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    22 Goofy Hospital Chart Bloopers

    22 Goofy Hospital Chart Bloopers
    Our Favorite Mistakes Made in the Pursuit of Care 1. Discharge status: Alive but without permission. 2. The patient has no previous history of suicides. 3. Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital. 4. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night. 5. Patient has chest pain if ...
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    5 Best States for Nursing Jobs

    5 Best States for Nursing Jobs
    It’s no surprise that nurses are one of the most in demand professions. But some states have a much worse nursing shortage than others. If you are having trouble finding a job in your area, or you are just looking for a fresh start, these five states are estimated to offer the most job growth over the next decade. From sunny ...
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    Nurse Salaries: Getting Paid What You’re Worth in the Marketplace

    Nurse Salaries: Getting Paid What You’re Worth in the Marketplace
    During a nursing shortage, it would seem that a nurse would be more likely to receive a generous salary. However, the healthcare industry is very competitive, and expenses are high. In many cases, the best salaries go to the individuals with the best negotiating skills. Know What You Are Worth Before you approach your nursing supervisor or human resources director, figure ...
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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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    Top 10 In-Demand Healthcare Occupations

    Top 10 In-Demand Healthcare Occupations
    The healthcare industry is one of the few career fields that, despite hard economic woes, is hiring at an alarming rate. Healthcare jobs are expected to grow faster than any other industry - roughly 24% by 2016. As baby boomers age, and Generation X has children, healthcare professionals will become more in-demand than ever. What are the hottest healthcare fields, and ...
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    10 Tips for Starting a New Job Off on the Right Foot

    10 Tips for Starting a New Job Off on the Right Foot
    Starting a new nursing job is a time filled with promise and expectations, but it's also tinged with uncertainty. To help assure your success, heed the advice of experienced nurses. They can help you steer clear of potential missteps and suggest strategies that can help ensure a smooth transition to your new environment. 1. Leverage Your Orientation Take advantage of every ...
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    Should Nurses Blow the Whistle?

    Should Nurses Blow the Whistle?
    With the various corporate scandals of recent years, we've seen plenty of headlines about whistleblowers in the business world. Now, the nursing industry is bringing us its own front-page cases that could see more medical watchdogs come to the fore. Legal experts say the number of whistleblower cases in the healthcare field has been on the rise since 1999, when the ...
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    Signs of a Selfish Boss

    Signs of a Selfish Boss
    If you've ever worked in a medical environment, you've probably dealt with some breed of bad boss. Micromanagers, control freaks, and selfish tyrants lurk at all levels of organizations, their destructive powers wreaking havoc in the workplace. In fact, employee-employer relations are major stressors for even the savviest nurses. According to a Gallup poll, supervisor problems surpass most other areas of ...
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    When a Patient Doesn’t Want You as Their Nurse

    When a Patient Doesn’t Want You as Their Nurse
    Look at this lucky man: He has a whole flock of young student nurses standing by to meet his every need. I bet this gentleman loved every single nurse in that picture. Enjoy his adoration, ladies; sometime during your nursing career, someone isn’t going to want you as their nurse. It happens to everyone and it feels like a slap in ...
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    10 Ways to Make Yourself an Unfireable Nurse

    Don't just sit there, basking in your continued employment... Phew. You survived the culling. Or maybe your hospital has managed to avoid a mass layoff. Either way, you're one of the lucky ones. Unlike so many of your friends and family, you won’t have to deal with the unemployment office or cancel your cable — yet. But instead of sitting ...
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    The Secret Formula to Cover Letter Success

    The Secret Formula to Cover Letter Success
    Ah, the dreaded cover letter. You may know what you should do and shouldn’t do, but when it comes to sitting down and actually writing it — where to even begin? Should you even bother? If the job listing specifically says to submit a cover letter, then you must! You don’t want to penalize yourself immediately by not following directions. Unless ...
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    5 Ways Social Media Can Help Nurses

    1. Learn About Industry Trends and Breakthroughs Social media is largely about learning. While some of us are leveraging social media as marketing or micro-blogging tools, many nurses are banding together and sharing important information about trends happening in their industry today. Great ways to learn about what’s happening in healthcare now: • Follow and fan professional organizations like the ...
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    The Meaning Behind Stupid Nursing Interview Questions

    If you’ve been in the nursing game long enough, the same lame questions will manage to show up in interview after interview. Where do you see yourself in five years? What's your greatest weakness? You know, the small-talk questions that fill up the time between the really important questions. But all those seemingly meaningless questions actually have a purpose — ...
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    More Nurses Means Better Care

    More Nurses Means Better Care
    While my first reaction is that this is a Duh Study, the more I think about it, the more important a study like this may really be. Nurses know how to give good nursing care. They also know they are extremely limited in giving quality care by the number of patients they have on any given shift and how much care ...
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    Finding Nursing Jobs in the Recession

    Finding Nursing Jobs in the Recession
    The recession has temporarily stalled the nursing shortage as fewer people seek health care and established nurses have either put off retirement, or returned to work because of their own economic issues. For new nurses, the recession has made it almost impossible to find jobs. While college graduates in many fields have faced these difficulties for years, nurses traditionally have walked ...
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    Stalk Your Way to a New Job

    Stalk Your Way to a New Job
    The internet has made stalkers out of all of us. You know exactly what I'm talking about. But instead of stalking your ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend, consider using your newfound detective skills for more productive (i.e. less emotionally jarring) purposes, like snagging the nursing job of your dreams. Interested in a hospital and need to find a person to contact? Google away. ...
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    Every Patient Has a Story

    Every Patient Has a Story
    We don't mean to do it. We don't mean to stop seeing the people behind the patient facade. We know our patients have lives outside of the hospital, beyond their illness or disability. They have interests, hobbies, work, and love. They have friends and family. They may have had a charmed life, or they may have had a tough one. There ...
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    51 Top Paying Metros for Nurses

    51 Top Paying Metros for Nurses
    Nurses are the most in-demand profession in America. Because of this, you should be able to decide where you want to work. NursingLink has done the research and profiled America’s 51 highest paying metros to help you figure out which city you should work in. Check our job search to find more and poke around the state groups in our Community ...
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    How to Conduct a Pain Assessment

    How to Conduct a Pain Assessment
    If you ask 10 people to describe pain, you will get 10 different responses. Pain is a very individual sensation and it is interpreted differently depending on so many variables. For nurses, this means that not only do we need to understand the mechanisms of pain, we need to understand how pain is interpreted by others. Stub Your Toe, Do You ...
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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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