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    Meet the Moderators: HerbalNurse

    Meet the Moderators: HerbalNurse
    Hey NursingLink members! Wondering who might be able to help you with questions about our community? Need some one-the-job advice from a seasoned nurse? Well meet your new moderator HerbalNurse! We think Joyce's positive energy will be a great addition to our NursingLink community, and we asked her four questions to help you get to know her. So without further ado, ...
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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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    Minimizing Compassion Fatigue

    Minimizing Compassion Fatigue
    Having been a nurse for over 20 years, I have experienced burnout or compassion fatigue several times during this journey. Wikipedia describes the follow symptoms of compassion fatigue: "Sufferers can exhibit several symptoms including hopelessness, a decrease in experiences of pleasure, constant stress and anxiety, and a pervasive negative attitude. This can have detrimental effects on individuals, both professionally and personally, ...
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    More Nurses Means Better Care

    More Nurses Means Better Care
    While my first reaction is that this is a Duh Study, the more I think about it, the more important a study like this may really be. Nurses know how to give good nursing care. They also know they are extremely limited in giving quality care by the number of patients they have on any given shift and how much care ...
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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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    Are You Better Than Your Boss at Her Job?

    Are You Better Than Your Boss at Her Job?
    In a recent Monster homepage poll, we asked, "Could you do your current (or most recent) boss's job better than he or she does?" Here's what you had to say: Of 3,032 U.S. respondents, 69.23 percent think they could outperform their boss (and more than half of those respondents would describe their boss as "incompetent"). And less than 12 percent think ...
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    What Your Workspace Says About You

    What Your Workspace Says About You
    If you spend a lot of time at a desk, personalizing the space makes sense -- whether it's a private corner office or a shared cubicle. But just as your clothes and body language make an impression on others, your workspace gives coworkers and clients a distinct impression about you. Plants, books, artwork -- even your name plaque -- transmit clues ...
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    How Nurses Can Fight Sexual Harassment

    How Nurses Can Fight Sexual Harassment
    Sexual harassment of nurses can be as simple as a patient's unwanted flirtatious winks or as elaborate as a male hospital physician's systematic assaults on female employees. And nurses are likely to encounter this occupational hazard. In a University of Missouri study, 21 of 29 nurses surveyed said patients had sexually harassed them. A 2001 NurseWeek/American Organization of Nurse Executives study ...
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    Top 10 Signs Your Patient May Be a Drug Seeker

    Top 10 Signs Your Patient May Be a Drug Seeker
    Let’s face it: We’ve all doubted certain patients’ complaints of pain. We’ve all wondered whether their “pain” was really a not-so-cleverly disguised cry for a cheap fix. So how do you know if your patient is in pain—or just wants drugs? In Part I and Part II of our Pain Management series, ER doc Brady Pregerson and Nurse Rebekah Child examined ...
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    10 Signs You Shouldn't Quit (Just Yet)

    10 Signs You Shouldn't Quit (Just Yet)
    Unsure whether you should keep your job or seek greener pastures? While a shaky economy shouldn't keep you in a job you can't stand, you can watch for these 10 signs that could tell you you're fine right where you are. 1. You're Happy We're not talking mere complacency here, but genuine happiness. If you're happy, you're going to be more ...
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    10 Career Lessons From Dad

    10 Career Lessons From Dad
    As nurses, it's your job to take care of people, but who looks after you? When we were children, that was our parents. We always had our dads looking out for us, taking care of us, and protecting us. Whether you're still daddy's little girl, or the son that reminds him of himself, you know that a father's love runs deep. ...
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    Customer Service in Health Care

    Customer Service in Health Care
    Last week I spent four days at Disney World with my family. It was amazing see the magic of it all though my four year old’s eyes. One of the biggest things I was amazed by was how friendly everybody was. And their friendliness made even waiting for over an hour for a three minute ride tolerable. I saw people yelling ...
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    Dealing With Mandatory Overtime

    Dealing With Mandatory Overtime
    Once again, a coworker called in sick, and once again, you’ve been asked — no, make that required — to stay into the next shift. You’ve already worked 12 hours, you haven’t seen your kids all day and you have guests coming in tomorrow. Staying late was not in your plans. First, take a deep breath. Responding in haste isn’t going ...
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    Patient Boundaries in Nursing

    Patient Boundaries in Nursing
    Do you recognize anyone in this picture? The one wearing the nurse’s cap is yours truly. The cute little gentleman was my patient. This picture appeared in my nursing school yearbook, circa 1977. (Did we all have bad hair like that back then?) I remember loving my little geriatric patients. Yes, all patients need support and understanding, but nurses must know ...
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    Who's Not Washing Their Hands?

    Cold season is upon us, and the constant advice you will hear from doctors and friends it to keep washing your hands. Everyone claims they do, but do they really? A recent study found that although most people claim to wash their hands after dirty activities, when you observe them in person, the story (especially for men) is a little ...
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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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    14 Favorite Moments in Nursing

    14 Favorite Moments in Nursing
    Nursing certainly has its ups and downs, but the happy moments make the profession worthwhile. Here is a collection of quotes from nurses as they reflect on the best moments of their career. 1. “The ‘ups’ of nursing are when a discharged patient and his family knock on the ICU door with heartfelt thanks to you and your team for taking ...
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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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    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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    How Toxic is Your Workplace?

    How Toxic is Your Workplace?
    Nobody loves going to work all the time--but there's a difference between routine workplace hassles and a working environment that stresses you out to the point of illness, according to Linnda Durre, the author of "Surviving the Toxic Workplace." Durre suggests that hostile working environments typically have one or more types of dysfunction--how many symptoms does yours have? Unfairness [widget:a_day_in_the_life] You ...
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