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Why You Need LinkedIn If You Aren't Looking for a Job

LinkedIn is a business standard now, but you may wonder if you really need it. Many people think an online profile, which highlights your career achievements and makes connections with others in the field easy and reliable, is strictly a job-seeking tool. Because of that view, not all nurses see LinkedIn as a valuable career resource. If you are a nurse who has no intention of looking for a new job or even taking one if an offer was made to you, do you still really need a LinkedIn profile?

Did you forget -- or refuse -- your flu shot?

Did you get your flu vaccination yet for this season? If not, you’ve joined the ranks of healthcare workers who, for a variety of reasons, delay or outright refuse vaccination.  Do nurses -- like patients -- have the right to say No to flu shots?

Nurse Residency Program: The First Eight Weeks

I am now in week #7 of the program, almost halfway through the orientation process, and it has been everything I wanted from nursing school and so much more. There are days where we feel like we’re back in school with lectures, PowerPoints, and exams. Then when we are on our various units—not as students or helpers, but as the actual nurse giving patient care and putting our critical thinking to work—all the sacrifices, the long hours studying, the lack of sleep, and the chaos of interviewing is worth it. Here is a breakdown of what to expect during your first eight weeks.

Revamp Your Resume for Maximal Results

As the year comes to an end many people start to evaluate their goals for the upcoming New Year. Typical resolutions like losing weight, saving money, and trying a new hobby prevail, but what if your resolution is to find a new career?

5 Tips for Your Holiday Job Search

Looking for a job in health care during the holidays can be a challenge. Hospitals usually ramp up recruiting in January -- to coincide with graduation at nursing schools.

Take This Nursing and Technology Survey! Win a Gift Card!

Take our annual Nursing and Technology Survey 2013 to help us understand your Nursing and technology needs. The survey is open to all nurses in the nursing profession or academia.  Tell us which Nursing area you specialize in and which digital device you use most frequently.

Stressed? Breath in & Count to 5...

As a nurse, you most definitely know the meaning of the words Stressed Out! If you're anything like me, you've also tried all sorts of techniques for getting a hold of yourself so that you don't Burn Out.

Back to the Past: Recognizing Our Potential in the Moment

Every now and again, I find myself thinking about the next routine or task seemingly without any recognition of the present moment.

Eating Hacks for Party-Happy Holidays

Now that the three-month long holiday season is in full-swing, we could all use a few tips on how to curtail holiday noshing.

Jumpstart 2014 Resolutions in December

In another month, most of us will announce to family and friends the resolutions we plan to pursue, achieve and maintain in 2014.

Flu Season has Started: Tips for Fighting Influenza

Protect your health and the health of your patients with a flu shot – ASAP! Flu seasons are unpredictable – viruses are constantly changing so we never know what will turn out to be a particularly nasty flu season. In addition, flu is inherently unfair to at-risk communities; there are more cases among Hispanic and African American patients, for instance.

Nurse Informaticists in Demand

 Are you techno-savvy, interested in leading the transformation in healthcare and looking for an in-demand job with a good salary?

Consider a career as a nurse informaticist.

Count Your Blessings

Count Your Blessings

Happy Thanksgiving! I used to say "happy turkey day!" until a friend of mine told me it made her sad to hear that. "What's wrong with focusing on our blessings, and not the bird?" Ah, blessings, indeed.

Thanksgiving Day Guide

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is marked by family reunions, gratitude and reflection. It can also be a day of incredible stress with high expectations and tension with some relatives. To help you make the most of the holiday, use this appropriately named list as a guide.

6 Tips to Beat Job Interview Stress

Congratulations if you are getting ready for an important job interview! The preparation to make a good impression, form the best answers to questions, and to find out about a new organization can be time consuming and stressful.

The Case for Compassion

One of the astonishing realities of nursing is the inherent exposure to human vulnerability at its extremes. Whether bearing witness to candid joy or profound loss, the role of the nurse as a champion for compassion is essential to the profession’s social benefit.

Countdown to Thanksgiving: Part #2

Horn of Plenty

Thanksgiving is only seven days away! Whether you’re an old pro at hosting dinner or this is your first time out, getting a traditional meal on the table -- and on-time -- is a challenge. Here’s a handy One Week Checklist to help make preparations for the big day a bit less stressful.

Set Your Sights on a Management Position

If you've ever thought of making a career move into management, it is worth the time to make a plan for leading your career in that direction.

Coping with Seasonal Depression

Putting aside all of the glittering lights and decorative storefront window displays, there’s something in the winter air that we don’t often talk about. For some, this time of year is a challenging one with a tricky combination of diminishing available light and plentiful stress triggers. Too frequently dismissed or marginalized, seasonal depression is very much a real concern. The causes of seasonal depression vary, but thankfully so do the options for coping successfully.

Is There Really a Nursing Shortage?

Everywhere you look there’s talk about a nursing shortage. Those already in the field complain about short staffing on the units they work, while new graduate nurses aren’t being hired for their first job as quickly as they thought.

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