Friday, February 26, 2010

Miami Nursing Jobs Training

Those pursuing Miami nursing jobs can get some great training in their own backyard.

While there are several colleges and universities in Miami that offer nursing degrees, Miami Dade College and Florida International University are two of the largest schools. According to an article by, both schools offer extensive nursing programs.

Miami Dade College
is one of the largest schools in the country and has several campuses throughout the Miami area. Nursing degrees are earned through the School of Nursing, which is located at the college's Medical Center Campus.

Students can earn a Vocational Credit Certificate in Practical Nursing by successfully completing a one-year program that includes courses on the fundamentals of practical nursing, introductory healthcare and patient care. Graduates will be eligible to take the national examination to become a licensed practical nurse.

Students who want to become registered nurses can take the Associate of Science in Nursing program, which is available to beginners or LPNs hoping to advance. There also is an accelerated track for students who already have a bachelor's degree, but want to change to a nursing career.

The curriculum includes introductory and advanced courses in many fields of nursing, including pediatric, surgical, obstetrical and adult health.

Students with an Associate of Science degree and an RN license can take the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Prerequisites include anatomy and physiology, psychology, sociology, microbiology and nutrition. Some courses offered include community health nursing, nursing research and professional nursing theory.

Florida International University has the second-highest student population among all schools in Miami and is one of the 25 largest universities in the nation. The school's College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers undergraduate and nursing degree programs.

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program allows students to explore the foundations of clinical and professional nursing through classroom instruction and clinical experience. Students can choose a non-RN track, which will prepare them to take the national RN examination, or the RN track, which is for working RNs who want to complete their degree.

There also is a foreign-education physician track designed for students who have received a medical degree outside of the United States, but want to pursue a nursing degree.

The school's Master of Science in Nursing program allows students to choose a specific concentration, which may include adult health nursing, child health nursing, psychiatric nursing or nursing administration. The program focuses on management, research and advanced nursing practices.

Students who complete this program will be eligible for certification in a specialty area of nursing, such as anesthesiology or family health. Graduates can pursue careers as nurse practitioners, nursing administrators, nursing supervisors, healthcare managers or nurse educators.

Tucson City Jobs Created by Canning Company

A local food company's acquisition will help create more Tucson city jobs in the manufacturing industry.

Arizona Canning Co. recently announced that it has purchased "Luck's" brand from ConAgra Foods, an acquisition that will help create 40 new jobs at the Tucson-based food manufacturer's plant.

Positions will be available in production, maintenance, logistics, quality assurance and engineering. According to an article by the Arizona Daily Star, the company plans to fill the openings through external hires. Arizona Canning Co. currently employs 94 workers.

"We are continuing to look at how we can grow our business to fill out our capacity and the Luck's brand was part of an active search we were doing for brand acquisitions," Plant Manager Shane Gesbeck said.

The brand acquisition will leave Arizona Canning Co. responsible for selling and producing the Luck's brand, as well warehouse operations and fulfilling customer orders throughout the country.

Arizona Canning Co. plans to begin operating 24 hours per day, five days per week. The plant currently operates 24 hours per day, three and a half days per week.

Arizona Canning Co. manufactures canned food, including refried beans, whole beans and enchilada sauce, under licensed brands such as La Costena and SunVista. Luck's products include Luck's beans, Luck's fried apples and Luck's chicken and dumplings.

The Tucson area's manufacturing industry and economy as a whole, both of which have continued shedding jobs, could certainly use the additional positions.

The city's manufacturing industry employed 26,000 workers during December 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 26,200 workers during November and a 3.3 percent decrease from December 2008.

During December, Tucson's unemployment rate increased from 7.9 percent to 8 percent, following a decrease from 8.4 percent during November. Despite the increase, the city's rate was still lower than the national unemployment rate at the time of 10 percent, although that number has since declined to 9.7 percent.

Tucson had a total non-farm employment of 363,700 workers during December, which is down from 363,900 workers during November and a 3.7 percent decrease from December 2008.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Jobs in Ft Lauderdale Add to Worker Confidence

The availability of jobs in Ft Lauderdale and throughout the State of Florida is helping workers to become more confident.

The most recent Spherion Employment Report found that the Florida Employee Confidence Index increased by 5.9 points to 49.4 during December 2009. This is the highest level the index has reached during the last 12 months.

One of the reasons for the increase in confidence, the report found, is that fewer workers believe the economy is getting weaker. Specifically, only 27 percent of workers think the economy is getting weaker, which is a 17 percent decrease from November.

Another reason is that more workers are optimistic about job availability. About 60 percent of workers believe there are fewer jobs available, a decrease from the 81 percent who believed so during November.

During December 2009, the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach area's unemployment rate decreased from 10.2 percent to 10 percent, following an increase from 9.7 percent during November. That decrease places the area's rate even with the national unemployment rate at the time of 10 percent, although that rate has now decreased to 9.7 percent.

The Fort Lauderdale area had a total non-farm employment of 743,700 workers during December, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is up from 740,100 workers during November, but a 2.5 percent decrease from December 2008.

The Spherion report further found that about 59 percent of workers are confident in the future of their current employer, which is a 5 percent increase from the previous month.

"Although the economic recovery in Florida appears to be slightly behind other parts of the country, it is certainly encouraging to see an uptick in confidence among Florida workers as we begin the start of a new year," Paula Franco, branch manager for Spherion Staffing Services in Florida, said. "Our latest Florida Employee Confidence Index hints that many workers are feeling a renewed sense of optimism in the economic landscape and job market.

"Additionally, we are beginning to see the demand for temporary employment rise, which is a good sign that the start of an economic recovery is near," she continued. "We are advising job seekers to consider a temporary or contract assignment to get their foot in the door."

The Spherion Employment Report is conducted each month by Harris Interactive on behalf of Spherion Corporation.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Administrative Assistant Training

How do you become a secretary or administrative assistant?

Both of these positions are pretty much the same, but in order for you to secure a job, you must first undergo the proper administrative assistant training. Fortunately, the educational and training requirements are relatively minimal.

Word processing, writing and communication skills are essential for administrative assistants. However, employers are increasingly requiring extensive knowledge of computer software applications, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Most high school graduates with basic office skills will qualify for an entry-level administrative assistant position. Basic office skills can be gained through high school vocational education programs or one and two-year office administration programs offered by business and vocational technical schools and community colleges.

These basic skills can further be learned from virtual assistant training programs, which are usually available at community colleges and through specialized online businesses. Many temp agencies also offer formal training in computer and office skills.

While basic office skills may be enough to get you an entry-level administrative assistant job, employers are increasingly seeking candidates with a college degree. Because of that, your chances of finding employment may be better if you get a degree related to the business or industry in which you're seeking a job.

Once you have the amount of training you feel necessary, you can begin applying for jobs. Most administrative assistants acquire more advanced skills through on-the-job instruction and experience.

You also may be asked to participate in classes or online education programs to learn how to operate new office technologies. There are many promotion and advancement opportunities, depending on your chosen industry and skill level.

There are several professional organizations surrounding this occupation, including the International Association of Administrative Professionals, National Association of Legal Secretaries Inc., Legal Secretaries International Inc. and International Virtual Assistants Association.

There also are several different designations you can earn as an administrative assistant. The most prominent include Certified Professional Secretary and Certified Administrative Professional, both of which can be earned by meeting experience and educational requirements and passing an exam.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Atlanta Retail Jobs Benefit from Home Depot Layoffs

One company's decision to cut many positions will actually result in more Atlanta retail jobs.

Home Depot Inc.
, the number one home-improvement retailer in the nation, recently announced its plan to cut 1,000 jobs by shutting down three under-performing pilot stores and consolidating various back-end functions.

While this is bad news as a whole, it will result in more Atlanta retail jobs, as the company said it plans to add 200 positions in the city as part of its restructuring effort. The other layoffs are being made because Home Depot has slowed its store openings and no longer needs as many real estate or construction staff members.

According to MarketWatch, the three stores to be closed will affect about 100 employees. Those include a small-format store in Wilson, N.C., a temporary hurricane-recovery outlet in Waveland, Miss., and a clearance outlet in Austell, Ga.

The remaining 900 job cuts will come from the company's effort to consolidate its human resources, finance, real estate and construction functions. This includes centralizing the HR structure mostly to the Atlanta headquarters instead of having a field-team structure by districts.

"This is not a case of the company cutting expenses in reaction to broader economic pressures or our business performance," Chief Executive Frank Blake wrote in a memo to employees. "Rather, we are making prudent structural changes where it makes business sense to consolidate some functions."

Home Depot currently has more than 300,000 employees in 2,245 stores throughout the world, including 1,976 of which are in the United States.

State of Colorado Jobs Saved by ARRA

Thousands of State of Colorado jobs have been saved or preserved thanks to federal stimulus funding.

Gov. Bill Ritter recently announced that an effort to intensify the distribution of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to communities throughout Colorado helped to pay for more than 7,200 jobs during Q4 2009.

Those jobs, which were the equivalent of full-time positions, included those for: teachers in higher-education institutions; highway construction; science research; weatherization programs; and special education and other professional services at K-12 schools throughout the state.

"State agencies have been working with a sense of urgency to use Recovery Act funds quickly to support struggling families and to pay for jobs and infrastructure projects that will bring lasting benefits to communities across Colorado," Ritter said. "Moving forward, we will continue to make sure that the Recovery Act provides the maximum benefit to all Coloradans and helps our economy emerge stronger than ever."

Specifically, ARRA funds were used during Q4 2009 to:
  • Pay the salaries of nearly 1,700 full-time workers at the Sterling, Arkansas Valley and Fremont correctional facilities.
  • Pay the salaries of thousands of construction workers hired for 87 highway projects.
  • Pay for hundreds of special education teachers and professionals who help low-income, disabled and homeless students in K-12 schools.
  • Preserve nearly 3,400 full-time equivalent jobs throughout all public colleges and universities.
  • Create more than 170 full-time equivalent jobs to improve energy efficiency in low-income homes.

As of the end of last year, state agencies had spent $622 million - or 91 percent of the funding it has received so far - on 458 projects and funded 7,248.20 full-time equivalent jobs. In addition, hundreds of other businesses, nonprofits and local agencies throughout the state also are receiving ARRA grants, contracts and loans.

Colorado is expected to receive at least $6.7 billion in ARRA funds for more than 100 different programs, which include tax cuts for 1.8 million families, increased safety net benefits and infrastructure projects that are creating or saving thousands of jobs.