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Cynthia Dusseault

About Cynthia Dusseault

Cynthia Dusseault is a professional freelance writer with both a health and an education background. A former medical radiation technologist and elementary school teacher, she realized that no matter what she did, she was drawn to any task that involved writing, so she decided, over a decade ago, to write full-time. Since then, she has written for a variety of magazines and websites including Nursing PRN, National Review of Medicine, University Affairs, Your Health, Education Leaders Today, Today's Parent, Children's Playmate, WeightWatchers.ca and many more.She has written about topics such as asthma, genital herpes, circumcision, teleradiology, body art, learning disabilities and exercise trends, and she absolutely adores the fact that writing—particularly doing the research for the articles she writes—makes her a lifelong learner.

The one thing nurses shouldn’t put off

The one thing nurses shouldn’t put off

Before this year comes to an end and the new one is upon you, put yourself first for a while. That’s right. Spend some time making a plan that will keep you from ignoring yourself any longer.

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Tips on how to thank nurses (a helpful guide for your manager)

Just a little gratitude goes a long way. Here’s a list of ways that your bosses can make your life just a little sweeter. Just print it out and post it anonymously in the nurse’s station, the break room, and drop it on your manager’s desk as you walk by…

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Will nursing be the highest paid job of the future?

Wage trends? We’ve got ’em here. And you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the results (maybe they’ll influence your choice of specialty, too!)….

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Would you break up with coffee for this energy booster?

Here it is upfront: oatmeal! You probably ate it for breakfast as a kid, and if you did, you probably had tons of energy. Here’s why nurses in particular should try it (and not just ANY oatmeal…)

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Do you make these 3 common charting mistakes?

Time for a little refresher on charting! You may be surprised at how easy it is to flub up. Have you ever made these errors?

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Nursing salary preview: What can RNs expect in 2012?

It’s important to remember that RN salaries are dependent on several factors, including location, nursing discipline, certifications and experience.

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Divvying up a nursing salary

As a nurse, you get paid relatively well, and your salary will keep going up as you stay in this profession. Here’s a snapshot of one income and how to both cover costs + save.

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Four common allergens at work—and how nurses can combat them

More than half of Americans test positive to at least one allergen. This means that more than half of the individuals in any one occupational group—including nurses, of course—are allergic to something.

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Simple ways for nurses to pay tribute to parents and parenting

There are so many way to pay tribute to parents. Your imagination is the limit.

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10 cures for frazzled nurses: shortcuts for an easier day

“Real time documentation” and “Learning to remove yourself politely” are just two ideas to help you maintain your sanity.

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Dissecting the “sexy nurse” stereotype

Unfortunately, the simple truth is there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. The “sexy nurse” stereotype seems to be as strong as it ever was.

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Why dress codes for nurses are making a comeback

For much of the past decade, there has been a sort of “anything goes” policy in hospitals and nursing schools regarding how nurses and nursing students can dress and thereby express their individuality. That’s starting to change.

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10 great gifts for CNAs

If you work with a CNA and want to show your appreciation for the work she or he does, here are 10 ideas for gifts that are sure to please.

All in the family: A nursing story in honor of Father’s Day

All in the family: A nursing story in honor of Father’s Day

Denich enjoys sharing the story of how he became a nurse, and what it’s like to be the father in a family of nurses.

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Cool ways that Nurses Week will be celebrated in 2011

There are likely National Nurses Week events happening where you work or study. Here’s a sampling of what’s happening around the country.