NEBOSH: For Health Education

Established in 1979, the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) is a UK examination board. The responsibility of the NEBOSH is to set the syllabuses and methods of assessment for vocational qualifications. The institute was founded as an examining and awarding body with charitable status. The job profile of this institution is to provide certificates and diplomas in health, safety and environmental matters.

However, NEBOSH has not been given either the mandate or the responsibility to provide courses per se, as its job profile is to set examinations and accredit other organizations that provide teaching in these fields. Considering that the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health courses and examinations are provided in as many as 65 countries, the area of operation of this institute is really large. As it covers 65 countries, NEBOSH is inundated with lots of work as making syllabuses and methods of assessment for all these centers really consumes lots of its time and energy.

When it was set up in 1979, NEBOSH was known as the National Safety Examinations Board. Later on it changed to NEBOSH. Richard Booth was the board’s first chairman. A year later, in 1980 the first NEBOSH approved examination was held for modules that included the Ordinary Level and Higher Level Certificate. The institute expanded its Diploma qualification subsequently. Twelve years after its foundation the institute was recognized as a limited company and registered as charity in 1992 and in 2000 was accredited by the QCA. The post-nominal’s qualification was introduced in 2001. As many as 100,000 General Certificates were awarded in 2006.

NABOSH awards the Health and Safety at Work Qualification. The certificate it gives includes (a)National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, (b)National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety, (c) National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management, (d) International General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health, (e) National Certificate in Environmental Management, (f) National Certificate in the Management of Health and Well-being at Work, (g) International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety, (h) International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety.

NEBOSH diplomas include: (a) National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, (b) International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, (c)) Diploma in Environmental Management.

More than 30,000 people get the NEBOSH qualification each year. As it operates in 65 countries, its qualifications are recognized globally. People from all walks of life, working in different types of industries and national as well as state government institutions take its examination in various courses provided by it. The advantage of its certificate level qualification is that it gives you a good foundation in health and safety and makes you more efficient managers, supervisors of your organization when you are leading a team.

Social Media Marketing Tips – How to Position Yourself As an Expert With Social Media

When it comes to utilizing Facebook as a business tool many users are simply unsure about marketing themselves and/or their business on Facebook and other social media websites.

Many fall into the old trap of going straight for the sale with posts along the lines of:

“Quick last one remaining”

“Sale on now, ends Sunday”

“Who wants a new widget?”

They forget that social media is about relationship first, business second. It’s kind of like the Japanese way of doing business. The Japanese are known for taking the time to get to know their business contacts, and then only if they like the person do they choose to do business together.

In the West, we’re all business. We want the fastest, easiest way to sell something to someone. And while that’s worked to date in traditional mediums such as TV, radio, newspapers and magazines, it’s a completely different ball game with social media.

So rather than falling into old habits and ways of marketing, it’s now time to open your mind to a new marketing paradigm; create a relationship first, build trust, have others spread the word for you, then leverage that to promote your products or services in a way that HELPS people to solve a problem.

Trying to shove products and services down people’s throats is old hat and frankly, people are onto it. They don’t want to be sold. Not by you at least, but they’re happy to be sold by their friends (who buy your products/services).

That’s how people want to buy now.

Think about the last advertising you did, was it an ad in a newspaper, TV, radio or magazine? How’d it go? How many responses did you get? Unless you’re a master copywriter, had a killer guarantee or an amazing value-add offer, I’m guessing you got little to no response.

So now the question becomes, how do I promote myself and/or my business using these new tools? How can I get social media marketing to work for me?

Let’s start with Facebook. Many people often wonder “what do I write as my status updates?” or “how do I get found’?”

And the best way to think about how you should use Facebook is to think of it like a networking group. You’ve probably been to networking functions before; I’m talking about the type of networking group that meets on a weekly basis to trade leads and share business tips and ideas.

So Facebook is like a networking group, on steroids!

Now imagine you go along to your local networking group each week, you sit there with your arms folded, you say little to nothing, you add no value, you give no leads, you are there to simply ‘get leads’, how successful do you think you’d be in that networking group? How long do you think you’d last? Not long, that’s for sure.

What if you turned up to Facebook everyday with the same attitude and the same approach, how successful do you think you’d be?

So the key to marketing yourself and your business on Facebook is to ADD VALUE. Think, “who can I help get more business?”, “who can I connect with (be friends with) that I can help, who can also help me at the same time?”

A quick start way to social media marketing is to form a power-team of three to four businesses that have the same target market as you, but who you don’t compete with on product or service. So if you’re a Naturopath, you’d form a power-team with a Gym, a Yoga teacher, a Pilates teacher, a Personal Trainer and perhaps a Health Food Store. Each of your customers are health and fitness conscious and you can meet regularly either on Facebook or in your local town to share business leads.

When you befriend these types of businesses, when you post something on your Facebook profile they’ll have that post display on their wall, so their friends (customers) will also see your posts. That’s where the relationship begins.

So, what to write on Facebook?

Only ever ADD VALUE with Facebook posts. I suggest keeping your personal profile and business profile separate, that way you’re weekend BBQ photos aren’t being sent around Facebook to your business contacts. Keep it professional.

In your posts you need to position yourself as an expert in your field. To do that, post things like tips, industry info, testimonials, short-cuts, interesting news and ways to help customers solve problems. So if you’re a Naturopath you’d write things such as nutritional tips, new super-foods, herbal remedies, de-stress tips, relaxation tools, ways to connect with nature, lifestyle advice, tips on how organs process vitamins and minerals, medicines to avoid etc etc.

So when someone is reading this information they think to themselves, “This person knows their stuff!”

That’s where you want to be. You’ve positioned yourself as an authority, a problem-solver, someone who can help them improve their life in some way, in this case, their health.

This is the way to approach social media marketing, and any other marketing for that matter. Be seen to be helping people though educating and informing them.

Once you have their trust, they’ll happily talk about you, recommend you and even actively promote you.

This same approach is the one to use across your entire social media marketing strategy. That includes Twitter and YouTube. Have you seen the YouTube videos from Blendtec? Their strategy was to demonstrate how powerful their food blenders were by blending just about anything. That included things as big as iPads. But what this did was EDUCATE their market (with a bit of fun) about how they could benefit by using their product. And it was extremely successful; their $400+ blenders flew off the shelves and became a YouTube phenomenon.

So as you’re planning how to build your business using social media marketing, always focus on what the prospect wants to hear from you, not what you want to tell them. Education, Inform and help your prospects and they’ll do the selling for you!

Educational Technology: Revolutionizing The Way We Learn

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The Rise of Educational Technology

In recent years, educational technology – or edtech – has taken the world by storm. From online learning platforms to virtual reality classrooms, the use of technology in education has transformed the way we learn. With the rise of edtech, students of all ages and backgrounds now have access to quality educational resources at their fingertips.

The Benefits of Edtech

One of the biggest advantages of edtech is its ability to make learning more accessible and convenient. With online courses and digital resources, students can learn at their own pace and on their own schedule. This flexibility is particularly beneficial for adult learners who may have work or family responsibilities. Edtech also offers a more interactive and engaging learning experience. With the use of gamification and immersive technologies like virtual reality, students can learn in a way that is fun and memorable. This helps to improve retention and understanding of complex concepts.

The Challenges of Edtech

While edtech has many benefits, it also presents some challenges. One of the biggest concerns is the digital divide – the gap between those who have access to technology and those who do not. This can create disparities in education and perpetuate inequality. Another challenge is the need for proper training and support for teachers and educators. As technology continues to evolve and new tools are introduced, it is important that educators are equipped with the skills and knowledge to effectively integrate edtech into their classrooms.

The Future of Edtech

As we look to the future, it is clear that edtech will continue to play a major role in education. With advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, personalized learning experiences will become even more common. This will allow for tailored instruction that meets the unique needs and learning styles of each individual student. In addition, edtech will continue to make learning more immersive and engaging. Virtual and augmented reality technologies will be used to create fully immersive learning experiences that allow students to explore and interact with complex concepts in a way that was not possible before.

Conclusion

In conclusion, edtech has revolutionized the way we learn and will continue to shape the future of education. While there are challenges to overcome, the benefits of edtech are clear. By leveraging technology, we can make education more accessible, engaging, and effective for students of all ages and backgrounds.

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Education: The Military’s First and Best Line of Defense

The idea now prevalent among some defense officials that formal classroom-based education is either expendable or unnecessary flies in the face of millennia of historical precedent. Brilliant strategists and military leaders not only tend to have had excellent educations, but most acknowledge the value and influence of their mentors. The roll call of the intellectual warriors is perhaps the best argument in support of training armies to think: Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, Robert E. Lee, Erwin Rommel, George Patton, Chester Nimitz.

In stark contrast we can cite familiar military leaders whose educations were, shall we say, lackluster: the Duke of Wellington (he beat Napoleon–barely–after a slugging 7-year campaign), Ulysses Grant, George Custer, Adolph Hitler, Hermann Goering, Josef Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Manuel Noriega. For these men, military victories were often a matter of luck over tactics, overwhelming force over innovative planning, and soldiers more fearful of their masters than of the enemy.

I am a moderate, neither “red” nor “blue,” with leanings in both camps. I firmly resist a draft, but support (and was once part of) ROTC. When I read that Columbia University had voted overwhelmingly to ban the Reserve Officer Training Corps from returning to the campus, I felt that the concept of academic freedom itself had been violated. It is not the university’s place to impose value judgments or decree on moral issues. Instead, universities were intended to be places where minds could visit among a broad range of viewpoints, hopefully to pick and choose the best parts from among them. By banning a campus ROTC contingent, Columbia has denied students that choice, and as an academic I am ashamed for them.

ROTC has much to offer university students, including (perhaps especially) those not enrolled as officer candidates. As a thirty-something graduate student working on my master’s degree, I enrolled and participated in two ROTC history classes being taught by a multi-decorated Marine colonel, himself a holder of a master’s degree in history. The things I learned about military implications of the battles we studied, the social effects of each decision, and the pains taken by most leaders to secure better materiel and intelligence for their troops far exceeded anything taught in the history department’s coverage of the same incidents. It was from that extraordinarily patriotic U.S. Marine career officer that I learned, for example, that during the War of 1812 the U.S. invaded Canada and, when it discovered it could not succeed, burned the national Parliament buildings. It was for that last action that British soldiers later pressed on to Washington and set fire to the U.S. Capitol and White House.

Does any of that make a difference? Indeed, I think it is crucial to national survival that soldiers and the public know the big picture behind events that become rallying cries later. After 9/11, a precious few people asked the loaded question, “what have we done to incur this attack?” The overwhelming response was to stifle such questions–the U.S. were the good guys, and those religious fanatics were angry because they were jealous of our luxury and wealth–and simply treat the attackers as nameless, inhuman enemies. There was no question allowed as to what the real problem might be, only that the U.S. must attack them and annihilate aggression. But what competent physician, I ask, treats only a symptom but ignores the cause of the disease? According to numerous studies commissioned by the UN and other agencies, the most important change that would most work towards eliminating poverty and war would be the universal access of women to an education.

We may “Remember the Alamo,” but how many recall that Texas was neither part of the U.S. then, nor was it trying to become a state. It was seeking independence as a nation so it could maintain slavery, which Mexico had outlawed. When we “Remember the Maine,” do we also recall that the ship probably was sunk by an engineering problem, and not from Spanish sabotage? That the war was pushed by U.S. hawks and newspaper magnate William Randolph Hurst, knowing that a war would greatly boost newspaper sales? We must learn from history, because we are already doomed to repeating it. The 9/11 attack was carried out predominantly by Saudi Arabians, but the U.S. response was to attack Iraq. Despite a preponderance of evidence that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, the American public still preferred the fabrications about anthrax attacks, WMDs, and terrorist training camps.

So what of military plans to merely enlarge the distance learning programs to replace classroom instruction? As a career teacher, I risk sounding like a ludite when I disparage distance learning. In my experience, there can be no substitute for a human-to-human interaction, where ideas can be immediately seized, argued, and revised. Seeing the emotional expression of classmates when one discusses controversies ranging from “just wars” to the use of nuclear weapons to the pros and cons of a given policy simply cannot be part of an electronic lesson. There is simply no substitute, for example, to having a combat veteran point out “I was there” in a class when another student has presented the sanitized version of a controversial event. That level of emotion will not come through a cable modem. We are already becoming extremely dependent upon the impersonal Internet, so how much more non-human contact can possibly be good for our psychological, especially empathic, development.

Historically, one of the first casualties of war–after truth and diversity of opinion–is basic humanity. In wars, our soldiers do not kill Germans, French, British, Indians, Japanese, or Vietnamese people. Almost from the beginning, they instead fight krauts, frogs, limeys, savages, nips, or gooks. How much more difficult is it for a poorly educated soldier to understand the enemy when the enemy has been made subhuman? How, ultimately, can the war be won and, more important, peace maintained if we cannot understand (but not necessarily agree with) the enemy?
It is unfortunate that the senior military officers so often bear the brunt of public hostility for actions made by civilian authorities. The present administration is among the most academically impoverished in U.S. history, while the senior officers are among the most highly educated. While it is true that some soldiers actually enjoy combat, the vast majority would welcome, nay embrace, a career of unbroken peace. The intelligent career soldier trains to protect that which he or she most values, knowing that wars are inevitable. Most pray that they need never fight, but stand ready to put their lives on the line should the rest of us need protection. Rather than reduce, compromise, or restrict education to these defenders, I would argue instead that they all receive free access to our universities and colleges. The academic world needs to get behind a unified message: education is not a privilege; it is the first and best line of defense.

A Brief History of Nursing Education

When people think of the history of nursing education many immediately think of Florence Nightingale. However, nursing goes back even further than that. In fact, during the 18th century a slave named James Derham was able to buy his own freedom from the money he earned as a nurse. Nobody knew back then that a nursing education could be obtained in any other way than simply hands on through an apprenticeship. But, today there are many ways to study and learn more about nursing. Great examples of these are online nursing education and nursing continuing education.

But, it took a long time for these nursing programs to develop. And, they are descendents of the first nursing program that was established in the 1850s in London. Japan’s first nursing institute was established in 1885 and the first nursing institute for blacks in the United States followed the next year. The field of nursing was growing rapidly with the influences of individuals like Florence Nightingale and Claray Barton who established the Red Cross.

In the late 1800s the idea of visiting nursing was established by Lillian Wald and she began teaching a home nursing class. The American Nurses Association held its first meeting and the topics discussed helped further nursing education. Nurses began to be regulated on a national basis by New Zealand in 1901 and then other countries around the world began to follow suit.

The first nursing education that was established in the United States on the basis of education rather than the needs of hospitals was at Yale University in 1923. The Yale School of Nursing had its own curriculum and students were required to meet the educational standards of the university in order to graduate. This really set the stage for the future of education and since then universities across the nation have developed nursing programs of their own. Then, in the 1950s Colombia University offered a master’s in nursing and was the first university to do so. This really changed the nursing environment and allowed for nursing continuing education and nurses to grow in their chosen profession.

Now, more than 80 years later, a nursing education is available at college campuses, via online courses, and even through nursing continuing education. Men and women who want to become nurses can do so around their schedule and take advantage of all the study options for this amazing profession. There are many choices when it comes to an online nursing education and prospective nurses should really compare all of the programs to ensure they are studying from the best online university and are learning as much about nursing as possible.

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