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Solutions to Stop Nurse Weight Gain

Weight gain doesn't have to be a given for nurses, though it sometimes seems that way. There are so many challenges to eating healthy: working 12-hour shifts (especially nights); eating at oddball hours; not always getting a lunch break; often leaving work feeling starved, etc. Losing weight is one of the most popular new year's resolutions, yet according to many experts less than 10% of us actually achieve our goals. So then, how can nurses rev up their resolutions?

Making Tax Season a Little Easier

It's the time of year that makes even the most organized people cringe – tax time. Unless you are an accountant who knows all the ins and outs of taxes, this time of year can be confusing.

10 Telltale Signs to Find A New Job

When you think about your job, do you instantly become stressed? Do you feel ignored at work? Is your unhappiness at work interfering with your sleep and family life? Then you know well some of the common signs that it’s time to leave your job.

Why Do Nurses Gain Weight?

There’s been some recent research that suggests nurses are more likely to be overweight as compared to the general population. Maybe you struggle with maintaining a healthy weight yourself.

Job Hunting Amid Fear of a Bad Reference

Are you looking for a job, but haunted by what your former supervisor may say when contacted for a reference check? Were your previous evaluations bad or were you terminated? The good news is you can move forward despite an imperfect work record. 

Healthy Living is Catching

It’s no secret: It’s much easier to reach health goals when friends, family, and co-workers have favorable attitudes toward exercise, sensible eating, etc.

Study Tips for the Student Nurse

Millions of nursing students began their spring semester last week. For some, it marked their first week in nursing school, while others are continuing their nursing journey. Whatever the circumstance, effective study habits are needed in order to be successful in nursing school. 

In the Spotlight: Dr. Romeatrius Nicole Moss

When Dr. Romeatrius Nicole Moss, RN, MSN, APHN-BC, DNP, sees a need nurses can fill, she uses everything at her disposal to meet that need. Working in the community is one of the places where she does that best.

5 Quick Ways to Make a New Employee Feel Welcome

Remember your first day on the job? How tricky it was to find everything? How hard it was to remember everyone's name? How you wondered about your new colleagues and the new culture?

Novel Ways to Boost Your EQ

New research suggests that reading fine novels heightens social sensitivity – the capacity to understand the beliefs and desires of other people, and how they differ from your own, that's the bedrock of nursing.

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.

Get a Jump-start on Tax Season

Although the deadline to file your taxes isn’t until April 15th you should prepare early. Preparing early can alleviate stress and potentially get you more of a tax refund when you file.

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?

Save More Money in 2014!

Today marks the 2nd day of the New Year. Maybe one of your goals for 2014 is to save more money. What is your plan to reach that goal? Today, on the 2nd day of the year, have you already implemented money saving changes?

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