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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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    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 Most Annoying Patients

    As if nursing wasn't stressful enough, some patients make it a point to make your jobs even more difficult. Whether they are ungrateful, disrespectful, or just plain clueless, these annoying patients tend to grate on your last nerves. Unfortunately, most of the time, there's not much you can do about it, save calling security if things get really out of ...
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    12 Survival Tips for Night Shift Nurses

    12 Survival Tips for Night Shift Nurses
    Nurses have to be flexible and work both day and night shifts when required. Since it’s possible to choose a regular shift in the nursing profession, some people choose either the day or night shift to accommodate other activities in their lives. For example, a nurse attending additional courses during the day might find it easier to work nights. Working in ...
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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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    10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Bedside Manner

    Emma Wilkinson reveals how you can boost your counseling and interpersonal skills, by bearing in mind a few rules when dealing with patients. It doesn't have to be this hard - we promise! Developing a good 'bedside manner' is just as important as improving clinical skills in expanding your role. Whether it's dealing with the embarrassing medical complaint, the overly nervous ...
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    10 Funky Hospital Smells

    You think garbage collectors have it hard when it comes to on-the-job smells? Well, they do, but at least in their case they're prepared and can even wear a mask. Plus, there's a lot of margin for error. They don't have to look at whatever's causing the offensive odor; they can just close their eyes and dump it into the ...
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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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    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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    Honoring Civil War Nurses

    The Civil War began 150 years ago this year. It was a bloody battle that forever altered the course of our nation. It also forever altered the profession of nursing. Prior to the Civil War, the prevailing ethos was that women belonged at home – and far from the battlefield. But nurses like Clara Barton and Dorothea Dix worked on ...
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    Make a Difference as a Patient Advocate

    Make a Difference as a Patient Advocate
    The role of "patient advocate" is new and evolving. As the importance of patients' rights gains momentum, a group of healthcare professionals has banded together to stand up for the best interests of their patients. Because patient advocates are a new career path, many healthcare professionals declare themselves "patient advocates" after extensive experience in the fields. However, degree programs focusing on ...
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    How to Avoid Getting the Axe From Your Nursing Job

    How to Avoid Getting the Axe From Your Nursing Job
    We all know that the economy is shaky. People are getting laid off left and right. Luckily, nursing is a pretty solid industry to be in. However, this may not apply to every job, every facility, or every region. Your job might be at risk. If your employer is considering laying employees off, here are some things you can do avoid ...
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    10 Crazy Things Patients Say

    Patients can say the craziest things, and that's not even counting the ones in mental health institutions. Whether it's a fear of hospitals, doctors, or needles, or the vulnerability that comes with health problems and wearing a hospital gown, nurses hear wild statements from patients' mouths on a near-daily basis. Whether inconsiderate, inappropriate, or just plain weird, here are 10 ...
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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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    8 Things Nurses Should Never Say to Doctors

    The doctor/nurse working relationship has its ups and downs. When the two work well together, the most difficult of patient cases seems like a breeze. But if there is any contention, if one rubs the other the wrong way, tackling even the simplest problem is like climbing Mount Everest in the off season – a nightmare. We know what doctors ...
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    10 Things You Should Stop Complaining About in Nursing

    Work isn’t perfect, right? But if you're lucky enough to have a job right now it pays to remember that millions and millions of Americans don’t think you have a thing to complain about. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation’s unemployment rate is hovering around 10%. Even more troubling, The New York Times reports that unemployed ...
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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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    10 Ways to Make Yourself an Unfireable Nurse

    Don't just sit there, basking in your continued employment... Phew. You survived the culling. Or maybe your hospital has managed to avoid a mass layoff. Either way, you're one of the lucky ones. Unlike so many of your friends and family, you won’t have to deal with the unemployment office or cancel your cable — yet. But instead of sitting ...
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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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