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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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    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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    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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    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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    Start Your New Job on the Right Foot

    Start Your New Job on the Right Foot
    Securing a new job is akin to a successful product launching! All the time spent running a well-organized marketing campaign and now the product is in the market. Well…you've landed your new job! As in the product launch, you want to continually work on product positioning and posturing for long term success, right? Likewise, you want to do so for your ...
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    20 Career Lessons from Celebrities

    Celebrities. We love to hate them. We also love to watch their every move, laugh at their mistakes and scrutinize their decisions. Like them or not, their celebrity status means not only have they achieved career success, they’ve also got a hell of a lot to lose. And sometimes, whatever actions have helped catapult them to fame or rendered them ...
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    Jumpstart Your Nursing Career with an Entry-Level Hospital Job

    Jumpstart Your Nursing Career with an Entry-Level Hospital Job
    Healthcare is one industry where good employees are always in demand. With the aging Baby Boom generation expected to stretch the healthcare system to its limit, hospitals and other healthcare employers have a continuing need for workers to fill a variety of entry-level roles, such as dietary aide, admissions representative, administrative assistant, medical records assistant, housekeeper, patient technician, unit clerk and ...
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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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    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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    The Tough Love of Nursing

    The Tough Love of Nursing
    It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it. Yes, I’m being both facetious and literal. Dirty as in messy: I won’t even elaborate on some of the ‘fluids’ and ’spills’ we nurses have to clean up. Dirty as in being ‘firm’ or dare I say ‘mean’ is also in our repertoire. Sometimes in order to get our message heard ...
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    Make the Right Impression with Business Cards

    Make the Right Impression with Business Cards
    Take a look the next time you see two professional people meet each other for the first time. Chances are, they’ll shake hands and exchange business cards. Each hands the other her card, looks it over, and gets on with the conversation or business at hand. If you’re like most nurses, you probably don’t have a business card. But every professional ...
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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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    How to Get Paid at an Unpaid Internship

    How to Get Paid at an Unpaid Internship
    The idealist in you wants to take that great but unpaid internship you heard about the other day. After all, it will give you critical experience in your chosen career field that will help you land a job after graduation. But the realist in you rightly argues, "How are you going to pay your bills?" The unpaid internship dilemma is one ...
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    Eaten in the ICU

    Eaten in the ICU
    It’s been a very long first week of summer. School started and we’ve been thrown head first into the ICU. It’s exciting, and horrifying all at the same time. The way my school’s program is set up, we have our first year dedicated to fundamentals and med-surg, and then we break out for the second year into OB, peds, and psych, ...
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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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    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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    Find Your First Nursing Job

    Find Your First Nursing Job
    When you're trying to find your first job as a health professional, it may seem the cards are stacked against you. After all, employers prefer job candidates with experience, and can't get that requisite experience unless someone hires them, right? It's a vicious circle, but you can escape it. With some patience and persistence, you should be able to work in ...
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    How to Make a Lasting First Impression

    How to Make a Lasting First Impression
    I have heard that it takes only thirty seconds for the average person to decide if they like someone they just met. If we are picking out friends, great, no need to waste time on somebody you don’t like right from the start. But in the workplace, that first impression is key in setting the stage for developing a professional relationship ...
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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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    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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