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Here’s How To Deal With Hospital Bullies

Individuals often need to develop stronger self-esteem and be more accountable for their words and actions; both can feel emotionally risky since they each require assuming more power and personal agency. Dealing with hospital bullies can be scary if we lack confidence; it can also exacerbate other insecure feelings (eg: being uncertain whether we’re right, or worrying about someone judging us). In addition, the workplace culture needs to be a safe environment for speaking up. Related: Five Ways To Keep Social Media From Hurting Your Career A confident person in a safe culture will feel comfortable saying, “I don’t know,” whereas a person with low or fragile self-esteem working in a culture where blaming or bullying exist may feel intimidated. For better or worse, this combination of individual and organizational behavior are ongoing and interrelated phenomena that impact communication. I’m always amazed at how powerful some toxic behaviors are and how unaware some professionals are of how their behavior impacts others. In my classes or workshops on organizational conflict, communication, and leadership, there always seems to be one or two notorious people; everyone in the organization knows them. They may be physicians, nurses, or administrative leaders; they may have a tendency towards aggressive or passive-aggressive behaviors, and no one knows quite what to do in response. Generally, such individuals constitute a relatively small number of people with a disproportionate amount of power....

5 Destinations for Your Medical Internship Abroad

As a medical student nearing the final year, there is a bucket list of things to do to complete the program. And one of the most important requirement is a medical internship abroad or at home. Are you interested in serving poor people who rarely receives medical treatment? Are you willing to work in an unfamiliar environment? Are you willing to work in a medical facility with substandard condition? If your answer is yes to any of these questions you are cut out for medical internships abroad. This is a brilliant way of sharing your gift of cure to people who don’t have access to reliable healthcare services. Make sure you do it for the right reasons. Internship in a foreign country is extremely rewarding. It will be a great opportunity to make a difference in other people’s lives and it will also completely change your world forever. Hera are 5 destination spots where your medical expertise will be put to good use. India India is one of the most dazzling countries in the world with many forms of development in the past few years. Social issues like poverty, illiteracy, poor sanitation and healthcare facilities have to be addressed in order to provide a better life to the people. With a population of about 1.3 billion the drawbacks outweigh its gains making it one of the poorest countries in...

Never Say These Eight Things To Nurses

Nurses may be seen as saints, but they can still get pushed over the edge when one too many ridiculous statements come their way. Here are eight comments that can trigger a nurse’s involuntary face-slapping reflex: 8. “Nursing is easy. Some nurses work three days a week!” Anyone who says this has never worked three 12-hour night shifts and picked up an extra shift in between. 7. “Which doctor do you assist?” Nurses work for and with others; they are not simply handmaidens to physicians. 6. “Why didn’t you become a doctor?” As if becoming a nurse is somehow “settling for less” or aiming too low. 5. “This isn’t like on TV.” You’re right; if this was TV, you’d be dashing, 6’2”, not in a hospital gown, and taking me in your arms right now. 4. “Are you going to give that stethoscope back to the doctor?” Not even going there. 3. “Do you only date doctors?” Nurses are usually only attracted to Dr. Scholls. 2. “What happened to nurse so-and-so?” Believe it or not, nurses do go home eventually. 1. “Hey nurse.” While we do take pride in our profession, we also have names; I am not a servant, a waitress, or an otherwise objectified minion. Originally syndicated from Nurse.org with...

Top Five Graduate Degree Careers and Jobs

If you are wondering what you should ‘get a masters in’ by going back to school, you may want to consider one of the 5 fastest growing careers that require a graduate degree. All five choices represent occupations with the most projected growth between 2016-26 as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), where the typical entry-level education is a master’s degree.i Earning a master’s degree is a big commitment. First, you likely want to make sure it’s worth the investment – of time, money and energy. In addition to considering your interest, it could be important to look towards your future career. Why not match your strengths with some solid data about job growth and salary potential? You could explore topics you love while preparing to pursue a potentially dynamic career path in the future. What Are the 5 Fastest Growing Careers That Require a Graduate Degree? The fastest growing careers that require a graduate degree are: (1) Physician Assistant – PA, (2) Nurse Practitioner – NP, (3) Statistician, (4) Mathematician, (5) Genetic Counselor. ii Just what does it mean to be in this category? Fastest Growing Careers That Require a Graduate Degree Courtesy of gradschools.com   Employment Outlook for the Fastest Growing Careers With a Graduate Degree (2016-2026) The number one factor in determining the top 5 fastest growing careers requiring a graduate degree is the employment outlook from 2016-2026. This is a...

The Pros and Cons of Having Dyslexia

Dyslexia can be described as a general term for disorders that hinder one’s ability to read and interpret words, pictures, and other visuals. While this condition can’t be cured, there are  treatment options available for those diagnosed with dyslexia and can be identified easily at an early age. Did you know that 10% of the population in the UK suffer from the disorder? Over 700 million people worldwide suffer from the disorder. Dyslexia brings along many unexpected boons, such as high creativity and superior thought processing, and can easily be overcome with the right specialist, attention, tutoring, therapy, and other treatment options. Famous figures such as Steven Spielberg and Albert Einstein suffered from the disease, so it is definitely possible to become a successful person even with the disorder. Researchers are working day-to-day looking for ways at a better quality of life for dyslexics. For example, the BBC reports that a new typeface – Dyslexie – helps dyslexics read, by tweaking some of the characters. There are even applications such as Snaptype and Mental Note developed for individuals with visual impairments. How does dyslexia affect the human person? How can dyslexic individuals challenge themselves to overcome its impairments? Here is an infographic by Wooden Toy Shop detailing its challenges and gifts, and how to learn and succeed despite its setbacks. The Challenges and Gifts of Dyslexia by Wooden Toy...

The Success of the Vaping Market

E-cigarettes, also known as ‘vaping’ is one of the biggest growing markets in the world, with the number of consumers increasing from 2.8 million in 2013 to a dizzying 6.1 million in 2016. That’s a rise of 120%! In this piece, we’ll look at who’s vaping, where it’s become the most popular, how the vaping market has boomed, which devices most people are using and even which e-liquid flavors are the most sort after. A JAMA Report claims that Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are becoming increasingly popular among teens. A new study looks at whether younger teens who never smoked cigarettes and who begin using e-cigarettes might be more likely to go on to use conventional tobacco products. Researchers from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles surveyed more than 2,300 Los Angeles area high school students who reported never using tobacco products at the beginning of 9th grade. The students were surveyed again six months later and also when entering the 10th grade. In a comparison of teens who had used e-cigarettes to those who had not, the researchers found that those who had used e-cigarettes were four times more likely to have gone on to use conventional tobacco products, including cigarettes and cigars. The researchers acknowledge that their findings, while suggestive, cannot prove that e-cigarette use directly causes subsequent tobacco use. Infographic Source: Smoke without fire! by Grey...

Four Ways to be Merry While Working on Christmas Day

Are you on a hospital shift this Christmas? It stinks, but you have to shake the feeling of irritation or it will hound you all day. Even though the occasion should be celebrated among loved ones don’t let the Grinch steal your joy. Look at the bright side: there are patients and coworkers in the same boat. Instead of being the sullen one, take it as an opportunity to show the true spirit of the season. How can you make the holiday work merry? Plan ahead The work rotation didn’t happen overnight, it was released in advance so plan ahead. Notify your family and make adjustments, rearrange some of your valued Christmas traditions to a time when you are not working. If you are scheduled on the day shift to celebrate on Christmas Eve. Kids don’t mind opening presents any time, so open these when you’re around and leave some behind for Christmas Day. You might find a co-worker who is willing to trade shifts. Trim your workplace Christmas celebration is about decoration that makes a place cheerful. Decorate the pantry or the nurse station it will bring a festive atmosphere that will bring joy to you and your coworkers. Have each coworker bring a decoration that they would use at home, it’ll go a long way. Remember, it’s the season to celebrate, enjoy the moment. Rub the Christmas spirit...