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The job of a nurse anesthetist is to ensure that their patients are able to go through medical procedures without pain.  Because of the specific skill set nurse anesthetists possess, their jobs are among the most valued in the healthcare industry. As a matter of fact, CNRA positions in settings like surgery centers, hospitals, pain clinics and dental centers were ranked at number four on 2016’s top 100 jobs on US news and World report standings. Here are some of the main reasons anybody should consider a position as a CNRA.

CRNA’s are can Perform most Tasks Anesthesiologists do

CRNA’s are pretty much anesthesiologists in a nurse disguise. They perform medical evaluations on patients and determine which type of anesthesia would be the best for their procedure. During the said procedure, they are responsible for administering the anesthesia, checking dosage, and also evaluating the patient’s vital signs. When the procedure is completed, they check on the patient’s recovery and assist them if they’re showing symptoms such as nausea, grogginess, or vomiting for instance.

Another aspect that attracts people to this field is the variety. Most CRNA’s love the variety the job offers. No one day is the same and CRNA’s have a much more direct contact with their patients.

CRNA Training takes Two Years

If you’re already a registered nurse, the process to getting your certification is pretty fast. If you’re an RN, you will then have to get an MSN and pass your certification test. Services like Valley Anesthesia offer an Anesthesia Board Review Course to prepare students for their actual certification test. Once you’ve received your certification, you’ll be required to pass recertification requirements every two years.

CRNA’s can Access Job’s in a Wide Variety of Settings

One of the biggest advantages of having a CRNA certification is the sheer number of positions available. Nurse anesthetists can find a job virtually anywhere, be it outpatient surgery centers, delivery rooms, emergency rooms, hospital surgical suites or even ophthalmology, dental or plastic surgery clinics. Some have found positions in smaller rural hospitals, where help is much needed.

CRNA’s Earn Great Salaries

Among nurses, CRNA’s are some of the best paid. CRNA salaries vary depending on the location, type of clinic, experience and a variety of other factors. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, CRNA’s could earn as much as $153,780 per year. This is in comparison with $66,640 for registered nurses and $300,000 for anesthesiologists. CRNA’s are among the highest paid non-physicians in the industry, making it one of the best positions for those who would like to pursue a high paying career in health career without having to complete a doctorate.

A career as a CRNA can be very fulfilling and very lucrative at the same time. It combines the human aspect of registered nursing and the hands-on, clinical aspect of anesthesiology. If you were still on the fence about getting your certification as a CRNA, make sure that you take all these benefits into consideration before you make a choice.

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The uncertain nature of the economic future creates stress on family, faith, and friends alike. It can be difficult to know when to invest, in what, and for how long. Ultimately, finding the right purpose for your life revolves around making the right investments, especially for your golden years.

There are many industries and sectors in which anybody can invest. Some are less than scrupulous, while others provide genuine benefit to all involved. From God’s mouth to our ears, the phrase “be fruitful and multiply” resonates with just as much truth as ever.

Investing in an industry where producing fruit is literally the name of the game can be a wholesome and rewarding investment when done properly. Today, we’re going to talk about how you can get started with investments in one or more areas of farming.

Invest Professionally

 

There are a number of agricultural-based direct investment opportunities available for those who’d like to invest but don’t necessarily want to be hands-on with it. On average, agricultural land-based investments have gained around 10% per year over the past 40 years: a better return on investment than in most industries.

Many of these investments are centered around California, where half of all produce is grown. AG investments have exploded in recent years due to the increased demand for produce – as well as California’s abundant arable land.

Investment firms offering CA AG investments such as Crawford Park Farming AG are connecting investors and farmers, enabling the growth of everything from almonds to zucchinis. These firms have stakes in agricultural investment throughout the globe.

Invest at the Micro Level

 

Micro-lending first became popular about ten years ago, giving everyday people the ability to help those in distant lands earn the capital they needed to start their own businesses. One of the most popular micro-lending investment angles is agriculture.

Through a variety of platforms such as Kiva, individuals can invest as little as $20 and crowdsource their funds to complete these loans. Those who contribute small sums to dozens of different agricultural loans often earn in excess of 10% per year on their investment.

While there is the occasional default, spreading your investments thoroughly in small amounts across large numbers of loans helps minimize any losses.

Start Your Own Farm

 

If neither of the above ideas strikes you as an ideal then you may wish to consider farming yourself. There are many USDA loans, grants and offers available to first-time farmers who are willing to start from scratch.

Let’s be clear: starting a farm from nothing takes a lot of work and a lot of investment. There are many programs and/or investors willing to assist with those first steps, but a lot of physical labor is involved in creating a profitable, successful farming venture.

As more and more people look to break from the complexities of modern life and return to simpler roots, this nevertheless remains a viable choice that provides both spiritual fulfillment and financial gain when done properly.

financial and personal pathways are open in the world of agriculture.

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My first step into the work-at-home world was as a data extractor for a company in my local area. Believe it or not, I found that job in the Classified Ads section of the newspaper. That, however, was ten years ago. A lot has changed in the last ten years – the internet alone has grown by leaps and bounds. So, what are some of the best ways for people in today’s market to find a telecommuting opportunity?

Classified Ads
One good thing about the technology available to us today is that most Classified Ads are now not only listed in print newspapers, but online as well. Take a look through these to see if there are businesses in your area looking for local at-home workers.

Online Job Sites
Most online job websites now offer telecommuting listings. Use the search term “telecommute” to help give you the best results. There are even websites that cater to the work-at-home crowd such as HireMyMom.com. Remember – always be sure to read the fine print, and research each company/opportunity that interests you.

Freelance
More and more at-home workers are freelancing on a contract basis. Writers, web designers, graphic artists, and more are finding this a viable option to allow them to work from home. There are websites, such as upwork.com, that cater specifically to the freelance community and make it easy for freelancers to connect with companies and individuals looking to hire them.  If you are selling a service or digital product, take some time to checkout out fiverr.com – you can start offering your service for just $5, and then add additional options at higher prices as your business grows. Read More→

ChildcareWhether your child is old or young, the type of media they consume has an effect on them. This doesn’t have to be bad; it can teach them new values and help them learn necessary and recreation skills that they’ll need for life. But you can be careful about what you let them learn from, as it can have an adverse effect too. This is particularly important in cases of younger children, who are more influenced by the actions of adults than anyone over the age of 10. So what is the best kind of media for a child’s development and growth?

 

For Language Skills

One very simple way to improve your child’s language development is through pre established stories. Books, songs, and films can teach people a lot, even well into the adulthood. For example, you can practice English with music and movies. Kids pick up new words and phrases faster when they hear them repeated to them, especially when they can’t read yet.

If your child is younger than 5 years old, only about 2 hours of watching something on a screen per day should be allotted. Read around this time, as reading allows better interaction with a child and allows you to give them direction. This is a healthier method for getting your child to respond, and is actually a lot more fun for you as the parent!

 

In Terms Of Learning Compassion

Using cartoons for enjoyment is a popular method, and can be a lot of fun for the little ones. Animations these days are a lot less violent than those we would have seen in the 1990s, but some bad habits can still be picked up from them. However, this is all part of the learning experience, and as a result means kids can learn faster from any mistakes they make. They can learn how to consider other people as a result. Read More→

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Life isn’t supposed to be easy. We make mistakes, we face challenges, we try to learn, and to better people in the process. At no point is this more evident than when it comes to our home businesses. Being part of a company is difficult at any time, but when it’s only us, trying to build a business on top of all our other responsibilities? That’s tough. Recognizing that having your own business is a test is a start, but it won’t make everything better. Below, we take a look at ten things you can do to ensure you own your business, not the other way around.

Remember Where You Started From

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the here and now. If we’ve had a tough week, or even a tough few months, we can sometimes move pretty quickly to feeling “I want to quit”. However, giving into these fleeting temptations would be a mistake, if for no other reason than you’ve come too far to back out now. It’s always important to take the time to remember where you started from. Don’t think regarding months: think about your dream when you first began your business. You’ll have done a lot of great things since then, too many to turn your back on.

The Story Isn’t Over

As well as looking to the past, it’s important that you look just as much to the future. You’re on a journey, and you don’t know where it’ll take you. Even if times are tough now, remember that this is just a small blip on a path you can’t yet possibly fathom. If you stay true to yourself and ride out these tough moments, in years to come, you’ll be an inspiration to yourself and your family because you didn’t give up when times are tough.

Cut the Small Problems, Go Big

The big problems are, obviously, not ideal, but they are not the things that make us rethink our purpose in business. It’s the small ones, the little details that turn a working day into a grind, that can really stack up and cause us problems. It’s difficult, but if you’re able to recategorize these small inconveniences for what they are – small tests – then you’ll know that you have the power to overcome them. If anything’s going to bring down your quest for business success, it can’t be the small things in life.  

Bring In Help

You’re never alone. Even though you might be the only employee in your “company,” that doesn’t mean that you’re out there by yourself, trying to make it all by yourself against a sea of competition. You’ll have people in your life who want you to succeed just as much as you do and will be all too willing to give you a helping hand if it means life will be that little bit better for you. As well as your loving friends and family, there’s also plenty of online resources – including this website – that can pull you through when things are becoming too overwhelming.

Challenging Yourself

Sometimes, the biggest barrier to moving our company forward is ourselves. If we’re waiting for our business to propel us forward, then we’ll be waiting for a while: growth has to come from within. There are many ways you can develop your skills that’ll better equip you to deal with the many facets of running a business. Look at attending a business conference, searching for new opportunities, or furthering your education by completing an online Master of Science degree. All three of these will give you the expertise and skills you need to grow your business. Sometimes it’s only by challenging ourselves to become better people that we’re able to fulfill our potential. Read More→

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Sep
11

Work Is Not About Money

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 First and foremost, work is not about economic exchange, financial remuneration, or a pathway to the American Dream, but about God-honoring human creativity and contribution. Our work, whatever it is, whether we are paid for it, is out specific human contribution to God’s ongoing creating and to the common good.”  – Tom Nelson, Work Mattersmoney jar

I love that quote! Isn’t it true that we so often view work as simply a way to make money. The truth is that it is SO much more than just a way to help pay bills.

I can’t tell you how often I get caught in the trap of thinking that my end goal is how much money I bring in. If I go a day or two without selling some advertising space I begin to wonder if God is mad at me. How silly is that? I believe that while God does care about me and my business, He isn’t all that worried about whether or not I sell ads each day just to make myself feel better.

When I look past the monetary expectations I have for my business and focus on what I see God doing through CWAHM, I am humbled and reminded that this business is so much more than just a way to make money.

And when I keep my eyes focused on Christ and moving in the direction that He is leading me, I work in an entirely different way because I’m coming at things from a Christ-centered perspective. And boy is that a beautiful place to be! (and if I ever figure out how to KEEP myself there I’ll let you know – I’m constantly finding myself back in the worry-about-money boat and having to heave myself overboard into Trust God Lake!)

Our work, or maybe more specifically the WAY we work, is an expression of our love for God. It is one of the main ways that we can glorify Him while we are here on this Earth. It is one of the ways that He has given us to contribute to what He is doing in the world.

Whether our work today consists of

  • * Raising our children
  • * Running a business
  • * Working for an employer
  • * Volunteering somewhere

Everything we do contributes to the kingdom of God if we do it to honor Him above all else.

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Sep
06

Paralegal Roles In Accounting

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Paralegals are an incredibly valuable business asset, relieving time and pressure from your primary attorney as well as being able to perform some of the more basic legal day-to-day tasks within an organization. An increasing number of businesses are opting to pay for employees from various departments across the business to complete an online paralegal program so that they can fulfill a greater variety of functions. Most departments within a large corporation will require some form of legal advice or aid over the course of months or years. Accounting departments are one of those who can benefit the most from the presence of a paralegal, particularly when this person is an existing staff member who can work alongside a fully qualified lawyer. Below are some of the roles a paralegal can tackle within an accounting department.

Administrative Assistance

Many students who are studying for a paralegal degree, particularly those who already have a specified role within an organization, will take on some kind of relevant work experience. Providing assistance to an accounting firm or the accounting department within a company can expose students to many of the day to day tasks they will be fulfilling as a paralegal. In general, a paralegal will be there to ensure that any legal obligations relating to day to day operations within a department are met. For example, a paralegal may be involved in ensuring that physical records are stored securely and appropriately. There will be at least one fully qualified attorney who will provide periodic oversight and ensure that the paralegals are performing up to standard.

Contracts

Contract law is a specialty all of its own and ultimately any contracts will need to be referred to a fully qualified attorney for review. However, any student studying for an online paralegal degree, such as that offered by George Washington University, will benefit enormously from working alongside and assisting a qualified contract lawyer. It goes without saying that contracts are incredibly important documents and if they are handled improperly, the results can be devastating for businesses and individuals alike. Flawed contracts can open a business to litigation, lost custom, and serious financial dangers.

Database Management

When it comes to collecting and storing the personal data of customers and clients there are certain legal obligations that businesses must ensure they are meeting. These are mostly related to the security of the data; ensuring that it can only be accessed by authorized personnel. Database security is always important, but when financial services and records are involved it is even more essential that data is safe and secure. Paralegal graduates are well positioned to oversee databases on a day to day basis and to advise the rest of the department on how to ensure that best practices are always being followed. Failure to take data security seriously can result in breaches and these breaches can negatively impact a business’s reputation, as well as open it up to compensation claims from affected individuals.

Paralegals are becoming an increasingly common sight in many businesses and of these many are working across different departments in various roles. Every new skill you learn will add to your value in the eyes of future employers and solidify your value with a current employer.

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Sep
05

Top Considerations When Designing Your Home Office

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If you’re planning to start working from home, you’re going to need a space where you can have all your equipment and paperwork. Preferably, it needs to be in its own room so that you aren’t distracted by your family walking in and out.

Designing your perfect home office needs good organization and planning. To help you, here are some tips to the perfect home office.

 

Your Office Equipment

It’s important to get this right, as this is where a lot of your budget will go. You need to think about what equipment you’ll need and if you have the space to put it anywhere.

A reliable wireless internet hub is a good idea because you can work in a room where the hub is far away. It means you won’t have to have the router moved into the office.

If you don’t do a lot of printing, then buying a printer might not be such a high priority. Is the one you already have for the family going to be good enough? You will, however, need another phone line to your office so that you won’t be interrupted by the home phone.

 

Lighting

Ideally, you want as much natural light as possible – because daylight is the most balanced light you can get, and also because it makes you feel more relaxed. You can have some additional lighting such as a desk lamp if you’ll be working late, but if it gets too dark, you’ll need a good quality main light, so your eyes don’t get strained.

You don’t want to have lights that will reflect off your computer screen or are in your line of vision. Try to place them, so they give light without any glare. Read More→

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Sep
04

Why Bother?

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In the midst of all of the chaos of being a work-at-home mom – the business issues, the kids’ squabbles, the laundry (ugh!), I often find myself wondering why I bother.  Why do I push reading a bookmyself to write, to speak, to work at all? Why not just sit around and do as little as possible?

One reason, of course, is because we need the extra income. But somehow it’s deeper than that. Even when I try to take several days off in a row, I find myself actually WANTING to work. I find this strange, how about you? Do you find yourself thinking, planning, dreaming about how to improve and grow your business or job?

In his book, Work Matters, author Tom Nelson says that there is a very good reason that we may, in fact, enjoy work. (I know – crazy, right?) J. Nelson points out that from the very beginning of Scripture we see an active God, a God at work.

“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground. ”

Genesis 1:26-28

I love the thought that we are created in God’s image – our creative, active God who not only tells us to get to work, but who models the concept for us as well. In the Genesis account, God isn’t worried about Adam and Eve messing up His creation. In fact, God gives man dominion over the animals of the Earth.  He made humans the stewards of the Earth and in that same fashion we are also stewards of whatever work God has given us.

We sometimes think that NOT working would be more fulfilling, but the truth is that sloth and laziness will never make us happy – and it certainly doesn’t make God happy.

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Proverbs 13:4, ESV

I had several days this past winter where all I really wanted to do was sit and read a book. While I can technically count this as work (see RadiantLit.com), it was actually me trying to escape doing some hard work that needed done. The first day I gave in and read all day. It was fun for a bit, but after a while the guilt set in. But, I was determined not to let the guilt stop me … so I kept reading.

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Aug
28

5 Tips for Working From Home

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Woman working from homeI have worked from home, in one form or another, for nearly twenty years. (GOOD GRIEF that makes me feel old!) The work-at-home world, and technology itself, is every changing. However, there are a few basic principles that stay the same, and these can help you work efficiently and productively.

1. Use Lists

I know not everyone is a list-lover like I am, but I believe lists can help keep you organized and on-track. I tend to make a daily list each evening for what needs to be accomplished the next day. I rank the tasks and work hard to complete at least the top 3.

This allows me to feel as if I accomplished something, but gives me the flexibility to change things around if necessary.

2. Do Your Research

This is something I preach for anyone looking to work from – always do thorough research on any company that you are interested in working with. This used to be more difficult, but nowadays you can google a company, or ask about it on Facebook, and get a multitude of answers. Then compare these answers with what you know to make an informed decision.

However, research continues to play a part in business even after you have things up and running. You must continue to do you research to stay on top of trends and new tools that can aid you in business.

3. Be bold! ASK

Again, this is something I say often to those I’m working with who are just starting out. But, again, it holds true for all business owners, no matter how long you’ve been in business. You must continue to be bold and ask for you want. You may get some “no” answers, but you’ll also get those “YES” answers that you could not have gotten any other way. Never be afraid to ask – you’ll never know until you ask.

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