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    Find the Right Career for You

    Find the Right Career for You
    Feeling like you are no longer passionate about your career? Do you wonder if you are in the right career? Want a change of pace? You need to find what your career destiny has in store for you! In order to find the career that’s right for you, you need to analyze your work skills and learning style, define your true ...
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    Spring Cleaning for Your Resume

    Spring Cleaning for Your Resume
    Spring is in the air. It's the time of year when you wipe off the winter dust and let the sun shine in. Before you get all excited (yeah, right) about tackling the filth in your home, grab your resume and a pen. The first cleanup project this year should be your resume. The Look Whoever says looks don't matter hasn't ...
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    Funny Nursing Superstitions

    Funny Nursing Superstitions
    “Superstition: An irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome.” -from the American Heritage Dictionary With St. Patrick’s Day happening this month, I have been loving all the green and the so-called lucky four-leaf clovers floating around the hospital. I’m hoping all this “luck” will rub off on our floor: ...
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    When Nurses Are Better Than Doctors

    When Nurses Are Better Than Doctors
    Nurse Rebekah Child and Brady Pregerson, MD, good-naturedly debate the claim that nurses are naturally more meticulous by dissecting the medical professional. How? Vis-à-vis an age-old nursery rhyme. Nurse Rebekah: Wanna know my theory about why nurses keep their hands cleaner than doctors? If you do, read on; if you don’t, go and Google, Facebook or Twitter something. It’s because men ...
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    What Nursing Shortage?

    What Nursing Shortage?
    As "graduation season" approaches once again, another class of nurses will be looking for jobs and many will be disappointed that there seem to be no jobs available which is not what they expected when they became nursing students. For years we have experienced and heard about this terrible shortage of nurses and if you want to walk out of school ...
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    How to Get Health Insurance Without a Job

    How to Get Health Insurance Without a Job
    Many recent grads who freelance, work for start-ups, or spend their days playing backgammon and other games of leisure do not have health insurance. In fact, a quarter of all Americans in their 20s live without medical insurance of any kind. Hospitals don't take bill collection lightly and even a broken arm can land you fifteen grand in the hole. Think ...
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    Selling Yourself in a Job Interview

    Selling Yourself in a Job Interview
    Every job interview is different--but there are some general principles that can guide you in just about any interview, for any job. When you're talking about yourself and your experience, keep the following six points in mind. [gate] 1. Be the Solution Companies fill or create positions because they have problems they want to solve--for instance, ineffective advertising or long customer-service ...
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    Patient Care: Check Your Feelings at the Door

    Patient Care: Check Your Feelings at the Door
    Saving the life of a murderer? Caring for a gang member? A prisoner? Treating a pedophile? Check your personal feelings at the door? All of these scenarios are very real, and can happen to you being a nurse. In fact, for me, they’ve happened. We all are trained, educated, re-trained, and re-educated on the standard of care. It’s called discrimination and ...
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    Budget Your Bonus

    Budget Your Bonus
    Memo to Americans: As a group, for every $1,000 we bring in after taxes, we are saving $7, according to the Commerce Department. Why bring this up? Because if you're anticipating an annual bonus this year, you should probably skip the cruise. Considering salary increases are barely keeping pace with inflation, no wonder white-collar workers are coveting those bonuses to help ...
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    Getting Over Embarrassing Work Moments

    Getting Over Embarrassing Work Moments
    Years later, I still remember that sinking feeling, just after I'd hit the Send button after writing an email complaining about an editor. My worst virtual fear was quickly confirmed: Yes, I had sent my bit of snark to the editor instead of my friend--and no, the editor wasn't amused. Although he initially refused to work with me again, he eventually ...
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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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    How Much Should You Save?

    How Much Should You Save?
    If you're 40 or younger, it's tough to predict how much money you might need when retirement is decades away. A few key calculations, however, can help you make sure your savings plan is on track. Saving Depends on Life Stage Rebecca Pace, a Cincinnati-based financial planner and CPA, recommends putting aside at least 10 percent of your income when you're ...
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    How Do I Deal With Suspected Abuse?

    How Do I Deal With Suspected Abuse?
    As nurses, we have a duty to report all cases of suspected abuse. Your healthcare facility likely has a policy and procedure outlining the exact steps you should take. Consider this a refresher course, especially as sometimes these situations can catch us off guard and there may not be a more senior nurse or manual to consult. In general, you should: ...
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    Resume Tips from Leonardo DaVinci

    Resume Tips from Leonardo DaVinci
    Leonardo DaVinci was the ORIGINAL Renaissance Man. Below is a copy of a letter Leonardo sent over 600 years ago to the House of Sforza. Look closely, it’s his resume! Modern day job seekers can learn a lot from Leonardo! “Most illustrious Lord, having now sufficiently seen and considered the proofs of all those who count themselves master and inventors of ...
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    A Lesson in Nursing Kindness

    A Lesson in Nursing Kindness
    I find it interesting how the most grumpy, disgruntled people react to kind gestures. It’s been my experience that usually someone with an attitude has a pretty good reason for it. There are the occasional crapheads who are just crappy for no reason, but usually there is some sort root cause for most meanness I experience in my nursing practice. I ...
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    5 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Nursing Resume

    5 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Nursing Resume
    In a competitive job market, we have to do everything we can to make our resumes more attractive to hiring managers. This can be difficult for older workers, who fear that even if there's no bias (subconscious or conscious) against job seekers on the mature side of 40, a resume may make them look "overqualified" for the positions they want. Here ...
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    Resume Tips to Help Nursing Assistants Get Noticed

    Resume Tips to Help Nursing Assistants Get Noticed
    Nursing assistants are in demand nationwide, but that doesn't mean just any candidate will fill the bill. Recruiters look for caring, dependable applicants with good communication skills to assist RNs and LPNs with the less-glamorous, yet absolutely vital, aspects of nursing. Unfortunately, a simple application won't do you justice when applying for a nursing-assistant job. Sure, you can list work history ...
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    Resume vs. CV - What’s the Difference?

    Resume vs. CV - What’s the Difference?
    Although many people use the terms “resume” and “CV” (curriculum vitae) interchangeably, they’re actually two different types of documents, each with its own distinct focus. Knowing the right format and use for each will save time and trouble (not to mention worry) with your future job pursuits. A resume is the 1-2 page career summary that most of us are familiar ...
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    Health Care Resume Tips

    Health Care Resume Tips
    Health care has undergone significant changes in the past 20 years, and health care organizations are increasingly sensitive to cost control and productivity. Funding sources for both public and private health care organizations have cut back reimbursement and allowable expenses. Your resume must reflect an understanding of these changes. It must show evidence of skills, experience, a commitment to quality, and ...
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    Personal Beliefs Can Pit Healthcare Workers Against Patients

    Personal Beliefs Can Pit Healthcare Workers Against Patients
    An EMT instructed to transport a woman to an abortion clinic declines, citing personal beliefs. A nurse ordered to administer a large dose of morphine to a terminal cancer patient in pain refuses, saying the medication could hasten death. A physician turns away a gay patient, apparently on the basis of his sexual orientation. Are these scenarios examples of healthcare workers ...
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