4 Book Recommendations for Professional Development in Nursing

1. Invaluable by Maya Grossman

Do you have audacious career goals and no idea how to take the first step? Despite having earned a degree or two, have you found it hard to transition from theory to practice and make things happen in the “real world”? If so, you are not alone. You were not provided with the proper skills to reach success―until now.

In Invaluable, marketing expert and career coach Maya Grossman uncovers the 10 soft skills that every professional needs to master to evolve from a “typical employee” to an “invaluable employee” ―the top talent every company wants to attract and retain.

2. How To Lead When You’re Not In Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority by Clay Scroggins

In How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge, author and pastor Clay Scroggins explains the nature of leadership and what’s needed to be a great leader, even when you answer to someone else.  In this book, Clay will walk you through the challenge of leadership and the four basic behaviors all great leaders have and how to cultivate them:

  1. Leading Yourself
  2. Choosing Positivity
  3. Thinking Critically
  4. Rejecting Passivity

3. Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear by Dr. Frank Luntz

In Words That Work, Luntz offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the tactical use of words and phrases affects what we buy, who we vote for, and even what we believe in. With chapters like “The Ten Rules of Successful Communication” and “The 21 Words and Phrases for the 21st Century,” he examines how choosing the right words is essential.

4. Professional Issues in Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities, 6th edition by Carol J. Huston 

Reflecting both enduring professional considerations and the most pressing contemporary issues facing the nursing profession, Professional Issues in Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities, 6th Edition, equips readers with proven, expert insight essential to success in today’s nursing practice.

This straightforward, engaging text challenges the reader to critically analyze issues and form their own assessments about the state of nursing and their role as a professional nurse, building the critical thinking and clinical judgment to effectively manage workplace considerations, workforce issues, legal and ethical concerns, nursing education challenges, and issues related to professional power and advancing the nursing profession.

6 Tips for Legal Nurse Consultants to Boost Productivity at Work

We are challenged daily to do more, plan more and accomplish more tasks. Psychologists spend hours studying ways to improve daily workflow, and some of what they’ve found is surprising.

  1. Know the difference between multitasking and limited distractions

    There are times when we need to be flexible and move from one assignment to the next due to client deadlines, etc. However, working on multiple tasks at the same time for one assignment can potentially obstruct your overall workflow. The brain can go into overload by switching back and forth between tasks. Instead, prioritize and focus on one task at a time, and don’t let the others distract you.

  2. Conquer difficult tasks first

    Prioritize your tasks by deadlines and level of difficulty when possible. If you can conquer the most difficult tasks first, you’ll be able to power through the rest of your tasks with ease. For example, when reviewing medical records, pharmacy records can be very detailed and tedious. If feasible, review those records first.

  3. Stay organized

    Each day, take a few minutes to re-evaluate your commitments, emails, meetings, etc. Taking the time to eliminate clutter will improve your workflow in the long run.

  4. Take regular breaks

    Studies show taking regular breaks will improve your workflow and ability to focus on prolonged tasks. Refresh your mind by stepping away from your computer and having a beverage or grabbing a quick snack. Recharge yourself by taking a 20-minute walk or stretching every few hours.

  5. Use dual screens

    Consider investing in a second monitor screen. Displaying records you’re reviewing on one screen and the document you’re writing up on a different screen will enhance your ability to read the records and saves time from toggling back and forth. It has been proven a much quicker way to work.

  6. Save your work

    Have you ever been plugging away on a project, and then all of a sudden, the dreaded error message pops up and you lose all of your most recent work?  It’s the worst. Especially when you realize you haven’t saved in two hours. Get into the habit of saving constantly.

9 Must Know Legal Terms for LNC’s: Part II (INFOGRAPHIC)

The foundation of  your work as Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) is based on an understanding of legal terms and concepts. The challenge at times is reaching a shared understanding of those terms and concepts.

Let’s go back to basics as we familiarize ourselves with common legal terminology. As a continuation to our original post 7 Must Know Legal Terms for LNC’s: Part I, we would like to expand the list to 9 additional terms: 

  1. Plaintiff: A plaintiff is the person or party who filed a lawsuit in a court of law. For deceased subjects, the plaintiff is usually the spouse or an adult child of the decedent, acting as the personal representative of the estate of the decedent.

  2. Decedent: The person who has died. In some cases, the lawsuit is brought by the personal representative or next-of-kin of the decedent.

  3. Defendant: The party sued by the plaintiff. There can be more than one defendant. 

  4. Complaint: Typically, once a demand is denied, the claimant files a complaint in a court. This claimant now becomes a plaintiff. A complaint is a pleading document filed by a plaintiff in a court of law that states the facts of the case, the legal basis for the lawsuit (or cause of action), the alleged wrongdoing of the defendant, the injury that resulted from the wrongdoing, and the damages sought by the plaintiff. 

  5. Injury: Injury is the harm suffered by the person, including (1) physical harm, such as disfigurement, additional surgery, (2) pain and suffering such as mental anguish, depression, anxiety; (3) loss of past and future income, (4) loss of enjoyment of life, (5) loss of consortium, (6) death, etc. In lawsuits, injuries are allegations and must be proved to a judge and/or jury.

  6. Products Liability: A products liability lawsuit refers to a lawsuit filed by a consumer typically against the manufacturer of the product based on design defects, manufacturing defects, or failure to warn against a product’s latent danger.

  7. Adverse Event (AE): An adverse event is an undesirable condition caused by the use of the product. 

  8. Verdict: A decision made by a judge or jury in a court of law about a disputed issue. In criminal cases, it’s guilty or not guilty. In medical malpractice, it’s negligent or not negligent. In Products liability, it’s whether the product was defective or whether the manufacturer failed to warn consumers of the dangerous side effects, etc. 

  9. Work Product: Confidential materials prepared in anticipation of litigation or for trial. 

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7 Must Know Legal Terms for LNC’s: Part I (Infographic)

Legal nurse consults (LNC’s) are registered nurses who use their education, experience, and specialized training to consult on medical issues in legal cases. A strong background in nursing allows them to bridge the gap between law and science.

Whether you’re new to the legal industry or a seasoned veteran, there are common terms that will frequent your vocabulary. Below is a list of the seven common legal terms. Use this infographic as a tool for yourself or for your clients and co-workers.

7 Legal Terms

Future Challenges in Recruitment for Legal and Medical Industries

Employment and recruitment challenges are on the horizon in the health care industry. Based on demographics, the workforce and retirement ratio will sky rocket in the next 5-10 years. Baby Boomers will begin retiring while Millennials will take over the majority of the workforce percentage.  In addition to demographic shifts, technological advances will continue to play a major role in affecting the workforce.

Yay for today!

Rapid advances in law, medicine and technology have revolutionized the legal and healthcare industries. As companies grow and adapt to these changes, the demand for qualified professionals has never been greater. Some corporations will need to reach out to staffing and recruitment agencies to assist in fulfilling their high demand for quick hiring to ensure quality candidates are selected to maintain a positive work environment and reputation as a  business.  Selecting, hiring and training the right employees can be challenging and costly, and the right employees can also be a critical component of business success.

All of us here at Advance Talent recognize these needs and are here to offer innovative workforce solutions to the legal and medical industries.

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