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    How to Negotiate a Raise in Healthcare

    How to Negotiate a Raise in Healthcare
    Although the thought of asking for a raise may give you the jitters, you probably won't be able to avoid the issue forever. At some point in your healthcare career, it's likely you'll have to request a salary increase to get paid what you deserve. Here are some tips for negotiating a higher healthcare salary with a minimum of angst. [page] ...
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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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    Resign from a Healthcare Job Gracefully

    Resign from a Healthcare Job Gracefully
    Planning an escape from your current job? Everyone will face this task at least once -- or more likely several times -- over the course of a lifetime. You don't want to burn any bridges when you leave. After all, you may want to return to that employer someday, or you may cross paths with your soon-to-be ex-colleagues in another organization. ...
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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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    Step-by-Step Guide to Negotiating a Great Salary

    Step-by-Step Guide to Negotiating a Great Salary
    Here's a secret: Employers rarely make their best offer first, and job candidates who negotiate generally earn much more than those who don't. And a well-thought-out negotiation makes you look like a stronger candidate -- and employee. "We found that those people who attempted to negotiate their salary in a constructive way are perceived as more favorable than those who didn't ...
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    What to Do When You've Outgrown Your Job

    What to Do When You've Outgrown Your Job
    You've been in your job for several months now and are doing tasks far above your job description. Yet you feel your boss is oblivious to the fact that you've moved way beyond the duties you were originally hired to do. How can you get not only recognition, but also a raise and a new title? This situation requires a bit ...
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    Go From Exam Room to Administration Office

    Go From Exam Room to Administration Office
    After a number of years on the job, many healthcare practitioners may wonder "What's next?" If you've gone as far up the clinical career ladder as you can, a natural move is to an administrative or managerial career. Healthcare administrators do a variety of tasks, from managing specific floors to running entire health systems. With practitioner experience in your pocket, you ...
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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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    Prep for Your Performance Appraisal in Healthcare

    Prep for Your Performance Appraisal in Healthcare
    Here it comes -- your annual performance review. Don't let anxiety set in. The right attitude and preparation can make the process go smoothly. "Most people dread the performance appraisal," says Julie Fuimano, MBA, BSN, a personal and career coach with Nurturing Your Success, a career coaching firm. "It shouldn't be like that. Before you go in, say a few words ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    From Med Tech to Manager

    From Med Tech to Manager
    "These times are pretty good for lab workers who want to get into management," says Robert Neri, executive vice president of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association. This is good news for staff medical technologists (MTs) who are ready to rise above those endless racks of test tubes but don't want to leave this promising field. The need for talented supervisors and ...
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    10 New Year's Resolutions for Your Career

    10 New Year's Resolutions for Your Career
    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. [page] h4. Pay Attention in Class Treat every workday like a school day. Be sure you learn something and use it to make yourself ...
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    Difficult Patients: Why They're That Way and How to Handle Them

    Difficult Patients: Why They're That Way and How to Handle Them
    They complain, criticize, shout, swear and may even try to hit you. Difficult patients are an unfortunate fact of life in healthcare. But knowing how to identify, understand and respond to them can make your work life safer and less stressful. Identify Difficult Patients >> [page] Identify Difficult Patients It's sometimes possible to predict which patients will likely become difficult, abusive ...
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    Negotiate More Than Entry-Level Pay in Your New Career

    Negotiate More Than Entry-Level Pay in Your New Career
    A shift into a completely new career doesn’t have to mean a drop back to an entry-level salary, but convincing an employer you deserve above entry-level pay for an entry-level position is tough. “Companies have a set salary range in mind for every position,” says Janice Litvin of Micro Search, a San Francisco high tech recruitment firm. “They are not able ...
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    Find Extra Money for the Holidays

    Find Extra Money for the Holidays
    It's never too early to start tracking down extra cash for holiday gifts. And if you plan in advance, not only will you save money, but you'll also avoid the big credit-card bills that can last long after the holidays are over. "It's a matter of planning ahead so you don't have a horrible surprise in January," says Donna Skeels Cygan, ...
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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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