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PHR/SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide

by Sandra M Reed and Anne M. Bogardus
The Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exams from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) reflect the evolving industry standards for determining competence in the field of HR. Serving as an ideal resource for HR professionals who are seeking to validate their skills and knowledge.
This new edition is must-have preparation for those looking to take the PHR or SPHR certification exams in order to strengthen their resume.
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PHR Study Guide 2017

PHR Study Guide 2019-2020: PHR Certification Test Prep and Practice Questions for the Professional in Human Resources Exam

Think all PHR/SPHR study guides are the same? Think again! With easy to understand lessons and practice test questions designed to maximize your score, you'll be ready.
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Corporate Communication

Corporate Communication: A Guide to Theory and Practice

by Joep P. Cornelissen
  Academically grounded, it covers the key concepts, principles and models within corporate communication by bringing together academic knowledge and insights from the subject areas of management and communication
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A Guide on How to Become a Critical Care Nurse in the United States

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November 16 2019 -Now is a better time than ever to become a nurse. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the job outlook for nurses is expected to grow by 12 percent over the next ten years, which is a rate that's much higher than the national average.

From an oncology nurse to a psychiatric nurse to a forensic nurse, there are a lot of exciting nursing specialties out there.

One of the most exciting specialties is undoubtedly working as a critical care nurse. But, what steps do you need to take to become a critical care nurse?

Check out this guide to learn how to become one in the United States.

Obtain the Required Education

In order to become a critical care nurse, you need to obtain a certain level of education.

You must first complete your high school diploma or GED, and then you need to complete your bachelor's of science in nursing.

Earning a BS in nursing typically takes 4 years, and there are tons of nursing programs to choose from all over the nation.

If you've already earned your bachelor's degree in another field, don't worry. Due to the current nursing shortage, many schools are now offering nursing fast-track programs as master's degrees or second bachelor's degrees.

Some of these programs can get you in and out in as little as one year if you have the right pre-requisites.

Certification and Licensing

After completing your bachelor's degree, it's time to sit for your exams.

No matter what field of nursing you go into, you must pass the NCLEX exam before you can work as a registered nurse.

Depending on the state you live in, you may also need specialty certifications. There are also sub-specialty certifications that you can obtain through the American Association of Critical Care-Nursing that are worth looking into.

For example, you could obtain additional certification in neonatal critical care nursing or in ultrasounds. If you're interested in getting licensed to perform ultrasounds, check out these ultrasound CME training courses.

Apply for Jobs

After you've obtained the required licensing and certification, it's time to start the job hunt.

As we mentioned earlier, the nursing field is growing rapidly, which means you should have no trouble finding a job, even if you're straight out of college.

To find a job in critical care nursing, we suggest checking out nursing-specific job boards and inquiring with the clinics and hospitals you did your clinicals with about any openings.

Are You Ready to Become a Critical Care Nurse?

Now that you know what it takes to become a critical care nurse, it's time to get out there and fulfill your dream. Becoming a nurse is no easy task; however, there is no career that's more rewarding.

If you liked this blog post, be sure to check back in for more career-related tips and tricks

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Successful Onboarding

Successful Onboarding: Strategies to Unlock Hidden Value Within Your Organization

Mark Stein and Lilith Christiansen
  Fact: 1/3rd of all external hires are no longer with the organization after 2 years. What can you do about it? In a word: onboarding; although poorly understood, subject to narrow definitions, and with limited best practice understanding or management rigor. Consultants Mark Stein & Lilith Christiansen have worked with leading companies on it, and they've synthesized their work into a ready to use system.
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The HR Answer Book

The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Human Resources Professionals

by Shawn A. Smith, Rebecca A. Mazin
  The HR Answer Book addresses 200 questions that every employer needs to deal with, from recruiting and hiring to discipline and termination, compensation and benefits to training and employee relations. Accessible and concise, this on-the-job companion offers expert guidance on all types of "people" issues.
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