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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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    Is Sexual Harassment a Severe Crime... or Not?

    Is Sexual Harassment a Severe Crime... or Not?
    The CEO of Hewlett Packard, Mark Hurd, got fired last week following an investigation into sexual harassment claims made by a former contractor, Jodie Fisher. After the probe into the allegations, the company found Hurd had not violated HP’s sexual harassment policy but he did monkey around with $20,000 of company funds. Now Fisher, who was also a reality show contestant, ...
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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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    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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    Handshake Etiquette for Nurses

    Ahh, the shaking of hands. It sounds simple enough: Two hands meet and greet and do a little shake. Easy, right? Not so fast. Unfortunately, there are quite a few ways a handshake can go south. From an overly moist hand to a bone-crushing grip, handshakes come in all shapes and sizes — and only the best will hit the ...
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    Getting into Leadership Roles as a Woman

    Getting into Leadership Roles as a Woman
    There's a lot of talk about the pipeline — that magical conveyer belt that calls a select few up toward the top of organizations. The pipeline is critically important for women, who in most organizations are notably absent from it. This underrepresentation of eligible females is often cited as the excuse for everything from pay inequity and the shortage of women ...
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    How to Tell if a Layoff is Coming

    How to Tell if a Layoff is Coming
    Almost all mature companies have shed employees at some point--and in most cases the pink slips don't come as a surprise. "Very often senior management will delay a decision to cut headcount, so unless there is a quick catastrophic event, layoffs have been a long time coming," explains Scott Steinberg, CEO of TechSavvy Global. How can you know if your job ...
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    Communication in Nursing

    Communication in Nursing
    We had a BIG lapse in communication on the floor recently. A vital patient assessment was communicated incorrectly and the effect was scary. As usual, the lapse was not just one person’s fault, and the whole unit was upset. Ever played Gossip? It’s a game where a “secret” is whispered into the ear of one person, then that person whispers the ...
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    Thinking on "Thankful"

    Thinking on "Thankful"
    I guess this is the month to talk about being thankful, which is an area I struggle with and need to continuously work on in my own life. It is so difficult for me to look beyond what I have—and yes, I have everything I need—and instead look for the stuff out there that I really, really want. I really believe ...
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    Should Nurses Believe in Ghosts?

    Should Nurses Believe in Ghosts?
    How many night nurses have you met who swear they have, at one time or another, seen or heard something during their shifts that can’t quite be explained? According to a CBS News article in 2005, 22 percent of Americans believe they have seen or felt a ghost and 48 percent said they believe in ghosts. As healthcare professionals who deal ...
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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 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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    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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    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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    Budget Your Bonus

    Budget Your Bonus
    Memo to Americans: As a group, for every $1,000 we bring in after taxes, we are saving $7, according to the Commerce Department. Why bring this up? Because if you're anticipating an annual bonus this year, you should probably skip the cruise. Considering salary increases are barely keeping pace with inflation, no wonder white-collar workers are coveting those bonuses to help ...
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    Tricks to Getting Through the Night Shift

    Tricks to Getting Through the Night Shift
    The night shift is a beast of sorts that many nurses need to conquer fresh out of nursing school. This is because new-grad day shifts are usually hard to come by (think specialty nursing). Also, many nurses end up working nights at some point in their career. Fresh out of school, I dreaded working nights, and while I would still like ...
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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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