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Medical Improv Activity Provides Profound Learning Between Surgeon & Nurse!

By Beth Boynton, RN, MS

I love using an experiential activities from the emerging practice of Medical Improv because people learn such valuable skills and develop positive relationships in a fun way. By valuable skills I’m talking about developing our emotional intelligence and our abilities to communicate, collaborate, lead (and follow) effectively and respectfully!

Once you learn the core principles there are literally hundreds of activities that build communication and interpersonal skills. You might not think that a fun activity adapted from improvisational theatre could help a nurse and surgeon build all of these skills, but I’ve seen it happen!

One activity called ‘Dr. Know-it-All” requires three people to answer open-ended questions by contributing one word at at time. They don’t have to be factual, but they do have to make sense and work together quickly and collaboratively. In one pilot workshop, there was a surgeon sitting in the middle of two nurses while they answered a question ‘Why is the sky blue?’. One of the nurses hesitated to add to the answer and when she did, the surgeon took a breath as he adapted from what he thought the answer was going to be to a different one.

In this moment, the nurse learns to speak up, the doctor learns to listen, they build their relationship, collaborate, and have fun. The relationship part of the complex adaptive system is healing!


Beth Boynton, RN, MS, author of Successful Nurse Communication: Safe Care, Healthy Workplaces, & Rewarding Careers is a speaker and medical improv trainer. She publishes the award-winning blog, “Confident Voices in Healthcare” and more information about her work can be found at www.confidentvoices.com. She can be contacted at [email protected]

10 Essential Facts About Nursing You Need To Know

Nursing is currently one of the best career paths you should take if you are looking for a job in high demand that needs compassionate and caring individuals. Compassion and care comes naturally for nurses, and that's why so many patients look to them for comfort and a caring attitude during trying times. Here are 10 facts about nursing that every nurse needs to know.

10 essential nursing facts

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1. Employment for Nursing

Employment for nursing is expected to increase by 19% by the year 2020.

The aging population is expected to increase due to advances in medical care, increasing the lifespan of individuals that will depend on nursing care to stay healthy.

2. Highest Paying Nursing Specialties

The highest paying nursing specialties are: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist ($133k), General Nurse Practitioner ($97k), and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner ($95k), according to Nurses.org.

3. Lowest Paying States for Nurses

Iowa, Oklahoma, and West Virginia top the list for the lowest pay for nurses nationwide. If you’re looking for the highest paying states, California, Hawaii, and Massachusetts tops the list.

4. Highest Demand Specialty

Home health care has the largest demand for nursing.

Lots of patients with long term complications depend on nurses to take care of their needs in the comfort of their home.

5.  Nurses Week

As of 1998, May 8 has been celebrated as National Student Nurses Day.

National Nurses Week is celebrated each year starting on May 6, and ending on May 12, which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

6. Opportunities In Nursing

Nurses can be doctors as well as teachers.

Nurses are not confined to their title as a nurse, but can continue their education to get PhDs in their field of interest.

7. Gender Disparity in Nursing

The population of professional nurses is mostly women but men who are registered nurses has been on the rise, increasing three fold from 2.7% to 9.6% since 1970.

8. Continuing Education Requirements

Continuing education hours are required for nurses.

Like a lot of other health care practitioners, nurses are required to keep themselves up to date with the latest protocols and treatment, ensuring they provide safe care at all times.

9. Highest Paying States for Nurses

California, Hawaii, and Massachusetts top the list for highest paying states for nurses.

10. Job Flexibility

About 25% of registered nurses work part-time, leaving the opportunity for a better work life balance.

Resources:

http://www.nursetogether.com/10-interesting-facts-about-registered-nurses

http://www.nursebuff.com/2014/03/facts-about-nursing/

http://thenerdynurse.com/2016/03/diversity-in-nursing.html

http://www.thenursingsiteblog.com/2016/03/why-2016-is-perfect-time-to-start.html

































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10 of the Best Late Excuses to Tell Your Boss

​When you’re running late to work, it helps to have a believable excuse to get you off the hook and keep you on your boss’s good side. We made this resourceful infographic below to use as a handy reference for the best excuses to give when you’re running late.

10 best late excuses to tell your boss

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1. My dog/cat got out and I had to find them

If your boss is also a pet owner, no questions asked.

2. I was working on that big report from home, and lost track of the time.

They can’t get mad if you were already working.

3. I had to wait for my refrigerator repairman to arrive.

This works with any large, critical appliance, A/C unit would work too.

4. I was detained by Homeland Security because of foot powder in my suitcase.

This one only works if you’ve just returned from a trip. No one wants to ask you about foot powder.

5. I stopped to help a stranded motorist on my way to work.

How can your boss fault you for being such a great person?

6. There was a dangerous looking dog on the loose out front, and I had to wait for it to leave to go out to my car.

The flip side of #1, if your boss is not an animal lover.

7. My husband/wife tripped and spilled coffee on me and I had to change.

So your spouse, not you, looks like the clumsy one.

8. I stopped to help my child’s teacher carry in art supplies.

Great to use if your boss is a doting parent too.

9. I got a flat tire on the way in and had to stop to change it.

Common, but believable, as nearly everyone has been there.

10. I left extra early, but the traffic was horrible.

Check news to make sure, then add that you tried to plan for it.

​References

1. http://www.chron.com/jobs/article/Worst-excuses-for-being-late-to-work-From-6798652.php

2. http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2016/01/12_of_the_most_outrageous_excu.html

3. http://content.wisestep.com/top-and-most-common-excuses-for-coming-late-to-work/

Top 25 Nursing Blogs You Should Be Reading In 2016

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There are days wherein your awesome nurse-self would just rather stay at home than go to work. Working around sick people just gets so depressing at times, and you need a little pick-me-up to make your day a little less stressful than it usually is. There are a lot of websites that offer Nursing advice and uplifting stories, but these are the top 25 Nursing blogs, in no particular order,  that you should follow.

Jon Haws

NRSNG.com

Why follow this site: NRSNG.com was created by Jon Haws, a nursing student. If you are a nursing student you need to head over to his blog and download his free resources. He also authors a number of books that helps nursing students make nursing school easier.

Brittney Wilson

The Nerdy Nurse

Why follow this site: The Nerdy Nurse is a great site for a nurse like you, whatever department you are assigned in. It has technologically savvy apps for nurses who want to put their gadgets to use while on the job, and has a range of resources that can help students and RNs alike.

Maureen Osuna

Straight A Nursing Student

Why follow this site: The blog creator, Maureen, is an experienced ICU Nurse who helps Nursing students have a good experience in Nursing school and keep their grades up at the same time!

Keith Carlson

Digital Doorway

Why follow this site: Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach who has a lot of interesting articles and snippets that give sound advice on Nursing careers. It’s a consistent top blog on a lot of various Nursing blog rankings, and is worth your time to explore.

Renee Thompson

RTConnections

Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN has developed a wonderful blog, RTConnections, for nurses. She covers such topics as nurse bullying, professional development, and helping nurses articulate their value. Although she travels to uplift and educate nurses around the country, she still remains a bedside nurse in order to stay connected with the challenges that nurses face today. This is definitely a nursing blog you want to follow.

nurse beth

Nurse Code

Nurse Code is a blog started by Nurse Beth who works in acute care as Staff Development Educator. She is the voice of the "nurse's nurse".  She believes in supporting nurses in order to achieve the best patient outcomes. Her website was created to help new nursing grads compose resumes, cover letters, and hone interviewing skills.   For all things nursing, visit Nurse Beth at nursecode.com.

Nacole Riccaboni

Nurse Nacole

Why follow this site: This is an empowering website that hands out Nursing advice and random tips regarding being a Nurse on different departments. Nurse Nacole also has a YouTube Channel that helps Nurses become the best that they can be.

Sarah - Registered Nurse RN

RegisteredNurseRN

Why follow this site: This blog, managed by Sarah, is very organized and comprehensive when giving out information regarding Nursing. It has everything, ranging from resources for Nursing jobs, Tips for exams and Nursing School, information on the Nursing Board, and even quizzes and videos that can help Student Nurses and Registered Nurses alike.

Kristine

The Makings of a Nurse

Why follow this site: From policies of the profession to personal blogs and taking care of yourself as a Nurse, Kristine shows a holistic package of information and opportunities that you wouldn’t want to miss, whether you’re a registered Nurse wanting comforting ideas or a student seeking for scholarship options, this site has it all for you.

Rebecca

Making Memories

Why follow this site: Rebecca, the blog owner, has a charming site that has interesting stories and how a Nurse perceives day-to-day life. It also takes into account how Nurses think a certain way in any situation, and doesn’t confine itself to life in the hospital.

Andria

New Nurse Blog

Why follow this site: The website, managed by Andria, is concise about the information it dishes out, and gives you serious tips on Nursing topics that range from action done on different diagnoses to NCLEX exam preparation. This site also has emotional support for student Nurses and new graduates alike, and can help alleviate anxieties when starting a new job.

Kati

Nurse Eye Roll

Why follow this site: Reading Nurse Eye Roll is a good way to cap of a stressful day. It has articles on preparing nurses for the next level of their career, and also provides information on products that can be used in the daily work life as a nurse.

Why follow this site: This site, managed by Dr. Rachel Danford, is not just for nurses, but for patients who seek information as well. They provide continuing education courses, essential to nurses who want to continue their profession, as well as a blog that focuses on wellness, nutrition, and general information on different new healthcare topics.

Jeff Long

Travel Nursing Blogs

Why follow this site: Focusing on concerns of travel nurses, Jeff Long, lets you peek into how it’s like working as a traveling Nurse, and all the pros and cons of getting into that kind of Nursing job. It also has general health awareness information and trending topics to keep you updated on what’s latest in the health industry.

Joan Spitrey

The Nurse Teacher

Why follow this site: Perfect for student Nurses, Joan shares valuable information regarding topics like patient education, technological advances in the field, and tools for continuing education. It also focuses on general health, which can benefit non-nurse readers as well.

Eileen

The Balanced Nurse

Why follow this site: Life as a Nurse is fast-paced, challenging and stressful, and Eileen focuses on finding peace and balance in the hectic Nursing world you live in. It is great for Nurses who feel like they are burned out due to the demands of their health care profession.

Julianna Paradisi

JParadisi RN’s Blog

Why follow this site: Julianna, the blog creator, is an onco-nurse who deals with patients who are battling cancer everyday. This website is a compilation of learning and coping strategies that will help patients and nurses alike when dealing with the devastating diagnosis.

Joni Watson

Nursetopia

Why follow this site: This blog is an emotional support website for nurses and their struggles in their career. Joni gives tips on how to handle patients, co-workers and also gives advice on how to become a nurse that focuses on the beauty of the job.

Dr. Rose O. Sherman

Emerging RN Leader

Why follow this site: Self-improvement is one of the Nurse goals that lead to fulfillment in the Nursing career, and this website allows you to delve into sources that will make you become a better nurse. This website is managed by Dr. Sherman, Professor of Nursing and Director of the Nursing Leadership Institute in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida.

Beth Boynton

Confident Voices in Healthcare

Why follow this site: This site plans and acts to improve the state of healthcare especially when it comes to safety. It keeps you up to date on the recent events in the world of health care providers and is a great way to see how vision and actions can impact the world of health care.

Marsha

The Bossy Nurse

Why follow this site: Marsha, the founder of the site, helps Nurses through giving them advice on career paths and adjustment of their lifestyle to help them live freely in their career and prevent them from going through burnouts due to the nature of their work.

Elizabeth Scala

Elizabeth Scala

Why follow this site: If you’re a tired nurse, the site itself is an amazing resource that can uplift your soul, and focuses on making you keep the spirit of helping people and loving the job.

The Days when I’m Not a Nurse

Why follow this site: This blog was created by a nurse named Anna, who shares her life as a Nurse through posts in this site. She has a fun way of inserting nursing jargon into every aspect of life, and you’d know there’s never a day that you’re not a Nurse.

Anne

Nurse Advocate

Why follow this site: The site is informative on issues on the Nursing community as a whole, as well as the blogger’s personal encounter during daily nursing life. It also helps people understand the kind of healthcare system that we have today, and has a lot of great articles to read.

Annette Tersigni

Yoga Nurse

Why follow this site: Yoga Nurse, Annette,  is focused on creating a safe environment for Nurses and patients alike through the practice of safe medical yoga, which attempts to relieve symptoms of chronic diseases, as well as emotional burnout.

Caroline Porter Thomas

EmpoweRN

Why follow this site: Whether you want to pass the NCLEX or just find answering quizzes fun, this is the site for you. They keep your Nursing knowledge up to date by posting quizzes and widening your knowledge through exams, which boosts retention better than simply reading an article.

There really is no better way to keep you up to date than following these great sites and blogs on Nursing. They will help keep you informed, happy, and less stressed with the job that you love. Every nurse deserves to take care of not only her patients, but also herself.

Careers in the Fitness Industry – 5 Excellent Options

If you are passionate about health, fitness, and wellness there are a number of career opportunities and some of which you may not have considered. Of course, one of the first things that will come to anyone's mind is personal trainer but what about fitness-related jobs like health coach (for which you'll likely need a master's degree) or esthetician which takes less than a year of training in esthetician school for a basic license?

Read on for five excellent options suited to different skill sets but all of which help people in their quest for health and fitness.

1. Yoga Instructor

Yoga has been quickly gaining in popularity over the last couple of decades and for good reason. Yoga's benefits on health, fitness, and beauty are well-documented. With yoga's increase in popularity it seems that every community center and spa have a yoga instructor and that yoga studio are opening in small towns everywhere.

Yoga instructor training can vary and is largely unregulated. Some studios will give you a certificate after 200 hours, others require 500 or even 1000 hours. Wages vary considerably, but there is lots of room for making a good living. While some yoga teachers make only $10/hour others charge $100+/hour for private or group sessions.

2. Esthetician

Estheticians are particularly knowledgeable about skin health. They can recognize and treat skin health problems and refer clients to medical specialists if necessary. They interface well in wellness and spa environments where many clients are attempting to improve their skin health with exercise, personal care regimens, and treatments such as waxing and microdermabrasion.

More and more estheticians are getting their training online which makes this a particularly attractive option for those with difficulties scheduling school into their lives. Esthetician's salary can be quite low to start but can easily reach $40,000-$60,000 with experience and a prestigious workplace.

3. Health Director

A health director's primary job is relationship-building with an institutions members and employees in order to encourage health and fitness. They make sure that fitness and other programs meet or exceed the goals of the organization. Obviously good communication, organizational, and supervisory skills are key along with a solid overall knowledge, and passion for, health and fitness.

Most health directors will be part of a large corporation or company like the YMCA. They possess at least a bachelor's degree in a health-related field and already have experience in a health field as well as staff and facility management. Starting salary is around $40,000.

4. Fitness Instructor

Like personal trainer this career is more focused directly on helping people attain their health goals. Unlike personal trainers fitness instructors often deal with large groups of people, so being a "people person" is a must. To work in this job you will either need recognized qualifications by getting a certificate or do on-the-job training as an assistant instructor. And, of course you will need to be a good motivator. If you have the right entrepreneurial spirit, you may even consider starting your own fitness business with a franchise group.

Specializations that fall under the umbrella of fitness instructor include aquacise, weight training, zumba instructor, aerobics instructor and so on. Some times fitness instructors specialize in working with specific groups of people such as the elderly, children, or the disabled.

The job can include things like consultations, and fitness assessments, and showing groups or individuals how to use equipment such as weights, exercise bicycles and rowing machines. Wages usually start around $20,000/year but can range much higher.

5. Physiotherapist

This career helps the injured or infirm enjoy greater comfort and ease of movement through various exercises and treatments that the physiotherapist provides. There are various types of physiotherapist just as there are various types of estheticians.

One specialized branch of physiotherapy is in sports. Sports physiotherapists deal with athletes who are otherwise healthy and help them return to peak performance through exercise regimens, manipulation, and provide advice on how to avoid problems in the future.

People skills are essential along with good decision-making ability regarding treatments based on a thorough and in-depth training. Training to become a sports physio involves a bachelor's degree at least, and preferably a master's degree. Certification and licensing is required and continuing education is encouraged, if not mandatory.

A physiotherapist or sports physio enjoys a rewarding career helping people return to health and fitness and they are compensated with a salary ranging from $50,000 up to $110,000.

So, people interested in health and fitness careers can find a variety of jobs based on their passion and can range from more administrative career options to the more hands-on vocations like esthetician and physiotherapist. There are plenty of ways to help others and make a living through the pursuit of fitness.

How to Become a Personal Trainer: Personal Training Certification Guide

A personal trainers role is to effectively help their client achieve whatever health or personal fitness goals that they may have.

Clients will need to be dealt with patiently and motivated to achieve the best of their ability, hence often a great deal of patience is required and rapport between trainer and client has to be very positive.

Within the role that is expected by the client, even the most mundane exerciser must be motivated to take action to achieve their set goals. The trainer needs to sympathize and often empathise with their client in order to keep them going when times get tough.

Trust is vitally important between trainer and client. Confidential information pertaining to a persons weight, medical history, height and specific goals must be undisclosed to any other person. Also well-documented data regarding the plans decided between the parties must be kept.

For a person involved in an active routine, they need to have their goals closely monitored and constantly reviewed. The personal trainers role is to keep in mind the clients desires and adjust routines and plans accordingly, unproductive time is something that should be discouraged and monitored. As you can see the personal trainer job description is quite broad and requires flexibility.

Personal fitness trainers work around their clients needs and may include work outdoors, at a fitness club or a diverse mixture of different surroundings, therefore a personal trainer resume could be broad and very diverse.

A summary of primary traits required to be a trainer could be

  • Communication skills
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in written communication in a manner the client understands
  • Understanding how diet and exercise changes are required in the clients lifestyle
  • Have sympathy and empathy about the clients situation that they may well be embarrassed about
  • Ensuring all plans are compatible with the clients medical history, state of health and time constraints
  • Building trustworthy rapport and communication to obtain the best results

What is an expected personal trainer salary?

Personal training salary levels vary vastly across the industry based on a number of factors including:

  • Age and experience
  • Location
  • Specific skills and experience
  • Scope in terms of their employment such as working for a gym or for private clients

The basis for an athletic trainer salary is modelled around who is funding the programme. Corporate sponsors and professional bodies striving to find the most effective personal trainers may pay in excess of a gym business for example.

As you can see the fitness trainer salary range is broad but to get a better indication we will look at some specific cities to compare the likely income.

I will look at an overview of certified personal trainer salary using information supplied by payscale.com. We will suppose that you are a 30 year old male working for a private company.

Experience

New York

Washington

Phoenix

1 Year or less

$39,664

$39,119

$32,041

5 Years

$45,960

$47,223

$37,005

10 Years

$52,524

$53,147

$48,252

So what factors also are associated with a fitness instructor salary?

National obesity levels are on the increase and so workloads for trainers is only likely to increase over coming years, however this also creates its own problem of people training to chase demand, therefore leading to an increase in applicants for each position that may arise – Fantastic if you are an employer, but perhaps not so much so if you the person chasing the job.

Another factor is that generally people want trainers based around their free time they may have each day after work and family commitments etc. This therefore means that demand is likely to be at unsociable hours such as 5am or 8pm.

Within the industry age and gender are quite equal amongst personal trainers, physical trainer salary in based more on experience and employer.

How long does it take to become a personal trainer?

To become a personal trainer you need to work towards certification which we will look at shortly. This shows your potential clients and employers that you have been deemed proficient in assessing the needs of someone undergoing physical activity, or someone looking to get diet advice to complement their fitness regime.

The rate at which you can complete certificated training depends on several factors

Current experience in the industry and topics involved

Time available to study round your work & lifestyle

The rate at which you can effectively read and absorb course materials and take on-board the knowledge required

Financial constraints relating to either paying for course and assessments, or time required when seeking clients or having a personal trainer resume created prior to applying to employers.

Some people could complete the required certification within 2-3 weeks and then be eligible to seek work, someone with more time or financial constraints may take 3-6 months. Setting a realistic time-plan and goals along the way is the most effective method to gain the knowledge to pass the exams and get accredited.

How do you obtain personal trainer certification?

I looked at the salary for a personal trainer and some of the factors that affected how quickly someone could train to be a fitness instructor. Getting personal trainer certification can be done in various ways but I am going to look at the four main bodies in the USA. Other countries will have their own accreditation bodies and should be researched yourself if your home country is not the United States.

Firstly NASM certification – National Academy of Sports Medicine. (nasm.org)

The introduction accreditation is Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and is recognised worldwide. This course focusses on training staff to manage and enhance performance whilst helping reduce injuries.

Certification is obtained in approximately 3 months following study and exams. Study can then be extended by specializing in subjects such as sports nutrition, weight loss, weight gaining, or senior fitness.

NASM use a model called OPT or optimum performance training, this is a comprehensive training system based on scientific, evidence based research. It is designed to produce consistent and remarkable results for clients. Development of OPT looked at core functional abilities such as core stabilization, cardiorespiratory endurance and improved flexibility.

OPT outcome is intended to help clients from diverse populations increase lean muscle mass and strength, improve overall general health, reduce their body fat and improve performance.

Once you are certified by the NASM, you can also access the member benefits which are broad and extremely useful for newly qualified people. Benefits include a forum so you can speak with people in similar situations to yourself. Within this forum discussions range from recapping course materials, helping create a personal trainer resume, conversations about upcoming events and general involvement in the personal trainer community. NASM members get a login to the private area of the website. Within this area is a `jobs board` where you can view current vacancies within the gym/fitness/trainer environment, also advice on approaching gyms and health club businesses when you are looking for work.

ISSA certification - International Sports Science Association (http://www.issaonline.edu/)

Accreditation targeted to people wanting to be educated by distance learning in their own time, like NASM they are recognised internationally.

Education starts with Personal Trainer Certification (PTC) and then accreditation can be extended by taking on further elements like exercise therapy or working with youths.

According to the ISSA website they have been recognized as an accredited trainer for 26 years and now operate in 91 different countries.

ISSA believe that by having success with their students, the health of society as a whole can be improved. Their aim is to stem the tide of poor health and physical decline in society. By inspiring students to have a positive and quality impact on each individual that they have contact with.

For those that wish to share the vision of creating a stronger, healthier world the course progression is well structured. Each advanced module is intended to build on the knowledge that has been previously taught.

The ISSA is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). This means that their home based learning program is of high quality, and structured in such a way to educate students effectively in the comfort of their own surroundings, and at a pace and timescale dictated by the students.

The course material that ISSA use has been put together by experts in different fields. If you look at their website it explains that the course content is put together using Doctors, athletic and sports lifting championship winners, track and field competitors and finally fitness examiners.

Following the ISSA route ensures that course content you will be learning is being constantly reviewed, in line with advances relating to medical health and fitness technology.

The ISSA was the first professional body to assess and train professional fitness coaches, and still today remains one of the largest organizations within its field. Following a training path with the ISSA you can be sure that they will guide you through your new career, and ensure that you constantly strive to improve your education through their specialization courses. After working as a general personal trainer for a period of time, you may then decide to specialise in a particular area of the industry such as youth fitness training, senior citizen training or even a very specialised niche area such as golf fitness.

ACSM personal trainer accreditation – American College of Sports Medicine (www.acsm.org/)

The ACSM has been around 1975 offering internationally recognised training and accreditation, with education managed by regional training centres. Accreditation can be completed in 3 distinct areas – 1) Health Fitness Certifications 2) Clinical Certifications and 3) Speciality Certifications such cancer exercise.

Again like the other providers education can be extended after the initial courses to keep up to date with changes in the industry, or to further your education and extend career prospects.

The ACSM approach is much more tutor based compared to the alternatives we have discussed. The use of regional training centres with differing course dates appears to be the ACSM method of operating their education programme. The tagline that is used is “From side-line to the clinic” meaning that for clients undergoing a programme with a personal trainer, can also access specialist advice and support when an issue or query arises that is outside the usual scope of the specific trainer. The advantage here for a client is that they would not need to search around for advice for specific issues. If a problem arises that is outside of the trainers expertise, they will be able to call upon other members of their network to provide a solution. When an ACSM trainer is looking for private clients this may well be a great selling point. Their trainer will handle all the usual requests that are requited from fitness routines through to diet and eating plans, but should something such as an injury occur the client would not need to search around for a solution. The trainer can act as a `manager` here and provide access to the specialist information or treatment.

CPT Certification as we have discussed can be achieved by studying the relevant material, depending on which accreditation body you choose to go down.

The body that you will choose will depend on your specific needs or goals, depending if you would like distance learning (home study) or tuition at regional training centres.

To learn how to become a certified personal trainer you first need to identify the following
• What your current knowledge and experience is
• What you need to learn to gain certification
• Your realistic available free time
• Your available finance for funding training
• Your future hope and goals
• Whether you plan on working with an organization or freelance

Deciding on what is the best personal training certification for your individual circumstances should be given lots of thought, analysis and a through plan should be drawn up.

For example some people may well benefit from home learning at their own pace, with backup from a tutor. Some people may well be educated better in a classroom environment with direct contact with their tutor/teacher, and also the advantage of other students in the class. It’s likely that a whole host of questions and queries are brought up by fellow students. Some of these questions may well be dwelling in your own mind, and others may well be relevant at a later date.

The other advantage of some with a classroom physical environment for learning, is that the other students are likely to be in the same position as yourself. Using your peers outside of class to help with queries may well be advantageous and supplementary to the tutor input.

Also using the previous experience of your classroom peers may open up opportunities through their contacts. For example someone may know of a client or business trying to recruit a personal trainer in your area, or maybe specialising in the area you are looking at going into.

Further study options

After initial study is complete and you are beginning to progress your career, the next step is to ensure that your accreditation is kept up to date and skills are not allowed to decay. Depending on the career progression or specialised areas you would like to work in, you may want to look at being a certified athletic trainer, or maybe dealing with youths/seniors or perhaps medical fitness such as recovering cancer patients, or severely obese patients requiring special plans.

Typical personal trainer jobs after certification

Once you have planned out your certification route based on the companies we have discussed, you will need to look for fitness jobs in your area. Often looking at what opportunities are around will dictate which avenue of accreditation you choose to follow. Having a clear goal or vision of where you would like to be in say 2 or 5 years may help here. The best way of ensuring that you complete the most appropriate training is to look firstly at the WHY? Of what has triggered the desire to be a personal trainer. Next you should be looking at what your goals are in terms of what you want to BE? Or what you want to ACHIEVE?

Once you know where you are, and where you want to be you can plan your education, then work towards your dream goals. Experience is going to be key for both potential employers, and for seeking private clients if that is the route you desire.

When you start looking at your local area for personal trainer jobs it will give you some insight into what experience and skills are likely to be necessary. Or looking at adverts perhaps in the local paper for people seeking a personal fitness trainer, will give you a skill set analysis route.

Understanding your local needs is key to ensuring your education is adequate. If for example you live in an area ripe with woodland or beaches local need may be on running and outdoor fitness. Should you live in a built up area the needs maybe for tuition in a gym or leisure centre. You can see understanding the opportunities then allows you to benefit from them.

Personal training jobs are available from a scope of different areas. Gymnasiums and private health clubs for example need qualified fitness professionals. Larger corporate companies may also hire the services of a personal fitness trainer to empower staff and improve relations and morale.

So to summarise the jobs scene after certification, we have seen that fitness jobs are broad and diverse. Understanding your local marketplace and local needs is key to becoming successful, and thus meaning you are meeting the whole reason you wanted to be a trainer in the first place.

What are the different types of personal training?

Personal training is a broad description for a number of specialist areas of fitness training and diet advice. You could opt to work in athletic training which is looking at people interested in running, track sports or marathon preparation for example. If you wanted to work more in a gymnasium environment you may opt to be a fitness trainer or gym trainer, here you would work more with equipment such as

  • Running machines
  • Rowing machines
  • Weights machines
  • Manual dumbbell weights
  • Cross training machines

As part of the gymnasium or fitness centre trainer you would also likely to be asked for diet advice. Being able to draw up both a meal plan, and nutrition advice to compliment a clients work out is part of your role.

Within the sports environment another broad category is a sports trainer. This refers to someone educated and experienced in a range of subjects from weights, running to swimming and more extreme sports.

Can you learn to become a personal trainer online?

We have discussed the options for gaining certification from one of the main personal training accreditation bodies, the problem for many people is finding the time to study, or to expand finding the time to attend classroom based training.

For a lot of people trying to find time to study for their new career, around work, lifestyle and children related constraints is the biggest problem. The solution for many is to investigate online personal trainer courses. The benefit of these is that study can be done at your own pace, ether in the comfort of your own home, or perhaps during lunch breaks at work.

Online accreditation courses are also often cheaper as the cost of a tutor is greatly reduced. Commonly you will read the study material at your own pace, with assignments to be submitted online to check your learning. You will then receive online feedback from your tutor.

After you have completed all your personal training certification online, you generally have an assessment to complete and pass which is marked by your tutor. After successfully completing and passing the assessment you will be issued with a certificate, which can be shown to either future employers or clients whom you wish to privately reach out too.

Personal trainer certification online is getting to be a very common route for people looking to either advance their career, or re-educate themselves towards a new, fresh career away from what they are currently doing.

When we discussed certification options earlier in this article we discussed briefly that ISSA and the ACSM both run online personal trainer certification programmes. The programmes are aimed at complete beginners, however people working in the industry but merely looking to get accredited should have a distinct advantage when going through the modules. The training programmes are all designed to be modular, so you can just build on prior learning and completed tests. You will almost certainly have or discover and advanced area that you will want to study and specialise in. This has added advantages for both yourself in terms of career progression, and for both the client or employer. Someone with specialist knowledge can assist in catering for a small niche of solutions for either certain conditions, or for certain groups of people – an example would be working with seniors on physical exercise workouts, or working with children on say a football project.

Doing an internet search for online personal training certification will result in a whole broad range of solutions. What you should ensure is that whatever training you decide to do, complies and is accredited by one of the bodies we have previously mentioned. There is little point completing a course if certification if it is not recognised by the relevant people.

We discussed that several of the accreditation bodies are internationally recognised. This is important in the world we live in meaning the scope is not then limited to acceptance in only your local market place.

The personal fitness trainer world is wide and many opportunities are available from within the US, to Australia, across to Europe and Asia. We have highlighted some facts that show that this `job` may well be more fulfilling for you than sitting in an office for example. The route to gain certification has many different routes that could be followed. So it is entirely possible for anyone to get personal trainer certification regardless of your background and upbringing. We have seen that people are looking for “Solutions” it may be to lose weight, or eat healthier, or improve the duration of the running capability for example. After completion of training you can assist with these problems and feel confident that you can make a difference. For many working in the fitness industry in some ways combines work and pleasure – although it should be noted that clients are paying for your services and so hence should be dealt with in a professional manner.

The personal fitness world is ever changing and evolving however people in general are always looking at ways to improve their lifestyle and body. People want to live healthier lives but also for example want to look good on the beach with their toned bodies.

SO get out there and take action! I have shown you the routes that can be taken and some of the areas you need to clearly look at on the way. Look at what you want to achieve! Make a plan and make a start with your new career.