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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Part #2

Horn of Plenty

Thanksgiving is only seven days away! Whether you’re an old pro at hosting dinner or this is your first time out, getting a traditional meal on the table -- and on-time -- is a challenge. Here’s a handy One Week Checklist to help make preparations for the big day a bit less stressful.

Set Your Sights on a Management Position

If you've ever thought of making a career move into management, it is worth the time to make a plan for leading your career in that direction.

Coping with Seasonal Depression

Putting aside all of the glittering lights and decorative storefront window displays, there’s something in the winter air that we don’t often talk about. For some, this time of year is a challenging one with a tricky combination of diminishing available light and plentiful stress triggers. Too frequently dismissed or marginalized, seasonal depression is very much a real concern. The causes of seasonal depression vary, but thankfully so do the options for coping successfully.

Is There Really a Nursing Shortage?

Everywhere you look there’s talk about a nursing shortage. Those already in the field complain about short staffing on the units they work, while new graduate nurses aren’t being hired for their first job as quickly as they thought.

A Reflection of Human Dignity

Although bladder problems are publicly and openly discussed on TV, in print, and on the Internet, they are still a well-kept secret and source of humiliation. Men and women with bladder dysfunction often feel ashamed and are reluctant to discuss the problem with their family or doctor. During November, National Bladder Health Awareness month, encourage a sensitive dialogue with them to facilitate prevention and treatment. Education can help break through the incontinence stigma.

Your Countdown to Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving this year is Thurs. November 28th, less than two weeks away! That’s close enough that many of us are stessing about the onslaught of holiday preparations. Especially if you're a nurse working crazy shifts and 12-hour days.

“You” Brand: Maximizing Earning Potential and Career Mobility

Let’s be honest, it can be hard to get a handle on the latest and greatest strategies for job market success. The economy’s changes have demanded both job seekers and current working professionals to truly exercise more flexibility and diversity than ever before.

November is Great for "Mo" Awareness

According to Healthfinder.gov, November is a busy National Health Observance month. It can make your head spin to think about so many health conditions, but what a great way to focus attention on these issues, raise funds, encourage early detection -- and eventually even save lives. My vote for most humorous and engaging initiative, though, has got to go to Movember (“Moustache” plus “November"), a global men’s health event.

Use the Great American Smokeout to Quit the Habit!

As the front line in health care, nurses know firsthand the dangers of smoking, but that doesn't always mean they don't do it.

Top 5 Reasons Why Good Nurses Leave the Profession

Some nurses are becoming frustrated with the profession and leaving altogether to pursue other careers. I’ve known a few well-seasoned nurses who have left after 10, 20, or 30 years in the profession. Some nurses leave after only a short time in the field. Why?

From Nurse to Business Owner: Strategies to Succeed, Part 4

We’ve covered a lot of information over the last few weeks, but there’s still more to cover when starting your own business. There are two major issues that need to be addressed before you can officially start your business endeavor: estimating potential start-up costs and planning your business structure.

Enjoying a Healthy Holiday Season

With the hectic holiday season nearly upon us, it can be all too easy to lose sight of the many opportunities for joy hidden amongst all of the planning, travel, gift-giving and obligations. In between opportunities to connect with friends, family, and community, this can be a great time to focus on how we give, as well as what we give. In the medical and health care industry, we give a lot–we do work that matters. It brings us satisfaction, happiness, a sense of purpose. So, why am I suggesting that we look at how to give more of ourselves during a time of the year when we might feel already pulled in so many directions? Because doing good, giving back, and establishing the personal boundaries needed to sustain holiday cheer is a matter of health, first and foremost.

Fight the Un-Daylight Savings Blahs with Caffeine

Cup of Joe

OK,  this Sunday morning's switch-over, with its bonus hour of sleep, wasn't as painful as when we "spring forward" and lose one. Still, the change in time can leave us feeling drab or jetlagged.

In the Spotlight: Dr. Richard Cowling

Coming from a childhood that was full of children – including his seven brothers and sisters and plenty of foster children his parents cared for – it is no wonder Dr.

New Initiative to Promote Healthy Habits for Nurses

Are you curious about how your health compares to nurses across the nation? Ever wonder how safe and healthy your workplace is? Learn the answers from the American Nurses Association (ANA) HealthyNurse™ program, which is scheduled to officially kick off mid-November.

Candy is Dandy, But...

It’s that time of year again – Halloween, when most of kiddies (and many mommies and papas) will scarf down bags of candy. As a nurse, you want to make sure that this celebration, which opens the sweets-heavy holiday season -- doesn't bust your health goals, or those of your family.

From Nurse to Business Owner: Strategies to Succeed, Part 3

You have a great business idea, now’s the time to focus on cultivating your special place in the business world. There are a few steps involved with this process.

Make Change Easier at Work

We all know fresh ideas often spark long-lasting and workplace-changing solutions. Maybe it comes from a new employee who has seen different procedures, a long-time employee energized by a class, or just someone who routinely performs a task more efficiently than others.

Combating Stress and Anxiety With Three Smart Strategies

Well, another week is upon us and–if you’re anything like me–you’re probably feeling that familiar hint of anxiety that precedes the start of the Monday routine. We’re not alone. In fact, many people suffer from this type of anticipatory anxiety and stress.

MTV's "Scrubbing In" Rattles Critics

They flirt. Fight. Curse. Party. And that’s some of the behavior in the trailer of MTV’s Scrubbing In, a new reality show about a group of twentysomething traveling nurses in Orange County, Calif.

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