Monthly Archives: December 2013

5 Professional Nursing Skills to Land a Job

The professional nursing field is the largest segment of the healthcare industry in the United States, and is projected to continue growing for the foreseeable future. According to the Rasmussen College 2012 Healthcare Job Outlook eBook, “The nursing field has experienced … Continue reading

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How to cope when you become too emotionally involved

 You stand at the doorway and watch your patient’s chest rise and fall. All around him, his family is crying. They are standing there, looking at you, waiting for you to tell them what the doctor said. You don’t want … Continue reading

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Discrimination in nursing

Photo: iStockphoto Discrimination is alive and well in today’s society, and nursing is not immune to its effects. For instance, the Australian Human Rights Commission received 550 complaints under the Racial Discrimination Act, 532 complaints under the Sex Discrimination Act and 1,057 … Continue reading

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Time management for nurses: dealing with chaos

Whether it is multiple patients, too many call bells, or the needs of co-workers,nurses deal with many different types of stress and have to know how to juggle all of these wildly different people and events clamouring for their attention with … Continue reading

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Every nurse’s nightmare: dealing with difficult patients

Photo: iStockphoto Most nurses worth their salt live for their patients. It is usually the patients that make the sore feet, paperwork, and hours without a bathroom break worth it. However, not all patients are rosy, happy people, and sometimes they … Continue reading

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Bullying in nursing: a silent epidemic

We’ve all seen it and looked the other way. Maybe we’ve even done it to another nurse after a bad day, or watched in silence as a colleague berated a newer nurse. Then there is the gossip. Bullying is rampant … Continue reading

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Perfectionism in nursing: the double edged sword

It was a night shift. You remember it perfectly, of course. You went into the patient’s room and gave the blood pressure medication, almost without thinking. Of course, you checked the five rights of drug administration. You checked it was … Continue reading

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