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5 Business Skills Every Nurse Needs

The business of health care in America has changed over the years, and with the passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act, continues to grow and evolve. Nurses from RN to MSN continue to find themselves in a variety of managerial roles. In order to survive and succeed, business skills not related to the practice of medicine are no longer a luxury but a necessity for career advancement and success.


While the health of patients is most important, a business that loses money doesn’t last long. Nurses at all levels must learn at least the basics of financial management in business. An understanding of financial terms and definitions is a good place to start. Expand your financial knowledge by learning how to read and understand a basic budget as well as how to develop a budget for a department or a business. A basic accounting course will go a long way.

Human Resources

Nurses in managerial roles are supervisors of employees and must understand something about human resources. In larger institutions with a human resources department, you need less knowledge than in smaller clinics and physician’s offices. Make sure to learn about recruitment and retention of good employees as well as how to handle conflict when problems arise – and they will. If you find yourself interviewing potential new employees, an understanding of state and federal human resource rules and regulations becomes imperative.

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While you may think you can’t learn leadership skills, think again. Nurses must lead their patients as well as those they supervise. Leadership skills are different from managerial skills. A leader inspires people to do better, do more, and excel. A manager makes sure employees follow all policies and rules. Both are necessary to your success in nurse management.


One business skill that you might not know about is strategic planning which is an all-inclusive term for the plans a business needs to work smoothly. Business plans, which include marketing, budgeting, inventory, and more, are necessary for the day-to-day functions of a clinic or hospital. You’ll also want to learn and understand emergency preparedness plans for natural or not-so-artificial disasters. Finally, learn how to write organizational goals and objectives, sometimes known as a Strategic Plan. These goals are key to the direction an organization takes, as well as its success in the future.


In a world of rapidly changing technology, one key business skill is the ability to keep up with and adapt to new technology. In the medical field, this is important to a patient’s healthcare, but it’s also important in the back office as well. As a manager and leader, embrace new software and equipment that keeps a business running smoothly so that the focus of an organization remains on healthcare.

As a nurse today, if you want to advance your career, it’s not enough to simply have medical skills. You’re going to need business skills to succeed, as well.

Top 5 cheapest Diesel Automatic cars – Diesel Automatics on the road

Diesel variants account for the largest sales share in the mid-size sedan segment. The craze and need for automatic cars have also caught up in the country. But most of the affordable options are petrol variants. However, when it comes to petrol engines, there is a higher running cost as the petrol automatics returns no more than 10-11 kmpl as against the 13-14 kmpl for a petrol manual.

This is also the reason why consumers are on the lookout for diesel powered automatic cars. Manufacturers are yet to come up with affordable options when it comes to diesel automatics.

Here is our list of the top 5 cheapest diesel automatics cars in India.

As of today, the cheapest diesel powered automatic car you can buy in India is the Hyundai Verna. With a starting Rs. 10.69 price tag, the Verna Automatic comes with a 1.6-litre diesel engine that churns out 128 bhp of power. With an ARAI rated economy of 19.08 kmpl, the only shortcoming is that it is a 4-speed transmission that feels dated when compared to 5 and 6-speed automatics. The Verna is known for its modern design and beautiful interiors.

 Top 5 cheapest Diesel Automatic cars – Diesel Automatics on the road

The Elantra diesel automatic comes at a price of Rs. 16.26 lakh. It uses the same 1.6-litre engine found in the Verna, but stays ahead with its 6-speed shift compared to the 4-speed for the Verna. On the inside, the Elantra fares very well when it comes to features and comfort and it looks pretty good from the outside too. This car is the most affordable diesel automatic in the D segment.

The Cruze diesel automatic car comes with a 2.0-litre engine that generates 166 bhp of power. Costing Rs. 16.29 lakh, the Cruze with its all black interiors is premium on appearance as well. The Cruze was updated with a new improved 6-speed automatic gearbox. The 2.0-litre mill gives a power of 166 bhp.

The Skoda Octavia AT starts from a price tag of Rs. 17.75 lakh. This top performer may be expensive, but with an impressive list of features, the Octavia scores well. Driven by a 2.0-litre engine that generates 143 bhp, the Octavia also has an advanced DSG gearbox that offers quick changes, yet gives a rated economy of almost 20 kmpl, way more than all the rivals around.

The Volkswagen Jetta gets the same 2.0-litre engine that powers the Skoda Octavia. The engine generates 140 bhp of power and gives the car a fuel economy of 16.96 kmpl. Though the fuel economy and performance is lesser than the Octavia, the Jetta scores high with its fit and finish and looks expensive. The Volkswagen Jetta Highline TDI (AT) costs Rs. 19.01 lakh.

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