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27 June 2007

Non-cgfns states

Hey, good news!!! MICHIGAN now does not require CGFNS exam! Here is a list of states who does not require CGFNS: (republished) 1. CALIFORNIA 2. ARIZONA 3. OHIO 4. NEW YORK 5. MARYLAND 6. GEORGIA 7. FLORIDA 8. ILLINOIS 9. SOUTH CAROLINA 10. HAWAII 11. NEW MEXICO 12. VERMONT 13. OREGON 14. NEVADA 15. COLORADO 16. KANSAS 17. TEXAS 18. MINNESOTA 19. ARKANSAS 20. NEW JERSEY 21. KENTUCKY and 22. MICHIGAN hope this can help you

23 June 2007

Alli: The First FDA approved OTC diet pills in USA

GlaxoSmithKline the manufacturer of Orlistat recently released a fat-blocking pill called alli (pronounced as al-eye) to the US market. Alli is a lower dosage form of Orlistat or better known with its brand name as Xenical. It is the first FDA approved diet pills in the USA. USA is one of the countries that has an increasing overweight population. Before, diet pills are needed to be purchased with a prescription, but GlaxoSmithKline seen the weight problem of most americans and the arising complications it may bring like hypertension, diabetes mellitus, etc. So they gave the public the power to keep fit and healthy by producing OTC diet drug. Alli is indicated for person over 18 years old. Proper diet and exercise can contribute a lot in getting the desired weight and figure we want, so it is not necessary to depend everything on taking the pill alone. In the Philippines, the BFAD approved lower dosed Xenical is the counterpart of alli. We had it since last year and it sells like hotcake until now, while USA just had alli available recently. We cannot deny that most of us (including myself) considered losing weight as a major task to do with less positive result. There are a lot of ways to lose weight and proven to be working. We know ourselves better than others so choose a diet plan or weight-loss programs that suits you and try working hard to stick to it. Taking diet pill is a great help to lose weight, but having the determination to make it happen is more than the good effect that a diet pills can give us.

18 June 2007

Get your Continuing Education at your Own Home

Here in the Philippines, Nurse Continuing Education Units are no longer required in renewing our local licenses. But in order for a nurse to become fully equipped, one should update themselves. Nowadays, some of us are so busy and does not have enough time to attend seminars. For those of you who wanted to still get the course and have the certificate, there is a website that is right for us. It's RN.COM. This site is an ANCC- accredited (American Nurses Credentialing Center’s {ANCC} Commission on Accreditation). Some of the Boards of Nursing in USA requires their Nurses to take continuing education courses in order to renew their licenses. RN.COM is one of the site that offers the needed courses the nurse should take to maintain their license. And this is also an easy way for foreign nurses to comply the requirement at the comfort of their house. Some of the states that recognizes RN.COM are CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA, WEST VIRGINIA, KENTUCKY, MICHIGAN, NEW YORK, TEXAS and many more.
All you have to do is to create an account and choose the course you want to take. Each course has contact hours indicated and cost ranges from 5 usd to 40 usd . But if you want to have more and pay less, join their "Unlimited Education Club" and you will only pay 31.95 usd per year which you can have an unlimited access to all the courses offered.
Each course will have an examination after you have read the topics. You must get 75% in order to get your certificate. Actually, you can take the exam while opening your notes. No time limit for the exam.
And the best thing is that they are giving FREE course each month and anyone can take it even if you did not purchase anything from them.
Click the link below to see my latest certificate from them.
"Tuberculosis: Cleaning the Air" is this month's free course.
Take the course and get your certificate now!

15 June 2007

Retrogression Lifted Temporarily!

June 14, 2007 Retrogression Solved...temporarily The Department of State (DOS) has released its July Visa Bulletin, making all categories current in the employment based system. The visa bulletin takes effect on July 1st. What does this mean?
For applicants waiting for interviews at the consulate: the foreign national may proceed with the consulate interview after the National Visa Center or the consulate schedules an interview. It is expected that it will take the NVC some time to begin issuing appointment dates, as there are thousands of cases that have stacked up during the period of retrogression.
For applicants with labor certification approvals: the foreign national may proceed with concurrent filing of the I-140 and I-485 applications.
For applicants with approved I-140 petitions: the foreign national may proceed with the I-485 Adjustment of Status or consular interview, depending upon which option the foreign national is choosing. For applicants in the U.S. on temporary status who are eligible to bypass labor certification (e.g. registered nurses, physical therapists, National Interest Waivers, Exceptional Ability Aliens, etc.): the foreign national may proceed with concurrent filing of the I-140 and I-485 applications.
Hammond Law Group clients who are proceeding with I-485 Adjustment of Status should click here: and begin working through the four step process to gather the documents that we need to prepare the I-485 application. Once you have gathered the items listed at Step One and have completed the G-325A at Step Two, please mail all of the items to your HLG attorney and they will immediately begin working on the I-485. You should also indicate if you would like to have Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and Advance Paroles (APs) filed on your behalf and your families’ behalf. You may want to schedule a time to speak with your HLG attorney to discuss these issues. However, please send the documents immediately. These dates will remain current until at least August 1, 2007. However, USCIS fee increases go into effect on July 30 2007. Therefore, your Hammond Law Group attorney will be working expeditiously to get the cases filed before the fee increases go into effect, subject to cooperation from the foreign national in sending the documents to us timely.
Hammond Law Group

07 June 2007

Nurse AOI: A Japanese TV series

I love watching tv series especially those with medical themes like Nip/Tuck, Scrubs, Grey's Anatomy. I am amazed by some television productions that can convey "almost" true setting with performance of "realistic " medical procedures. Well, the drama of the story came from the patients and the staff around the hospital. In reality, there is always a drama each day in the hospital. I remember before when I was in KSH, I always finished my duty with a great story to tell. Yes, hospital life is an exciting world, full of emotions that surrounds each story that the patients are bringing with them. Each injury has its history, each disease has its battle, each procedure has its struggle. One of the reasons why I love watching these kinds of shows it's because It reminds me of my duty as a nurse...not only to take care of my patient's illness' but to be their advocate, adviser, teacher and most importantly, a friend who can understand their emotions and situations. Here is one great Japanese mini tv series based on the same titled manga. I highly recommend (don't worry, the caption is in good English) "NURSE AOI" (From the character's surname MISORA AOI). I could not understand why they choose this English released title! They could have made it as "NURSE MISORI. It seems weird but the weirdest part is that its title in Japanese version is "Ns' AOI". Anyways... I will introduce to you the main characters of the film: MISORA- the nurse who treated her patient as a family member, very compassionate, emphatic, hardworking, very nice yet, will fight for what she thinks is right, but willingly admits mistakes in case she did one. She was transferred to this worst hospital in their place for some "bad" reason. IZUMIDA- the respectable chief nurse who makes sure that Misora will never do any mistake again. KOMINE- a senior nurse, Misora's preceptor who is responsible for Misora's actions. She is strict, feared by most patients, very unhappy, silent but dedicated to her work. She became Misora's "angel" TAKASUGI- a happy-go-lucky, middle-aged, and one of the few skilled doctors who gave up his life because of his profession. He spends most of his time in the hospital and never talks about his own life. He was the first person who saw Misora's abilities. TADOKORO- the most arrogant, cold blooded senior doctor who thinks first about the hospital's profit rather than his patient's condition. He portrays being nice in front of the patients and their relatives but deep inside he is ruthless and only aims to gain power.
ETO- an intern who lacks of self confidence because he has to live by his father's high reputation as a doctor. Because of his weakness, he was used by Dr. Tadokoro to accomplish his evil plans. But deep inside, Eto has a good heart and righteous but was just unlucky to be in his present position. KITAZAWA- musician, a part time nursing aid who became the only Misora's closest friend. And other very important characters that makes the whole story remarkable. In the story lies the importance of a nurse in every situation, in every doctors' work, in every patients' lives. It shows that sometimes "nurse's way is the best way..." We are the star of this series. Trust me you'll love it!

05 June 2007

Increase in USCIS fees

Effective this July 30, 2007, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)will in crease its FILING FEE by an average of 66%. Application for Citizenship (Naturalization) will increase from $400 to $675; I-140 Immigrant Visa Petition from $195 to $ $475; I-130 Petition for Relative $190 to $355; H Visa Application from $190 to $320, among others. So advise your friends or relatives to avail of the current fees now.

01 June 2007

Burn Injury: Management on slides

I transfered some of my review materials on flash. Here is one. And with cool music! Check this out: just click pause if you want to read it further.
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