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How to communicate better in the clinic and in the lab

How to Improve Clinical and Lab Communication

  Good communication comes in handy a hundred times a day, but in a healthcare setting, it’s a matter of life and death. Decades of studies have shown a clear and significant correlation between a clinician’s ability to explain, listen, and empathize with biological and functional health outcomes — not to mention patient satisfaction. With ...

An Interview with Lifetime Learner Keith Cunningham

A Lifetime of Learning for Ameritech Graduate Keith Cunningham

For nurse Keith Cunningham, lifelong learning isn’t just a philosophy. The 53-year-old former small business owner recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He’s taking a year off from school to get a few certifications, then he plans to return for a master’s degree. “You’re never too old to set a new goal or ...

Organize your Schedule for Better Time Management

When Deadlines Attack: Time Management Tips

It’s one of those dreams: You’re back in high school, and you’re late for an exam, and you can’t find your classroom. Or you have a paper due, but you didn’t do it. Stress from unmet due dates and too much work can seep into our dreams and lead to anxiety-fueled nightmares. Good news: Time ...

National School Backpack Awareness Day

National School Backpack Awareness Day

People with back pain, raise your hands! If you were reading this out loud in a crowded room, you’d see a lot of hands. How about this: People with giant, heavy backpacks, raise your hands! Is it a coincidence that, again, you’d see a sea of hands? Not at all. Wearing a heavy backpack over time ...

Flashcards for Study Memorization

Best Practice Flashcards

Flashcards! For having such a flashy name, the humble flashcard is far from the most exciting part of a healthcare student’s study routine. For many, the flashcard makes us think of our awkward middle school years, inking geography or biology words and definitions on the front and back of white index cards. It’s hard to ...

Start Strong: 4 Tips for a Great Semester

As the shadows get longer, the nights turn crisp, and summer comes to an end, it’s back to school for millions of students across the country. For college students starting or returning for nursing or other healthcare degrees, it’s exciting to take a big step toward a new career. A few ideas to keep in ...

The Balancing Point: Splitting Work and Home Lives in a Healthy Manner

  As healthcare professionals, we want to have it all. We want to be recognized for our great ideas and quality work. At the same time, we want to be loving, engaged parents or partners. But our work and home selves often conflict, when both seem to struggle for our full attention at every turn. ...

5 Ways Nurses Can Improve Their Sleep Habits

You know how fantastic you feel after one night of great sleep: happy, alert, engaged. And we all know the bleary-eyed drudgery the day after getting no rest. Nurses face special challenges when it comes to establishing good sleep habits: night shifts and changing schedules, high-pressure workdays, and emotional entanglements with patients, just to name ...