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When you work with a medical staffing agency there are seemingly endless jobs available for nurses. How do you make sure the job you want is a good fit? And moreover, how can you secure that agency contract that seems to be the ideal position for you? While it might seem like a challenge to… Read more »

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  For hospice, oncology, and critical care nurses, ignoring the symptoms of burnout can be career-ending, impact your personal relationships, and throw you into a downward spiral of sadness and depression that can be difficult to overcome. Feelings of hopelessness can spill over into many areas of your life and rob you of happiness. Even… Read more »

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In a heavily female dominated industry there is always a need for men. This rings especially true for men in nursing. Depending on the type of nursing career, women make up as much as 90% of the workforce. Although that’s changing. In the past 4 plus decades we’ve seen the number of men in nursing… Read more »

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Ethical dilemmas are defined as those situations in which a choice must be made between  two options. Neither option is perceived as an ethically responsible solution. Typically a solution is realized through much thought and discussion, weighing the outcome of both options.  Medicine in general is fraught with ethical dilemmas. Just because something is allowed… Read more »

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Educators have long known that active learning is far more effective than passive learning. Take simulation education, for instance. The “hands-on” act of patient care for the student nurse is invaluable. Participating in assessment and diagnosis is a powerful way for students to apply what they’ve learned while not putting any patients at risk before… Read more »

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One of the most essential parts of your job to give end-of-shift reports to incoming nurses and patient care teams, but it’s not always an easy task. You’ve just put in your 12 hours and you want out of there. The nurse to whom you’re handing over your patient has a lot of questions and… Read more »

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Demographic shifts in the U. S are a determining factor in the 5 growing areas in healthcare. Expanding populations, particularly senior citizens, create a need for certain medical personnel that can be difficult to keep pace with, even as these areas of healthcare grow and develop into specific specialties.  For those who are just entering… Read more »

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Today’s hospital and medical facility environment isn’t exactly stable when it comes to staffing concerns. The immediate shortage of available nursing staff impacts so many areas. Both hospital administrators and nurses feel the stress of the shortage of qualified nurses to provide patient care. And the need for nurses is only going to become more… Read more »

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As a nurse time management is crucial to your career, your life. Shifts are typically long, often grueling, and always unpredictable. When you have to chase down your supervisor for such things as request for time off, approval for switching shifts with a coworker, or to sign your time sheet, it can add to your… Read more »

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  Ask any nurse, especially nurse managers, the biggest sources of stress they face in the day-to-day of their career and managing work schedules often tops the list. Scheduling vacations, PTO, equitable shift-coverage, holidays, all the while keeping patient acuity and care at the forefront is difficult at best, and downright overwhelming at worst. If… Read more »