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Nurse's Perspective
by Glenn A. Bruce, RN
Some Notes on Charting-A Registered Nurse's Perspective

Precise charting of a patient's symptoms and treatment can avoid major problems in the future.  As a caregiver, protect yourself! 

The importance of charting was covered in nursing school.  But its significance was made very personal by an interesting thin
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The Reasons You Weren’t Hired Part 1
by Calvin Bruce, CPC
Losing out on a job opportunity is usually disappointing, but the lessons learned can be valuable in future job-hunting.

It’s very disappointing to interview for a job that you really want, but don’t get. There is a tendency to speculate on all the things that went wrong during the interview. The imagination works overtime, conjuring up all
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Promoted Too Soon?
by George Hradecky

Rapid expansion within the Pharmaceutical industry has created a legion of new district managers.  Are they ready to lead?


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Career Survival Skills
by Calvin Bruce, CPC

The current economic downturn has begun to impact all industries, including healthcare.  Have you developed the career survival skills that will help you weather the storm? 


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Starting a Job Search, Part 1
by Calvin Bruce, CPC
If you’re thinking about launching a job search, be focused and systematic in your efforts to better yourself occupationally.

Is it time to start looking for another job? Perhaps things at work aren’t going as well as expected, and some “irreconcilable differences” have materialized between you and your boss. Or the company has begun t
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Building Your Career Success
by Calvin Bruce, CPC
Are you as successful as you would like to be? If not, take a close look at what you’re doing to build a rewarding career.

Career success doesn’t occur by happenstance or guesswork. Certainly there are elements of chance that are involved, but for the most part success comes to those who prepare for it and take advantage of outstan
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Guidelines for Internet Job Hunting
by Calvin Bruce

The Internet has begun to revolutionize every facet of society, including the medical profession.  More particularly, physician recruitment has developed into a fast-growing area of Internet activity.   Doctors who are serious about managing or advancing their careers can access a wealth of online information with a few mouse cl
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Wireless Health
by Urcel Ray Fields, MPH

Personal Digital Assistants may change the face of healthcare delivery.  Before you buy that "handheld," look at three immediate uses and one futuristic vision. Four years into the Internet revolution and accompanying technology, diehard science fiction fans can't help but wonder where the inspiration for some of these cool gizmos came fro
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Rx for Success
by John Collins

Pharmacists are finding new opportunities and challenges within virtual drugstores.

Short of quaffing an egg cream at an old time soda fountain, consumers today can fulfill most apothecary needs online. This means no waiting in lines, being able to consult 24/7 with pharmacists, receiving e-mail reminders for refills, and
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Tips For Locum Tenens
by Calvin Bruce

Working locum tenens (temporary employment) is a valuable source of income for many physicians, nurses, and related medical professionals. Other appealing aspects of taking on locum tenens assignments include flexibility in scheduling, opportunity to travel, and experience gained through involvement in a variety of practice settings.

Exp
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Nursing Perspective
by Sherry Shinn, RN

"Real" Nursing, School Nursing

If you are a nurse looking for a challenging and rewarding career working with children and families, why not consider school nursing?

Nurses not familiar with school nursing usually consider school nursing a very simple specialty:  giving emergency first aid and assessing simple illne
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New Challenges On Old Frontiers
by John Collins

Career opportunities and personal challenges abound at aboriginal communities throughout North America. 

Nobody will ever mistake the Canadian village of Kangirsuk for Club Med.  Found in the far northern reaches of Quebec, there are no roads in or out of this community of 450 Inuit (Eskimo) people.&nb
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Interviewing the Interviewer
by Calvin Bruce

Asking probing questions may be appropriate-just be careful how and what you ask. 

Job interviewing is a unique experience.  It's the occasion for job seeker and employer to explore matters of mutual interest to determine whether a long-term relationship is advisable.  To use a familiar metaphor, it's like having
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Transitioning from Military to Civilian Careers
by Calvin Bruce & Jerry Bishop

Finding a comfortable niche in the corporate arena often requires making significant mental and attitude adjustments. 

How difficult is it to transition from military service to civilian employment?  Someone separating after 4-6 years will probably answer that differently than a person retiring after 20+ years of service. 
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Credit Reports and Job Hunting
by Les Rosen

Employers can request credit reports before making a hiring decision, but applicants should be aware of their rights in this regard. 

Many job applicants are discovering that employers require pre-employment credit reports before they hire. For many companies, a credit report has become a screening tool to evaluate a candi
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Little Things Make A Difference
by Calvin Bruce, CPC

Subjective impressions made prior to and during an employment interview can have significant bearing on a hiring decision.

Theoretically, hiring decisions are based strictly on objective criteria.  Typically, a printed job description outlines the qualifications for, and responsibilities of, the position to be filled. 
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Technology Nurse Specialists
by Urcel R. Fields, MPH

Smoothly integrating nursing and computer science into professional skill set development.

The evolution of a word into the mainstream vocabulary of a society is an interesting phenomenon that many linguists spend years examining.  An equally important observation in healthcare is the combination of distinct professional are
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Overcoming the Fear of Success
by Calvin Bruce, CPC

Limitations to career advancement can be self-imposed-such as harboring the fear of success. 

Scores of books and articles have been written to address the topic of overcoming the fear of failure.  The general thesis is that many people are afraid to tackle new challenges due to some ingrained fear that they really do
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Job Hunting On The Internet
by Calvin Bruce, CPC

The widespread growth and consumer usage of the Internet is astounding.  Not only have e-commerce companies become the darling of Wall Street; they have revolutionized many industries, including healthcare.  In particular, the advancements in Internet technology and user-friendly applications have considerably changed the employment la
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Before You Sign The Dotted Line
by Calvin Bruce, CPC

After completing internship, residency or a grueling fellowship program, it's always exciting to launch a full-scale job search and receive several outstanding job offers.  Selecting the best offer is not always an easy task, though.  Sometimes young physicians have lingering doubts after choosing the practice where they will spend the
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A Cure for the Common C.O.L.D.
by Chris Redner

A Physician's Guide to Medical Licensure

After what may be days, weeks or (in some cases) months of procrastination, you finally decide to sit down and tackle that pesky medical license application.  You sit down at your desk, pen at the ready, and steel yourself for the chore.  Suddenly, you break into a col
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Meeting The Needs: Advanced Practice For Nurses
by Urcel R. Fields, MPH

"Nursing is love in action, and there is no finer manifestation of it than the care of the poor and disabled in their homes"---Lillian D. Wald, founder of the Visiting Nursing Society of New York

Since the inception of the American healthcare system, nurses have played an influential role in its development and administration. Their cont
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Culturally Competent Care
by John Collins

While America's population is continuously evolving, nursing demographics remain overwhelmingly white and female. 
 
America's cultural landscape is perpetually changing.  While white people continue to make up the majority of the population, the U.S. Census Bureau projects that the number of Caucasians w
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You, Inc.
by Calvin Bruce

There are two ways to view career management issues:  from the perspective of working for someone else--or working for oneself.  Given the dramatic changes in the healthcare industry and the workplace dynamics that impact individual success, it's appropriate to consider career development in terms of being in business for oneself.&nb
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The Changing Face of Physician Practice: Part One, Collective Bargaining
by Kami Troy, MPH, Heller Healthcare

The old adage "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" seems to apply more than ever to physicians-but not in the way you may think.  There is hardly a physician in the United States today who has not been affected by managed care in the last decade.  The "old timers" in particular bemoan the loss of more innocent times when they made most
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Accepting and Declining Job Offers
by Calvin Bruce

The reward of diligent job hunting is to receive one or more impressive job offers.  Deciding which employment offer to accept is a pleasant dilemma to face.  Once you  have made a careful selection, the next step is to formally accept the offer and graciously decline other offers.  Certain protocol is involved in the proce
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Interviewing 102: Answering Tough Questions
by Calvin Bruce

Oh, the joys of interviewing!

Employment interviews are like a blind date.  You really don't know who or what you're facing until the occasion takes place.  Meeting and speaking with an interviewer can be extremely pleasant.  Or it can be discomforting, particularly if the line of questioning is tougher than expected.

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Job Security
by Calvin Bruce

How important is job security?  Most professionals don't think much about it until a co-worker is terminated or there are rumors of a pending company-wide layoff.  At that point nervous employees consider how they can make their own jobs more secure.

Don't wait.  Realistically, there is no such thing as
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Starting a New Job
by Calvin Bruce
Starting a new job is usually a pleasant experience. For most professionals, it is mentally stimulating to have fresh opportunity to prove one's abilities in a different work setting. Furthermore, most new jobs represent some sort of promotion; so the possibilities for career enhancement are numerous.

There's another side of the coin, though.
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Building Effective Work Relationships
by Calvin Bruce
Like other professional organizations, hospitals aim to hire employees who demonstrate good workplace relationships. Employees who work well with co-workers, and support their success, are valued as key contributors to their departments.

There is no secret to developing effective relationships among co-workers. The following commonsense guidel
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Handwriting on the Wall
by Calvin Bruce
All too often, employees who are terminated act totally surprised. In some instances, the emotional toll is so great that they seek professional counseling in order to cope.

Realistically speaking, being let go is not always that shocking. If the individuals were honest with themselves, they would probably admit that there were some fairly obv
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Interviewing 101: How to impress an interviewer
by Calvin Bruce

"Job hunting wouldn't be so bad if it didn't involve interviewing."
Have you ever felt this way? Employment interviewing can be enjoyable or stressful, but it is definitely unavoidable. You can make any interview more relaxing by mentally preparing for it and knowing how to i
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6 Common Interview Mistakes
by Calvin Bruce
Employment interviewing is a necessary part of the hiring process. Viewed positively, it represents a prime opportunity for candidates to spotlight their accomplishments and make a convincing case as to why they should be hired.

As with other things, "practice makes perfect." With experience, it becomes easier to establish rapport with intervi
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Why Should We Hire You?
by Calvin Bruce
Health care is a highly competitive industry. In most instances, candidates who compete for physician staff and other professional job openings are comparably qualified. Deciding whom to hire is oftentimes a difficult decision. One way hiring officials can narrow the selection is to ask each finalist candidate, "Why should we hire you?"

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A Question of Ethics
by Calvin Bruce
The healthcare industry is not immune to unethical business practices. In fact, the business press frequently reports on hospitals or healthcare organizations that are linked to fraudulent billing, violations of government regulatory rulings, or similar legal and ethical improprieties.

Suppose you take a new job and discover that some ethicall
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Is Moonlighting In Your Stars?
by Calvin Bruce
Have you thought about working in a different practice setting, such as in another part of the country? Would you like to sharpen your skills by interacting with other specialists who are on the cutting edge of medical technology? Does the thought of earning extra income appeal to you?

If you answer these questions with a resounding "
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Working Successfully With Recruiters
by Calvin Bruce
For most physicians, finding an ideal career opportunity is not a quick and easy task. In every specialty competition is keen for the most lucrative positions. What can speed up a job search is the help of competent medical recruiters who know the industry and are attuned to your long-term career goals.

Types of Recruiters
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What About Counter-Offers?
by Calvin Bruce
Imagine receiving an impressive offer from a well-renown hospital in a city where you would really like to relocate. When mentioning your good fortune to your current employer, they make you a counter-offer.

Should you accept it or go with the brand new opportunity? When, if ever, should you accept a counter-offer?

Seasoned recruiters hav
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Suppose The New Job Doesn't Work Out
by Calvin Bruce
Receiving a lucrative offer to work in a challenging new position is, for most physicians, a dream come true. However, if the new job ends up being a major disappointment, dealing with it can become a living nightmare. What's the best approach for handling such an unfortunate situation?

Don't panic.

Unless the job is an equi
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Don't Blow The Interview!
by Calvin Bruce
" Job hunting wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the requirement to interview. " Have you ever heard that statement or felt that way?

Unfortunately, interviewing will always be an integral part of the job-search process. As hospitals or other companies narrow their list of finalist candidates, considerable importance is given to how w
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Hassle-free Relocation
by Calvin Bruce
Making a career move involves numerous decisions, including possible relocation. Does the thought of relocating stimulate pleasant thoughts-or generate nightmarish dread? If accepting a new position necessitates relocating, there are ways to make it less burdensome and even enjoyable as a family project. Here are some suggestions.

Plan a
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Confidential Job Hunting
by Calvin Bruce
Searching for a better employment opportunity can be a long, arduous task. Or, it may be a relatively quick and smooth operation. Either way, it pays to carry out a job search with as much confidentiality as possible. Otherwise, your career ambitions can be stymied by persons who become aware of your intentions but don't support your goals.


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Does The Boss Know You're Looking?
by Calvin Bruce
Suppose your senior partner, department head, or Chief of Staff calls you into his office and remarks: "I hear you're looking for another position. Is that true?" How should you respond? The answer depends, obviously, on whether you really are job hunting.

If you're not currently seeking to make a career move, you have nothing to worry about-p
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Telephone Interviewing Tips
by Calvin Bruce
One of the most important tools for advancing your career is literally at your fingertips-the telephone. Using the phone effectively can reduce the time spent in job hunting, as well as the stress associated with the interview process. Here are a few pointers for making telephone interviewing a productive - and even enjoyable - experience.


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