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    20 Easy Ways to Be Happier

    Had enough of the winter blues? We have too. So we looked for ways to lift our spirits, as we "spring forward" to warmer days. What we found is that sometimes, the tiniest changes can have a huge impact on overall happiness. Here are twenty ideas to help you go from grumpy to giddy. 1) Make Your Bed Every Morning ...
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    How Well Are You Really Performing at Your New Job?

    How Well Are You Really Performing at Your New Job?
    When you start a new job, human nature is to focus on the surface of things: the photocopied vision statement included in your orientation package, how your peers dress and the date HR designates for your first performance appraisal. But if you’re going to use this job to further your career goals - or even if you just want to last ...
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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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    Ten New Year's Resolutions for Entry-Level Workers

    Ten New Year's Resolutions for Entry-Level Workers
    The dawn of a new year can be depressing if you focus on all the things you could or should have done the last 12 months. But if you look to the future, you can turn things around, especially if just starting your post-college career. How? By making a few career-related New Year's resolutions and committing yourself to achieving them in ...
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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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    Six Tips to Survive Your First Year as a Hospital RN

    The first year on the job is often the toughest for new nursing graduates, especially those who work in hospitals. In fact, new nurse graduates account for more than half of the turnover rate in some hospitals, according to a study published in 2007 by Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing researchers. “There really are multiple reasons for [the first-year ...
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    Take Care of Loved Ones or Yourself with the FMLA

    Take Care of Loved Ones or Yourself with the FMLA
    You're at work, finishing up an assignment at your desk, when the phone rings. It's your 81-year-old widowed mother's neighbor calling to tell you your mom has been hospitalized with a suspected stroke. She'll be OK in the long run, you learn, but she's going to be laid up for some time and won't be able to meet her own basic ...
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    Should Nurses Blow the Whistle?

    Should Nurses Blow the Whistle?
    With the various corporate scandals of recent years, we've seen plenty of headlines about whistleblowers in the business world. Now, the nursing industry is bringing us its own front-page cases that could see more medical watchdogs come to the fore. Legal experts say the number of whistleblower cases in the healthcare field has been on the rise since 1999, when the ...
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    15 Dumbest Ways to Lose Your Job

    Sometimes, a person will lose their job through no fault of their own. The whims of a psychotic boss, an economy in shambles, or a simple misunderstanding can have an otherwise satisfactory employee packing up his or her cubicle. Other times, a person will lose their job because they have done something so incredibly foolish, you wonder how they ever ...
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    7 Secrets to Career Success

    7 Secrets to Career Success
    Best-selling author and entrepreneur Keith Ferrazzi offers six secrets to help you get ahead and stay ahead when it comes to your career. It's more than just a great resume and flawless cover letter. Landing your dream job or scoring a big promotion means going the extra mile, utilizing the skills you have, and striving to learn something new every day. ...
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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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    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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    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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    Top 10 Qualities of a Great Health Care Professional

    Those who succeed in health care and gain the most fulfillment from it will start their careers with certain qualities. Do you have what it takes to be a great health care professional? See Quality #2 [page] 2. Emotional Stability A great health care professional is very stable emotionally. Health care can be a stressful career and professionals can encounter ...
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    Six Steps to Set Yourself Up for a Raise

    Six Steps to Set Yourself Up for a Raise
    Many employees feel they’re underpaid for the work they do, yet they wait until their yearly performance review to negotiate a higher salary. But if you wait until then, you’ll be too late. You need to prepare year-round for that discussion. The following steps can help make sure you’re in position for a raise when review time comes around. First: Define ...
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    10 Things You Should Stop Complaining About at Work

    Work isn’t perfect, right? But if you are 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 ...
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    Make Smarter Counteroffers

    Make Smarter Counteroffers
    In every negotiation, the time comes when the other side puts an offer on the table. At that point, the ball is in your court. Unless you want to accept that offer or walk away from the table, you have to put forth a counteroffer. You will hear all kinds of advice for doing this, and much of that advice is ...
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    Five Salary Negotiation No-Nos

    Five Salary Negotiation No-Nos
    While it's difficult to make definitive statements about what to do and what not to do in every negotiation situation, there are some potential pitfalls to be aware of before entering the negotiation process. Here are five of the most common no-nos. *Initiating Negotiations Too Soon* Timing is important here. The appropriate time to negotiate is when a formal offer has ...
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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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    Employee Benefits 101

    Employee Benefits 101
    Would you ever want to give up a healthy chunk of your salary? In effect, that's what you'll be doing if you disregard the various employee benefits you'll have access to in your first job. Many new college graduates simply don't understand their employers' benefits programs or their significance in real-dollar terms. "They underestimate the value of their benefits and don't ...
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