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New Year, New You with Lactose Intolerance

After the holiday cookie exchanges and potluck meals, your patients may want to focus the New Year on strengthening their eating habits and taking a healthier approach. For some who have lactose intolerance, however, new recipes and eating habits may cause apprehension. With a few tips and tricks, your lactose intolerant patients can still enjoy healthy foods that include low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese, and yogurt.

5 Ways to Build Leadership Skills

One of the hot topics in nursing is the need for good nurse leaders. For minority nurses, the topic is especially important.

If You Can Dream It, You Can Achieve It

Treasure Map

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day we naturally remember Dr. King’s “I have a Dream” speech, delivered in 1963 at the March on Washington, where he called for an end to racism. That stirring address is ranked by scholars as the top American speech in U.S.

If You Can Read it, You Can Achieve it!

How are you doing on those New Year’s resolutions? Are you persisting and persevering? The first 90 days are especially crucial. Why? Research shows that by the end of this month, more than half of us have already fallen off the self-improvement wagon.

Easing the Cultural Transition for Internationally Educated Nurses

As more foreign educated nurses are working in US hospitals, health care organizations and settings are going to need to address some of the barriers that are preventing these highly skilled nurses from making a smooth transition to their workplace.

Nurse Researchers are Changing the World of Health

A growing sector of the nursing industry continues to be in the field of research. Nurses use their research to provide evidence-based care for patients, which in turn promotes health and aids in disease prevention.

Share Your Thoughts, RNs!

A short survey is being conducted to explore the perceptions of registered nurses regarding the current status and anticipated future of the nursing profession.

A Fresh Attitude in 2014

Nothing can lift or plummet our outlook on life like our almighty attitude. So in this first week of 2014, take stock of yours. Is it healthy and robust? Or negative and contaminating?

Turn Resolutions Into Reality in 2014!

So in a matter of hours a brand new year awaits. The possibilities seem endless.  

Consider 2014 a blank book with 365 pages. What will you write? How will you make this year different? 

Organize to Career Awesomeness in 2014

Doing a bit of career housekeeping at year end can help clear away mental cobwebs and stagnant behaviors. Once you've got a clean slate, it's much easier to make the new year into whatever you most desire.

Here are four simple steps to getting your work into tip-top shape:

Career Options to Explore in the New Year

With the new year about to unfold, you have likely reflected on what’s working in your life and what needs altering. Have you decided that the changes you need to make in 2014 include career reinvention? Join the club.

Review 2013 Before Ringing in 2014

One of the best things you can do at the end of the year is to review it. That’s right, flip through your pocket calendar or your digital schedule of the last 365 days and see what worked and what bombed. That way you’ll be able to plan for a fuller, richer, less stressful 2014.

Reindeer for Christmas Cheer

Reindeer, Christmas cheer

This is the time of year we wish for peace on earth and good will to men. Sometimes, though, we lose sight of the spirit of the season. It’s easy to get swept up by the humbuggery and consumerism that are part and parcel of the modern American Christmas.

5 LinkedIn Tricks for Job Seekers

You know LinkedIn is a great tool for job seekers, but do you know the tricks for using LinkedIn that will improve your chances of finding a job that's a good match?

In a (Holiday) Hurry? Try the Belly Breath Slow-Down…

The end of the year is a rushed and hurried time for most of us, no matter what holiday we celebrate. Are you marking Winter Solstice (Dec. 21), Christmas (Dec. 25), Kwanzaa (Dec. 26 to Jan. 1), or New Years’ Eve (Dec. 31) for observance?

Dining Out Gluten and Allergy-Free

Join our live video Q&A with author Kim Koeller on dining out gluten & allergy-free. This live video session will be held on Spreecast at 1 PM EST today.

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.

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.

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