How to Become a K-9 Officer

Some of the first personnel called to investigate the scene of a crime or disaster are often K-9 police officers and their canine companions. K-9 police officers are law-enforcement professionals who partner with highly-trained police dogs to execute police duties. These police dogs are a valuable asset to many police departments around the country. K-9… Read more »

4 Unique Criminal Justice Careers

Criminal justice careers span several areas including law enforcement, courts, corrections and security. Within these fields, there are specialties and areas of employment that professionals can choose from, such as forensics and opportunities with the federal government for individuals in law enforcement. Many of these careers require additional training to be qualified, but getting your… Read more »

The Importance of Employee Onboarding

Employee onboarding is a way to ensure the first experiences of new employees are positive. While employee orientation is a one-time event, employee onboarding is a long-term process designed to help newcomers acclimate to a company’s operations and culture. Implementing this process can be tricky. However, doing so effectively leads to substantially positive outcomes. Why… Read more »

Group Polarization in Social Psychology

In contemporary society, we see examples of group polarization growing day by day, in terms of politics, sports teams, and civic pride. Group polarization is defined as a phenomenon when “members of a deliberating group move toward a more extreme point in whatever direction is indicted by the members’ predeliberation tendency.” Group polarization leads to… Read more »

Coping With Addiction: 6 Dysfunctional Family Roles

Although individuals suffer, addiction is truly a family disease. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence states that addiction “stresses the family to the breaking point” and impacts family unity, mental and physical health, finances and overall family dynamics. Living with addiction also puts family members under “unusual stress” and can have a dangerous… Read more »

The Four Product Life Cycle Stages

Every product we encounter has a life cycle. The product life cycle has four stages, from its introduction in an office to the product’s decline and removal from store shelves. It’s imperative for a business to fully understand all four stages of the product life cycle. Misunderstanding or a lack of knowledge at any stage… Read more »

4 Types of Communication Styles

Every person has a unique communication style, a way in which they interact and exchange information with others. There are four basic communication styles: passive, aggressive, passive-aggressive and assertive. It’s important to understand each communication style, and why individuals use them. For example, the assertive communication style has been found to be most effective, because… Read more »

The Agenda-Setting Theory in Mass Communication

When major news happens, the world’s mass media organizations take notice. Whether it’s the President of the United States making an announcement or a severe storm battering a region, when it’s a story that affects people, the news media is on alert to cover it, providing viewers with the facts and information they need to… Read more »

The Case for Interprofessional Healthcare

Interprofessional collaborative healthcare is at the forefront of the latest advancements in nursing and patient care. An interprofessional collaborative approach to healthcare is defined by the American Nurses Association as the “integrated enactment of knowledge, skills, and values and attitudes that define working together across the professions, with other health care workers, and with patients,… Read more »

Nursing EBP and Why It Matters

Evidence-based practice (EBP) changes and improves the way nurses care for their patients every day. According to Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, and others in the American Journal of Nursing, evidence-based practice “is a problem-solving approach to the delivery of health care that integrates the best evidence from studies and patient care data with clinician… Read more »