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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.

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?

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.

 

Is Sunshine Magic for Nurses?

Few nurses were probably surprised by the latest study linking natural sunlight to better moods.

The Latest Buzz on Sleep

Nurses have a love/hate relationship with sleep – love it when you can get it, hate it when you have to struggle to stay awake during a 10-hour workday or a graveyard shift. Here's the latest news on how you can catch more restful shut-eye, starting tonight.

5 Ways to Prove You're the Best Job Candidate

Congratulations on landing a job interview you've worked so hard to get! Now that you have a chance to shine, what do you need to do in that interview to really shine?

5 Tips to Make Yourself Memorable at Work

Even if you're in your dream job today, careers do change. Job changes sometimes happen at the most unexpected times - a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity might come along, you might decide to pursue a new interest, you might move, or your organization could downsize.

What NOT to do when a friend is ill.

Ill Friend

As nurses know, when you are sick friends and family can contribute to healing, or slow the process with unconsidered words and actions.

How a Student Nurses' Association Can Help You

As a nursing student, responsibilities and demands pull at your time and energy constantly. You have classes to attend, homework to complete, clinicals to work, clubs to join, and organizations to check out.

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