2021

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Try Stepping Forward Boldly

Donna Cardillo

The older we get, the more risk-averse we become. Our fears magnify and we have a tendency to pull back from life. But pulling back and avoiding things we’re afraid of only magnifies our fears and makes our world smaller. Instead, try stepping forward boldly. Take a risk, even a small one. Try something new … Try Stepping Forward Boldly Read More » The post Try Stepping Forward Boldly first appeared on Donna Cardillo, RN.

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Listening to Seattle’s Skid Road

Josephine Ensign

Encampment below Harborview Medical Center, photo credit: Josephine Ensign, 2021 Amidst the raging debates about what to do about homelessness in Seattle and King County, the voices of people who work—and live—at the intersection of health and homelessness are drowned out. That needs to change if we hope to make any real progress towards solving homelessness and suffering in our city and neighborhood.

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11 Steps to Implementing a DSP Peer Mentoring Program

Relias

Retaining direct support professionals (DSPs) is a seemingly never-ending challenge for organizations that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Agencies are always looking for ways to help new hires understand and get excited about the job, engage their employees, and recognize the experience of their veterans. A DSP peer mentoring program is a great way to increase employee engagement and retention.

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3 Strategies to Help Nurse Leaders Tackle the Rise in Workplace Bullying and Burnout

Healthy Workforce Institute

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in profound changes within our healthcare system. Now more than ever, nurses are being challenged with a barrage of never-ending stressors: continued patient surges, new disease variants, high patient acuity, increased job demands, and continued staffing and PPE shortages. High levels of stress and burnout coupled with the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, have created an environment that is ripe for burnout, workplace bullying, and incivility.

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Fertility Benefits for Every Age: A HR Roadmap from Gen Z to Baby Boomers

Speaker: Lauri Armstrong, SHRM-SCP - Sr. Director, People Operations at Carrot Fertility

Today’s workforce includes multiple generations of employees all looking for something different from their benefits package. While meeting these disparate needs can be challenging, a comprehensive fertility benefit can support everyone from junior staffers learning about their fertility health to senior leadership managing menopause and low testosterone symptoms.

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Advancements in Elastomeric Respirator Technology for Use as Source Control

NIOSH Science Blog

Respirator design is constantly improving and evolving to meet new challenges. Manufacturers have recently developed innovative NIOSH-approved elastomeric half mask respirator (EHMR) designs that both protect the wearer as well as provide adequate source control – protecting others by filtering the wearer’s exhaled air that may contain harmful viruses or bacteria.

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Providence Clinical Academy helps RNs pursue and achieve a more rewarding career

Providence

August 6, 2021 At Providence and our family of organizations, we understand that to deliver world-class care, we must provide the best environment and tools nurses need to succeed.

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Still dirty

EDNurseasauras

Sometimes the past kind of hits you in the face, even if you are wearing a mask. At a routine Dr. visit, I encountered just such a blast from the past. As we were talking about what I was retired from, the nurse disclosed that she was also a former ER nurse, albeit management (*cough*b t*cough) turned infection control. As we played the six degrees of separation game, it occurred to me that it was this very nurse Then I laughed for a half hour.

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ARE MY RETIREMENT ASSETS PROTECTED FROM CREDITORS?

Elder Care Matters

Texas offers excellent creditor protection compared to other states. Our Texas bankruptcy laws are better than the federal ones when it comes to protections, but retirement is protected even under the federal program. Until recently, retirement benefits were not protected from long term care. There are still some problems with protecting them from it, depending… The post ARE MY RETIREMENT ASSETS PROTECTED FROM CREDITORS?

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Top 5 Tips for the ANCC & AANP Family Nurse Practitioner Exams

Board Vitals - Nursing

Are you getting ready to take your Family Nurse Practitioner Exam? Getting started in studying can be daunting. You need to prioritize time to study and prepare — and take practice questions! The best thing to do to get started is to narrow down what exam you’re going to be planning for. We’ve broken down the ANCC and AANP exams for you so you can find the right fit. 5 Tips for Successful Studying 1.

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Why Menopause Should Matter to Today’s Employers

Speaker: Julie B. Chavez - VP, Strategy & Alliances at Carrot

An estimated 1.1 billion women worldwide will have experienced menopause by 2025. Symptoms like hot flashes, fatigue, and anxiety can be incredibly disruptive — and last for years. But despite its massive impact, little is being done to support those going through menopause in the workplace. In a recent survey, 70% of respondents said they have considered changing their employment to better manage symptoms — perhaps because only 8% received significant support from their employer related to meno

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NPHub’s 5-Point Promise: How We Help NP Students Secure Preceptors

NP Hub

NPHub’s 5-Point Promise: How We Help NP Students Secure Preceptors At NPHub, … The post NPHub’s 5-Point Promise: How We Help NP Students Secure Preceptors appeared first on NPHub.

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Embrace Your Transitions: Part 2

Donna Cardillo

I often talk about the value and the need for transitions in our life—those in-between times when we go from one thing to another—whether it’s a job, relationship, or other major life event. I want to share with you one of my own experiences of a big transition that was so pivotal in my life. … Embrace Your Transitions: Part 2 Read More » The post Embrace Your Transitions: Part 2 first appeared on Donna Cardillo, RN.

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Like Riding a Bicycle: Burnout Prevention

Josephine Ensign

Everyone, it seems, is burned out these days. Frontline nurses, doctors, public health workers, and other healthcare providers who are weathering yet another vicious turn in the COVID-19 pandemic. Frontline service providers, short-staffed and short supplied. Parents struggling to parent well amidst the crazy-making politicized strife over a safe return of their children to in-person teaching at schools.

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Behind the Poor Pay and High Turnover Rates of Direct Support Professionals

Relias

The movement to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour for all workers is gaining momentum across the nation. In response, many local and state governments are raising their lowest wages above the federal minimum wage set in 2009. Much of the discussion about raising the minimum wage focuses on workers in entry-level positions, especially in fast food.

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Maximizing Your Benefits Strategy: Reframing the Way We View Fertility

Speaker: Lizzie Wright - Director of Customer Success at Carrot Fertility

Employee expectations around benefits and workplace support have evolved in step with the growing need for fertility and family-forming care. As HR professionals, it is our job to ensure employees have a comprehensive understanding of the benefits our organizations offer and how they can utilize them. Before educating employees, we first need to understand the rising healthcare costs and the financial burden of fertility care.

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How to Create a Professional Work Culture

Healthy Workforce Institute

Being a leader in healthcare is hard enough without worrying about your employees making it harder. Bullying, incivility, and inter-professional conflicts are consuming way too much of a leaders’ time – time better spent on more important work. To make matters worse, organizations don’t do a good job equipping their leaders with the skills and tools they need to address disruptive behaviors so that they know how to cultivate a positive and professional work culture.

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Suicide Prevention for Healthcare Workers

NIOSH Science Blog

Some occupations are known to have higher rates of suicide than others (see related blogs). Job factors – such as low job security, low pay, and job stress – can contribute to risk of suicide, as can easy access to lethal means among people at risk—such as medications or firearms. Other factors that can influence the link between occupation and suicide include gender, socioeconomic status, the economy, cultural factors, and stigma.

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8 Signs You Should Avoid That Potential Employer

Hospital Recruiting | Nursing

When applying for and interviewing at a potential employer, the last thing you want is to score a new position, only to find out that your new employer is a nightmare. While financial motivators are always a driving factor for seeking employment, money is not everything. Taking on a new job that disrupts your life outside of work or makes you miserable is often not worth it.

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Carbon negative by 2030 – Three ways we’re taking action now

Providence

June 10, 2021 At Providence, we believe a healthier planet fosters healthier individuals. That’s why we remain vigilant in pursuit of our promise to become carbon negative by 2030.

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Leveling the Playing Field: How HR Can Equitably Improve Health Outcomes Through Fertility Benefits

Speaker: Julie B. Chavez - VP, Strategy & Alliances at Carrot

As HR and total rewards professionals, we are often seeking opportunities to foster a better sense of community and belonging amongst employees - ensuring that all employees have an equitable opportunity to receive fertility treatments is one of the many ways this can be achieved. Fertility benefits make it possible for employees to access treatments like IVF.

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Tips For Nurses Managing Their Attention Deficit Disorder

Diversity Nursing

Being a Nurse is challenging, but being a Nurse with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can feel almost impossible some days. According to the CDC , there are three different types of ADHD, depending on which types of symptoms are strongest in the individual: Predominantly Inattentive Presentation: It is hard for the individual to organize or finish a task, to pay attention to details, or to follow instructions or conversations.

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The Importance Of Self-Care For Nurses

Carlow Today & Tomorrow

Self-care encourages better physical, mental and emotional well-being. However, it is something many nurses neglect to do. Nursing is a stressful profession. The stress increases when health crises, like the pandemic we recently experienced, happen. Nurses are on the frontlines, putting their health at risk while they treat critically ill people. This is typical of what nurses do: caring for others before they care for themselves.

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To Meditate, Practice Unreasonable Happiness!

Minding The Bedside

Is happiness unrealistic? Can you really be happy with the things that you chase after in life? Is there a way to achieve a happiness that remains regardless of challenges in your life? What I've found is that through my meditation practice, I'm able to return, again and again, to a state of happiness despite troubles and challenges that may be occurring in my life.

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Will A Prenuptial Agreement Help When Planning To Qualify For Medicaid?

Elder Care Matters

Nowadays, with so many advances in medical care, our seniors are living longer. While that leaves many more years for families to create memories and shared experiences, have you considered that it also means that our senior family members may require more full-time nursing care as they age? Long-term care can be incredibly expensive which… The post Will A Prenuptial Agreement Help When Planning To Qualify For Medicaid?

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Embrace Your Transitions: Part 1

Donna Cardillo

Let’s talk about the importance and the value of transitions in your life. A transition is that time when you’re going from one thing to another—from one place to another. It’s that in-between time, that gray area. Many of us always feel like we have to go from one relationship to another immediately, or we … Embrace Your Transitions: Part 1 Read More » The post Embrace Your Transitions: Part 1 first appeared on Donna Cardillo, RN.

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Pandemically Published: Skid Road

Josephine Ensign

Welcome to the strange new world! When I first conceived of and began research for what became my newest book, Skid Road: On the Frontier of Health and Homelessness in an American City , I knew I was in for a lot of hard work and more than a few surprises. What I didn’t know was that it would take over five years to complete the research and more than two years to write and see though to publication.

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World Mental Health Day 2021: Addressing Inequities in Care

Relias

Across the world, October 10 is hailed as World Mental Health Day. A program of the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), World Mental Health Day has been observed since 1992. WFMH’s mission is to promote the advancement of mental health awareness, prevention of mental disorders, advocacy and best practices, and recovery-focused interventions worldwide.

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Stressed Out By Your Budget? Let’s Reframe the Budget From Stressor to Most Valuable Tool

Inspire Nurse Leaders

Stressed Out By Your Budget? Let’s Reframe the Budget From Stressor to Most Valuable Tool Lori Armstrong DNP, RN NEA-BC December 6, 2021 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Are you a nurse leader who gets stressed by your budget? You are not alone. The unique position of a nurse leader combines business management with clinical expertise. Often, nurse leaders are as uncomfortable incorporating financial and operational strategies into patient care as visiting a new country 一 the language is new, the cultu

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Can You Answer All 6 of these ANCC FNP Practice Questions?

Board Vitals - Nursing

When you are preparing for the ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) exam, taking sample questions is a great way to test your knowledge. We’ve created an interactive practice test using 6 highly-rated questions from the BoardVitals ANCC FNP question bank , giving you a taste of what to look forward to when you decide to take the plunge. Good luck!

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Reduce Workplace Stress and Thrive

Hospital Recruiting | Nursing

It is common knowledge that workplace stress impairs employee happiness and contributes to decreased productivity. What’s even more important are the short and long-term health effects that stress has on workers. Healthcare has never been easy. With COVID, reduced resources, and unpredictability increasing, stress among healthcare workers is rising.

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Ten Nurse Instagram Accounts You Must Follow 2021

Nurse Abnormalities

Whether you are a registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), or nurse practitioner (NP), there is a nursing Iinstagram account that can benefit your nursing practice or daily life in one way or another. The following are ten nursing Iinstagram accounts that I love following for education, motivation and even just for some humor. This post is sponsored by my favorite company for board review question banks, BoardVitals.

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Good Retention Requires Strong DEI Culture

Diversity Nursing

Creating a workplace with a strong Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive culture is not only the right thing, it’s also crucial for your retention and improving patient care. A study from Press Ganey shows health systems with strong Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) values have less risk of staff potentially leaving the organization. The study also found: Healthcare organizations had twice as many employees at risk of leaving if the workforce perceived diversity and equity weren’t prioritized ve

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5 Tips to Help Students Avoid Procrastination

Nursing Uncensored

Taking up a nursing course in college is difficult and challenging as it requires a lot of hard work memorizing so many things. This is the reason why nursing students are, in general, very studious. They are always very busy, being so diligent with their academic responsibilities. But just like any student, even nursing students succumb to the persuading temptation of procrastination.