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Effective Communication Starts with “I”

Despite what your English teacher told you, sometimes starting every sentence with “I” is a really great way of getting your point across.

Deciding to Pursue a Career in Academia

A career in academia can be immensely rewarding. It can also be frustrating and overwhelming, especially to those working their way up the ladder.

Feeling Drowsy? Gauge Problem Sleepiness

It’s tough to remain fresh and alert during an 8-hour shift, a 12-hour shift is tougher still, but either shift at night is toughest of all. Our bodies require, on average, seven to nine hours of quality sleep per night.

In the Spotlight: Dr. Jonas Nguh

Dr. Jonas Nguh, Academic Department Chair, BSN Program, Kaplan University, has been a nurse for 15 years, working his way up the nursing ranks from a certified nursing assistant to registered nurse and doctoral degree from Walden University in Public Health. He is passionate about his work and strives to bring more male minority nurses into the profession.

Eat More (at Home), Stress Less

Recent research from the folks at the Pew Charitable Trusts suggests there may be a tie between stress and eating. (Shocking, isn’t it?) People who are frequently stressed report that they often overeat, and worst yet -- they often eat junk food.

Four Steps to Diffusing a Tense Work Situation

We all know that feeling – the awful twist in the pit of your stomach when a situation at work has just elevated from annoying to tense. Maybe a colleague took credit for your good work or your boss made an inappropriate comment about your personal life.

In the Spotlight: Nalo Hamilton

Nalo Hamilton, Ph.D., MSN, APRN-BC, is an assistant professor at the UCLA School of Nursing. She started out as a biochemist and later decided she could make a greater impact in the healthcare field as a nurse.

Resume Tips for Minority Nurses

With the number of nursing jobs on the rise, there are plenty of opportunities to break into this stable and growing field. There is also plenty of competition. The good news is there are many ways to stand out, particularly if you are a minority looking to break into the nursing profession.

In the Spotlight: Lubaba Mohammed

Lubaba Mohammed says people often describe her as persistent, so it is no surprise that 23 years after earning her associate's degree in nursing in her native Ethiopia, Mohammed just attained one of the biggest goals she set for herself – attaining her BSN.

Maximize Your Salary as a New Nurse

Nursing salary

You’ve just finished your nursing degree and you’re ready for your first nursing job. Or perhaps you have only been a nurse for a year or two and you’d like to increase your salary. What can a new nurse expect to make in today’s job market?

In the Spotlight: LaDonna L. Christian

Boston-based nurse LaDonna L. Christian, RN, MSN, APHN-BC, went from being a volunteer candy striper growing up to her current role as Associate Professor of Practice – Nursing at Simmons College School of Nursing and Health Sciences and Director of the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program – where she strives to increase the number of minority nurses in the workforce. From the time she was a young child, she knew her calling – to be a nurse.

Team Up with Administration to De-Stress

As a nurse, you’re highly effective at taking care of patients. Taking care of yourself in a pressure-cooker workplace? Not so much. There are things you can do as an individual to de-stress, such as improving communication or time management skills. But whatever you do on a personal level may simply not be enough.

Tips For Working Feet

Nurses make a living on their feet so it’s crucial you take care of them. Supportive shoes and proper foot care are essential. The miles logged during years of 12-hour shifts can create more than foot problems. Can you find the time to adopt a foot care regime? Unlike shoes, you only get one pair of feet to last a lifetime. Check out these tips for to keep your feet healthy.

Dietary Guidelines Say: Your Plate is Half-Full…

It’s simple but it’s not easy. Eating nutritious foods and staying hydrated is vital to fueling up for this physically challenging nursing profession. Plus, a nurse’s energy has to last up to 12 hours, sometimes without a break to rest, let alone eat, during a shift.

6 Ways to Figure Out If a Job Offer Is Right for You

Weighing the pros and cons of a job offer might seem silly when you just need a job, but making sure you have found the right position can mean the difference between a successful career move and one that could set you back.

Preparing for Nursing School

Nursing school is tough, and it’s only going to become harder. One of the major challenges that nursing students face is the transition from being a pre-nursing student to a nursing student. Read on to find out how to make the transition.

Nominate an Outstanding Healthcare Professional

Cherokee Uniforms, a leading provider of healthcare apparel, is accepting nominations for its 11th annual Inspired Comfort Award. The award recognizes nurses, nursing-school students, and other non-physician healthcare professionals who have taken extraordinary and inspiring steps to serve their patients and their communities. The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2013.

Wearing Rose-Colored Glasses? Part 2

You can go from pessimist to optimist and enjoy the good health benefits of a sunny outlook. The secret? Positive self-talk. You can learn how to talk to yourself to boost well-being, but it does take practice. Here’s how.

5 Ways Meditation Can Help You

Let's get two myths about meditation out of the way: yes, you have the time to meditate and no, you don't have to sit still to meditate. Busy nurses can reap meditation's benefits – they just have to commit a few minutes a day!

In the Spotlight: Marcia Lowe

Marcia Lowe, MSN, RN-BC, advanced nursing coordinator at UAB Hospital, Birmingham, AL, knows the importance of serving as a mentor to other nurses. Lowe has been a nurse for 30 years and is currently working toward her PhD at the UAB School of Nursing in Birmingham, AL. Here she shares her career path and advice for other nurses – including why she feels it’s important for nurses to be lifelong learners.


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