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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 Overbearing Doctors

    All workplaces have people that you might not get along with. Hospitals and care centers are no different. The only difference is the stress levels can be even higher because you're dealing with actual life and death situations. For nurses who already have their hands full with multiple patients, long shifts, and the inevitable unexpected situations, the last thing they ...
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    5 Strategies to Cope When Quitting Really Isn’t an Option

    5 Strategies to Cope When Quitting Really Isn’t an Option
    Those who say “quitters never win” are fooling themselves. If you stick something out just because you’re afraid of giving up—and it’s something that no longer serves you—you’re wasting your time. And ultimately, you lose. Sure, you’re not a quitter. But you sure as hell aren’t winning either. When it comes to work, quitting is sometimes the best move you can ...
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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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    Body Language Every Nurse Should Know

    Body Language Every Nurse Should Know
    In the health care setting, life-or-death situations can spell high-flying emotions — not just from patients, but from team members and your nurse manager. This guide to body language will help you “read” what a person may not necessarily be telling you. For example, want to know the secrets that your manager’s body language may be telling you? The nonverbal cues ...
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    8 Tips if You Work the Night Shift

    8 Tips if You Work the Night Shift
    Are you one of the 6 million Americans that work on the night shift? I am! My usual routine is EVERY Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from 6:45 PM to 7:15 AM. Recently, I added a contract nursing job on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night from 10:00 PM to 6:30 AM. The contract nursing job is only temporary, and believe it ...
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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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    Funny Quotes From Pediatric Patients

    Funny Quotes From Pediatric Patients
    True to the claims of the old TV show "Kids Say the Darndest Things," surround yourself by children each and every workday and that statement becomes not only true but very endearing. It would be an unusual occurrence for me to end my workday without a funny/cute/smile-provoking story about one of my patients, whether it be something they said or did ...
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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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    Demanding Health Literacy

    Demanding Health Literacy
    Patient teaching and patient education are big topics in nursing. Good preventative health education helps keep people from becoming patients and good patient education helps patients from getting worse or helps them manage their condition or illness. It used to be that nurses had time to sit down and discuss various issues with their patients, answering questions and generally providing support. ...
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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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    Customer Service in Health Care

    Customer Service in Health Care
    Last week I spent four days at Disney World with my family. It was amazing see the magic of it all though my four year old’s eyes. One of the biggest things I was amazed by was how friendly everybody was. And their friendliness made even waiting for over an hour for a three minute ride tolerable. I saw people yelling ...
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    Tips for Effective Patient-Provider Communication

    Tips for Effective Patient-Provider Communication
    Want better patient outcomes, more patient cooperation, fewer errors, greater job satisfaction and more effective use of your time? It's all possible by improving one key skill: Patient communication. "Communication is the most important medical procedure that anyone in healthcare can do," says Maysel Kemp White, PhD, president and CEO of Healthcare Quality and Communication Improvement, an educational and consulting group ...
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    12 Things to Never Say to Older and Younger Coworkers

    With the downturn in the US economy, workplaces are becoming more and more diverse age-wise. Older workers are working alongside younger workers as people at every stage in their nursing career are getting laid off. With this generational gap among health care workers widening, there’s a lot of potential for miscommunication or differing perspectives. Though many people will absolutely deny ...
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    The Challenges of Nursing in South Africa

    The Challenges of Nursing in South Africa
    Now that Spain has won and the World Cup is over, this is a good time to look at other aspects of South African life, such as what it's like to be a nurse in that country. From job satisfaction, working conditions, and a different medical system, nursing in South Africa is a whole other experience. Risk of Violence Violence occurs ...
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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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    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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    My Burnout as a Bedside Nurse

    My Burnout as a Bedside Nurse
    I must confess: I love being a nurse! I have been a nurse for 21 years now. Funny, I completed nursing school when I was 31 (with three children, a husband, and a very busy life). I remember when contemplating finishing school as a nurse I thought briefly I was too old to go back to school. (I was 28 at ...
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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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    How to Communicate with Your Nursing Supervisor

    How to Communicate with Your Nursing Supervisor
    Maybe it’s the whiny colleague who makes your 12-hour nursing shift seem twice as long or the turf war raging between the nurses, physicians and technicians in your department. Or maybe you’re just tired of feeling overworked and underappreciated. Whatever the scenario, you sense that changes are needed before you lose your sanity or start looking for another nursing job. Whether ...
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