How Soft Skills Help Nurses Excel

by Howard Gerber on August 25, 2016

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nurse soft skillsIt takes a lot of different skills to succeed as a nurse. Some skills are technical, such as knowing how to start an IV or change a dressing. Other skills are intellectual including calculating medication dosages or interpreting lab results.

But there are also another set of skills that are equally important for nurses to have. Soft skills are not something you can easily measure, but they are an important part of being a good nurse. [continue reading…]

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Just Dance – Julia’s Therapy Journey

by Howard Gerber on August 18, 2016

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Julia Dance TherapistWhen you think of dance, what comes to mind? You probably picture something from an entertainment perspective – maybe dancers in TV shows, movies, or musicals? Perhaps you think back to that dance class from childhood or the awkward middle school dance that your parents made you go to? Seems about right. Did you ever think that dancing or choreographed body movement could be a type of therapy, though? Neither did most people, but it is – and an effective one!

We are very fortunate to have a wonderful Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist – Julia – on our team to spread the word about dance therapy! Julia took some time to explain how she started her journey into this type of therapy, what it actually entails, and how it is very effective for the students she supports:

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considering ot jobWhether you’re a new grad or have been an occupational therapist for a while, you might be considering working as an OT in a school. If you enjoy working with children and long for a schedule where you have holidays and weekends off, working as a school-based occupational therapist can be a great option. However, keep in mind that working as a school occupational therapist is different from other settings, such as hospitals or nursing homes. Before you make your move, there are several things you should consider. [continue reading…]

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tragedy in healthcareIf you turn on your nightly news, you’re likely to hear headlines about murder, war, and other tragedies. In recent years, terrorist attacks and violence at some protests have also been occurring. With 24/7 news coverage and instant access to current events through social media, we are bombarded with images of inexplicable tragedies.

But we don’t just hear national news stories about tragedy and heartbreak. Tragedies occur in cities and towns throughout the country, even in our own communities.

Healthcare professionals are often on the frontlines caring for people who have been injured by violence, accidents, or illness. Although healthcare workers are professionals, they are still human, and dealing with grief and tragedy can take its toll.

Whether you are a nurse, doctor, therapist, or other healthcare professional, you may deal with your own share of difficult and sad situations, and it can get tough. But there are things you can do to prevent becoming overwhelmed. [continue reading…]

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school speech therapy advantagesIf you work as a speech therapist, you’re probably already aware of the benefits of working in the profession. Speech therapists play a vital role in helping people overcome various language, speech, and swallowing problems. But if you have only worked in hospitals, rehab centers, and nursing homes, you might not know about the advantages of working as a school-based speech therapist. There are several great reasons for making the switch and working as a school speech therapist including the following: [continue reading…]

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healthcare traveler introvertAre you considering working as a healthcare traveler? If the answer is yes, you’re in good company. In addition to nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists are also needed for travel assignments in a variety of healthcare settings.

While the idea of working as a healthcare traveler may be appealing, it may also be a little overwhelming. After all, you might think that you have to be outgoing and an extrovert to succeed as a healthcare traveler, but that’s not the case. Plenty of people who consider themselves introverts can also flourish on the road. If you tend to be a little on the quiet side, you can still thrive on a healthcare travel assignment. [continue reading…]

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Submit your nomination for Sunbelt’s C.A.R.E. Award

by Howard Gerber on July 16, 2016

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Are you or someone you know spreading TLC in your community? We want to recognize individuals who are contributing to the greater good! Submit your nomination for Sunbelt’s first ever C.A.R.E. Award!

At Sunbelt, we’re always looking for ways to do good in our community. It’s our way of being present and investing time back into our own backyards. Sunbelt Cares is the initiative we began that unites our work and our passion in the best way possible.

Each month, we will feature a nominee and present them with a $100 gift card to use or donate to the cause of their choice. We’re also adding in some nifty Sunbelt swag to the mix!

At the end of the year, we will select the recipient of our 2016 C.A.R.E. Award out of the nominees we feature each month. The individual will receive a grand prize that includes a one-of-a-kind plaque and our commitment to support their cause, whether it be with our time and/or our resources.

In 2016, we want to recognize carers in a big way. C.A.R.E. stands for Community, Awareness, Responsibility, and Engagement. If you or someone you know does too, let us know!

Submit your nomination here.

Need help crafting your nomination? Click here to see how eight facilities are giving back in their communities.

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