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Tips on Staying Safe in The Sun

 

6 Tips on Staying Safe in the Sun for the Holiday

Enjoy the benefits of summer weather this 4th of July without putting yourself at a higher risk for sun exposure repercussions. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays cause dehydration and heatstroke, but beyond heat-related incidents, its rays increase the risk for sunburn and peeling, skin aging, and skin cancer.


All of these sun related conditions are often seen and treated by healthcare professionals and providers, and this time of year with 4th of July fun rolling in, they are extra busy handling these cases. As you’re enjoying your festivities this year, keep in mind that these rays reflect off water, sand, pool and deck concrete surfaces, making sun protection especially important.

Learn how you can protect yourself while still enjoying the sunny weather this holiday:

Apply Sunscreen

Make sure you are applying sunscreen generously and frequently – every 2 hours anytime you are outdoors. The recommended type of sunscreen to use is a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. Wherever your skin is or may be exposed, be sure to apply! This is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.

Whip Out Your Sunglasses

Now is the time to bring out your stylish studs. Although a fashion accessory, their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most lenses offer adequate UV protection, but if you are in doubt or want a stronger protection, check in with an optometrist.

 

Limit Time Spent in the Sun

It’s important to limit your time spent in the sun, especially when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are the strongest, between 10 am and 4 pm. Whether you’re hanging by the pool area or at the beach this summer holiday, make sure you’re seeking shade and circulating over to an indoor area.


Be safe – plan ahead. If you’re anticipating to be out in the hot weather, be sure to check the National Weather Service. They post the UV index daily by zip code and if it’s real high, an alert will be issued to keep the time spent in the sun to a minimum.

 

Check Your Medication

There are certain types of medicine that can cause sensitivity to the sun. Depending on the medication, it can contain ingredients that will cause a chemically induced change to the skin – photosensitivity. This can cause sunburn-like symptoms, rash, and possibly other unwanted side effects.

Make sure to reduce these risks ahead of time. If you are taking any medications and have concerns about having a reaction, check in with your healthcare professional or pharmacist before stepping out in the sun. Enjoy fun in the sun at a safe cost!

 

Examine Your Skin

It’s important to examine your skin head to toe at least once a month, especially if you know you will be spending extra long hours in the sun due to summer festivities and activities. If you perform regularly, examining your skin can alert you to changes and assist in early detection of skin cancer. Self-examination should take no more than 10 minutes – a small investment to protecting your health!

The recommended full-body self exam is once a month, but it is always important to check in with your doctor to determine whether you need more frequent checks. You may also find it helpful to schedule an appointment at least once a year through your healthcare provider to assure you any existing spots, freckles, moles or changes in your skin are normal.

Be a role model for safer sun actions. Your skin, eyes, and immune system will thank you!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

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How to get your RN License in California

The Golden State has a lot to offer nurses besides its sandy beaches and abundance of sunshine. More and more people are going into the nursing field these days, but what’s the actual process for getting your RN license in the state of California?

Make obtaining your California nursing license hassle-free with these steps to guide and assist you each step of the way!

  • First of all, Apply online or obtain an application packet and detailed instructions from the BRN website. To qualify for licensure by endorsement, you must hold a current and active RN license in another state, U.S. territory, or Canada, have completed an educational program meeting all CA requirements, and passed the NCLEX-RN. Find out more information on this process here.

  • Be prepared. Send your application to the BRN at least 6-8 weeks before graduation. In addition, have your school send your transcripts to the BRN. Remember to send in your application early, or else you may end up waiting for your approval for much longer!

  • Put your best fingers forward. Complete a fingerprint background check.

  • Nail the NCLEX. Take and pass the National Council Licensing Examination, or NCLEX. The exam itself is computerized and given continuously 6 days a week. Tip for new graduates! Take the test sooner rather than later, research has shown that there’s a higher success rate for early test takers compared with those who wait several months. Need help studying? Check out this website on how to navigate the NCLEX!

Apply for an Interim Permit. If you want to work in a supervised nursing capacity while awaiting the results of your test, applying for this permit is essential.

Have a passion to practice as an RN in California? Start checking these steps off and you’ll be on you way! Want even more info? Browse this helpful site for information on the different nursing license requirements you’ll need to get going. Once you’re ready to get your dream California position, KPG Healthcare is here to help!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

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4 Best LA Staycations For Your Next Weekend Getaway

Are you on temporary assignment in Southern California? Southern California boasts many different climates and adventures – whether you’re looking to enjoy a relaxing day on the beach, cruise through the desert or toast in wine country, you can drive to it from anywhere in the Los Angeles region! If you’re looking for a fun weekend getaway outside of the city, check out these LA Staycations!

Santa Barbara

Just 90 minutes from LA, Santa Barbara is famous for its beautiful beaches and scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains. Whether you want to go wine tasting, biking, kayaking, hit an art museum or relax on the beach, there’s plenty to see and do. Since it’s easy to get around on foot or by bike, leave the car at home and add some extra romance by taking the Pacific Surfliner train instead.

Joshua Tree

A little over 2 hours by car from LA, Joshua Tree offers visitors an array of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, horseback riding, and rock climbing. At night, you can even admire the incredible night sky over the desert. Spanning nearly 800,000 acres with two deserts: the Colorado Desert and the wetter Mojave Desert, which is home to the infamous Joshua tree. Get away from the bright lights of the city and take a much-needed jaunt in the majestic Joshua Tree.

Temecula Wine Country

Nestled in the rolling hills of California’s wine country, Temecula Creek Inn is a beautiful Southern Californian golf resort that offers luxurious accommodations, fine wine country cuisine, indulgent spa services and a 27-hole championship golf course – for par lovers. Ideal for a romantic getaway, Temecula promises to be an unforgettable stay. Home to more than 30 award-winning wineries, get your wine taste on in the trendy Temecula!

San Diego

Interested in exploring another big city while you’re in Southern California? San Diego is the perfect vacay for you! Known for their glorious weather, great surf and beer culture, you may think that San Diego is just an extension of LA – but it’s not in the least. Only a couple hours from Los Angeles, San Diego’s laid back vibe is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of LA.

 

Check out these hidden treasures without having to go very far on your next staycation! Whether you’re planning a road trip or the ultimate weekend of luxury and pampering, Southern California is the place to be. From amazing scenery along the coast to five star celebrity resorts, there is a perfect weekend trip for everyone!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

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