it in. But make sure you dig and double dig your soil first to allow plants to breathe and roots to penetrate.

Let Nature do the Work

Once you’ve spread your compost, leave some time for earthworms to start settling in and turn the compost for you. Earthworms are like foot soldiers for your garden, and after a few weeks, they will have pulled most of that compost deep into your subsoil. Not only that, but the digested organic material they leave behind will also make the soil more fertile.

Add Castings

And if you want to make your soil even more potent, you can actually buy earthworm castings and add some more to your soil. There was a time when castings were pretty expensive and rare, but they’re much easier to find these days – and cheaper.

These days, you can buy a 1.5 gallon of castings for under $10. For best results, try to mix 1 part of castings with ten parts of compost. What’s great about castings is that they’re completely organic. If you want to keep your garden as organic as possible, I suggest you visit a site like lovebackyard.com, which offers tons of great organic gardening tips.

Start Digging Holes

Knowing how to dig holes properly is essential if you want good results. Ideally, the holes should be wider than they are deep since roots have a tendency to spread horizontally. You should go for holes that are two times as wide as the root mass and three times as deep. You can then backfill the holes using a 1/3 compost and 2/3 soil mix. After this is done, you can firm the mixture using your hands for smaller plants or feet for bigger ones.

Conclusion

These tips will allow you to create a fertile ground for your plants and crops. Not only that, but they will also improve the overall look of your plants and maximize your yields.

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Transform Your Life In 5 Easy Steps

May 9, 2018

No-one is going to change your life for you. If you want to be healthier, happier, and more motivated than ever before, you need to make alterations to your daily lifestyle proactively. There are many ways you can transform your lifestyle, ranging from breaking bad habits to striving to reach all your dreams and goals. Below are five easy steps to start today.

  • Identify What You Need to Change

There is a reason you want to transform your life, so you simply need to identify the areas in your life you want to change. For example, are you performing an action or developing behaviors that are making you feel anxious, stressed, or depressed? Once you can pinpoint the source of your unhappiness, you can then commit to making a change.

  • Stop Making Excuses

Justifying your lack of productivity or commitment will not change your life. Excuses will only hold you back in life, so you must stop defending your inaction and start taking action. So, stop rewarding yourself with junk food because you’ve had a hard day, or believing it’s okay to skip exercise because you feel a little tired. While it might not always be easy, you can guarantee you’ll be proud of yourself once you start achieving your goals.

  • Adopt Healthier Habits

Everyone has bad habits, but some behaviors are worse than others and can detract from a person’s quality of life. If you eat too much, drink an excessive amount of alcohol, and/or smoke cigarettes, you’ll fail to maintain a healthy body. It’s crucial to show your body the respect it deserves by adopting healthier habits. For instance, you must start reducing your alcohol consumption, swapping junk food for healthy, natural produce, and switching from traditional cigarettes to a vape, which you can buy at redjuice.co.uk

  • Track Your Progress

It can be easy to feel disheartened when you do not receive the results you expected. Consequently, you might want to give up and return to your old ways but don’t! All you need to do to stay on the right path is to track your progress.

For instance, you should write down every positive action you have taken throughout the day, so you can identify how far you have come and how hard you have worked. For example, take note of every job application you send, exercise you perform, or the healthy meals you have consumed. All these little steps could eventually lead to a big result, so they’ll remind you why you’re working hard and will make you feel proud of your achievements to date.

  • Have Patience with Yourself

Changing your lifestyle isn’t always easy. In fact, it can reportedly take 21 days to develop a new habit. So, stop beating yourself up for feeling bursts of temptation or lack of motivation, and simply be patient. The key is to get up every day and complete your new goal until it eventually slots naturally into your day. If you believe you can change and are willing to persevere, you’ll make your goals a reality in the end. Just stick with it.

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Easy Ways to Stay Away From Obesity

May 3, 2018

Although attempting to modernize our lifestyle in several ways is not a crime, it does seem to have its share of punishments. Enjoying the advancements of technology such as taking a cab instead of walking or working sitting down all day instead of engaging in physical activity or playing video games over getting involved in sports — all of these small factors are resulting in an increasing number of people becoming unhealthy and obese. As a matter of fact, obesity has been recognized as an epidemic in several countries, simply because of the various health concerns it raises. Suffering from obesity is a tough situation; however, there are several easy ways to stay away from obesity.

Pack the diet with more fruits, veggies, nuts, and whole grains

Instead of going the easy way, it is advisable for people to actively invest time and effort into their diets. Most people feel invincible when it comes to their diet. They feel they can digest almost anything that they consume. However, the digestive system is an organism of its own in several ways. If it is fed the same amount of junk food on a daily basis, it will continuously dispose those items and convert them into fat. Unwise consumption of food is one of the leading causes of obesity. Introducing a strict regimen of proteins, vitamins and other nutritious foods can cause a radical change and help the body recover from its earlier state.

Moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes on a daily basis

It is better to consume that extra number of calories as long as there is a plan to burn it off. Staying away from obesity is not mutually exclusive with staying away from high calorie food items. Engaging even in light exercise for 30 minutes is crucial to ensuring that the body stays in the desired shape.

Taking the advice of healthcare professionals

If a person feels like he or she is seriously facing the risk of obesity, a healthcare professional should be consulted. In accordance with the situation, the professional can recommend remedies that can include diet, exercise or medical care. Pills like Osymia have also been highly efficient in reducing obesity in adults.  

Cutting down on fatty and sugary foods

Foods that contain a high percentage of sugar and fat are usually the ones that cause the most damage to the body, in terms of increasing the risk of obesity. These food items should be generally consumed on a restricted basis. It is totally fine to enjoy a cake on a Sunday; however, people should be mindful of the fact that every day is not a Sunday.

Vegetable-based oils

Instead of cooking the food in animal-based fats and oil, using vegetable-based oils reduces the risk of high cholesterol intake, cardiovascular issues and a ton of other risks that animal-based fats contain.

These easy ways of staying away from obesity when incorporated into the daily lifestyle of a person, are guaranteed to deliver remarkable results. So, get going and keep obesity away the right way!

 

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Best Products From Timeless Containing Hyaluronic Acid?

May 2, 2018

Hyaluronic acid is a powerful hydrating agent that can hold up to 1000 times its water weight. While hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in the skin and crystalline lens of the human eye, its production decreases with age. Fortunately, studies have shown that topically applying hyaluronic acid is also a great way to rehydrate and revitalize dull skin. Timeless Skin Care offers several products containing hyaluronic acid for a variety of skin care needs. Here are some of the best hyaluronic acid products from Timeless:

Hydrating Eye Cream: The Hydrating Eye Cream combines hyaluronic acid with the powerful anti-wrinkle effects of Matrixyl 3000, and the toning effects of algae extract. Specially formulated for the tender skin around the eyes, this is best wrinkle cream for under eye areas.  This cream is non-greasy, fast drying and should be applied to clean skin in the morning and at night.

Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin C Serum: This powerful, regenerating serum combines hyaluronic acid with Matrixyl 3000 and Vitamin C. While Matrixyl fights wrinkles, Vitamin C acts as a powerful anti-oxidant that can repair damaged skin and soother inflammation. The serum should be applied twice a day for best results and can be used in conjunction with other Timeless serums or creams.

Hyaluronic Acid Pure: If you are looking for pure hyaluronic acid with minimal additives, this Timeless product is ideal. Hyaluronic Acid Pure can be applied to skin twice a day for maximum hydration and can be mixed with other Timeless serums.

HA/ Matrixyl 3000 Spray: This spray combines the benefits of hydration and wrinkle repair in an easy, on the go spray that can be applied anywhere on the body. The spray comes in cucumber, lavender, orange and rose scents and is designed to be convenient for travel.

Whether you want the benefits of hyaluronic acid alone, or in combination with other potent ingredients, Timeless Skin Care offers plenty of options.