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    Nursing Reality Shock: The New Nurse Survival Guide

    Nursing Reality Shock: The New Nurse Survival Guide
    For second-career nurses, the transition from nursing school to working with real patients can range from somewhat uncomfortable to highly shocking. These rookies often have given up secure, well-established careers, only to discover on-the-job demands never mentioned in the textbooks. The right attitude can help you weather your first few months on the nursing unit. For those who overcome the challenges ...
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    Make or Break Your Nursing Career Over Lunch

    Make or Break Your Nursing Career Over Lunch
    You’d think it would be easy. At lunchtime you get hungry, so you grab some food from the hospital cafeteria and go on with your shift. However, lunch at the hospital is rarely that simple. What you eat, where you eat and whom you eat with are all things your coworkers are paying attention to. This doesn’t mean every lunch has ...
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    Rising Demand (and Pay!) for LPNs

    Rising Demand (and Pay!) for LPNs
    In about 18 months to two years, you can get education that qualifies you to take the licensing exam for LPN and practice at that level in your state. What does an LPN do? What is their salary range? Where do they practice? It’s important to know about all levels of nursing when you are deciding how to enter the field. ...
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    Tricks to Getting Through the Night Shift

    Tricks to Getting Through the Night Shift
    The night shift is a beast of sorts that many nurses need to conquer fresh out of nursing school. This is because new-grad day shifts are usually hard to come by (think specialty nursing). Also, many nurses end up working nights at some point in their career. Fresh out of school, I dreaded working nights, and while I would still like ...
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    5 Interview Tips for New Graduate Nurses

    5 Interview Tips for New Graduate Nurses
    The economy hasn’t been nice to the new graduate class of nurses out there lately. Budgets are being noosed, staffing numbers are more constricted, and most places have a hiring ‘freeze’. So when the time comes for you to get the ‘call’, you want to be prepared. The difference between landing a job and being another piece of paper filed away ...
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    6 Ways to Add to Your Paycheck

    6 Ways to Add to Your Paycheck
    Our careers in nursing have evolved over time, and we all want more. Obviously, more money is one thing we could all use. I've been a nurse for almost 27 years and have spent the past 20 of those years in recruitment. From the employer side, I can say that hospitals and other facilities have very little flexibility in what they're ...
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    4 Skills You Can Transfer to a Nursing Career

    4 Skills You Can Transfer to a Nursing Career
    If you’re a newcomer to healthcare or are considering entering it, you may think your job history and experiences outside the field are irrelevant. You’re wrong. Many of your strengths and skills - whether they include customer-service expertise or the ability to multitask under pressure - are probably more relevant and transferable to healthcare than you realize. A healthcare professional and ...
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    New Nurse? What Sets Your Resume Apart?

    New Nurse? What Sets Your Resume Apart?
    Across the country is seemingly a contradiction of needs. Projections point toward a nursing shortage while in reality at this time, hundreds of nurses are graduating from nursing school and cannot find a job. I read story after story from new nurse graduates who cannot find employment and desperation is setting in. As a former nurse manager I read these stories ...
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    Surviving the Night Shift

    Surviving the Night Shift
    Health care isn't a 9-to-5 job. It's an around-the-clock profession, and working evening or night hours is a way of life for many health professionals. Such shifts can take a physical and emotional toll on workers, experts say, but there are ways to prevent the damage. Here are suggestions for surviving - and even thriving - despite a draining schedule. Understand ...
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    6 Things Your Patients Won't Tell You

    6 Things Your Patients Won't Tell You
    "Everybody lies" is the mantra of Dr. Gregory House, and it's not just true on a fictional drama like House. Are your patients lying to you? As a nurse, you've come across your fair share of fibbing cases, and you know some patients will go to great lengths to cover up something they don't want you to know. Fortunately, nurses are ...
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    5 Ways to Keep Your Nursing Career Moving Forward

    5 Ways to Keep Your Nursing Career Moving Forward
    The adage says, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush," and its wisdom is applicable to job seekers. It is usually far easier to find another job if you're already employed. But how can you ensure that the worst never happens to you -- that you're never left without a job and possibilities for your next opportunity? ...
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    10 Worst Time Wasters at Work

    These days, no one can afford to waste time at work. Thanks to widespread downsizing, workloads are piling up. Unfortunately, extra hours in the day are not. Maximizing your time at work can mean the difference between leaving your shift at a reasonable hour (i.e. holding onto your sanity) and staying late unnecessarily. You've got a life outside the hospital. ...
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    Battling Burnout in Nursing

    Battling Burnout in Nursing
    The odds are high that burnout will strike every healthcare professional at some point. Health workers - as well as teachers, ministers and others in the caring professions - are at increased risk for the stress syndrome because of the intensity of their work and the emotional bonds they form with the people they're helping, experts say. "Most people in the ...
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    How the Affordable Care Act Impacts the Nursing Profession

    How the Affordable Care Act Impacts the Nursing Profession
    When President Obama campaigned for the presidency, he was endorsed by the American Nurses Association because he took the time to listen and understand the role of nurses in health care today. He listened to the struggles and challenges of nursing, and promised that if elected, he would address and help resolve these issues. The result of this promise is the ...
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    How to Communicate with Your Nursing Supervisor

    How to Communicate with Your Nursing Supervisor
    Maybe it’s the whiny colleague who makes your 12-hour nursing shift seem twice as long or the turf war raging between the nurses, physicians and technicians in your department. Or maybe you’re just tired of feeling overworked and underappreciated. Whatever the scenario, you sense that changes are needed before you lose your sanity or start looking for another nursing job. Whether ...
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    How to Handle Common Interview Questions

    How to Handle Common Interview Questions
    Every interview has a unique focus, but some questions are asked so often, it makes sense to do all you can to prepare for them. In order to be successful, you need a strategy -- not scripted answers. Your goal should be to emphasize the experiences in your background that best fit what each interviewer is looking for. In this series, ...
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    Guide to NursingLink

    Guide to NursingLink
    Need help navigating NursingLink? Look no further! We've got all the basics covered: from resetting your password to writing a private message. Browse our how to guides below! Can't find what you're looking for? No problem! Just write to us at info@nursinglink.com or message Head_Nurse for more help! Are you new here?Familiarize yourself with NursingLink by following this guide! div.custom_widget {border:0px;} ...
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    6 Tips to Survive Your First Year as a Hospital RN

    6 Tips to Survive Your First Year as a Hospital RN
    The first year on the job is often the toughest for new nursing graduates, especially those who work in hospitals. In fact, new nurse graduates account for more than half of the turnover rate in some hospitals, according to a study published in 2007 by Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing researchers. “There really are multiple reasons for [the first-year exodus],” ...
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    Nursing Cover Letter Dos and Don'ts

    Nursing Cover Letter Dos and Don'ts
    First impressions count in the job search, and that's why a dynamite cover letter can mean the difference between success and failure in your healthcare job search. But what makes a dazzling healthcare cover letter? Several career experts share their advice. Get to the Point State the purpose of your letter in the first paragraph. Small talk is generally a waste ...
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    Top 5 Tax Questions for Nurses, Answered

    Top 5 Tax Questions for Nurses, Answered
    Tax prep is about as fun as getting a physical or renewing a driver’s license. Sorting through a year’s worth of receipts and paperwork can be confusing and leave you with the nagging feeling that you’ve missed out on meaty refund dollars or paid more than required. Here are five insightful tax deduction tips from experts and fellow nurses that may ...
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