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Professional Self-Improvement: 4 Tips to Stop Being Late

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 27, 2015 8:00:00 AM

You may think that being a few minutes late is no big deal. It's easy to assume that no one really minds when you're late, but the truth is that when you are late you are sending the message that you believe your time is more important than anyone else's time. Being late makes a bad impression and gives other people a reason to believe that you are behaving selfishly. Sure, we all run late every great now and then, but if you are chronically late it may be hurting you professionally and irritating people you care about. Kicking the bad habit of showing up late is a great self-improvement goal.

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement

A Career As a Nurse Never Looked So Good

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 25, 2015 8:00:00 AM

If you've ever considered a career in nursing, there's no better time than the present to make the leap. Nurses are in demand now more than ever, due to an aging population, medical care advancements, and the increase in people receiving health care due to the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, there are many people today that are living long lives with chronic diseases that need medical care. While the job security nursing provides is an attractive benefit of the field, there are many other reasons why nursing is an excellent career choice.

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Topics: Career Advice, Healthcare

Cut Out Those Distractions to Increase Your Productivity

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Distractions-- they're everywhere you turn today. When was the last time you talked to someone without pausing briefly to check your smart phone? You likely can't recall a time you completed a project without being interrupted by the buzz of your phone or the ding of your email. How many times a day do you pause to surf the internet or make small talk with a co-worker? Regardless of where you work and what you do, you're likely dealing with multiple distractions on a daily basis. They cost you time and productivity-- and they cost your company money.

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement, Productivity

Down Syndrome Model Makes A Splash At New York Fashion Week

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 20, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Changing the face of fashion is nothing new for designer Carrie Hammer, who has been displaying her fashion through her "Role Models Not Runway Models." Hammer made news last year when she featured a client of hers - Dr. Danielle Sheypuk - in her runway show. Sheypuk was the first woman to "walk" the runway in a wheelchair. Shortly after that Hammer featured a model that was a triple amputee.  This year, Hammer is doing it again, featuring Jamie Brewer, an actress on the popular FX series American Horror Story.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Speech Therapy Gets a Boost From Surgical Breakthrough For Deafness

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 18, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Jiya Bavishi was born profoundly deaf. Unable to hear the sounds and speech around her, she was given cochlear implants as a baby. Cochlear implants are given as early in life as possible to help facilitate the development of speech. Unfortunately, the Cochlear implants failed and Jiya's hearing did not improve.

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Topics: Healthcare

Circus Tricks Make Physical Therapy a Blast

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 16, 2015 8:00:00 AM

A common complaint about physical therapy is that it is difficult. This is a tough complaint for therapists to overcome because the goals of most therapy are to increase your tolerance, strength and stamina. It takes a lot of hard work to see improvements in these areas and while patients who have completed physical therapy are quick to say that it is worth all the effort, it can be hard to convince new patients that the pain and challenge are a necessary part of the process.

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Topics: Healthcare

5 Ways to Grow Your Influence Through LinkedIn

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Are you in Sales and wondering how you’re going to meet your next production goal?  Or, are you not in sales, but still want to contribute to your company's growth?   Whatever your role in an organization, finding new customers is a fundamental challenge for every business. If you’re looking to attract new business or service new clients, here are five ways to cultivate prospects through business focused social network.  

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Topics: Career Advice, Management & Leadership, LinkedIn Resources

Improving Eye Contact For Kids With Autism - There's An App For That!

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 11, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Technology has made all of our lives a little simpler and more convenient. We often wonder what we would do without our smartphones, laptops and online streaming. However, nothing quite compares to when people use technology to help solve big problems.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

6 Reasons to Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 9, 2015 8:00:00 AM

You might be familiar with the basic functions of an occupational therapist's job, but what about an occupational therapy assistant (OTA)? Many people are not even aware that this important role exists, yet OTA positions are on the rise across the country.  An OTA works with an OT to treat patients whose abilities to perform work and daily living activities are compromised by an injury, illness, or disability. Could a career as an OTA be right for you?

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Topics: Career Advice, Healthcare

6 Productivity Tips to Get the "Doo Doo" Off Your "To Do"

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 6, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Most employees can relate to the feeling: you arrive at work, take one glance at your to-do list for the day, and immediately feel overwhelmed. You don't know where to begin, because every task on your ever-growing list is important and worthy of your attention. However, the hallmark of all successful employees is the ability to prioritize-- that is, discerning which tasks are the most important to the success of their projects, their companies, and their careers.

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Topics: Self-Improvement, Productivity

5 Greatest Misconceptions About Nurses

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 4, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Myths about the nursing industry have circulated for years, perhaps largely due to the perception of nurses perpetuated by Hollywood. There have been countless medical dramas on TV over the last several years-- think Grey's Anatomy, House, Private Practice, and Nurse Jackie. Almost universally, they are depicted as smart but still inferior to doctors. Often, these characters are also sexualized; in fact, sexy nurse costumes are a popular choice for Halloween. The truth is that these professionals are a vital part of any health care team.

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Topics: Career Advice, Healthcare

3 Behavioral Health Charities Highlighted on Celebrity Apprentice

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Celebrity Apprentice is the perfect show to bring awareness to issues affecting our country, and this season behavioral health has finally received its voice! Thanks to three celebrity contestants that have founded, or picked, charities that help those with behavioral or developmental challenges, Americans are getting a dose of awareness, and hopefully are realizing how important these jobs are to our citizens.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Charity & Philanthropy

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