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    Make Nurses Happy, Some Hospitals Say

    Make Nurses Happy, Some Hospitals Say
    Despite the nursing shortage, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington, has no problem attracting a steady steam of job candidates. "We've never offered nurses a sign-on bonus," says Kathy Franz, the hospital's director of human resources. "Sign-on bonuses typically keep nurses in their jobs for two years. Our goal is to attract candidates who want to work here for other ...
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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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    10 Ways to Lose Your Nursing License

    10 Ways to Lose Your Nursing License
    Although we would like to believe that every nurse is a good person with good intentions, we can't ignore the fact that every year, state nursing boards revoke dozens of licenses. While some of these men and women lose their ability to serve as nurses because of non-nurse related activities, others suffer the consequences of patient endangerment or worse. The threat ...
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    7 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Nursing Career

    Have a happy and healthy work life! When you first become a nurse, it's easy to believe that you'll always love your job. But there will come a time where burnout, frustration and boredom take their toll. While you can't avoid every pitfall all, there are some mistakes that you can veer around. Make the most of your career as ...
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    Battling Burnout in Nursing

    Battling Burnout in Nursing
    The odds are high that burnout will strike every healthcare professional at some point. Health workers - as well as teachers, ministers and others in the caring professions - are at increased risk for the stress syndrome because of the intensity of their work and the emotional bonds they form with the people they're helping, experts say. "Most people in the ...
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    All Nurses Are Leaders

    All Nurses Are Leaders
    Do you consider yourself to be a leader? The definitions of the words leader and manager are often confused. Traditional managers have assigned roles and titles within an organization, as they carry out specific functions, duties and responsibilities. Managers exert control over decision making and obtaining results as they direct both the willing and unwilling. In contrast, leaders do not necessarily ...
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    How to Deal with Pushy Patients

    How to Deal with Pushy Patients
    Every healthcare professional encounters patients who are short-tempered, belligerent or just plain rude from time to time. But the frequency of these encounters may increase as the stress level rises among patients and providers. Experienced physicians and nurse practitioners offer five tips on keeping your cool when tempers flare: Give Patients the Benefit of the Doubt Most patients don't purposefully cause ...
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    Best Practices for Charting

    Best Practices for Charting
    Providing excellent patient care is the most important aspect of nursing. Moreover, taking credit for the care given is also an important responsibility. Most nurses hate the paperwork more than any other aspect of their job, but it’s critical that it be done, and be done well. As with every aspect of quality patient care, charting should be exceptional; it should ...
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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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    High-Octane Nursing

    High-Octane Nursing
    If you're an adrenaline junkie seeking a lifetime of adventure, look no further than emergency nursing, where you could work to save lives in high-pressure situations. Here's a look at some of the aspects that set this niche apart. The Thrill According to Carol Howat, RN, BSN, a nurse in the emergency room of Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois, ...
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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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    6 Common Nursing Career Myths

    6 Common Nursing Career Myths
    Whether you're a veteran healthcare worker or just starting out, some long-held myths about the industry can hinder your career—or stop you before you even get started. Learn the truth about these six common nursing career myths. Myth 1: The nursing shortage guarantees me the perfect job when I graduate. "While the shortage of nurses is acute across the United States, ...
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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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    Culturally Competent Nursing

    Culturally Competent Nursing
    Many nurses might regard a patient who refuses to take a certain medication, constantly has a roomful of visitors or demands that a family member feed him as noncompliant. However, nurses who dig deeper may discover these behaviors are a product of the patient's cultural beliefs and values - deep-rooted ideologies that nurses can preserve or accommodate. "To be a true ...
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    Sleeping During Your Night Shift

    Sleeping During Your Night Shift
    Night shifts, be they 12 or eight hours (1900 to 0700 or 2330 to 0730) are tough to work, even if you work them regularly. It's just not natural for our body to be up and alert all night, only to (hopefully) be refreshed during the day. It seems that no matter how well you think you sleep during the day, ...
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    How Nurses Can Help End Horizontal Hostility in Three Easy Steps

    How Nurses Can Help End Horizontal Hostility in Three Easy Steps
    Nurses are supposed to be compassionate caregivers. So why are so many scarred emotionally from the gossip, backstabbing, second-guessing and other abusive, demoralizing or hostile acts nurses inflict on one another? If you've had enough of the fighting, read on. Veteran nurses explain why such horizontal hostility occurs, revealing the true price it exacts, and share tips for creating a more ...
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    3 Male Nurse Myths

    3 Male Nurse Myths
    When I first decided to enter the nursing profession, I really had no idea what I was getting into. I hadn’t grown up wanting to be a nurse, nor did I give it much thought beforehand. But I was bored and miserable working for the U.S. Postal Service and had to find something that was a lot more mentally stimulating. My ...
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    Should Nurses Blow the Whistle?

    Should Nurses Blow the Whistle?
    With the various corporate scandals of recent years, we've seen plenty of headlines about whistleblowers in the business world. Now, the nursing industry is bringing us its own front-page cases that could see more medical watchdogs come to the fore. Legal experts say the number of whistleblower cases in the healthcare field has been on the rise since 1999, when the ...
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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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    When a Patient Doesn’t Want You as Their Nurse

    When a Patient Doesn’t Want You as Their Nurse
    Look at this lucky man: He has a whole flock of young student nurses standing by to meet his every need. I bet this gentleman loved every single nurse in that picture. Enjoy his adoration, ladies; sometime during your nursing career, someone isn’t going to want you as their nurse. It happens to everyone and it feels like a slap in ...
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