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Healthcare Workers

Career-Limiting Moves NOT to Make in a Hospital

by Tera Tuten on February 21, 2012

 

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: [click to continue…]

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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: [click to continue…]

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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. [click to continue…]

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8 Reasons Nurses Get Fired

by Tera Tuten on November 17, 2011

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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What it Takes to Run a Hospital

by Tera Tuten on November 1, 2011

Running a hospital is a complicated undertaking. Every component needs to be in top shape, because that’s what it takes to help people. In a lot of cases, lives are at stake, and they need every advantage to stay alive. In this article we’ll look at key components to running a hospital. While some are technical, many pieces of the puzzle involve a caring, human element.

The Systems

A hospital needs to operate constantly. From utilities to electricity, heating & water to oxygen, everything is essential. While many people don’t think of keeping the lawn maintained and the equipment dusted as important, these steps can be critical to warding off pests and infections.
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We call them “angels of mercy.” We call them the “glue that holds the medical system together.” We call them “front lines” of American healthcare; “unsung heroes” of the medical profession.

Yet, our so-called angels of mercy are in a bad situation: they’re facing a dire nursing shortage that shows no sign of improving. If we have such glorified opinions of nurses, why are they dropping like flies? If nursing is one of the most secure and well-paid job markets in the country, why are we struggling to fill and keep nursing positions?

To start digging our way out of the shortage, we’ve got to first understand what’s currently causing the American nursing shortage—and what’s at stake.
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