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Career Ideas – Becoming a Nurse Anesthetist

If you want to work in healthcare, there are a huge number of different career paths open to you. While nursing is usually seen as the lower paid, easier to get into end of the scale with medical professions, some advanced nursing practitioners earn six figure salaries and are in high demand, and a good example is the Certified Nurse Anesthetist. Certified Nurse Anesthetists provide an essential service in all kinds of medical environments, and have excellent career prospects. Here, we take a look at what kinds of work you can expect to do should you choose to work to become a CNA, and what you need to do to get there.

What Does a CNA Do?

As you might expect, a CNA administers anesthetics. They deal with all the different types of anesthetic, from local anesthetics used for certain types of surgery and dental work through to general anesthesia for all kinds of more intensive surgery. Because anesthesia is very important in modern medicine, but can be dangerous, CNA's are highly trained, and are given a lot of respect and autonomy in their working environments. To the patient, the CNA who treats them is as important to their procedure as their surgeon.

As a CNA, you will be able to competently and safely prepare patients for all kinds of surgical and medical procedures, from life saving surgery to cosmetic enhancements, and can also be involved in helping people with pain management.

Where Can a CNA Work?

There are lots of places where CNA services are important, and this is the case all over the world, so you will never struggle to find work. You can work in a hospital or clinic, at a dental office, a podiatrist, hospices, and even in the military. You can also specialize in a field that interests you, whether it is cosmetic surgery, feminine health or pediatrics. There are so many possibilities, and if travel is your aim you will find your qualifications very much in demand all over the country and in other desirable parts of the world. Anywhere where there is medicine, there is a need for nurse anesthetists!

You also have a lot of earning potential as a CNA. The average salary is around $157,000 per annum, but experienced CNAs further on in their careers can earn over quarter of a million a year.

What Qualifications Are Involved?

As you might expect from such a responsible and important job, you need a lot of training to become a CNA. The full path can take 6-7 years to complete, which will include some 'on the job' training in a medical facility. You'll need to first do a bachelor's degree in nursing, and then a masters. Ultimately, you'll need to gain the NCE qualification, which can be quite intense but well worth it, and there are nurse anesthetist courses available to help prepare you from education companies like Valley Anesthesia.


Is There a Dark Side to Starting a Fampreneur Business?

Last month, we discussed the fampreneur phenomenon and the fact that a lot of moms have chosen to go this route instead of striking off on their own while other family members keep their traditional jobs.

As a quick refresher, that article brought out that “the term “fampreneur” – coined by BusinessesForSale.com, a global marketplace for buying and selling businesses – describes groups of “two or more family members who invest together in a business venture in order to spread the risk while capitalizing on the loyalty and commitment that comes with strong family ties.”

It went on to explain how this phenomenon seems to be a natural progression of the improving economy which is allowing families to more confidently assume the inherent risk of starting a business in expectation of greater rewards.

But, there are always at least two sides to every story and the truth is always somewhere near the middle. So, is there a dark side to being a fampreneur?

Where Family Businesses Go Wrong

Financial risk is a necessary evil in every entrepreneurial venture. In the case of fampreneur businesses, that risk is spread across multiple family members. But, being realistic, that doesn’t usually mean the risk is lessened. Read the global fampreneur report.

For example, if the fampreneur partners are husband and wife, they’re still taking on the full financial risk as a household. This can lead to stress and other related difficulties if things go poorly for an extended period.

Stress is also a factor in starting any business, but let’s face it: we all tend to take our stress out on family more than other coworkers or business associates. When our coworkers and business associates are family, the combination can be volatile.

Emotions running high can ramp up the stress level and create an environment where poor decisions are made or hasty action is taken. Highly emotional decisions are the enemy of smart, strategic decision making for your business.

Once again, no one knows how to push our emotional buttons like family, and we’re good at doing the same to them. Whether it’s anger, disappointment, frustration, or even jealousy, our emotions burn stronger and hotter when family is involved, so you can expect the negative outcomes to be stronger as well.

A failure to plan adequately is also a very common plight in family businesses, specifically when it comes to succession planning. If you’re hoping to start a family business that your children and grandchildren will take over when you retire, the statistics say there’s only a 48% chance you’ll succeed in doing so.

The reason is not because nearly half the children who grow up with family businesses in the household aren’t interested in taking over down the road. It’s because only 29% of family businesses have formal succession plans in place, and most of the other 71% haven’t even thought of it.

In all these cases, fampreneur businesses can and will suffer from the same plights if they’re not handled properly.

How Fampreneur Businesses Can Get it Right

No, it’s not complicated, but it’s also not the easiest thing in the world.

To succeed where many family businesses fail, a fampreneur needs to go into the venture with eyes wide open. They need to understand and accept that all of the above pressures are naturally going to be working against them because they are going into business with family right from the start, and they need to actively work against that natural inclination.

That means making a concerted effort to leave personal matters at home and leave business matters at the job. It means forcing yourself to treat family members just as you would any other employee, coworker, or business partner. And it means taking the time to formalize absolutely every agreement – including a succession plan – legally and in writing so there are no misunderstandings down the road.

By taking this deliberate action, a fampreneur can reap the benefits of going into business with family while avoiding the most common pitfalls.


Realistic Goal Setting for Weight Loss

You need to ask yourself right now, is the goal that you have set for your weight loss something that you can do in the timeframe that you have set? One of the biggest mistakes that people do is they set a goal for their weight loss but the goal just seems too good to be true, if even possible. Remember that if you are doing this now or if you have done it before, do not worry because it is normal and dieters all over the world are doing it too but in order to become motivated to continue with the weight loss, the main thing, that you can do is to set a realistic goal.

If you feel yourself dissatisfied with the weight that you have lost so far, you have to ask yourself, am I dissatisfied because I do not feel good or because I am not recognizing the changes that have happened to my body so far?

Focus on process (system) more, rather than goal

Goals are great, but systems work better. This means that you are going to have actionable lists of things that you can realistically accomplish rather than a final destination of where you can get. For instance, instead of saying that you need to lose 5 pounds in 2 weeks, you can say that you will eat vegetables every day for two weeks, which can eventually lead to the loss of 5 pounds. This can be achieved in two weeks, for sure.

This kind of attitude is especially important when following a strict diet plan with supplement intake. A great example would be popular weight loss method – hCG drops. The process requires dedication and following quite a strict diet. It will get you to your dream shape, but many people hearing that set themselves a goal, impossible to achieve, and when (not even if) they fail, their motivation goes down. Alternatively, they can repeat the treatment after some time (and even in-between their body will not gain extra weight) and reach that result they wanted initially, but due to that “failure” they are never able to push and complete step 2.

If you still like goals, the following techniques will help you:

Set mini-goals

Instead of creating big goals that you will be able to accomplish in months, you can probably set mini goals first like things that you can accomplish in about a week or two. When you do this, you will be able to see the progress and make another mini goal again until such time when it is more possible for you to reach the goal you have set for yourself.

Another example with HCG. Above I mentioned the diet involved in this method. If you look at it more carefully, you will see that it actually complies with mini-goals philosophy. Each week (within 3 stages it has) gives you another challenge and is a bit harder to accomplish with the previous, especially if you’re not used to dieting.

Make sure you are specific

You have to be specific in the goal that you have in mind because if you would just say, “I want to lose 15 pounds.” Without saying how you are going to do that, your interest in losing those 15 pounds will not be helpful at all. If you are more specific, your body will tend to remember it more and you will be more motivated to follow that goal more. Some more reading on this from HuffPo.

Honestly, losing 15 pounds is not very hard. However, will it be muscle, or fat? How will your workout feel after that? I’ll answer - if you lose muscles, not fat, even without extra 15 pounds you will not feel great. This means you need to be smart about setting goals like this and again, focus on process. Because if you will choose marathon running - your muscles will burn more, if running with more speed (even better - sprint), your fat will burn. So again, remember that system (I will run faster two workouts per week out of three) is more important than goal (lose XX pounds in 6 weeks), it gives you better motivation.

All the best of luck with your systems, processes and goals.


Basic introduction to acupuncture for the work at home mom

If you’re a mom who works from home, there can be times when the stresses and strains can really start to get you down. More often than not, it can seem as though there aren’t enough hours in the day. If your children are at home with you during the day it can sometimes feel as though you are almost being torn in two.

As pressure builds, you may begin experiencing physical symptoms such as aches and pains. Or you may simply feel exhausted. If this happens then you may want to consider natural techniques, such as acupuncture, to help. You can speak to experts, such as Alban Acupuncture & Herbs Clinic, to see how acupuncture can help you. It may be useful to understand what acupuncture actually is, and how it can be a benefit. 

How does acupuncture work?

You can spend time reading about the art of acupuncture, but understanding the basics is a great first step. The most important thing to remember about acupuncture is that it’s completely natural, so you don’t risk getting the same side effects as you could get from pharmaceuticals. Acupuncture works by restoring balance to your body. Here are some simple facts about how acupuncture can help you, as a busy working mum.

  • Acupuncture stimulates certain points in the channels which run through your body.
  • The qi, or energy, in your body needs to be able to flow freely through these channels without any problems; acupuncture helps facilitate this process.
  • The affects of acupuncture vary based on areas of in the body where it’s applied. 
  • There is evidence to suggest that acupuncture works in conjunction with the body’s own natural healing.

Why is acupuncture a good idea?

If you receive treatment from a licensed professional, acupuncture is a completely safe way of improving your health; it is also relaxing. Many people worry that having needles inserted into their body will be painful, but acupuncture needles cause just a slight prick at first, followed by a possible tight feeling. After this, treatment usually causes a feeling of great relaxation. 

Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with other treatments to achieve the required effect. These treatments can include the warming of needles and pressure points by the burning of ai ye (mugwort), close by. 

One of the greatest benefits of acupuncture is that it can be used to treat a whole range of ailments, including:

  • Chronic pain in all areas of the body.
  • Different types of headache.
  • Women’s health issues.
  • Respiratory problems.
  • Stress and anxiety.

If you’re a mom working at home then it’s possible you could be suffering from any of these problems. Dealing with work and your family requires a lot of energy and is a lot easier if you feel healthy. If you are not feeling as well as you should, then a trip to an acupuncture specialist could be just what you need. 


Mompreneur or Fampreneur? Why Many Moms Are Choosing Not to Go it Alone

There is no shortage of examples of successful businesses run by moms all across the country. In fact, you can read an interview with one of them every Monday on this blog.

These are the “mompreneurs,” a successful group of business leaders who have turned passion into profits while keeping a focus on family and life balance.

Although these companies may have begun as the dream of one brave entrepreneur, many of them have grown into full-fledged family-run enterprises over the years, often strengthened by a level of loyalty, commitment, and long-term outlook that other types of businesses can’t achieve.

But there’s a new and different type of small business emerging that seeks to capitalize on the benefits of working with family right from the start, and the post-recession economy is a fantastic breeding ground for these start-ups.

Rise of the Fampreneur

The term “fampreneur” – coined by BusinessesForSale.com, a global marketplace for buying and selling businesses – describes groups of two or more family members who invest together in a business venture in order to spread the risk while capitalizing on the loyalty and commitment that comes with strong family ties.

Although the term was first introduced based on U.K. survey results, similar studies in the U.S. have proven the trend is strong there as well.

This unique style of start-up has become far more popular in recent years than in the past. Traditionally, mompreneur small businesses have been started by one brave entrepreneur while other family members kept the steady day jobs, tightened up the budget, and did their best to support Mom as she got the business running.

When the economy is uncertain, as it has been for the last several years, it makes a lot of sense to be so risk averse.

But now, with the recession finally over, we’re seeing less aversion to risk and more interest in investing in a brighter future for the entire family. Husband and wife teams, sibling partnerships, or Mother/Daughter teams are pooling their capital and talent, jumping into entrepreneurship with both feet.

Or, perhaps more commonly, they’re seeking out an established business opportunity to purchase and making it a family concern.

That’s what the fampreneur is in the modern business world: entrepreneurs taking the best aspects of family-run companies – loyalty, commitment to the business, and the ultimate team atmosphere – and applying them to exciting new ventures in the post-recession economy.

For mompreneurs who have a great idea or entrepreneurial drive, but may hesitate to go it completely alone, this new trend could be the wave you ride all the way to the bank!

For more details on the fampreneur phenomenon, you’ll enjoy BusinessesForSale.com’s full survey-based report: The Rise of the Fampreneur.

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