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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.

Five Ways to Recognize the Child of an OT

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Occupational Therapists spend their days helping patients improve and engage in quality of life activities.  OTs typically don’t just focus on a specific problem for a patient. Instead, they are trained to consider a patient’s entire environment as part of a holistic approach to help them participate in daily living.  OTs are highly educated but also have certain traits that allow them to be successful in their job.  Let’s see if we can recognize the child of an OT based on some of their personality traits.

5 Tips for Dealing with a Really Bad Day at Work

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We have all had them.  They are sneaky and persistent like those dark clouds that show up right before the nice backyard barbecue you had planned.  That is right; I am talking about the really bad day at work that crops up out of nowhere and zaps your positivity for a few days.

Updating Your Occupational Therapist Resume

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In the spirit of spring when nature is awakening after a long winter, many healthcare professionals are evaluating their careers and deciding if they are on the right path or if, like the season, it is time for a change.  When you’re ready to explore new opportunities for your Occupational Therapy career, then updating your resume is job number one.

Year of the Healthy Nurse: Combating Stress

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The fourth month of the American Nursing Association (ANA) Year of the Healthy Nurse deals with a subject nurses, therapists, aides, physicians, administrators, and everyone else in healthcare can relate to, Combatting Stress.  Stress for nurses is often something that stays beneath the surface and builds over time.  Because nurses are dealing with so many physical and mental challenges every day, it is extremely important to recognize when it is getting the better of you and taking the time to do something about it.  Ignoring stress is inviting it to impact your health, your work and family life, and even the health of your patients.

Best Ways for Physical Therapists to Deal With Stress

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We’ve all been there.  No matter what our chosen career path is, dealing with occasional stress is inevitable.  Stress often accompanies a career in healthcare, and no care discipline is immune.  So how do Physical Therapists deal with stress when it creeps into their practice?

Is it Time for a Nursing Career Change?

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So, you’ve been on the job for a couple of years or a couple dozen years now, and you think it is time to move on, but how do you know?  Nurse turnover has been a topic of discussion for several years as the healthcare industry continues to face increases in demand and staffing shortages.  Studies have been conducted to determine what cause nursing staff dissatisfaction and what leads them to leave their jobs.  Data shows that 33% of new nurses leave their first job within two years.  Let’s look at some of the reasons why you might consider changing jobs.

Keys to Nursing Job Satisfaction

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For many years now, the results from various annual surveys about which profession people trust the most; the nursing professional has come out at or near the top.  But just because they are the most trusted in the eyes of the public doesn’t mean they are all blindly satisfied with their current job.  In fact, a closer look at data from a recent survey of 3,400 registered nurses shows that while they are satisfied with their career choice to become an RN (Up to 96%), less (only 72%) are satisfied with their current job. Let’s examine why there is a discrepancy and what are the keys to job satisfaction for nurses.

Year of the Healthy Nurse: Nutrition

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As March is National Nutrition Month, it makes sense that the American Nurses Association (ANA) Year of the Healthy Nurse Campaign is focusing on Nutrition for March 2017.  A 2016 ANA health risk appraisal indicated that nursing students and RNs have an average Body Mass Index (BMI) of 27.6, putting them in the overweight range.  Also, 28% of survey respondents indicated that healthy food choices were not available during the work day and another 31% stated that their workplace did not offer nutrition and weight management classes.

March is National Nutrition Month

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With the clever slogan “Put Your Best Fork Forward” leading the way, March is once again being hailed as National Nutrition Month®.  Originally instituted as a week-long event in 1973, and a month-long event beginning in 1980, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone of the benefits of healthy eating.  With an obesity epidemic still impacting Americans, now more than ever a campaign focusing on the importance of making informed food choices and improving physical activity habits is a timely occurrence.