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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…
Ambitious: “In (number of years) I would like to achieve…”
Goal-driven: “My goal for (date/year) is…”
Motivating: “Dear future self, I would like to encourage/motivate you to…”
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 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 – 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.
Respiratory therapists examine patients who show breathing issues, seek advice from medical professionals to figure out a remedy plan, perform the treatment plan and monitor development for the affected person. A few respiratory therapists operate in hospitals or nursing facilities, while some visit patients’ homes to set up and sustain respiratory system devices for at-home use. RTs are required to stand for long periods of time as well as lift patients. Respiratory therapists who are employed in healthcare facilities often work evenings as well as weekends.
The associate’s degree in respiratory therapy is occasionally adequate, however some companies search for candidates which have a bachelor’s education. Respiratory therapy is extremely regulated; nearly every state demands license for therapists. Certification is elective in some instances, yet it’s normally a requirement for state license.
1. Acquire an Associate’s Degree
A lot of community and also technical colleges provide associate’s degree courses in respiratory therapy. RT students may want to finish initial college-level courses in English, anatomy, chemistry, math and physiology prior to starting a respiratory therapy course. A number of programs additionally demand that candidates display dedication to the career by showing documented volunteer or perhaps experience hours in a respiratory system healthcare environment.
2. Finish the Examination for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)
It is a computer-based CRT test through assessment centers situated across the nation (www.nbrc.org). The National Board for Respiratory Care administers and provides a free online practice examination to familiarize candidates with all the format of the accreditation examination.
3. Acquire a State License
Each state besides Alaska manages licensure for respiratory therapists. A lot of states demand that professionals move the NBRC exam and be accredited as CRTs to be eligible for a state licensure. A few states require a advanced level of certification, like Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
A respiratory therapist is someone who treats patients with cardiopulmonary disorders such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary disease, congenital heart disease, and other cardiovascular disorders.
The respiratory therapist first interviews the patient, perform chest exams, and analyze specimens of tissues. After they diagnose a patient of any cardiopulmonary disorder, they will recommend treatment methods. They play a vital role in responding to trauma and emergency cases.
Aside from performing diagnostic procedures and responding to urgent calls in the emergency room, the respiratory therapist also supervises technicians and equipment for respiratory treatment. The respiratory therapist also consults with other healthcare professionals such as doctors and nurse staff to adjust patient care. In some cases, they perform duties that are beyond their conventional roles like counseling smokers, rehabilitation for pulmonary cases, and seminars on how to prevent cases of pulmonary diseases.
The range of patients that a respiratory therapist treats and provide service ranges from newborn infants to the oldest person. These professionals are also responsible for diagnosing infants, children, and adults that have cardiopulmonary diseases and sleeping problems.
In order to become an official respiratory therapist, you should complete a degree from a post-graduate program. There are numerous colleges and online classes you can take that offers an Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy program.
In order to obtain a license in the field, you need to pass the National Board for Respiratory Care examination. When you graduate from an accredited program, a licensed or certified respiratory therapist can take the advanced practitioner registration examination in two sets and achieve the Registered Respiratory Therapists credential. There are also other specialty exams that provide additional credentials that they can take.
Therapy usually involves a kind of treatment that is repetitive or recurring on a regular basis to heal an affected person of a physical or mental illness. Therapy is a remedy for condition or disorders, as by some restorative, rehabilitating, or medicinal process.
Generally, an individual who offers any kind of therapy is referred to as a therapist. There are lots of forms of therapy and there are various sorts of therapists.
Physical therapy, as its title suggests, offers relief or remedy for a patient’s physical health problem. The affected person might be dealing with a surgery, or might have been in an accident or injury. Also, physical rehabilitation can be used on patients with degenerative illnesses or other issues that deteriorate their physical condition.
Respiratory therapy is among the therapy careers that doesn’t need a graduate education. Nonetheless, job opportunities are better for respiratory therapists who definitely have at least a bachelor’s degree, although some respiratory therapists only have an associate’s degree. The majority of respiratory therapists work in hospitals. The majority of their patients are having trouble breathing. Respiratory therapists make use of equipment, machines, or physiotherapy to aid and relieve patients’ breathing difficulties.
Psychotherapy and Behavioral Therapy
Psychotherapy is a form of therapy usually utilized by mental health professionals like psychologists or psychiatrists. This is used to help treat a variety of mental conditions such as depression or anxiety.
Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based utilization of music treatments to perform customized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who may have finished an authorized music therapy program. Music Therapy is a recognized health profession in which music is utilized within a therapeutic relationship to deal with physical, psychological, intellectual, and social needs of a person.
Massage therapy involves the usage of touch, and massage, to deal with stress, muscle pains, and other conditions. Massage therapy doesn’t require a high-level degree, and this profession is exclusive in that many massage therapists are self-employed and contract their work out by appointment, which requires good business skills.
Respiratory therapists also known as the RTs have a big role in the medical health care industry. A respiratory therapist helps patients who have difficulty in breathing and with cardiovascular problems. The usual patients of RTs are infants born prematurely which don’t have fully developed lungs. They deal with adult patients suffering from asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis. In general, the RTs examine the patients through the advice of a physician and provide treatment.
Respiratory therapists employed in emergency rooms usually provide medical attention to cardiac arrest and drowned patients. Respiratory therapists employed in home health care usually setup ventilators along with other life-supporting equipments.
Respiratory therapists need at least an associate’s degree. There are also many respiratory therapists that have bachelor’s degrees in nursing. Many RTs have finished programs that concentrate particularly on respiratory therapist training. Students who want to get a career in respiratory therapy must complete classes including human anatomy, physiology, and microbiology along with other science-related courses. They may also be prepared to complete studies in therapeutic and diagnostic methods, medical terms, and patient assessment practices.
The main tasks of a respiratory therapist are to maintain patient charts with therapy information as well as inspect, clean, test and maintain respiratory therapy equipments. It is vital that they monitor the patient’s physiological reactions to the therapy or medicine to determine the efficiency and the status of the treatment by monitoring the vital signs, arterial blood gases and blood chemistry changes. Once they finished the monitoring of the patient, they must go and talk to the physician if adverse responses occur.
RTs must also determine the treatment type needs of the patient, method and time period of therapy according to the physicians’ orders. They must also set up and operate mechanical and therapeutic products following specified parameters of treatment. The presence of a respiratory therapist in a hospital will lighten the load being carried by the physician as well as improve the efficiency and quality of the health care services.
It is the job of the respiratory therapist to aid patients who suffer with respiratory illnesses, assist patients dealing with respiratory emergencies. It is a challenging profession but it offers a good salary and growth opportunity. The demand for RTs is expected to rise until 2020, thus showing the employment opportunity.
Respiratory therapists don’t need advanced education and training, most of them have just undergone associate degrees though others have bachelor’s degrees, but they are required to have a license to be allowed to work. Each state has different requirements for an RT to be licensed.
Respiratory therapists can either work on medical facilities like hospitals and nursing homes. They have specific tasks like administering oxygen, performing CPR, using ventilators, and give medicines as prescribed. The RT should have the skills to be able to provide this care. They must also be able to build relationships with patients to be more effective with their job. Respiratory Therapists can also work in extended care facilities like nursing homes which require them to provide an extended time with their patients.
People who have breathing problems need the assistance of an RT. Therapists in the hospitals are more prone with stress. They are required to administer CPR and assist with treatment in emergency rooms. The RTs are still under the supervision of the licensed physician, so whatever medication needed must be coming from the assigned physician. In every situation, the RT is trained what to do, he knows his role and skilled in using the equipments that help ease the hardships felt by the patients with respiratory illnesses. Being a Respiratory Therapist is fulfilling and gives you opportunity to serve while having a decent earning and career growth.
A new study finds that the respiratory therapists can help improve the detection rate of people with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. The year-long study aimed at detecting people with Alpha-1 referred for testing by RTs and the genotype distribution of referred people found to have Alpha-1. The study authors hypothesized that trained RTs could promote Alpha-1 testing, and in doing so, improve detection of those affected in the course of their routine practices.
The study also considered that RTs can be at the front line of care for patients in pulmonary laboratories, rehabilitation, and post-acute settings, where they are in a position to see and recommend testing for at-risk patients. They reasoned that because many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) see healthcare providers other than pulmonologists and RTs have been shown to effectively participate in diagnosing patients with Alpha-1, the RTs could help identify previously unrecognized patients with Alpha-1-related COPD.
Coupled with the availability of free, confidential, at-home testing for Alpha-1 through the Alpha-1 Coded Testing (ACT) Study, there was an opportunity to assess whether trained RTs referred COPD patients for Alpha-1 testing and determine the yield of identification by RTs of those who are severely alpha-1 antitrypsin deficient. Outcome measures include the number of trained RTs and the rate at which trained RTs recommended Alpha-1 testing to their patients, as well as the rate at which such tested patients were found to have Alpha-1.
The main findings show that RT education programs that instruct RTs regarding Alpha-1 diagnosis and management were more widely used in the first year of implementation than those who did not receive such training, and that, despite only a small number of submitted specimens over the years of study, the yield of detecting individuals with severe Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency was 3.2% higher than in many previously reported targeted detection studies. In addition, the yield of detecting MZ individuals was very high, at 24.2%.
The authors behind the study concluded that, to the extent, the rate of detecting severely alpha-1 antitrypsin deficient patients here exceeds that in prior reports of targeted testing, the findings support the idea that respiratory therapists play important roles in improving detection of people with Alpha-1, and that training RTs is an effective measure to enhance Alpha-1 detection.