Should Nurses Be Role Models For Healthy Living?

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As a graduate nurse, fresh out of school and just starting my nursing career, I believed nurses were not only health promoters and educators, but should also serve as examples of healthy living. Unfortunately, it did not take long to discover that many of the nurses I worked with were not living up to my expectations of that role. Several were smokers, some were very overweight, and some drank on a regular basis. Although I was striving to be healthy in those areas, I struggled with my own non-healthy habits of sleep deprivation and poor stress management skills. Continue reading “Should Nurses Be Role Models For Healthy Living?”

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The Second Job Interview: What To Expect and How To Prepare

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So close, but so far away – That’s probably the best way I’ve ever heard the second job interview summed-up: At this point, you’ve made your way past dozens, perhaps thousands of candidates to the next (maybe even final!) round of assessments for an hourly-wage job, a clinical role, or a high-responsibility executive job at a hospital, clinic, or health-related company. Continue reading “The Second Job Interview: What To Expect and How To Prepare”

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10 Pharmacy Fun Facts That You Probably Didn’t Know

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Today, we don’t think twice about walking into a pharmacy to pick up a prescription or some over-the-counter medication, but pharmacies have a long and interesting history that dates as far back as 2100 B.C. Here are 10 pharmacy trivia facts you probably didn’t know.

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Healthcare in Rural Areas: Access, Improvement and Comparison to Urban Healthcare

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 46 million Americans who live in rural areas, which equates to about 15% of the U.S. population. Studies from the CDC are now drawing attention to the gap in health between urban and rural America. However, in urban areas, there are still plenty who find it difficult to access the primary or specialty care they need. Delays and longer wait times are often the case in these areas as well.

Though there’s an urge to discover whether people in cities or the countryside have it better when it comes to access to medical professionals, differences between states and the way people in both areas use healthcare to make a definitive winner-loser comparison impossible.

What we can do is look at a few telling aspects of how rural medical care compares to that of cities. Continue reading “Healthcare in Rural Areas: Access, Improvement and Comparison to Urban Healthcare”

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The Least and Most Accurate Medical Shows

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“It must be true…I saw it on TV,” many non-medical professionals exclaim, after catching some insights on a procedure or disease during a modern medical drama episode.

It’s a refrain heard over and over again, and while many entertaining depictions of life from the ER to the OR employ consultants in the medical industry, no rule says their advice has to be obeyed.

Here are TV’s most prominent medical shows ranked from the least to the most accurate portrayal of real-life hospital situations.

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The Pros and Cons of Nursing Unions

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Nursing UnionAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20.4% percent of RNs and 10 percent of LPNs and LVNs in the U.S. are union members.

What’s more, unionized nurses can earn an average of $200-$400 more per week than non-unionized nurses.

So why not join a union? It turns out, doing so is a more complex (and personal) issue than just signing up and cashing-in on the extra pay (if applicable) and other benefits – real or perceived.

Here’s a quick look at some of the upsides and pitfalls of having such representation:

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