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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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    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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    8 Amazing Skills Nurses Have

    8 Amazing Skills Nurses Have
    Think nursing is just another profession? Think again. Nurses aren't your everyday people – they are amazing individuals who have chosen a career dedicated to helping others. It isn't just enough to want to help people; a true nurse has a pretty unique skill set. From being a multi-tasking queen (or king!), to playing mediator, or holding a patient's hand, nurses ...
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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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    Body Language Every Nurse Should Know

    Body Language Every Nurse Should Know
    In the health care setting, life-or-death situations can spell high-flying emotions — not just from patients, but from team members and your nurse manager. This guide to body language will help you “read” what a person may not necessarily be telling you. For example, want to know the secrets that your manager’s body language may be telling you? The nonverbal cues ...
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    7 Things to Learn from a "Lifer" Nurse

    You've got a lot to learn, grasshopper! Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the differences between seasoned nurses, whom we call "lifers" because they will likely retire on our floor and have been around a long time, and new nurses. This probably has something to do with the fact that, in my new job, I am working with nurses ...
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    4 Preceptor Personality Types

    More thoughts on orientation because, as I’ve stated before, I am about to be an orientee again, and am trying to psyche myself up so I can survive! I walked away from my last stint as an orientee with this thought: there is not a formula for the perfect preceptor—perfect preceptors do NOT exist! Through experience I adopted a healthy ...
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    Lateral Violence in Nursing

    Lateral Violence in Nursing
    I’ve written about lateral violence (the act of nurses being bullies) frequently in the past. To be completely honest, I hate that this is something that I even know about, and especially felt the need to write about. Not because I don’t think the issue should be addressed, but its just completely absurd that it exists at all. The jokes and ...
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    Demanding Health Literacy

    Demanding Health Literacy
    Patient teaching and patient education are big topics in nursing. Good preventative health education helps keep people from becoming patients and good patient education helps patients from getting worse or helps them manage their condition or illness. It used to be that nurses had time to sit down and discuss various issues with their patients, answering questions and generally providing support. ...
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    Surviving Workforce Reorganization

    Surviving Workforce Reorganization
    Over the past several months there have been murmurs of budget problems at your facility. You are not overly concerned, having survived hard times in the past. The department director has requested a meeting with you for this afternoon. Upon entering the conference room, you are greeted by your director and the manager of human resources. There is a stack of ...
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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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    Bedside Nursing Care by the Numbers

    Bedside Nursing Care by the Numbers
    I think we all can appreciate the argument. Nurses feel overwhelmed when the nurse-to-patient ratio is extended beyond our means. Not only beyond our means, but also when it borders on compromising patient safety. That has always been the source of our angst and distress. Having one nurse care for additional patients in a single assignment becomes cumbersome and borders on ...
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    10 Superstitions in Nursing

    10 Superstitions in Nursing
    Does the idea of working on Friday the 13th make you squirm? Have you banned the "Q" word from ever being uttered on your floor? If you said yes to either of these, you're definitely a superstitious nurse. If you said no, let's see if you're really not superstitious, or if you're just not aware of it yet! 1. The "Q" ...
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    My Burnout as a Bedside Nurse

    My Burnout as a Bedside Nurse
    I must confess: I love being a nurse! I have been a nurse for 21 years now. Funny, I completed nursing school when I was 31 (with three children, a husband, and a very busy life). I remember when contemplating finishing school as a nurse I thought briefly I was too old to go back to school. (I was 28 at ...
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    5 Shocking Stats About Doctors

    To most people, doctors are usually considered to be respectable, knowledgeable, impartial, and — above all — healthy. Patients go to doctors hoping to have their questions answered, their ailments fixed, and — most importantly — for peace of mind. When doctors take the Hippocratic Oath, they are promising to serve to the best of their ability but, at the ...
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    Healthcare Violence

    Healthcare Violence
    There is so much violence in the world, and it can trickle down to anyone. I’m a nurse and I work in an emergency room, and I’ve been assaulted more than once by the very patient I’m taking care of. One of my most recent experiences with workplace violence was in July 2009. As I was taking report from the EMS, ...
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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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    10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Bedside Manner

    Emma Wilkinson reveals how you can boost your counseling and interpersonal skills, by bearing in mind a few rules when dealing with patients. It doesn't have to be this hard - we promise! Developing a good 'bedside manner' is just as important as improving clinical skills in expanding your role. Whether it's dealing with the embarrassing medical complaint, the overly nervous ...
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    Therapeutic Communication Isn't Easy

    Therapeutic Communication Isn't Easy
    One of the more challenging subjects for me when it comes to test-taking are the questions revolving around therapeutic communication. I think it’s mostly because when we look at the range of topics we have to cover, we see therapeutic communication as something “easy” since we all communicate every day. And unless we’ve had some bad relationships lately because we can’t ...
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    6 Annoying Things Doctors Tell Their Patients

    6 Annoying Things Doctors Tell Their Patients
    Visiting the doctor can be a stressful ordeal, and not just because it's often related to some sort of medical issue. Between all the forms to fill out and spending more time in the waiting room than you do actually interacting with your physician, the amount of time spent can seem like a major hassle. While in reality the vast majority ...
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