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IU Health Celebrates Its Nursing Staff with National Nurses Week Events

Nurses nationwide are being treated to many thank yous and appreciative gestures to celebrate National Nurses Week. Each organization is different, and it's fun to see how nurses' work is being noticed across the nation.

Get the Most Out of Your Nursing Association Membership

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Have you thought about joining a professional nursing association or are you already a member of one? Nursing associations offer a variety of member benefits including opportunities to network and grow your career through continuing education and conferences.

Chamberlain College of Nursing Honors National Nurses Week

With this week's celebration of National Nurses Week, organizations across the country are honoring their nurses and nursing students to thank them for putting their hearts and souls into their profession. Germielynn Melendez, DNP, MSN, RNC-OB, and a national associate professor of International Studies at Chamberlain College of Nursing, says the importance of saying thank you cannot be understated. Chamberlain campuses nationwide are celebrating nurses with special activities and events this week.

Nurses Week Reflection: The Crimea, Nightingale, and Tubman Connection

The month of May is probably the most celebrated month of the year. The list, reflecting a very busy calendar, includes Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Armed Forces Day, the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May —this might be more than a day’s celebration—and Cinco de Mayo. That’s not all. Starting on May 6th through the 12th, as you swab your wounds from the disappointing performance of your favorite steed at Churchill Downs, celebrating our 3.1 million nurses should also be on the list.

National Nurses Week Is a Good Time to Address Compassion Fatigue

During National Nurses Week, nurses are honored and thanked for all the different and essential ways they touch lives. From a compassionate hand on a shoulder to life-saving emergency treatment, nurses are at the forefront of the nation's well being.

Be Good to Yourself During National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week kicks off tomorrow and is a great time for nurses to take a breath and think about all the reasons they have chosen the career path they are in.

Five Things You Should Know About Your Mental Health

While great attention is given to maintaining one’s physical well-being in the health care profession, the importance of the maintaining one’s mental health can be under-recognized or neglected until it is too late. Here are five key things every nurse should know about his or her own mental health.

3 Morning Time-Savers

Getting ready in the morning is a frantic, stressful time for many people. Getting yourself ready can be difficult enough, but if you have children, mornings are often a race against the clock.

Thriving in Your First Nursing Job

You earned your degree and landed your first nursing job. Congratulations! You’re well on your way to a meaningful and challenging career.

Everyone wants to make a great first impression when starting a new job. Here are a few pointers to get you started on the right foot.

Nation Needs More Nurse Scientists

Are you interested in identifying patient care issues and finding solutions?  Consider getting on track to become a Ph.D trained nurse scientist. With a doctorate you can do independent research.

Nursing research develops knowledge to:

National Minority Health Month Ending, But Commitment Continues

As we approach the end of April, let’s not forget National Minority Health Month, and its theme - “Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity.” As a nurse, you can continue in the coming months to champion the U.S.

Explore Nursing Career Options

Of all the things that make a career in nursing so fantastic – the flexibility, the people, the constant learning – it's the incredible variety of nursing opportunities that make the profession so appealing.

How to Make Your Cover Letter Stand Out

Many people believe their resume is the only part of an application that human resources focuses on. Although a properly crafted resume can make or break an applicant, the cover letter really makes you stand out. Incorporate these tips in your next cover letter to grab the attention of your future employer!

Freshen Your Carpets: DIY Aromatherapy

Does the carpet in your living area get its fair share of wear and tear? That just shows you’re blessed with a happy, active household! Instead of cutting down on the patter of little feet (two or four-legged) and big shoes, try this DIY “green” carpet deodorizer for extra freshness.

Self Assessment Gives a Quick Career Tune Up

Anyone knows a nurse works well under pressure and can multitask with ease, but when you're a nurse looking for a job, you can't assume potential employers know anything at all about you.

A New Spin on Brown-Bagging Your Lunches

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One simple way to save money is to brown bag your lunches every day. This is a favorite tip among financial advisors. Brown bagging may not be anything new, but if you want to save up to $1,800 per year, you may want to consider it. $1,800, really? Eating out adds up.

HIPAA, PHI, and You

Nurses can run into this situation every day: A friend or co-worker of a patient visits the hospital or clinic and wants to know health information about the patient.

Easy 3-Step Budgeting

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The word “budget” doesn’t usually excite most people. In fact, many think of budgets as restrictive. Or they may think of spreadsheets, complicated equations or time consuming number crunching. The good news is that a good budget doesn’t have to involve any of those things.

De-stress: DIY Lavender Fabric Softener

Safely soften your laundry -- avoiding toxins and their associated hazards -- and lower your skyhigh stress levels, so common in the nursing profession, at the same time. Rather than using conventional, chemical-laden fabric softener, you can easily make your own aromatherapy version. 

Soak Away Stress: Relaxing DIY Lavender Bath

Essential oils are a lovely way to scent cleaners, air fresheners, or bath products. Not only do these naturally scented items make us happier, some proponents of aromatherapy believe they make us healthier, too.

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