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The Work of Practical Nurses in a Nursing Home

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This essential healthcare role makes a difference in the lives of many patients If you’re considering a career as a licensed practical nurse (LPN), one of the environments where you would be qualified to work is a nursing home. In working directly with patients, LPNs provide everyday care at the bedside. This is especially essential in an environment like a nursing home, where patients are generally living long-term. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than a third of LPNs work in nursing and residential care facilities. The aging of the current population and the growing needs of those who are disabled translates into a need for practical nurses in these environments. Here we offer an overview of the LPN profession, as well as some insight into what this…
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Tips for Setting Goals You Can Achieve in 2018

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Use these tricks to set yourself up for a successful and productive year What’s the best way to make sure 2018 lives up to your expectations? Set some goals for yourself, and then systematically work towards them over the course of the year. That way a year from now you can find yourself in a new situation—whether it’s a new job, a savings account, or maybe even going back to school. The steps you take between now and then are what makes the difference! Easier said than done, we know. So here are some suggestions for ways to get focused in the new year on setting goals, and some tips for how to achieve them: Clarify what you want It’s hard to work towards a goal unless you have a…
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The Importance of Compassion in Nursing

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This is one of the aspects that makes practicing this profession an art Many of us already think of nurses as pros at caretaking. These healthcare professionals specialize in paying attention to the needs of their patients, and thoughtfully and carefully responding with kindness as well as knowledgeable skills. But there’s a reason nursing is considered an art, and not just a science. Recent studies show that compassion is more than a pleasant bonus in this line of work. Patients actually do better when the people caring for them make a connection, show empathy, and are skilled communicators. If you’re interested in nursing as a career, we’ve got a few suggestions for ways to make sure you’re giving your patients your best. How to boost your compassionate care There are…
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How Nurses Make the Holidays Special

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Patients benefit from the spirit these professionals bring—especially at this time of year For most of us, the holidays come loaded with expectations and traditions, but being a patient during this time—whether it’s having testing done or a stay in a hospital or nursing care facility—can be challenging. It means being away from the comforts of home as well as friends and family. But caring for others is the essence of the holiday spirit, and if you’re a nurse, or training to work in the nursing profession, you know that patients count on you for nearly all aspects of their care. At the holidays, these healthcare professionals “on the front lines” play an even greater role. It may be hard, as a nurse, to be away from your own loved…
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Are You Using LinkedIn Yet?

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Are you about to graduate from a training program and ready to look for your first job? Are you considering a job change? Are you looking for a way to stay up-to-date on what's going on in your profession? Do you want to connect with other people who work in your field? Then, LinkedIn is the social media networking tool for you. Professionals in all types of industries create LinkedIn profiles to highlight their work experience, look for jobs, connect with people in their professions, and share knowledge, timely news, and information. It can really widen the path of opportunities and possibilities for you. So, what's the first step you should take? Keep reading to find out. It's time to create an account! If you don't have an LinkedIn account,…
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What to expect as a nursing professional

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A peek inside this rewarding career Do you have a long tradition in your family of choosing nursing as a profession? Have you known since you were very young that you wanted to be a nurse, or did you make the decision recently? Have you dived deeply into research as to the type of nursing you would like to specialize in or are you still deciding? Do you have plans to stay close to home once you find a job or move to a different state? New Practical Nursing student nametags are ready for our new class! At Salter Nursing in Manchester, we welcomed 23 new practical nursing students on December 11th. They are enthusiastic about taking this first step onto the exciting and dynamic career path toward becoming a…
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6 Qualities Healthcare Employers Want in Their Employees

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Characteristics of a Desirable Healthcare Worker During your job search, you will be busy preparing your resume, researching potential employers, and practicing your interview skills. Preparing for your healthcare job interview will help you appear more confident and knowledgeable during your interview. Going into your first job interview might be intimidating because you’re not sure what to expect. You might wonder how you can stand out from the other job candidates and impress potential employers. What qualities are healthcare employers looking for in their employees? Below, Salter Nursing offers job seekers six qualities that healthcare employers frequently look for in their future staff. These characteristics may help you build the confidence to get a job in your field: 1. Communication skills Communication skills are crucial to participate in any nursing or healthcare…
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Time Management Tips

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Strategies for staying focused and getting things done If you are currently enrolled in school, chances are you are always looking for more time to prepare for class, to study for an exam, to pay your bills and balance your check book, and these are probably just a few of the many responsibilities you handle in your daily life. Or maybe you are juggling a busy work life with a hectic home life. Do you frequently feel overwhelmed by your to-do list? Do you often wonder why there aren't more hours in the day? Do you have coursework or projects piling up? Whether you are a student or out in the work world, you can benefit from developing solid time management skills. They can help you be more productive, less…
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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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