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5 Reasons to start reading right now

 

Reading offers benefits to your health and your happiness. There is scientific evidence that it can make you feel better. Getting in the habit can make a difference.

 

 

 

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

 

Why you should read every day:

 

  1. Your brain – reading stimulates your brain, keeping it active. Like your body, your brain needs exercise too and reading fits the bill. It boasts your brain power and improves your memory. The act of keeping track of characters, plot lines, etc. can actually create new brain pathways which help your memory. And reading can reduce your chance of getting Alzheimer’s by 2.5% a study found.

 

  1. Intelligence – acquiring more knowledge is never a bad thing. Having more information increases your ability to handle situations at work and in your daily life. It can improve your critical thinking skills. In addition, you might add new words to your vocabulary. All of this can make your smarter.

 

  1. It’s fun – Reading can make you happy because it’s enjoyable. There’s nothing better than a well written story that excites your imagination. Good stories can teach you about other people, cultures and make you laugh. Remember when you were a kid and you’d devour a book and love it. You still can.

 

  1. Reduce your stress – when you’re engrossed in a book, you’re focus on something other than yourself and your problems. It can take you to another world, a different time and that can reduce your level of stress and help you relax.

 

  1. Improve your sleep – we all need it and reading may just help you sleep better. Instead of using the television to put you to sleep, turn it off and pick up a book. It will relax you and help you fall asleep.

 

So every day take a few minutes to read. Your brain and your body will be happy you did! Enjoy.

 

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”    Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

 

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Cover letters are not dead!

A well written cover letter can help you stand out from all the other candidates. When it’s done correctly, a cover letter highlights your skills and experience and shows why you’re the right person to meet and interview for the job.

 

Using a cover letter is a good way to distinguish yourself and get the hiring authority’s attention while showing them why you are qualified for the position.

Cover letter tips to make yours stand out: 

  1. Must be well written – Edit your words to make your letter top notch. Be sure there are no typos, spelling or grammatical errors and that it’s formatted correctly. And don’t forget to proofread.
  2. Not too long – one page, a few well composed paragraphs that gets to the point.
  3. Remember its goal – the reason why – why you are qualified for the job. Use it to sell you and your relevant skills. Be specific and concise.
  4. Don’t duplicate your resume – it should focus on the skills and knowledge that match the position and complements your resume
  5. Be specific to the job and company – Review the job description and use that to help you target your letter and customize it to the position Tip: use their keywords when you can.
  6. It’s your career / business narrative so make it interesting

How to format a cover letter:

  • Heading/Greeting – Date, Your contact information, Name and address of the hiring authority or recruiter if you have it and Salutation. Note: When you can’t find a name – Dear Human Resources or Dear Hiring Manager is better than “To Whom it May Concern”.
  • Opening introduction paragraph – what job you’re applying to and a short overview your skills and your skills can help them. Remember to be upbeat.
  • Skills – In this paragraph highlight why you are a match. Sell yourself with a solid summary of your background and experience. Use examples to show them what you can offer.
  • Solid closing argument – final few sentences reviewing your strengths and why they should interview you. Thank them for their time and consideration.
  • Ending – Sincerely yours.

 

A well-crafted cover letter can help get you an interview then you have to be ready and prepared to sell your skills and background to the employer.

 

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Preparing for your interview can make all the difference

Being prepared and ready for your interview is worth the time and effort. You gain a competitive edge and increase your chances of success and getting the job. Being prepared improves your interview abilities and gives you confidence.

Here are the best ways to prepare for your interview:

A few days before the interview:

  • Put the interview on your phone calendar with reminders
  • Research the company – read their website (about us, services, etc.) press releases, check for recent news articles. Know their competitors. View their social media presence. Check reviews.
  • Research the person you’re meeting with – in addition to any information on the company’s website, do a google search and check out their linked in page to see what you might have in common (professional and personal).
  • Review your social media sites – take off anything that might be deemed unprofessional or inappropriate.
  • Interview questions – be ready for the normal – tell us about yourself, be able to sell your background and experience. And please have a weakness ready in case you’re asked. Be ready to tell stories of your success and how you assisted your current/former company.
  • Prepare questions you want to ask them about the job and the company.
  • Practice makes perfect – get friend and do a few mock interviews to practice your answers. You want short concise responses that tell them what they need but doesn’t ramble on.
  • Write down a few of your best successes so they’re fresh in your mind and you’ll be ready to discuss.

 

Night before (so you’re not scrambling in the morning):

  • Get your interview clothes ready.
  • Set your alarm if it’s an early morning meeting.
  • Shine your shoes – scruffy shoes look awful.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Print several clean copies of your resume to take.
  • Have a list of references ready.

 

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Day of the interview:

  • Review directions to the location and leave in enough time to arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Review your list of best successes.
  • Don’t forget the resume copies and reference list.

 

As you’re waiting to be called in:

  • Turn off your phone.
  • Take a deep calming breath and go get them!

 

Preparation can make all the difference.

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Need more time? Here are 6 ways to add more time to your day.

We all want more time to get things done.  There’s a quote on my wall – “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per that that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelango, Mother Teresa, DaVinci, Thomas Jefferson and Einstein.”

 

 

True, but they didn’t have smart phones, texting, email, the internet, social media, TV and the other distractions that make us feel stressed and that we don’t have time.

 

What can we do to add a more time in our day?

 

Cut how much time you spend online, reading emails and watching TV.

Television; it’s my kryptonite and a time waster. Remember – DVR is your friend. Only watch shows that you can sail through the commercials. You’ll save 20 minutes for a 1 hour how. Limit binge watching.

Internet – between online shopping, social media and watching videos you can be online for hours and lose track of time. It’s impossible to cut your online time completely but you can cut 20%. You’ll still get to do what you like and give yourself more time as well.

Emails – turn off pop up telling you have a new message and set up key times to check your inbox during the day.

You will be surprised how much more time you’ll have by limiting these time wasters, even though they might be fun.

 

Just say no

Learning to say no is hard. We all want to help, be there for people, be part of that committee. Think before saying yes. Be picky and protect your time. Learn to say no.

 

Go to bed

Seems weird but getting a little more sleep, can actually give you more time. Being well rested makes you more efficient and better able to handle things. See my July blog post on sleep. So if usually go to bed at midnight, try going to bed at 11:15 or 11:30.

 

Your most productive time

Figure out what time of the day that you’re running on all cylinders and getting the most done. I’m a morning person and so I do the hardest tasks in the morning. Once you know your most productive time, you’ll get more done.

 

Chores

Time is valuable and chores like cleaning takes a lot of it. I hate cleaning. So I bit the bullet and got a cleaning lady who comes in twice a month. Get help. It’s okay not to do everything.

 

Do one thing at a time

Multi-tasking is a scam. Your brain hates it and you don’t get more done. Do one thing and finish it! Stop trying to do two or three things at the same time, you wind up not finishing or doing substandard work.

 

Reclaiming even an hour a day will give you more time for something you want to do. And that would be wonderful. Try these tips and see how much time you can find.

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How to organize your Advanced Practice Provider job search to get noticed

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Tips to make your Advanced Practice Job Search organized

 

Whether you are searching for your first position out of school, or are looking to explore or expand your specialty experience, the following tips will help you organize your Advanced Practice Provider job search so that you’ll be noticed and stand out from the crowd.

 

Get Organized

It is likely that the vast majority of your job search will be completed online. Almost all healthcare facilities have you apply online.

  • Create a spreadsheet to keep track of where you’ve sent your resume and login information
  • Create a few follow up templates to respond to jobs, request for more information, etc.
  • Block time to job search every day. Finding a new job is a job, so be sure to make time for it.
  • Also keep track of details such as which companies you have heard back from, who you spoke to, the date of all communication, and the outcome of each application and interview.
  • Designate an area so you can keep track of what you’re doing
  • Have a hard copy file for papers, etc.

 

Update and optimize your Provider resume

You want your resume to be strong.When updating your resume be sure to consider other factors including:

  • Accolades and Accomplishments
  • Any new job responsibilities and duties
  • Measurable Achievements

Check out my June 2nd post for helpful tips on creating a resume that makes it off the pile. Remember your resume must sell you and your experience, skills and background. You have to show them what you bring to the table.

 

 

Determine Your Goals

Now it is time to consider what your specific goals are. For example, if you’re a new grad you might be looking for anyone who will hire you but still you have an idea of what you want your first job to look like. More experienced NPs or PAs may be searching for positions in a specific medical specialty or to increase their skills in their current area of specialty.

 

Other things to consider: how far you are willing to commute to and from work; if you’re willing to relocate; your shift preference and of course your salary requirements.

 

Networking and Research

Who do you want to work for? It’s a good idea to make a list of hospitals, practices, physicians you want to work with and then research if they are looking.

 

One the most effective ways to find a new job is networking. Reaching out to friends and professionals  who know the quality of your work. Selectively, tell people that you might be considering a change for the right opportunity. Talk to people you know at the companies where you want to work. Remember to ask that they respect your privacy, so your current employer does not find out. Other sources to network with – individuals you have come across over the years, colleagues from NP or PA school, your clinical rotations, during training, at professional events, and at networking events.

 

 

Being organized will make your job search less stressful and help as you successfully navigate your Advanced Practice Provider job search.

 

 

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Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant – ER Openings

New ER openings in Norfolk  / Portsmouth, Virginia Area.

  • All ER openings require at least 1+ years of Emergency Room Provider experience.

Norfolk location:

  • 100+bed hospital
  • 45,000 visits annually
  • 21 bed ED
  • Work Main and Fast Track

 

Chesapeake area location:

  • Free-Standing ER
  • 26,000 visits annually
  • 16 bed ED
  • Work both Main and Fast Track

 

 

 

Portsmouth location:

  • 300+ bed hospital
  • 45,000 visits annually
  • 29 bed ED
  • Work both Main and Fast Track

 

 

For more information on these ER openings contact us at info@avasearchgroup.com

 

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Advanced Practice Provider Neonatal NICU Opportunities

We have the following NICU / Neonatal openings on the West Coast

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner – 45 minutes from San Francisco, 20 minutes from San Mateo and 25 minutes San Jose.

300+ bed hospital highlights:

  • 40 bed – Level IV NICU
  • 20 bed – Level II Intermediate Care Nursery
  • Well-Baby Nursery

Ideal candidate:

  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (will also consider: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner)
  • Current CA license
  • 1 year of NICU / Neonatal experience required

 

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner – Medford, Oregon area hospital

Highlights:

  • Level III NICU provides care for micropremies
  • Average census 18-20 (max 32 beds)
  • Conventional Drager ventilator, HFOV, and VDR

Ideal Candidate:

  • NNP with NICU (NP or RN) interested in living in Southern, Oregon

 

Clinical Nurse Specialist – Clinical Manager – San Diego, CA

Neonatal / NICU

 

Highlights:

  • Partner with the operational manager ensuring that nursing staff delivers safe and effective care to your neonatal patients

Ideal CNS candidate

  • MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • 2+ years of experience in NICU
  • Recent project management experience
  • Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment
  • California Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification/License

 

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