How to Make Sure You’re Taking the Right Steps to Grow Your Career

The right steps to grow your career may not always be the obvious choices. For instance, you may be faced with a choice between two job options, one of which pays much more money. If the monetary gain is your only criteria to grow a career in healthcare, this might be the choice you make.…


How Can You Handle a Doctor You Aren’t Getting Along With?

You likely have encountered a physician who frustrates or irritates you, so much so you want to pull out your hair or scream out loud. Although it may feel good in the short-term to lose your temper and start yelling, in the long term it only creates problems at work with your patients and may…


Easy Signs That Show You’re Ready for a Job Change

Nearly every professional will face a time in their lives when they question whether or not they’re in the right profession or in the right job. Unfortunately, many nurses will mistakenly confuse challenges with burnout for feeling like they need to shake up their career. If you feel physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted, it may…


How the Opioid Epidemic Can Impact Your Nursing Career

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people in the U.S. die every day from overdosing on opioids. Misuse and addiction include prescription pain relievers such as Oxycontin, as well as street drugs, such as heroin and synthetic opioid such as Fentanyl. This serious national epidemic affects economic welfare, public health,…


Don’t Be Forgetful! 5 Mental Activities that Help Strengthen Your Memory

As a nurse, you’ll be called upon to remember a number of things. Juggling responsibilities can be difficult, and it’s helpful to use strategies to improve your memory, so remembering the small details at work is not as difficult. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help improve your memory, including focusing your…


Is it Time to Update Your Nursing Credentials?

Adding credentials to your nursing degree gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to provide informed and certified care in specialized areas. It also demonstrates your commitment to the nursing profession. Certifications are offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), whose goal it…


Looking to Diversify Your Specialties? Per Diem Nursing May Be Perfect For You

“Per Diem” is a Latin word meaning “by the day.” As a per diem contract staff nurse, you have the opportunity to work for different agencies across the city, as you aren’t hired internally, but rather on an as-needed basis to fill staffing requirements for a hospital or facility. There are a number of benefits…


Dealing With a Bully at Your Nurses Station

Bullies come in all shapes and sizes, and there’s a fine legal distinction between being bullied and outright hostility. Although it can take many forms, bullying is a behavior that may be identified by being unwelcome, offensive, unsolicited or objectionable. Bullying can be physical, psychological or verbal, and may be found frequently in healthcare. Although…


Budgeting Tips for Per Diem Nurses

Whether you’re working as a per diem nurse or regularly staffing a unit, a budget is a smart tool in your financial arsenal. Although some think using a budget to manage their expenses leaves them a little extra for miscellaneous charges or entertainment, a budget actually gives you more freedom than struggling from month to…


Stressed at Work? Top Ways to Improve Your Work/Life Balance

Nurses often refer to their profession as a calling, or a deep desire to devote themselves to serving others. However, when your job or career is also calling, it’s easy to overlook balancing your own work and life, and quickly become burned out. Sometimes it’s difficult for per diem nursing staff to achieve balance when…