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    How Toxic is Your Workplace?

    How Toxic is Your Workplace?
    Nobody loves going to work all the time--but there's a difference between routine workplace hassles and a working environment that stresses you out to the point of illness, according to Linnda Durre, the author of "Surviving the Toxic Workplace." Durre suggests that hostile working environments typically have one or more types of dysfunction--how many symptoms does yours have? [gate] Unfairness [widget:quiz_bedside_manner] ...
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    15 Things Medical Professionals Should Never Do

    No matter how many years of experience you have under your belt, there are certain things medical professionals should never do. Not only are the things on this list pushing the ethical envelope, they could also be damaging to your career. As a medical professional, the public views you as someone knowledgeable, compassionate and authoritative. You should be proud of ...
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    What Healthcare Professionals Should Never (Ever!) Wear

    We hate to admit it, because we personally feel that clothes shouldn't matter. In a perfect world, a person would be judged at their workplace based solely on the caliber of their work. Unfortunately, that's not how the world works. How you choose to dress each morning *reflects how you feel about your job* – that you take your position seriously, ...
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    10 Best and Worst Excuses for Missing Work

    We've all been there. It's a beautiful day, and you can't bear the thought of going into work. So you call in with some excuse about feeling ill, but you know in your bones that your boss doesn't buy it. The feeling ill excuse is a short-term solution that won't win you any fans at the office - someone else ...
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    Health Workers' Safety in Spotlight

    Health Workers' Safety in Spotlight
    An angry patient kicked a nurse in the chest and she suffered a cardiac contusion. One patient was mad at a hospital employee because she wouldn't let him smoke. So he left, came back with a can full of gasoline, doused her and set her on fire with his lit cigarette. She died a month later. Both incidents happened at an ...
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    Strategies for Healthcare Retention - What Makes Employees Leave & What Makes Them Stay

    Strategies for Healthcare Retention - What Makes Employees Leave & What Makes Them Stay
    Healthcare industry turnover hovers around 18 percent, according to a 2004 survey by Compensation Resources. But this figure, just slightly above the 17.6 percent overall national average the survey found, doesn't tell the whole story: The US Department of Labor predicts that from 2002 to 2012, 10 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations will be in health services, and the industry will ...
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    Find Extra Money for the Holidays

    Find Extra Money for the Holidays
    It's never too early to start tracking down extra cash for holiday gifts. And if you plan in advance, not only will you save money, but you'll also avoid the big credit-card bills that can last long after the holidays are over. "It's a matter of planning ahead so you don't have a horrible surprise in January," says Donna Skeels Cygan, ...
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    Should Bashing Your Boss on Facebook Be Legally Protected?

    Should Bashing Your Boss on Facebook Be Legally Protected?
    Employees have been criticizing their bosses since the beginning of time. Until the birth of social media, these conversations generally played out in lunchrooms or restrooms, around the water cooler, over a few cocktails at the local pub after working hours, and in the smoker’s circle outside the office building. [gate] Regardless if the criticisms were true or not, the context ...
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    10 Worst Time Wasters at Work

    Time flies when you're wasting it These days, no one can afford to waste time at work. Thanks to widespread downsizing, workloads are piling up. Unfortunately, extra hours in the day are not. Maximizing your time at work can mean the difference between leaving at a reasonable hour (i.e. holding onto your sanity) and staying late unnecessarily. You’ve got a ...
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    5 Ways to Keep Your Career Moving Forward

    5 Ways to Keep Your Career Moving Forward
    The adage says, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush," and its wisdom is applicable to job seekers. It is usually far easier to find another job if you're already employed. But how can you ensure that the worst never happens to you -- that you're never left without a job and possibilities for your next opportunity? ...
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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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    Work Strategies for Night Owls and Early Birds

    Work Strategies for Night Owls and Early Birds
    For night owls and early birds, the traditional 9-to-5 workday can be agonizing. The exhausted night owl drags himself bleary-eyed into the office every morning, while the chipper early bird finds his energy waning well before quitting time. But there are ways to cope. Experts offer these workplace survival strategies for those with body clocks out of sync with their employers' ...
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    8 Ways to Make Your Resume More Marketable

    8 Ways to Make Your Resume More Marketable
    The economy is shaky -- and it may feel like your job is, too. Whether you're already job hunting or believe you may need to soon, there are steps you can take to make yourself more attractive to potential employers. Here are eight tips from the experts on increasing your marketability: Use Your Name as Your Brand, Especially in Email Don't ...
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    Stress-Management Tips for Healthcare Workers

    Stress-Management Tips for Healthcare Workers
    Whether you're an ICU nurse dealing with life-or-death situations, a social worker counseling clients through traumatic events, a pharmacist faced with prescription quotas or another type of healthcare worker coping with your own pressures, learning to handle stress is critical to managing your career. Ongoing stress can manifest itself in a host of physical and psychological symptoms, including headaches, sleep disturbances, ...
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    The Science of Google Web Presence

    The Science of Google Web Presence
    We’ve heard the message -- loud and clear -- that employers are using social media and Google to screen candidates. But what if you don’t like what they’ll find when they Google you? For example, remember that snarky comment you made on The Huffington Post? It’s not so funny when it ranks No. 2 on a search for your name. Alternatively, ...
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    Bouncing Back After Being Laid Off

    Bouncing Back After Being Laid Off
    You've just received the awful news: Effective today, your services are no longer needed. You know you're not alone, but somehow that doesn't make you feel any better. Your mind tells you to put together your resume right away, but your body won't move. Here are some tips to help get your mind and body working together. Grieving Time Before you ...
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    Stop Your Emotional Eating and Be Happier!

    Stop Your Emotional Eating and Be Happier!
    One late night while working Boston’s needle exchange van I realized the early stage of drug addiction is no different than the sugar or coffee cycle many of us fall prey to in our daily lives. This particular evening a young man walked into the van, and we talked about his drug use and life in the gay community. He had ...
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    Difficult Patients: Why They're That Way and How to Handle Them

    Difficult Patients: Why They're That Way and How to Handle Them
    They complain, criticize, shout, swear and may even try to hit you. Difficult patients are an unfortunate fact of life in healthcare. But knowing how to identify, understand and respond to them can make your work life safer and less stressful. Identify Difficult Patients >> [page] Identify Difficult Patients It's sometimes possible to predict which patients will likely become difficult, abusive ...
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    Research a Healthcare Employer's Diversity Policies

    Research a Healthcare Employer's Diversity Policies
    The interview’s set, and now you want to know if your potential employer does more than talk about diversity. Use these tips to find out if the company has a proven commitment to hiring a wide range of people. For many hospitals, home-care agencies and other healthcare employers, providing care to diverse patients is a business imperative. Does the employer have ...
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    Confidentiality in Social Work

    Confidentiality in Social Work
    Clinical social worker Jim Hardeman almost landed in jail once for refusing to turn over confidential client records. Hardeman, who was managing a corporation's employee assistance program at the time, had counseled both parents involved in a heated custody battle. Because of his work with the pair, the court ordered Hardeman to turn over his therapeutic records regarding the couple. "I ...
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