What is Diwali

[The Immigrant Review] What is Diwali?

Also known as the festival of lights. Diwali is an annual Indian festival celebrated by an estimated 800 million to 1 billion Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Newar Buddhists worldwide.

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Key Takeaways About Diwali

The festival is observed for five consecutive days.

  • Diwali dates for the year are based on the Hindu lunar calendar and it typically falls within October to November.
  • Day 3 is considered the main Diwali festival day.
  • Day 1 is “Dhanteras” which means “wealth and 13th day” in Sanskrit. Some reserve the purchase of expensive items for this auspicious day.
  • American Indians are affiliated with a variety of faiths and ~10% are unaffiliated.

Festival Overview

  • Day One – Dhanteras
    • Means “wealth and 13th day” in Sanskrit.
  • Day Two – Naraka Chaturdashi
    • A day to eliminate idleness and evil.
  • Day Three – Lakshmi Puja
    • Welcomes Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune and prosperity
  • Day Four – Govardhan Puja
    • Honors Lord Krishna and his defeat of the god Indra.
  • Day Five – Bhai Dooj
    • Celebrates the strong bond between sisters and brothers.

Interesting Facts

  • Hinduism
    • Is one of the oldest world religion. Principles and practices are based on the Vedas and Upanishads.
    • Did you know? “Hindu” was derived from a Persian word that describes “the people living east of the Indus river”.
  • Hindus
    • Considers all religion to be equal but with different paths to reaching the same goals.
    • Did you know? Ancient practitioners of Hinduism had no name for their religion. The term appeared around 518 BC.
  • The Hindu
    • Nationalist movement went mainstream in 1923 with an influential pamphlet titled “Hindutva: Who is Hindu?”
    • Did you know? The Hindu Marriage Act of 1955 applies to all who is not Muslim, Christian, Parsee or Jew.

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References

Asian Americans: A Mosaic of Faiths. (2019). Retrieved 17 November 2019, from https://www.pewforum.org/2012/07/19/asian-americans-a-mosaic-of-faiths-overview/

Vohra, Ashok. (2014). Hinduism.pdf. The Religious Other Hostility, Hospitality, and the Hope of Human Flourishing Edited by Alon Goshen-Gottstein, LEXINGTON BOOKS Lanham • Boulder • New York • London. 99-115.

Hinduism. Pluralism Project at Harvard University, Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School; 2015.

A Luncheon on Welcoming Diversity With Catholic Sisters

The Conference of Religious Leadership Diocese of Cleveland and Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland held a fabulous luncheon on Diversity. Enjoyed conversations on how to model multiculturalism with Catholic Sisters in the Ohio area. Sister Teresa Maya’s talk challenged listeners to re-evaluate assimilationist models that minimize those that are different. She also encouraged the audience with practical steps on how we could welcome diversity and create a community for all.

MyJobShine at WorldSquare

Pictures of MyJobShine at Pittsburgh’s WorldSquare 2019. The Pittsburgh downtown area known as The Square is transformed with ethnic music, live entertainment, prepared foods, and handcrafted items to celebrate the immigrant community. The office of Mayor William Peduto designed the event to cultivate a spirit of diversity and inclusion.

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Nursing Career Path

A Profession for Medical Care Takers: Career Path for Nurses

A survey conducted by Nursing.org of 470 nursing professionals concluded that a nurse’s education has a big impact on their career paths. Nurses holding an associate degree in nursing (ADN), a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), a master of science in nursing (MSN) or a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) reported the wish to have pursued more education earlier in their careers.

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Registered Nurse 10-Year Job Outlook

Jobs in the nursing career path are growing faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for nursing professionals is projected to increase by 15% from 2016 to 2026, adding about 438,100 new jobs (U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018). Competition for the registered nurse role is low due to two key factors. The ageing baby boom generations demand more medical care and are living much longer. The average 65-year-old today can expect to live to 84 years which is almost 5 years longer than a 65-year-old in 1960. A second factor is the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis projection that nearly a million RNs older than 50 years are at or near retirement. Although 438,100 new jobs are expected by 2026, there is going to be a shortage of experienced nurses.
The HRSA, Health Resources and Services Administration, define nurses as professionals that perform a variety of patient care duties and are critical to the delivery of healthcare services. According to the United States’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, nurses are typically expected to perform these duties:

  • Assess patients’ conditions
  • Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries

Nursing Career Path: Job Titles & Possible Employers

Nursing job titles are related to the tasks and the expected service the role deliver. Johnson and Johnson approximate 104 areas a prospective nurse could specialize in. The lists below are examples, and it does not cover all possible jobs.

Typical job titles defined by Johnson and Johnson are:

  • Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse
  • Burn Care Nurse
  • Certified Nurse Midwife
  • Critical Care Nurse

Typical areas of specialties as described by Nursing.org are:

  • Medical/ Surgical
  • Home Health
  • Travel Nursing
  • Geriatric

A brief review of jobs posted on Career Builder, a popular job board, exemplified the type of candidate employers are seeking. Listed below is our review of job posts to give you an idea of the type of job candidates employers are looking to hire.

VA Medical Center

Seeking a “Registered Nurse- Long Term Care”
  1. Job Location –Martinsburg, West Virginia
  2. Salary – $56,338
  3. Experience – ≥ 3 years
  4. Education –  An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, Bachelor’s degree in a related field, Master’s degree in nursing or related field with BSN
  5. Role Description – Duties will include but are not limited to performing comprehensive, multifaceted assessments and offering complex therapeutic nursing care to the population of long-term care patients. They will also be responsible for performing as a team leader, assessing, evaluating, planning and providing direct nursing care to the patient with specialized and diverse long-term care medical needs. Responsibilities also include administering and documenting medications, monitoring IV therapy and participating in patient care conferences.
  6. Top 3 skills needed
    1. Emotional stability under stress
    2. Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
    3. Familiarity with medical software and equipment

General Healthcare Resources

Seeking an “Oncology Infusion Nurse (RN)”
  1. Job Location – Chicago, Illinois
  2. Salary – $55,000 – $85,000
  3. Experience – ≥ 1-year Oncology and Infusion RN
  4. Education – Bachelor of Science in Nursing or successful completion of a Registered Nurse program from an accredited School of Nursing
  5. Role Description – Prepare for the arrival of patients to the surgery center by ensuring that proper supplies and equipment are available. Review the patient chart and health history to assure that the necessary pre-operative evaluations have been completed.

Merraine Group Inc

 Seeking a “Nurse Manager OR (Operating Room)”
  1. Job location – Durango, Colorado
  2. Salary – $100,000 – $130,000
  3. Experience – ≥ 3 years
  4. Education – BSN is preferred, but not required. CNOR preferred.
  5. Role description – Supervises 35 FTEs and reports to O.R. Director. This Manager will solely manage the Operating Room which has 8 O.R. suites and currently sees 4,500+ patients annually. The position will lead and promote staff education and career development.
  6. Top 3 skills needed
    1. Leadership experience in OR
    2. Ability to supervise other full-time employees
    3. Creating training materials to educate team members

What you Need to Advance in Your Nursing Career

As a professional, you bring with you a variety of skills that translate into the core competencies required for nursing. Choosing your degree program is an important step because every nursing job requires some level of credentials.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

You provide basic nursing care to patients while working under the supervision of a registered nurse or a doctor. Your tasks may include bathing and dressing patients, Caring for and feeding infants, assemble, use, and clean certain medical equipment, and updating nurses and doctors on patient’s status.

  • Years in School – 1 Year
  • Average Tuition Cost
    • Tuition – $5,000 – $15,000
    • Exam Cost – NCLEX-PN Exam costs $200 and PAX-PN cost is $60- $100
    • Books – $300 – $1,000
    • Supplies – $100 – $200
  • Testing and Licensing
    • National League for Nursing Pre-Admissions Examination (PAX-PN) is a 3-hour test for entry into an LPN training.
    • National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) is a state required 5-hour exam to obtain the LPN license.
  • Median Annual Salary – $45,030
  • Advantages
    • The time from education, licensure to employment is relatively short. Less than 2 years.
  • Limitations
    • Lack of Authority – LPNs must answer to someone from above in the medical profession chain (e.g. registered nurses and doctors). In some states, LPNs are not permitted to start intravenous drips or give patients drugs.
    • Physical Demand – The physical demand in this career path is medium (50 lbs.) to high (100 lbs.). LPNs are expected to lift patients for transfers or after falls.
    • Limited Job Opportunities – Cannot provide acute care, the role is limited to basic care tasks
    • Low Income Potential – An LPN will earn on average $24,970 less annually than a registered nurse
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
  • Years in School – 2-3 years
  • Average Tuition Cost
    • Tuition – $5,000 – $19,000
    • Exam Cost – NCLEX-RN Exam costs $200
    • Books & Supplies – $300 – $1,800
  • Testing and Licensing
    •  NCLEX-RN
  • Median Annual Salary – $44, 000 – $65,000
  • Advantages
    • Qualified for an entry-level position in nursing and could use tuition reimbursement programs to earn higher degrees.
    • Educational credits are transferable to BSN programs.
    • ASN to MSN programs available
  • Disadvantages
    • A BSN degree is more competitive and is in higher demand
    • Specialization in nursing areas is limited
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Years in School – 3-4 years
  • Average Tuition cost per Chamberlain College of Nursing
    • Tuition – $82,350
    • Exam Cost – NCLEX-RN Exam costs $200
    • Books & Supplies – $900
  • Testing and Licensing
    • NCLEX-RN
  • Median Annual Salary –$69,000 – $80,000
  • Advantages
    • BSN have more options to become a nurse educator, a public health nurse, or to focus on specific age groups or disease types.
    • BSN holders are in high demand
    • BSN to MSN programs available
  • Disadvantages
    • A BSN degree is expensive and takes a few years to complete
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Years in School – 2 years
  • Average Tuition cost per Chamberlain College of Nursing
    • Tuition – $23, 400
    • Exam Cost – N/A
    • Books & Supplies – $900
  • Testing and Licensing
    • N/A
  • Median Annual Salary –$75, 000 – $109,000 (PayScale)
  • Advantages
    • Employee tuition reimbursement programs available to cover costs
    • Options to specialize in many areas
    • Deeper knowledge in the area of speciality
    • Better pay
    • A door to teaching opportunities
  • Disadvantages
    • An MSN degree program is challenging. It requires the time commitment to studying and meeting clinical requirements.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Doctor of Nursing (ND), Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc), or Doctor of Nursing Philosophy (PhD)
  • Years in School – 3-4 years
  • Average Tuition cost per Chamberlain College of Nursing
    • Tuition – $30,000
    • Exam Cost – N/A
    • Books & Supplies – $900
  • Testing and Licensing
    • N/A
  • Median Annual Salary –$103,880
  • Advantages
    • Diagnose and treat illness, independently as a private practice or as part of a healthcare team.
    • Higher salary
    • The highest level of proficiency in nursing
  • Disadvantages
    • Tuition cost for top program providers is high. For example, Duke university cost for the program is approximately $100,000.

Ways to Pay for Nursing Education

Are You Ready for A Career in Nursing?

Table 1: Education – Schools, Majors, and Degrees
Table 2: Education – Typical Certifications
Table 3: Nursing Careers and Pay
Nursing: Occupational Outlook Handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2018)
Table 4: Nursing – High Demand Sectors
Table 5 – Demand for Registered Nurses by Region: 2015-2030

For a complete list by state, see page 9.

References

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Nursing Jobs Plus. 2018. Registered Nurse- Long Term Care- CLC-A. [ONLINE] Available at: http://nursingjobs.careers.adicio.com/jobs/registered-nurse-long-term-care-clc-a-martinsburg-wv-108133357-d?utm_campaign=google_jobs_apply&utm_source=google_jobs_apply&utm_medium=organic. [Accessed 7 July 2018].

Monster. 2018. Registered Nurse at Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc. Butler, PA 16001. [ONLINE] Available at: https://job-openings.monster.com/Registered-Nurse-Butler-PA-US-Southwestern-Pennsylvania-Human-Services-Inc/11/197502755?utm_campaign=google_jobs_apply&utm_source=google_jobs_apply&utm_medium=organic. [Accessed 7 July 2018].

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A Profession for Problem Solvers: Career Path for Business Analysts

A Profession for Problem Solvers: Career Path for Business Analysts

Talents are naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling or behavior that can be productively applied to achieve a nearly-perfect performance of a given activity (Bobkowska,2016). A talented individual who wants to make an outstanding positive impact as a business analyst needs a clear vision for their career path and the means; experience and core competencies, to get there.

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Business Analysts 10-Year Job Outlook

Jobs in the business/management analysis career path are growing faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for business analysis professionals is projected to grow 14% from 2016 to 2026, adding about 115,200 new jobs (U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018). Competition for the business analyst role is fierce due to an attractive high earning potential. It is for this reason that U.S. News Money awarded it the 75th position in 2018 best 100 jobs and ranked it #16 in best business jobs. The IIBA, International Institute of Business Analysis, define a business/management analysts as any person who performs business analysis activities, regardless of job title or organizational role. Business analysis is the set of the tool used to define an organization’s capability and goals to deliver products and services to external and internal stakeholders.

Business Analysis: Job Titles & Possible Employers

Business analysts job titles are related to the tasks and the expected products the role deliver. The lists below are examples, and it does not cover all possible jobs. Typical job titles defined by IBM Rational Unified Process (IBM RUP) are:

  • Business architect
  • Business designer
  • Business process analyst
  • Stakeholder and System analyst

Typical job titles as described by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) are:

  • Business analyst
  • Enterprise analyst
  • Systems analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Product owner
  • Product manager

A brief review of jobs posted on Career Builder, a popular job board, exemplified the type of candidate employers are seeking. Listed below is our review of job posts to give you an idea of the type of job candidates employers are looking to hire.

North Texas Specialty Physicians

Seeking a “Business Analyst”
  1. Job Location – Fort Worth, Tx
  2. Salary – $68,000 to $80,000
  3. Experience – ≥ 2 years
  4. Education –  Bachelors in Information Systems, Business Administration, Health Care Informatics
  5. Role Description – Healthcare Information Technology
  6. Top 3 skills needed
    1. Healthcare claims data analysis
    2. Report development tools (g., SQL, SSRS)
    3. Business requirements framing and process improvement

Mattamy Homes

Seeking a “Business Analyst”
  1. Job Location – Orlando, Florida
  2. Salary – not provided
  3. Experience – ≥ 3 years
  4. Education – Bachelors in business administration, computer science
  5. Role Description – Construction, Accounting, Finance
  6. Top 3 skills needed
    1. Home building business functions (g., land acquisition, development, planning, inventory management)
    2. Project management
    3. Financial application software (ERP suites, CRM systems, JD Edwards Enterprise One)

Hunter Technical (IT Staffing and Recruiting Agency)

 Seeking a “Sr. Business Analyst/Project Coordinator” on behalf of a Confidential Client
  1. Job location – Coppell, Texas
  2. Salary – $90,000
  3. Experience – ≥ 5 years
  4. Education – Bachelors in computer science, informatics, or business
  5. Role description – Computer Software Information Technology
  6. Top 3 skills needed
    1. Business analysis (g., requirement definition, build systems solutions, change management)
    2. Software Development (g., life cycle, programming, SQL, Visual Basic, Visio, MS office)
    3. Written & verbal communication, detail oriented and organization skills.

What you Need to Succeed as a Business Analyst

As a professional, you bring with you a variety of skills that translate into the core competencies required for business analysis. These skills are classified by the proficiency levels listed below.

  • Beginner (B)– only has a textbook understanding and needs frequent assistance and works under close supervision.
  • Advanced Beginner (AB) – has limited practical experience and can identify complex issues but with minimal ability to resolve it.
  • Intermediate (I) –has a functional knowledge of business analysis and can resolve complex issues with minimal supervision.
  • Advanced (A) –has an in-depth understanding of business analysis principles to consult or lead others in how and when to apply guidelines.
  • Expert (E) – has an authoritative and in-depth understanding of business analysis; can modify standards and develop new and innovative approaches to deal with atypical situations.

The IIBA has identified several competency indicators that if practiced, could take a business analyst’s career from the beginner level (e.g., Business Analyst I) to Expert (e.g., Business Architect).

Ways to Advance in your Business Analysis Career

Get ahead in your career by gaining skills in the areas listed below. A Business Analyst I, proficiency level might look like this:

  1. Requirements management and communication – Advanced Beginner (AB)
  2. Requirement analysis – Beginner (B)
  3. Solution assessment and validation – Beginner (B)

Get ahead in your career by gaining skills in the six areas listed below. A Sr. Business Analyst proficiency in these six skill areas might look like this:

  1. Business analysis planning and monitoring – Advanced (A)
  2. Elicitation – Intermediate (I)
  3. Enterprise analysis – Intermediate (I)
  4. Requirements management and communication – Advanced (A)
  5. Requirement analysis – Advanced (A)
  6. Solution assessment and validation – Advanced (A)

  Advancing in your career requires an intentional and thoughtful plan that focuses on the six competency areas laid out by the IIBA’s competency model. Other certifying entities’ competency model might be suitable, as long as the intent of the skillsets leads you from your current state to your dream job.

Are You Ready for A Career in Business Analysis?

Table 1: Education – Schools, Majors, and Degrees
Table 2: Education – Typical Certifications
Table 3: Business Analysis Careers and Pay
Management Analysts: Occupational Outlook Handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2018)
Table 4: Business Analyst: High Demand Sectors

References

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