Archives for Careers

Nurses respond to growing diversity in health care

(BPT) – Since 2010, legislation outlined in the Affordable Care Act has and will continue to guide the U.S. health care system through a series of changes that will allow it to adapt to innovation, technological advances and the needs of millions of new patients. The industry is rapidly evolving to respond to unprecedented challenges, including the rising demand for patient care. Industry-leading organizations, including the American Nurses Association (ANA), are taking proactive steps to prepare for this shift. In a letter to ANA members and colleagues, ANA President Karen A. Daley says the organization will “advocate for a system
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Surprising, practical budgeting tools for college kids

As millions of young people start the long, expensive process to embark on, or continue, their college journey, many parents are shaking their head about their child’s personal finance skills, or lack thereof. If your child has issues managing their (or your) personal finances, now is the time to start considering your options. The average college grad is $ 35,200 in debt, with $ 3,000 of that coming from credit cards, according to a 2013 Fidelity survey of college graduates. In that same survey, 39 percent said they would have changed their behavior to get into less debt if they
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Eight ways to help kids hone their homework habits

(BPT) – Helping children with their homework requires more than an understanding of the subject matter, whether it’s algebra or world literature. To help children succeed throughout the school year, it’s important for parents to nurture positive study habits and organizational skills, and provide kids with a home environment that fosters concentration. “Whether your kids are just learning to read, write and spell, or they are studying for the SATs, we parents have an opportunity to help instill work and study habits that will stick with our children for life,” says education and parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba, who is
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Your back-to-campus cyber security checklist

Computers, tablets and mobile devices are fundamental for college students to learn, study and stay connected. With more and more devices being used on campus, college officials are feeling the pain of trying to keep their networks and data safe from ever-increasing threats. Cyber security is a big concern in higher education, as colleges and universities store copious amounts of data, making it a goldmine for online criminals. Students often bring their own computers and mobile devices to campus and they use these personal devices to access the university’s network. As a result, it is easier for hackers to gain
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Tips for college-bound students

(BPT) – Transitioning from high school to college is a big deal. Beyond the overwhelming college application process, many students wrestle with questions about their major, career goals, moving away from home and financing college expenses. Many college officials worry that high school students are not prepared for college. They say the key to a successful college experience is preparation. “College is about finding out what you love,” says Sean Wagner, associate vice president of Phi Delta Theta, an international fraternity serving more than 11,000 students. “Instead of looking back from where you came, you need to imagine where you’ll
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Advice for small businesses poised to hire their first employee

(BPT) – For small-business owners, hiring a first employee is a significant milestone – one that directly affects the company’s growth, future success and culture. Hiring staff means enhancing your business’ ability to grow, but it also presents unique challenges. From affirming that the person you hire has the credentials to do the job and is the right personality fit for your organization, to ensuring you don’t run afoul of payroll taxes, workers’ compensation and other legal requirements, making that first hire requires a lot of preparation. When you’re getting ready to make that first all-important hire, keep some guidelines
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Be a real life hero: Taking on the most impossible missions and doing whatever it takes to keep America safe

(BPT) – When the Navy needs to complete seemingly impossible missions or track elusive targets, the job is often assigned to Naval Special Warfare (NSW) or Naval Special Operations (NSO) teams. These elite men and women work with dedication and intense courage in locations all over the world, and in every possible climate, to neutralize potential threats. Although the young men and women interested in pursuing a career in the NSW/NSO community do not need to have a college degree to excel in these challenging environments, they do need to be specially trained to work closely and efficiently with other
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Serving God and your country: Be the one service members seek to provide constant spiritual guidance both at home and overseas

(BPT) – Whatever their backgrounds, beliefs and duties, Sailors have religious needs that must be met while they are answering the call to serve their country.  They need guidance, moral support and worship opportunities – services especially critical to help guide them through the challenges of the job and family life.   Establishing religious support for service members isn’t anything new. Back in 1775, the Continental Congress recognized the importance of religion for Sailors, and required that services be held on Continental Congress ships. Later, during World War II, large numbers of civilian clergy stepped forward and enlisted to meet
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Tips for managing your career on social media

(BPT) – Whether you are a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, at some point you’ll likely find yourself searching for a new job. And as you start your job search, it’s important to understand the impact your use of social media may have on your career. The hard truth: You can’t be too cautious when it comes to participating in social media. According to a 2012 CareerBuilder.com survey, 37 percent of employers check sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter in their research of candidates. And the employer scrutiny of social media takes on a whole new dimension for
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Staying at the top of your game

(BPT) – We feel our best when we do our best. At the top of our game is where we all want to be. This is as true in the workplace as it is on the basketball court. But to stay at the top of your game at work and in life, you need to stay primed – ready for that next big play. It requires staying alert; keeping your skills sharp; and hearing your best. That’s right – hearing your best. Listening doesn’t typically come to mind as a highly coveted job skill. But the truth is, listening is
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