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The Benefits of Being a Nurse Mentor

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Did you know that in some areas up to 60% of new nurses leave their first position and some the nursing profession entirely within two years?  With concerns about nursing shortages already in the news, these statistics are doubly alarming for hospital administrators all over the country.

Healthy Aging® Month and You

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The month of September became known as Healthy Aging® Month over two decades ago, just as the baby boomer generation began turning fifty years old.  Today, there are more than 76 million boomers over the age of fifty, and many of them are working in the healthcare industry.  In fact, today's Registered Nurse averages over 45 years of age. 

Year of the Healthy Nurse: Balance and Recovery

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For September, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has set the theme for their ‘Year of the Healthy Nurse’ campaign to highlight the benefits of finding work-life balance.  Most busy professionals will admit that the idea of finding true, work-life balance is probably unrealistic, so the challenge is to find a balance, uneven or not, that works for your lifestyle.

Top Nursing Jobs That Aren’t Found in Hospitals

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Often, young nursing students just starting out on their educational journey think that when they are finished with school, they will end up working in a hospital.  It isn’t until they gain some experience in school that they realize there are many RN jobs and not all of them are found in the hospital.  Let’s take a look at a few of the top RN jobs that aren’t based in hospitals.

Five Ways to Stand Out From the Nursing Crowd

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Most people who become a healthcare professional do it because they are driven to help others.  If you are also driven to advance your career, then it will be important to find ways to stand out above the rest of the nursing crowd.

Make the Most of Your Online Job Search

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Back in the day, job searches were confined to the kitchen table with a newspaper and a red pen in hand.  Today, job searches still take place at the kitchen table, but the newspaper has been replaced with a laptop and a mouse.  Today’s online job searches have made it a lot easier to discover job openings, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easier to get hired.  Fortunately, as a healthcare professional, our career is one that continues to experience growth and job openings are found on a multitude of online job portals.

Planning Your Nursing Career Path

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If you are like many of us, once the calendar turns to August a slight feeling of melancholy accompanies it.  That simple flip of a page on your calendar signals that another summer is coming to a close, another school year is ramping up, and before too long the leaves will change colors, and white flakes will start falling from gray skies. 

Year of the Healthy Nurse: Happiness

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We’ve reached the eighth month of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Year of the healthy Nurse campaign, and the theme for August is something we can all relate to…Happiness.  Finding happiness at both work and home can be the key to a healthier life and a more productive workplace.

Tips to Dispel Millennial Healthcare Worker Stereotypes

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On average, nurses in the United States today are more than 45 years of age.  With that many Baby Boomer and Gen-X nurses in the workforce, younger nurses are running into the negative stereotypes that have been attached to the millennial generation. Let’s look at ways millennial nurses can overcome pre-conceived notions and prove themselves to their older, more experienced colleagues.

Finding a Nurse Mentor

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Starting out a career as a nursing professional can be pretty daunting.  From learning the ropes at your new job to meeting your new coworkers to just finding out where everything is, your first nursing job is going to be stressful, challenging, and rewarding all at the same time.  One of the best ways to ease your transition into professional nursing is to find a mentor.

Blood Donations are Critical This Time of Year

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While most of us are enjoying our summer vacations at some point over the next few months, the folks at the Red Cross and other donation centers are working overtime trying to meet the summer demand for blood and platelets.  Earlier this month, the American Red Cross issued an urgent call for donations as the need for blood and platelet donations are exceeding the demand by close to 30,000 donations per month.

Year of the Healthy Nurse July: Healthy Sleep

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This time of year is referred to as the “dog days of summer” for a reason, long days, hot sun, and humid nights.  Weather like this across most of the country makes for difficult sleeping conditions.  In the American Nurses Association ‘Year of the Healthy Nurse’ campaign, July is designated as Healthy Sleep month. 

Is Working Per Diem the Right Move For You?

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Nursing professionals typically have a variety of options to choose from when deciding where and how they are going to work.  From working twelve-hour shifts to four tens, to working days, nights, or afternoons, there are schedules to fit most lifestyles.  Another option that is gaining in popularity is working per diem.

7 Tips for Acing Your Phone Interview

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In the healthcare profession, and in most occupations actually, phone interviews have become the norm for hiring managers.  They not only save time but are a good way to efficiently get through a group of candidates and form a first impression based on how a person sounds and what they say.  Hiring managers will tell you that they can glean a lot about a person based on how they perform in a phone interview.  Knowing that, here are several tips to make sure you ace your phone interview.

How School Nurses and Therapists Can Fill Their Summer

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As another school year draws to a close, school-based nurses and therapists have decisions to make about how they can fill their summer months.  For those who aren’t required to work year round, summer can be a great time to spend time with the kids and family, relax by the pool or take that backpacking trip that keeps getting put off.  Summer also presents a perfect opportunity to brush up on your skills, earn much needed CEU’s and even earn some extra cash for that big vacation you’ve been planning.  Let’s look at a few ways that school-based nurses and therapists can spend their summer.

June is Men’s Health Month

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Across the United States each year, the month of June is recognized as National Men’s Health Month to heighten the awareness, early detection, and treatment of preventable health problems for men and boys.  As we have covered in this space previously, men are less likely to have regularly scheduled visits with their primary care doctor and Men’s Health Month is an opportunity to encourage men and boys to reverse that trend.  To start the conversation, below are five preventable health threats for men in the United States.

Maintaining SLP Certification with Continuing Education

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Speech-Language Pathologists know that to maintain their certification through American Speech-Hearing Association (ASHA), they will have to stay current with Continuing Education Units (CEUs).  Each SLP is required to earn 3.0 CEUs every three years to retain a Certificate of Clinical Competence.  Regarding hours of study, that equates to about 10 hours per year.  To keep it manageable, it is recommended that SLP’s break it down yearly, rather than have to try and fit in 30 hours of study in year three.  Fortunately, there are many ways to conveniently earn CEUs, without breaking the bank.

Five Conditions You Didn’t Know Were Treated By an SLP

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During Better Hearing and Speech Month, we have recognized the incredible work that our nation’s hearing and speech professionals do for the patients they serve.  To say Speech- Language Pathologists provide therapies for hearing and speech disorders is a very broad characterization.  Initially, people know that SLP’s can help treat stuttering and other forms of sound articulation issues, but in reality, there are many disorders most people have never heard of that can be treated by an SLP.  Let’s introduce five lesser known conditions that benefit from treatment by an SLP.

Five Signs It’s Time to Have Your Hearing Checked

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Most people are surprised to find out that the third most common health problem in the United States is hearing loss.  According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), almost 48 million Americans have some form of diminished or hearing loss.  If you are a regular reader of this space, you already know that May is annually recognized as Better Hearing and Speech Month to raise awareness around how hearing loss can impact your quality of life and recognize the thousands of healthcare professionals who have chosen a career as an Audiologist, or Speech-Language Pathologist.

May is National Fitness and Sports Month

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) Year of the Health Nurse Campaign is focusing on Women’s Health and National Fitness and Sports Month for May 2017.  It is a natural campaign focus as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) already recognizes May as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.  For our nation’s 3.6 million registered nurses, the goal is to continue or begin to make physical activity a part of every day to encourage friends, family, and their patients to do the same.