Red Knit Caps for Newborns Spread Heart Health Awareness

During the month of February, babies born at participating hospitals will wear red knit hats as part of the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign to celebrate American Heart Month.

The AHA, in conjunction with The Children’s Heart Foundation, collected more than 200,000 hats that volunteers across the country knitted and crocheted. The hats were created in an effort to spread awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects, according to the AHA’s website. Little Hats, Big Hearts originated in Chicago in 2014 and has since spread to 40 states across the U.S.

In addition to Little Hats, Big Hearts, the AHA is taking part in a slew of other initiatives during American Heart Month, including community Heart Walks and informative presentations promoting heart health. Heart disease is the cause of approximately one in four deaths in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Educating people on the importance of a healthy diet and exercise is one of the best ways to combat the nation’s rate of heart disease.

The AHA offers a wide variety of actions people can take to help prevent heart disease.Primary care physicians and cardiologists can also help people who may be struggling to combat heart disease. Doctors are more likely to be able to offer advice tailored to each of their respective patients, given knowledge of their lifestyles.

For those who are looking to be a part of helping American hearts be as healthy they can be, physicians, cardiologists and doctors of all sorts need help running their facilities and practices. Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs, for short) are part of the support staffs that keep offices functioning like well-oiled machines.

At the present time and into the near future, there is and will be a demand for nurses in the labor force. Baby boomers will need increasing amounts of medical care for cardiovascular problems and other health issues as they continue to age. Coupled with this fact is that the number of people who have health insurance is at an all-time high.

Both of those factors and more contribute to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ projection that the number of licensed vocational and licensed practical nurses (LVNs and LPNs) employed will rise by 12 percent through 2026.

For those who are wondering what it takes to become an LVN, most employers require candidates to complete an accredited training course. Depending on the state, aspiring LVNs must also pass a certification test. A journey of one thousand miles begins with the very first step. That first step is choosing the right LVN program.

Discover the Summit LVN Difference

Receiving a quality education can set a future LVN’s career off on the right foot and even give a new LVN a leg up on their peers when looking for their first nursing job. Summit College’s Licensed Vocational Nursing program is one of the largest LVN programs in the state of California. Summit’s program is accredited by the California Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians.

Summit College offers both full-time and part-time enrollment in its LVN program, providing students flexibility to fit classes around their other life obligations. The full-time program offers classes during the day and can be completed in 12 months. The part-time program offers classes during evenings and weekends to accommodate students who work other jobs. Students in the part-time program complete it in 18 months. Summit College offers its Licensed Vocational Nursing program at its Colton Campus.

Summit College offers plentiful resources to its licensed vocational nursing students to help them prepare for the NCLEX. Such resources include full-time NCLEX tutors and NCLEX review classes, which are offered for free as part of enrollment in the program.

Summit College also offers students career assistance beyond acquiring their vocational nursing license, including resume help, mock interviews and externships. These resources can help aspiring LVNs take advantage of the bountiful market of entry-level healthcare jobs.

Licensed vocational nurses are able to help better the lives of patients. Discover the Summit Difference. Launch your rewarding LVN career today by visiting us at summitcollege.edu or by calling (888) 504-2552 to speak to one of our friendly representatives.