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    10 Career Resolutions for the New Year

    10 Career Resolutions for the New Year
    Like the old saying, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life," it's never a bad time to start moving your career in a better direction. Here are 10 New Year's resolutions to help. 1. Pay Attention in Class Treat every workday like a school day. Be sure you learn something and use it to make yourself more ...
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    Are Personal Beliefs Ruining Healthcare?

    Are Personal Beliefs Ruining Healthcare?
    An EMT instructed to transport a woman to an abortion clinic declines, citing personal beliefs. A nurse ordered to administer a large dose of morphine to a terminal cancer patient in pain refuses, saying the medication could hasten death. A physician turns away a gay patient, apparently on the basis of his sexual orientation. Are these scenarios examples of healthcare workers ...
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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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    Cope with Working the Holidays in Health Care

    Cope with Working the Holidays in Health Care
    Are you a healthcare professional who's feeling anything but merry about working yet another holiday shift? Healthcare veterans offer tips on how to banish your inner Grinch and make the most of another holiday on the job. h4. Plan Ahead Healthcare professionals say one of the worst aspects of working a holiday is missing family events. Diane Speranza, RN, a certified ...
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    Ergonomics for Rad Techs

    Ergonomics for Rad Techs
    Whether performing diagnostic imaging exams or administering radiation therapy treatments, radiologic technologists (RTs) spend many of their working hours reaching, lifting, pushing, pulling, twisting, scanning or just plain hustling to keep up with their increasingly demanding workloads. [widget:quiz_are_you_ready_to_be_a_radiologic_technologist] These rigorous physical demands can lead to injuries of the back, neck, shoulders, wrists and other body parts. But there are ways RTs ...
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    10 Ways You Can Be a Team Player

    10 Ways You Can Be a Team Player
    In work, as in sports, it’s not enough to know your position – you must be able to work with others. In any medical office or environment, doing your specific job well is expected, but you work as a small part of a much larger whole. What does “teamwork” actually mean, and how can you help turn your hospital or clinic ...
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    Beat Burnout in Home Health

    Beat Burnout in Home Health
    While burnout is a constant threat for healthcare workers in many settings, those in home health aide careers face some unique stressors that can wear down even the most energetic and enthusiastic caregiver. These tips can help you avoid burnout in this emotionally and physically demanding field. h4. Nurture Your Client Relationships Research shows that home health aides' longevity in the ...
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    How To Deal with Pushy Patients

    How To Deal with Pushy Patients
    Every healthcare professional encounters patients who are short-tempered, belligerent or just plain rude from time to time. But the frequency of these encounters may increase as the stress level rises among patients and providers. Experienced physicians and nurse practitioners offer five tips on keeping your cool when tempers flare: Give Patients the Benefit of the Doubt >> [page] Give Patients the ...
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    25 Great Gifts for Healthcare Professionals

    Whether you live in a city that is covered in snow, or you are able to enjoy the beach year-round, you can't deny that the holiday season is upon us. It seems that each year decorations go up earlier and folks finish their shopping before the Thanksgiving turkey is in the oven! The growing popularity of online shopping means that there's ...
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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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    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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    Avoid Workplace Anger's Corrosive Effects

    Avoid Workplace Anger's Corrosive Effects
    Mad that you were passed over for a big promotion again? Livid that the bootlickers always seem to get ahead in your organization? Perhaps it's time to consider whether the anger itself, however legitimate, is holding you back. Evidence suggests many of us are walking around the office feeling resentful, though we may be unaware of the cumulative toll bitter actions ...
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    The ‘Skinny’ On Hospital Food

    The ‘Skinny’ On Hospital Food
    Dear Sean, Confession: I’m a new nurse and can’t seem to get into the habit of prepaaring my lunches from home. I always end up eating in the cafeteria and I’m gaining weight! I know different hospitals probably offer different selections, but what would you recommend for a healthy, FILLING lunch that will get me through my entire shift? I’m a ...
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    How Women Overcome Professional Fears

    How Women Overcome Professional Fears
    There's an old saying that when two people get married, six people climb into bed together -- two sets of parents and two lovers. (You can tell how old that saying is; it's more likely to be 10 or 12 people these days.) At any rate, the point is this: What you learned about relationships probably came from your earliest memories ...
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    How Do I Deal with Nurse Bullies?

    How Do I Deal with Nurse Bullies?
    Any nurse who has been rejected by a nurse clique or has been the victim of another nurse’s malicious gossip wonders, “Weren’t we all supposed to grow out of this?” Unfortunately, no. According to one study, 38 percent of working adults have experienced bullying at work and 42 percent have witnessed bullying behavior. And while most workplace bullies are men, women ...
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    4 Obstacles Women Still Face in the Workplace

    [photo:64939] We’re only three months into the new decade and already a number of studies have jumped up to point out how far women have come in the workplace. For example: Wives earn more than their husbands, and more U.S. women than men actually have jobs. But despite these significant milestones, a few key obstacles remain — particularly in the workplace. ...
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    Set Priorities for Your First Paychecks

    Set Priorities for Your First Paychecks
    You’ve populated your cubicle with desk supplies, hung your recently earned college diploma and found your way to the break room without assistance. Now it’s time for that crucial reckoning with your financial conscience. By your right ear, a fluttering spirit whispers, “Save!” On the other side, a troll shouts, “Are you kidding? Spend!” To be sure, in our consumer culture, ...
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    10 Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

    Ah, Thanksgiving — a time for family, friends, tradition, and most importantly, deliciously indulgent comfort food. From dinner rolls to stuffing to mashed potatoes and gravy, Americans look forward to this holiday as the quintessential day to feast with no remorse and certainly no counting calories! But did you know that the average Thanksgiving meal will set you back anywhere ...
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    Make Your Work Life Merry During the Holidays

    Make Your Work Life Merry During the Holidays
    It's tempting to rationalize that no one's hiring until the new year, so you might as well dump your job search down the chimney and focus on the holidays at hand. Alas, my frosty snowman, you're wrong. The holidays are among the best times to look for a job. Business slows down now, so when you call to try to get ...
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