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    Are Personal Beliefs Ruining Healthcare?

    Are Personal Beliefs Ruining Healthcare?
    An EMT instructed to transport a woman to an abortion clinic declines, citing personal beliefs. A nurse ordered to administer a large dose of morphine to a terminal cancer patient in pain refuses, saying the medication could hasten death. A physician turns away a gay patient, apparently on the basis of his sexual orientation. Are these scenarios examples of healthcare workers ...
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    How to Deal With Difficult Parents

    How to Deal With Difficult Parents
    Imagine finding yourself in an overwhelmingly stressful situation. Then imagine having no control over said situation. I have to keep this in mind each day that I venture to work and am faced with a difficult parent or family member. Working in a pediatric facility, I have the added challenge of not only caring for the ill child, but caring in ...
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    Helping the Uninsured – Can Nurses Make a Difference?

    Helping the Uninsured – Can Nurses Make a Difference?
    One in six Americans was living in poverty in 2008, and that number has risen in 2009. Many of these people have gone without—and continue to go without—health insurance. We asked Jane Dellert, a nurse of 41 years who has treated uninsured children at low-cost clinics since the 1990s, what she thinks about the current healthcare crisis and what nurses can ...
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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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    6 Ways You Could Be Kidding Yourself In Your Healthcare Career

    When it comes to your career, do you lie to yourself? The answer is most likely ‘yes.’ In an article I read by Sam Sommers, a professor of psychology at Tufts University, he explains how and why we like to kid ourselves. He explains: “People do this all the time. We bend the facts to fit our self-image, perpetuating a ...
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    6 Tips to Survive Your First Year as a Hospital RN

    6 Tips to Survive Your First Year as a Hospital RN
    The first year on the job is often the toughest for new nursing graduates, especially those who work in hospitals. In fact, new nurse graduates account for more than half of the turnover rate in some hospitals, according to a study published in 2007 by Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing researchers. “There really are multiple reasons for [the first-year exodus],” ...
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    How to Deal With a Diabetic Patient

    How to Deal With a Diabetic Patient
    A diabetic patient can be difficult to handle, especially if the patient has been recently diagnosed. Treating diabetes requires careful monitoring of blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Newly diagnosed diabetic patients may also have to abruptly change their diet, get more exercise and take insulin. As a caregiver, you’ll probably not only treat the patient but also serve as ...
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    4 Ways to Revive Your Passion for Nursing

    [photo:179393] Being a nurse is a rewarding but tough job. The excitement that comes during the first year of your career can fade away as long hours and a bursting schedule take their toll. “Adultitis” can creep into the lives of even the best nurses, and it is NOT something you want to live with. Besides causing loads of stress, it ...
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    The Role of Nursing at the End of Life

    The Role of Nursing at the End of Life
    Although discussing end of life care is often avoided in the general robust working population, working in the healthcare industry has made me highly aware of the importance of making these difficult decisions before it is too late. Typically, when a patient is admitted to the hospital, options for advanced directives are presented and decisions about said directives are encouraged. As ...
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    How to Avoid Workplace Anger's Corrosive Effects

    How to Avoid Workplace Anger's Corrosive Effects
    Mad that you were passed over for a big promotion again? Livid that the bootlickers always seem to get ahead in your organization? Perhaps it's time to consider whether the anger itself, however legitimate, is holding you back. Evidence suggests many of us are walking around the office feeling resentful, though we may be unaware of the cumulative toll bitter actions ...
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    When a Nurse Says, "I Don't Care"

    When a Nurse Says, "I Don't Care"
    I don’t care. Those aren’t the words you want to hear coming from the mouth of a nurse. Now true, nurses are human, and there are things that we don’t care about, but the phrase itself, while on the job, just sounds so… unprofessional. As nurses, we encounter so many challenges every day. Often times we have to wait on other ...
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    Disaster Relief Nursing 101

    Disaster Relief Nursing 101
    We like to control our surroundings, whether it be at home or at work. We could argue that nurses can’t control their work environment because of the unknown patient or event that may lie right around the corner, but uncertainty and the unknown is nothing compared to a nurse working in a disaster zone. Disasters come in many forms, from those ...
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    Got Sued? What Initially Happens When a Lawsuit is Filed

    Got Sued?  What Initially Happens When a Lawsuit is Filed
    No one goes to work with the idea that they will be sued for malpractice today. However, nurses understand that not all patients will get well, and some patients will believe they were misdiagnosed or mistreated. When you receive court documents, whether by mail, by deputy sheriff, or private process server, your life will change, and you will need expert help ...
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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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    How to Ask for a Raise in a Recession

    How to Ask for a Raise in a Recession
    The current economic climate doesn’t exactly lend itself to asking for a raise. With all the talk of bailouts, budget cuts and layoffs (not to mention undue bonuses), many an employee is wary of asking for more money. But what if you deserve a raise? According to some experts, you are in luck. Now could actually be the best time to ...
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    Top 10 Pocket-Essentials for Nursing and Clinicals

    Top 10 Pocket-Essentials for Nursing and Clinicals
    Every nurse (and student nurse!) carries around the essentials, here’s my “Top Ten” pocket-essentials for nursing and clinicals! 1. Pens – There’s something magical about nursing – nurses can make pens disappear into thin air! Make sure you keep extras near by, but always have a black ink pen on hand. Even if your hospital has gone paper-less, you’ll need it ...
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    How Do I Deal with Nurse Bullies?

    How Do I Deal with Nurse Bullies?
    Any nurse who has been rejected by a nurse clique or has been the victim of another nurse’s malicious gossip wonders, “Weren’t we all supposed to grow out of this?” Unfortunately, no. According to one study, 38 percent of working adults have experienced bullying at work and 42 percent have witnessed bullying behavior. And while most workplace bullies are men, women ...
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    Make or Break Your Nursing Career Over Lunch

    Make or Break Your Nursing Career Over Lunch
    You’d think it would be easy. At lunchtime you get hungry, so you grab some food from the hospital cafeteria and go on with your shift. However, lunch at the hospital is rarely that simple. What you eat, where you eat and whom you eat with are all things your coworkers are paying attention to. This doesn’t mean every lunch has ...
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    10 Nursing Rules You've Never Heard Of

    It’s said that ignorance of the law is no defense—but how do we know we’re breaking a law if we don’t know it exists? Luckily, we do know the serious laws, particularly those that have to do with practicing nursing. We know about HIPAA, that diverting narcotics is a Bad Thing, and that we can’t strangle a visitor who is getting ...
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    10 Funny Evolutionary Upgrades for Nurses

    10 Funny Evolutionary Upgrades for Nurses
    According to evolutionary theory, we all evolved from more basic species. Animals grew limbs if they needed them and developed lungs to live on the ground. Some changed colors to blend into the fauna, while others developed serious defense mechanisms, like the quills on a porcupine. So, as evolution continues, perhaps the perfect nurse will evolve from the simple human she ...
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