Caring For Your Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and one of our Premier Partners, Comfort Keepers, has provided information about the negative effects of stress and how you can better arm yourself against them. We hope you will take a moment to learn more about how you can benefit from proper self care.

Having worries and concerns is natural, but it is important practice stress-reduction techniques to manage these thoughts

Several studies have shown that stress is linked to mental and physical problems, from anxiety and depression to hypertension and immune system complications. In fact, it’s estimated that stress increases the risk of heart disease by 40%, heart attack by 25%, and stroke by 50%.

The great news is that stress, and the techniques to manage it, are usually easy for most people to practice.

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Six Simple Self Care Tips

Simple acts of self-care can reduce stress and boost your overall physical and mental health. Try incorporating these simple but effective self-care hacks into your daily routine to reap the benefits and fill up your cup. 

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Stretching before bed boosts sleep quality and rejuvenates the body so you’ll wake up feeling refreshed
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Messy spaces lead to messy thoughts. Before studying, take a moment to tidy the area around you. This will allow you to focus on the one task in front of you. 
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Instead of reaching for your phone first thing, taking a moment to slowly wake up and acknowledge how you’re feeling can help you be more intentional with your day
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Journaling is a positive outlet for dealing with a build-up of negative feelings or expressing frustration and can improve your relationships
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Thinking of one thing you are grateful for each day is simple and is linked to improved physical and mental health
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Take a moment to yourself to delight in a cup of hot water with lemon—it’s filled with powerful antioxidants like vitamin C!

Other Stress Relief Techniques To Try

  • Connection can help relieve stress, so call a friend or family member, have a video chat or spend time with loved ones when possible
  • Meditate at the same time every day or whenever feelings of stress or anxiety arise
  • Practice deep breathing and mindfulness exercises
  • Reach out to friends and family to connect and spend time together
  • Follow a consistent exercise regimen and healthy diet, upon physician approval
  • Journal or jot down thoughts and feelings at the end of each day – and be sure to take a moment to reflect on all the positive things that happened throughout the day
  • Find a volunteer opportunity to give back to the community
  • Put together and execute a to-do list to increase productivity, decrease feelings of restlessness, and combat procrastination
  • Join a yoga class or practice it at home (with physician approval)
  • Listen to soothing or relaxing music, especially before bed 
  • Find a way to laugh, whether it’s by watching a funny TV show/movie or listening to a comedy album

Whatever Tips Or Techniques You Try, We Hope You Take Time For Yourself When You Need It

Learning Your Way

Learning styles vary from person to person. Some want to learn at their own pace online, while others want a traditional classroom experience. At Quality Career Pathways, you can choose the method that is right for you.

Online Hybrid Learning

Most Quality courses are offered as an online hybrid. This means upon enrolling in a course, you have access to your online content. You proceed through your course on your own before coming to the school for hands-on skills training. The online learning management system keeps track of your progress and allows you repeat sections if you need to review.

Online Content Includes:

  • Skills video demonstrations
  • Skills instructions (downloadable)
  • Quizzes to test your understanding
  • Self paced and/or Video Presentations

An important thing to note about the online portion is that you must have your designated course hours completed PRIOR to coming to the school. If you haven’t finished your required homework, you will have to reschedule your class time – which comes with an additional fee. That is why we generally check our student’s progress about a week before their class. We can inform them if they are missing hours and give them time to get caught up.

  • CNA Course: 76 Hours with 44 online and 32 classroom
  • CMA Course: 40 Hours with 24 online and 12 classroom
  • PHARM TECH Course: 150 Hours with 124 online work, 10 hours classroom and 16 hours externship at CHI Health Omaha locations
  • PCA Course: 12 Hours with 8 online and 4 classroom
  • PEDS Course: 7 Hours with 3.5 online and 3.5 hours classroom

Traditional In-Person Learning

If you are a person that has trouble with online learning or would rather learn solely through in-person instruction, we have traditional course options as well. Currently the CNA Course is the only course with the option to take the course through a hybrid format or 100% in-person. However, we may add traditional CMA options in the future.

With the weekday option, you generally have class Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:45 pm for two weeks. Can you image having a new career in as little as two weeks?

Simulations and Videos

Sometimes reading about how to perform a skill is not enough. Descriptions can be misinterpreted or steps may be confusing. That is why many of the online portions of our courses include videos to show how a skill is to be performed.

Additionally some courses, like Hire-Ability, include simulations to practice the skills.

Hands On Training

Every course at QCP except Hire-Ability includes hands-on training because the certification exams require the students to complete their skills in an exact manner. Even our refresher courses for students who have been working in the field include hours to train with one of our instructors. Without an instructor overseeing your practice, there is a chance you are performing a skill incorrectly and will not pass your exams. We want to give you every chance to succeed.

Once You Determine Your Learning Style,
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The 5 Step De-escalation Process

As a healthcare professional, you may find yourself in a situation where a patient is starting to get irritated. Try these steps to properly deescalate the situation and keep everyone safe.

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1. Understand the Signs
Signs of anxiety:
Fidgeting and twitching.
Repeating questions.
Increase in self talk.
No eye contact or covering face.

Signs of frustration:
Talking louder and faster.
Yelling and swearing.
Threatening posture.
Isolation from the group.

2. Think Before You React
Know your own hot buttons.
Imagine a successful intervention where you all “win.”
Ask yourself, “What is the function of the behavior?
Have a coworker try a different approach.

3. Redirect Attention
Bring up a new conversation topic.
Initiate a new or familiar activity.
Redirect to a different room or area.

4. Suggest Activities 
Going for a walk.
Talking to family.
Reading a book or listening to music.

5. Focus on Safety
Back off. Give the person space.
Minimize talking. Keep it short and sweet.
Remove vulnerable people.
Identify and remove potential weapons.
Physical restraints should be the last resort and only used when the person is in danger of harming themselves or others.

By using alternative intervention and de-escalation tactics you can prevent a crisis situation and a client or staff injury.

~Information provided by SFM

6 Reasons You Should Consider a Trade School

There are many options when considering secondary education: two-year college, four-year universities and trade schools. By definition, a Trade School offers “education designed to provide vocational education, or technical skills required to complete the tasks of a particular and specific job.” While there are benefits to all three options listed above, there are unique aspects about Trade Schools that you should take into consideration.

Trade school benefits

A decade ago, the stigma around a vocational  training was much different that it is today. Students have realized they do not need to commit the time, and pay the high price of annual tuition, to get a great paying job. Nowadays, trade jobs are in high demand – with better than average salary ranges – making them a solid career choice.

Trade School Benefits

1.  Start your career faster

Trade schools focus on the exact skills needed to perform your selected career. So – unlike major universities – there is no need to take hours upon hours of general requirement courses in order to graduate.  Say goodbye to American Literature and Advanced Algebra. And say hello to your new vocational career.

2. Spend less money on your education

This is a no brainer, but we will say it anyway. Those general requirements we mentioned above cost money. And for some trade jobs, it would be wasted money. Instead, select a trade school that focuses only on the skills you will need and pay hundreds in tuition – not thousands.

3. Start classes anytime throughout the year

Traditional universities operate on a strict calendar of quarters and semesters. So if you miss the fall deadlines you need to wait until January – or even the next fall – to attend classes. Trade schools generally have a more flexible schedule. For instance, at Quality Career Pathways, there are classes that start every month of the year. You simply have to choose which one works best for your schedule.

4. Smaller class sizes

The large university lecture halls can be intimidating. And if you need to ask your professor a question, your raised hand may be missed. Vocational schools often limit class sizes so they can provide one-on-one support when needed. After all, you are learning a select skillset. You want to ensure you know them inside and out.

5. Get insider knowledge and hands on training before you arrive on the job

Many times trade schools employ former employees in the field of study. For example, Quality Career Pathways hires LPNs and RNs to instruct their CNA and CMA Courses. These teachers bring their experiences from years in the medical community to the classroom. This level of instruction is priceless.

6. Get assistance with job placement

Because trade schools specialize in specific career options, many area employees contact the school looking to employ the graduates. While a school cannot guarantee employment after graduation, there are schools that go a step above to help make it happen. Case in point, six areas employers have partnered with Quality Career Pathways to hire students upon completion of their courses.

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Vocational Job Options

Sometimes people define vocational jobs as blue color or manual labor positions. But it has become so much more than that. There are several medical careers that also fall into the definition of trade jobs, because you can hold these prestigious titles after a short training period. So they are most definitely vocational. Consider one of these career options today:

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

A Certified Nursing Assistant, or CNA, helps patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The course to become a Certified Nursing Assistant is 76 hours long. You can read more about the program HERE.

Certified Medication Aide (CMA)

A Certified Medication Aide, or CMA, administers routine oral medications and is responsible for monitoring a patient’s vitals and behavior while on medication. This certification is only 40 hours from start to finish. Read more about becoming a CMA HERE.

Pharmacy Technician (Pharm Tech)

A Pharmacy Technician assists a Pharmacist within a pharmacy setting such as within hospitals, drugstores, grocery stores, and other medical facilities. This program is part online, part in person check ins to ensure you are understanding the material, and part onsite training at CHI Health. Read all about this unique program HERE.

Attend Omaha’s Premier Trade School for Medical Vocational Training

From saving time and money to assistance getting hired after training, you should consider getting a certification from Quality Career Pathways today. Check out the calendar of upcoming courses and enroll now.

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