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Dan Suarez: President-Elect of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses

Dan Suarez, MA, RN, already has goals set for when he assumes the presidency of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses next July.

Jose Alejandro: President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses

With nearly two decades of nursing under his belt and as the current president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Jose Alejandro now laughs when he recalls his first thoughts about being a nurse.

Gazpacho: Stop stroke with delicous cold soup

Juicy Tomatoes
Inspired by National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) and a week of 90 degree temps, I whipped up my favorite no-cook supper, Gazpacho. Why not give this sophisticated summer soup a whirl?

Get a Great Reference in Three Easy Steps

Whether you are job hunting, going for a scholarship or internship, or even just applying for a volunteer position, good references complete your whole professional package.

In the Spotlight: Ngoc Tram Duong Nguyen

When Ngoc Tram Duong Nguyen left her native Vietnam and came to the United States in 2008 to study nursing, she faced many challenges inherent in moving to a new country. She spoke no English and had to learn the language.

How to Find a Career Coach

You’ve been stuck in a rut at work and now you are ready to move on with the help of a career coach. So how do you find an expert?

Move Forward With a Career Coach

 As a nurse, you spend a third of your life on the job.  Shouldn’t you feel fulfilled? If you constantly struggle to find meaning in your career or value as an employee, listen to that voice in your head.

Popular Apps for Nurses

Popular Apps for Nurses

Mobile apps are increasingly helping nurses work better. 

The 2013 Take Pride Campaign

Each year, we call for nominations for our Take Pride Campaign in an effort to recognize those places of employment that went above and beyond regarding encouraging diversity; recruiting and retaining minorities; and creating a cooperative, inclusive work environment. We hope all of the nominated facilities continue to lead by example, and we are proud to recognize this year's winners here.

In the Spotlight: Joy Hepkins

Joy Hepkins, RN OCN, Oncology Nurse Navigator and Cancer Care Coordinator at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, PA, has been a nurse for 33 years. Raised in South Africa during apartheid, she studied accounting in college. But a spiritual experience led her to her true calling – nursing.

Four Tips for Following Up After a Job Interview

You may breathe a huge sigh of relief when your job interview is over. All the prep work, the nervous anticipation, and the stress of the face-to-face interview is finally over and it is out of your hands, you think.

3 Painless Cash-Saving Tips to Build Your Emergency Fund

Who doesn't want a bigger bank account? If we all want to have extra cash, why is it so hard to do?

6 Ways to Toot Your Own Horn

When someone asks you, “What do you do?” is your standard reply “I am a nurse?” That might work every now and then, but in this increasingly interconnected world and competitive job market, it is time for you to really think about what you do.

Hang On Little Tomato!: Juicy summer recipe

cherry tomatoes

You know cooler weather is on the way, but still need to beat the summer heat? Get out of the kitchen with this refreshing veggie salad that doesn't require you to get near a hot stove.

Start Now to Improve Your Organization's Climate

Any nurse knows a well-run unit has excellent staffing and dedicated workers, but such a cohesive environment also has something not so easily defined. What can you do if you don't feel supported by your organization or if, as a supervisor, you would like to see your unit operating more effectively?

Social Media Profile May Win or Lose You Jobs

 Looking for a job? Before applying for a new position, examine your social media profile. 

Hydration Station: Three Ways to Ensure Your Vital Fluids are Topped Off

Nurses know that water is essential to human life – a person can survive for about three weeks with no food, but will perish after only about a week with no water. An adult body, after all, is about 60% water. And yet, most Americans are mildly dehydrated, according to Harvard researchers.

In the Spotlight: Cassondra Francis

Cassondra Francis BSN, RN, clinical nurse III in labor and delivery at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, holds a Bachelor’s in Nursing from University of Delaware and has been a nurse for five years.

Eat Your Water and Beat the Heat This Summer

It’s a fact: When temperatures rise, it’s even more important you get the doctor recommended 9 cups of daily fluids for women and 12 for men. Water is your best choice for hydration. After all, it’s non-caloric, sugar-free, and caffeine-free. It's also a better thirst quencher than sugar-laden drinks.

In the Spotlight: Harmon P. Mercer

Harmon P. Mercer, RN, MS, CCRN, night education specialist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, is passionate about adult education. He has enjoyed a long career in both the military and private sectors. He started working at Mount Sinai in 1998 in the NICU unit after receiving a nursing degree and serving in the military as captain in the Army Nurses Corp. He is currently working toward his PhD from Adelphi University while maintaining his position at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

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