Become an “Entreprenurse”

We had the privilege of attending the 10th annual TravCon last week (for those unaware, it’s a conference in Las Vegas for traveling nurses), and it was a great experience meeting so many dedicated nurses and other allied health professionals.  A few conversations with these nurses spurred my thinking on a topic near and dear to Cerebro – the concept of nurses as entrepreneurs.

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18 Ways to Have a Successful First Day at a New Job as a Nurse

Are you starting at a new hospital or department?  Or maybe you’re a nurse on the Cerebro marketplace (wink wink) and picked up a per diem shift at the hospital across town. Here are some tips and tricks to help you start off on the right foot!

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31 Ways to Empower Your Patients and Yourself as a Nurse

Empowerment is a strong tool. When we empower ourselves and the people around us, great things happen. The environment becomes more pleasant, attitudes become more positive, and everyone seems to work better together. Here are 31 ways to empower your patients, co-workers, and yourself to help make every shift a little better.

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Tax Tips for the Self-Employed Nurse

Note:  the following entry is the third of three guest posts from our partners at Painless1099.  Cerebro presents Painless1099 as one of many resources available to nurses who work as independent contractors on the Cerebro marketplace. 

Being self-employed is hard, plain and simple. Finding clients, managing expectations, keeping track of time and appointments, and then actually getting work done is a handful. And, of course, when tax season rolls around you have to deal with the hassle of getting 1099 taxes filed. Sorting through receipts and praying you don’t get blindsided by a bigger bill than you expected is fun, right? Not! Tax season should be just as easy for someone who’s self-employed as it is for people with a W-2 job, which is why we put together this short list of things to help avoid a tax nightmare.

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How to Manage Compassion Fatigue as a Nurse

The heart is a muscle. So it makes sense that like every other muscle, if the heart gets too much exercise or stress over time, it can get tired or worse, not recover.  Studies show that professionals in healthcare – especially nurses – can be vulnerable to this emotional (or spiritual) exhaustion.  As described below, researches sometimes call this exhaustion compassion fatigue (or unique form of burnout; or secondary traumatic stress). And like other ailments, compassion fatigue requires observation, analysis, and a plan for treatment sooner versus later.  Below is a quick summary nurses can use to learn about compassion fatigue and how to manage it — both to improve work/life balance and to make sure their careers don’t suffer because of it.

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Wait…I Have to Pay Taxes in September?!

Note:  the following entry is the second of three guest posts from our partners at Painless1099.  Cerebro presents Painless1099 as one of many resources available to nurses who work as independent contractors on the Cerebro marketplace. 

Paying taxes after April – sounds crazy, right? This is the ugly truth for freelancers, on-demand workers, or anyone else earning 1099 income. If you earn self-employment

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32 Notes for Nurses on Catching More ZZZs

As any nurse knows all too well, sleep is really important.  Whether you are a nurse working the day shift or the night shift, everyone needs to be alert and ready when they are on duty.  And while all nurses understand how important sleep is, getting a good night’s (or day’s) sleep is sometimes easier said than done.  Here are some tips and tricks on how to get better sleep, the best sleeping positions, sleeping mistakes, and why sleep deprivation is so bad for us all.

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