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Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant are two health professions that sound alike and have some similarities, but are two different positions. Both of these positions work closely with patients, and provide help and medical advice without becoming a doctor.

Here's the difference:

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) must be a Registered Nurse with advanced academic achievement and additional experience in medical settings. In most cases, in order to be a NP, it is necessary to have a Masters degree in nursing or some field related to health care. The NP should also have additional clinical experience; ie, hands-on knowledge related to the treatment of disease, and also of diagnosis.

The NP can diagnose, manage most illnesses and provide general family health as well as develop treatment plans for them. There are many specialty areas associated with Nurse Practitioners such as geriatric nursing, pediatrics, neonatal care, adult health, public health and many others.

Nurse Practitioners can diagnose diseases, including some chronic diseases, develop treatment plans for them and are authorized to write prescriptions, order tests, and have hospital privileges.

According to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, they can work close to 36 hours a week, and earn a median salary of $73,620 /yr.

A Physician's Assistant (PA) does not work alone in a practice but performs their duties under a doctor's supervision. The PA can also diagnose disease and write prescriptions, but at the direction of a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) The PA does not have as much authority as a NP, but does work with autonomy depending on competence and doctor's delegation.

Assistants also can engage in diagnosis of common illnesses, come up with treatment plans, and prescribe medications on a limited basis. They cannot prescribe narcotics, and there may be some other limitations, which can vary on a state by state basis (since a Physician Assistant is licensed by the state). PA's are also able to order tests, and interpret the results of x-rays and laboratory tests. They can examine patients and treat minor injuries.  Physician assistant programs generally take 26 months of full-time study to complete.   See educational requirements for PA's below:

http://education-portal.com/articles/Physician_Assistant_Educational_Requirements.html

Physician Assistants may also have specialties similar to the NP; they can assist during surgeries and also work at hospitals, under proper supervision.

According to American Academy of Physician’s Assistants, the median salary for a Physician Assistant is $69,517 /yr. working approximately 32 hours a week.

These two positions are increasing in the healthcare area and can be great jobs, with opportunity to provide patients with quality health care, and educate them about better health practices. You may need a four-year degree to get started. The NP will have increased responsibilities and a PA will be starting out on a rewarding career path.

NOTE: A nurse practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice registered nurse who holds a graduate-level degree. While in most states RNs currently need only a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree to become nurse practitioners, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has proposed that the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) be the minimum requirement for all advanced practice nurses by 2015.

Reference: Online Nurse Practitioner Programs http://onlinenursepractitionerprograms.com/nurse-practitioner-vs-physician-assistant-whats-the-difference/

Marie Coppola February 2013


 

Seniors love social gatherings – it gives them a chance to talk about their grandkids’ latest superior achievements or their latest ailment or ‘procedure’. The hardest part is what to wear to parties and weddings. And yes, even funerals. They, too, have a social aspect. But you still have to have something presentable to wear.

It dawns on women somewhere in their 5th or 6th or 7th decade that they truly have no clue what other people have worn to prior ‘dress-up’ occasions; they have enough trouble remembering what THEY wore. Why get all worked up on what they will wear? So here is what I do.

I always look first in the closet and there’s that great little black dress that somehow has grown to a size 12 ~ it used to be a size 8. ~ I love stretchy fabrics. This little dress is appropriate for all occasions from funerals to weddings. Maybe....perhaps...a trip to the store will spiff up it’s appearance if I find some new accessories, and maybe, just maybe, even come across a brand new dressy, more youthful outfit. We have a family wedding next weekend.

Shopping for a spiffy new dress can be tedious and stressful. Most cocktail dresses are of the cling-y, nylon-y stretch-y material that suck up to your body, cling and bind, and show off all your curves, bulges and second stomachs. Even cellulite wants to be seen.

Is that my belly button indention? Oh, that’s not attractive. Why is it shorter in the front than in the back? Oh, yes, my two stomachs. But, you say, it looks smashing. Thank you, saleslady, but maybe a nice two-piece outfit would look better. Oh, they’re over there? Do they have elastic waistbands?

Uh, Oh. Don’t they make two-piece outfits where the top part covers your torso? Is there something wrong with all these mirrors? Are those my boobs plunging out of the top? Miss, do you have any outfits that go up to the neck? No, not in this department? Try Super Misses X sizes? OK. Where is it? Upstairs? Behind the elevator and next to the tent department? I’ll find it.

You can tell the Misses X department by the wide arrangement of wide clothes. But, she lied. They all have plunging necklines (what is this obsession to hang out your boobs?) and the clothes still cling to your body but more so in folds — who needs more folds? Miss, are you sure this isn’t the maternity department? No, of course I’m not pregnant. But thanks for the compliment; it implies I am young enough to get pregnant.   No, I’m not interested in the maternity department. No, thank you,  No, I don’t care where it is.

Maybe Lane Bryant has something – well – more mature and in style.

Hi, yes, I’m looking for a dressy cocktail dress that is not plunging, not clinging, below my knee-caps, and not made in Thailand, China or Malaysia. I’d like it to flatter my two stomachs and my behind and hide my imperfections and cellulite and have a built-in tummy reducer and bra reducer. Also, the top has to be smaller than the bottom and above my nipple line. Oh, and I prefer an elastic waist.

You have nothing like that? Well, thank you, anyway.

We had a great time at the wedding. My 10-year old little black dress that has somehow expanded to fit my body through all these years looked great. Everyone commented on my “new” dress, but I think they really meant my old body that somehow could adapt to an ‘old dress’ to make it look presentable. I love this dress – so much so that I think I will wear it to the funeral on Wednesday.

They don’t make dresses like this anymore. When it falls apart, I guess my social life will, too.

© Marie Coppola Revised October 4, 2015

 

 

Registered Nurse positions are higher than licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants. Nurses can hold positions in hospitals, doctors' offices, corporate entities or schools. The work time of this profession is variable. They can work in the evening or on-call hours and face many kinds of medical situations. If you work as an RN, you will be paid well and, at the same time, you will get the satisfaction by having important effects on patient's lives and their family members.

Other responsibilities are: being responsible for patients' needs, providing their care, and address their health issues in many conditions such as ambulatory care, intensive care, health care clinics, etc. The variety in its job makes the RN more opportunities to open professional doors especially during the nursing shortage and the need for qualified nurse's abilities. For those of you who are natural caretakers, this profession can be your career option.

It is estimated that half a million new nurses will be needed by 2018.

As health care reform will focus on preventative care, the demand for nurses will increase, especially with aging baby boomers. Nursing has a spectrum of degrees and levels such as LPN, RN, BSN, MSN, Nurse anethestist, NP, DN. The salary depends on the type of degree and the type of job you choose. It is good advice to choose a discipline based on interest and passion and not based on salary.

Working in hospitals, clinics, and doctors' offices, nurses help keep patients healthy, treat illnesses and injuries. As health care reform may insure more persons, more nurses will be needed. Hospital nurses are needed 24/7.

Training options:

Associate's degree in nursing

Bachelor's degree in nursing

Nursing diploma

Median salary: $62,450

Ref: Registered Nurse - A Challenging Career Choice

Marie Coppola February 2013


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith is defined in Wikipedia as "Faith is hope, belief or trust in an entity or idea that is not based on material proof."

Many persons received their personal faith in God or a higher power by being handed down through the generations in their families. When family unity is strong or intact, the beliefs of their family and extended family generally follow the next generations' belief system. Some families believe in 'let them choose faith themselves when they are older'. Faith is hard to establish without early seeds of planting the basics of faith. You can't just 'choose' something you've never experienced.   Many people with no faith want to know how to get it or help them get it.   It's simply opening your heart to acceptance of it.   A blueprint or background helps them understand better.

Whatever the denomination or religious belief the family follows, it usually encompasses rituals, beliefs, and traditions based on reverence, devotion, loyalty to beliefs and good works and lifestyles. There are numerous faiths in our world, and my aim here is to appeal to parents to instill their faith, or beliefs or good values or morality and ethics to their children. If these virtues are learned as a child, the seeds will be planted and take root.  A conscience will develop to the good or virtues in life and avoid the bad.

How can parents do this?    By teaching them the values they themselves learned as children and share these gifts with their children when they are very young. Talk to your kids about what is right and what is wrong.  Foster friendships with families whose family life you respect and want to imitate.  Take your kids to a place of worship. Children love the unity of sharing faith with family and this unity rewards all family members.

We live in a fast-changing world.  Technology can be a good thing and sometimes it is not. Everything is speeded up; even games. Especially video games. A friend mentioned to me that her grandchildren get bored with movies like Bambi, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp - the Disney Classics, etc. because they are 'boring', 'too slow', and 'not exciting. They missed  the 'messages' these movies taught about loyalty, love, and good vs. evil.

These values need to be taught and brought in the home, but many times, today's families are fractured, maybe led by a single parent, or perhaps some families are caught up in endless activities, working and school sports or clubs.

So where do the younger generations learn about morality, ethics, respect, and fair play if everyone is too busy to be role models or teach them? From Hollywood and pop stars? Our politicians? Who ARE our kids' role models? Are you?   Do you teach them about spirituality, the Bible, the Ten Commandments, Rules to Live By or any doctrines?   How will they learn to love one another, forgive others, and respect others?   By your example and by your faith.

Where do they learn about bullying, hurting people who they 'don't like' or thinking about blowing up the school to get back at someone. Did they ever learn that murder is wrong or revengeful gossiping can hurt people or it isn't right to publicly insult people on Facebook that some kids have committed suicide?. Or teaching them that wanting and needing every new tech device or latest fad instead of thinking about helping someone less fortunate than themselves. Are they Numero Uno in all they do? Chances are, they always will be, if they are not taught otherwise.   And that will affect their parents' future relationships with them.

Schools don't teach social skills or moral values. Or how to play fair, love fair or how not to priortize their interests to the detriment of others.

Your house of faith, temple, or churches do teach these values.  Bring your kids to your house of worship. Yes, it's annoying when small children get cranky or noisy, but they quickly adapt. And they will grow up and take their own kids. You will reap a bond with your children through your common beliefs and traditions. Your faith will help your family through turbulent times, recession hardships and personal malfunctions. It is sorely needed today and sorely absent.

Faith brings people and families together. A family that prays together usually stays together. Couples, too. If a person disappoints you, knowing that you share the same faith can bring you close again. If a person deeply loves you, faith can bring you even more the best joy in life you've ever had. If you are alone, faith can provide a path and blessings that you never experienced. Faith isn't a crutch or a substitute - it's a blessing that will stay with you forever and multiply its blessings.

"Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." ~Galatians 6:7    Sow some good seeds today and plant them in your children.    They will become the fruits of your labor.

© Marie Coppola   February 2013

 


Education is a booming commodity, even in a recession. Secondary school teachers in the United States earned average annual wages of $51.312 (mysalary.com)

According to Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Through 2018, overall student enrollments in elementary, middle, and secondary schools—a key factor in the demand for teachers—are expected to rise more slowly than in the past as children of the baby-boom generation leave the school system.

Projected enrollments will vary by region. Rapidly growing states in the South and West will experience the largest enrollment increases..." . Teachers who are geographically mobile and who obtain licensure in more than one subject are likely to have a distinct advantage in finding a job.”

New jobs that are expected to enter the market will help ensure a career future for teachers. About 479,000 new jobs are expected through 2008 -2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That means excellent job opportunities for teachers at the preschool through high school level.

Working with kids guarantees you'll never be bored plus you will have the satisfaction of making a real difference in the next generation.

Recommended Training:

Early Childhood Education

Bachelor's degree plus certification

The median salary for a typical Teacher in elementary school in Charleston, SC is $48,090 (salary.com)

The median salary for a typical Elementary School Teacher in the U.S. is $51,312 (mysalary.com).

Additional reading:  Nationwide Update: School Teachers Needed More than Ever ~ by Gabby Hyman   http://www.searchschoolsnetwork.com/articles.jsp?article=_education_1

SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition, Teachers-Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary

Marie Coppola Revised February 2013

 

 

First female African-American police officer

There are growing career opportunities in local and national law enforcement. If you have the passion and desire to improve your community by serving and protecting its citizens, you may be interested in this career choice.

Due to the current economic conditions, many police departments are seeing an increase in crime along with cuts in their budgets and employees. The federal stimulus plan has provisions for local law enforcement careers. It is called the COPS Program which stands for Community Oriented Policing Services. Their mission is to add 100,000 police officers to local departments within eight years. The New York Times reported that nearly 100 percent of the career provision money goes to creating jobs.

Police officers handle:

Investigations of crimes like theft and assault

Traffic Control at the scene of an accident

First aid response at accidents

Many of these full-time careers listed below can be had with short certificate or diploma training with full-time schedules.

Careers may also exist in homeland security positions such as cyber security engineers, network defense analysts, database administration specialists, maritime law enforcement, SUI Investigator and other investigator jobs.

Requirements may include:

Law Enforcement Certificate;

High School Diploma or Equivalent;

Associates Degree,

Criminal Justice Degree,

On the job Training

Requirement is dependent on level of job

Ref: Encarta degree & Training; Amelia Gray; Yahoo

Marie Coppola Revised February 2013


If you are having little success looking for a job, you may consider volunteering. Whether you are unemployed, looking for a career change, are a recent college graduate or transitioning back into the workplace, this can work out well for you for many reasons.

Besides learning new skills and/or investigating what field you have the most interest in, volunteering enables you to test a job environment without a long-term commitment.

Volunteering provides a benefit also found also in temporary assignments -- it is a way to 'test the waters' of a career choice. It also gives you a head's up on the organization's job openings. You learn how the organization is run, what the employees and managment are like and if you would be comfortable working there.

If your work ethic is a good one and you have performed your volunteer job tasks successfully, you may be considered as a prime candidate to fit an upcoming position. Many people began successful careers as volunteers. Your age or experience won't matter as much as how you get the work accomplished. And your performance 'on the job' is your best resume.

You, as a volunteer, can find out first-hand about the organization's mission, which is usually a nonprofit entity. Search for one that you would like to work for - especially one you have an interest in or passion in what they accomplish. In "Excuse Me, Your Job is Waiting: Attract the Work you Want", it is said, "It's a passion that sends out good vibrations. When somebody is passionate about what they are doing, they are doing their best. The people around them see them at their best and want to work with them.....and come to mind when a paying job is available."

If your passion runs super high and you 'really want a job there' be careful not to press too much. Repeated reminders to the staff about how important it is to 'work a real job' and make countless inquires into what's available is a turn-off and you may not be considered for a job there if one does come up.

Some opportunities can arise if you volunteer one, two, three times a week or even one day a month. Even if you don't get the job where you volunteer, you can investigate a new field, add new skills to your portfolio as well as acquire valuable networking contacts that may help your job search. If you did your best as if it were a paying job, you can procure an excellent letter of recommendation.

Marie Coppola December 2010

http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/index.jsp?l=Charleston%2CSC&k=nonprofit+organizations

Ref: Quintessential Careers: Sharon Reed http://www.quintcareers.com/volunteering_to_new_career.html

By Ron Quinlan, a special guest writer. 

A Valentine to You from God  

My beloved child,

Yes, you are my beloved child. I know this is hard for you to believe. You see all your mistakes and failures, all the times you lost your temper, all the times you’ve hurt people, all the times you stayed away from me. You look at yourself and see your failures.

I look at you and see your beauty. I see the love you’ve given to those you encountered in your life. I see the times you tried to love others, all the times you’ve given of yourself. I see a beautiful person struggling to become the person you were created to be.

There is a beauty and love deep inside of you. Right now you may not see it but someday the whole world will look at you and see this rare beauty, someone very special and unique, a gift to the world, my gift and my beloved child.

So often you’ve been afraid of me. You run and try to hide, hoping that I won’t notice your mistakes. You run, doing everything you can to stay busy, too busy to think, to talk to me. You run but I long for your company. I long to shower you with my love, to pour my blessings upon you. I yearn to comfort and console you, to be there for you in your pain. My desire is to take care of you. My passion is for you to come to me, seeking me, to know and love me.

I want you to know that I know everything you ever done and I love you with a passion so intense that human words can not describe it. Your past is forgiven and forgotten. I remember nothing you confessed. I passionately desire to forgive you everything. All you have to do is repent and confess.

Come to me; come so that I may pour my blessings upon you. There is so much I want to give you. I want to do so much for you. I want you to know my peace. I want to set you free from the guilt that robs your joy; from the fear that plagues you, from the worry and anxiety that is tearing you apart. I want you to know my joy, to know my freedom and love.

Come, now! There is nothing you have to change or do, no improvements you have to make before you come to me. Come as you are. I love you exactly as you are. Just, come!

Marie Coppola  February 14, 2013

 

Although Valentine's Day is the day for love to be expressed, there is a portion of our very diverse world that brings some realities to the forefront. Before you throw the sampled chocolate creams, bitten into, and then discarded or left in the Valentine box and try to throw them at any dissenters of the Love Day, let's look at the other side of the coin, only for purposes of fairness. Women get more caught up in Valentine's Day than guys do. Some men are just not, well ...... huggy, warm and fuzzy.

For example, there are people (okay, I mean men) who would open their eyes in horror at the thought of their in-laws being invited for dinner if Valentine's Day fell on the day of the Super Bowl game. Most guys just aren't going to be great dining partners on this day, unless you leave the TV on, in view from the table, and no one speaks while the game is on. Except at half time. And even then. There is great entertainment going on. Even the great commercials get 'quiet time'.

I will bow out right here with my Disclaimer: I love Valentine's Day - I have a large heart collection - I am a romantic and this is THE LOVE DAY. Saying all that, I am not responsible for any comments or remarks that come out of this quiz comparison of woman and men's views on Valentine's Day.

Okay, here is the quiz ~ which of these Valentine 'treats' ideas are men's or women's?

»-(¯`v´¯)-»

On Thursday, February 14th, please choose one of the following as your preferred activity:

A.  I would rather write a poem expressing my love and devotion, tie it with handmade ribbons and valentines, and present it to my sweetheart after I have made a special dinner and fed my love chocolates and bon bons while he/she relaxes on the couch.

B. I would rather watch any or all sport events scheduled for that day and give a card during commercials.

C. I would rather brush my love's hair, prepare a scented bath for him/her and surprise him/her with a Vermont Teddy Bear that we could play with later.

D. I would rather catch up texting with my pals & on Facebook and maybe play a video game or two.

E. I'd rather take my sweetie on a Valentine Hunt to different stores for coffee and doughnuts, chocolate stores, and the bakery to let him/her know how sweet he/she is to me. Even if I am accused later for a five pound weight gain from my 'gift'.

F. I'd rather jam with my friends for a few hours and then go chill out at the house and nap on the sofa.

G. I'd rather sing a made-up love song - maybe a rap love song - and play part of it on my recorder which I haven't played since fifth grade.

H. I'd rather watch the Women's Ice Hockey scheduled that day - these women rock - they're no sissies.

I. I'd rather rent a sappy chick-flick and relax on the couch after pizza and cuddle.

J. I'd rather my love make a great dinner and watch a high-action thriller movie. My love can pop the popcorn and pour the wine.

Are you a match made in Heaven or a loner for Valentine's Day?

© Marie Coppola Revised February 2016


'It's all a matter of restraint and simple exercise'.

Why is it with all the media hype about diets and losing weight, that so many of us are still fat and getting fatter?

The New York Times made the announcement:  "Americans are continuing to get fatter and fatter with obesity rates reaching 30 percent or more in nine states last year as opposed to only 3 states in 2007." That means that 2.4 million more people became obese from 2007 to 2009 totaling 72.5 million or 26.7 percent of the population.

Obesity rates have doubled in adults and tripled in children in the past 30 years and that rate may be underestimated.

Reading these figures compelled me to reread the best-selling book, "French Women Don't Get Fat" by Mireille Guiliano.[2005] Mademoiselle Guiliano, an 18 year-old French exchange student, spent a year as a exchange student in Weston suburb, in Boston, Massachusetts. Discovering bagels, brownies and chocolate chip cookies, she acquired an extra 20 pounds.

To this day, she hurtfully remembers her father meeting her upon her return and telling her she looked like a sack of potatoes. She then proceeded to gain even more weight. The family doctor finally detoxed her, taught her willpower, gave her healthy recipes and reintroduced her to the classic principles of French cuisine. She became an avid walker.

Today, she dines out 300 times a year on two and three course meals including a glass of Champagne. And she is thin. How did she do it? "To have no guilt or deprive yourself but to get the most from the things you most enjoy."

In her book, Mireille explains how anyone can eat, drink and move like a French woman. This includes portion control, following the French Women Manifesto, and following her recipes. Mireille attributes the French women's penchant for slimness to their attitude toward food, which focuses on the best and freshest ingredients consumed in moderation, and frequent, brisk walking.

It is all a matter of restraint and simple exercise. She advises to practice some physical exertion 'all your life' and you'll be in better shape to continue. And it is never too late to start. A little stroll can result in a reliable daily accomplishment. Check out your local community center. They probably offer aerobics, pilates, zumba, and other fitness classes. The French women themselves are proof this does indeed work.

Marie Coppola Revised February 2013

Ref: New York Times; "French Women Don't Get Fat" by Mireille Guiliano.[2005]