Mental Health: How to Get Your Own Support as a DSP

As a Direct Support Professional (DSP), you’re in a position of always providing support and care for others. You have the unique privilege of providing support to intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals, allowing them to live in a home setting. Since you are charged with helping your patient to do as much for themselves as…


New Year, New You: How to Boost Your Communications Skills on the Job

Your communication skills may be the one personal skill with the greatest impact on your job satisfaction, your relationships with your colleagues and your patient satisfaction. In fact, it’s integral to your career success and professional development. It really does not matter what field you practice in; your communication skills help you to succeed. It…


5 Tips For Improving Your Bedside Manner

Your bedside manner has a direct effect on patient satisfaction and scores used to determine financial reimbursement for the hospital. Patient satisfaction also improves patient outcomes. This means your bedside manner counts. Many nurses have had discussions about bedside manner and practiced it in nursing school, yet it is sometimes forgotten once you enter the…


5 Ways Being Bilingual Will Make You a Better Direct Support Professional

Direct Support Professionals play a critical role in the care of individuals with physical and mental disabilities. The position is complex, and the demand for those who are passionate about their job has never been higher. It is estimated there will be over 1 million new positions by 2022. The career path is rewarding, and…


How to Help Your Patients Celebrate The Holidays!

It is likely that at some point or another, you found yourself working a holiday shift at the hospital. And while this may be a bit of a Debbie Downer, it’s important to remember that you’re not the only one there. The whole reason you’re working holiday shift is because there are patients who need…


How Does Your Resume Look? 5 Tips for Changing the Way Your Resume Appears

If you’re looking for a new job, then it’s time to pay close attention to your resume. If you’re still using the same one you had four years ago, you’ll find it’s likely hiring managers and recruiters may not be paying attention. Your resume is the first way and the first time you’ll be able…


How to Look For a New Nursing Job While You’re Still Employed

Sometimes you are gainfully employed but interested in seeking a new position. There are ways to land a new job in nursing while you’re still employed at another facility. Job searching can be challenging when you’re doing it full-time, and it can be even more challenging while you’re working full-time. It may seem like the…


Why Choosing The Right Nursing Job is Important for Your Long Term Career Goals

Is nursing a job or a career move for you? Another question you might ask yourself is, where do you see yourself in 5 years? This isn’t just a question you’ll be answering for hiring managers but should be asking yourself as the answers will drive your choice of positions and determine your desire to…


Learn What it Takes to Become a Direct Support Professional

As a Direct Support Professional (DSP), you’re responsible for assisting and connecting with those who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities with their everyday tasks. This may mean housekeeping, meal preparation, driving to appointments, or running errands. While the description of the duties is similar to that of a home health aide, the responsibilities and education…


Top Methods for Continuing Your Education With a Family

College students come in all ages today. Attending college or training school directly out of high school often means you are balancing your education against everyday living. However, once you have a family and a job, adding education into the mix can become challenging. How Does Work-life Balance Impact Academics? Maintaining an optimal school –…