5 Tips for Preventing Nurse Burnout

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Self-care is important when you’re in a giving profession There’s no question about it—being a nurse means that you are constantly caring for others. You are in a giving profession where your job is to see to the needs of your patients. On one hand, it can be very gratifying to know you are making a difference in the world. You get to see the positive changes that you make every day when you see patients get better. But on the other hand, nursing can get tiring! In fact, “nurse burnout” is a term that applies to nurses who have worked so hard for others that they start to feel worn out and frustrated with the job and feel like they need to find a new career. What can you…
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Health Benefits of Being Well Hydrated

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Drinking plenty of water is more than a cliché—it has hidden advantages You’ve probably heard many times that water is essential to keep all your body’s cells, organs, and tissues healthy. Think of it this way: Your need air to breathe, and you can’t live without water. Why do we depend so much on water for proper functioning? The fact is, most of our body is made up of water. Water helps transport nutrients to our cells via our blood (blood plasma is 92% water). We need water to help keep our joints lubricated. Water help us digest food, regulates body temperature, and nourishes the brain and spinal cord. Feel convinced? Okay—now for the lifestyle adaptations! Follow these guidelines and you’ll be on the way to a healthier, more hydrated…
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20 Fun Things You Don’t Want to Miss this Summer

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Take time out of your busy schedule to enjoy all that summer offers Summer is a special time of year. Back when we were kids, it was a time when school was out, ice cream stands were open, and the days felt endless. If you were lucky, you had a place to swim, a neighborhood to explore, and friends to play with. Who wouldn’t enjoy a time like that? Flash forward to being an adult, and you may not be getting as much enjoyment out of summer any more. Are you just as busy as ever? Hiding in the air conditioning? Rushing around from one commitment to another? If so, then maybe it’s time to take a page from the kids in your neighborhood and find a little time for…
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5 Traits That Make a Good Employee

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It’s smart to showcase these qualities when you’re looking for a job In most workplaces, you’ll find that there are average workers, who are competent at their jobs, and then there’s the cream of the crop. If you want to be among the latter, we’ve got some suggestions. Whether you already possess some of these qualities, or want to focus on developing them, they’ll position you well for success in interviewing or in the workplace. If you’re looking to improve your chances at getting hired, read on to see if you have what it takes to develop these valuable “soft skills.” These are traits that will not necessarily be listed in the job description—but trust us, employers are looking to see if you can demonstrate that you have them. 1.…
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Why Choose Nursing?

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The field of nursing could be the career for you If you are thinking of starting a new career, have you ever considered nursing? There are many types of nurses and many ways to get into this field. You can train for an entry level position like a nursing assistant, study a little longer to become a practical nurse, earn a degree as a registered nurse, or even go for the level of nurse practitioner. The choice is yours. What are some of the reasons people choose nursing? The field of nursing can be a good career choice for people who are interested in the field of healthcare. And there is a wide variety of benefits that can come from this career choice. Consider these advantages: You can grow with…
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30 Fun Facts About Modern Nursing

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Which of these pieces of trivia are most surprising? It’s always a good idea to brush up on the trivia about your profession. It can come in handy during a quiet lunch break with a colleague, at a cocktail party, or even during a conversation with your supervisor! Here are some fun facts about modern nursing and hospital environments that impact nurses. Keep a few in your back pocket, and maybe try them out on your friends! General nursing trivia There are more nurses than any other workers in the health profession. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of U.S. nursing professionals increased to 5,150,780—that’s more than 7% growth. A 1996 survey found that only 10% of working nurses represent minorities. One of every four registered nurses works part-time, and…
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Finding and Keeping Your Perfect Weight

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Try these suggestions to get your body where you want it For those of use with lifelong struggles with weight, it can be frustrating every time a new diet fails or lost weight is re-gained. Being happy with the way you look and the way you feel is an important ingredient to a fulfilled life. This article explores lifestyle changes that may help you find your way to a better weight and a healthier, happier you. Identify a healthy weight Some people are unrealistic about their weight loss goals. They want to look like the runway models instead of simply finding a healthy weight. When you set out to get control of your weight, choose a healthy weight as a target. Use a BMI calculator to find out a good…
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Benefits of a Career as a Practical Nurse

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Look into some of the details of this important healthcare role If you’re considering nursing school, practical nursing can be a good option. This course of study is more in-depth than what you’d need to train to be a home health aide or nursing assistant. However, it doesn’t demand quite as much as a program for becoming a registered nurse. Sound like it might be a happy medium? If you think you may have what it takes to become a practical nurse, then read about some of the benefits of this career path: A flexible schedule Achieving work-life balance is never easy, but working as a practical nurse provides you with some options. If you work in a hospital or nursing home, as most practical nurses do, your schedule is…
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The Power of Thinking Positively

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A positive state of mind can change your life Are you a glass half-empty person or a glass half-full person? If you say “half-full,” then hats off to you! Having a positive outlook on life is so important. It can help you through the hard times and affirm you during the good times. It can contribute to better mental health and physical health. A positive attitude can even rub off on those around you and bring happiness to others. But if you are like most people, you have your times of feeling negative or pessimistic. You may have periods where you feel like everything is going wrong and everything is falling apart. What can you do to get rid of these negative thoughts? How can you look at your life…
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