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New App for the Working (Nurse) Parent

Technology, at its best, is a way to stay connected. That’s perhaps no more important than when you’re a working nurse parent. This is where a new app, called Tykester, comes in handy.

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Start a Nurse Book Club

Starting a book club on your nursing unit will open the lines of communication, shed light on some of the issues you face in the workplace, and even boost camaraderie. Better yet, invite some of your co-worker docs along to help nurture those relationships and promote a greater degree of teamwork. These five picks are a good place to start when choosing your very first book club read. Or if you already have a book club, one of these might be a refreshing change from the kinds of books you've been reading.

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4 Health Policy Websites Worth Visiting

Many nurses care greatly about health policy. We want a voice in Washington, both for the health and longevity of our profession, and the quality of healthcare for our patients and ourselves. But most of us don't even know where to begin. Or have never used our voice before and wonder if it will make any difference at all. These four websites are a great place to start if you're ready to become a nurse advocate and want to learn more.

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10 Essential Tips for the Nurse Mentor

As a mentor, you make a promise to help guide a nurse, often a newer nurse, through the early stages of his or her career.

But what does that really mean?

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Bring a Summer Picnic to Work

One of the downsides of the 12-hour shift: missing out on a fabulous summer day. But you don’t need to lose out completely. Bring summer indoors with an old-fashioned picnic at work. Use these classic-with-a-twist-recipes as a template for a delicious start.

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5 Volunteer Opportunities for RNs

Volunteering may be the spark that reignites your old flame for nursing. The ability to do the kind of work you want to do, the number of hours you’d like to devote, and to help people in a way that sometimes isn’t possible in a paid job. Being a nurse volunteer is also a great way to make connections, learn new skills and network. You never know what might lay ahead — volunteering is a way to test the waters and allow your confidence to soar.

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Quick Tips Series: Science Poster Success

Creating a science poster isn’t exactly brain surgery. But making a visually effective poster that will represent your research and make an impact isn’t as simple as it sounds, either.

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Nurse Entrepreneur Series: Q&A With Susan Scherer, RN, Founder of RN Cancer Guides

Welcome to our Nurse Entrepreneur Series. This edition features Susan Scherer, RN, BSN, OCN. In July 2013, Susan began a new chapter in her nursing career, founding RN Cancer Guides, a professional oncology nursing navigator service through which patients can rely on advocacy and guidance in their cancer treatment journey.

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Nurses in the News

A look at what the lay news media is doing right when it comes to turning to nurses for expert opinion and highlighting the exceptional work nurses do. Keep it up, news media!

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Tattoos: A Nursing Taboo?

Should tattoos affect a patient’s perception of their nurse? In recent decades, tattoos have experienced a bit of a renaissance, and are enjoyed by people of all walks of life, including professionals. However, the crossover has posed a new set of challenges in the healthcare environment.

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