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    Treating Pain: The “Candyman” Conundrum

    Treating Pain: The “Candyman” Conundrum
    ER doc Brady Pregerson and Nurse Rebekah perform a raid and bust on that sketchy personality, the “Candyman.” Why does he exist? And what is he thinking? In Part I of our Pain Management series, we looked at the challenge of gauging your patient’s pain. In this article, we examine the many consequences of taking a too-easy approach to a complex ...
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    Lateral Violence in Nursing

    Lateral Violence in Nursing
    I’ve written about lateral violence (the act of nurses being bullies) frequently in the past. To be completely honest, I hate that this is something that I even know about, and especially felt the need to write about. Not because I don’t think the issue should be addressed, but its just completely absurd that it exists at all. The jokes and ...
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    Handshake Etiquette for Nurses

    Ahh, the shaking of hands. It sounds simple enough: Two hands meet and greet and do a little shake. Easy, right? Not so fast. Unfortunately, there are quite a few ways a handshake can go south. From an overly moist hand to a bone-crushing grip, handshakes come in all shapes and sizes — and only the best will hit the ...
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    Getting into Leadership Roles as a Woman

    Getting into Leadership Roles as a Woman
    There's a lot of talk about the pipeline — that magical conveyer belt that calls a select few up toward the top of organizations. The pipeline is critically important for women, who in most organizations are notably absent from it. This underrepresentation of eligible females is often cited as the excuse for everything from pay inequity and the shortage of women ...
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    10 Signs You Shouldn't Quit (Just Yet)

    10 Signs You Shouldn't Quit (Just Yet)
    Unsure whether you should keep your job or seek greener pastures? While a shaky economy shouldn't keep you in a job you can't stand, you can watch for these 10 signs that could tell you you're fine right where you are. 1. You're Happy We're not talking mere complacency here, but genuine happiness. If you're happy, you're going to be more ...
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    How to Follow Up After an Awkward Interview

    How to Follow Up After an Awkward Interview
    Have you ever left an interview knowing something went awry? It can happen for a variety of reasons: Your gut tells you that this is not where you want to work, you had an uncomfortable exchange with the interviewer, or you forgot the interviewer's name altogether. Here are tips for following up after different awkward interview situations: You Don’t Like the ...
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    How to Tell if a Layoff is Coming

    How to Tell if a Layoff is Coming
    Almost all mature companies have shed employees at some point--and in most cases the pink slips don't come as a surprise. "Very often senior management will delay a decision to cut headcount, so unless there is a quick catastrophic event, layoffs have been a long time coming," explains Scott Steinberg, CEO of TechSavvy Global. How can you know if your job ...
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    Unemployment Insurance and You

    Unemployment Insurance and You
    If you've just been laid off, your first questions probably involve unemployment insurance. How does it work? How much will you collect? Where do you sign up? The answers depend on where you live. Some unemployment insurance policies are set at the federal level, but states set most of the rules and run most of the programs, explains Rich Hobbie, executive ...
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    Best Fonts for Your Resume

    Best Fonts for Your Resume
    Are you in the middle of creating your resume but are stumped by which fonts to use? Of course, there are hundreds of fonts out there from which to choose, but not all are appropriate for use in a resume. Let’s take a look at the ones that are considered to be the best—and which ones are good to avoid. Serif ...
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    5 Tips to Maximize Productivity in Nursing

    Everyone wants to maximize productivity — no matter the setting — and hospitals are no different than offices, classrooms, warehouses, or anywhere else where work is done. For those looking for an answer on the surface, "working harder" is often the most popular remedy for productivity concerns. But what if that isn't possible? What if everyone is working as hard ...
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    The Art of Persuasion in Your Job Search

    The Art of Persuasion in Your Job Search
    Persuasion is a subtle art--brute force doesn't often work well. And this is especially true for a job seeker, who is using interviewing skills and a resume to try to persuade hiring managers and recruiters to hand over something that a lot of people are competing for (that great new job). Here are some persuasion tricks and techniques you can use ...
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    Nursing Jobs in Massachusetts

    Nursing Jobs in Massachusetts
    Contents: Career Projections Average Salaries for Nurses Open Nursing Jobs in Massachusetts Training Requirements Nursing Degree Programs Career Connections in Massachusetts Career Projections Job opportunities are expected to be excellent in the coming years for nurses. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the healthcare sector of the economy is continuing to grow, despite significant job losses in ...
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    8 Tips for Job Hunting During the Recession

    8 Tips for Job Hunting During the Recession
    The global credit crisis and flat-lining domestic economy could make this one of the most challenging times to be looking for a job in recent history. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of unemployed increased to 11,000, and the December 2008 unemployment rate hit 7.2 percent - the highest level in sixteen years. In the financial services industry ...
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    5 Steps to Turn a Stranger into a Network Contact

    5 Steps to Turn a Stranger into a Network Contact
    Whether you're looking for a job or trying to advance your career, networking is very important (in a recent HotJobs poll, 57 percent of respondents said that networking was a factor in landing their most recent job). And networking shouldn't end when you log off of LinkedIn or head home from a conference. Valuable contacts are on the perimeter of your ...
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    Eaten in the ICU

    Eaten in the ICU
    It’s been a very long first week of summer. School started and we’ve been thrown head first into the ICU. It’s exciting, and horrifying all at the same time. The way my school’s program is set up, we have our first year dedicated to fundamentals and med-surg, and then we break out for the second year into OB, peds, and psych, ...
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    Communication in Nursing

    Communication in Nursing
    We had a BIG lapse in communication on the floor recently. A vital patient assessment was communicated incorrectly and the effect was scary. As usual, the lapse was not just one person’s fault, and the whole unit was upset. Ever played Gossip? It’s a game where a “secret” is whispered into the ear of one person, then that person whispers the ...
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    6 Ways Finding a Dream Job is Like Finding Your Soul Mate

    6 Ways Finding a Dream Job is Like Finding Your Soul Mate
    The idea of what makes a dream job changes over time, as does what a person looks for in their soul mate. In the past, one simply wanted steady work to provide food and shelter for his or her family. People also didn't live as long, and as a result didn't have the flexibility to date a wide variety of people ...
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    Nursing Jobs in Nevada

    Nursing Jobs in Nevada
    Contents: Career Projections Average Salaries for Nurses Open Nursing Jobs in Nevada Training Requirements Nursing Degree Programs Career Connections in Nevada Career Projections Job opportunities are expected to be excellent in the coming years for nurses. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the healthcare sector of the economy is continuing to grow, despite significant job losses in ...
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    The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

    The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health
    Earlier this month, the Institute of Medicine released a report about the role nursing will play in health care in the near future. Because nurses comprise the largest portion of the health care industry in the U.S., they are key players in implementing the directives of the Affordable Care Act. But before they can act effectively, nurses need to take certain ...
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    Clowning Around on Halloween

    Clowning Around on Halloween
    For a change of pace and with Halloween happening tomorrow, I thought I would write about one of my favorite nursing/ER stories from Halloween a few years ago. I was recently off orientation at a new Level I ER. It was Halloween night, AND the night of the Insane Clown Posse concert. Most of the crowd at these concerts is teenage ...
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