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    Liking a Patient... Or Not!

    Liking a Patient... Or Not!
    How does "liking" my patients affect my nursing care? Well, frankly, it doesn't. I'll admit that in my new job, because I am working with such a different demographic of people, I have been struggling to "like" my patients. For some reason, liking my patients and feeling needed has provided a lot of job satisfaction for me. Because I am an ...
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    Top 10 Traits of an Effective Nurse Manager

    Top 10 Traits of an Effective Nurse Manager
    Editor's note: To commemorate National Boss Day (October 16th), Scrubs sent out a missive to nurses asking: "What makes your boss great?" One particularly enthusiastic nurse not only responded immediately, she and a colleague developed a list of wonderful things their manager does that wins universal adoration from her unit. Terri Engelman, LPN wrote, "I just talked with my co worker ...
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    Thinking on "Thankful"

    Thinking on "Thankful"
    I guess this is the month to talk about being thankful, which is an area I struggle with and need to continuously work on in my own life. It is so difficult for me to look beyond what I have—and yes, I have everything I need—and instead look for the stuff out there that I really, really want. I really believe ...
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    10 Most Annoying Patients

    As if nursing wasn't stressful enough, some patients make it a point to make your jobs even more difficult. Whether they are ungrateful, disrespectful, or just plain clueless, these annoying patients tend to grate on your last nerves. Unfortunately, most of the time, there's not much you can do about it, save calling security if things get really out of ...
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    Job Opportunities Abound for Retired Nurses

    Job Opportunities Abound for Retired Nurses
    If you’re a retired nurse looking to keep your skills current and pick up some extra cash, you have an edge. With the current nursing shortage, the healthcare industry offers a wide selection of part-time, on-call and even seasonal job opportunities for retired RNs and LPNs/LVNs. Here’s a look at some of the options. Work in Home Health Lesley Peterson, office ...
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    Questions to Ask Yourself When Changing Careers

    Questions to Ask Yourself When Changing Careers
    In the past, people often called Boston career coach Randi Bussin because they were thinking about changing careers. In 2009, most of her clients had to change careers due to layoffs, cutbacks or company closures. With whole sectors shrinking, from financial to automotive, many workers couldn't find another job in their current field and had to tweak their resumes to support ...
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    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss

    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss
    One of the worst things you can do when you start your new job is to make your supervisor look bad for hiring you. After all, your boss is key to your current on-the-job satisfaction and to your future success in the organization -- and perhaps even beyond. If there ever were a relationship for you to invest in, this is ...
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    Tips for Working with a Healthcare Recruiter

    Tips for Working with a Healthcare Recruiter
    Working with a professional recruiter, also known as a headhunter, may be just what you need to kick your healthcare job search into high gear. Recruiters know about job openings that aren't widely advertised and can offer sage insight into current hiring trends and salaries for particular positions. But using a recruiter doesn't guarantee you'll easily land a job. Here's how ...
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    From Nursing Student to Professional Nurse

    From Nursing Student to Professional Nurse
    So I've still only been at my jobs a few days, but I am loving it. One thing I have definitely learned about, is what it's like to be on the “other side.” What does that mean? Well, I've gotten to see what it's like working with students on the floor, but from the perspective of an employee doing her job. ...
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    7 Tips to Make Meetings More Interesting

    7 Tips to Make Meetings More Interesting
    Meetings can be deadly, especially if they feel unproductive. Listening to your nursing supervisor drone on and on about things that don't affect you just isn’t a smart use of your time. So how can you make your boring staff meetings more productive? Research shows that increasing activity and creativity in meetings helps increase brain activity and alertness. Everyone's happier when ...
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    Nursing Careers Beyond the Bedside

    Nursing Careers Beyond the Bedside
    When providing bedside care loses its luster, working in a nonclinical specialty can renew your love for nursing and draw on your clinical experience. The following positions exist at most health care institutions and are well-suited to experienced nurses. Case Managers Case managers choreograph all aspects of patient care, coordinating the nurses, doctors, therapists and other practitioners who treat patients. As ...
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    Guide to Top US Metro Areas: New York City

    Guide to Top US Metro Areas: New York City
    New York, New York ¬ it¹s a city so famous for finance and business, it may come as something of a surprise to learn that, like most big cities in America, the number one employer is healthcare. While Wall Street¹s presence is felt here, for instance in the name of one of the biggest hospitals, Morgan Stanley Children¹s Hospital, the city ...
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    Is Your Employer Taking Advantage of You?

    Is Your Employer Taking Advantage of You?
    Since the recession began in December 2007, more than half of all American workers have become unemployed, taken a pay cut, suffered a reduction in hours, or had to take a temporary job because they couldn't find a full-time position, according to the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends Project. You probably don't need a study to tell you the ...
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    Guide to Top US Metro Areas: Los Angeles

    Guide to Top US Metro Areas: Los Angeles
    True to its Hollywood and entertainment roots, it's the city where the healthcare facilities and schools feature stars' names- for example, the Steven Spielberg Pediatric Research Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. And it¹s a city of great clinical research substance where breakthroughs happen - from the first heart-lung transplant in 1988 to the current promising research ...
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    Guide to Top US Metro Areas: Chicago

    Guide to Top US Metro Areas: Chicago
    Home to the headquarters of the powerful American Medical Association (AMA), the country¹s largest physician organization, Chicago is a healthcare powerhouse. Located here are top-rated University of Chicago Medical Center, a Best Hospital, with more than 8 Nobel Prize winners (in Medicine). Last year, Time magazine ranked the discovery that male circumcision reduced AIDS transmission 51% as the top medical breakthrough ...
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    Guide to Top US Metro Areas: Dallas

    Guide to Top US Metro Areas: Dallas
    Famous for its cotton history, its oil men, the TV series that bears its name, and the Dallas Cowboys (and their cheerleaders), Dallas¹ latest claim to fame is as "telecom corridor." Its health industry is equally modern and forward-looking. UT Southwestern is the healthcare education and research engine of this powerhouse community, rising from Army shacks to a world-class institution with ...
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    Make a Healthy Difference by Volunteering Abroad

    Make a Healthy Difference by Volunteering Abroad
    Have you ever considered lending a helping hand abroad? As a healthcare professional, you can make a dramatic difference in the lives of people all over the world by volunteering with an international health organization. Whether you choose to join a two-week surgical mission or a two-year health education campaign, your experience is likely to be memorable. Here's a rundown of ...
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    5 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Job Search Results

    5 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Job Search Results
    By now you’ve learned the traditional ways of job searching don’t work anymore. A few years ago you could put your resume up on Monster and wait for the phone to ring. Those days are gone. So here are five things you can easily do that will quickly improve your job search results. 1. Scan your resume for 15 seconds – ...
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    Angry Male Nurse Myth?

    Angry Male Nurse Myth?
    This one always humors me. Do I get angry because someone called me a ‘male nurse’? Some of the other versions of this story are when patients ask me, “How long have you been a male nurse?”, or “How bad is it being a male nurse?”. It honestly has everything to do with the tone of their voice when asking the ...
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    Guide to Top US Metro Areas: Houston

    Guide to Top US Metro Areas: Houston
    They say everything¹s bigger in Texas, so Houston¹s Texas-sized growth rate is right on the mark. The 8th fastest growing city in America, Houston's projected to grow 20% between 2007 and 2012. Houston¹s healthcare circles feature the larger than life. Heart surgeon Michael DeBakey, 99, pioneered the coronary bypass surgery, receiving a 2008 Congressional Gold Medal. Methodist Hospital's ranked one of ...
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