Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Communicating with Those Diagnosed Having BPD


Those who suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder can be difficult to deal with at times. They can tend to take the extreme meanings of simple conversation whether it be good or bad. To those with BPD, the middle "gray" area doesn't exist. It's either one way, or the other. Mood swings are also more severe to these individuals. With very little to set them off, the mood can transition from complete elation to suicidal thoughts and depression almost instantly. With someone so out of balance, how can communication be possible without triggering an episode?

1. Verbiage - As those suffering from BPD will take the extreme meaning of your conversation, try to keep it low-key. Try not to dwell on conversations that have potential to be saddening or upsetting.

2. Sarcasm - Sarcasm will nearly always be a method to set off the person suffering from BPD. Even if the sarcasm is of a jovial nature, it is best not to involve those kinds of discussions with someone with a personality disorder.

3. Violence - Be wary of the state of mind the person is who has BPD. A conversation could have potential to be explosive if he or she is already in a bad frame of mind. Even the most innocent of conversations could have potential for disaster.

4. Realism - Try to keep the conversation within reality. People afflicted with BPD have a tenancy to have delusions and unsubstantiated paranoia. You must keep the conversation within reality and focus on what is evidential.

5. Instant Gratification - Many of those suffering from BPD will have difficulty staying focused on a task or communication if there is no evidence of gratification. Try to steer communications to a point where gratification is possible and rewarded. It could even be a small reward for an easy to accomplish task.

It's hard to look upon those we love and realize that there is nothing we can do to help them. The best we can do is try not to make matters worse and being mindful of what we say. It can prove to be difficult at times, but keep in mind that they are suffering internally far worse than you're pride if the conversation takes a turn for the worse.

Author Bio:
Ken Myers is the founder & contributor for http://www.longhornleads.com/. He frequently researches and writes about a variety of topics like education, Technology, Health and many more. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Expert Opinions on How to Succeed in an Online School



Success in an online school is similar to success in traditional schools in many ways. While there are some exceptions and obvious differences, many of the practices are still the same. Some of these may be easier to accomplish in a home setting with privacy and personal space being key components to comfortably managing your education. Here are a few ways that you can improve your online educational experience.

1. Time - As in a post about "How to Succeed as an Online Student" at About.com, time management can be crucial to your education. Choosing the perfect time for your studies when you are alert and not bothered by distractions will keep you on task.

2. Hardware - Keeping your Internet connected computer equipment at optimum efficiency will prevent downtime and lost school work, as per an article at DirectoryOfSchools.com. Proper maintenance is key in your equipment and you should be wary of anything that could jeopardize your online education such as paying the Internet bill or contracting a virus.

3. Motivated - One of the more difficult aspects of online schooling is keeping motivated to complete tasks and schoolwork. Remind yourself on a regular basis why you are continuing your education. A wise tip provided by OnlineSchooling.net emphasizes keeping your personal focus of a better life after completing the course.

4. Organization - Keeping your study area free from clutter and organizing your files is a good way to keep from losing valuable content. Another good tip by OnlineSchooling.net includes turning off distractions like television and such to keep your focus on the task.

5. Good Diet - Although the content at essortment.com is focused more on traditional schooling, the tips including eating a healthy breakfast still hold true for online students. A healthy breakfast can help keep your mind alert and focused throughout your day regardless of what kind of schooling you're attending.

6. Tech Skills - An important aspect of online education is the knowledge behind basic technical skills. As in the content provided by Radford.edu, the ability to create files and a working knowledge of documents and the Internet will help you further both online schooling and personal knowledge of your computer.

7. Sociability - Even though your online classmates may not know who you are, that is still no reason to be rude, belligerent, or crass. As in an article by The American Academy, you should always practice good behaviors and mannerisms. This could help you develop new friends, a productive study group, and a strong ethic for teamwork.

8. Procrastination - With online schooling, it is easy to fall into the realm of procrastinating when it comes to finishing the work. As in an article provided by online-education.net, you should never put off for tomorrow what can be done today. While this saying is true in all aspects of life, online schooling has a limited time-span and the finals can sneak up on you quicker than you realize.

Regardless of your field of study, these tips work in all situations. In fact, many of them may hold true in your career choice. An online school brings education to those who haven't the time to attend regularly scheduled classes, or are otherwise unable to be present due to environmental difficulties. Be comfortable in your education and practice good habits in order to succeed in your education.
Author Bio
Nancy Parker was a professional nanny and she loves to write about wide range of subjects like health, Parenting, Child Care, Babysitting, nanny, www.enannysource.com/ etc. You can reach her @ nancy.parker015 @ gmail.com.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Challenging Languages


If you’re considering learning a new language for school, work or personal enrichment, it pays to know which languages are the hardest to learn. Rather than rely on apocryphal data, use this research-based list to learn which languages you should avoid if you’re not seeking a challenge. 

1. Korean. The United States Foreign Service Institute (FSI) trains federal employees for work overseas, including language preparation. The FSI has ranked Korean as the most difficult language for English-speakers to learn, due to the tonal structure and imported Chinese words. However, Korean uses a symbol-based alphabet, like English, making basic reading/writing easy to learn.

2. Japanese. Your vocabulary and grammar in this language are based on your gender, age and relative position of power compared to your audience, meaning you will have to learn many forms of the same words. The National Virtual Translation Center considers Japanese the most difficult language to world.

3. Navajo. Japanese speakers are excellent code breakers, partly due to the difficulty of their own language. During World War II, Navajo speakers were used to transmit classified information over the airwaves, and the Japanese never managed to understand the complexity of the Navajo language. Rather than using loan words from other languages, Navajo defines foreign objects by stacking multiple prefixes on to existing words, resulting in terms with nine or ten syllables each. Additionally, few native speakers of Navajo remain, especially compared to other languages.

4. Basque. Spoken by a few villages in remote regions of Spain and France, Basque is one of the few language isolates of the European continent. Unlike Spanish or French, this language contains few cognates, so learners will have no familiar terms to help them learn. The British Foreign Office considers Basque the hardest language to learn.

5. Arabic. As one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, Arabic has spawned tens if not hundreds of dialects. In addition, many Arabic countries experience triiglossia: One version of Arabic is used for religious texts and vocabulary, a second version is used for literature and media and a third version is spoken on a daily basis. Arabic learners will have to master each version of the language for full comprehension.

Luckily, you still have many choices for easy, widely spoken languages. Consider French, Spanish, German or even Hindi and you could be speaking a new language in a year or two. Stay away from the five languages listed here unless you want to spend a decade mastering a new tongue.
Author Byline:
Ken Myers as an Expert Advisor on multiple household help issues to many Organizations and groups, and is a mentor for other “Mom-preneurs” seeking guidance.  He is a regular contributor of “www.gonannies.com/”.  You can get in touch with him at kmyers.ceo@gmail.com. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Looking At My Past Posts

The quote above generally describes the feeling that I have right now with regards to my blog and my past posts. Although I have to admit that I post things on the internet haphazardly without a grain of thought... in fact one might accuse me of blogging while under the influence of alcohol, and I don't even drink. Do I regret it? Not at all.

As I have repeated myself over and over again, blogging for me is a form of expression and is not to be used to publish scholarly-like journal articles. Although I have to apologize to the nursing profession for  including it in my blog description. I do not represent nurses out there as I can sometimes be a cruel, insensitive, person.

I should really start rebranding my blog and start to shroud it anonymously so that I don't become a target of hate or that people don't link me to the affiliations I belong to.

The internet has grown and has become a powerful tool to gain knowledge, gain support, and has even been used as a weapon against individuals.

I am rambling... incoherently at that. I shall end this post.

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Goodbye Wisdom Teeth

Well so many things have happened in the past few months and I don't really think I'd like to condense my entire life into one small post. Not that anyone will be interested in my sad life story anyway, but I have decided to come back into the blogging world as I am slowly losing my mind.

I am currently on my fourth day of post-surgery. Although I only had three wisdom teeth removed, I feel like I've undergone a major surgery. My surgical wound is free of pain, swelling, or exudates which I wouldn't be surprised as my doctor has prescribed me antibiotics, narcotics, and an anti-inflammatory. Although my pain is under control, I hate how Tylenol 3's make me feel light-headed and just plain weird. I also dislike being unable to eat real food and am forced to eat pureed "no-chew" food as it hurts a lot when food particles get into my stitches.

Plain and simple, I am just whining and fussing over my sad condition. I sometimes ask myself, why on earth have I decided to put this upon myself? My wisdom teeth were growing under the gum line in an awkward fashion that it was pushing my other teeth out of place and it was a source of infection as food  particles would get stuck in the hard to reach crevices. Although this would help me in the long run, I kinda wished I decided to have the operation during the summer. Oh well, what's done is done.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

10 Awesome Minimalist Posters for Pixar Movies



Who doesn’t love Pixar movies, right? They have brought us some of the best modern classic cartoons: Toy Story, Cars, Up and many more. Not only do Pixar movies include great story lines and voice talents, but they also have some of the most iconic and well-rounded cartoon characters ever. Kids and adults alike find the Pixar movies to be among the best cartoons ever made. To give you just a hint as to how powerful the images of the Pixar movies are, minimalist posters for the shows have been created. These posters tell so much with so little. Take a look and see if you can’t immediately identify which poster goes with which great Pixar movie!



About the Author:

This guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger and editor of nanny payroll.
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Monday, July 9, 2012

Life as an Undergraduate Nursing Employee

Getting to work as a nurse even before finishing my degree is such a wonderful opportunity and experience. I was blessed to land three nursing jobs in the following fields: Geriatric psychiatry, adult stroke program, and long-term care (which I don't currently pick shifts for). I get to work as part of the interdisciplinary team and is able to participate fully in my patients' care. Although my scope of practice is limited, but it definitely exceeds the scope of practice I had as a nursing student (NS). Working as an Undergraduate Nursing Employee (UNE) has its pros and cons, but the pros exceeds the cons definitely.

PROS: I have gained a lot of experience with patient care in terms of medications, assessments, psychomotor skills, and most especially patient interaction. I am now comfortable in the clinical setting and am able to interact with colleagues more freely. I am able to offer suggestions and I am now not reluctant to ask help or delegate tasks to co-workers. Getting a big jump in my income is definitely a huge pro to me.

CONS: As I have said, having a limited scope of practice as compared to a full pledged Registered Nurse (RN) does have it's shortcomings. I always have to bother another nurse to finish some of my work as I do not have access to certain functions on the computer. But again, these cons are not a big deal breaker. Working as a nurse without a professional license could be discouraging at times especially when you're introducing yourself to a patient. I have always introduced myself as a nurse, but haven't identified that I am a UNE. In my defence, there are different kinds of nurses: an RN, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN). I guess the difference was that they had a license and I don't. I didn't want to make the patient worry and I didn't want them to think that I'm only a student, experimenting on them. I wanted them to know that I am a nurse hired by the hospital to give them safe, competent, and compassionate care. I never hid my ID badge from patients and if they asked if I was an RN, I always said that I am an undergraduate nurse.

This summer has been extremely busy for me. On top of working several hours, I have found my self dealing with an online course (Philosophy). I wanted to cut my load for the next school semester, but I kind of regret it now, as I don't have much time for myself to enjoy the summer.

I love being a nurse. I can definitely see myself in this profession until I retire, especially now that I get to work as a nurse.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

How to Prepare for the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE)

When it comes to licensure examinations, sometimes enrolling for the test can be just as stressful as taking the test. There are a few steps you must take to correctly register and prepare for the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE), the official nursing licensure exam in Canada, and one of the best ways to ensure you take all those steps is to gather all the information you can about the test before you enrol.

Listed below are a few important bits of information you need to know before you schedule your exam date.

  • As stated on the Canadian Nurses Association’s official website, “the CRNE tests 148 competencies that fall into four broad categories.” Those four categories are; Professional Practice, Nurse-Client Partnership, Health and Wellness and Changes in Health. 
  • There are two ways in which questions may be presented; independent questions and case-based questions. Independent questions give you all the information you will need to answer the question, and case-based questions give you a set of three to five questions associated with a short health care scenario. - There are approximately 200 multiple-choice questions on the test.
  • There are three times throughout the year that you may take the CRNE. Those times usually fall in the months of February, June and October. For this year (2012), the only remaining date to take the exam is October 3. 
  • If you will be graduating from a nursing program in Canada, your program will provide you with the specific directions you will need to register for the CRNE. Follow these directions and make sure that you meet all deadlines. 
  • If you will be graduating from a nursing program outside of Canada, visit the Canadian Nurses Association’s official website to learn more about what you need to do to enrol. 
  • There are several tools you can use to prepare for the exam. One such tool that many nursing students find useful is the official CNA prep guide and practice test. The prep guide is titled The Canadian Nurse Examination Prep Guide, 5th Edition. Available in both English and French, this prep guide features a section with 200 practice questions, and in the back of the guide is an interactive CD-ROM with 50 additional test questions. This particular test prep guide (and other test prep guides and tools) can be found at your school’s bookstore or on any online book retailer that sells college education materials. 
  • Another helpful study tool is the CRNE Readiness Test available online.
  • If you live in Quebec, you will be required to take a different nursing licensure examination. For information on that particular test, ask your nursing program’s administrator. 
To make sure you do your best on the exam, decide on the best environment for your particular study preferences. Some students prefer to study independently in a quiet spot like the library or at home, and some students prefer studying in groups. Lastly, when it gets closer to test time, try to limit the amount of practice tests you take to avoid test fatigue. For example, if your test is scheduled on a Saturday, take your last practice test the Thursday before that day.

Best of luck! Lauren Bailey is a freelance blogger who loves writing about education, new technology, lifestyle and health. As an education writer, she works to provide helpful information, pointers, and the most recent online college news for students looking into online degrees. Lauren welcomes comments and questions via email at blauren99@gmail.com.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Buy A Quality Used Car From Riverside Used Cars

The fact that you are buying a used car is not permission to compromise on quality. The first thing that you need to realize is that you will be the one who will use that car and so buying an old, rugged car is not advisable. Many people misinterpret used cars. They assume that if you are to buy a used car then you should buy it really cheap. This is actually a lie. If you opt to buy a really cheap used car then chances are that it will break down very fast. There is no point in buying a cheap car and feeling proud of the bargain, then having to part with a lot of money so that you can get the same car repaired and fixed. It does not make any sense at all! You need to check on a few things as you look to buy your used car. First of all, check the under parts of the vehicle to see if there is any rusting or a replacement of new parts. If the same car has a beautiful exterior but a rusty under side, then chances are that the same car has a rusty pane or a terrible dent which is covered up by a fresh coat of paint. Steer clear of such a car. Riverside used cars are reputable and will sell you a car that will last you a long period of time. They have no under handed deals aimed at duping you. They value their customers. Used cars san bernardino is the same and is sure to provide you with the best services. One thing that will help you to get the best deals when it comes to buying a used car is creating a rapport with the sales person. Maximise on the opportunity and ask as many questions as you need answers for before you make such an important decision.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

How to Shop Organic on a Budget

There have been news stories, articles and research done and it seems that the only way to eat these days is organically. The problem is that most young people are on a budget (thanks student loans) and shopping organic is not within our means. Eating organic is a healthy lifestyle, free of harmful chemicals, better tastes and bettering your local economy. So before you give up, try a few of these techniques out:

Try Local: Hit your local farmer markets on the weekends. It’s not just fun for music and fun crafts. These farmers are local and you can guarantee they take care of their crops. Or check your area for local farms that sell throughout the week. By helping yourself eat better you are helping their business and your local economy. Also a possible great date idea?

Extreme couponing: Ok so you don’t have to be that crazy person with 189 coupons in hand but use coupons and watch for sales! As much as it doesn’t seem like it, organic food does go on sale. Toward the end of the food’s shelf life, stores will sell it for less. It’s great for that last minute dinner idea. Also check your local paper for produce coupons and online deals. You will be shocked about how much you can save this way.

Grow it yourself: Have a small space in your backyard? Start researching and start growing your own food. Check out Pinterest, there are at least a thousand helpful pictures. It’s fun and easy and an amazing learning experience for yourself and of course your child. Even if you don’t have your space in your yard, try building an indoor growing garden, think potted plants.

Doesn’t have to be all organic: There are some fruits and vegetables that you would be fine not to buy organic. Most people go organic to save themselves from pesticides and other chemicals companies use. A good rule of thumb, if the veggie or fruit has a hard outer shell like asparagus, avocado, mangos, pineapples then they are least affected by these harsh chemicals. Softer shells on fruits and veggies like celery, bell peppers, spinach grapes and strawberries, then buy organic.
These tricks will help you purchase better foods for a better you. Another helpful hint is to always plan ahead before preparing a meal. So start eating organically and start saving!

Author Bio

This Guest post is by Christine Kane, a graduate of Communication and Journalism. She enjoys writing about a wide-variety of subjects including internet provider for different blogs. She can be reached via email at: Christi.Kane00 @ gmail.com.

Friday, March 23, 2012

My Dream Car: A Nissan 370Z

I can’t help but imagine about getting my dream car once I finish my nursing program. I have always wanted something that is fast, sporty, and eye catching; All that I wanted in a car is in the Nissan 370Z.

I had always loved Nissans ever since my family bought our first Nissan, a 2009 Pathfinder. Our Pathfinder is very dependable and has helped us forge through the worst of weathers, especially in winter. I loved how we never had a problem making it start even in -40 degrees Celsius. Plus our Nissan may look bulky and huge, but it can accelerate pretty fast. Don’t even get me started in its towing capabilities.

In terms of style, the Nissan 370Z is a sexy beast. It will perfectly match the urban scene and it's sleek aerodynamic design would definitely make heads turn. The 370Z is a perfect mixture of technology, luxury, and power as it boasts a 3.7-liter V-6 engine rated at 332 horsepower running up to a 7,500-rpm redline.

Just thinking about being behind the wheels of this car gives me an adrenaline rush.





Friday, February 24, 2012

Major Domains of Posttraumatic Growth

  1. Greater appreciation of life and changed priorities
  2. Warmer, more intimate relationships with others
  3. Greater sense of personal strength
  4. Recognition of new possibilities for one’s life
  5. Spiritual development
I agree with this. This is even applicable to near death experiences, when you suddenly reflect and start a new deeper perspective on things.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ten Tips for Staying Healthy



  1. Don’t be poor. If you can, stop. If you can’t, try not to be poor for long.
  2. Don’t have poor parents.
  3. Own a car.
  4. Don’t work in a stressful, low paid manual job.
  5. Don’t live in damp, low quality housing.
  6. Be able to afford to go on a foreign holiday and sunbathe.
  7. Practice not losing your job and don’t become unemployed.
  8. Take up all benefits you are entitled to, if you are unemployed, retired or sick or disabled.
  9. Don’t live next to a busy major road or near a polluting factory.
  10. Learn how to fill in the complex housing benefit/ asylum application forms before you become homeless and destitute.
Source: Raphael, D. 2000. The question of evidence in health promotion. Health Promotion International 15: 355-67. Table 3, "The role of ideology in health promotion."

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