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Grooming our future leaders

The future of nursing may be in jeopardy. For almost a decade, we’ve known that when the current shortage peaks around 2020, we’ll have 1 million fewer nurses than we need. We also know that...
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What goes into your professional portfolio & what you’ll get out of it

What is a professional portfolio? Let’s start with what it is not. It’s not a résumé or curriculum vitae (CV). Think of it this way: A résumé or CV is a summary of your skills,...
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Letters to the Editor – January 2007

Casualties of war My mother read “Nursing Care on the Battlefield” in the November issue with great interest. As an Army Nurse in World War II, she knows all too well the casualties of war. She...
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Blunder-free business meals: A guide to dining etiquette

When you think of essential business skills, knowing where to put your napkin when excusing yourself from the table may not come to mind. But any nurse seeking to expand career options or search...
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Take Note – December 2006

CDC recommends HIV screening for everyone New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call for routine human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening for all patients ages 13 to 64. The screening approach...
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The power of one voice

Dizziness, profuse sweating, a gnawing sensation in the pit of your stomach. Are these symptoms of the latest virus? No—they’re classic indications of glossophobia, or fear of public speaking. Few things conjure up more anxiety...
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Letters to the Editor – December 2006

Where’s the support for work-injured nurses? Congratulations on your premier issue. The article “Cultivating personal courage” is a wonderful encouragement for working nurses. How­-ever, it’s missing a voice for nurses who are victims of the...
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Gifts that keep on giving

December turns our hearts and minds to the holiday season. We juggle work time and family demands to prepare for holiday celebrations. We reflect on the diversity of our cultural and religious traditions, preparing...

Taking the pain out of patient handling

FOR DECADES, nurses and other healthcare providers have suffered debilitating musculoskeletal injuries when lifting, transferring, and repositioning patients manually. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employees in nursing and personal care facilities...

Do you need a business card?

The author's answers to five questions will tell you why you need a card and how to use it effectively.
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Do you want to be a preceptor?

PRECEPTORS MAKE ALL the difference. Without the right preceptor, the transition from classroom to patient’s room can be difficult, but a preceptor who demonstrates how to turn classroom theory into skilled clinical practice can...
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Take Note – November 2006

American Diabetes Association releases food guidelines for specific medical categories “When you’re talking about diabetes, there is no ‘one size fits all’ diet,” said Ann Albright, PhD, RD, President-Elect, Health Care & Education, American Diabetes...
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How to survive a bully

Have you run into a bully at work? Unfortunately, chances are good that you have. Bullying has become all too common in nursing. In my first nursing position, I was the target of a nurse...