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How do staffing companies work? How can a staffing company help ME find a job? These are common questions. Many people are unsure if a staffing company can be helpful in a job search, or how a staffing company works in the healthcare industry. A strong foundation When an individual goes to a staffing company… Read more »

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True or false: supplemental nurses provide cost efficiency? Hospitals have to balance cost efficiency and patient care, so it’s very important for them to know if this statement is true. Many hospitals employ supplemental nurses with great success. For these hospitals, supplemental nurses fill various gaps – vacations, staffing shortages, sick days and more. Personnel… Read more »

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It may happen first thing in the morning, after a coffee break, or at the end of a long, hard day. A patient or family member asks a question and the answer that comes to mind is “I don’t know.” Situations like this must be handled appropriately and with great care. Stay Calm Whatever you… Read more »

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Searching for a new job can be challenging. Finding the right jobs to apply for can be tough and tedious. Interviews are stressful. Getting passed over for a dream job is heartbreaking. Searching for a new job while still employed adds a whole new set of challenges to the entire process. Fortunately, there are some… Read more »

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October 1, 2015, will bring big changes to healthcare. That day, the ICD-10 coding system will replace ICD-9, which has been in place for decades. The change is required for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA). The Basics The American Medical Association offers important clarification about ICD-10, beginning with the acronym… Read more »

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Travel nursing isn’t for everyone. For a nurse who prefers the comforts of home, working with familiar faces, and maintaining a routine, travel nursing wouldn’t be the best option. However, for a nurse who is interested in adventure, challenges, meeting new people, and exploring, travel nursing may be just perfect. All nurses should possess certain… Read more »

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What exactly is telemedicine? As the word implies, it combines technology with medicine: it “enables practitioners to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients remotely using the latest telecommunications technology.” Then and Now Although the concept of telemedicine may seem thoroughly modern, its roots go back generations. In 1924, a magazine called Radio News featured a cover… Read more »

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Everyone wants to save money. In healthcare, that translates to cutting costs. Unfortunately, many cost-cutting measures are not the best thing for patients or care providers. There’s much more to this equation than the bottom line. What NOT to do A recent article in Harvard Business Review noted that many attempts to cut healthcare costs… Read more »

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Prescription drugs are prescribed by a doctor, so they’re always safe, right? Wrong. Prescription drugs can be abused, too, and the statistics are grim. Each day, 44 people in the United States die from an overdose of prescription painkillers. One out of four teens knows a friend who abuses medicines to get high. Every day,… Read more »

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Technology in hospitals and medical offices is constantly evolving. Robotic surgery has replaced traditional surgical methods in some cases. Digital thermometers have replaced old-fashioned mercury thermometers. This technology has extended to sterilizing instruments, as well. Why is this important? There are guidelines in place for the level of sterility necessary for medical instruments. Sterility assurance… Read more »