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    A Lesson in Nursing Kindness

    A Lesson in Nursing Kindness
    I find it interesting how the most grumpy, disgruntled people react to kind gestures. It’s been my experience that usually someone with an attitude has a pretty good reason for it. There are the occasional crapheads who are just crappy for no reason, but usually there is some sort root cause for most meanness I experience in my nursing practice. I ...
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    How Do I Deal With Suspected Abuse?

    How Do I Deal With Suspected Abuse?
    As nurses, we have a duty to report all cases of suspected abuse. Your healthcare facility likely has a policy and procedure outlining the exact steps you should take. Consider this a refresher course, especially as sometimes these situations can catch us off guard and there may not be a more senior nurse or manual to consult. In general, you should: ...
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    Funny Nursing Superstitions

    Funny Nursing Superstitions
    “Superstition: An irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome.” -from the American Heritage Dictionary With St. Patrick’s Day happening this month, I have been loving all the green and the so-called lucky four-leaf clovers floating around the hospital. I’m hoping all this “luck” will rub off on our floor: ...
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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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    How to Deal With a Racist Patient

    How to Deal With a Racist Patient
    Patients come in all shapes and flavors. Sometimes that flavor is ignorant. America is a layered, cosmopolitan country comprised of people of various faiths and ethnicities. Most Americans would agree this is a positive and enlightening thing, but there are a few bad apples out there. Sometimes a closed-minded or culturally illiterate patient is going to wind up in one of ...
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    Hospitals Can Be Deadly?

    Hospitals Can Be Deadly?
    Many of us think of hospitals as a safe haven from diseases. It’s a place where people “get better.” But would it surprise you to know that some of the nastiest, most difficult bacteria to conquer are found in hospitals, almost exclusively!!! According to recent studies, almost 2,000,000 infections per year are transmitted to patients in US hospitals, 90,000 of patients ...
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    Nurses and Patient Modesty

    Nurses and Patient Modesty
    Perhaps it is because nurses are consistently voted as the most trusted profession, but some patients and their family really do let it all hang out. Not that I don’t want my patients to be completely comfortable with and all procedures that we encounter together, but there is something to be said for an effort to maintain modesty. We owe it ...
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    4 Reasons to Be a Whistleblower

    4 Reasons to Be a Whistleblower
    As a nurse, one of the most unsettling things one can face is seeing a doctor do something incorrect, incompetent, or unethical. Luckily, the vast majority of doctors don't cause a problem in this area. They're well educated, conscientious, and completely trustworthy. But doctors are human, and there are situations when nurses see things from doctors that trigger the questions no ...
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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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    How to Deal With an Unreasonable Boss

    How to Deal With an Unreasonable Boss
    Not all managers are like me. Some are mean, arrogant and don’t care about their staff. That is not me…..I am better than that. There will come a time, at least once, in your career where you will hit a wall when you are trying to deal with your manager. They don’t listen to what you have to say, they don’t ...
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    How to Say No to the Head Nurse

    How to Say No to the Head Nurse
    Working as a nurse can be very taxing at times. You’ll have to deal with senior nurses, matrons, doctors and other medical staff, some of whom may outrank you. Sometimes, you may face unreasonable demands from your head nurse. Saying No to unreasonable demands on time and efforts is a tough job, given the criticality of a health care center environment. ...
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    Healthcare Stepping-Stone Jobs

    Healthcare Stepping-Stone Jobs
    You don't need a four-year college degree to qualify for some of the fastest-growing jobs in healthcare. Many occupations on healthcare employers' most-wanted lists require two or fewer years of education and can serve as springboards to higher positions. [widget:school_finder_widget__nursinglink] "There are a number of allied-health professions that have career ladders attached to them," says Debra Stock, the American Hospital Association's ...
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    7 Simple Ways to Get the Hiring Manager's Name

    7 Simple Ways to Get the Hiring Manager's Name
    How does one go about getting the name of someone in human resources or the name of a hiring manager? Job listings posted all over the place simply read: No phone calls and direct résumé to BD or some other letter combination at some post office box or no-reply e-mail address. Getting a name is like pulling a needle from a ...
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    6 Style Tips for Interview Success

    6 Style Tips for Interview Success
    In a tight job market, what you wear to an interview could be the difference between getting an offer and getting rejected. "By not really investing in your appearance, it can actually cost you the job," says New York City-based image consultant and personal stylist David A. McKnight. "Nine out of 10 employers say, when all else is equal, they select ...
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    EMR or Paper Charting

    EMR or Paper Charting
    What kind of nerdy nurse would I be if I wasn’t an advocate of Electronic Medical Records (EMR)? Not worthy of my title, at the very least. As a nerd, I am pretty much required to preach the glories of my geeky infatuations. Not only to justify my obsessions, but also to promote more growth and innovation in the tech world. ...
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    How Flexible Should You Be When Accepting a Job?

    How Flexible Should You Be When Accepting a Job?
    In tough times, job seekers are often advised to be flexible about issues from commute length to salary to job title. But while it's true that you have to be realistic, some compromises may end up hurting you more than they help. "I don't believe that you just cave and take anything," said Mary Jeanne Vincent, a career coach in Monterey, ...
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    Public Not-For-Profit Hospital Vs. a Private For-Profit Corporate Hospital

    Public Not-For-Profit Hospital Vs. a Private For-Profit Corporate Hospital
    I work for a private, corporate hospital as a floor nurse. I am precepting at a public, independent hospital in an administrative role. The differences in the way things are done and the possibilities for change and innovation are astounding. As much as I am a loyalists, and would really love to stay where I am, as a nurse who wants ...
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    Craziest Moments in My Nursing Career

    Craziest Moments in My Nursing Career
    Nurses love telling stories, don't we? If I didn't know any better you'd think we were all serving in the military in some fashion the way we tell stories of days long ago. If it isn't an incident that happens at work, it's something someone says or does. Or maybe it's something you see at the bedside. A lot of times ...
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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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    How Many People Are Involved in Patient Care?

    How Many People Are Involved in Patient Care?
    My clinical experience has been very eye-opening. I feel like I have learned so much about how a hospital functions, and yet know I have so much more to learn. To be embraced and invited into the executive meetings and to see the processes that occur to make change withing the organization with patient care as the the bottom line has ...
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