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Why CPR Classes Matter

Posted on September, 26, 2013 by admin

A life-threatening situation could happen at any moment. Health issues and accidents could cause a loved one or stranger to need professional medical care right away, but that care is often not available immediately. What happens when it’s not? While it’s certainly not pleasant to think about, preparing for life-threatening emergencies is essential to a long and healthy life. One of the best ways to be prepared for health emergencies is by taking a CPR class through Premier Choice Health Services.

What is CPR?
CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. CPR is an emergency procedure performed when an individual is suffering from cardiac arrest or other trauma. The person giving CPR offers manual chest compressions and breathing to assist the patient with vital life functions. CPR is often required immediately while additional medical help is on the way.

Who should be CPR trained?
Whether you are in the medical field or not, CPR is an important skill to learn. You never know when CPR may be required to save the life of a stranger or loved one. Everyone can benefit from knowing CPR and having the skills and confidence to respond in an emergency situation.

How do I get trained?
If you live in the Columbus area, you can register for a CPR class at PCHS. Classes are approved through the American Heart Association, and upon completion of the class you will be certified for two years in adult, child, and infant CPR. Classes are affordable and offered at convenient times every other week.

With the proper training and CPR classes from PCHS, you will be prepared with the skills and confidence to respond in any emergency situation. Administering CPR is often the first step to saving a life. Sign up for a class at PCHS and help save lives.

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New Year, New Goals as an STNA

Posted on January, 10, 2013 by admin

With the New Year upon us, many people in every profession will be looking to uphold their New Year’s resolutions.  Of course, your resolution could be something simple like doing better at work but it might be more helpful for your resolutions if you’re very specific with them.  If you’ve had trouble coming up with your own resolution, we have thought of a few that may help you this next year as an STNA.

  • Organize.  This goes to every aspect of your life.  If your home life is organized, your work life will fall in line easier and vice versa.  Set aside time every day to catch up on tying up loose ends from the day before.  Most importantly, organize time in your life when you can relax.
  • Reach out.  By creating positive relationships with colleagues and patients, you’ll find your work days go by faster and are more enjoyable.  If you like where you work and who you work with, waking up for that surprise third shift won’t be so bad.
  • Be open.  Have an open mind.  Have open ears.  Have an open heart.  Listen to others and take advice when it is given.  Don’t shut people or ideas out because you are unfamiliar with them.  As an STNA, your job will be more enjoyable the more accepting you are.
  • Be early.  Rarely do people complain about others being early to meetings or gatherings.  Get in the habit of being early wherever you go and you will greatly reduce the possibility of you getting somewhere important late.  The extra effort to be early will impress your patients and your coworkers.
  • Eliminate errors.  Obviously, when you perform a task, you’re not trying to make mistakes but they do happen.  Eliminating errors sounds like an immense task but it is really quite simple.  If you have to write something up, simply read it over before submitting it.  If you’re meeting with a patient, check their history before going in.  Small things can make a huge difference.
  • Research at home.  If you are told to do something, take orders, of course, but check it out when you get home.  Knowing what you are doing is one thing, knowing why you’re doing something will separate you from competition.  A few minutes of research are enough to give you the knowledge you need to make better decisions.

Take these helpful hints into the New Year.  Maybe they can help you with your patients and with your coworkers.  If you have more tips or need more training on how to be a better STNA in 2013, let us know.

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