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Dealing with Combative Patients

by Howard Gerber on December 7, 2017

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combative patientAs a nurse, you probably deal with all types of patients. Unfortunately, not all patients are easy to work with. Occasionally, patients become out of control. Sometimes patients don’t want help or even become aggressive.

It’s best to de-escalate a situation before it becomes physical, but that’s not always possible. Despite your best intentions, some patients may become combative. Depending on where you work, dealing with combative patients may come with the territory. Understanding how to efficiently deal with an aggressive patient helps keep both you and the patient safe. [continue reading…]

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Occupational Therapy Tools for School-Based Therapists

by Howard Gerber on November 30, 2017

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OT toolsSome students don’t mind having occupational therapy sessions. For other kids, therapy is a chore. Either way, providing therapy with the same old tools or activities can get boring. Students who are bored are often unmotivated. Even children who are enthusiastic about therapy, enjoy a change of pace.

Fortunately, school-based occupational therapists have all types of tools and toys to work on certain goals while still making therapy enjoyable.  Some tools are not just useful during therapy sessions. They can be helpful for teachers in the classroom who work with special needs students. Below are five types of occupational therapy tools you may want to consider. [continue reading…]

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winter holiday new yorkWhen you think of the holidays, spending time at home with your family and friends may come to mind. But you don’t have to be home for the holidays to enjoy the special time of the year.

The holidays are also a good time to work as a healthcare traveler. Working as a traveler during the holiday season gives you a chance to enjoy festivals and holiday traditions in a different part of the country. Communities from coast to coast go all out for the holidays. Below are four great locations to consider. [continue reading…]

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Why You Can’t Find Your Next Travel Nursing Assignment

by Howard Gerber on November 16, 2017

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next travel assignmentWhether you’re an experienced travel nurse or just starting out, finding the right assignment is important. You don’t want to be so picky it takes months to land a job, but you also want the right fit. If you have not found your next nursing assignment as fast as you like, there may be several reasons why. [continue reading…]

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8 Strategies for Less Stress as a School Nurse

by Howard Gerber on November 9, 2017

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school nurse stress managementNursing can be a stressful job at times. If you work as a school nurse, there are also added challenges. In a hospital setting, nurses have the support of other medical staff. In a school, nurses usually are the only medical professionals onsite, which means they have to work well independently.

Fortunately, there are several things a school nurse can do to ease stress including the following: [continue reading…]

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The Future of US Nursing: A 690,000 Staff Shortage

by Howard Gerber on November 2, 2017

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nurse shortageWe live in a country with the third highest population in the world. Over 320 million people live here, and vital to the health and wellbeing of each one of us are the 3.9 million registered nurses who keep our hospitals, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices running.

But, what does the next five years hold for the profession, and how will the industry deal with an aging population and workforce? [continue reading…]

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Preparing for a Career as a Pediatric Physical Therapist

by Howard Gerber on October 26, 2017

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physical therapy pediatric certificationWhether you already work as a physical therapist or are still in school earning your degree, you might be thinking about specializing. One area of specialization to consider is working as a pediatric physical therapist. Before you take the next steps, do some research and consider these questions.  [continue reading…]

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