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    Leadership in Nursing

    Leadership in Nursing
    Coming from an era where women’s sports weren’t an option, I found the “new” team-building concept that was introduced in my last year of nursing school in 1972 very exciting! Learning how to build, manage, work with and lead successful teams to harmonious, well-run days was a welcome relief from memorizing the millions of potential childhood diseases, taking post-op vitals and ...
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    7 Presentation Tips for Healthcare Professionals

    7 Presentation Tips for Healthcare Professionals
    The big day has finally arrived! You are an audience member at your profession’s annual conference. The next presentation is on your subject of expertise and you are excited about the opportunity to learn something new. The anticipation builds as you listen to the expert’s introduction. The speaker has credentials and initials a mile long. You are ready to be dazzled. ...
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    How to Deal With an Unreasonable Boss

    How to Deal With an Unreasonable Boss
    Not all managers are like me. Some are mean, arrogant and don’t care about their staff. That is not me…..I am better than that. There will come a time, at least once, in your career where you will hit a wall when you are trying to deal with your manager. They don’t listen to what you have to say, they don’t ...
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    Treating Pain: The “Candyman” Conundrum

    Treating Pain: The “Candyman” Conundrum
    ER doc Brady Pregerson and Nurse Rebekah perform a raid and bust on that sketchy personality, the “Candyman.” Why does he exist? And what is he thinking? In Part I of our Pain Management series, we looked at the challenge of gauging your patient’s pain. In this article, we examine the many consequences of taking a too-easy approach to a complex ...
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    The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

    The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health
    Earlier this month, the Institute of Medicine released a report about the role nursing will play in health care in the near future. Because nurses comprise the largest portion of the health care industry in the U.S., they are key players in implementing the directives of the Affordable Care Act. But before they can act effectively, nurses need to take certain ...
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    Clowning Around on Halloween

    Clowning Around on Halloween
    For a change of pace and with Halloween happening tomorrow, I thought I would write about one of my favorite nursing/ER stories from Halloween a few years ago. I was recently off orientation at a new Level I ER. It was Halloween night, AND the night of the Insane Clown Posse concert. Most of the crowd at these concerts is teenage ...
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    Liking a Patient... Or Not!

    Liking a Patient... Or Not!
    How does "liking" my patients affect my nursing care? Well, frankly, it doesn't. I'll admit that in my new job, because I am working with such a different demographic of people, I have been struggling to "like" my patients. For some reason, liking my patients and feeling needed has provided a lot of job satisfaction for me. Because I am an ...
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    Top 10 Traits of an Effective Nurse Manager

    Top 10 Traits of an Effective Nurse Manager
    Editor's note: To commemorate National Boss Day (October 16th), Scrubs sent out a missive to nurses asking: "What makes your boss great?" One particularly enthusiastic nurse not only responded immediately, she and a colleague developed a list of wonderful things their manager does that wins universal adoration from her unit. Terri Engelman, LPN wrote, "I just talked with my co worker ...
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    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss

    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss
    One of the worst things you can do when you start your new job is to make your supervisor look bad for hiring you. After all, your boss is key to your current on-the-job satisfaction and to your future success in the organization -- and perhaps even beyond. If there ever were a relationship for you to invest in, this is ...
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    7 Tips to Make Meetings More Interesting

    7 Tips to Make Meetings More Interesting
    Meetings can be deadly, especially if they feel unproductive. Listening to your nursing supervisor drone on and on about things that don't affect you just isn’t a smart use of your time. So how can you make your boring staff meetings more productive? Research shows that increasing activity and creativity in meetings helps increase brain activity and alertness. Everyone's happier when ...
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    Is Your Employer Taking Advantage of You?

    Is Your Employer Taking Advantage of You?
    Since the recession began in December 2007, more than half of all American workers have become unemployed, taken a pay cut, suffered a reduction in hours, or had to take a temporary job because they couldn't find a full-time position, according to the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends Project. You probably don't need a study to tell you the ...
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    Understanding Healthcare Literacy in Patient Education

    Understanding Healthcare Literacy in Patient Education
    One of the most important roles for all nurses is patient education. As we move forward with the healthcare reform, that role is going to continue to expand in action and importance. A big concern plaguing the new reform act is the high cost of medical care. Through education and information, nurses can help patients learn more about their health status ...
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    How to Say No to the Head Nurse

    How to Say No to the Head Nurse
    Working as a nurse can be very taxing at times. You’ll have to deal with senior nurses, matrons, doctors and other medical staff, some of whom may outrank you. Sometimes, you may face unreasonable demands from your head nurse. Saying No to unreasonable demands on time and efforts is a tough job, given the criticality of a health care center environment. ...
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    Addressing the Needs of Staff Nurses

    Addressing the Needs of Staff Nurses
    Working conditions have always been a big issue for nurses. Floating to another unit can be one of the most irritating things nurses have to deal with on a fairly regular basis. Itʼs not just hospitals where nurses are most likely to float. Nurses in home health, clinics, and other ambulatory settings may also need to help cover other nurseʼs responsibilities ...
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    Nurses and Patient Modesty

    Nurses and Patient Modesty
    Perhaps it is because nurses are consistently voted as the most trusted profession, but some patients and their family really do let it all hang out. Not that I don’t want my patients to be completely comfortable with and all procedures that we encounter together, but there is something to be said for an effort to maintain modesty. We owe it ...
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    4 Reasons to Be a Whistleblower

    4 Reasons to Be a Whistleblower
    As a nurse, one of the most unsettling things one can face is seeing a doctor do something incorrect, incompetent, or unethical. Luckily, the vast majority of doctors don't cause a problem in this area. They're well educated, conscientious, and completely trustworthy. But doctors are human, and there are situations when nurses see things from doctors that trigger the questions no ...
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    The Dark Side of the Shift

    The Dark Side of the Shift
    I’ve always envied those who can flip flop back and forth between day shift and night shift. How do they do it? I think I’ve nailed down some of their secrets, and in so doing have been able to work both day shifts and night shifts in succession. Happily! Nights are often a more peaceful time in the hospital and it’s ...
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    6 Bathroom Etiquette Tips for the Hospital

    6 Bathroom Etiquette Tips for the Hospital
    You spend countless hours taking odd shifts every week, so you can assume that that nature will call at least once during your day (or night) shift. Besides your patients' hospital rooms, the bathroom is where you might spend the most time during the workday. You deal with a lot of unsanitary situations as a nurse. Why take that to the ...
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    How to Survive a Bad Team Leader

    How to Survive a Bad Team Leader
    For almost everyone, having a job means working on teams. But not all team leaders know how to create successful teams--by building consensus, setting agendas, meeting deadlines, encouraging good ideas, and so on. In fact, many team leaders are thrown into the role without training in any of these areas. If your leader seems to be less than fully competent, there ...
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    Hospital Peer Reviews

    Hospital Peer Reviews
    Peer review: an evaluation tool that gives you an idea of what your co-workers (peers) think of you as a fellow co-worker (and nurse). The concept of the peer review is a relatively new concept for me. I think I was introduced to peer reviews approximately four years ago. It was used as a monitoring tool during my orientation on a ...
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