Nurses are the Most Trusted Professionals in America…Again

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trustworthy nurseIt doesn’t take an MD to recognize that the United States has been engaged in rancorous debate over its healthcare system for the last several years. Disputes over the benefits and deficiencies of the Affordable Care Act, the law’s potential repeal, rising drug prices, and other flashpoints have dominated the country’s political landscape. Given this highly charged environment, one might expect doctors and nurses to bear at least some of the brunt of Americans’ apparent frustration with their healthcare system. Continue reading “Nurses are the Most Trusted Professionals in America…Again”

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Using Your Skills for Good: Volunteerism Opportunities in Nursing

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nurse volunteerThe news has been filled with images of devastated communities in the wake of hurricanes and other natural disasters. Communities are ravaged by flooding and storm damage, and many of the residents have been displaced to shelters. Along with the homes that have been damaged, many hospitals, medical offices, and other healthcare facilities are dealing with the same aftermath and struggle to serve their patients. Volunteer nurses are stepping up to assist and helping to take the burden off of local caregivers. Continue reading “Using Your Skills for Good: Volunteerism Opportunities in Nursing”

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Open Communication is a Top Tool for School Nurses

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school nurse communicationMany times, the school nurse is the first person to recognize physical and mental health issues in a child. As we are not typically equipped to diagnose and manage illnesses, communicating with teachers, parents, administration, and other caregivers is the best tool in our arsenal for ensuring that students get the care and attention they need. Whether you are working with a student who has a potential health issue or one who is being treated for an existing condition, here are some top tips for keeping the lines of communication open and healthy. Continue reading “Open Communication is a Top Tool for School Nurses”

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Cold & Flu Season: Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others

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cold flu seasonCold and flu season is knocking on the door, and no one knows this better than those who work in direct patient care. Not only is this a very busy season for those in health care, but it’s also a risky one. With germs flying all around, it can be easy to fall victim to whatever bug is bringing folks in for an office visit. While it’s impossible to avoid contact with germs when working in a clinical setting, here are some tips for healthcare professionals to help them stay a little healthier this cold and flu season. Continue reading “Cold & Flu Season: Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others”

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Seven Tips for Handling Difficult Patients

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handling difficult patientsIn a perfect world, we would all spend our days surrounded by happy patients who never are upset, never complain, and who are always compliant to requests. However, the reality is that nearly every single medical professional will need to deal with a difficult patient at some point, if not on a regular basis. So what are we to do when patients are rude, belligerent, or defiant? Here are some tips to help you handle any situation with grace. Continue reading “Seven Tips for Handling Difficult Patients”

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Best Electives for Nursing and Medical Students

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electives for nursing medical studentsWhen working toward a degree in nursing, pre-med, or other health care professions, there are many required courses and prerequisites that may take over your class schedule. Electives are also necessary, but making decisions about the right elective courses can be a challenge. Do you want something fun? Something easy? Something that will be a help to you in your future career?  Here are a few great electives choices and how they can come into play in your medical career. Continue reading “Best Electives for Nursing and Medical Students”

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