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Letters to Yourself: A Gift for Graduation Day

Have you written a letter to your future self before? When I was in eighth grade, I had a history teacher that had us write a letter to our future selves, which would be opened at a later date close to high school graduation. We were instructed to write about our current hobbies, favorite music, friends, and our future hopes and goals. I wrote about how my volleyball and track seasons were going and how I hoped one day I would be a college athlete. I wrote about the Black Eyed Peas and how much I loved them and my favorite songs. Cringey, right? I finished my letter by telling my future self what I hoped I would accomplish in the next four years and reminded future me to not be so hard on myself.

Over the course of the next few years, I forgot all about the letter I wrote, until the day before graduation when I finally was able to read it. When I unsealed the letter and read what 13 year old me had written, I laughed and cringed and eventually was brought to tears. I was shocked by what had changed, but thankful for the personal growth I saw. I was heading to college to major in Secondary Education and as a member of my university’s volleyball team. I no longer listened to the Black Eyed Peas (except for the occasional throwback), and I was still working on being an advocate for myself and finding my voice. The letter was such a breath of fresh air, I then came up with the idea of writing a letter to my future self for when I graduated college. Being 17, my goals for the future were different. I sat down and wrote another letter to myself, this time, to open the day before I graduated from college.

Three years later, I unsealed yet another letter from myself. The emotions I felt while reading that letter were indescribable. My younger self had written about how I was nervous to leave home, moving to a place where I didn’t know a soul.

She was scared of living up to the standards she had set for herself but was determined to make her family proud. The last thing she wrote about was finding happiness.

Younger me had been struggling with knowing where she belonged and just wanted to find her place in this world. Reading my final letter urged me to reflect on my past three years. Three years full of switching majors, an athletic career cut short by injury, one too many crazy hair phases, gaining lifetime friends, goals I reached and even the ones I fell short on. Reading my letter made me more conscious of how I have changed and grown. It reminded me of some of my past visions that I lost track of along the way. It made me appreciate how far I have come and it made me look forward to the future.

Memories tend to fade and become distorted over time, making them unreliable by the time you graduate. It’s far better to put pen to paper and write down all of your hopes and dreams, your visions and aspirations, as well as ask some mindful questions that only your future self can answer.

As you write your letter, your current thoughts and consciousness will be stored in your words. And as you read it after graduation, months or years later, you will be provided with a different perspective, letting you see just how much you have changed since then. Write to yourself. Include your goals and your fears. Ask yourself questions, and offer advice to your future self. There are no restrictions on how far you should project your letter to — you can write to your future self 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, or even 10 years from now!

A few quick few prompts to start your letter could be…
  1. Ambitious: “In (number of years) I would like to achieve…”
  2. Goal-driven: “My goal for (date/year) is…”
  3. Motivating: “Dear future self, I would like to encourage/motivate you to…”

What I Wish I Would Have Known Before College

There is no step by step guide to survive school while pursuing a higher education degree. Many people describe college as some of the best years of their lives. However, higher education is a dramatic lifestyle change that can be hard to adapt to for many students. As a recent graduate reflecting on my college years, there are a few things I wish I had realized before I entered college. Here are a few things I wish I would’ve known, including stress, studying and money management.

In high school I was a three sport athlete, a member of the National Honor Society, the secretary for the student council and part of many other committees. I balanced these activities very well and loved every minute of it. However, the set schedule I was used to changed when I came to college. You are in charge of managing your schedule. No one is there to guide you along. This can be a major change of pace for many people. So my tip to you is to set a schedule. Sit down and plan out your week. Designate times to do assignments, tests and to study. Stick to your routine. Your grades will thank you.

If you had poor study habits in high school, it’s time to make a change. Students are often shocked by how much effort they must put into their classes. Even though students are often told how much time and effort they will have to put into their classes, they are typically stunned when they are actually expected to do it. If you’re really struggling, reach out to your advisor for helpful tips on how to manage your course work. They may also have resources available to you to make studying easier or more enjoyable! Don’t take on more than you can handle. Some students can handle four courses at a time while others may only be able to focus on one. Wherever you fall on this spectrum, that’s okay! Progress isn’t linear. Lastly, ask friends and loved ones what worked for them or look up studying tips online. If one method fails, don’t give up! Everyone is different, you just need to find your niche.

In all honesty, college was the most stressful time of my life. When my routine was no longer existent, I found that I had to discover new ways to manage stress and anxiety. It wasn’t until my junior year that I was able to find ways to manage that stress that worked for me. I found that what worked for me didn’t necessarily work for my friends. I had always been an extremely active person, so I naturally gravitated towards fitness to take my mind off of whatever I was stressed about. Going to the gym at the end of the day helped me relax and refocus. Other stress relievers can be painting, reading a book or even just watching a movie or tv for a little while. Find a healthy coping mechanism and make sure to incorporate it into your new routine.

Last but not least, money. Money can be a huge concern while earning your degree, and managing it can be difficult. My advice would be to set a budget or allowance for yourself. You can make it weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly. Factor in the cost of your loans, along with other expenses such as books and materials. When I made my budget, I also included money for food, extracurriculars along with how much money I would put into savings. I really stress putting money aside for savings. When my senior year rolled around, I was able to pay off my whole first semester with what money I had put aside which saved me the stress of paying more interest on my loan. Every bit counts, save what you can, when you can.

For many students, college is a whole new world and what comes along with it can be stressful and overwhelming. Finding what works for you during this time is extremely important. Sometimes, though, a little guidance can be helpful — take it from people who learned the hard way.

Distance Learning Systems™ Partners with Medical Staffing Network to Upgrade Nursing Credentials

Distance Learning Systems™ and Medical Staffing Network partner to provide an affordable and accelerated pathway to an RN (Registered Nurse) license for qualifying medical professionals.
Greenwood, IN, May 21, 2019 – Distance Learning Systems™ (www.dlsii.com) announced today that Medical Staffing Network (www.msnhealth.com), part of the Cross Country Staffing (www.crosscountrystaffing.com) family, has partnered with Distance Learning Systems™ to join its network of corporate partners and regionally accredited universities.

This partnership provides a flexible and affordable online alternative for Medical Staffing Network’s nurses who are interested in upgrading their current LPN/LVN licensure to RN. Distance Learning Systems’™ unique online platform includes accelerated courses that save students both time and money. This partnership provides a means by which any Medical Staffing Network LPN/LVN aspiring to attain RN status may do so simply by completing online college level-courses through Distance Learning Systems™ and clinical validation.

Medical Staffing Network has reviewed and approved the nursing program offered by Distance Learning Systems™ as the most direct and seamless bridge to RN licensure available in this space. Cross Country Staffing plans to provide financial support to its nursing staff in support of this endeavor.

“We believe today’s college student deserves a more affordable, accelerated option for degree completion, one that allows adult students to maintain current lifestyles, and that’s what Distance Learning Systems™ provides,” said Dave Christy, President of Distance Learning Systems™. “Our partnership with Medical Staffing Network addresses the academic needs of the nation’s premier staffing company.”

Distance Learning Systems™ offers a high-quality, low-cost path for those interested in earning over 50 regionally accredited degrees, including nursing. Classes may be completed 100% live online and in traditional classrooms in select locations. This is truly a hybrid program for students who cannot attend class on campus but expect the same level of support available in a traditional campus-based program. Distance Learning Systems™ courses are recognized by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®). To date, Distance Learning Systems™ has saved students over $200,000,000.00 in tuition and fees.

By making this commitment to its nurses, Medical Staffing Network is taking a huge step forward in continuing to deliver high-quality, flexible staffing solutions to the healthcare organizations it serves.

“This is a true partnership between Distance Learning Systems™ and Medical Staffing Network that will bring a higher level of skill set to the bedside, which will result in better outcomes,” said Cross Country Staffing Chief Clinical Officer Hank Drummond, PhD, MDiv, BA, RN.

About Medical Staffing Network
Medical Staffing Network, a member of the Cross Country Staffing family, is a trusted national provider of healthcare staffing and workforce solutions that balance quality patient care with cost savings. Medical Staffing Network has the flexible per diem and local contract opportunities clinicians want, and the pay and benefits they deserve. To learn more, visit msnhealth.com.

About Distance Learning Systems™
Based on its 97% National Pass Rate, Distance Learning Systems™, headquartered in Greenwood, Indiana, is believed by many to offer the nation’s most effective online learning platform. Distance Learning Systems™ (DLSII™), currently serves over 10,000 clients nationwide with customizable, structured, instructor – led online classes. Students will rapidly complete multiple college level courses recognized by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®). An additional 2,000 additional U.S. institutions of higher learning also recognize and accept ACE CREDIT®. Note: The decision to accept specific credit recommendations is at the sole discretion of each college or university; for more information visit: www.dlsii.com or call toll free 1-888-955-3276.

Distance Learning Systems Bolsters College Partnership Program by Adding Indiana Wesleyan University

Distance Learning Systems and Indiana Wesleyan University partner to provide aspiring nurses with a flexible and affordable option to obtaining a Bachelor of Science In Nursing.

December 12, 2018

This is an image of a woman using a computer to access online education through Distance Learning Systems.
The power to change your life.
– Distance Learning Systems (www.dlsii.com) announced today that Indiana Wesleyan University (www.indwes.edu) has partnered with Distance Learning Systems and joined its network of regionally accredited institutions.

This partnership provides a flexible and affordable online alternative for students interested in earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. The program provides a unique online platform provided by Distance Learning Systems that includes accelerated courses that save students both time and money. This partnership provides a means by which any RN aspiring to earn a BSN degree may do so simply by completing online college-level courses through Distance Learning Systems and apply those credits toward their BSN from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Indiana Wesleyan University has evaluated and approved 15 DLSI courses (a total of 41 credits) as eligible for transfer into the RN to BSN program offered by Indiana Wesleyan University.

“We believe today’s college student deserves a more affordable, accelerated option for degree completion, and that’s what we provide” said Dave Christy, President of Distance Learning Systems. “Our partnership with this regionally accredited university, makes available exciting degree opportunities benefiting the student population we serve.”

Distance Learning Systems offers a high-quality, low-cost path for RNs to earn their BSN degree. Courses are completed 100% online with all the benefits of a traditional classroom and the convenience of a flexible self-paced program. This is truly a hybrid program for students who cannot attend class on campus, but require the same level of support available in a traditional campus based program. The DLSI program provides college-level courses that allow individuals to earn transferrable college credits through competency-based learning. Each college-level course is instructor-led, live or recorded, and requires taking only 1 class per week.

Distance Learning System courses are recognized by ACE, The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service. Distance Learning Systems is accredited by ASIC and maintains a long standing A+ BBB rating, and has saved students over $200,000,000.00 in tuition and fees. Their program boasts a 97% national average pass rate.

About Distance Learning Systems
Based on its 97% National Pass Rate, Distance Learning Systems, headquartered in Greenwood, Indiana, is believed by many to offer the nation’s most effective online learning platform. Distance Learning Systems (DLSII), currently serves over 10,000 clients nationwide with customizable, structured, instructor–led online classes. Students will rapidly complete multiple college level courses recognized by Indiana Wesleyan University. 2,000 additional U.S. institutions of higher learning also recognize and accept ACE course credits. NOTE: The decision to accept specific credit recommendations is at the sole discretion of each college or university; however specific credit transfers between DLSII and Indiana Wesleyan University have been established. For more information visit: www.dlsii.com or call toll free 1-888-955-3276.

About Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church that is committed to global liberal arts and professional education. The university system includes IWU—Marion, where about 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the main campus in Marion, Ind.; IWU—National and Global, which includes more than 10,000 adult learners throughout the world who study online or at 15 education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio; and Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, which offers a practical and student-centered approach for busy, working ministers. IWU’s DeVoe School of Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Educational Leadership, the School of Service and Leadership, and the Division of Liberal Arts are all housed within the National and Global campus. More information is available at www.indwes.edu.

New Roles For Paramedics

ParamedicA team of paramedic and emergency medical technicians are known to be the street heroes as they race patients to the nearest hospital. However, as of this writing, paramedics have new roles to deal with in order to have a safe and healthy environment. They are taking a new role of promoting good health to people to keep them out from being admitted to hospitals.

Paramedics are now entering the new field in health care called community paramedicine. Their role is to train people on how to respond to chronic illness attack and promote home safety. The emergency team is being sent to different areas to provide health teaching and to inspect health hazards. This is a good step made by experts that will connect health and people living in remote areas.

Basically, what paramedics usually do in the area is to take and assess vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, glucose count, and other significant physical assessment. They also provide health procedures such as giving intravenous medications, and even performing laboratory tests. Moreover, the main goal of paramedics is to provide helpful health teachings to the community. In order to have a good outcome, paramedics also work with other health professionals such as doctors, nurses, psychologist, and dietitians.

In this new health role, paramedics and other members of the emergency team, are expected to do more community outreach like visiting not just the community, but other facilities such as mental and senior care homes. This new role of paramedics not just promotes health, it also helps decrease the number of accidents, illness and occurrence of new hazards. Moreover, this new program helps hospitals that face penalties from health insurance companies from being submitted to debts caused by a patient’s longer hospital stay.

Community paramedics deployed in different areas are well-experienced and skilled medics. They know that their main goal is to promote health and focus on primary care that will keep people healthy at all times thus preventing diseases and other illnesses from getting worse.

On Paramedics

ParamedicParamedics are entirely different from a nurse. But they are healthcare professionals, who are concentrated with giving pre-hospital care such as doing first aid.

But paramedics work mainly at the location of an emergency as part of an emergency  first response team. Most of the time, they are working closely with an ambulance unit, or with medical technicians before a patient outside a hospital. Paramedics have working relations with a variety of medical organizations, and their services may vary depending on the company’s system.

Their role has evolved over time along with the expansion of diversified practices, from providing basic health care to specialized medical assessments. Part of the evolution of paramedics are their involvement with the community. In some extreme cases, a paramedic is an essential part of a rescuing team, included as part of an aviation medical mission perhaps, where they would transport a patient through a chopper to receive medical attention from a nearby hospital.

In other instances, paramedics have replaced the roles of physicians, nurses and even medical technicians in rescuing patients, such as in the event of a calamity or in giving medical assistance on critical areas. Paramedics often work hand in hand with police officers, marine doctors, army engineers, or search and rescue teams. Often times they are called tactical paramedics.

A paramedic is either employed by the emergency medical arm of a municipality or a private medical organization. They could be an attachment unit with the locale’s public ambulance system, the fire department or even a community hospital. They could even volunteer on a particular project in need of medical assistance such as doing research on remote areas or an additional group of an association.

Paramedic Training Schools

A person who wants to be a paramedic must finish either a certification or a 2-year associate degree in paramedic technology. These programs are usually available at junior college and at technical schools. Typically, states have tight specifications regarding the training of paramedics, such as the number of credit hours needed to finish the training program.

The first step to choosing a paramedic school is to obtain a record of state-approved, associate’s degree and certification programs in paramedic technology. A record of accepted programs in paramedic technology can be acquired from the state in which a potential paramedic plans to work. Paramedic training degree and accreditation provide learners with a thorough background in anatomy and physiology, pre-hospital care and cardiac life support.

paramedicsStudents should also ensure that their system of choice includes a significant healthcare component and enables graduate students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) examination. The healthcare experience includes working at medical centers and for emergency vehicle services that are associated with the community universities offering the paramedic technology training.

Clinical shifts are usually offered in the summer between the first and second years of registration. During the training, learners learn to deal with traumatic situations by managing their initial psychological responses to healthcare emergency situations. An obvious benefit to finishing a certification program in paramedic technology is the short amount of time to finish the degree program. Duration can range from one year to a year and a half. However, learners who finish an associate’s degree in paramedic technology have also finished all general education specifications, making it simpler to transfer to a 4-year school. Possible profession options include paramedic supervisor and administrative director and operations manager, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Often, a paramedic will choose to continue his or her studies and engage in a profession in nursing or another allied health area.

Top Two Jobs Nursing Graduates Can Get

ParamedicGraduation means the end of painstaking formal education and the start of your professional career. Among the many courses offered in the school you choose is a degree in nursing. Now, you’ve probably been wondering what kind of jobs you will get with the Nursing education you got in college.

As a nursing graduate you would want to have a job that is closely related to healthcare. This industry has always been stable and continuously progressing. The demand for healthcare related jobs is also rising.  A career in the field of healthcare requires proper education and professional skills which a lot people don’t have. Fortunately, you got the right education and training that can qualify in this type of industry.

The healthcare industry has a wide scoop of careers that nursing graduates like yourselves can have. If you decided to practice your profession in the field of healthcare here are some of the top jobs you can have:

  1. Hospital Nurses- One of the primary workforce in hospitals are the nurses. They are the ones who assists doctors and physician in doing medical treatments to patients. Nurses are also in-charge of the patient’s recuperation when the doctors is not around. Almost every Hospitals in the world are in need of qualified nursing professionals who can provide medical skills to their institution. A hospital is the best place to build a career if you want to have a top-notch job with your nursing degree.
  2. Part of an Emergency Medical Team (EMT) – Members of an EMT are required to have healthcare related education and training. As a nursing graduate you are qualified to be a Paramedic. If you are an outgoing type of person, this type of career would be very much favorable and enjoyable to your part.

The Importance Of Paramedics

paramedicLife is the most important thing on earth. It is more precious than the most expensive jewelry in the world. That is why it is very important to take care of our health in order to live longer. People want to live longer in order to experience the beauty of life more.  Thus, we take good care of our health in order to get rid of all the sickness that might hinder us to live longer.

However, no matter how much we take care of ourselves, accidents are always lurking in the shadows. In other words, accidents are inevitable. We do not know when it will come into our lives. Fortunately, there are dedicated people who are ready to offer their help to those people who are involved in accidents.

Paramedics are literally life-savers in life-threatening situations. They are usually the first to provide emergency care to those in need. Their primary duty is to save the life of the victim. They are always available every time they are called for medical assistance and accidents. They should have fast-response and quick-thinking skills, so that the sick and injured patients may survive long enough to make it to the hospital or to a medical facility.

They are very important because they are the first medical responder to an emergency situation. In fact, they are well-trained to handle a situation that can be traumatic. Their responsibility also is to transport the patient to the hospital in a safe and efficient manner. Paramedics are also important because they notify hospitals of patient’s medical condition.  They are highly-trained individuals that are qualified to be dispatched by the emergency call centers when a certain accident occur.

Paramedics have played a big role in our society. They are those individuals who sacrifice a lot in order to help the lives of the people. They cannot see their families often because they need to prioritize their job. They do not have time for themselves. We cannot pay back the goodness and the services that paramedics offer to us. The only thing that we can give them is our full respect, that they are our modern heroes.