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Social Networking for Temporary and Per Diem Employees

by Angela Stevens on June 28, 2010

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Social networking has seen a huge increase in the numbers of users and the types of networks available for those users over the last several years. Initially, many people were using networks such as Facebook and MySpace to connect with friends and families. Other networks such as LinkedIn – as well as smaller networks that focus on specific professions such as nursing, teaching, or physical therapy – are also becoming more popular. One of the advantages to sites like these is they allow people to connect with others in their profession and build their professional network.

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As a temporary or per diem employee, it can be difficult to build a network of work associates. [continue reading…]

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Nursing Strikes

by Angela Stevens on June 21, 2010

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For many workers, the most efficient way to increase their advantage at the bargaining table is by leveraging their collective ability to stop a company from being able to provide a product or service. Nursing unions are no different, as they use this tactic to obtain what they want in their contracts. One big difference between nurses going on strike and assembly line workers, though, is that nursing strikes immediately and negatively affect other people. Without nurses, patients can be in extreme danger. Even if some of the nurses stay to maintain a minimal staff, patients will have to share the already overtaxed nurses with even more people, reducing the ability of each nurse who remains to adequately care for his or her patients.

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One way hospitals and other medical facilities can deal with nursing strikes is to hire nurses from staffing companies on a temporary or per diem basis. [continue reading…]

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Choosing an OB Nursing Environment

by Angela Stevens on June 14, 2010

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It is amazing the things you can learn about people when you are watching them work. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a naturally inquisitive person. When I’m nervous or bored, that curiosity gets ramped way up. When I was pregnant, I spent a lot of time in my doctor’s office, and then quite a bit of time in the maternity ward. During this time, I chatted with the nurses that were taking care of me. I had quite a lot of time to chat as it turned out, especially with the OB nurses in my doctor’s office. I asked them what they liked about working in an office rather than in the maternity ward at the hospital, and I asked the opposite question to the nurses that worked on the OB floor of the hospital. The answers I received were quite enlightening.

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First, it was obvious that both types of OB nurses really enjoy working with pregnant women and their newborn babies. The biggest difference was the type of environment and amount they individually wanted to work. [continue reading…]

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Who Recommends a Child for Special Education Testing?

by Angela Stevens on June 7, 2010

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Many people assume that special education teachers refer children for special education testing. This is an incorrect assumption. For the most part, special education teachers work only with those students who have been assigned to them. In fact, in some school districts, special education teachers are prohibited from working with any student who has not specifically been assigned to the special education program or to them directly. In a world filled with lawsuits, it is understandable that school districts feel the need to protect themselves from litigation, but if those people who are trained to work with and identify special needs are not recommending testing, who is?

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Typically, the first person to notice a possible learning problem is going to be the person that spends the most time with the student in a learning environment, the classroom teacher. [continue reading…]

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When Generic Drugs Matter

by Angela Stevens on May 26, 2010

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I have often been given conflicting advice about brand versus generic medications. My great aunt, who is now in her nineties, refuses to take any type of generic medication because her pharmacist once told her they are not identical to the generic versions and it was best to stick with the original. This has cost her thousands upon thousands of dollars over the years.

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Of course, I do not rely only on advice from my great aunt. There have also been numerous investigative reports that indicate that generic guidelines are not as rigorously controlled as those followed by the original patent holder. However, in all fairness, the primary differences are not in the active ingredients, but rather in the fillers and the time release mechanisms. In fact, the FDA requires that generics be the bioequivalent of the original medication, but they are not allowed to look like the original, which means the generic drugs are supposed to look different. So when do those two things really matter? To find out, I spoke with two of my doctors and my pharmacist regarding a few of my own specific questions. [continue reading…]

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What is a 504 Plan?

by Angela Stevens on May 12, 2010

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Parents, students, and those who are new to the field of education are not always familiar with the various plans available to students with special needs. The most commonly recognized plan is an Individualized Education Plan (IEP); however, there are actually several different options that allow children to receive the help they need to be successful in school.

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One type of plan that is gaining popularity is the 504 plan. [continue reading…]

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Music Therapy for Autistic Children

by Angela Stevens on May 6, 2010

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Autism has received a great deal of press over the past few years in the media. Before that, although the condition existed, it was undiagnosed and under diagnosed. Additionally, because a medical cause had not been found, many people thought it was not a “real” condition. Recent breakthroughs and extensive media coverage have begun to change the minds of people everywhere, and new resources are becoming available for those children and adults who suffer from autism, in any of its many forms.

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One of the newer forms of therapy that has been quiet effective is music therapy. This may seem counterintuitive, because music in and of itself does not necessarily teach communication skills, something many autistic children have difficulty with. But upon closer examination, it is easy to see how music does in fact help. [continue reading…]

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