The years of residency may seem like they will never end, but while the days may seem long, the years will fly by. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to take on your first position as a physician. You should take care during your residency to begin preparing for the next phase of your career. Not only should you be trying to soak up as much knowledge and experience as possible, but also start to lay the groundwork for the next steps in your future as a physician. Continue reading “5 Things to do During Residency to Prepare Yourself for Practice”
When patients are diagnosed with a condition that requires extensive or long-term treatment, going the “take two of these and call me in the morning” route might seem the simplest way to go, but it can be detrimental to their personal outcome. Patient education is a very important part of the diagnostic and treatment process that should not be overlooked or glazed over. In fact, some hospitals and practices employ patient educators whose specific job it is to work with patients to improve their understanding. Those who have a better understanding of their condition, how it can affect them, things they can do to improve their own outcome, and the why and how of their diagnosis and prognosis are better patients and will have a better outcome and outlook as they go through treatment. Continue reading “Educating Patients is as Important as Medicine”
The first days and weeks at a new job can be stressful, whether you are a freshly graduated nursing student or a seasoned professional making a career move. You’re suddenly surrounded by new supervisors, co-workers, and patients and need to learn new office policies and politics while integrating your personality into the dynamic of your new workplace. Continue reading “Tips for Starting a New Nursing Job”
With the healthcare field in a constant state of growth, choosing the right job from a sea of opportunities can seem a very daunting task. Fortunately for you as a job seeker, many areas of the healthcare industry have experienced vast growth that will allow you to be a little more selective of the positions for which you apply. Here are a few very important questions that can help you to narrow the field and find the positions that will help you to create the career experience you’ve always dreamed of. Continue reading “5 Important Questions to Ask Yourself During Your Job Search”
It’s that time of year again. The sun is getting just a little bit lower in the sky, the little league fields are emptying, and every other commercial on TV is for a new sale at the Gap. It must be back to school season! While most grown-ups may have long forgotten the particular joys and agonies of this time of year, having repressed them deep down inside along with any and all bathroom-related kindergarten incidents and hormones-gone-wild high school embarrassments, school-based therapists and nurses get to experience them over and over again! What a delight.
While you school healthcare professionals might like to believe a lot has changed for you since that fateful first day of 3rd grade when Billy Thompson gave you a swirly (yes, we know about that. The world will never forget), the truth is that going back to school is the same as it ever was for you. Skeptical? Here are a few aspects of going back to school that haven’t changed a bit since you were spritely, bright-eyed youth. Continue reading “Back to School for Healthcare Providers”
As a member of society, we are all faced with moral and ethical dilemmas on a daily basis. Most of us want to do the right thing and want others to do the same, but we have also been conditioned to believe that being a “tattletale” or a “snitch” is a negative course of action, so we do what we can to stay in our own lane. However, there are times when the only ethical thing to do is to report what you have seen or what you suspect, regardless of the consequences. Continue reading “Ethics: Four Times You MUST Speak Up”