social-media-school-cyberbullyingSocial media has changed the world, for better or worse. The fact is that social media is virtually available to anyone, including students that attend middle schools and high schools. Many children have their own smart phones that allow them to stay connected at all times. These devices let them to connect with other students at school and beyond. This also means that fallout from positive and negative interactions on those platforms can trickle down into the school day. [click to continue…]

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Pros and Cons of Going Freelance as a Nurse

by Tera Tuten on November 10, 2014

soliant_freelance_nursingIn recent blogs, we’ve looked at the nursing shortage and – paradoxically – why it’s still hard to find a job as a newly-graduated nurse.

One solution to this could be to start working as a freelance nurse.

Whether it’s a way to break into the healthcare industry or a change of pace after years of full-time wok at a hospital or clinic, freelancing might be just the ticket for you.

Here are some of the plusses and minuses to a few aspects of freelance nursing:

Independent Contracting: Pros

An independent contractor, formerly known as a private duty nurse, can diagnose and treat a patient in the client’s home and is paid directly by the patient or a representative of the patient.

Nursing care must follow the nurse practice act of whichever state you’re working in, just like that provided by a staff nurse. (In some states, physician collaboration or supervision is required.)

The advantage here of being in business for yourself is that you set your own hours, charge a rate slightly above the amount a staff nurse would make, and your earnings are only limited by the number of hours you work in a day.  [click to continue…]

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Five Reasons Why New Nurses Can’t Find a Job

by Tera Tuten on November 4, 2014

soliant_hard_to_get_nursing_jobsLast year, 200 healthcare HR managers were surveyed about the nurses they aimed to hire.

24% of those surveyed complained that applicants “don’t have any relevant work experience.” Among managers currently hiring nurses, 41% said they were only interested in experienced nurses, not new grads.

What’s more, 22% said they were “only interested in applicants with specialized training.”

The experience and specialty problems seem to be just two of many hiring conundrums for new nurses. Here are some more (and what you can do about them): [click to continue…]

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12 Mess-Free Last-Minute Halloween Crafts

by Tera Tuten on October 28, 2014

It’s Tuesday afternoon and you haven’t quite found the time to prepare fun Halloween-themed crafts for this fast-approaching holiday. Between planning, sessions, meetings, paperwork, and the like, how does one find the time? Next thing you know, it’s the night before Halloween and you’re scrambling to find last-minute supplies — and ideas for how to use them! [click to continue…]

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Bureaucracy and IEP Compliance

by Tera Tuten on October 14, 2014

iep-compliance-schoolsWhen an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is written, parents expect that the services for their children will be carried out by professionals for their children. Teachers also expect supports to be there to assist their students during classroom time. Of course, sometimes the school year begins and services that were set up within the IEP do not surface in a timely manner. [click to continue…]

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Have Experience, Will Travel!

by Christy Trujillo on September 30, 2014

Every month, more than a quarter-million Americans turn 65.¹ As a nation that tends to place personal value on a job well done, retirement isn’t quite as appealing as it used to be. Some feel the need to work longer to afford the lifestyle they desire to lead during retirement and others fear the lack of purpose that comes with walking away from the professional world. Either way, our time-honored tradition of working hard until we reach a certain age, and then never working again, just doesn’t work for everyone anymore. [click to continue…]

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