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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.

Tools and Tips for Ergonomic Computing

As a nurse, you probably have an opportunity to fine-tune -- or even overhaul -- your personal ergonomics at work. You have more control over the furniture and accessories you use with technology than you'd suspect.

Budgeting for the Busy Nurse in 4 Easy Steps

If you’re like most people you loathe the word budget. It’s the equivalent of a four-letter word to some, but in many cases it’s a necessary evil to reach financial goals. Budgeting doesn’t have to be dreadful but can be easy!

Tackling the Most Common Illnesses Faced by New Nurses

Many nurses try to take illness in their stride, telling themselves that it’s their patients who matter - but how can you provide top-quality care for other people when you’re feeling ill yourself? Looking after yourself is key to doing a good job, even if that sometimes means taking time off or insisting on a break until you are able to cope.

Should Perks Weigh into a Job Decision?

You know about benefits – the health insurance, vacation time, holiday time, and tuition reimbursement (among other things) that can potentially add thousands of dollars to the value of your job offer.

8 Benefits that Could Make or Break Your Job Offer

There's nothing like that huge relief when the call from human resources says “You've got the job!” After the long application and interview process, you finally feel a sense of accomplishment and you're ready to just shout, “Yes! I'll take it!”

Comfy Computing for Nurses

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Nursing is an extremely demanding profession, both physically and mentally. Here are a few tips for making your time at the computer more comfortable and less likely to cause strain or injury.

Dealing with Dysfunctional Coworkers

Does your workplace have coworkers who complain constantly, fail to pull their weight or behave as drama mamas? You are not alone. Dysfunctional employees are everywhere and they can make the workday extra stressful.

In the Spotlight: Lorraine Freytes

No one can ever say Lorraine Freytes backs down from a challenge.

New Website Helps Nurses Provide PTSD Care

Do you know the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]? Do you know who is at risk? Are men and women at equal risk of developing it?

Dealing with Workplace Gossipers

Regardless of their age, gender or position, gossipers on the job share the same goal: to use “information” to feel more powerful than their targets. What can be frustrating are their methods.

4 Reasons Why You Have to Make Time to Network

Lots of professionals say they just don't have time to network. With busy schedules, having a membership in a couple of professional organizations is about as far as they get.

Leave Job Stress At Work

Are you taking job-related stress home to your loved ones? Nurses are expected to be engaged, enthused and active at work.

Managing Job Related Stress

Your job-related stress can affect your patients, colleagues and loved ones, so getting it under control should be a high priority. The first step is to admit to being stressed. If you find yourself dreading going to work, ask yourself: How well am I managing my stress?

How to Land an Internal Job Opening

Have you been working for a company awhile but would like to move up the ladder or on to another unit? Career changers can often find opportunities within their current company instead of having to start afresh.

Don't Risk Becoming a Casualty of the Keyboard

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Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs), such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis, are common in the healthcare workplace. Though not life threatening, RSIs are a painful and potentially disabling health hazard.

How Hiking Can Help

For those of us longing to break away from the daily grind and reconnect with nature, hiking and camping can be a way to revisit youth, revisit the earth, and remember how to get along without the little luxuries of city life.

 

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