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National Nurses Week Recognizes Nurses’ Leadership (May 6 -12)

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 30, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Patients often recognize that a nurse is the health care professional with whom they and their families have the most direct contact. But they might not realize that nurses also are leaders in improving the quality of care and expanding access to care. That’s why May 6-12 is celebrated as National Nurses Week, an annual opportunity for communities to recognize the full range of nurses’ contributions.

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Topics: Career Advice, Behavioral Health, Healthcare

HR Concepts & Interview Skills You Can Learn From Watching "Sherlock"

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 28, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Sherlock Holmes is the quintessential detective whose name springs to mind whenever a mystery has to be solved.  Invented by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the late nineteenth century, he has gone through many incarnations, from his first screen appearance in Sherlock Holmes Baffled, which was made in 1900, to the more recent productions starring Robert Downey Jr.

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Topics: Management & Leadership, Staffing & Onboarding

This is What Social Workers Really Do!

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 24, 2014 3:30:00 PM

Most people think of social workers as the professionals that staff government-run child protection or social service agencies, working with low income families. These social workers’ daily duties include helping people apply for benefits such as welfare and food stamps, investigating child abuse reports, conducting home visits and arranging foster home placements for children and adolescents.

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Topics: Career Advice, Behavioral Health

Today is All About CYA -- Celebrate Your Admin! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 23, 2014 9:37:00 AM

The last full week of April marks the annual observance of Administrative Professionals week and the Wednesday of that week honors Administrative Professionals Day.  During this time period, if prompted to mention your favorite Administrative Professional, you may be quick to blurt out Karen Walker from "Will & Grace", Pam Beesly from "The Office", or maybe even Waylon Smithers from "The Simpsons".  However, before you speak, you may want to bestow that honor on someone a little closer to home.

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Topics: Management & Leadership, Employee Relations, Infographic

What Connectors & Mavens Can Teach You About Staffing

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 21, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Malcolm Gladwell is a well known writer who contributes to The New Yorker and has written a number of bestsellers like Blink, The Tipping Point, Outliers and David and Goliath.  Gladwell often has a lot to say about what it takes to succeed in our current world.

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Topics: Career Advice, Staffing & Onboarding

Behavioral Health Opportunities Expand Under Affordable Care Act

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 17, 2014 2:50:00 PM

With the expansion of health care benefits provided by the Affordable Care Act, behavioral health career opportunities are expanding as well. Over the past several years there has been a shift from treating medical and behavioral conditions as separate concerns to treating the whole person: recognizing that the mind and body work together to facilitate or impede one’s overall health.

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Topics: Career Advice, Behavioral Health, Job Search Advice

Why Recruiting Firms Should be a Part of Your Staffing Strategy

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 16, 2014 8:00:00 AM

It may seem self-serving to write an article about why a recruiting firm should be part of your staffing strategy. However, with the myriad of online career communities, I thought it would be prudent to raise a few issues about what separates professional recruiters from LinkedIn, for example.

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Topics: Benefits of a Staffing Firm

What Can We Learn About Temp or Perm Work from Game of Thrones?

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 14, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Now that Season 4 of Game of Thrones is out, fans are all waiting anxiously to see what’s going to happen to some of their favorite characters.  Has the unholy pairing of Jaime and Cersei been broken up?  Will another Stark lose his or her life in the battle against the Lannisters?  How long until Daenerys’ dragons are old enough to help her get back her rightful place on the throne of King’s Landing?  Whether you are already working or still looking for a temp or perm work, there are, surprisingly enough, quite a few things you can learn from Game of Thrones about advancing in your career.

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Topics: Career Advice

Prevent Child Abuse Through Work in Behavioral Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 10, 2014 4:21:00 PM

April marks the start of National Child Abuse Prevention Month around the country. Since 1984, the United States has observed National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time for communities to focus on supporting and building the emotional and social well being of all families and children in their communities. It is also a time to acknowledge that child abuse can be prevented by communities and families working together.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

HR Tips from Hannibal: Think Like Your Employees

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 9, 2014 8:30:00 AM

In the TV show Hannibal, the main character Will Graham is hired to help solve serial murder cases because he has the unique ability of being able to think like a psychopath without actually being one.  This is not to say that Will has no mental issues whatsoever.  He himself is sociopathic and has trouble feeling normal emotions in everyday life.  However, he is not a psychopath.  The show revolves around Will’s increasing closeness with the psychopath Hannibal who, strangely enough, considers him a friend and is obsessed with how his mind works.  Eventually, it’s up to Will to prove that Hannibal is a serial killer himself.

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Topics: Staffing & Onboarding

When It Makes Sense to Have Temporary Staff

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 7, 2014 9:58:00 AM

Whether you have a start-up that you just created or you are a huge corporation, one of the most crucial decisions you have to make is whether to designate positions as permanent jobs or temporary.  On the one hand, temporary staff are cheaper and easier to maintain. On the other hand, having permanent workers builds a stronger relationship between the individual(s) and the employer. Here are some factors that tip the balance in the favor of hiring temporary workers.

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Topics: Benefits of a Staffing Firm, Behavioral Health, Healthcare, Staffing & Onboarding

April is Occupational Therapy Month -- Celebrate Living Life!

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 3, 2014 3:05:00 PM

Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapist, OT, COTAApril is National Occupational Therapy Month, a time to Celebrate Living Life to Its Fullest!  Occupational Therapy is a client-based practice that focuses on making progress towards the client's goals, usually developing, recovering, or maintaining those skills necessary for living and working. 

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Topics: Healthcare

Top 10 Fun Ways To "Light It Up Blue" For Autism Awareness

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 2, 2014 8:00:00 AM

The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.
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Topics: Behavioral Health

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