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Stress and Technology for Nurses: How to Take Your Computer Less Seriously

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You’re a nurse, and your job is to take care of people, right? So, why does it seem that sometimes you have to spend as much time taking care of your “technological solutions” and EMRs as you do taking care of your patients? As if you don’t have enough stress in your work, do you also need stress over the high-tech of high-touch?

9 Reasons Every Nurse Should Drive a Convertible

9 Reasons Every Nurse Should Drive a Convertible

I can tell you now, that after exactly 6 months of ownership (most of those ironically in the winter months) that the car does in fact make me happy. But I can also tell you that I think cars like it, namely convertibles, have the ability to make any nurse happy. I especially think this is the case with nurses. But I don’t just think happiness is the only reason that nurses should drive a convertible so I’ll outline those in top 9 reasons nurses should drive a convertible below.

How to Avoid Getting Sick in the Winter

It’s that dreaded time of the year when the flu bug is making the rounds. Aside from getting a flu shot annually there are other steps a person can take to safeguard himself against sickness. The following are some helpful tips to help you avoid getting sick during the colder months.

6 Characteristics of Fantastic Nurses

6 Characteristics of Fantastic Nurses

What does it take to be a fantastic nurse? Many wonder if they have what it takes to excel in the nursing profession. There are some key differences between an average nurse and a fantastic nurse. If you’re smart enough and dedicated enough, nearly anyone can become an average nurse. But it takes a certain something to elevate yourself to the fantastic level.

Foreign Nurses: A Language Barrier to Care

Recently I was hospitalized for a week in a large university hospital. In those 7 days only one of my nurses spoke English as a first language. The rest of the nurses had thick accents. I couldn’t pinpoint where exactly, but Haitian if I had to guess. Their accents made it difficult for me to understand them. I also noticed they often seemed to have difficulty understanding me. It was no uncommon for me to have to rephrase my questions or requests in order to get a response from them that was appropriate. Even after rephrasing my questions, their most common answer was “I’ll have to ask to doctor.”

How to Improve Nursing Morale and Avoid Burnout

How to Improve Nursing Morale and Avoid Burnout

Nursing can be a monotonous and stressful profession. Your daily routine can become so persistent and the appreciation you feel for what you do often seems minimal. While there are some that feel the paycheck should be enough, there are others who picked nursing as their profession because they wanted more than just money in the bank.

Unfortunately, nurses often give of themselves to the point where they may begin to feel defeated. They may start asking themselves “Why did I start doing this?” “What made me want to be a nurse to begin with?” “Does what I do really matter?”

In order to prevent getting to this point as a nurse, it is important that you take steps to prevent burnout. In the process you will also help to improve nursing morale. It’s not hard. It’s just a matter of being proactive and positive.

Why Personal Branding is Important for Nurses

Why Personal Branding is Important for Nurses

Even if you’re gainfully and happily employed, you still need to be aware of your personal brand as a professional nurse. Treat your career as a business and market yourself accordingly. Are you happy with the your current income level, your current role, and your current opportunities for growth? Or do you want to to do more in your nursing career? Do you want to grow in your profession? Do you want your business to be a long term success with constant growth, or do you want to stay exactly where you are at in your nursing career?

Nursing Interruptions and Interruption Awareness in Nursing Practice

Do folks realize that I need to concentrate on important details when I am administering medications?

Do they understand that interruptions are a source of medical errors? Sometimes catastrophic ones?

Does anyone care that an environment of endless interruptions can cause horrible stress on caregivers?

HUD Good Neighbor Next Door Program: Firefighters, Teachers, Police Officers and EMTS Listen up!

If you are a police officer, firefighter, EMT, or teacher then U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a fantastic opportunity to help you own your very own home. The Good Neighbor Next Door (GNND) program offers a fantastic incentives to get members of these professions in certain neighborhoods to promote a greater sense of community pride and security and the service workers reap great benefits as well.

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