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    8 Quirky Types of Hospital Visitors

    Nurses, you've seen it all. You’re on the frontline when it comes to patient care. From the most disgusting patient cases (mysterious bodily fluids and "code brown") to the most heartwarming (pediatric miracles!), what haven't you seen on your floor? Unlike doctors, you don't just deal with a patient's medical condition; you're often left to face the patient's family and ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Love Conquers All Workplaces

    Love Conquers All Workplaces
    When Cupid's arrow pierces flimsy cubicle walls, the integrity of careers and private lives can be punctured as well. But with professionals spending more time in the office than they did 20 or even 10 years ago, love and the paycheck are inseparable. Who has time to seek a partner for life - or lust - anywhere else? "Work life has ...
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    Make Major-League Financial Plays with Minor Hits

    Make Major-League Financial Plays with Minor Hits
    Baseball fans love to see what a big hitter might unleash at bat. Babe Ruth, the Great Bambino, won an astounding seven World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. He had a career slugging percentage of .690. The home-run race in 1998 between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa caught the attention of every kid with grass-stained ...
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    Lead a Professional Healthcare Association

    Lead a Professional Healthcare Association
    Do you have what it takes to help shape the future of healthcare? If you're a problem solver with strong leadership skills who is bold enough to stand up for your beliefs, and if you're willing to work hard and sacrifice your time, then you could be the next elected official of an influential healthcare organization. [page] h4. A Different Breed ...
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    Nurses Pioneer Family Presence in the ER

    Nurses Pioneer Family Presence in the ER
    Janine Dubina, RN, held a woman’s hand as the two watched an emergency room team try to revive the woman’s husband. Dubina, a nurse manager at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center, explained to the wife that the team was doing CPR to help blood flow through the man’s body, and that they were giving medication to try to ...
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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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    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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    Is Your Retirement Money at Risk?

    Is Your Retirement Money at Risk?
    Since May 10, 2005, when a bankruptcy judge let United Airlines default on its pension plan, employees at all types of companies have started to wonder whether their retirement money is safe. The good news: It probably is. h4. Retirement Plans Explained The United case applies to traditional defined-benefit pension plans, which guarantee workers a defined monthly income after they retire. ...
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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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    How Women Can Battle the Stereotypes

    How Women Can Battle the Stereotypes
    A few short decades ago, many thought a woman couldn't be president, because she would become emotionally unstable once a month -- as if she'd hit the red button during a chocolate craving. There have been many misconceptions about women leaders over the years. Here's advice from an expert and women in the field about the state of some classic stereotypes ...
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    Resources for Minorities in Healthcare

    Resources for Minorities in Healthcare
    People from minority backgrounds are often underrepresented in many healthcare occupations as well as in the upper ranks of healthcare organizations. "While ethnic minority groups continue to increase in absolute numbers and as a proportion of the general population (more than 25 percent), the number of professionally trained minority mental health providers and service researchers (currently around 8 percent) is not ...
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    Volunteering Can Boost Skills, Advance Careers

    Volunteering Can Boost Skills, Advance Careers
    Sure, volunteering shows the world that you're well-rounded and altruistic. But does giving to the community give anything back to your career? "Yes" is the answer given by large majorities of workers responding to the Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey, fielded by Opinion Research in 2005. More than three-quarters of full- and part-time workers polled said that volunteering helped them make networking ...
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    5 Tips for a Healthy 2010

    Making a fresh start is a popular New Year's promise. Many of us want to drop 25 pounds, stop smoking or cut back on our alcohol consumption. We talked with two local physicians and a nurse about five other ways you can improve your health in 2010. A couple of the ideas probably won't surprise you, but perhaps the others ...
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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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    Google Wave: The Possibilities for Patient-Centered Communication

    Google Wave: The Possibilities for Patient-Centered Communication
    Google introduced Google Wave at the end of May to much acclaim. Several aspects of the product have tremendous potential for patient-centered communication online. The question becomes will the developer community respond during the developer period by building applications that takes advantage of the live collaboration tool or will HIPAA considerations nip the potential of Google Wave in the bud for ...
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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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