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Snap a selfie and enter holiday flair giveaway!

Nurses, you brighten your patients’ day every day. But around the holidays, everyone can use a little cheering up, especially if a patient is ill, undergoing tests, or recovering from surgery. It doesn’t take much to add a little holiday flair, but the return on investment is big, in the form of smiles and laughs.

The team here at Scrubbed In and encourage you to spruce up your work wear with some extra holiday accessories to get your fellow nurses and your patients in the spirit. Take your selfie and then enter it on's #HolidayNurseSelfie Facebook page between Dec. 18-27, 2014.

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The nurse preceptor: What’s in your toolkit?

As we greet new nurses into the profession, many are called upon to precept both new graduate nurses, as well as experienced nurses moving into a new specialty area. What does it take to be a great preceptor? These are the tools we’ve identified as the most important to have in your preceptor toolkit.

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Tired of being tired? Tips to rise and shine

Is it possible to make morning more pleasant, even if you’re not a morning person? Yes, but much of the morning payoff actually starts with how you end your night. Follow these healthy sleep and wake-up tips for an easier morning:

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Book Review: ‘Critical Conversations in Healthcare’

According to the American Hospital Association, the present healthcare environment poses a number of barriers to effective communication, including shorter hospital stays, more technologically complex medical care, and constrained resources. In “Critical Conversations in Healthcare: Scripts & Techniques for Effective Interprofessional & Patient Communication,” Cheri Clancy, MSN, MS, RN, NE-BC covers how to approach the daily communication challenges healthcare workers face.

“Critical Conversations in Healthcare” covers the gamut of communication issues, from differing communication styles and emotional intelligence to interprofessional coaching and improving the patient experience.

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Songs for when you need a good cry

You've had a bad day. We've all been there. A while ago, we published an upbeat songs playlist to make you feel good after a tough nursing day. But sometimes the only way to let it all go is with a good, cathartic cry session. So this time, we made a playlist filled with sad and poignant songs that will be sure to let those tears spring free.

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Friends and stress (plus 10 ways to foster work friendships)

Work friends make us feel a whole lot better in times of stress.

Why is that?

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50 reasons to thank a nurse, today & everyday

Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings. And of course, we have many. But it's also a great time of year to accept thanks from others. Here are 50 reasons a nurse deserves thanks. There are millions more.

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7 ways to thank a nurse

As Thanksgiving approaches, we spend more time thinking about the meaning of “thanks.” To me, thanks means “in humble appreciation.” Here are 7 ways to show a nurse appreciation. The seventh is our bonus gift from to you — because the nursing community makes what it is, and for that, we thank you.

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Quick Tips: Are you a perfectionist? The pros & cons

“Nurse” and “perfectionism” go together like peanut butter and jelly. Many nurses strive to a high level of excellence and refuse to accept less from themselves. While this is a beneficial asset, and what makes nurses such effective caregivers, having perfectionistic tendencies can also get in the way of success.

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Bath soaks for weary muscles

From transferring patients to walking miles along the same hallways, a nurse’s muscles are always in need of a little TLC. Epsom salts have long been used as a method for easing muscular aches and pains. Combined with the healing properties of essential oils — and oh! Do they smell divine — you’re on your way to blissful relief. These muscle soaks are as delicious as they are soothing.

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