8 Ways to Develop Leadership Skills

“While there are ‘natural born leaders,’ that phrase leads many to believe that when it comes to leadership…either you have it or you don’t. That belief couldn’t be further from the truth.” —Entrepreneur contributor Michael Noice Leadership is a skill that you can learn and develop like any other skill. And leadership isn’t only for managers…. Read more »

Boss vs. Leader: 10 Crucial Differences

The saying “people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers” may have some truth behind it. A 2015 Gallup Poll of 7,272 U.S. adults found that at some point in their career, one in two had left their job to get away from their manager. Only one in three people are engaged at work, and managers… Read more »

Behavioral Health vs Mental Health

For every 10 people in a doctor’s office, seven are there seeking care for reasons related to behavioral health, according to the Maine Health Access Foundation (MEHAF). These issues can include depression, anxiety, diabetes management, weight loss, smoking cessation and drinking or drug use problems. This has led a growing number of healthcare providers to… Read more »

The Worsening Heroin Epidemic in Pennsylvania

NPR reports two high schools in Berks County losing six former students to heroin overdose within two years. One high school student did heroin in the school bathroom before class. She collapsed in class but survived the “close call,” and now the middle and high schools stock naloxone, the fast-acting antidote, in the event of… Read more »

The Hidden Cost of Employee Turnover

Employee turnover is expensive, affects business performance and can become increasingly difficult to manage, says the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Unfortunately, some companies are unaware of the true cost of employee turnover. They “may inadvertently plant the seeds” for losing top-performing employees or those with in-demand skills. This ignorance can lead to an… Read more »

Word of Mouth Marketing: 5 Strategies That Work

Word of mouth marketing “has been identified as the most valuable form of marketing,” says Forbes contributor Kimberly Whitler. A Nielsen study of 28,000 internet respondents in 56 countries found that 92 percent believe recommendations from friends and family over all forms of marketing. Despite 64 percent of marketing executives indicating that word of mouth… Read more »

The Power of Storytelling in Business

“Persuasion is the centerpiece of business activity,” Bronwyn Fryer writes in Harvard Business Review. “But despite the critical importance of persuasion, most executives struggle to communicate, let alone inspire. Too often, they get lost in the accoutrements of companyspeak: PowerPoint slides, dry memos, and hyperbolic missives from the corporate communications department.” Thankfully, companies are exchanging… Read more »

A Guide to Community Health Nursing

All nurses work to improve health outcomes and help monitor and manage disease. But community health nurses work in traditional public health settings and focus on the overall health of an entire community or multiple communities. Community health nursing is also known as public health nursing. Roles and Responsibilities “Nurses in community health work with… Read more »

A Guide to Culturally Competent Nursing Care

Cultural respect is vital to reduce health disparities and improve access to high-quality healthcare that is responsive to patients’ needs, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Nurses must respond to changing patient demographics to provide culturally sensitive care. This need is strikingly evident in critical care units. “As an emergency room nurse in… Read more »

Creating a Successful Telecommuting Policy

A telecommuting policy defines how employees can work remotely and the procedures that remote workers should follow. The policy focuses on helping employees understand how to work from home without technical or organizational issues. Companies that offer remote work on a regular, occasional or full-time basis should consider the following topics for developing a successful… Read more »