Tips for Writing a Great Cover Letter

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Put your best professional foot forward from the start Whether you are just starting your training program or finishing up, now is the time to start thinking about the materials you'll need for a job application. If you work on them ahead of time, then you will be ready to go when you're ready to start your job search. Drafting the cover letter is a great place to begin. When hiring for positions, companies will most likely ask you to send your resume with a cover letter (hard copy or email). It is an opportunity for them to start to get to know you. It is also an opportunity for you to explain why you think you're a good fit for the position to help you rise to the surface…
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Giving to the Community During Thanksgiving Season

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10 ways you can help others We know you're probably busy with life – family obligations, work, and school. Sometimes, it's hard to slow down and appreciate the small things like a good meal with your parents or watching a movie with a friend. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to hit the pause button to reflect on those small things. It might also be a time when you are thinking about how you can help out in your community, to lend a hand to a neighbor, or volunteer at a local non-profit organization. Wherever you are in life right now, there are many different ways to give back to a community, especially at this time of year with the holidays approaching. Here is list of 10 ideas to get you…
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Is Clutter Getting the Best of You?

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Take steps to declutter your home now Is clutter filling up the corners of your life? Even if you are not a packrat or a hoarder, you may find that too much clutter in your home is starting to interfere with your time, space, and happiness. If you are tired of every single centimeter of space being filled up with odd and ends, then maybe it’s time to take steps to declutter your life. If the task feels overwhelming, then try these simple strategies to make the job easier. Tip 1: Buy one, get rid of two If your home is at the tipping point, then buying new items is adding to the problem. Try setting a rule for yourself: every time you bring a new item into your home,…
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How to Search for a Job Online

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Tips for making a job search easier If you are in the final stretch of your training program or you have recently completed school, now is the time to begin your job search. You're excited to step onto your career path, and you feel ready to put the knowledge and experience you've gained to good use. But, if you simply open a browser and do a Google search on “nursing jobs,” you may find yourself quickly lost in an over-whelming and time-consuming vortex of clicking through the various links.  That's why we decided to compile this list. While we don't endorse one particular job search engine, job board or method, we offer these tips as suggestions for you to jump start your search. Search engines, boards, and company web sites…
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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

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Find out ways to minimize your risk factors Do you know anyone with diabetes? Diabetes is a serious disease, in which your pancreas produces little or no insulin, a substance which is needed to process the sugars that we consume. Without treatment, diabetes can eventually lead to vision loss, kidney failure, neuropathy, and other serious complications. What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes? Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed in children and young adults. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas no longer produces insulin, so the person requires insulin therapy to manage the disease throughout their entire lives. This type of diabetes accounts for about 5% of people with diabetes, and is not preventable. It is believed to be caused by genetics. Type 2 diabetes is…
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Important Things Practical Nurses Know

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Being a great nurse takes more than just knowing the facts Practical nursing students learn how the human body works, and how it doesn't when something breaks. Some of what they learn is amazing while some of it's gross. Some of it's fun, and some of it is not-so-fun. They study medical procedures and facts. They learn through practice as student nurses by watching and listening to more experienced nurses. They then take all that they've learned in school into the workplace to monitor patient progress, administer medications and first aid, assist physicians with medical procedures, and provide comfort, care, and support to patients in settings such as hospitals, doctor's offices, clinics, and long-term care facilities. If you are studying to become a practical nurse or thinking about returning to…
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Cold Season is Coming: Keep Your Immune System Strong!

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For healthcare workers, it’s super important to protect yourself and your patients People in the field of nursing and healthcare are everyday heroes who are committed to helping others. In helping sick people day in and day out, one of the risks they face is being exposed to germs. Every day they see patients who may have viruses or bacteria that can cause illness. If you are working in this field, you know the importance of protecting yourself, your patients, and your family members. What are some steps you can take at home and at work to keep your immune system strong, especially during cold season? Here are some useful suggestions to follow. Follow handwashing guidelines while at work The most important key to avoiding the spread of infection is…
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Writing a thank-you letter after a job interview

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Put your best professional foot forward during your job search Prior to your job interview, you did your research. You dressed for success and headed to the interview. You used your experience and knowledge gained in the classroom to answer questions confidently. You left the interview feeling good, so now all you need to do is wait to hear back from the interviewer, right? Actually, no. You should always follow up with a thank-you letter. Whether you have never had to write a job-interview thank you, or you've penned several, here are some helpful hints to writing one that a potential employer will really appreciate. Snail mail vs. email According to this Forbes article, it really depends on the industry in which you are interviewing. For example, anyone who is…
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