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    New Nurse? What Sets Your Resume Apart?

    New Nurse? What Sets Your Resume Apart?
    Across the country is seemingly a contradiction of needs. Projections point toward a nursing shortage while in reality at this time, hundreds of nurses are graduating from nursing school and cannot find a job. I read story after story from new nurse graduates who cannot find employment and desperation is setting in. As a former nurse manager I read these stories ...
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    7 Deadly Sins for New Hires

    7 Deadly Sins for New Hires
    Congratulations, you landed the job! The hard part is over, right? Not exactly. Your first few weeks in a new company are crucial — they can determine whether your future is paradise or purgatory. And we're not talking only about mastering the technical aspects of your new job. How you behave in your new work environment is just as important — ...
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    How to Document Your Patient Assessments

    How to Document Your Patient Assessments
    The Case Description: Mr. James is a 57 year old gentleman admitted to room 224A two days ago for dehydration secondary to nausea and vomiting for three days. His sclera is slightly yellowed and his abdomen is distended and tender to palpation especially in the upper right quadrant. After two days of IV lasix therapy, he has 2+ edema in his ...
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    5 Ways to Launch Your Nursing Career

    5 Ways to Launch Your Nursing Career
    In spite of a well-publicized nursing shortage, the job market is currently tight for new graduates and even some laid-off nurses. A sluggish economy has resulted in older nurses delaying retirement, working nurses picking up extra hours and experienced nurses who have been out of the workforce seeking part-time and full-time employment. Additionally, some facilities simply don’t have the financial or ...
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    Communication in Nursing

    Communication in Nursing
    We had a BIG lapse in communication on the floor recently. A vital patient assessment was communicated incorrectly and the effect was scary. As usual, the lapse was not just one person’s fault, and the whole unit was upset. Ever played Gossip? It’s a game where a “secret” is whispered into the ear of one person, then that person whispers the ...
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    Overcoming Orientation Nerves

    Overcoming Orientation Nerves
    As a new nurse with a (very small amount) of experience under my belt, I’m about to start a new job and once again I have the orientation-willies. Since I’ve already undergone a lengthy orientation as a brand-spanking-new nurse, I have a healthy fear and respect for orientation and also have in place a good set of coping skills (read someone ...
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    Patient Care: Check Your Feelings at the Door

    Patient Care: Check Your Feelings at the Door
    Saving the life of a murderer? Caring for a gang member? A prisoner? Treating a pedophile? Check your personal feelings at the door? All of these scenarios are very real, and can happen to you being a nurse. In fact, for me, they’ve happened. We all are trained, educated, re-trained, and re-educated on the standard of care. It’s called discrimination and ...
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    Demystifying Critical Thinking Skills

    Demystifying Critical Thinking Skills
    Critical thinking skills are an important aspect of nursing. The concept can be a nightmare for some nursing students who struggle to understand. It’s a popular topic for many a nursing thesis or publication which many times only serves to further confuse the students. It’s not really that complex of a concept if one takes the time to break it down ...
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    The One Mistake Nurses Should Never Make

    The One Mistake Nurses Should Never Make
    So I know when you read the title all you could think about was ‘what is it??!’ Anyone who is a nurse or on their way to being a nurse can use this piece of advice! We live in the world of life and death. I don’t think anyone will argue with me on that. We can have many levels of ...
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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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    A Translation Guide for Physician-Speak

    A Translation Guide for Physician-Speak
    Are you a new nurse? Do you find yourself bewildered by doctor-speak? Don't panic! Auntie Jo has your translation guide right here. Physician: "This will feel like a pinch." Translation: "This will feel like I'm shooting you with a small-caliber handgun in slow motion." Physician: "The patient presents with an interesting medical history…" Translation: "Way too much to go into here; ...
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    Best Practices for Charting

    Best Practices for Charting
    Providing excellent patient care is the most important aspect of nursing. Moreover, taking credit for the care given is also an important responsibility. Most nurses hate the paperwork more than any other aspect of their job, but it’s critical that it be done, and be done well. As with every aspect of quality patient care, charting should be exceptional; it should ...
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    When a Patient Doesn’t Want You as Their Nurse

    When a Patient Doesn’t Want You as Their Nurse
    Look at this lucky man: He has a whole flock of young student nurses standing by to meet his every need. I bet this gentleman loved every single nurse in that picture. Enjoy his adoration, ladies; sometime during your nursing career, someone isn’t going to want you as their nurse. It happens to everyone and it feels like a slap in ...
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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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    Beginner's Mistake

    Beginner's Mistake
    As a nurse we have hundreds, if not thousands of things to do and remember each and every day. We have become masters of multitasking, or so we think. Is it any wonder that we make mistakes? The biggest part is trying to minimize the damage of those mistakes, take responsibility for our mistakes and learn from those mistakes so we ...
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    Applying Nursing Skills Outside of Work

    Applying Nursing Skills Outside of Work
    Last Valentine’s Day I decided to wake up early and make my beau a homemade chocolate chip cookie cake, all decorated with a cartoon picture of us. It was going to be perfect, but I had to get up super early to get started on it. The problem with that is: I am not a morning person. Nevertheless, I am mixing ...
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    6 Things Your Patients Won't Tell You

    6 Things Your Patients Won't Tell You
    "Everybody lies" is the mantra of Dr. Gregory House, and it's not just true on a fictional drama like House. Are your patients lying to you? As a nurse, you've come across your fair share of fibbing cases, and you know some patients will go to great lengths to cover up something they don't want you to know. Fortunately, nurses are ...
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    Body Language Cues for Nurses

    Body Language Cues for Nurses
    As a healthcare provider, you know that a patient’s body language often tells you more than her words do about how she’s feeling. At the same time, you’re sending your patients messages with your own body language. Rarely do we think about what message our body language might be sending. If your body language is relaxed and confident, you can help ...
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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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    Survival Tips for Every Nurse

    Survival Tips for Every Nurse
    Survival is in our nature. In fact, surviving is not an option, it's an expectation. The difference between surviving and drowning is how well you ride the ‘wave'. Only my fellow nurses will understand what I mean by the ‘wave'. You know – it's that feeling you got when you first decided to become a nurse. It was then that feeling ...
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