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Know Your Rights as a Nurse

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It was an incident that sent shockwaves through everyone in the medical community, the July 2017 physical arrest of a nurse in Utah.  To recap, an ER Nurse was ordered by a law enforcement officer to perform a blood draw on a car accident victim.  Rightfully, the nurse refused because no warrant was presented and she was protecting the rights of her patient.  She pulled out the policy manual, called her supervisor on speakerphone and proceeded to inform the officer that she was unable to comply until a warrant was presented.  Everything she did was according to procedure, but the officer forcibly arrested her anyway.

Substance Use Disorder in Nursing

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It is a condition you can find across all walks of life, and throughout all types of careers, substance abuse disorder isn’t confined to anything.  For healthcare professionals, substance abuse poses challenges that impact both co-workers and also the patients relying on them for care.  In a profession that is dealing with life or death decisions on a daily basis, recognizing a problem, reporting it, and intervening is critical in saving patients from unintended harm and helping a fellow nurse recover from harmful addiction.

Don’t Snooze on the Importance of Sleep

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One of the most under-rated aspects of a healthier lifestyle is good sleeping health.  The National Sleep Foundation is trying to change that through the promotion of this year’s Sleep Awareness Week, March 11th through March 17th.  The campaign for 2018 is “Begin with Sleep” to highlight the benefits of optimal sleep and how it affects your health, well-being, and safety.

March is National Nutrition Month®

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“Go Further with Food” is the year’s encouragement put forth by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for National Nutrition Month® (NNM).  This annual campaign started in 1973 as a week-long event focusing on the importance of making better food choices and encouraging people to create healthy eating and physical activity habits.

Is Becoming A Nurse Manager Right for You?

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If you have been a Registered Nurse for a few years and feel as though it might be time to pursue the next step in your career, you might want to consider pursuing opportunities to become a Nurse Manager.  If you like the feeling of being in charge and co-workers naturally seek out your advice or counsel, you probably already have some of the skills necessary to take on a leadership position.

Five Tips to Reduce the Stress of a Job Search

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One old adage that really rings true is “The best time to search for a job is when you already have a job!”  Truer words were never spoken, but unfortunately, circumstances happen, and you may one day be forced to look for a job while unemployed.  Fortunately, as a nurse or other healthcare professional, your services are in pretty high demand so you may have more options than most job seekers.

January 25th is IV Nurse Day

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Since 1980, every January 25th is the day set aside to recognize infusion nurse professionals around the world.  The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) is encouraging healthcare professionals worldwide to celebrate the meaningful patient care that is being provided by dedicated IV Nurses.

Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact – Latest News

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As we reported in this space earlier this month, 2018 is the year that the nurse licensure compact is being updated in an attempt to re-energize the efforts to attract all of the states to join. The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) was enacted in July 2017 and will be officially implemented on January 19, 2018.

Nurse Interview Primer

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Many people dread the interview process.  As a nurse, you may find that in addition to being a qualified healthcare professional, you also have to become proficient at handling interviews.  One piece of advice that is often thrown about when people are discussing interview tips is to ask questions.

A Season of Service

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As we do every year around this time, we spend as much time as we can giving thanks with our family and friends, while we celebrate the tidings of the season.

Establishing a Strong Work Relationship With Your Boss

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As a professional healthcare worker, as with most careers, much of your success is dependent on building and maintaining relationships.  Each and every workday is comprised of interactions with other people, from your patients and their loved ones to your co-workers, and to your supervisor or manager. 

A Reason to Give Thanks

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In every endeavor I undertake in life, whether in the workplace or at home, I commit myself to exhibiting a positive attitude.  I firmly believe that in everything we do, beginning with an “An Attitude of Gratitude” is key.

National Nurse Practitioner Week 2017

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The American Association of Nurse Practitioners™ (AANP) wants everyone to know that November 12th to 18th is National Nurse Practitioner Week 2017.  This week serves as an opportunity to recognize the more than 234,000 skilled health care providers who are providing high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care.

Year of the Healthy Nurse November: Mental Health and Wellness

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In our continuing support of the American Nursing Association (ANA) Year of the Healthy Nurse Campaign, we are covering this month’s theme “Mental Health and Wellness.”  With the days getting shorter and darker as the winter months barrel in on us, mental health and wellness take on added importance. 

Career Spotlight: Opportunities for Radiology Technologists

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Did you know that the x-ray was discovered by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on November 8, 1895?  That special date serves as the cornerstone for National Radiologic Technology Week (NRTW), an annual event to recognize the important role that medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals play in modern healthcare settings.