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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.

A Reflection of Human Dignity

Although bladder problems are publicly and openly discussed on TV, in print, and on the Internet, they are still a well-kept secret and source of humiliation. Men and women with bladder dysfunction often feel ashamed and are reluctant to discuss the problem with their family or doctor. During November, National Bladder Health Awareness month, encourage a sensitive dialogue with them to facilitate prevention and treatment. Education can help break through the incontinence stigma.

Your Countdown to Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving this year is Thurs. November 28th, less than two weeks away! That’s close enough that many of us are stessing about the onslaught of holiday preparations. Especially if you're a nurse working crazy shifts and 12-hour days.

“You” Brand: Maximizing Earning Potential and Career Mobility

Let’s be honest, it can be hard to get a handle on the latest and greatest strategies for job market success. The economy’s changes have demanded both job seekers and current working professionals to truly exercise more flexibility and diversity than ever before.

November is Great for "Mo" Awareness

According to Healthfinder.gov, November is a busy National Health Observance month. It can make your head spin to think about so many health conditions, but what a great way to focus attention on these issues, raise funds, encourage early detection -- and eventually even save lives. My vote for most humorous and engaging initiative, though, has got to go to Movember (“Moustache” plus “November"), a global men’s health event.

Use the Great American Smokeout to Quit the Habit!

As the front line in health care, nurses know firsthand the dangers of smoking, but that doesn't always mean they don't do it.

Top 5 Reasons Why Good Nurses Leave the Profession

Some nurses are becoming frustrated with the profession and leaving altogether to pursue other careers. I’ve known a few well-seasoned nurses who have left after 10, 20, or 30 years in the profession. Some nurses leave after only a short time in the field. Why?

From Nurse to Business Owner: Strategies to Succeed, Part 4

We’ve covered a lot of information over the last few weeks, but there’s still more to cover when starting your own business. There are two major issues that need to be addressed before you can officially start your business endeavor.

Estimating Potential Start-up Costs

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