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Resume Tips for Landing Your Perfect Nursing Job

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A common misconception for today’s healthcare professionals is that their resume has become an afterthought in a successful job search.  While it is true that today’s nursing professionals are in greater demand than ever before, it is not realistic to believe that you can land YOUR perfect job without putting the necessary effort into your resume.

Are You Making the Most of Your Career Options?

Authored by Ashley Bowlin on

For healthcare professionals, there is typically no shortage of career opportunities.  Whether you are just starting out or have years of experience, the healthcare industry is brimming with new challenges, career options, and often difficult decisions to make. 

April is National Occupational Therapy Month

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Each year, the month of April is spent highlighting the efforts of our nation’s more than 115,000 Occupational Therapists (OTs), and 42,000 OT Assistants and Aides (COTAs). In 1980 National Occupational Therapy Month was started by the American Occupational Therapy Association, to coincide with their Annual Conference for OTs and OT-related vendors.

Is It Time For a Career Change?

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There are times in every career arc that beg the question, “Is this what I am supposed to be doing?” This question is asked by thousands of people in careers ranging from Accountants to Shop Owners to Nurses. No one is immune to the questions and the reasons for it are many. You may be looking for advancement or even just a change of scenery. Let’s examine ways that you can navigate the inevitable questions that will crop up from time to time about your career path.

Guide to Using Social Media in Healthcare

Authored by Patrick Haire on

Being so instantly connected to everything that is happening to everyone around us is so prevalent these days that it is almost difficult to recall the times before social media sites became part of our daily consciousness. Indeed, getting birthday reminders for our friends is very handy and has probably bailed all of us out a time or two by not forgetting a friend’s big day. At the same time, along with the instant connectedness there are an equal number of cautionary things to keep in mind.

Ways to Reduce Stress on the Job

Authored by Ashley Bowlin on

Every April, since 1992, healthcare professionals have joined forces to increase public awareness about the causes and cures for our nationwide stress epidemic.Studies have shown that 61% of the workforce suffers from chronic stress, leading to over $300 billion in lost productivity and health issues. Today’s healthcare workers are faced with some of the most stressful situations found in any workplace. Dealing with overwork, understaffing, tight schedules, dependent and demanding patients, patient deaths, and more all create an environment that is rife with stress. Because April is Stress Awareness Month, we want to take a moment to provide you with a few tips that you can implement today to help manage the inevitable stress that comes with being a healthcare hero.

Tips to Improve Patient-Provider Communication

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In honor of the 2015 Patient Safety Awareness Week Campaign, “United in Safety”, we are highlighting a few tools for improving communication between providers and patients. There is an undeniable link between effective communication and positive, quality healthcare outcomes. In looking at the relationship between a provider and a patient, one could argue that the most important component is communication. From the assessment of needs to diagnosis and treatment, through to discharge and ensuring that a patient understands any post-visit instructions, communication is integral each step of the way.

Making a New Year's Resolution? Think Continuing Education

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As a healthcare professional, it is critically important to stay on top of continuing education and accreditations to ensure we are at the top of our game.  This year, why not make education one of your resolutions and take your career to the next level.  At Supplemental Health Care, we make it easy to plan for and find the course work you need every step of the way.

A Healthcare Professionals Guide to Networking

Authored by Jennifer Schultheis on

As a professional healthcare provider, you have put significant time and effort into your knowledge and education to get your career to where it is today.  Like most careers, who you know can play as much of a role as what you know.  Check out these tips to enhancing your networking skills, both online and in-person.

Developing Your Soft Skills

Authored by Ashley Bowlin on

The most successful people in their profession are those with well-developed soft skills; a cluster of personality traits, social skills, communication, habits, and optimism in their relationships with other people.  Soft skills have become increasingly important to employers as they complement a person’s hard skills or the occupational requirements of a job.  Having the right combination of soft and hard skills is extremely important in professions that require face to face dealings with clients or in the case of healthcare workers, patients. 

How to Create a Skills Development Plan

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Follow these simple five steps and you will find that by taking the time necessary to create a development plan, you can reduce stress, achieve greater job satisfaction, and even land your dream job by fostering a competitive set of skills and professional expertise.

Improve Your Bedside Manner with Active Listening Skills

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Active Listening is a technique where the “listener” actively participates in the flow of communication through their actions, body language, and interaction with the speaker.  Active listening involves both verbal and non-verbal techniques and is extremely beneficial in supporting patients. 

Collaborating in Team Enviroments

Authored by Nicole Burleson on

Since 2010, one of the hottest topics about how healthcare delivery is evolving in response to the Affordable Care Act is the gravitation toward team-based patient care models. The legislation encourages providers to operate in cross-functional teams to provide more comprehensive care for patients and streamline healthcare delivery processes. Read on to see how you can make the most of these team environments.

Enhance Your Career by Earning Certificates

Authored by Melissa (Missy) Blankenship on

In the nursing profession, there are many ways to become more valuable to your employer, earn more money, and expand your career options. Upgrading your degree is a reasonable approach to take that next career step; however, there is another option that adds value to the nursing degree you already have: Nursing certifications!

Working With Your Recruiter

Authored by Melissa (Missy) Blankenship on

Whether they’re helping you plan your next career move, setting up your next assignment or counseling you through a career transition, your recruiter is here to help you be successful.  Read on for some tips to strengthen your relationship with your recruiter.

Time Management Tips for Healthcare Professionals

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Effective time management can help reduce your personal stress and even guard against burn out on the job, particularly in healthcare environments where heavy workloads are a daily challenge. Take note of the following tips to help you better manage your time, organize your activities and maintain that all-important work-life balance to help you stay sane throughout the workday and beyond.

Stay a Step Ahead and Diversify Your Skillset

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Not only does diversifying skills make you more marketable, it also keeps your job fresh, fun, and exciting.  Studies show that through 2014 more than 19% of the wage and salaried jobs added to the economy will be in a healthcare related field. Check out our tips to prepare yourself.

Five Tips for Building a Solid Resume

Authored by Melissa (Missy) Blankenship on

Having a solid resume is key to your career success. It is usually the first piece of information an employer receives about you and making an outstanding first impression is imperative. With the right plan and appropriate details, you can create a shining resume that will help your application get the attention it deserves!