EQ/EI: The “Other” Skillset

The proper education, training, and experience are critical factors in qualifying for many employment opportunities within the healthcare sector. But just as crucial is an entirely different set of skills labeled and categorized as “emotional quotient” (EQ) or “emotional intelligence” (EI). Elaine Houston, positive psychology researcher and writer describes it as, “Emotional intelligence (EI) formsContinue reading “EQ/EI: The “Other” Skillset”

4 Strategies for Success as a Home Health Nurse

With 75 percent of Americans over age 65 and coping with the chronic health conditions related to aging, the growing need for home health care can only increase. In fact, according to CNBC, the job outlook for home health care nurses is expected to grow by 26 percent from 2016 to 2026,  much faster than most professions.  According to Bayada HomeContinue reading “4 Strategies for Success as a Home Health Nurse”

Keeping the Happy and Healthy in Christmas

“The true Christmas spirit is putting others’ happiness before our own, and finding you’ve never known such happiness.”               —Toni Sorenson “It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . . ” While that’s the goal and the intention, it’s often not the reality. Some folks admit, and lament, that the holiday season winsContinue reading “Keeping the Happy and Healthy in Christmas”

The WHY, WHEN, and HOW of Hand Washing

Each first full week of December, Henry the Hand promotes National Hand Washing Week. His mission? To bring awareness of how hand washing is the best way to prevent epidemics and pandemics. Henry reminds us that it’s the direct contamination of mucous membranes—our eyes, nose, or mouth—that allow infectious disease(s) to enter our body. CheckContinue reading “The WHY, WHEN, and HOW of Hand Washing”

6 Strategies Toward Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

“If we manage conflict constructively, we harness its energy for creativity and development.”                                                                                       – Kenneth Kaye Conflict in the workplace is inevitable. Personalities will clash. Disagreements will erupt. Stress will escalate minor irritations into mountains of maddening frustration. Cue lashing out and arguments that impede teamwork, productivity, and, ultimately, may hamper customer relations. TheContinue reading “6 Strategies Toward Conflict Resolution in the Workplace”

Improve Patient Care with a Focus on Soft Skills

The goal of every health care facility: hire the best, most qualified personnel for every position within the organization to provide the highest level of patient care. “Hiring the most-qualified healthcare providers is a complex task since you can’t rely solely on test scores and certifications. The criteria for employees who provide direct personal careContinue reading “Improve Patient Care with a Focus on Soft Skills”

The Realities of Violence in the Health Care Workplace

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 75 percent of the nearly 25,000 workplace assaults reported annually occur in health care and social service settings. OSHA further reports that workplace violence is four times more common in health care settings than in private industry, also stating that about one-tenth of the daysContinue reading “The Realities of Violence in the Health Care Workplace”

Strategies for a Healthy Staff this Winter

It’s not your imagination. All that coughing and sneezing everywhere you go? Yep, the common cold and the flu are more prevalent in the winter. “Rhinoviruses prefer colder temperatures, making it difficult not to succumb to the common cold once the thermometer plummets,” shares Yella Hewings-Martin Ph.D. Rachel Feltman adds, “As it turns out, theContinue reading “Strategies for a Healthy Staff this Winter”