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    Make Nurses Happy, Some Hospitals Say

    Make Nurses Happy, Some Hospitals Say
    Despite the nursing shortage, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington, has no problem attracting a steady steam of job candidates. "We've never offered nurses a sign-on bonus," says Kathy Franz, the hospital's director of human resources. "Sign-on bonuses typically keep nurses in their jobs for two years. Our goal is to attract candidates who want to work here for other ...
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    Nursing Resume Do's and Don’ts Part I

    Nursing Resume Do's and Don’ts Part I
    Although a good resume can’t get you a job, a poor resume will keep you from getting one. A resume is a professional marketing tool, a written record of your accomplishments and professional credentials. Because it usually represents the first impression a prospective employer will have of you, your resume must be top-notch in format, content, and appearance. Follow these simple ...
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    6 Things Male Nurses Should Know to Survive

    6 Things Male Nurses Should Know to Survive
    How does a man survive in a woman’s world? Here are some down-and-dirty survival tips that every ‘male nurse’ needs to know in order to survive in the wilderness of women. Learn the ways of the Venutians Men are truly from Mars, and yes Women are from Venus. We live on two different worlds, but we do occupy the same solar ...
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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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    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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    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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    Nursing Cover Letters

    Nursing Cover Letters
    Cover Letter Etiquette Job seekers often spend countless hours developing their resumes and then treat their cover letters as an afterthought. This can be a critical mistake; the cover letter can help your resume get noticed. Think of the cover letter as your resume's cheerleading section. To make the best impression, follow these etiquette rules: [widget:341] Say No to the Cover ...
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    Tips to Ace Your Healthcare Interview

    Tips to Ace Your Healthcare Interview
    Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for job interviews. Why, you ask? Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no second chances to make a great first impression. So study these _10 strategies_ and caveats to enhance your interview IQ. Listen From the very beginning of the interview, your interviewer is giving you information, either ...
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    5 Rules to Follow When Working With Doctors

    Working with doctors is a major part of being a nurse. There really ought to be a whole course devoted just to the subject! It's usually expected that students will learn how to work with doctors as they progress through their clinical rotations even though they may rarely interact. Next: Rule #1 >> [photo:169836] Featured Author: Kathy Quan Kathy Quan, ...
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    6 Illegal Nursing Interview Questions

    6 Illegal Nursing Interview Questions
    Wondering which questions you'll be asked during your nursing interview? You should expect the usual ones, such as "Where do you see yourself in five years?" and "What's your greatest weakness?" But then there are more colorful questions, such as "What animal best describes you?" and "If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to ...
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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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    How to Deal With a Patient's Death

    How to Deal With a Patient's Death
    One of the first patients I lost was an elderly man who had sent his wife home to get some rest after they shared his meal tray together. His concern was for her health and well-being, but as he began to feel his own death approaching, he called me in to his room and asked if I could sit and hold ...
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    Top 5 Tax Questions for Nurses, Answered

    Top 5 Tax Questions for Nurses, Answered
    Tax prep is about as fun as getting a physical or renewing a driver’s license. Sorting through a year’s worth of receipts and paperwork can be confusing and leave you with the nagging feeling that you’ve missed out on meaty refund dollars or paid more than required. Here are five insightful tax deduction tips from experts and fellow nurses that may ...
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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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    Spring Cleaning for Your Resume

    Spring Cleaning for Your Resume
    Spring is in the air. It's the time of year when you wipe off the winter dust and let the sun shine in. Before you get all excited (yeah, right) about tackling the filth in your home, grab your resume and a pen. The first cleanup project this year should be your resume. The Look Whoever says looks don't matter hasn't ...
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    Tricks to Getting Through the Night Shift

    Tricks to Getting Through the Night Shift
    The night shift is a beast of sorts that many nurses need to conquer fresh out of nursing school. This is because new-grad day shifts are usually hard to come by (think specialty nursing). Also, many nurses end up working nights at some point in their career. Fresh out of school, I dreaded working nights, and while I would still like ...
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    Nurses Can Enter Legal Field As Expert Witnesses

    Nurses can now become expert witnesses, a field previously dominated by physicians. All nurses, regardless of education or specialty, interested in expanding their career options to be nurse expert witnesses will learn skills for this new career at a two-day legal nurse certification course in four locations this spring which are offered by Jurex Center For Legal Nurse Consulting, www.jurexnurse.com. The ...
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    How to Be a Good Preceptor

    How to Be a Good Preceptor
    So, you’ve been asked to be a preceptor. It’s a challenge you’ve been waiting for and now it’s time to do it. So, what does it take to be a good preceptor? Being a good preceptor isn’t easy; doing the job well is invaluable. Do you remember when you were a student? Do you remember how you felt learning new things ...
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    Why Can't New Nurses Find Jobs?

    Why Can't New Nurses Find Jobs?
    What’s happening with the nursing shortage? Why can’t new grad nurses find jobs? The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics still lists nursing as one of the most in demand careers, and yet finding a job as a nurse remains elusive. [gate] The Good Ol’ Days Just a couple of years ago, nurses could demand huge sign-on bonuses and ...
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