Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small bowel. Some People who are affected by this disorder does not manifest any symptoms at all. Some have the signs and symptoms since childhood, others started to have the manifestations by adulthood. In other words, its effect to people varies a lot. Recognizing celiac disease can be difficult because some of its symptoms are similar to those of other diseases. In fact, sometimes celiac disease is confused with irritable bowel syndrome, iron-deficiency anemia caused by menstrual blood loss, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, intestinal infections, and chronic fatigue syndrome. As a result, celiac disease is commonly underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Although this disease is for life, Diet plays a major part in maintaining a normal life. A gluten-free diet which excludes Barley, Rye, Oat, and Wheat (BROW) can prevent in developing its complication. To know and understand more of this disorder watch this interview with Dr. Peter Green, the director of Celiac Disease Center in Columbia University. This video also shows what food in our daily diet does contains gluten that we even never knew.
26 May 2007
21 May 2007
Vermont, New Mexico, California and New York are just few of the states that foreign nurses like Filipinos mostly apply for NCLEX-RN. I have here the sites where you can download the application forms for these states:
19 May 2007
U.S. Senators in bipartisan deal on immigration bill
Senator Edward Kennedy, center, at a news conference in Washington Thursday with, from left, Senators Dianne Feinstein, Mel Martinez, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson. (Jamie Rose for The New York Times)
16 May 2007
its been quite a while since the last time I've posted here. After coming back home from Manila, I was busy doing some papers for possible job abroad (except for applying job in USA)while waiting for the retrogression to be lifted. As I said on my previous post, I am in my career crisis. I will be back in Manila soon to try my luck abroad. I wanted to go back and work at the hospital again. I miss the thrill and the feeling of really doing the procedures by myself. I hope this time everything will turn out right for me. I love being a clinical instructor but I find sense of fulfillment in serving the patients and giving the care that they need. I miss the pressures and the excitement inside the hospital and the frequent interactions with the patients. It's where my heart belongs... I really don't know what's next if I will not pass the exam and interview but I'll just cross my fingers... Wish me luck!
03 May 2007
HLG will be traveling to Washington DC for a meeting Wednesday with a Senator’s lead staffer on immigration. The Senator is one of the six people who we have regularly mentioned as key on this issue. The meeting was set-up by one of our best clients. The purpose of the meeting is to impress upon the Senator's staffer the importance of a “bridge” bill to end immediately Schedule retrogression. This is the fifth different HLG staffing company/facility client who has successfully set-up such a meeting in the last six weeks. We are guardedly optimistic that a bridge bill can be passed in the near term, in spite of Congressional leaders’ apprehension. As we have previously mentioned there is an inverse relationship between the likelihood of a bridge bill and CIR. To some degree this is understandable – Congresses overall goal is to pass a major immigration bill that solves many needs, not just healthcare’s desires.After the Washington DC trip, we head to New York City for our Annual Symposium. We currently have full registration for this event. We look forward to seeing everyone. We’ll try and post over the next few days, although that may be impossible in light of the travel plans. In the meantime, if anyone has any connection with the “Big Six,” please try and set up an appointment. HLG will surely attend and advocate.Here are the six key Congressmen and Senators:Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)Sen. Edward Kennedy (D- MA)Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
After working for two years as a Paediatric nurse abroad, I ventured into something I never expected in my whole life. I became a clinical instructor. I have been teaching for 4 years now and just recently I am handling nursing students in a special program. These students are already professionals who took up BS in Nursing as their hope of getting out from this struggling country. Most of them are having a good position in their specific jobs and in the community but chooses to go below their level... as a student again for a brighter future ahead. In my previous blog (nurse with a HEART), I express how tough it is to handle them. How challenging for me to make them listen and follow me as their teacher. Sometimes, at the back of my mind I am scared but I need to be firm and stand above to make them trust me, that I know what I am doing and I am confident that I can give them what they came for. Besides these difficulties, complaints and lots of arguments that I encountered with them, at the end of the day, I always thought that they were my inspirations. These people worked to death during weekdays and go to school, have their duties during weekends. Now, where is the rest day? Where is the time for the family and other activities? None. If it is difficult for me, yeah, I admit it is more difficult for them. Every time I feel down or wanted to give up because I am tired, I think of them. I think that they sacrifices more than I did and yet they don't complain as much as I do. Every time I hear my boyfriend complain how hard his nihongo class is and that he wanted to quit, I always inspire him with my students' stories and things would be different. My students have given too much time, effort, energy, money to aim a solid future. They work their damn ass to sustain their studies and their family's living just to be like me. I bow my head to them for this very reason. They have to admit as well that I maybe their stressor, enemy or their thorn. I make their lives much more difficult but that is my job. This is part of being a student... and that is another story. We make choices basing on what we think is best for us. Although sometimes our decision was a surprising one, it maybe also filled with surprising experiences and learnings. I never saw myself one day as an instructor but here I am, been in this profession longer than I expected. Life really is full of mystical ways...
Teaching really is a commitment, especially if you are handling nursing students from the so called "second courser group" hehehe... At first I was so hesitant on how to approach them whom most of them are a lot older than me and shall I say has high paying jobs in a reputable companies with a stable and respectable position. Well, I am paid for this kind of job as well so I must handle the challenge.
Yeah, it's tough because I need to be very careful not to offend them too much and at the same time make sure of the patients safety. I do believe that "patient comes first" that is why sometimes (most of the time, I guess... hehehe) I cannot control my temper anymore. I really wanted them to realize that nursing as a profession is not an easy gateway to new and broader opportunity for them; it is not just by having the title as an RN is the only important element in reaching their dreams in going abroad. I wanted them to love the profession, to open their hearts to their patients, to see what is beyond the title and the opportunity it might bring to them, I want them to value the vocation that all of the nurses in the world has pledged for. I wanted them to be a "nurse with a HEART"... I am not a good clinical instructor but I believe that my soft heart for sick, unaided, helpless, innocent persons nor animals makes me better with my profession. Realizing that I am one of those persons whom they wanted to be makes me feel so blessed, that I am lucky to be where I am right now where most of them would want to trade places with me gives me strength to do my best at all times. My profession which I hardly earned became my most kept treasure now... And I know deep in my heart if not today, someday they would also... Good luck guys! post taken from my friendster's blog