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How to Find the Right Mentor at Your Job
In any job or industry, it is always helpful to have a mentor. Navigating your career or your immediate job responsibilities can be challenging. It is often beneficial to have someone who’s been there before you to show you the ropes. When you start a new position at a hospital, most supervisors assign you a mentor. This is someone you can ask questions about policies and procedures specific to that hospital, where things are located and get a more personalized orientation. What about a mentor for your career?
More Than a Career: Working as a Direct Support Professional
It’s a seemingly vague job title for an impressively important position. Some believe the title must be vague in order for those who serve in this position to be able to do all that is necessary. A Direct Support Professional (DSP) is “a person who assists an individual with a disability to lead a self-directed life and contribute to the community, assists with activities of daily living if needed, and encourages attitudes and behaviors that enhance community inclusion.”
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 possible, staying in the background, you may not be “seen” as doing actual caregiving. This may give you and others the mistaken idea the job will not trigger burnout or cause stress in the way other caregiving positions do. But you would be mistaken.
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 is the number one soft skill employers are looking for during an interview. The good news is that you are not born with good skills, they can be learned. There are steps you can take immediately to strengthen your communication skills and stand out at work.
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 to make a first impression on those who have the ability to hire you.
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 required are different. Depending upon your patient’s condition, DSPs may also administer medication, develop and execute behavioral management plans.
What to Do When You Are Faced With An Ethical Dilemma
It’s a question commonly asked during a job interview because it’s a situation that is not uncommon in the medical profession. How have you handled an ethical dilemma in the past?
Interview Workshop: The Best Online Prep Tools You Should Be Using
Once you’ve sent in your application with a well-polished resume, you may receive a request for an interview. You mustn’t assume this interview is a simple formality before you receive a job offer. Your hiring manager is probably interviewing several people, and your job interview is an audition. The interview is one step closer to the job and allows you to demonstrate your genuine interest and ability to be prepared.
How to Balance Being a Nurse and Motherhood
Being a mom might be one of the hardest jobs on the planet. When you combine that with being a nurse and caring for other people all day long, you might think that you could not make those two jobs work together. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. While challenging, it is possible to balance being a nurse and motherhood. Walking that line may even make you a better person all around.
How to Resolve Workplace Conflicts
Whether at work or at home, conflicts happen. The difference is at home you have the opportunity to speak openly and transparently with your family. At work, conflict resolution can sometimes take on a political flavor. But whether it’s at home or at work, there are steps you can take to help resolve conflict and create a stronger workplace environment.