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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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    10 Worst Time Wasters at Work

    These days, no one can afford to waste time at work. Thanks to widespread downsizing, workloads are piling up. Unfortunately, extra hours in the day are not. Maximizing your time at work can mean the difference between leaving your shift at a reasonable hour (i.e. holding onto your sanity) and staying late unnecessarily. You've got a life outside the hospital. ...
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    How Nurses Can Help End Horizontal Hostility in Three Easy Steps

    How Nurses Can Help End Horizontal Hostility in Three Easy Steps
    Nurses are supposed to be compassionate caregivers. So why are so many scarred emotionally from the gossip, backstabbing, second-guessing and other abusive, demoralizing or hostile acts nurses inflict on one another? If you've had enough of the fighting, read on. Veteran nurses explain why such horizontal hostility occurs, revealing the true price it exacts, and share tips for creating a more ...
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    Battling Burnout in Nursing

    Battling Burnout in Nursing
    The odds are high that burnout will strike every healthcare professional at some point. Health workers - as well as teachers, ministers and others in the caring professions - are at increased risk for the stress syndrome because of the intensity of their work and the emotional bonds they form with the people they're helping, experts say. "Most people in the ...
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    Nursing Cover Letter Dos and Don'ts

    Nursing Cover Letter Dos and Don'ts
    First impressions count in the job search, and that's why a dynamite cover letter can mean the difference between success and failure in your healthcare job search. But what makes a dazzling healthcare cover letter? Several career experts share their advice. Get to the Point State the purpose of your letter in the first paragraph. Small talk is generally a waste ...
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    How to Deal With Overbearing Doctors

    All workplaces have people that you might not get along with. Hospitals and care centers are no different. The only difference is the stress levels can be even higher because you're dealing with actual life and death situations. For nurses who already have their hands full with multiple patients, long shifts, and the inevitable unexpected situations, the last thing they ...
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    How to Be a Team Player

    To say teamwork enhances nurses' performance and job satisfaction almost sounds too obvious. Teamwork is a requirement in nursing, otherwise nothing would ever get done. Of course that isn't the case for any nurse, especially nurses who work busy shifts in a hectic hospital setting. However, it's a lot easier when it comes to teamwork to look at others who ...
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    7 Mistakes Hiring Managers Hate

    
Getting an interview is a really big deal. It means that you have achieved a level of confidence with your resume and cover letter and have made it to the next steps of the hiring equation. This is something that you should be proud of; this is also something you should take very, very seriously. The interview presents a lot ...
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    Get Over the Wall as a First-Year Nurse

    Get Over the Wall as a First-Year Nurse
    Surviving your first year as a nurse will likely be one of the biggest challenges you will face in your career. Almost universally, first-year nurses have days, weeks or months when they feel overwhelmed, inadequate, disillusioned, stressed out or all of the above. If you’re thinking, “Was I really cut out for this job?” these tips can help you get through ...
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    5 Interview Tips for New Graduate Nurses

    5 Interview Tips for New Graduate Nurses
    The economy hasn’t been nice to the new graduate class of nurses out there lately. Budgets are being noosed, staffing numbers are more constricted, and most places have a hiring ‘freeze’. So when the time comes for you to get the ‘call’, you want to be prepared. The difference between landing a job and being another piece of paper filed away ...
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    6 Must-Ask Interview Questions

    6 Must-Ask Interview Questions
    Interviewing can be a gut-wrenching process. Most books on how to interview list hundreds of questions you need to be ready to answer, but few talk about the questions you need to ask. Take more control at your next interview by asking some pointed questions of your own. Here are six must-ask questions and why you should know the answers. 1. ...
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    9 Shocking Nursing News Stories

    9 Shocking Nursing News Stories
    Nurses are known for being the kind face at the hospital, the patient's advocate, and the "Angel of Life." They've made a career out of caring for others selflessly. So when a nurse "goes bad" and does the unthinkable, it makes headlines, rattles the nursing industry and shocks the public. From smaller crimes like stealing money and breaching patient confidentiality, to ...
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    6 Tips to Survive Your First Year as a Hospital RN

    6 Tips to Survive Your First Year as a Hospital RN
    The first year on the job is often the toughest for new nursing graduates, especially those who work in hospitals. In fact, new nurse graduates account for more than half of the turnover rate in some hospitals, according to a study published in 2007 by Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing researchers. “There really are multiple reasons for [the first-year exodus],” ...
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    Career Advice for New Nurses

    Career Advice for New Nurses
    We've all been there: a new graduate nurse, trying to find her way now that she's no longer a student; or a nurse who has changed specialties with no experience in that area. Did we want advice? Did we solicit advice? Chances are, yes, we did want it, but soliciting it may have been a bit harder. Now, as a more ...
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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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    Honoring Civil War Nurses

    The Civil War began 150 years ago this year. It was a bloody battle that forever altered the course of our nation. It also forever altered the profession of nursing. Prior to the Civil War, the prevailing ethos was that women belonged at home – and far from the battlefield. But nurses like Clara Barton and Dorothea Dix worked on ...
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    How to Deal with Pushy Patients

    How to Deal with Pushy Patients
    Every healthcare professional encounters patients who are short-tempered, belligerent or just plain rude from time to time. But the frequency of these encounters may increase as the stress level rises among patients and providers. Experienced physicians and nurse practitioners offer five tips on keeping your cool when tempers flare: Give Patients the Benefit of the Doubt Most patients don't purposefully cause ...
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    8 Tips if You Work the Night Shift

    8 Tips if You Work the Night Shift
    Are you one of the 6 million Americans that work on the night shift? I am! My usual routine is EVERY Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from 6:45 PM to 7:15 AM. Recently, I added a contract nursing job on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night from 10:00 PM to 6:30 AM. The contract nursing job is only temporary, and believe it ...
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    Why You Should Join Professional Nursing Associations

    Why You Should Join Professional Nursing Associations
    Would you like to get a competitive edge in the workplace? Do you want to stay sharp with your knowledge and skills? Would you like to develop your leadership, speaking, and writing abilities? Do you want to have a voice in issues that affect nursing practice, licensure, and other areas? You can do all of this and more by becoming active ...
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    How to Communicate with Your Nursing Supervisor

    How to Communicate with Your Nursing Supervisor
    Maybe it’s the whiny colleague who makes your 12-hour nursing shift seem twice as long or the turf war raging between the nurses, physicians and technicians in your department. Or maybe you’re just tired of feeling overworked and underappreciated. Whatever the scenario, you sense that changes are needed before you lose your sanity or start looking for another nursing job. Whether ...
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