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    Getting Around NursingLink

    Getting Around NursingLink
    So now that you've found your way to NursingLink, what exactly is there do? There are many ways to be interactive and if you need some ideas, this guide will show you exactly what there is to do in each section. Careers You can search our job listings to see who is hiring nurses. We've partnered with Monster.com to bring you ...
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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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    How to Manage a Complaint (and Protect Your Nursing License!)

    How to Manage a Complaint (and Protect Your Nursing License!)
    Did you know that anyone – your employer, a co-worker, a patient, even a jilted lover – can file a complaint against your practice? Handle it well, and you could turn it into a valuable learning experience. Handle it poorly, and you could lose your license. NursingLink spoke to a Sheryl Oakes Caddy, a nurse, nursing faculty instructor and an attorney ...
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    How to Sign Up for the Newsletter

    Twice a week, NursingLink sends out a recap of the best and most popular content from our site. It also showcases new and under-the-radar features you might have never known were there! Plus, it's FREE! How to Sign Up for the NursingLink Newsletter FOR NON-MEMBERS: 1) On the NursingLink homepage, you'll see a sign up box for the newsletter on the ...
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    How to Conduct a Pain Assessment

    How to Conduct a Pain Assessment
    If you ask 10 people to describe pain, you will get 10 different responses. Pain is a very individual sensation and it is interpreted differently depending on so many variables. For nurses, this means that not only do we need to understand the mechanisms of pain, we need to understand how pain is interpreted by others. Stub Your Toe, Do You ...
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    How to Get a Flexible Work Schedule

    How to Get a Flexible Work Schedule
    Men and women are feeling the squeeze: on one end from child care, for which, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 15 percent of workers had access to employer assistance in 2006, and on the other end from elder care as demographics shift toward an aging population. With these dual responsibilities in mind, some are looking to flexible ...
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    How to Handle Difficult Patients

    How to Handle Difficult Patients
    They complain, criticize, shout, swear and may even try to hit you. Difficult patients are an unfortunate fact of life in healthcare. But knowing how to identify, understand and respond to them can make your work life safer and less stressful. *+Identify Difficult Patients+* It's sometimes possible to predict which patients will likely become difficult, abusive or violent. Alzheimer's patients, for ...
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    How to Perform a Head-to-Toe Assessment

    How to Perform a Head-to-Toe Assessment
    This article describes the basics of a head-to-toe assessment which is a vital aspect of nursing. It should be done each time you encounter a patient for the first time each shift (or visit, for home care, clinic or office nurses). This assessment includes assessment of the physical, emotional and mental aspects of all body systems as well as the environmental ...
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    How to Handle a Patient With Alzheimer's Disease

    How to Handle a Patient With Alzheimer's Disease
    Alzheimer’s doesn’t play favorites. The soccer mom who was president of a neighborhood volunteer organization in years past may now be an angry woman, pacing the floor, trying to “escape” from the facility where she now lives. The professor who held court in front of thousands of students over the years may now be unable to lift the spoon to his ...
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    How to Deal With an Unhelpful Charge Nurse

    How to Deal With an Unhelpful Charge Nurse
    Few things are more frustrating than working with a charge nurse who just doesn’t get it. But before you blow up, take a deep breath. Then ask yourself: What exactly is the problem? Are you frustrated because your charge nurse asks you to do one thing, then complains because you haven’t done something else? Do they refuse to help out on ...
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    How to Write Your Yearly Self-Evaluation

    How to Write Your Yearly Self-Evaluation
    It happens every year. Nurses must write a self-evaluation when it's time to get their raise. No worries, right? Wrong! What you write can affect what your boss is willing to shell out of his or her pocket at the beginning of the fiscal year. Learn how to write a self-evaluation that will make your boss think you're the greatest nurse ...
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    How to Deal With Over Demanding Patients

    How to Deal With Over Demanding Patients
    As a nurse, you’ll be expected to deal with various kinds of situations and many emergencies. However, while you might be prepared to deal with emergencies, dealing with difficult patients is what will tax your resources. You’re not alone in this. Every health care facility has its share of difficult patients. You dread seeing their names on your nursing schedule. The ...
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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 Handle Common Interview Questions

    How to Handle Common Interview Questions
    Every interview has a unique focus, but some questions are asked so often, it makes sense to do all you can to prepare for them. In order to be successful, you need a strategy -- not scripted answers. Your goal should be to emphasize the experiences in your background that best fit what each interviewer is looking for. In this series, ...
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    How to Determine Needle Size

    How to Determine Needle Size
    There are several factors which need to be considered in choosing the size of a needle to use for an injection or “shot”. They include such issues as: • the type and viscosity of the medication • the size and age of the patient • the mobility status of the patient • the desired absorption rate for the medication In general ...
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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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    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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    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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    How to Make a Successful IV Stick

    How to Make a Successful IV Stick
    Everyday as a nurse is an opportunity to experience little victories. These are small moments when you accomplish a task, fix a problem, or even when you complete a standard intervention. There are a few things in nursing that fail to get your endorphins pumping and don't make you feel accomplished. And one of those little victories is a successful IV ...
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    How to Deal With PTSD Patients

    How to Deal With PTSD Patients
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD, is commonly associated with veterans and combat stress; but this anxiety disorder can strike anyone who has experienced a traumatic event. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 7% to 8% of Americans are expected to have PTSD at some point in their lives, and an estimated 5.2 million adults have PTSD in ...
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