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6 Things You Should Know About the 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse

If you have ever researched ways to lose weight, chances are you have heard of drinking green smoothies. One of the most popular weight loss programs that has emerged over the past few years is JJ Smith’s 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. This program proclaims that you can lose up to 15 pounds in just10 days.

The program consists of consuming 3 blended smoothies per day that contain green leafy veggies mixed with a combination of fruit, water, and ground flaxseeds. A small number of foods that are primarily vegan-based (with a few exceptions) are also allowed as snacks per day. You must also drink lots of water, drink herbal detox tea and take various other supplements that promote regular bowel movements. The program can be found in JJ’s New York Times bestselling book which is available at pretty much any major retailer.

It won’t take much research to find rave reviews from hundreds of thousands of people on social media, amazon, and the like, who have reported tremendous weight loss success after completing the program. Having done the cleanse myself several times, I can also say from personal experience that it does work if followed properly. A persona can, and likely will, lose more weight after the 10-day cleanse than he or she would after completing a whole month of typical diet and exercise.

So, what’s the catch? As with mostly anything there are more than a few downsides to this program. Before deciding that this is the complete answer to your weight problems, here are 6 things you should know about JJ Smith’s Green Smoothie Cleanse:

#1 You will spend considerable time in the restroom

If you are the average adult who works and has a family, following this cleanse can be somewhat of a nightmare. The amount of fluids you are expected to drink between the green smoothies, water, and detox tea will make you a prisoner to your bathroom, with the need to constantly relieve yourself. If you have a job that does not allow multiple restroom breaks, you will be forced to get most of your fluid in after work. If you are up all night using the bathroom, the lack of sleep can trigger night cravings and excessive hunger, which makes it even more difficult to complete the cleanse.

#2 You can still overeat on the cleanse

With so many foods off limits, you can easily find yourself overindulging on the allowed snack items if you aren’t careful. Some of the biggest culprits are apples and peanut butter, almonds, hard boiled eggs, and square organic bars. Eating too many of these snack items will surely halt your weight loss efforts.

#3 Its nearly impossible to exercise while on the cleanse

Exercising will lead to increased hunger since the cleanse is so calorie restricted. It can also lead to dizziness and weakness. Adding protein powder to the smoothies helps, but it does alter the taste, and doing the modified version (2 smoothies with a sensible dinner) also helps but will not yield the same results as the full cleanse.

#4 If you are a coffee drinker, be prepared for withdrawal symptoms

JJ touches on this in the book, and this is something that you should prepare yourself for. The most common symptom of caffeine withdrawal is a headache, but you may also experience irritability, excessive fatigue, and even some mild depression. Some people have even reported flu-like symptoms. Keep in mind that this degree of withdrawal is probably a sign that your body has developed a dependence on caffeine, and if that is the case, then detoxing is probably a good thing anyway.

#5 Beware of the salt water flush

One of the methods in the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse book for promoting regular bowel movements is the “salt water flush”. This consists of drinking two spoons of sea salt mixed in a full glass of water. Increasing your blood sodium levels in such a short amount of time (hypernatremia) can lead to nasty side effects such as nausea, headaches, dizziness, and disorientation. These symptoms tend to pass quickly but can be incapacitating at the time, making normal tasks such as showering or driving extremely dangerous. The less dramatic method of colon cleansing recommended in the book is to take Mag 07 supplements which will promote a bowel movement the next morning when taken the night before.

#6 You must continue to drink green smoothies to keep the weight off

This one is huge. Do not start this cleanse with the mindset that you can return to your normal eating habits after the 10 days. The weight will return just as quickly as it melted away. You will either need to continue drinking green smoothies regularly or start another low calorie clean eating plan. JJ offers a transitional program in her Green Smoothies for Life book, however it can be difficult to continue drinking green smoothies as meal replacements due to the risk of becoming bored.

All things considered, the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse is still a reliable method for healthy, rapid weight loss. You can indeed lose 10-15 pounds, or even more in some cases. Completing the cleanse will provide you with a sense of accomplishment and the confidence needed to achieve your health and weight loss goals.

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Salimah Jones is a Family Nurse Practitioner and bestselling author of Nursing 411: The Ultimate Career Guide for Busy Adults.  With over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Salimah enjoys motivating people to achieve their health and life goals, as well as educating people on various health topics. Visit for more up-to-date health articles and free health resources. 

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Can You Go to CRNA School if You Work and Have Kids?

If you are a nurse looking to advance your career you probably have considered becoming a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). CRNAs are among the highest compensated and most prestigious professions in the nursing field. Unlike all of the other areas of nursing, the CRNA profession is predominantly dominated by males. Working in collaboration with anesthesiologists, these nurses provide anesthesia to patients who require sedation or analgesia during surgical procedures and to laboring women.

CRNA Prerequisite Requirements

In order to get accepted into a CRNA program you must first be licensed as a registered nurse and will need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. You can then either obtain a master’s degree or a doctoral degree depending on the CRNA program you choose to attend. Most CRNA programs require at least one year of employment experience in a critical care setting.

(click this link to read Nursing 411: The Ultimate Career Guide for Busy Adults: How to Earn Your Degree While Keeping Your Day Job and Raising Your Family and learn about becoming a CRNA and other career opportunities for nurses)

Program Acceptance

CRNA programs are highly competitive and have rigorous academic requirements. Applicants should have competitive GPAs, GRE scores, and professional references. To give you an idea of how competitive these programs truly are, most programs will accept around 25 students per enrollment period and will receive anywhere from 2500-5000 applicants. This means an applicant has roughly a 0.5-1% chance of getting accepted per enrollment period.

Increasing Your Chances

Applicants can increase their chances of being accepted into a program by having a strong admissions essay, practicing for the admissions interview, shadowing other CRNAs, and networking with current CRNA students. If you are not accepted initially you can retake courses to increase your GPA, retake your GRE, and reapply for the next admissions cycle. Applicants that reapply after being rejected may be looked at favorably for their dedication and perseverance.

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CRNA Academic Requirements

Most CRNA programs are structured like medical residencies in that they have didactic sessions in a classroom setting and clinical rotations in healthcare settings. The average program takes 2-3 years to complete fulltime. After graduation from the program nurse anesthetists must pass a comprehensive board exam in order to become licensed to practice.

Working During the Program

Most CRNA programs strongly advise their students not to work while enrolled. The academic and clinical requirements are quite rigorous and time consuming. Individuals that try to hold down a job are much less likely to be successful and pass their courses. If you apply to a program that does not strictly forbid you to work, it’s still a good idea to limit the number of hours you work.

Raising Kids During the Program

Many people have completed CRNA school while raising their families, but they will all tell you that this requires tremendous short-term sacrifices and a strong support system. If you have kids and are planning to apply to CRNA school, plan on talking to your spouse or significant other, parents, siblings, friends, or anyone else who cares about you, and let them know that you will need their help. You will have to delegate things like cooking, cleaning, and shopping to your loved ones whenever possible. You can offer to return favors or even work out a compensation plan for them after you graduate in exchange for their help. It is also much easier if you have older kids as opposed to raising infants and toddlers

Job Outlook

Like all nursing professions, CRNAs are expected to see excellent job growth within the next decade. When compared to other nursing professions however there are less CRNA jobs available than there are jobs in other nursing specialties. A recent inquiry on revealed 1700 CRNA vacancies as opposed to 30,000 nurse practitioner vacancies and 200,000 registered nurse vacancies in the U.S. This is something to keep in mind when considering choosing this area for your career path.

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Designer Scrubs Are Bringing Beauty to the Bedside

It’s a well-known fact that today most nurses wear scrubs, but some may be unaware of the evolution of nursing professional attire. In the 1800s nurses wore uniforms that consisted of an all-white dress with a white hat. These outfits were a derivative of the uniforms worn by nuns, as most nurses were nuns back then. The outfits were not only a symbol of purity, but also a representation of cleanliness, and sanitation. The white dresses eventually became an identity for the nursing profession.

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Scrubs were first worn by surgeons in the 1970s. The name “scrub” was adopted because the surgeons wore these garments while they “scrubbed” themselves, prior to performing surgeries. Infection control was a growing concern which continued as modern medicine evolved.  It became evident that healthcare workers needed to wear clothing to protect themselves and limit the transfer of microorganisms.

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Nurses began wearing scrubs in the 1990s, and scrubs are now worn across all healthcare disciplines both in and out of the hospital setting.



So where does this leave the nursing uniform industry today? A new movement is taking place as millennials enter the healthcare workforce. Gone are the days of the plain, stiff, and uncomfortable scrubs. With the long work hours and physical duties required by nurses, the desire to both look and feel good has become extremely important. Designer scrubs are now taking over.

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One uniform company in particular is leading the pack with their trendy scrubs. DEMED Scrubs manufactures and sells uniforms made from high-end materials. Featuring unique properties such as moisture wicked interior, elastic waist, and wrinkle free fabric, these scrubs not only look fashionable, but offer a level of comfort that is unparalleled to other brands. The scrubs are also sweat and water resistant allowing them to repel stains and spills. With a style similar to athletic apparel, their durability  accommodates any level of activity.


Here are what nurses are saying about DEMED Scrubs:

“I’ve owned many scrubs throughout the years being a nurse. These are by far my favorite pair I’ve owned! They’re not only comfortable, but stylish. I’ve received quite a few compliments while wearing them! The material is amazing! All liquids roll right off. I recently became a visiting nurse and it’s nice on days when it rains that I’m able to run in and out of patients’ houses and still be completely dry. Definitely worth every penny”! – Shirley Thompson, DEMED customer

Designer scrubs are a fun way to jazz up your nursing wardrobe. If you want to learn more about DEMED Scrubs you can visit there website at or watch this YouTube video >>>>> DEMED Scrubs Video

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Hi. I’m Salimah Jones, Family Nurse Practitioner, author, and expert nursing career consultant. As the founder of The Nursing Guide, I help aspiring and current nurses achieve success in their nursing careers. I have been in the healthcare field for over 10 years and have extensive experience in nursing education, leadership, and management. CLICK HERE to join The Nursing Guide Facebook Group and to connect we me and the other community members.

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7 Tips To Help Your Nursing Career Explode in 2018

As 2017 comes to an end, it is the perfect time to break out that vision board and begin to set your goals for next year. Many nurses want to earn more money, obtain a new job, gain a promotion, or even start a new business. These are all fantastic goals, but how do you realistically turn these into reality?


If you want to achieve professional success in the new year, an intentional plan will be essential. Nurses have more opportunities now than ever before to assume a variety of different roles. Switching to a new specialty, or even just a new organization may be just enough to add a bit of excitement to your career. If you are looking for dramatic changes however, such as breaking into a leadership or executive role, you will need to rely on much more than just your professional license.


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#1 Hire a Resume Writer

Many nurses take for granted the power of a well written, and well-designed resume. Your resume is still your #1 tool for presenting your professional skills and unique qualifications. Jobs are becoming more competitive and recruitment procedures are becoming more automated. This means if your resume does not stand out from the pool of hundreds and thousands of applicants, you will not even be given a chance to interview. Hiring a professional resume writer will dramatically increase your chances of getting interviews.

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#2 Add a Certification

Certifications validate your knowledge and skills. When considering adding a certification you should think outside the box. Evaluate the needs of your current or a potential employer and ask yourself what types of skills the organization would value. These certifications do not need to be specific to the field of nursing. Example certifications that can be considered include certified asthma educator, certified diabetes educator, certified medical coder, and certified health or wellness coach. Many technical schools will allow nurses to add on a certification for radiology or diagnostic medical sonography. Certifications are also helpful for those looking to start their own businesses.


#3 Learn a Valuable Skill

This can be an excellent way to take your career to the next level. For example, if you are a nurse practitioner working in an urgent care setting, learning certain procedures or skills could help bring revenue to your organization. Examples include reading X-rays and EKGs, casting, and suturing. For LPNs and registered nurses, think about becoming a super user for your company’s EMR system or learning the ins and outs of the medical equipment used in your facility. Branding yourself as an expert in something is a great way to showcase your leadership skills.


#4 Learn a Foreign Language

There are many people that live in the United States that do not speak English! If you are bilingual, and especially if you speak Spanish, you will nearly triple the value you bring to an organization. Having this skill alone can be enough to move your resume to the top of the pile. Don’t feel as though you have to be fluent before claiming this as a skill. Mastering simple conversational Spanish is extremely valuable, and you can add the course to your resume while you are enrolled.

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#5 Join a Professional Organization

Memberships in professional organizations serve a variety of purposes. Not only are you able to network and meet other influencers in your field, but you also have the option to serve in leadership roles and participate in committees. Your experiences within these organizations will undoubtedly serve you well in your professional career.


#6 Take Courses

You can take traditional courses at a university or college that apply towards a degree, or you can take non-credit courses. Courses can be nursing related or outside of the field, as long as they bring value to your current or potential employer. Many nurses who want to break into executive and administrative roles pursue MBAs or degrees in Healthcare Administration. Other courses to be considered include information technology courses, marketing, writing courses, and speaking courses.


#7 Find a Mentor

There is extreme value in finding an individual who has travelled the road you wish to follow. Having a mentor gives you a competitive advantage as he or she can provide you with appropriate strategies to help you advance your career. Not only can mentors save you time, but they can also prevent you from making huge career mistakes.

There are many organizations that offer services for career development. Fiverr is a great place to find quality resume writers for individuals who are on a tight budget. Check out the Nursing Guide’s resume writing gig HERE.

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What This Boss Did Caused Top Employee to Quit


After working for her health clinic for just a few months, Emily quickly began to make a positive impression. Her friendly attitude, outgoing personality, and ability plus willingness to learn was a perfect set of skills which matched her customer service role.

Her boss recognized her potential and immediately began to pour into her by building a relationship, mentoring and empowering her to become a leader within the organization. She ensured that Emily utilized her strengths and interests to help achieve many of the company’s objectives. Her coaching paid off 10-fold as Emily’s contributions helped the company excel, both by increasing customer volume and retention.

Emily caught the attention of the company’s top executives, receiving many praises and recognition for her work. She had not even been with the company for a year when she was chosen for the annual regional support staff award.

One day, Emily came to work and her boss noticed that something was wrong. The twinkle in her eye wasn’t there, and that energetic bubbly personality that everyone grew to love was gone. When they had a meeting to discuss what was wrong Emily shared that she really wanted to go to nursing school but she had just received a letter stating that she was not accepted into the program she applied for.

Emily’s boss was heartbroken when she saw how this news impacted her. As a nurse practitioner, she knew from personal experience the challenges involved with applying to and getting through nursing school. She made a decision that day that she would commit to helping Emily achieve her dream of becoming a nurse.

Over the next few months Emily’s boss compiled all the information she had learned from her years as a nurse, student, educator, and manager. Her goal was to make sure Emily had all of the information she would need to successfully get accepted into nursing school, learn about different educational paths, obtain financial resources to pay for her degree, and all about nursing careers. She knew that Emily had what it took to be a nurse and would be a wonderful asset to the profession. She just simply needed guidance, a plan, and the motivation to keep pursuing her goal.

Through the process of compiling all the material, Emily’s boss discovered that there was a substantial amount of information and many hidden resources that aspiring and current nurses who want to further their careers needed to know. She decided to publish her work in an easy-to-follow career guide called Nursing 411: The Ultimate Career Guide for Busy Adults. She dedicated her book to Emily.

Several months after Emily read the book she went to her boss and told her that she was resigning. She stated “I was really inspired by your book.” Following the advice she obtained from the guide, Emily had begun retaking some of her nursing prerequisites and applied to several other programs. One of the recommendations in the book was to obtain a job in the health field offering flexible hours and tuition assistance. Emily decided to take a position at a university teaching hospital working 12-hour night shifts. The new position would allow her to devote more time to her courses and would also help pay for a significant amount of her schooling.

Losing an employee like Emily was disappointing but her boss was overjoyed that Emily was pursuing her goals. She saw Emily’s renewed spirit and the sparkle in her eyes returned. She witnessed the power of being able to change the trajectory of someone’s life, simply by investing and believing in them. She is excited and looking forward to the challenge of developing more leaders, no matter where it ultimately leads them in their future career endeavors.

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Hi. I’m Salimah Jones, Family Nurse Practitioner, author, and expert nursing career consultant. As the founder of The Nursing Guide I help aspiring and current nurses achieve success in their nursing careers. I have been in the healthcare field for over 10 years and have extensive experience in nursing education, leadership, and management. I specialize in helping people overcome life’s obstacles so that they can accomplish whatever professional goals they set forth. CLICK HERE to join The Nursing Guide Facebook Group and to connect we me and the other community members.

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5 Important Business Tips from Dave Ramsey

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Most people in the financial world have heard of Dave Ramsey. With his bestselling book, The Total Money Makeover and his famous financial education course Financial Peace University, Dave has helped millions of people get out of debt and learn how to manage their money. What some may not know is that he has also become a key influencer in the business, leadership, and entrepreneurial world.

I had the pleasure of recently attending one of Mr. Ramsey’s live events in Nashville, TN (the EntreLeadership One Day event) and boy was it a treat. Although I was able to attend the conference for free (I won free tickets!), I would have definitely paid to attend as the speakers were all phenomenal. Anyone who works in a leadership role or who is a current or aspiring business owner would unquestionably gain tremendous value from attending one of these events.

So, what was so great about the conference? First of all, the speakers were incredibly entertaining and all had very timely and relevant messages. The panel for this event included Christy Wright, Chris Hogan, Patrick Lencioni and of course the man himself, Dave Ramsey. The topics that were discussed included the essentials of business communication, qualities of a great leader, and what personal characteristics to look for when building a team. The best part about these topics is that they aren’t revolutionary. The speakers discussed simple concepts that every business in every industry should be doing, but are often overlooked. Here are five important business tips I learned from the EntreLeadership conference.

#1 Hold Employees Accountable
As Dave said it best himself, “you cannot assume that simply hiring a person for the job guarantees that they are going to work.” If you find yourself in a situation where an employee continues to break the rules, you owe it to them to point it out each time. Either the individual will eventually stop the behavior or they will discover that the job isn’t for them. Either of these are much better than just allowing the individual to continue under performing, as this will ultimately lead to poor morale within the rest of the organization.

#2 Stop Hiring Based on Skills
Skills can be taught but personality cannot in most cases. It is much better to hire a person that has a great attitude and fits well into your organizational culture than it is to hire a person that has awesome skills but a bad attitude. The people that make great team members are people that are “humble, hungry, and smart.” All three traits are essential for your employees to possess in order to help your business grow.

#3 Get to Know Employees Personally
No one wants to come to work every day and feel like they are just a number. When leaders and managers take the time to get to know their employees personally, it helps them feel more appreciated and valued. People that feel appreciated will happily work hard for their organization and go above and beyond. Those that don’t feel valued however will do just the bare minimum to get a paycheck.

#4 Understand Two Way Communication
Most people think that when you communicate with others, the most important thing is the message itself. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The communicator must make sure that that the message is clear, but also that it is presented in a manner that the person can understand and accept the message. The communicator must also be aware of their history and relationship with the person they are communicating with, as well as the nature of the message. This will help determine the best methods for getting the message across. If the message is complex for example, email may not be the best vehicle. Timing is also an important factor. For example, if someone just had a death in the family it may not be the right time to discuss their performance flaws.

#5 Be a Passionate Leader
Being a passionate leader will lead to having passionate followers. This involves sharing your vision in a way that people can see how they fit in, and how their individual contributions can help achieve the organizational goals. Everyone within the organization should feel as though they have a purpose and are a valued team member.

These are just a few topics that stood out to me after attending the conference. For those who can’t attend a live event you can grab the EntreLeadership book, which also contains valuable information on business and leadership essentials, or listen to the EntreLeadership podcast.

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Christy Wright – bestselling author and certified business coach

Chris Hogan – bestselling author, financial coach

Patrick Lencioni – bestselling author, professional business and leadership consultant

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Hi. I’m Salimah Jones, Family Nurse Practitioner, author, and expert nursing career consultant. As the founder of The Nursing Guide I help aspiring and current nurses achieve success in their nursing careers. I have been in the healthcare field for over 10 years and have extensive experience in nursing education, leadership, and management. I had to overcome tremendous obstacles in my life to get to where I am now. I would love help you on your nursing journey. CLICK HERE to join The Nursing Guide Facebook Group and to connect we me and the other community members.

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3 Nursing School Mistakes That Almost Ruined My Marriage

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Salimah Jones APRN, FNP-C

I remember the day I told my husband I wanted to go back to school for nursing. He was not thrilled about the idea and convincing him otherwise was not an easy task. The truth is neither of us had any idea what we were getting ourselves into and how our lives would drastically change. He was concerned about the entire process while I was more interested in how it could improve our future.

I admit that I rarely say this, but my husband was correct. The process of going through nursing school was one of the most difficult seasons we ever faced in our relationship. Much so to the point where I thought we surely wouldn’t make it. There was so much anger, sadness, fear, guilt, regret, and uncertainty during that time. Neither of us felt that our needs were being met and it was scary to see the resentment we had developed towards one another.

Fortunately, we were blessed to weather the storm and today our marriage is much stronger. I discovered about halfway through the program that a lot of things needed to change, and once I implemented some key strategies, our marriage drastically improved. I successfully earned my nursing degree and my husband was my biggest cheerleader. Looking back I know that there is no way I could have made it without him. Unfortunately several of my classmates were not so lucky. Many of them went through relationship struggles and several who started the program married were divorced before they even graduated.

If you are wondering if it was all worth it, I’d absolutely say yes it was! My husband was right to be skeptical about the process, but I was also correct in that my nursing career has significantly improved our lives. From job security, to financial security, to the ability to help family and friends in need, I could not imagine doing anything else. The benefits of my nursing career have far outweighed the struggles it took to get to where I am today.

Things would have been much easier for us back then if we were more prepared. We had no clue what to expect, and no game plan to keep our lives in order. Here is a list of 3 nursing school mistakes that almost ruined my marriage, and the strategies I used to turn things around.

#1 Having Unrealistic Expectations
I wanted to work, and go to school, and have a perfect house, and have perfect kids, and be a great mom, and have a happy husband, and have a fun life, and have time to myself, and have time with my family, and look awesome, and feel awesome, and the list goes on and on. The problem was that there was not enough time in the day to do all these things and do them well. It was impossible to achieve the level of perfection I was expecting. Once I accepted the fact that life was going to be hectic until I graduated, things became much less frustrating. Suddenly I had more compassion about all the ways my husband was supporting me rather than worrying about things having to always be perfect.

#2 Being Too Naive About Sacrifices
When my husband expressed his initial concerns about nursing school and how it would affect our family, I should have taken them seriously. Blowing everything off like it was no big deal only made things worse, especially when his concerns turned out to be true. I finally began to acknowledge the challenges that we would inevitably face as a result of me having to devote so much of my time to studying and taking courses. Once we both sat down and had the discussion about what it would take for me to continue in the program, our burdens were suddenly lifted. We both knew what to expect from one another and this made a world of a difference.

#3 Not Having a Family Schedule
When you have so many things going on your life, having a family schedule is essential. It may seem silly to think about scheduling time for your family and/or your significant other, but the truth is if you don’t schedule it, it likely won’t happen. This is the mistake I made initially and it led to many of our relationship struggles early on. Once I began setting aside a simple 1-2 hours of scheduled time during the week to devote to my family, things drastically improved for us. This took away the pressure and guilt I was feeling and my family began to realize that they were still priorities in my life.

Parents and spouses who are considering enrolling in nursing school or any other difficult academic program, should take the time to avoid these common mistakes. You must realize that pursing your career goals takes a lot of sacrifice, and that a family effort is key. Being well prepared will help you maintain the stamina necessary to persevere through all the hard times. In the end, reaching your goal is so much more rewarding when you can share the success with those you love the most.

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Hi. I’m Salimah Jones, Family Nurse Practitioner, author, and expert nursing career consultant. As the founder of The Nursing Guide I help aspiring and current nurses achieve success in their nursing careers. I have been in the healthcare field for over 10 years and have extensive experience in nursing education, leadership, and management. I had to overcome tremendous obstacles in my life to get to where I am now. I would love help you on your nursing journey. CLICK HERE to join The Nursing Guide Facebook Group and to connect we me and the other community members.

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3 Reasons Why I Wouldn’t Change My Child’s Autism

Salimah Jones APRN, FNP-C

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The beautiful girl featured in the photo is my 11-year-old daughter Isyss. She was diagnosed with ASD around the age of three. Like most parents, receiving this diagnosis was one of the most devastating experiences of my life. I became so overwhelmed with the feelings of hopelessness, worries about her future, her quality of life, and the ultimate fear of what will happen to her when I’m gone.

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Our Story….

Our story is pretty typical. Isyss’s development appeared to be “normal” up until around 12-18 months of age. This is when she began to show signs of regression, such as limited speech, poor eye contact, a strong fixation with certain objects, and withdrawal from social interactions. She would become extremely irritable when her routines were interrupted or when she was around large crowds of people. She often dealt with her frustrations with self-destructive behaviors such as banging her head against walls and biting the skin off of her fingers.

As time progressed, Isyss continued to display abnormal behaviors. During Christmas and birthday parties, she would open presents and be more interested in ripping the paper and shaking the boxes than playing with the toys that were inside. She was able to repeat words and phrases, but unable to have meaningful conversations. It was truly as if she was “in her own world.”

I asked God to Cure Her….
I’ll never forget the day I had a mental break down. I fell to my knees and cried out to God, begging him to please cure my daughter’s autism. It was the saddest, most desperate, and helpless prayer ever. I stayed there for what felt like hours, on my knees asking God for a miracle. I just wanted my daughter to be “normal.”

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God didn’t answer my prayer. Isyss still has autism, but remarkably she is extremely high functioning. She now enjoys social interactions, has intelligent and meaningful conversations, has no behavioral issues, and no longer does anything to harm herself. She has received years of intensive therapy, including speech, OT, and special education integrated into her regular classroom. She continues to have some learning difficulties, but she is thriving in school. During her last medical evaluation, her “autism was undetectable.”

We Are Blessed

This is a prime example of the work of our almighty God. His ways are always higher and his purpose is always greater. Over the years he has provided me with so many amazing resources that have helped my daughter reach her full potential. He has also showed me how to appreciate all the different things about my daughter’s autism that have turned out to be incredible blessings. Here are 3 reasons why I would never change my daughter’s autism.

#1 She Doesn’t Understand Racial Discrimination
My husband is biracial, so Isyss has grown up with family members who are Caucasian and African American. We have attempted to explain this concept to her but all she can see is “light skin” or “dark skin”. If you show her pictures of people who are white, black, Hispanic, etc., she can’t identify these races, because no one is truly the color white or the color black. A major characteristic of autism is difficulty comprehending concepts that are abstract. Her inability to distinguish these differences is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever witnessed. In her mind we are all just people with different shades of skin color. Imagine if everyone could view the world the way Isyss does? There would be no racism at all!

#2 She Loves All People the Same Way
It doesn’t matter if you are her mother, cousin, friend, or a complete stranger, Isyss loves everyone and doesn’t want to see anyone hurting. Whenever she witnesses anyone arguing, fighting, or someone getting into any type of trouble, these things truly cause her to become sad and emotional. Her difficulty with abstract concepts limits her ability to fully understand the differences in relationships amongst people. She has cried to me on many occasions after witnessing random children arguing or because a student she doesn’t even know was scolded by a teacher. I envy her ability to love and care for everyone exactly the same. This is the ultimate representation of how God wants us to love one another.

#3 She Tells the Truth and Holds You Accountable
Forget about not fulfilling your promise or keeping your word when Isyss is around. If you said that you would do something, as far as Isyss is concerned you are supposed to do it. Her brain cannot process when people say one thing then do another. She will also tell the truth no matter how painful the consequences are. I never have to worry about her lying about doing her chores or finishing her homework. If she didn’t feel like doing it, she will just come right out and admit to it.

I recognize that we are blessed and I thank God for what he has done for Isyss. I also thank him for the work he continues to do through Isyss. Having her in our lives is a constant reminder of his love, and I couldn’t imagine our lives without her being exactly who she is. I believe all people with special needs have a unique purpose, and I am hoping that this story will provide someone who may be struggling with some hope.

Here are some examples of a few resources that really helped my daughter with her special needs.

IPAD and Kindle Fire

My daughter learned how to read by using the IPAD. We downloaded interactive stories such as the Bernstein Bears and the Bible App for Kids, that would read to her and allow her to touch and interact with the characters. She began reading fluently at grade level when she was around 5 years old. Now at age 11, she still doesn’t go anywhere without her Kindle. She uses it to play games, read stories, and watch YouTube videos that keep her entertained and happy. It truly brings her so much joy!

Razor Tricycle

Isyss was not strong enough and did not have the balance to ride a regular bicycle. We bought her one of these razor tricycles and she absolutely loved it! It allowed her to still play outdoors with the other kids who were riding regular bikes. The children in our neighborhood who were her age also liked to ride it so it helped her fit right in!

Rocking Chair

Children with autism often have a need to self-sooth when they feel stimulated. This rocking chair helped my daughter to remain calm. I believe it is a great way to reduce some of the self-destructive behaviors she used to have such as the head-banging and finger-biting.


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5 Surprising Mistakes That will Destroy your Job Interview

Salimah Jones APRN, FNP-C

You’ve spent countless hours searching for the perfect opportunity, submitted hundreds of applications, and waited weeks or maybe even months for that phone call letting you know that an organization is finally interested in you. After all of your efforts you want to perform well on your job interview. Most people know that you should prepare for job interviews beforehand, but many lack the knowledge of what this preparation should really consist of. After ten years of working in the healthcare industry with many years in management, I have conducted or been involved in numerous job interviews throughout my career. These experiences have allowed me to acquire first-hand knowledge of what companies look for when interviewing their candidates. In this post I will share five job interview mistakes that could ruin your chances of landing any job.


#1 Showing up without a printed copy of your resume

We all know that it is a digital world, but some things are just more practical the old-fashioned way. Having a printed copy of your resume shows your interviewer that you are well-prepared and respectful of their time. You should never assume that the interviewer already has a copy of the resume you submitted earlier. These are busy professionals who have a lot of responsibilities. Some interviewers may even use this as a test to measure how responsible you are.

#2 Revealing the wrong weaknesses

Everyone has heard the question “what are your strengths and weaknesses?” This is a tricky question that should be carefully thought through so that a well-crafted answer can be given. You never want to present a weakness that the interviewer may see as a detriment to the job or the company. One of the worst responses to this question I’ve heard is “I work at a slow pace because I want things to be done right.” Sure, the fact that the candidate is concerned with accuracy is a positive thing, but employers want their workers to be quick and accurate. This is the ultimate recipe for productivity. An example of a better weakness is “I have very high expectations of myself as an employee, but because of this, I can sometimes be critical of others. I am actively taking steps to improve in this area by trying to understand that everyone has different ways that they approach their work.”

#3 Discussing negative past employment experiences

Another common interview question is “why did you leave (or why are you leaving) your last job?” One of the worst responses I’ve heard to this question is “I left because I refused an unfair work assignment.” Although this individual may have been in the right, refusing a work assignment raises red flags and makes the candidate appear as if he or she is not a team player. You are better off saying something like, “I am looking for an opportunity where I can better utilize my skills” or “this job is a closer match for my career goals.”

#4 Displaying a lack of confidence in responses

No matter how many interviews you have been on you should practice discussing your background several times before your actual appointment. It helps to have a few “go to” scenarios from past positions that showcase your ability to problem solve, think critically, multitask, and prioritize. Having these scenarios on hand will allow you to give examples that will fit into practically any common interview question. When a candidate cannot produce answers to the questions they are asked relatively quickly and deliver the response confidently, this can make the interviewer draw the conclusion that he or she lacks the skills necessary for the job.

#5 Oversharing future ambitions

It’s great to have future career goals, but if those goals don’t include a career with the company you are interviewing with, you may want to avoid sharing them during your interview. Not only is it very expensive to hire new employees, but the training process is also quite time consuming. No manager wants to spend this degree of time and money on a person who is just using the job as a stepping stone. A common question that an interviewer may ask to obtain this information from the candidate is “tell me where you see yourself in five years or ten years?” If you get this question a good response is “I see myself in a leadership role in this industry and I’d be open to any new opportunities presented.

Don’t ruin your next job interview by being unprepared. Avoid these five common mistakes, maintain a positive attitude, and practice, practice, practice! You will increase your self-confidence and will be more likely to get the job!

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Nurse Overcomes a Devastating House Fire……. Then Gains a Unique Opportunity

Salimah Jones APRN, FNP-C

Registered Nurse, Katherine Trevino is no stranger to challenges. She was forced to mature quickly after becoming a parent at the young age of 16. Desperate to not fall in line with the stigma associated with teen pregnancies, Katherine graduated high school, earned her associate’s degree in nursing, and purchased a home so that she could support her family. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree and has been enjoying a successful nursing career for the past 25 years.



Working as a critical care travel nurse the latter part of her career, Katherine moved back home to help her parents after her stepfather was diagnosed with ALS. She then suffered a number of traumatic events, including the passing of several close family members, then the destruction of the home she grew up in as a result of a devastating house fire.

The process of caring for her disabled father and attempting to rebuild their home, led to a paradigm shift in Katherine’s life as well as her career. She witnessed the difficulties associated with locating reliable contractors, as a limited number displayed that they truly comprehended their needs. This ignited a passion in Katherine to start a senior house calls referral business. She has now taken her years of providing care to patients in hospitals, and combined it with her personal experience to help the elderly and disabled in their homes.



Katherine currently works part time as a nurse on the recovery unit. She continues to live with her mother, providing her with the support she needs. Now the owner of House Calls Home Referrals Inc., Katherine is also living out her passion for helping others. Given her first-hand knowledge she understands that “for many senior homeowners and their caregivers, finding a trustworthy contractor can be a challenge.” House Calls Home Referrals Inc. provides a simple solution to connect homeowners with licensed, pre-screened, and trusted home service professionals free of charge.

Katherine serves as an example of how life’s challenges can lead you on incredible new journeys. She credits her parents as being her biggest inspiration, especially her father who showed her the value of hard work throughout her life. Her advice to aspiring nurse entrepreneurs is to have a vision, a plan, and the courage to go for it. She uses a white board to stay on track for achieving her personal and business goals.

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If you would like to connect with Katherine you may visit her website at Here you can learn about her free services for homeowners and subscribe to her informative newsletter. Katherine can also be reached by visiting her social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, or by contacting her at her office in Algonquin, Illinois.

House Calls Home Referrals

801W. Algonquin Rd. #7862

Algonquin, IL 60102

Call: 847-975-2709



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5 Simple Steps to Negotiating a Higher NP Salary

Salimah Jones APRN, FNP-C


As a Nurse Practitioner you may find yourself in a highly competitive market when it comes to job opportunities. NPs who live in saturated areas are more likely to have difficulty securing positions. This may come as a shock to new graduate NPs who are probably used to unlimited job options when they worked as registered nurses. Unfortunately, this can result in many accepting their first job offers, even if the salaries are well below market value.

The value of nurse practitioners to our healthcare system is indisputable. These practitioners provide a cost-effective and quality solution to the massive gaps in care that exists within our communities. This will ultimately result in a higher demand for the NP role overtime. As this demand increases disproportionately to the supply, there is no doubt that NP salaries will rise. Until this happens however, NPs should understand how to request appropriate compensation packages for their services. Here are 5 simple steps that NPs can use to negotiate a higher salary.

Step 1 – Know Your Position’s Market Value

It is imperative that the NP know the median salary for their role in their particular setting, specialty, and location. These salaries can be found on many websites such as,, and Remember that salary ranges can also be affected by level of education and experience in the field. Most companies want to be competitive with their salaries and may just need to be politely told if what they are offering is completely out of line.

Step 2 – Research the Company’s Financial Health

Unfortunately, NPs have to be savvy in business since healthcare is a consumer driven industry. When preparing to interview for a new opportunity, NPs should not be afraid to come right out and ask how the company is doing financially. Appropriate questions to ask include: did the company make a profit last year? What percentage of company profits are dedicated to reinvesting back into the organization? Are there any plans for any major organizational restructuring? How long has the company been in business? All of these things will give the NP an idea of where the company stands. Questions about how much the owner makes or how much total revenue the company receives are not appropriate, especially for an initial interview.

Step 3 – Volunteer to Accept a Lower Salary Initially

Understand that hiring a new employee is one of the highest expenses for many businesses. It usually takes 3-6 months to get a new graduate NP trained and ready to see patients at a rate where they are generating profits. If the NP is offered a low salary, she should ask to have her contract renegotiated in six months to a year. This will give the owners an opportunity to become comfortable with the NP and gain confidence that they want to keep her as part of the organization. Attempting to get a high salary before proving your value to an organization can often be a recipe for disaster.

Step 4 – Proving Your Worth

No matter what your starting salary is, understand that the more value you add to your company, the more valuable you will become. Thus, you will inherently be able to request more money. Make sure you come to work with a positive attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to help your company grow. Consistently go above and beyond, and exceed your company’s expectations. Most people just do the bare minimum to get by so this strategy will help you stand out.  It may feel as if you are being taken advantage of at first. However, your efforts will not go unnoticed. If your organization sees that you have added tremendous value to the company through increased revenue and cost reduction, most will be willing to reward you with fair compensation. Even if you don’t get the raise you desire, you will gain more opportunities for other higher paying roles within and outside of your organization.

Step 5 – Renegotiate

After you have worked really hard for six months to one year, it is time to ask for your raise. Remember, it is in the company’s best interest to keep you if you are a good employee. You have most likely established relationships with patients (clients) that the company will not want to lose, and trust me, the last thing they want to do is go through the daunting process of hiring and retraining. Make sure you do not make the negotiation personal. Stick to how you have added value and how you plan to continue to do even more with continued employment. Follow these simple steps and before you know it you will be enjoying your NP job and your NP salary!


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From Teen Mom….. to Successful CEO, an Amazing Journey

Salimah Jones APRN, FNP-C

When it comes to being a “teen mom”, many may believe that the only way to the top is to secure a spot on a reality TV show. Unfortunately, most people aren’t this lucky and gaining a successful career takes hard work, persistence and dedication. After learning she was pregnant at the early age of 19, Tina Payne, Registered Nurse and CEO of Grace Health Career Center LLC, decided that rather than allowing her circumstances to define her destiny, she would make something of her life and pursue a career in nursing.

Humble Beginnings

Tina’s dream was to become a physician from an early age. She became interested in the health field while being involved in a college preparatory program. She attended college away from home and learned that she was pregnant after completing her first year of the pre-med program. Despite the skepticism from individuals in her life who had doubts that she could complete her studies while raising a child, Tina ignored the advice to move back home and instead changed her direction. This is when she decided to study nursing which she believes was one of the best decisions of her life.

But Her Challenges Continued…

Going to nursing school while raising a child proved to be one of the most difficult tasks Tina could have ever imagined. She often felt like a “the worst mom in the world” due to having to place her daughter in two childcare facilities while she attended school during the day and worked at night. Things began to look really grim after she was dismissed from her nursing program as a result of failing several classes. Fortunately, she was able to get reinstated during a daunting appeals process. This gave her the determination to finish her degree more than ever.

Then Came the Blessings

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Against all odds, Tina Payne not only completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, but went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Education. After working as a nurse in a variety of fields including the emergency department, med-surg, cardiac, hospice, and home health, Tina is now the proud owner/operator of Grace Health Career Center LLC, an organization that offers CPR training, Nurse Aid training, Medication Administration training, and health screenings. Her other business ventures include an online retail business that offers affordable scrubs and medical accessories called Grace Health Scrubs as well as a blog that encourages mothers to reach their career goals and manage their family relationships called Goals of a CEO Mom. Her keys to success in business include conducting research, utilizing free resources, networking, and creating a schedule.

Her Motivation

Tina credits her mother as being her biggest inspiration. Growing up, she witnessed her success as the owner of a cleaning company. Her mother’s knowledge and expertise has motivated Tina to achieve her own business goals throughout her life. Now as a successful entrepreneur herself, Tina appreciates the flexibility and financial freedom that her nursing career and businesses have provided her with. She truly values the time she can now spend with her supportive husband and five children, while helping her community and enjoying her career.

 Connect with Tina

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If you would like to learn more about Tina Payne and her businesses you can connect with her by visiting her websites or social media pages.

Grace Health Career Center, LLC

Cincinnati, Ohio 45229


phone: 513-226-9436




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Hi I’m Salimah Jones, I am a Family Nurse Practitioner, author, and Founder of The Nursing Guidean online community dedicated to helping aspiring and current nurses overcome life’s challenges to achieve their professional goals. Coming from a disadvantaged background, and having experienced the struggles of pursuing a career while working and raising a family, I am now dedicated to helping others find ways to make their dreams a reality. I provide practical solutions to help those who are struggling with finances, learning difficulties, motivation, work-life-balance, or lack of a social support system. I want to show you how to conquer any challenge so that you can become your own success story. Please subscribe to this blog and don’t forget to sign up for your free membership on The Nursing Guide Website. Connect with me on twitter @salimahjones.