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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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    How to Handle a Patient With Alzheimer's Disease

    How to Handle a Patient With Alzheimer's Disease
    Alzheimer’s doesn’t play favorites. The soccer mom who was president of a neighborhood volunteer organization in years past may now be an angry woman, pacing the floor, trying to “escape” from the facility where she now lives. The professor who held court in front of thousands of students over the years may now be unable to lift the spoon to his ...
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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 True (and Funny!) Stories From Real Nurses

    6 True (and Funny!) Stories From Real Nurses
    Have you ever seen anything so big? James is 87, the sweetest of patients, one of nature’s gentlemen. Just the other day when I was giving James a sponge bath I stood him up next to the bed so I could wash his privates when he looked down and said, “Have you ever seen anything so big?” I didn’t know what ...
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    6 Ways Nurses Can Beat Compassion Fatigue

    The stresses and strains of working in the nursing industry can take their toll on even the strongest personality. From persistent patients to strict regulations, nurses are constantly facing challenges both big and small, physical and emotional. At some point, it is more than likely that the pressures of your job will get to you and you will wonder, "Is ...
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    5 Tricky Hospital Situations Resolved

    5 Tricky Hospital Situations Resolved
    The hospital can be a political minefield. While you may all work as a team, you're all most concerned with your own job, right? How your supervisor sees you can determine a raise, a promotion — or even if you keep your job. Navigating hospital politics is not an easy task, but avoiding potentially negative situations should be your first priority. ...
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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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    How to Deal With an Unhelpful Charge Nurse

    How to Deal With an Unhelpful Charge Nurse
    Few things are more frustrating than working with a charge nurse who just doesn’t get it. But before you blow up, take a deep breath. Then ask yourself: What exactly is the problem? Are you frustrated because your charge nurse asks you to do one thing, then complains because you haven’t done something else? Do they refuse to help out on ...
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    How to Write Your Yearly Self-Evaluation

    How to Write Your Yearly Self-Evaluation
    It happens every year. Nurses must write a self-evaluation when it's time to get their raise. No worries, right? Wrong! What you write can affect what your boss is willing to shell out of his or her pocket at the beginning of the fiscal year. Learn how to write a self-evaluation that will make your boss think you're the greatest nurse ...
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    10 Ways You're Annoying Fellow Nurses

    Everyone has something (or someone) that annoys him or her at the hospital. It could be faulty medical equipment or nurses who don't pull their own weight. But nobody's complaining about you, right? Not so fast. Even though your mom, friends, or significant other may worship the ground you walk on, there could be some people you work with who ...
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    How to Deal With Over Demanding Patients

    How to Deal With Over Demanding Patients
    As a nurse, you’ll be expected to deal with various kinds of situations and many emergencies. However, while you might be prepared to deal with emergencies, dealing with difficult patients is what will tax your resources. You’re not alone in this. Every health care facility has its share of difficult patients. You dread seeing their names on your nursing schedule. The ...
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    4 Ways to Earn Respect at Your First Job

    4 Ways to Earn Respect at Your First Job
    When you’ve worked so hard to get that first job after college, the last thing you want is to screw it up. Sadly, new grads do it all the time. The problem rarely stems from lack of knowledge or poor technical skills. It often goes back to something simpler: Your persona in the workplace, particularly during your first few weeks on ...
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    10 Ways You Can Be a Team Player

    10 Ways You Can Be a Team Player
    In work, as in sports, it’s not enough to know your position – you must be able to work with others. In any medical office or environment, doing your specific job well is expected, but you work as a small part of a much larger whole. What does “teamwork” actually mean, and how can you help turn your hospital or clinic ...
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    It’s About the Patients, Stupid

    It’s About the Patients, Stupid
    My apologies to James Carville. I plagiarized his tagline because the insurance industry has forgotten about sick people during our national healthcare debate. I remember when nurses and insurance companies use to get along with each other. Back in the 1960s, these nurses even took time out of their busy schedules to pose for one of their ads. We took care ...
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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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    What Nurses Should Look for in a Boss

    What Nurses Should Look for in a Boss
    We all have dreams and goals for our personal life and career. Whether you are a brand new nurse straight out of school or a seasoned nurse looking toward your future, we all need a little bit of help and guidance. That is why a mentor is so important. Not only to help you as a nurse just managing like I ...
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    Re-Engage Your Passion for Nursing

    Re-Engage Your Passion for Nursing
    Perhaps you always dreamed of becoming a nurse when you were younger or you may have been attracted to nursing as a second career. At some point you understood the true value that nurses contribute to the lives of patients, the community and humanity. There were many hurdles to stride getting into and surviving nursing school. The competition was intense and ...
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    The Intern Survival Guide

    The Intern Survival Guide
    I wrote this post a long time ago when I first started blogging. I’m recycling the post because this information bears repeating. I’ve been seeing some behavior lately that is inappropriate, and I’m telling you this stuff for your own good. Please, never roll your eyes at a nurse who is old enough to be your mother. She may be going ...
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    Why Nurses Are Good at Everything

    Why Nurses Are Good at Everything
    As a nurse, do you find yourself getting asked to do pretty much everything? There's a reason for that, besides nurses generally having a ton of work to do (which they do): There's no other profession that asks its employees to wear more hats every workday. Why is this? What makes nursing such a multifaceted job, one that requires the people ...
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    The Ins and Outs of Exit Interviews

    The Ins and Outs of Exit Interviews
    Exit interviews are one of the last items on your to-do list as you leave a job. Though you might be itching to just finish the job already and say sayonara to a micromanaging boss or a position you've outgrown, human resources managers appreciate it when employees take the time to give a thorough and thoughtful exit interview. Here's how to ...
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