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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 Handle Bullies in Nursing

    How to Handle Bullies in Nursing
    Did you know that bullying affects at least half of the American workforce? According to a study published in 2010, back in 2007, 35% of workers in the U.S. reported having been bullied, while another 15% witnessed workplace bullying. That’s half the American workforce who admitted to experiencing or witnessing bullying behaviors. Bullying goes beyond the playground; it's more than just ...
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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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    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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    How to Handle a Teenager With an STD

    How to Handle a Teenager With an STD
    First things first: Treat the STD. With few exceptions, all teens in the United States can legally consent to confidential diagnosis and treatment of STDs. Be professional. No teen wants to hear a sermon, and lecturing about responsible sexual behavior rarely does any good, so keep your judgments to yourself. Your job is to provide accurate information, compassionate care and appropriate ...
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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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    On Euthanasia

    On Euthanasia
    This week I had to put my dog of 16 years to sleep. He was my best friend and constant companion for all those years. I had him before I married my wife and was there for me for all the good and bad parts of my life. After I left the vet’s office, it got me thinking about the debate ...
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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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    Surviving the Night Shift

    Surviving the Night Shift
    Health care isn't a 9-to-5 job. It's an around-the-clock profession, and working evening or night hours is a way of life for many health professionals. Such shifts can take a physical and emotional toll on workers, experts say, but there are ways to prevent the damage. Here are suggestions for surviving - and even thriving - despite a draining schedule. Understand ...
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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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    Malpractice Insurance 101

    Malpractice Insurance 101
    You can never be too safe. In no industry is that more true than in healthcare. No matter your job title, you are impacting patients' lives every day. You may think that medical malpractice insurance only applies to physicians and nurses, but in actuality, almost every healthcare professional can obtain some form of malpractice coverage either through your employer, a professional ...
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    Nursing with a Movement Disorder

    Nursing with a Movement Disorder
    Intensive Care nursing with dystonia is not for the faint of heart, but it's really doable. Okay, so how did a wannabe artist/photographer end up working nights surrounded by medical equipment and really sick people? I blame it on my father. Of course, he's not here to defend himself anymore, but take my word for it, there was no way that ...
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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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    Signs of a Selfish Boss

    Signs of a Selfish Boss
    If you've ever worked in a medical environment, you've probably dealt with some breed of bad boss. Micromanagers, control freaks, and selfish tyrants lurk at all levels of organizations, their destructive powers wreaking havoc in the workplace. In fact, employee-employer relations are major stressors for even the savviest nurses. According to a Gallup poll, supervisor problems surpass most other areas of ...
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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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    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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    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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