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    How Nurses Can Detect an Unhealthy Work Environment

    How Nurses Can Detect an Unhealthy Work Environment
    When you’re looking for a new nursing position, the quality of the work environment will play a big role in determining whether you’ll be happy or miserable on the job. Fortunately, you can get an indication of that intangible but important element while you’re interviewing -- if you know what to ask and what to look for. Before Your Interview: Do ...
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    The 10 Worst Mistakes Career Changers Can Make

    The 10 Worst Mistakes Career Changers Can Make
    Changing careers is never easy. Half the world thinks you've lost your mind, headhunters say you'll never work again and your relatives contribute the old "I told you so" routine. But for many burned-out, bored or multitalented folks who are sitting on skills they're not getting a chance to use, changing fields is the only way to keep from losing their ...
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    Navigate a Healthcare Career Transition

    Navigate a Healthcare Career Transition
    Successfully navigating a career transition can be tricky. If you're thinking of leaving your employer or venturing into a new field - or if you're concerned about the stability of your job - take some advice from healthcare career experts. Think Ahead Because the healthcare industry can be so volatile, you must be ready for change at all times. Always have ...
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    Lessons From the Code

    Lessons From the Code
    One of the greatest lessons I ever learned in healthcare happened a few years ago when I worked in an emergency department as a crisis clinician. An adolescent was brought into the code room after experiencing symptoms of asthma. The team worked quickly and collaboratively trying to save him, but their efforts were unsuccessful and he died after about forty-five minutes. ...
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    Stimulus Act Benefits for the Unemployed

    Stimulus Act Benefits for the Unemployed
    A number of provisions to help the unemployed are included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and here’s a list of some of the major benefits. Offerings vary greatly by state, so check with your local unemployment office to find out what exactly is available to you. Increased Unemployment Benefits The ARRA funds a new temporary Federal Additional Compensation ...
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    Working in Your Workout

    Working in Your Workout
    Oops. You missed your spin class again. It’s just as well – you still haven’t gotten through the day’s email, you’re hungry as hell and American Idol is on in an hour. You’ll try again tomorrow. “Try” being the operative word. Because despite your regular attempts, these days you never seem to get out of work in time to hit the ...
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    How to Negotiate Your Severance Package

    How to Negotiate Your Severance Package
    When you are laid off from your job, one of your hopes is that you receive a good severance package, equipped with both severance pay and continued benefits. Most often, severance is based on how long an employee has been employed by the employer, but benefits often vary depending on the employer. In addition, employers are not required to provide severance ...
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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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    Reduce Nursing's Physical Strain

    Reduce Nursing's Physical Strain
    Nursing can be hazardous. There are infectious diseases, blood-borne pathogens, chemical exposures and workplace violence, not to mention the fact that caring for patients is just plain exhausting. How can you minimize the job's physical demands? Susan Randolph, MSN, RN, president of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, offers some healthy reminders. h4. Recognize the Risks You need to be ...
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    Work with International Healthcare Colleagues

    Work with International Healthcare Colleagues
    Immigrant workers are important contributors to the US healthcare system. Some 13 percent of healthcare employees in the US -- or 1.1 million -- are from other countries, according to a report from the American Immigration Law Foundation. More than 11 percent of registered nurses, 25 percent of physicians and nearly 15 percent of pharmacists in the US are immigrants. Being ...
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    Patient Safety Awareness Week Tips and Tools

    Patient Safety Awareness Week Tips and Tools
    The Joint Commission is marking National Patient Safety Awareness Week from March 8-14 by helping patients and their families become more involved and informed in their health care through its award-winning Speak Up(TM) education campaign. As the accreditor of more than 16,000 health care organizations in the U.S., The Joint Commission advocates for safe, high quality care. "Patient safety is a ...
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    How You Can Eat Healthy at Work and Home

    How You Can Eat Healthy at Work and Home
    You're a busy healthcare professional, and you've probably got a lot more on your plate than just your job. You might have a family. A hobby (or two, or three!). A social life. Between everything you take in, you might forget about the food you put into your body. It's easy to swing by the fast food restaurant on the way ...
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    Is Healthcare Really Recession-Proof?

    Is Healthcare Really Recession-Proof?
    Despite the downturn in the economy, healthcare professionals have been repeatedly told that their careers are recession-proof. Proponents of this outlook site statistics about the healthcare industry adding jobs each month and the increased demand for workers like primary care physicians, nurses, and medical assistants. But healthcare hasn't been immune to the recession. Healthcare professionals have been laid off - and ...
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    10 Tips for Staying Happy at Work

    10 Tips for Staying Happy at Work
    If you find yourself longing for greener work pastures, don't immediately go looking for the first exit ramp off of your chosen career path. The Balance Team, which specializes in professional- and personal-growth seminars for administrative and executive assistants in Fortune 1000 companies, suggests these 10 tips for staying content at work: [widget:earn_your_healthcare_degree] 1. Keep Personal Problems Personal: When you're preoccupied ...
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    How to Avoid Getting the Axe from Your Healthcare Job

    How to Avoid Getting the Axe from Your Healthcare Job
    We all know that the economy is shaky. People are getting laid off left and right. Luckily, healthcare is one of the few industries that is still hiring. However, this may not apply to every job, every facility, or every region. You job might be at risk. If your employer is considering laying employees off, here are some proactive steps to ...
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    Hospitals Offer Creative Benefits to Recruit and Retain Nurses

    Hospitals Offer Creative Benefits to Recruit and Retain Nurses
    Despite the nursing shortage, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington, has no problem attracting a steady steam of job candidates. “We’ve never offered nurses a sign-on bonus,” says Kathy Franz, the hospital’s director of human resources. “Sign-on bonuses typically keep nurses in their jobs for two years. Our goal is to attract candidates who want to work here for other ...
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    Interested in Retention? - Debrief Your Team!

    Interested in Retention? - Debrief Your Team!
    It’s a busy Monday afternoon in your Emergency Department. All of the beds are full and you have several people waiting to be seen in the waiting area. As you look about the department, you notice the energy of your team throughout the department. After a stressful day of multiple codes and a heavy volume throughout your department, it feels like ...
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    Top 10 Tips to Balance Work/Life in 2010

    Top 10 Tips to Balance Work/Life in 2010
    A new year, new habits, new financial pressures -- 2010 is shaping up to be a year of opportunity, uncertainty, optimism and change. However change doesn’t only have to be negative. Change can be very positive, and balancing work and personal life is key to positive attitude and your happiness. Keeping an open mind and an optimistic heart will go a ...
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    Laid Off? Eight Effective Ways to Respond

    Laid Off? Eight Effective Ways to Respond
    If you’ve been laid off recently or think you might lose your job in the near future, you need to respond strategically and massively. The hard reality about layoffs, though, is that how you respond may depend on your financial and emotional state. You may have predicted this event and prepared for it, or you may view the layoff as a ...
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    What's Holding You Back in Your Career?

    What's Holding You Back in Your Career?
    Is there some task or project you've been doing your creative best to avoid working on? I'll bet there is. But instead of wasting mental energy worrying about it, you can learn to overcome your resistance and tackle important, high-value tasks quickly and efficiently so that whatever your goals, you'll move forward faster. Here's how. Identify What You're Resisting >> [page] ...
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