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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    How Do I Deal with an Unhelpful Charge Nurse?

    How Do I Deal with an Unhelpful Charge Nurse?
    Few things are more frustrating than working with a charge nurse who just doesn’t get it. But before you blow up, take a deep breath. Then ask yourself: What exactly is the problem? Are you frustrated because your charge nurse asks you to do one thing, then complains because you haven’t done something else? Do they refuse to help out on ...
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    Avoid The Most Common Complaints Of Nursing Assistants

    Avoid The Most Common Complaints Of Nursing Assistants
    Most Nursing Assistants work very hard to ensure the safety of patients as well as provide them with quality care. However, consumer complaints happen often, resulting in the profession not getting a fair look. Too often the focus is on the negative that takes place during interactions with Nursing Assistants than reporting good staff to the proper people. One of the ...
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    How Much Should You Save? Meet Your Retirement Goals with These Tips

    How Much Should You Save? Meet Your Retirement Goals with These Tips
    If you're 40 or younger, it's tough to predict how much money you might need when retirement is decades away. A few key calculations, however, can help you make sure your savings plan is on track. h4. Saving Depends on Life Stage Rebecca Pace, a Cincinnati-based financial planner and CPA, recommends putting aside at least 10 percent of your income when ...
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    Five Ways to Cut Your Commuting Costs

    Five Ways to Cut Your Commuting Costs
    Ever wonder how much money you can save by cutting your commuting costs? How about enough to pay for two trips to Ireland plus several major home improvements? As chief of marketing for the Maryland Transit Administration, Buddy Alves set out to see how much money he and his wife could save on their commute from the Baltimore suburbs to their ...
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    10 Small Ways to Gain Respect as a Leader

     10 Small Ways to Gain Respect as a Leader
    Respect is not something handed to you when you take on a new leadership role. It is an essential leadership quality that you must build over time. Unfortunately, there is no step-by-step method for gaining respect in a leadership role. Several major areas require your attention, but many leaders overlook small gestures that get big reactions from staff members. You hear ...
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    Nine Tips for Starting Out or Starting Over

    Nine Tips for Starting Out or Starting Over
    Whether you're a new graduate or career changer, starting a career takes a lot of motivation and energy. If you're confident and know what you want, taking that first step is easy. But if you don't know where to begin or if you dread making that initial move, starting out -- or starting over -- is much more difficult. These tips ...
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    Healthcare Professionals' Guide to Getting a Promotion

    Healthcare Professionals' Guide to Getting a Promotion
    We've all been there, whether you are a registered nurse or a medical assistant. You've worked a job for a number of years (or even months!) and you are doing far more than your original job description required. You know it's time for a promotion, but does your boss agree? In an industry where most people stay at the same level ...
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    9 Ways to Wake Up Earlier for Your Morning Shift

    Some of us are night owls. Others, early birds. Apparently, based on your chronotype, you will be more naturally alert earlier or later in the day. And your type may dictate when and for how long you sleep. But while a natural variance in sleep patterns is natural, it appears that the early bird is indeed the more coveted of ...
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    10 Things NOT to Wear to Your Work Holiday Party

    December is great time year! The work load lessens and social calendars fill up. Most employers get into the spirit of the holidays by hosting a party to celebrate the year's accomplishments. It's a time to kick back, relax, and get to know your fellow coworkers on a more personal level. If you've worked hard on your professional reputation, don't ...
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    10 Inspiring Stories from Health Care Professionals

    Whether you’re an active professional, student, or job-seeker, the health care industry is certainly not for the faint of heart. From pushy patients to HOBET studying stress to looking for a job in the tough economy, it’s easy to get down in the dumps, regardless of what stage you’re in in your career. That’s why we’ve put together the 10 ...
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    Tips for Effective Patient-Provider Communication

    Tips for Effective Patient-Provider Communication
    Want better patient outcomes, more patient cooperation, fewer errors, greater job satisfaction and more effective use of your time? It's all possible by improving one key skill: Patient communication. "Communication is the most important medical procedure that anyone in healthcare can do," says Maysel Kemp White, PhD, president and CEO of Healthcare Quality and Communication Improvement, an educational and consulting group ...
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