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    The Intern Survival Guide

    The Intern Survival Guide
    I wrote this post a long time ago when I first started blogging. I’m recycling the post because this information bears repeating. I’ve been seeing some behavior lately that is inappropriate, and I’m telling you this stuff for your own good. Please, never roll your eyes at a nurse who is old enough to be your mother. She may be going ...
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    When Nurses Should Argue With the Doctor

    When Nurses Should Argue With the Doctor
    Most of our daily problems, including common annoyances such as arguments with coworkers, are dismissed as not life or death. However, when nurses and doctors are involved, it can be a matter of life or death. Egos need to be left outside the hospital by the professionals entrusted with the health and safety of the patients they care for, which sometimes ...
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    Customer Service in Health Care

    Customer Service in Health Care
    Last week I spent four days at Disney World with my family. It was amazing see the magic of it all though my four year old’s eyes. One of the biggest things I was amazed by was how friendly everybody was. And their friendliness made even waiting for over an hour for a three minute ride tolerable. I saw people yelling ...
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    Tips for Effective Patient-Provider Communication

    Tips for Effective Patient-Provider Communication
    Want better patient outcomes, more patient cooperation, fewer errors, greater job satisfaction and more effective use of your time? It's all possible by improving one key skill: Patient communication. "Communication is the most important medical procedure that anyone in healthcare can do," says Maysel Kemp White, PhD, president and CEO of Healthcare Quality and Communication Improvement, an educational and consulting group ...
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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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    Get a Nursing License in Another State

    Get a Nursing License in Another State
    Moving is a way of life for many people today. For nurses, whether crisscrossing the country or just moving over state lines, obtaining licensure in the new state is usually essential. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) administers a program called the mutual recognition model. This interstate compact allows nurses licensed in a state that is part of ...
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    10 Ways to Make Sure You Stay Unemployed

    10 Ways to Make Sure You Stay Unemployed
    The following are 10 true stories. These have all happened to me or my colleagues over the years as hiring managers. I know the job search process can be hard to maneuver. Add the fact there’s a whole set of “new rules” you need to follow to get employers to even want to hire you and a job seeker can feel ...
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    8 Quirky Types of Hospital Visitors

    Nurses, you've seen it all. You’re on the frontline when it comes to patient care. From the most disgusting patient cases (mysterious bodily fluids and "code brown") to the most heartwarming (pediatric miracles!), what haven't you seen on your floor? Unlike doctors, you don't just deal with a patient's medical condition; you're often left to face the patient's family and ...
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    Through the Eyes of a Patient

    Through the Eyes of a Patient
    Have you ever wondered why certain patients act the way they do around nurses? Why some are pleasant and cooperative and some are disrespectful or difficult to engage? It is easy for a nurse to have expectations of patients because naturally we all want them to be kind, cooperative, and appreciative. But it is important for nurses to keep in mind ...
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    5 Questions to Ask Before You Quit Nursing

    The idea of quitting a terrible nursing job must be pretty tempting. You're thinking of all the perfect ways to tell your supervising nurse to shove it — but have you thought about the consequences? Do you know what you’re going to do after the big event? Are you prepared to just walk away from your patients as you leave ...
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    12 Things to Never Say to Older and Younger Coworkers

    With the downturn in the US economy, workplaces are becoming more and more diverse age-wise. Older workers are working alongside younger workers as people at every stage in their nursing career are getting laid off. With this generational gap among health care workers widening, there’s a lot of potential for miscommunication or differing perspectives. Though many people will absolutely deny ...
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    The Challenges of Nursing in South Africa

    The Challenges of Nursing in South Africa
    Now that Spain has won and the World Cup is over, this is a good time to look at other aspects of South African life, such as what it's like to be a nurse in that country. From job satisfaction, working conditions, and a different medical system, nursing in South Africa is a whole other experience. Risk of Violence Violence occurs ...
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    10 Words of Wisdom for New Nurses

    [photo:174206] I got a request for a post about role confusion (that awful feeling that comes from being a new nurse), and it sounded like a good idea. The transition from student to preceptored nurse isn't as hard as you'd think; you still have to show up on time for various classes and lectures, you still have somebody following you around, ...
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    An RN’s Tale: Our Little Hospital Ghost

    An RN’s Tale: Our Little Hospital Ghost
    It was 11:30 p.m. on a rainy Friday night. I had just given in to my scheduler’s pleas and agreed to cover a night shift in Pediatrics. The secretary looked up from her computer as I approached the nursing station. Then: “You’re late,” sneered the charge nurse. Before I could answer, she shoved a packet of papers in my face. My ...
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    Why Nurses Are Good at Everything

    Why Nurses Are Good at Everything
    As a nurse, do you find yourself getting asked to do pretty much everything? There's a reason for that, besides nurses generally having a ton of work to do (which they do): There's no other profession that asks its employees to wear more hats every workday. Why is this? What makes nursing such a multifaceted job, one that requires the people ...
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    5 Ways to Launch Your Nursing Career

    5 Ways to Launch Your Nursing Career
    In spite of a well-publicized nursing shortage, the job market is currently tight for new graduates and even some laid-off nurses. A sluggish economy has resulted in older nurses delaying retirement, working nurses picking up extra hours and experienced nurses who have been out of the workforce seeking part-time and full-time employment. Additionally, some facilities simply don’t have the financial or ...
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    My Burnout as a Bedside Nurse

    My Burnout as a Bedside Nurse
    I must confess: I love being a nurse! I have been a nurse for 21 years now. Funny, I completed nursing school when I was 31 (with three children, a husband, and a very busy life). I remember when contemplating finishing school as a nurse I thought briefly I was too old to go back to school. (I was 28 at ...
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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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    Take a Break From Your Job Search

    6 Ways to Maintain Your Sanity While Looking for Work They say looking for a job is a full-time job in itself, but that’s only partially true. Full-time jobs come with things like regular paychecks, benefits and a sense of pride and accomplishment. Compare that to the frustrating, tedious and mostly unrewarding task of finding a job, and it’s no wonder ...
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    5 Ways to Anger Hiring Managers

    5 Ways to Anger Hiring Managers
    One of the worst things you can do during your job search is annoy the hiring manager at the company for which you want to work. Not only will it probably ruin your chances at landing the job at hand, but also you probably won’t be considered for future positions, either. 1. Being ungrateful when you don’t get the job It’s ...
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