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4 Top Phone Interview Tips for Nurses

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The job market for nursing professionals continues to be as hot as our summer weather has been.  Recruiters and hiring managers have many open jobs available and are receiving an equally large number of applicants.  This trend has led to some changes to increase efficiency with the typical interview process.  Today, more often than not, the first wave of applicant interviews are conducted by phone. 

Top Networking Tips for Healthcare Professionals

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One very powerful way to advance your career, but is often overlooked, are the beneficial aspects of networking.  Even if you have the greatest job in the world and have no plans of seeking out new opportunities, it is always a good idea to spend time growing your network.  Cultivating your contacts and professional acquaintances does not take a large investment of time or energy and may pay dividends in the future.  Let’s look at the top networking tips for people in the healthcare profession.

How Do School-based Therapists and Nurses Spend Their Summer

Authored by Keiley Giboney on

While some school systems around the country hold classes year-round, most conduct a September through mid-June curriculum.  For our school-based therapists and nurses, that leaves them with a decision to make each summer.  Many of them choose to take the summer months off to spend time with family or vacation.  For those that want to keep working over the summer, let’s take a look at ways that therapists and nurses fill their summer work schedule.

Easy to Cook Meals

Authored by Patrick Haire on

There never seems to be enough time for everything, so finding a way to save time with everyday activities can make a huge impact. We put together a list of delicious and quick meal suggestions for one person, two people, and whole families.

Resume Tips for Therapy Professionals

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As the job market for Physical, Occupational, and Speech-Language Therapists continue to boom, it is a great time to spend a few moments and update your resume.  For therapy professionals, the coming years will be filled with opportunities, but that is not to say that you can make that next career move without putting some time and effort into documenting your skills and experiences.

National Nurses Week 2016

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In 1990, the American Nurses Association (ANA) expanded the annual recognition of those in the Nursing profession, into a week-long event.  National Nurses Week 2016 is May 6th through May 12th. 

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

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For the past 75 years, the month of May has been filled with recognition, awareness events, and a big general thank you to those who work as Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP’s) and Audiologists.  Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) is dedicated to the professionals whose career is spent preventing, identifying, and treating communication impairments

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

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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.