Big Heart, Open Mind

Did you know that your brain has an amazing capacity for processing information, storing millions of facts, connecting them all together, and responding at an incredible speed? Did you also know that the average human brain weighs only 4 pounds, yet it consumes 20% of the oxygen you inhale? The brain that is depressed is much more lethargic in processing information and reacting cognitively, yet it is much more reactive emotionally. These are just some facts that an LVN nurse would learn, while attending a seminar on "Aging Body, Aging Mind, offered among many other seminars on multiple healthcare-related topics by Institute for Natural Resources. These seminars are provided on the regular basis to many medical professionals for Continuous LVN education Units, and taught by an array of experts, such as Doctors of Philosophy of various biological sciences or Doctors of Medicine, with extensive academic, clinical, and research backgrounds.

These seminars can be quite fascinating in terms of information they provide on the latest findings in current science. California LVN nurses, RN nurses, Dietitians, Dentists, Pharmacists, and many other healthcare professionals attend these seminars to learn about new and exciting innovations in medicine and patient care. In particular, a recent seminar taught by Dr. Laura Pawlack, an author of multiple books and many publications, was focusing on the neurochemistry of the brain, explaining how stress and negative emotions can actually damage the memory center of the brain, hippocampus, and how positive thoughts and feelings can restore and rebuild neuronal connections in the brain. Dr. Pawlack's lecture also elaborated on the fascinating power of the placebo effect. Simply by making a patient believe in the healing power of treatment, a nurse lvn can make the patient's pain go away in up to 40 percent cases.

In LVN nursing, we often deal with patients with degenerative disorders of the brain, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinsonism, Multiple Sclerosis, and dementia. According to recent multiple research publications, the symptoms of these diseases can be alleviated and the progression of these can be postponed using alteration of brain chemistry by changing patients' diet and environment. Who would have thought that adequate sleep and good nutrition has a more profound effect on the patient's brain that most medications? Who could possibly guess that the endorphins produced by the brain in response to positive thoughts, emotions, as well as simple human to human interaction, could be more effective in pain control than morphine or vicodin? And who knew, that simply by staring into the eyes of another person for 4 minutes straight, one's brain would secrete enough chemical oxytocin to not only bond with this person, but even to fall in love with them!

These facts and much more our LVN nurses get updated on, when attending their continuous education seminars and professional classes. They must stay up to date on the latest scientific findings and their medical applications. This is essential to lvn nursing today and tomorrow to ensure the highest quality of patient care. LVN nursing is about being a highly educated, well-informed professional with a big heart and an open mind.

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