Thanksgiving is here. Finally, we get a day off of work to relax, spend time with family, and other wonderful things that don’t include work (hopefully). Thanksgiving really kicks off the holiday season; sparking a rise in quality family time, lawn decorations and hot cider. Hot apple cider makes everything feel right, doesn’t it? When you hear “Happy Holidays,” does your mind immediately race to Christmas, Hanukah, etc. and skip over Thanksgiving? Or if you do think of Thanksgiving, are you considering it more than a time to pile your plate with as much food than it ever dreamed of holding? Hopefully this blog will encourage you to think of Thanksgiving as more. Buckle up, you are about to get hit hard with some Thanksgiving Trivia.
A Pie Chart of Pie
Eat desert first, you may not get to it later
Today’s dishes served on Thanksgiving Day are a bit different from the original Thanksgiving feast. Wall, a culinarian at Plimoth Plantation, claims that “little is known about exactly what was at the first feast. We do know that the Wampanoag Native American tribe brought five deer and some maize, served similarly grits” — a modern day Southern favorite. As far as we know, the colonists were able to contribute wild fowl (geese, pigeons, quail, duck, etc.) to the feast. The deer and fowl were most likely accompanied with fish, mussels, eels, shorebirds, and nuts; as well as vegetables such as pumpkins, squash, carrots, and peas. The sweets we all know and love today were not present due to the colonists’ shortened sugar supply quickly diminishing from the grueling seaward journey.
Thanksgiving has had many years to transform into what we traditionally consider it. Today’s average family will tend to serve turkey, cranberry, dressing, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin pie.
To give you an idea of how popular a dish turkey has become, let’s talk numbers. The National Turkey Federation (NTF) estimated last year that the average weight of a turkey bought for Thanksgiving was 15 pounds. This brings the whopping total poundage of turkey sold for Thanksgiving day to 675 million pounds! This is equivalent to 45,000 elephants weighing 15,000 a pop. Or it is the same as 168,750 cars weighting 2 tons a piece. Now, that’s a lot of turkey!
Go Forth. Eat. And be merry.
CE Broker wishes you and your families the happiest of Thanksgivings! If you want to browse more on Thanksgiving facts to wow your families with at the dinner table, be sure to check out these posts:
- Guinness World Records- Thanksgiving edition
- Bloomberg weighs in on what professions work the most on Thanksgiving
- Avoid touchy subjects amongst family- Huffington Post
- Thanksgivukkah- A once in a lifetime event. What is it?
- Health Tips from the Herald Sun
First, let’s pinpoint exactly where the word “Freemium” came from. “Freemium” stems from the free + premium word sandwich. It embraces the idea that upon signing up for an account, you have access to basic services and products for free. What’s the catch, you ask? There is none. Basically, the notion is that you should be able to use a base set of services for free. These companies create revenue when you decide that the basic account is great, but opt to pay for the cherry on top services provided by the premium account.
A tricky part for these “freemium” companies is to make sure that the enhanced, premium version is worth the upgrade fee. If you aren’t benefitting from what is offered, why would you be compelled to dole out any of your hard earned cash? That’s why companies like Evernote, CE Broker and others are doing all they can to make their services worthy of your spent money.
For example: Phil Libin, a pioneer of Freemium and CEO of Evernote, states in an interview with Techcrunch how important it is to “design for yourself and love what you do.” Libin goes on to explain that if you are not confident that the free services beneficial to users, there is no point in even offering a premium option. It wouldn’t be worth the upgrade.
So What? What’s it Matter to Me?
It’s possible that you are using these services already. For instance, maybe you jam out to your favorite tunes on Spotify in your free time. Perhaps you find the convenient cloud-based storage system of Dropbox to be your answer to on-the-go access. Maybe your small business finds the cloud-based accounting solutions of FreshBooks handy. Whatever online service you may use, you will find that they all have some common ground. You can opt to use the free, bare minimum service and still benefit with the basics. OR you can pay for the premium services, allowing commercial-free radio play at Spotify, extra storage at Dropbox and more tools for personal organization with Evernote.
It’s a no brainer to sign up for these free services, but how do you justify paying for the premium accounts? The perceived benefits must outweigh the perceived barriers for that premium sign up to happen. That’s why these companies are going above and beyond to make their premium services worth your while.
Let’s say you are an avid coffee drinker and look forward to getting your morning fuel at a local coffee shop before work. In all honesty, who doesn’t need a little pick me up in the form of a warm, fresh mug of Joe before beginning a long and involved workday? On average, that small cup of coffee is going to cost you around $1.50. If you spend $1.50 per cup of coffee 5 days a week for an entire month, you are looking at burning a $30 hole in your pocket. That $30 that was spent on coffee is the same amount of money that our Professional Account at CE Broker would cost for a whole year.
Time to Benefit
If you are reading this blog, chances are you that you are already either a Basic or Professional Account user with CE Broker. The whole idea behind our business at CE Broker is to make sure that all of our users are satisfied. We do our best at CE Broker to offer you the most bang for your buck. If you find that our Basic Account is just what you need, that’s terrific! If you are looking for something more, our Professional Account may be the next step. Either way, we are constantly looking to add new features and expand our service level to provide everything you need to be compliant at renewal. If we aren’t making your licensure renewal and continuing education process as streamlined and simple as possible, then we aren’t doing our job correctly. If there is anything CE Broker can do to make your licensure renewal easier, we are always open to suggestions for improvement!
Want to hear more?
CE Broker is looking for a few friendly support center representatives for part time positions in our Jacksonville, Florida office.
You’ll be speaking to doctors, nurses, pharmacists, instructors, and all other sorts of healthcare professionals via phone, livechat, and email. They’ll depend on you to help them access and manage information that allows them to stay licensed and certified. And they’ll need you to listen and be extremely pleasant – they deserve it!
In addition to taking care of inbound customer requests, you’ll have a chance to craft FAQs, blog posts, and other helpful documentation. You must be a great writer!
Our Jacksonville headquarters features a very laid-back environment with a solid opportunity for growth. Our state contract manager, quality control manager, and many others joined us as support center representatives. We offer $12/hour starting pay and excellent benefits. The ideal candidate would be available anytime between 8AM-5PM EST Monday – Wednesday, and will probably work an average of 25 hours/week.
With your application, we’d like you to submit a cover sheet that answers a couple of questions. Please answer these as if you were replying to a customer’s request.
1. This is my first year as a nurse in the state of Florida. What’s the difference between a basic and a professional account?
2. How can I get in contact with you? Your phone center is only open from 8AM-5PM and I work night shifts!
If you think you’ve got all the right stuff for this position, please submit a cover sheet and resume at http://cebroker.theresumator.com/apply/TAPFSk/Support-Center-Representative.html?source=blog. We look forward to hearing from you!
We want to simplify some of the things that occupy your time as a healthcare professional. To that end, we have added a new feature for our professional subscribers – heart card status tracking! You’ll find this feature at the bottom left corner of your dashboard.
This licensee has chosen to add CPR and PALS to her tracking window. To add your own certification, you’ll need to click “Add/Update Certification.”
You’ll be taken to an overview of your certifications. As you can see at the top, you’ll be notified 120, 90, 60, 30, and 15 days before these expire, so you’ll have ample time to renew. You can add a new certification by clicking the big “+ Add Certification” at the bottom left.
Here, our licensee is adding a BLS certification. However, you can use this feature to track literally whatever you want. If you’d like, you can attach a copy of the documentation associated with the certification so that you can keep track of your records online. Go paperless!
We’re constantly looking for more ways to simplify and keep track of the things that matter to you. Do you have any suggestions for additional features you’d like to see, or questions about heart card status tracking? Send us an email at email@example.com!
Pharmacist renewal ends September 30th!
Many Florida licensees have asked us about the difference between CE Broker and CPE Monitor, and why the two aren’t connected. CPE Monitor is the NABP’s CE tracking service. It simply tells you what courses you’ve taken from a certain date range. CE Broker is the official compliance tracking system for the Florida Department of Health, which means that we actually calculate your progress towards completing your CE requirements. CE Broker Professional Account subscribers can see a compliance transcript that clearly breaks down the Department of Health’s CE rules for renewal, while showing exactly what CE is still outstanding for your individual license. Additional benefits include access to a full suite of compliance tools, such as paperless cloud storage of documents and CE notifications.
While the NABP unfortunately does not share data with us, we have developed a way for pharmacists to report all of the courses on an NABP Activity Transcript in a simple process rather than having to submit each entry individually. Here’s how:
1. Log into your CE Broker account and hover your cursor over “My Records.” Select “Report Continuing Education” from the dropdown options. You’ll want to select the first option on the list – “Report Multiple Courses (except Medication Errors or HIV/AIDS) Using NABP Activity Transcript.”
2. You’ll be taken to a Course Detail screen. You’ll need to make separate submissions for each Course Type selection, so you might have to complete this process more than once. In the example below, 24 hours are reported for Anytime, Computer-Based Training. The date you enter here is the date of the last course you took on this Activity Transcript. Note: Be sure that you are submitting based off of a transcript that only includes CE taken in the current biennium.
3. Next, we have to ask you a couple of questions. Once you’ve answered those, you’ll be instructed to either attach a document (most popular option) or fax it. After you attach a document or select to fax a document, you’ll be taken to an attestation page. If your submission isn’t fraudulent, hit “Submit Now,” and…you’re finished!
You can view this submission by hovering your cursor over “My Records” and selecting “Course History.”
Do you have any questions about this process? We want to hear your feedback! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you up-to-date with the news in the compliance world? The Florida Board of Nursing and the Florida Board of Respiratory Care have recently changed their rules to require hours on the topic of laws and rules that govern the practices of those professions. We’ve included links to their websites for your convenience:
What else could change between now and 2015? You may feel that you were on top of things for the most recent license renewal, but are you able to fit the tracking of regulatory changes into your already busy schedule?
You don’t have to! Professional subscribers to CE Broker will enjoy the benefits of a consistently updated transcript that displays how close you are to fulfilling each requirement. We’ll let you know of any changes as soon as your board implements them!
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We launched a new feature to help you spread the word about our great service. You can now invite friends to try CE Broker by emailing, posting to Facebook, or tweeting a customizable message about the Professional Account. And here’s the good news: After you share three times, we will give you a promo code so you can save 10% off of your future subscriptions. We may adjust or increase the reward for sharing in the future (enter your name in drawings, etc.) so stay tuned!
Just log into your account and click “Invite a Friend.” Thank you from everyone at CE Broker for your continued support!
CE Broker, the official continuing education (CE) tracking system for the FL Department of Health, has added an additional State Board to its growing list of partners.
The Ohio Board of Speech-Language [SL] Pathology and Audiology has chosen CE Broker as its official continuing education tracking system. Launched on February 1st, 2013, CE Broker now tracks all continuing education activities for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in Ohio. The Board will then review licensee records in CE Broker to confirm compliance with its continuing education rules.
Ohio S.L. Pathologists and Audiologists can also use CE Broker to monitor their continuing education requirements and demonstrate CE compliance prior to renewing their professional licenses. CE Broker already serves 1,000,000 licensed healthcare professionals in Florida, nurses in the District of Columbia, psychologists in Wyoming, and now S.L. Pathologists and Audiologists in Ohio. The company provides its services at no-cost to State regulating agencies and funds itself with optional subscription services to the individual licensees and to healthcare employers.
“We believe compliance should be easy. This means simplifying the impact of regulation with innovative web-based technologies” says CEO, Brian Solano of CE Broker, “Our model has been successful in Florida and I am confident that it will work for Ohio as well.” CE Broker is currently looking for more state regulating agencies and national Boards who are interested in electronic tracking of continuing education activities. Visit CEBroker.com to learn more.
New and improved update to our Course History. You can now attach any and all certificates to the courses listed in your History – no questions asked. Prior, only courses you self-reported would have an attached document, but now you can attach documents to courses posted by educational providers. Never worry about losing a certificate again.
How it works:
Go to your Course History (CEBroker.com) and locate the icons in the right column. The Paper Clip image indicates where you are able to attach a certificate for digital storage.
(The icon with the red “X” indicates a course that has been self-reported – by you – but we have not received the documentation yet. If you faxed it, it could take up to 24 hours for us to receive it.)
Click on the paper clip and you’ll be able to attach your certificate. This is especially useful if you have a national certification in addition to your Florida license. We hope you like it.
(And sorry Basic Account users – this is only available to Professional and Concierge Accounts at this time. Might I suggest the Free Trial?)
On Monday we rolled out a new layout to the CE Broker Professional Account dashboard. We believe continuing education should be a straight forward step-by-step process so we redesigned the dashboard to reflect that vision. View your CE Compliance Transcript. Report Hours. Find additional courses. Rest assured you are 100% compliant and keep an eye on your account with our iPhone app. Login at CEBroker.com and take a look!