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    Death came to visit

    A cautionary tale: Children are not always the best medical POA. Appoint someone who is able to listen to medical advice and understand it. My mother-in-law appointed her daughter as her medical POA. She spent her last 3 months of life in and out of hospitals and nursing homes. The daughter made terrible decisions that were against the advice of the doctors and nursing staff at both facilities. This caused my mother-in-law to spend her last few months in a tremendous amount of pain. She could have had a peaceful transition with the help of hospice. But the daughter refused to listen to anyone except herself. Make sure that your medical POA can listen to medical advice, is able to understand or ask people who do understand to explain what is being said AND asks you what you want. This person can have a lot of input into how you end your life.
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    Remembering the Nurse-Patient Relationship

    I whole heartedly agree that nurses are pressed for time. We need to always always always have excellent time management skills. I am always baffled at the nurses I work with who have time during the shift for playing Candy Crush, updating their Facebook pages, endlessly texting and discussing their personal lives in detail. And then they complain that they do not have enough time to spend with their patients!!
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    Hard and Soft Skills

    To improve your soft skills, take a class in customer service. Hopefully, teaching customer service skills will one day be part of a nursing degree.
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    Nursing Salary Survey 2014

    Geographic location: Cleveland Ohio Pay rate: $26.91 per hour In which area / specialty do you work? Med/Surg What type of license do you have (RN or LPN)? RN What type of degree and/or certification do you have? BSN How many years of experience do you have? 5 years Are you full-time, part-time, or casual / per diem / PRN status? Full Time What shift do you work? Rotating 12 hour shifts Do you receive any shift differential? 1.50 weekday nights, 1.00 weekend days, 2.00 weekend nights Are you a manager or supervisor? No
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    Behavior That Just Shouldn't Fly

    With HCAHPS becoming more important, hospitals will have to address this issue. My hospital is initiating customer service training for all employees. HCAHPS currently only affect Medicare reimbursements, but analysts are betting that they will soon be used to determine all reimbursement rates.
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    New Grad Freaking out about jobs

    Are BSNs having any more luck finding jobs than ADNs or Diplomas of Nursing? I'm just starting nursing school in August. Good luck to everyone.
  7. Thanks for all the input. I have an MBA, have finished my nursing prerequisites and have applied to 2 nursing schools. One is an accelerated program and one is a diploma of nursing. If I do not get accepted into the accelerated proram, will my MBA help me get my first job???? Thanks!