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Ebola: Knowledge is Power

Nurses are, of course, worried about the spread of Ebola. Everyday folks, outside of healthcare, are also frightened. Today news headlines are hyper-focused on the latest developments in the continuing Ebola battle.

Nurses Must Protect Themselves from Ebola

Any nurse concerned about being ill-prepared to care for Ebola patients should be able to refuse the assignment. So says the leader of the American Nurses Association [ANA].

Ebola Prevention - Learning from Other Countries

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One of the biggest issues in health care today is stopping the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Nurses need to know as much as possible about the virus, and how to effectively treat patients. Here is what we can learn from other communities who have been affected by Ebola.

Is Your Hospital Ready for Ebola?

Is your hospital ready? A recent survey by National Nurses United indicated that more than half of the 400 nurses surveyed weren't confident that their hospitals could deal with an Ebola patient. The survey has certainly touched a nerve with nurses who will be on the front lines of caring for any patient with suspected or diagnosed Ebola.

Preventing Ebola Infection in Nurses - CDC Guidelines

News that a second nurse in Texas has been struck with the deadly Ebola virus is likely to send an unprecedented sense of alarm through the public and health care community.  It also renews focus on the CDC's recently updated Ebola infection prevention and control 

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Nurses to Weigh in on Ebola with National Conference Call on October 15

Information about Ebola is coming fast and furious and in the midst of it all, nurses have lots of questions that need answers.

Recognizing Ebola Symptoms Is Crucial

With Ebola continuing to make worldwide headlines and affect thousands of lives across the globe, nurses in the United States are preparing for something unfamiliar.

5 Tips to Tame the Morning Craziness

Given the ever-changing schedules of most nurses, a morning routine is hardly ever typical. Whatever time of day you have to get ready and out the door, there are a few tasks you can do to simplify your routine without too much hassle!

The Minority Nurse Best Companies Survey

Want to know how your organization compares to others in the field? Take the Minority Nurse magazine ‘Best Companies’ survey and find out!

Study Shows More Latinos Covered by Health Insurance

With all the upheaval surrounding the Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare), there is great news for Latinos. In the past year, significant numbers of Latinos have obtained health insurance coverage.

Stand and Burn More Calories

As a nurse you probably spend a great deal of time on your feet, and not on your tush. Or do you? Drop a pedometer in your pocket and you may be surprised at how little you actually locomote.

10 Steps to Achieving Happiness - Part Two

Happiness is desirable, yet elusive. Celebrated and fleeting. Happiness is a hard emotion to define, but you know it when you feel it on the job, at home, with loved ones and with yourself.

Take These Steps Toward Happiness

Do you have a coworker, friend or family member who is an absolute joy to be around? Are there people in your life who deal with challenges with a smile and a can-do attitude? Happy people work on their thoughts and actions to create and maintain their happiness. You can, too.

Busy Schedule? Try HIIT

Did you pick up some extra pounds over the summer? Are you less than enthused about pursuing another workout regimen? Consider high-intensity interval training [HIIT], which involves short bursts of intense exercise to burn fat fast, strengthen your heart and preserve muscle.

Take a Stand for Your Health

Sit and stand while at work

As a nurse, the way you work is always evolving, whether that means changes in technology, workspace, or workflow. You’ve probably already experienced dizzying shifts, big and small, at your hospital or clinic.

Boost Your Creativity, Revive Your Career

Are you creative? Would you like to be more creative?

Do you know nurturing your creativity is not only good for your emotional outlook, but it is also a good career move?

New Dads Need Work Flexibility, Too

Nursing might be a predominately female-staffed profession, but all nurses, male and female, still struggle with the same work-life conflicts.

Volunteer and Change the World

As a brand new nurse, I was stuck in a hard place. When applying for jobs, the most common statement said to me was, "You need a year's experience." How do you get the year's experience if no one is willing to take a chance on you? The answer: Volunteer!

How the Internet is Affecting the Health Care Job Market

The Internet has had a significant impact on every aspect of the job market, with career websites becoming the first places people turn to both look for employment opportunities and research in preparation for a job application. The health care profession is no exception to this, with nurses and other health care professionals using the Web as a crucial source of information as well as a means of pursuing new opportunities to advance their career.

Adding Antioxidants to Your Diet

Are you getting enough antioxidants in your diet? We know that it’s important for nurses to set an example when it comes to healthy eating, and that means making good food choices even if we have a busy schedule.

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