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How the Internet Influences Aspiring Writers

Posted on December 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Reading, as you already know, is one of my favorite things to do in this world and writing is my passion, and I try to do both as often as the constrains of everyday life allow me to do. Aside from running this blog and reading just about anything I can get my hands on, like a good bookworm, I’m also working on a novel of my own. It is a just a rough sketch for now, but hopefully, I will finish it someday.

But, today is not just about me and my blog. One of my fellow bloggers and a personal friend has decided to turn her passion of writing into a screenplay. She struggled to find the right format for her writing and after a series of conversations we had she decided that it would be best if she were to turn her work into a screenplay, given her style of writing. Seeing as she had a lot material, much more than it could fit inside a single movie, she went on and wrote a screenplay for a TV show. She also wrote the screen for the pilot, as well.

Ever since I’ve known her, she has been a complete nut for medical dramas. E.R. and Chicago Hope, needless to say, are her favorites and she is also into Nurse Jackie, Scrubs and Nip/Tuck, even though they only use medicine as a backdrop to tell all different kinds of stories. Her show would be more character-driven, as opposed to being all about medicine, since it features a story of a young nurse making her way through life and eventually becoming a doctor.

Since she didn’t have many friends that were medical professionals, she turned to the web for" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">a lot of her research. There are a wide range of medical sites online covering all sorts of subjects from medical career salary sites to medical assistant guides. You can really get stuck into some serious medical research using some great websites - of course nothing beats actually talking to medical professionals. Through some of these sites she was able to make contact and actually interviewed a couple of the owners to get some firsthand knowledge. She figured out the rest herself, filling in the blanks using her writers prerogative!

I’ve had the pleasure or reading the first draft of the script. If she actually succeeds in pitching her script and turns it into a TV show, I can guarantee the viewers will be very intrigued with her unusual take on the subject that has been done over a million times. I cannot reveal more, although I really want to, since the writing is so strong.

I used my friend’s example to illustrate how you can use the internet to find information on just about anything. It is exceptionally useful for my fellow writers to earn a living and to try and expand their writing. With the multitude of information available on just about anything, you can pretty much write about anything, even though you haven’t experienced it first-hand or heard it in detail from someone else.

Of course, it is entirely up to the writer to fire up the imagination of the reader and there is no way of getting around that. But, having the right information to start with is an essential step and having the internet guide you through some of those steps makes is it so much easier. I remember the days before the web, research was so much more time consuming. You kids have it easy!

Alert: Shortage of Nursing Staff in Rural Areas

Posted on November 25, 2015 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Higher standard of living means better quality of life, which means people will be living longer. This in turn, creates an increased demand for skilled medical personnel to care for them. Those who are considering pursuing a career in medicine or general healthcare would be happy to know that now is the perfect time to act, since nurses and other medical professionals have an outstanding chance of getting a job. It is your true growth industry and with increased life expectancy looks set to keep growing.

Large cities with millions of people have the need for hundreds or even thousands of nurses and medical assistants. But, what about rural areas? What about smaller towns? What are the chances of employment for registered nurses, medical assistants or nurse practitioners? Luckily, the situation is looking good for rural areas, as well. You can still look forward to having a promising career and a decent salary if you choose to become a medical professional. In fact, some rural areas are experiencing a rise in salaries, especially in the medical field and it is no surprise due to increasing demand for skilled medical staff.

According to statistics, career outlook for registered nurses in particular is extremely promising, with a predicted growth of 29% between 2012 and 2022. That is significantly better than the growth for all other professions, which is only at 11%. It is estimated that by 2022, there will 162,900 more RN's - source: . This website offers some valuable facts about a range of medical professions including specific salaries for each state, so you can get a better idea about the salary in your area.

Nursing Staff - Opportunities Grow

The odds are looking good, and they are likely to get better. This is a great opportunity for those with limited education. They can start out by getting a job as a medical assistant with only high school education. This will allow them to receive proper training and education, and they will be able to work their way up and eventually become registered nurses, which pays more and carries additional responsibility and the chance for further development.

Once you’re a medical assistant, new doors will open for you. Depending on how much effort you are willing to put into your training and education, you can go with one of three training programs:

  • Nursing Diploma Programs – lower entry level and usually last 3 years.
  • Associate Degree in Nursing – standard degree course lasting 2-3 years
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing – lasts up to 4 years and it is the highest level you can reach

Whichever of these programs you decide to go with, you can rest assured knowing that there is a high chance of employment for all nursing staff.

I hope this article shows you that, even though living in a rural area, your chances for employment in the medical field are equally good, and you are not handicapped in any way as far as job opportunities are concerned. Starting out as a medical assistant will allow you to advance through proper training and education, which is especially important if you are coming into it with limited education. People living in rural areas will always need qualified medical professionals just like those in the cities, although in smaller numbers.