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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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emergency room nursesEmergency department nurses see it all. From patients with gunshot wounds to heart attacks, ER nurses deal with life and death situations on a daily basis. If you thrive in a fast-paced environment and love the adrenaline rush of dealing with emergency situations, working in the emergency room may be energizing. So what is a typical day like for an emergency room nurse? That’s a bit difficult to say since there is a lot of variety and things can change in an instant. You may see similar scenarios, but each person is different. [continue reading…]

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Eight Truths Travel Nurses Know

by Howard Gerber on June 23, 2016

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travel nurse truthsIf you work as a travel nurse or a nurse in general, you know it can be a great way to earn a living. From having the chance to help someone to the security of the profession, it’s often a good career choice. You probably also know that although everyone is different, nurses share some similarities. If you have been a travel nurse for a few years, you might have discovered some of the following “you know you’re a travel nurse when” truths. [continue reading…]

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nursing burnoutSome nurses stay at one job for their entire career, but for the majority of nurses, at one time or another, will ask themselves if it’s time to look for a new job. Maybe you have been at your job for a number of years and are ready for a change, or you might be a new grad and realize your current job is not the right fit. Either way, you might be considering whether or not it’s time to move on. Leaving a job is a big deal, so how do you know if you should stay at your current job or if it’s time to go? [continue reading…]

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Happy Nurses Week!

by Howard Gerber on May 6, 2016

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It’s true. Nursing is a work of heart. It’s also a work of hearts working together. In life, we encounter some of the most influential people where we work, no matter if they are our colleagues, supervisors, or simply those people we come across from time to time.

Is there an influential figure in your nursing career? Someone who has helped you get to where you are today? In a comment below, tell us about that person and you will be automatically entered to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate as part of our National Nurses Week celebration!

On behalf of all of us at Sunbelt Staffing, thank you for your hard/heart work, nurses!

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school nurseAlthough the majority of nurses work in hospitals, rehab centers and home health, nurses also work in alternative settings including schools. Whether you are an experienced RN looking for a new challenge or are a recent grad considering becoming a school nurse, it’s helpful to have a good understanding of what a school nurse does and how to get started. [continue reading…]

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States Expected to Have an Increased Need for Nurses

by Howard Gerber on April 21, 2016

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The need for nurses is expected to grow much faster than average for other jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There are several factors, which may contribute to the increased need for nurses.

One reason nurses are expected to be in demand is the fact that millions of baby boomers are hitting retirement age. In addition, there is an increase in people with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, which means more people need care. Add in the Affordable Care Act, which allowed millions of previously uninsured people to seek medical care, and you may not have enough nurses to meet the demand.

In some parts of the country, the need for nurses in hospitals may not be as great as the need in other settings, such as home health and nursing home. The demand for nurses also varies geographically. Some states tend to have a higher need than others.

Whether you’re considering a permanent job or a travel assignment there are some states which are expected to have a higher need for nurses than average in the coming years including the following: [continue reading…]

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