Options in Nursing: Working as a Surgical Nurse

by Howard Gerber on January 29, 2015

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surgical-nurse-career-pathsThere are many options in nursing if you are interested in treating a wide variety of patients. For instance, working in surgery is a specialty that can be further divided into sub specialties. Working as a surgical nurse can be a challenging and exciting nursing career.

One thing nursing students may not be aware of is that there are different nursing jobs in the operating room. Below are two different options for those who are interested in surgical nursing. [continue reading…]

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Hot Job: SLP in Riverside, California

by Howard Gerber on January 28, 2015

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One of our top school districts is seeking a speech-language pathologist (SLP) for the remainder of the school year in Riverside, California. This district prides themselves on having SLPs that are great problem solvers, and critical thinkers; therefore, we are looking for someone who will mesh well with the current staff and  bring their own creativity and individuality to the team.

School-slp-job-riverside-CAThis Speech-Language Pathologist position will be working with K-12 students providing assessments for children with speech disabilities.  Pupil impairments range from mild to moderate with some autistic.

The ideal speech therapist should have a Certificate of Clinical Competency or equivalent credentials, prior school-based experience preferred, and a Master’s degree in speech and language therapy.

Nestled along the Santa Ana River in Southern California, Riverside is the perfect location for your next school SLP job. Learn more or apply today!

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What to Ask on Your Nursing Interview

by Howard Gerber on January 22, 2015

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nursing-interview-questionsBefore you can pack up and hit the road on a nurse traveler job, you have to interview for the position. The interview is a chance for the hospital to decide if you would be a good fit for their facility. But an interview should not only be about whether the hospital wants you. It is also a chance for you to determine if you want to work for the hospital. [continue reading…]

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travel-nursing-preparation-tipsDeciding to take a job as a nurse traveler means you have a lot of things to take care of before you hit the road. But before you become overwhelmed at all there is to do, there are several steps you can take to get organized, which will help your move go more smoothly. [continue reading…]

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travel-nursing-questions-factsWorking as a healthcare traveler can be a great way to make a living, but it may not be for everyone at every stage in their life. Before you sign a contract and accept a travel assignment, it is a good idea to ask yourself several questions in order to determine if working as a healthcare traveler is right for you. [continue reading…]

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Joining a Professional Nursing Association

by Howard Gerber on January 2, 2015

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join-nursing-associationWhether you are a recent graduate of a nursing program or a seasoned nurse, there are many options when it comes to joining nursing associations. A nursing association is a professional organization aimed at supporting and advancing the nursing profession. [continue reading…]

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How to De-Stress After Your Nursing Shift

by Howard Gerber on December 26, 2014

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de-stress tips for nursesEveryone has days when they feel stressed out, and if you work in healthcare, you may have had many. Healthcare can be a very stressful job. Even if you love the work, there can be days when stress is high.

What Causes Stress Among Healthcare Workers?

Working in healthcare can be tough for a number of reasons. In some situations, healthcare workers may be dealing with life and death circumstances, which is a lot of pressure even for the calmest person. In addition, patients can be demanding when they do not feel well. Healthcare workers may also have to deal with pressure to meet a certain level of productivity, which can add to feeling overwhelmed. Additionally, employees who work the graveyard shift may be dealing with an unconventional sleep schedule.

The Cost of Stress

A little stress is unavoidable and can keep you alert. But chronic stress is never a good thing. Too much stress can lead to depression and interfere with relationships. Stress can also cause burnout and a poor job performance.

In addition to emotional issues, stress can also cause physical problems to develop. According to the Mayo Clinic, chronic stress increases your chances of developing conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes. Too much stress can also increase cortisol levels in the blood, which may lead to problems losing weight and sleep difficulties.

Finding Time to Relax

With all the possible consequences of stress, making time to de-stress should be a priority. If you are a healthcare worker, you are probably used to taking care of others. But it is essential to recognize signs of stress in yourself. Signs of stress include:

  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping excessively
  • Depression
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Physical complaints, such as headaches
  • Feeling anxious frequently
  • Increased anger or moodiness

Ways to De-Stress

There are several ways to combat stress. But it may take a little trial and error to determine what works best for you.

Exercise: Whether you enjoy walking, swimming or dance classes, getting regular exercise is one of the best ways you can de-stress. Exercise releases chemicals in the brain, which help promote relaxation. Try to do some type of aerobic activity for a minimum of 20 minutes on most days.

Deep Breathing: If you are looking for a quick way to relax, deep breathing may do the trick. When you feel stress building, take a minute and breathe deep. Slow, deep breathing can lower your blood pressure and decrease anxiety.

Laugh: It is hard to feel stressed, when you are smiling. Think about it. How did you feel after you had a really good laugh? The answer is, probably pretty good. Laughing releases endorphins, which are chemicals that boost mood. Find things that make you laugh. Read a funny book, watch a comedy, or spend time with people who make you laugh. Laughing is good for stress reduction

Counseling: In some cases, professional help dealing with stress may be needed. If you don’t see a reduction in your stress level, after trying some things at home, consider talking to a counselor who can provide you with ways to cope with stress.

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