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10 Ways to Stay Happy During a Long Shift

If you work in the healthcare field the following tips will help you to stay happy during a long shift:

1. Staying Positive
• Focus on all the positive things you do at work and the difference you and your crew makes. Don’t let bad rumors get to you or difficult patients make you irate. Remember why you’re there and the importance you play in your role.

2. Positive People – Positive Energy
• Make sure that the time you’re spending with other people are of positive energy. Push each other and strengthen each other to grow and become better. The better the support system you have makes those rough days not as rough anymore.
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3. Eating Healthy
• Pack healthy snacks to keep your energy level up there. Vending machine snacks are fine every once in a while but they may slow you down. Be sure to snack when you can so you have a good flow of energy, it’s not always about the big meals.

4. Getting into the right mindset
• Play some good calming music that gets you in the mood to do work. Sometimes being mentally prepared for makes every challenge and problem and opportunity and your time to shine. Stretch, meditate, anything to get you into the perfect work mode.

5. Hydration! Hydration! Hydration!
• Make sure you are constantly staying hydrated. You’ll be standing for long periods, doing strenuous work while having your other patients in mind. Avoid the headaches because of dehydration and make sure you are staying healthy while taking care of others. What a better way to teach than to lead by example.

6. Ensuring Enough Sleep
• With a long shift ahead of you with never ending job duties, loss of energy is bound to occur. Decrease the feeling by making sure you have a good night’s rest. Hard, I know but you can make sure you fall asleep faster by making sure you put your phone away and to not do anything to mind stimulating right before bed.

7. Comfortable is key!
• You are going to be standing, a lot. Make sure that what you wear is comfortable enough for you to stand for long periods of time without feeling like you need a foot massage after every shift. Get comfortable, breathing shoes and you won’t ever have to feel like you’ve been neglecting your feet.

8. Stay moving!
• Once you start slowing down after a long shift, it might be hard to keep up that momentum. Keep your body moving, stretch, grab a breathe of a fresh air, anything except slowing down and getting yourself out of that work mode mindset.

9. Don’t forget your breaks
• During breaks, it’s your time to relax. This is the part of the work shift that you can calmly slow down and gather yourself. Don’t get ready for bed though, make sure you can get back into that mind set and stay positive throughout. Every shift is a battle and your breaks are the victories, cherish them.

10. Lend your hand
• Ever feel like you just have so much to do and you need a helping hand? Your co-workers feel the exact same way. Be there for each other and when you have time, help your co-workers out. Down the road, they’ll be there for you too when you need it.

These are just a few simple tips to help get you through that long, never ending shift.

How do you make sure you get through the long shift? We’d love to know, share with us your tips on getting through that long work day or work night.

Website: www.gurnick.edu

Vocational Nurse Program at Gurnick’s Nursing School

A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) works under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. The LVN provides direct patient care in a variety of settings such as acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, clinics, physician offices, home health, skilled nursing facilities and hospice care. Our graduates receive the necessary knowledge and skills to transition from education to employment.

  • Institutionally Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools
  • Programmatically Accredited by Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
  • Approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

Vocational Nurse Program Highlights:

  • 13 month intensive program including preparation for the NCLEX exam Day and Evening Classes
  • Experienced Instructors
  • Patient-care labs that are equipped with hospital beds, anatomical models, hi-fidelity interactive simulation
    mannequins and other patient-care equipment
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Private Loan Assistance
  • Employment Assistance

Our Vocational Nurse Program provides didactic and laboratory training as well as a clinical component that correlates with the theoretical knowledge. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be prepared to sit for the state licensing exam. Once students pass this exam, they will be able to work as Licensed Vocational Nurses in hospitals or medical clinics.

Our Program Curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in this field. Subjects covered include Anatomy, Medical Terminology, Pharmacology, Clinical Nutrition, Obstetric, Pediatric and Psychiatric Nursing, Medical/Surgical Nursing, and preparation for the NCLEX.

Our Campuses conduct courses in classrooms equipped with modern audio-visual teaching aids, anatomical charts and models.

Our Clinical Education (Internship) is an integral part of the Vocational Nurse Program that facilitates the development of student competence with clinical skills. Internship will be provided for all of our students.

Our Vocational Nurse Program is offered at All Campuses.

Contact our admissions department to find out if you qualify for this program: www.gurnick.edu/admissions-department

10 Things New Nursing Students Need to Know!

Things new Nursing Students should know that’ll help them get through!

Being a new student is tough. It’s even tougher when you’re a student of a highly hands on profession. Not only must you be skilled in your craft but you need to be personable and outgoing too. Below are a few things that will help you along your away to being the most amazing Nursing Student ever!

1. It’s okay to be nervous & scared
• Being nervous & scared doesn’t mean you’re going to do horrible. You’re not alone in this and chances are, your peers are feeling just the same as you. They might just hide it better with all the excitement.
• Use this commonality and befriend your peers who are on this roller coaster with you. They’ll become an amazing support system and you guys can share the load together.

2. You’re not going to know everything
• Even when you’ve studied all that you could, you’re never going to know every situation and how things will play out. Learn from it the first time and move on.
• It’s okay if you don’t know something and admit it. You’re there to learn just like everyone else.
• Ask questions, constantly. What better way to learn and understand the practice than asking the ones who’ve experienced it.

3. Be confident & personable
• Don’t apologize for doing your job. Supporting others for a living is a hard things to do.
• You are going to be meeting a lot of people as a nurse. Whether it’s the patient that comes in, their families, or even new doctors and professionals around the work place.

4. Being tired is normal
• The days will get long and the nights even longer, but don’t fret. Once you become the nurse you dreamed off, that’s when the real journey starts.

5. Be as resilient as you can be!
• Sometimes, quitting will seem like the only option to do, it’s not. Keep pushing through, know your efforts and time is not lost and push through until the end. You got this.
• There will be tasks that scare you at first, maybe you will freeze the first time you’re asked to do something, but it’s okay. As I stated before, learn from the first time and move on.

6. You’re going to meet some unhappy people
• Don’t let them get to you. Keep doing the amazing work you know you’re capable of.
• Physicians will be in your case, it’s normal. You can learn from their interactions.

7. Find your resources & use them!
• We’re all super human in our own right but we can’t do everything alone. Find the resources necessary for you to succeed and make sure you can access them when and how you need to. Your teachers, your staff, Google even. Don’t be afraid to utilize what you have available to you.

8. Restroom breaks are gold (while on externships)
• While you’re taking care of everyone around you, don’t forget to take care of yourself.

9. Don’t forget to eat either
• This can go along with the restroom breaks. Make sure you’re taking good care of yourself.

10. Don’t forget what you came here to do
• You are a nursing student. You are about to or already have embarked on a journey that leads to helping and caring for people during their time of need.



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BS in Nursing Program – RN to BSN Pathway

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts offers a 3-semester distance education program for RNs to complete their Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in one year. Each semester is 15 weeks in length and covers 5 courses. To develop an advanced skill base in demand by employers, students will also study the organization and function of health services, ethics and law in health care, writing skills for health professionals, leadership and management, nursing research, and essentials of patient education. Students will also take Community Health Nursing, which includes certification in reporting of child abuse and in disaster management.

  • Institutionally Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools
  • Approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

BSN Program – RN to BSN Pathway:

  • Intensive 1 year program leading to BS degree
  • Distance Education
  • Experienced Instructors
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Private Loans Assistance
  • Employment Assistance

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program includes didactic training as well as a clinical component that correlates with the theoretical knowledge. There are two clinical courses, Community Health Nursing Clinical and Leadership/Management in Nursing Clinical.

Our Program Curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in this field. Emphasis will be placed on evidenced-based practice and critical thinking skills in the provision of safe and effective care to patients from diverse and multicultural populations and communities across the life span.

Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (RN to BSN Pathway) is currently offered at Online via Distance Education.

Contact our admissions department to find out if you qualify for this program.

Facts about Nurse Assistant Program at our Nursing School

The Nursing Assistant Program provides classroom theory, laboratory experience and clinical learning that teaches students the skills to perform duties such as taking vital signs, bathing, dressing, making beds, and other direct resident care. The focus is on caring for patients with compassion. Students are taught principles of infection control, communication techniques, and the skills to safely care for people. These skills include bathing, dressing, assisting to eat, grooming, toileting, lifting and moving while using proper body mechanics. Community agencies are used for clinical learning and includes long-term care settings.

  • Institutionally Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools
  • Programmatically Approved by the California Department of Public Health
  • Approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

Nurse Assistant Program Highlights:

  • 7 week intensive program including clinical activities
  • Experienced Instructors
  • A library and classrooms which are equipped with modern media teaching aids, textbooks, journals, periodicals, anatomical charts, phantoms, and energized lab equipment.
  • Employment Assistance
  • Private Loans Assistance

Our Nurse Assistant Program provides didactic and laboratory training as well as clinical component that correlates with the theoretical knowledge. The Nursing Assistant program will present the basics of bedside patient care under the guidelines of federal and state requirements. Participants who successfully complete the course will meet criteria to sit for the certification exam.

Our Program Curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in this field. Students will be taught to perform duties such as taking vital signs, patient feedings, bathing, dressing, making beds, transfer of patients, and other direct resident care. The focus is on caring for the patient with compassion and care while learning support the patient with their daily needs.

Our Clinical Education is an integral part of the Nurse Assistant Program that facilitates the development of student competence with clinical skills. Clinical experience in affiliated medical facilities will be provided for all of our students.

Our Nurse Assistant Program is offered at San Mateo Campus.

Contact our admissions department to find out if you qualify for this program: www.gurnick.edu/admissions-department