Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Job Title:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Job Location: 

  • Pennock, Minnesota

Job Type:

  • Full-time or part-time

Job Description:

  • Provides professional nursing care under the direction of a Registered Nurse. Communicates appropriate status/condition changes to the RN per agency guidelines.  Provides skilled nursing visits for clients, following the established care plan as directed by the RN Case Manager. Recognizes and reports changes in client condition to the Case Manager and physician, as directed, communicates information on a timely basis, consistent with agency policy and urgency of the situation.
  • Promotes personal safety and a safe environment for clients and coworkers; demonstrates knowledge of safety/infection control practices by compliance with policies and procedures, recognizes and responds appropriately to potentially unsafe situations, demonstrates safe practice in the use of equipment, makes recommendations on improvement of safety.

Requirements:

  • Graduate of an accredited school of professional nursing.
  • Current license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse in the state(s) of employment.
  • CPR certified.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills; good interpersonal communication skills.
  • Current driver’s license, good driving record, and reliable transportation.

Other information:

  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • 401 (k) retirement plan

For more information on this great opportunity, contact our Willmar office: 320.231.9757!

To apply, please complete the entire application by clicking on the link below:

Online Application

Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

Job Title:

  • Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

Job Location: 

  • Hutchinson and Glencoe area, Minnesota

Job Type:

  • Full-time: for the rest of summer until school starts
    • Part-time: PM hours during school year

Job Description:

  • Provides personal care services under the direction of the Registered Nurse or Therapist. The PCA is assigned to specific clients by the Registered Nurse or other appropriate professional and performs services for clients as necessary to maintain their personal comfort.

Requirements:

  • Successful completion of a formal certification training program and/or a written skills test and competency evaluation.
  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Minimum of six (6) months work experience in a supervised setting, preferably health care facility.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, write, and follow a written Plan of Care.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Current driver’s license, good driving record, and reliable transportation.

Reports to: RN Case Manager; Clinical Supervisor; Therapist

Other information:

  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive benefits
  • 401 (k) retirement plan

For more information on this great opportunity, contact our Litchfield office: 320.693.2580!

To apply, please complete the entire application by clicking on the link below:

Online Application

 

Home Health Aide (HHA) /Homemaker

Job Title:

  • Home Health Aide (HHA)/Homemaker

Job Location: 

  • Montevideo, Minnesota

Job Type:

  • Part-time

Job Description:

  • Provides personal care services under the direction of the Registered Nurse or Therapist. The Home Health Aide is assigned to specific clients by the Registered Nurse or other appropriate professional and performs services for clients as necessary to maintain their personal comfort.
  • Performs simple procedures as an extension of therapy services under the direction and supervision of the therapist.
  • Performs personal care activities, including but not limited to:
    1. Bathing
    2. Shampooing
    3. Skin care/nail care
    4. Oral hygiene
    5. Shaving
    6. Dressing
  • Performs household services essential to health care at home, including but not limited to:
    1. Meal preparation/feeding
    2. Laundry
    3. Light housekeeping

Requirements:

  • Successful completion of a formal certification training program and/or a written skills test and competency evaluation.
  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Minimum of six (6) months work experience in a supervised setting, preferably health care facility.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, write, and follow a written Plan of Care.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Current driver’s license, good driving record, and reliable transportation.

Reports to: RN Case Manager; Clinical Supervisor; Therapist

Other information:

  • Competitive salary
  • 401 (k) retirement plan

For more information on this great opportunity, contact our Benson office:

320-843-9178

To apply, please complete the entire application by clicking on the link below:

Online Application

 

Protect your feet this summer

The summer heat and humidity is finally here! Going to the beach, attending town festivals and family reunions with barbecues fill the sunny summer days. Are your feet begin protected during these fun summer activities? Summer can damage your feet if you aren’t keeping your feet healthy and happy.

Correct footwear
A popular shoe choice for people in the summer is flip flops. They are an inexpensive and stylish shoe choice, yet they don’t offer much arch support and very little cushion. If worn for a long period of time, it can lead to sore arches and heels. Over a long period of time this can progress into chronic health conditions such as arthritis, stress fracture or plantar fasciitis.

Sandal

Barefoot walking
There is no better feeling than sand and grass in between your toes during summer nights. Be careful though, being barefoot in the summer exposes feet to sunburn, plantar warts, athlete’s foot, ringworm and other infections. Be aware of your surroundings when you don’t have the proper shoe protection on.

Swollen and sweaty
Warm temperatures increases the likelihood of swollen and sweaty feet for some people. Stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking plenty of water to minimize swelling in your feet. When experiencing extremely hot feet, make sure you’re wearing the proper kind of socks and change shoes to ensure your feet don’t stay wet for a long period of time.

Summer can be tough on your feet, but remember these tips to keep your feet happy in the sun:

  • Wear flip-flops sparingly
  • Ensure your feet are completely dry before putting on socks and shoes
  • Wear protective shoes in public showers, saunas and pools
  • Choose a sturdy well-cushioned shoe with firm arch support when you’ll be standing for a long period of time

Running shoe

Managing and coping with stress

People feel a variety of emotions throughout their everyday life—happiness, stress, sadness, etc. You might feel excited about your weekend get away with family, but remember a work deadline you have to meet before leaving and suddenly feel panicked. You realize late nights at the office need to happen to finish the project, but still need to pack, grocery shop and make food for your getaway. Stressful thoughts are now associated with both of these life events. You think, “How will I get this all done?”

If you experience stress over a long period of time, it can lead to chronic health issues. Rather than associating stress with a negative feeling, figure out where the source of the stress is coming from. Taking control of your thoughts, emotions and the way you react to situations will help manage your stress and help protect your long-term health. 

Here are some tips to help manage and control stress:

Find a relaxation technique
Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage or learn relaxation techniques. Different relaxation techniques can help calm your mind and reduce stress.

Mediation

Eat well-balanced meals
Don’t skip meals and always keep healthy, energy-boosting snacks on hand. Avoid or reduce your consumption of nicotine, caffeine and alcohol. Keeping your body hydrated will help you cope with stress better.

Get more sleep
Try to improve your quality of sleep by aiming for 7-8 hours a night. Staying on a consist schedule can help you stay well-rested and keep your emotional balance.

Exercise daily
Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week can greatly reduce the amount of stress in your life. Activity that raises your heart rate and makes you sweat is an effective way to increase energy and boost your mood.

Maintain a positive attitude
Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. It’s been shown in studies that having an optimistic attitude can affect your quality of life.

Change your emotional response
You can’t avoid stress from your everyday life, but you can control how you react to the situation. Find ways to positively respond to stressful events.

Talk with someone
Reach out to your friends, family or co-workers to let them know what you’re going through. A simple coffee break, quick conversation or phone call can help reduce stress. Knowing someone is there to talk to can help provide comfort in a stressful situation.

Serving coffee

Home Health Aide (HHA)/Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

Job Title:

  • Home Health Aide (HHA)/Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

Job Location: 

  • Brainerd, Minnesota

Job Type:

  • Part-time

Job Description:

  • Provides personal care services under the direction of the Registered Nurse or Therapist. The Home Health Aide is assigned to specific clients by the Registered Nurse or other appropriate professional and performs services for clients as necessary to maintain their personal comfort.
  • Performs simple procedures as an extension of therapy services under the direction and supervision of the therapist.
  • Performs personal care activities, including but not limited to:
    1. Bathing
    2. Shampooing
    3. Skin care/nail care
    4. Oral hygiene
    5. Shaving
    6. Dressing
  • Performs household services essential to health care at home, including but not limited to:
    1. Meal preparation/feeding
    2. Laundry
    3. Light housekeeping

Requirements:

  • Successful completion of a formal certification training program and/or a written skills test and competency evaluation.
  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Minimum of six (6) months work experience in a supervised setting, preferably health care facility.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, write, and follow a written Plan of Care.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Current driver’s license, good driving record, and reliable transportation.

Reports to: RN Case Manager; Clinical Supervisor; Therapist

Other information:

  • Competitive salary
  • 401 (k) retirement plan

For more information on this great opportunity, contact our Little Falls office: 320.632.2260!

To apply, please complete the entire application by clicking on the link below:

Online Application

 

Add new colors to your meal time

Are you getting your recommended fruit and vegetable intake of 5 to 9 servings a day? Eating fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors is more eye appealing to a person and provides a broad range of nutrients.

Green fruits and vegetables are good for your teeth, bones and eyes, and can lower your risk of chronic disease.

  • Fruits: avocado, honeydew, lime, kiwifruit
  • Vegetables: artichokes, arugula, asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, peas, spinach, zucchini

Green veggie

White and brown fruits and vegetables are high in dietary fiber, helping to protect you from high cholesterol and may lower your risk of stroke.

  • Fruits: banana, brown pears, dates, white peaches
  • Vegetables: cauliflower, garlic, ginger, onion

Onion

Red fruits and vegetables benefit heart health, vision, immunity and many reduce the risk of cancer.

  • Fruits: cherries, pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon
  • Vegetables: beets, red peppers, radishes, red onions, red potatoes, rhubarb, tomatoes

cherries

Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables promote health vision and immunity, and reduce certain cancers.

  • Fruits: cantaloupe, mango, orange, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit
  • Vegetables: butternut squash, carrot, sweet corn, yellow pepper, yellow potato

Pinneaple

Purple and blue fruits and vegetables have antioxidants and anti-aging benefits, helping with memory and decreases the risk of cancer.

  • Fruits: blackberries, blueberries, dried plums, concord grapes
  • Vegetables: black olives, eggplant, purple asparagus

Eggplant

Try adding one new color of fruit or vegetable to your plate each week. To learn more about colorful fruits and vegetables, click here.

How much noise is too much noise?

Your favorite song comes on the radio, so you crank up the volume to blast the music and sing out loud at the top of your lungs. Are you aware of the damage this can cause your ears?

In general, everyone is exposed to sounds in their everyday environment at a safe level, but if the noises are too loud, they can be harmful. If someone is around a noise that is too loud, even for a brief amount of time, they can damage sensitive structures in their inner ear and cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

What is NIHL?
NIHL is damage to the inner ear caused by loud noises for a brief moment or over a great length of time. It can be temporary or permanent and can affect one or both ears.

Who is affected by NIHL?
People of all ages can develop NIHL, including children, teenagers, adults and elderly people.

What causes NIHL?
A variety of loud noises can cause NIHL, whether it’s a onetime sound or consistent over a long period of time. There are many noises that can cause NIHL such as:

  • Working in an industrial setting using loud machines
  • Target shooting
  • Listening to music at a high volume through earbuds or head phones

Ear buds

  • Playing in a band
  • Loud bursts of sound, such as gun shorts or explosions

There is good news though—NIHL is the only kind of hearing loss that can be prevented. You can protect your hearing for life if you understand the hazards of noise and practice safe hearing.

Here are a few ways to prevent NIHL:

  • Wear protective devices in your ears such as earplugs when around loud activity.

Ear plug

  • Remove yourself from the loud noises if possible.
  • Be alert to hazardous noises in the environment.
  • Have your hearing tested if you think you think you might have hearing loss.

For more information on NIHL, click here.

Home Health Aide (HHA)

Job Title:

  • Home Health Aide (HHA)

Job Location: 

  • Swanville, Minnesota
  • Little Falls, Minnesota

Job Type:

  • Part-time with potential to full-time

Job Description:

  • Provides personal care services under the direction of the Registered Nurse or Therapist. The Home Health Aide is assigned to specific clients by the Registered Nurse or other appropriate professional and performs services for clients as necessary to maintain their personal comfort.
  • Performs simple procedures as an extension of therapy services under the direction and supervision of the therapist.
  • Performs personal care activities, including but not limited to:
    1. Bathing
    2. Shampooing
    3. Skin care/nail care
    4. Oral hygiene
    5. Shaving
    6. Dressing
  • Performs household services essential to health care at home, including but not limited to:
    1. Meal preparation/feeding
    2. Laundry
    3. Light housekeeping

Requirements:

  • Successful completion of a formal certification training program and/or a written skills test and competency evaluation.
  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Minimum of six (6) months work experience in a supervised setting, preferably health care facility.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, write, and follow a written Plan of Care.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Current driver’s license, good driving record, and reliable transportation.

Reports to: RN Case Manager; Clinical Supervisor; Therapist

Other information:

  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • 401 (k) retirement plan

For more information on this great opportunity, contact our Little Falls office: 320.632.2260!

To apply, please complete the entire application by clicking on the link below:

Online Application

 

Eating healthy foods on a budget

Often people think that eating healthy costs too much money and it’s cheaper to buy packed food or quickly go through a drive-thru window at a fast food restaurant. While it may be more convenient to eat these quick fix meals, your body might not receive the nutrients it needs.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. There are a lot of different ways to make healthier meals while staying within your budget.

Here are a few tips on how to make healthier food choices and stay within your budget:

Create a weekly meal plan
One of your children has a baseball game Tuesday night and the other one has swimming lessons. Where does dinner fit into the schedule? Creating a weekly meal plan is one way to schedule out your family meals. Take a look at your overall week and what you have going on. For nights you have activities, make a meal that can be made in a short amount of time, or plan to have leftovers.
Make a grocery list
After planning out your meals for the week, make a list of all the ingredients you need for the meals. Look in your kitchen to see if you already have some of the ingredients. Making a meal based upon the ingredients you already have in the house can help save on the grocery bill. Try buying all your groceries in one trip. This can help cut down on mid-week trips to the store so you don’t buy more items than you need.

Grocery bag
Shop smart at the store
Check out the local grocery store advertisements to see what is on sale and which store has the best deals. When buying fresh produce, try to buy items that are “in season.” You can find what produce is in season by clicking here. Produce can be cheaper at their peak flavor. For longer lasting items, canned fruit and frozen vegetables may be less expensive and can have the same nutrients. For canned items, choose 100% fruit juice. Look for “low sodium” or “no salt added” on canned or frozen vegetable labels.
Read the food label
Before purchasing an item, take a glance at the back of the can to review the nutrition facts. Things to look for are: serving size, calories, sodium, protein and Vitamins. Each person’s nutrition needs are different and you can find out more about food labels by clicking here.

Canned foods
Cook with your family
Make cooking dinner a family fun event. Assign each person a different job to help with prepping the meal. Keep the ingredients simple using real whole foods. This will keep the process simple and easy for everyone involved.
For more helpful materials on eating healthy on a budget, visit www.choosemyplate.gov. This website is filled with daily food plans, nutrition education, recipes and other great information about eating healthy foods.