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Classic Bad Workplace Habits Nurses Need to Break
Habits play a significant role in your everyday life. A habit is a routine way of speaking or regularly doing something that may have become subconscious. In other words, you start doing or saying something without even thinking about it. Some habits are good for you – like exercise, drinking water and going to bed early. But some habits are destructive to your career and your personal relationships.
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.
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 each patient allows you to develop as a unique professional ready to adapt to a wide variety of circumstances. The benefits of working with an individual who may be physically and mentally challenged includes being an advocate for their growth and development.
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 to be cared for, who also cannot be home with their families.
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 advance your career or 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.
Tech Corner: How Technology is Improving Training for Nurses
There are several ways in which technology is transforming patient care. From ordering a pizza to financial security, technology and artificial intelligence are changing the way we live our lives. Medical care is no different. As life expectancy increases and the nursing shortage continues, many hospitals and home care agencies are finding medical technology is critical to providing patient care in a safe environment. Portable monitors, smart beds, wearable devices, and electronic health records are all ways hospitals and home care agencies are using technology to reduce their dependence on a growing shortage of nurses, and improve communication between shifts.
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.
4 Challenges Every Nurse Faces, and How to Overcome Them
Although nursing is engaging and rewarding, it does come with challenges. It is a demanding profession that requires your dedication and commitment to provide safe patient care for those who have entrusted their lives to your hospital. Your career may be intertwined with some of the same problems healthcare providers have been struggling with for years. However, these four challenges are critical to your future and your safety.
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.