Pharmacy Specialist Certification: Hype or Hope?

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The state of the economy has caused many to reevaluate their careers and has led others to look for ways to make themselves more marketable to potential employers. Although pharmacists have had to worry about the future of their careers less than many other professions, some are still concerned. For those who are concerned, specialty certification is an attractive way to increase one’s knowledge base and provide additional credentials to their resumes.

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Which Nursing Job is Easier to Find – ICU Nurse, ER Nurse, or OR Nurse?

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There is good news for those contemplating becoming a nurse in the coming years, job opportunities are on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook is excellent for registered nurses and jobs in the field of nursing are expected to increase at a faster rate than in other areas. The one caveat is that positions in hospitals are not expected to increase as dramatically as in other areas because of reduced patient time in the facilities and the increased offerings in specialty facilities for procedures once offered only in hospitals. Not only are these jobs becoming more readily available, they are also great jobs to have. The U.S. News and World Report listed registered nurse as the best job for 2012 in the field of health care and also overall out of all the jobs profiled. It topped the list because of the projected growth in the industry, current employment rates, average salary, and job satisfaction. Continue reading “Which Nursing Job is Easier to Find – ICU Nurse, ER Nurse, or OR Nurse?”

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Career-Limiting Moves NOT to Make in a Hospital

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As evidenced by the drunken (and completely unnecessary) rant against her boss (who just happened to be behind her in line for the corporate party video-postcard) “career-limiting-moves” – or CLMs, according to the Urban Dictionary folks – such as the above are a sure-fire way to get… well…fired.

Such moves in hospitals can be up there with extreme cases of malpractice and ridiculous mistakes in surgery (which we could fill 10 blog entries with.) But such things are statistical rarities…Here we’re talking about much more common ill-advised moves potentially detrimental to a much higher percentage of medical staff.

And while it’s a good idea to be aware of the attitudes and habits that can lead career damage from the ER to the OR, it’s an even better idea to look at specific examples of what not to do in the hospital or clinic you’d like to keep working in: Continue reading “Career-Limiting Moves NOT to Make in a Hospital”

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15 Nursing Conferences for 2013 (and Why you Should Attend)

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2013 Nursing Conferences SoliantEach year, there are thousands of medical conferences and more than a thousand conferences specific or related to nursing of note in the U.S.

Whether you get to pick a few, have a limited number you can go to, or get asked to weigh-in on which ones you could get sent to, it’s always good to have some conference buzz and meeting intel well in advance.

So, for a month-by-month snapshot of the lay of the land in 2013, check out our look-ahead at 15 important nursing conferences you might want to consider: Continue reading “15 Nursing Conferences for 2013 (and Why you Should Attend)”

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Epidemic Levels of Prescription Painkiller Abuse: What Pharmacists Can Do About It

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prescription medications now kill more people in the United States than cocaine and heroin combined. The numbers have more than tripled in the past 10 years. During roughly the same time frame, the sales for these medications has tripled. About 40 people die each day from overdoses on narcotic pain relievers such as methadone, oxymorphone, and hydrocodone. According to the CDC, it will take the efforts of all involved parties to reduce this alarming trend. Patients, health care providers, insurers, states, and pharmacies will all have to play a role if the problem is to be corrected. Continue reading “Epidemic Levels of Prescription Painkiller Abuse: What Pharmacists Can Do About It”

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8 Reasons Nurses Get Fired

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Donald Trump might have turned the words “You’re fired!” into a pop culture phrase, but the reality is no one likes to hear those words; not even nurses. Over the years, interest in nursing careers has almost doubled, due to the health sector creating over 500,000 new jobs every year.

Despite the huge demand for trained individuals, nurses still find themselves facing the chopping block. Whether considering a career in nursing, or you are currently employed as a nurse, learning the common reasons nurses get fired can help you avoid a day of judgment.
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