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Nurses Advocating for Patients

People of different age, gender, and race may have similar values, beliefs, and faith as their family and caregiver, but what would you do if a patient’s values and faith are different from one’s family and/or caregiver?

4 Self-Care Practices for Nurses

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As a nurse, your job is to focus on the health and healing of your patients. But in order to give them the best care possible you need to take care of yourself first.

Unique Nursing Jobs Beyond the Bedside

Are you a nurse tired of the bedside grind, but would still love being a nurse? Are you worried that if you leave the bedside you won’t be fulfilled as a nurse?

If so, then consider a unique nursing job that is beyond the bedside that still fulfills you. 

Long-Term Care Nursing Offers Career Opportunities

When nurses talk about nursing as a career, they mention flexibility, the continual opportunity to learn new skills, and the profound satisfaction of caring for others as motivation.

In the Spotlight: Christal Leitch, Minority Nurse Scholarship First-Place Winner

Christal Leitch, this year's Minority Nurse Magazine Scholarship first-place winner, found out the biggest surprises often come when your mind is focused elsewhere.

In the Spotlight: Minority Nurse Magazine Scholarship Recipient Yvonne Shih

Yvonne Shih, one of this year's recipients of a Minority Nurse Magazine Scholarship, took a huge leap of faith when she moved from California to Boston to attend the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing.

Maximize Your Money by Learning the Differences in Financial Aid

Did you know there are lots of hidden secrets to financial aid - how to find it, get it, keep it, and use it wisely? There's no one-size-fits-all for financial aid either. Believe it or not, all financial aid isn't the same. Knowing the difference helps you manage your tuition budget.

Surviving Your First Nursing Mistake

If you’ve been a working nurse for more than one shift I guarantee you've made a mistake. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.  Making mistakes is part of human nature and nurses take them to heart with good reason. Not all mistakes made are created equal, but we can learn from them all.

Take a Moment with Tea

One of the healthiest substances in the world, and enjoyed for thousands of years, tea can perk up a tired day or act as a salve for anxiety. This blog will help you settle in with the best type of tea for the moment.

What Do Air Traffic Controllers And Clinical Nurse Leaders Have In Common? More Than You Think!

Nationally, the health care industry is facing nursing shortages, and an increase in the complexity of managing patient care. Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNLs) are growing in demand, as their technical expertise, organizational skills, communication skills, and problem-solving techniques help to keep hospitals and clinics operating efficiently while providing excellent patient-centered care.

6 Reasons to Check in with Career Services at Your Alma Mater

Even if you graduated with your nursing degree 3 or 4 or even 8 years ago, did you know your college’s career services center is a great career resource?

Why Nurses Should Consider Creative Writing

All nurses should consider writing their own stories, but how can you write when you still have all those negative demons placed in your brain from sixth grade creative writing assignments? Find out why you should give creative writing a try as well as some tips for how to go about it if it’s your first time.

The Secret of Social Wellness

With the economy being non-ideal lately, it’s no wonder that most nurses stay focused on their career, and the advancement thereof. In the midst of managing daily life and sending a resume to that new hospital on the horizon, don't forget about one of the greatest mood-boosting, healthy-habit resources out there: friends.

5 Student Loan Facts You Need to Know

Lots of students seek out help for college costs through scholarships, work reimbursements, work study, grants, and loans. Of all these, loans cause the most long-lasting effects on your budget because they have to be paid back. When you’re considering your loan options to finance your education there are a few things you should know.

What to Do When a Friend is Ill

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Obviously, as a nurse you know how to be there for your patients, but maybe you’re in uncharted waters when it comes to friends who are sick with a serious or chronic condition. Especially as we and our friends age past 50, our odds of stepping in to help in a caregiving role rise significantly.

Do You Know These 5 Preparation Tips for Job Interview Confidence?

Graduating with a new nursing degree is one of the most thrilling highlights for anyone just starting out in this career track. A degree represents hours of hard work and lots of sacrifice to achieve this goal. Congratulations to you if you have a new diploma in hand!

4 Ways to Stay Positive

Feeling a bit down or bored? Everyone experiences periods of not feeling enthusiastic about life or work. But as a nurse, it’s important to remain positive for your patients. If you’re feeling down in your personal life, those feelings can creep into your work day.

Self-Compliments: What I love about me.

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Does even the thought of giving yourself a compliment make you blush? Nurses are all about showing compassion to others, but how about when it comes to showing yourself the love? If you can see the good in others, you can train yourself to claim the good in yourself.

Surviving Your First Nursing Job

Congratulations! You have successfully finished nursing school, passed the NCLEX and are now preparing to start your first job! Now that you are out of school you may be wondering if your first job will be anything like what your professors taught you in school. I’m here to tell you no, but don’t fret. Here are a few tips that can help you ease into the transition from student to nurse.

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