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    Wear it with pride nurses! This premium fitted short-sleeve will fit in every man’s wardrobe. A classic choice.

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    How to Answer Nursing Interview Questions

    Being prepared for interview questions is essential. Nursing interview questions can be very specific and different from other careers. For nurses, it’s difficult to find nursing specific content online to help you practice. So, I’m here to help assist you with sample questions and tips so you can be successful in your next interview. 

    Tips for answering interview questions:

    -Each answer should have a beginning, middle, and end.

    -Always end each question with something positive.

    -Silence is OK. Feel free to pause and think about your answer. Don’t rush.

    -Provide specific examples in your responses.

    -Be prepared for specific questions relating to the unit you are applying for (ie. oncology, pediatrics, OB, surgery, ER, etc.).

    -Keep your answers short and sweet. Think quality, not quantity.

    -Practice, practice, practice but don’t memorize your responses. You don’t want to sound over rehearsed.

    -Say keywords in your responses. Some examples are:

    Teamwork

    Efficient

    Effective

    Safe

    Quality

    Culturally-competent

    Patient satisfaction

    Examples of interview questions:

    Tell me about yourself

    Let your personality shine when answering this question. Use this question to get comfortable with the person(s) interviewing you. Try not to over think your answer. Respond with things that pertain directly to the position you are applying for. Don’t share your whole life story. Summarize important parts of your life and career that got you where you are today.

    What made you choose the nursing profession?

    We all have a reason why we entered the nursing profession so share it. Depending on your life experiences, your response may be very personal and emotional and that’s ok. Be honest and open but keep it brief.

    What made you interested in this department?

    Share a specific reason why you applied for the department. Don’t just say, “it seems interesting.” There must have been a reason that gravitated you to the position and made you click “apply.”  So, share it!

    Describe a time when you disagreed with a co-worker. How was the issue resolved?

    Questions like this are used to assess how you handle difficult situations. Even though the co-worker may have been wrong in the situation, don’t make them look like the bad person. Respond with a time when a disagreement turned into a positive learning opportunity.

    Explain a time when you went above and beyond for a patient?

    Describe how your care stands out from basic nursing responsibilities. Be sure to mention and tie in patient satisfaction to your response. Provide a specific example.

    Collaboration is key in healthcare. Explain a time when you collaborated with others. What was the situation and outcome?

    Working in the hospital setting, it’s important that the numerous individuals and teams work together. Think back to when you led and encouraged collaboration between others to provide the best care.

    Mistakes happen. Explain a time when you made an error and how did you handle it?

    It’s ok. We are normal and mistakes happen. Share one of your mistakes that you learned the most from and how you’re preventing it from happening again.

    Here, we inspire innovation. Describe a time when you had to be innovative?

    Nursing sometimes requires improvisation so share a time when you had to think outside the box. Think of a time when you created something or made a suggestion that improved efficiency on your unit.

    What is your greatest strength?

    Mention something that has direct impact on nursing and patient care. Answer with confidence and give a specific example of your strength in action. Some examples are: organized, collaborative, innovative, skilled communicator, etc.

    What is your greatest weakness?

    This must be the most searched interview question. Try not to mention the word weakness when answering. Reply with something that doesn’t directly impact patient care or safety. For example, mention something like group presentations or public speaking. State that you are also working on improving the particular skill.

    I hope these tips help in your next interview! You got this!!!

    In addition to practicing interview questions, make a portfolio to present during your interview. Click the link below:

    Every Nurse Should Have This One Item

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    The New & Improved Contact Gown!

    This newly designed contact gown is not only for fashion but also performance. Trying to perform nursing skills can be tough when in a hot and confined contact gown. So, I developed this sleeveless technology which allows for maximum breathability and movement. This new design modeled by Nurse Emily doesn’t protect from all contaminants but that will be the least of your worries while sporting this chic contact gown that everyone will be talking about. #NurseHumor 

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    LGBTQ Terms Every Nurse Should Know

    As a gay male and nurse, I believe it’s important for nurses to understand these terms in order to properly care for the LGBTQ population. This community still faces many challenges with health disparities and discrimination which can make them skeptical about being open with their healthcare provider(s).

    A survey by Lambda Legal revealed that 56% of lesbian, gay, and bisexual respondents had experienced serious discrimination in healthcare, while 70% of transgender respondents had experienced serious discrimination.

    Some nurses may avoid talking about sexuality and gender expression with patients because they don’t want to say the wrong thing.  Unfortunately, this can put a wall between the patient and nurse and can hinder appropriate assessment and care of the patient. To build a therapeutic relationship it’s important to understand the following terms to make conversations with your LGBTQ patients more comfortable. 

    Androgynous– Identifying and/or presenting as neither distinguishably masculine or feminine

    Asexual- The lack of a sexual attraction or desire for other people

    Bisexual– a person emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to more than one sex, gender, or gender identity though not necessarily, simultaneously, in the same way or same degree.

    Gay– A person who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to members of the same gender

    Gender dysphoria – Clinically significant distress caused when a person’s assigned birth gender is not the same as the one with which they identify. According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the term – which replaces Gender Identity Disorder – “is intended to better characterize the experiences of affected children, adolescents, and adults.”

    Gender expression– External appearance of one’s gender identity, usually expressed through behavior, clothing, haircut, or voice, and which may or may not conform to socially defined behaviors and characteristics typically associated with being either masculine or feminine.

    Gender identity– One’s innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither- how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One’s gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth.

    Gender transition– The process by which some people strive to more closely align their internal knowledge of gender with its outward appearance. Some people socially transition, whereby they might begin dressing, using names and pronouns and/or be socially recognized as another gender. Others undergo physical transitions in which they modify their bodies through medical interventions.

    Lesbian– A woman who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to women.

    Queer– A term people often use to express fluid identities and orientations. Often used interchangeably with “LGTBQ.”

    Questioning– A term used to describe people who are in the process of exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Transgender– An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation. Therefore, transgender people may identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc.

    Visual learner? No problem. Meet The Gender Unicorn:

    For a more detailed list, visit: http://www.hrc.org/resources/glossary-of-terms

    References:

    https://www.lambdalegal.org/publications/when-health-care-isnt-caring

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    Top 3 Nurse Blake Memes

    Seriously, DO NOT INTERRUPT MY SLEEP! LOL! Trying to sleep after a long night shift is already difficult without all the distractions from lawn movers, package deliveries, and whatever else makes noise. Please, keep the noise to a minimum. Thanks!

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    Day Shift VS Night Shift – The Benefits

    Nurse Carrie and Nurse Emily contributed to this post. Nurse Carrie works day shift in the Trauma ICU and Nurse Emily works night shift in the Neuro ICU. They both work at a Level 1 Trauma Center in Houston, TX.

    4 Benefits of Day Shift

    1- Normal Sleep Schedule

    This is a huge benefit! Being able to sleep with no interruptions is priceless. It’s much easier sleeping at night than trying to sleep during the day. Nobody is cutting the grass or ringing the doorbell around midnight.

    2- Cafeteria is Open

    If you don’t bring lunch to work, day shift may be right for you! Being able to run down to an open cafeteria to grab a good meal and snack is a huge benefit to those of us who are always hungry!! For those working nights, cafeterias may not be open 24/7.

     3- Lots of Staff Present

    Due to the amount of people working during the day, there is help and different opportunities for learning. Have an urgent question for the physician, dietitian, wound care specialist, or physical therapist? No worries, most departments have staff available during the day to help assist with any questions you have. Also, numerous different procedures take place during the day which can provide opportunities to observe and learn new skills.

    4- “Happy Hour”

    After a long shift, there is nothing better than going out with team members. Now, happy hour is probably over by the time everyone clocks out but that won’t stop anyone. All the best restaurants and bars will still be open. Try going to happy hour the morning after a long night shift…the only options are Denny’s, IHOP, and Waffle House…

    4 Benefits of Night Shift

    1- MONEY!!

    Got bills? Like fancy things? Well, night shift is your answer! The shift differential is only a few dollars an hour but that cash can make a BIG difference on your paychecks.

     2- Less Traffic

    Working night shift helps to avoid most of the highway traffic. You basically get the road to yourself. Less commute time = More sleep! We could all use more sleep.

     3- Better Parking

    Night shifters usually enjoy better parking accommodations. Depending on the city where you work, hospital parking can be very limited. Day shift typically has to park off campus or on the very top floor of the parking garage. Night shift staff basically get “VIP” parking because there are limited visitors and staff during the late night hours.

    4- Quieter

    To clarify, just because it’s quieter does not mean it’s not busy. Night shift can be very busy! I’m talking about the organized circus that takes place during the day. This is a summary of what day shift looks like: Physicians at the work spaces, medical students in the hallway, multiple visitors per room, nursing students answering call lights, and management walking around making sure the whiteboards are up-to-date. Ok, that description may be over-dramatic but the hallways during night shift are way less crowded. This makes for a much quieter environment and can be a huge benefit for some.

     Thoughts From Nurse Blake 

    I’ve had the pleasure of working both shifts as a nurse. There are pros and cons to each and I don’t favor one over the other. You just have to chose which shift works best for your work-life balance.

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    Flight Nursing: Do You Have What It Takes?

    This is a guest post by Nurse Cody. He has been a nurse for over 7 years and working as a flight nurse for 4 years. He lives and works just outside of St. Louis, MO. He attended Jefferson College and Central Methodist University. Nurse Cody has his BSN and the following certifications: CEN, BLS, ACLS, PALS, PHTLS (pre-hospital trauma life support), and TNCC (trauma nursing core course).

    Steps To Becoming A Flight Nurse

    1. Start working in a busy ER/ICU

    Most companies will require 3-5 years of recent experience in one or both of these fields. I suggest starting with the ER because you will see a wider variety of patients and learn to multitask in an ever changing environment. Plus, I have seen both ER and ICU nurses in this field and the ER nurses tend to adapt to the change of EMS better.  Don’t shy away from critical patients while working in the hospital, experience is your best teacher! Jump in and learn!

    2. Work towards an advanced certification

    Most companies will require you to have your CEN, CFRN or CCRN by the first year of flight employment. Getting these prior to applying will only make you more enticing to employers! These are like a second set of boards on steroids. They are severely focused on your field of practice. Be ready to hit those books again!

    • CEN- Certified Emergency Nurse
    • CFRN- Certified Flight Registered Nurse
    • CCRN- Critical Care Registered Nurse

    *Some states require EMT certification and experience prior to becoming a flight nurse. Check on the requirements for your state.

    3. Network!

    EMS is a relatively small field,  and HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) is even smaller.  While working in the ER/ICU, do your best to make contacts in HEMS. Schedule ride alongs, get your name out there in the community to show that you have goals!

    5 Things To Know About Flight Nursing

    1. 24 hour shifts

    I hear it all the time “You get to sleep at work?! AWESOME!” Don’t get me wrong, I have taken some pretty epic paid snoozes. You also have to be ready to be going out the door at any moment. Don’t worry about bed head though, your helmet will make some pretty interesting hair styles on its own.

    2. Partners

    Working in the hospital you learn a pecking order. Out in the field it is you and your partner. There is no rank to pull so we have to be excellent at communicating what we are thinking about our patient.

    3. Everyone will think you are a pilot

    If you go ANYWHERE in public in your suit that isn’t work, I can assure people will ask if you “fly that plane”. And when you say no, they mostly will become disinterested. Don’t be discouraged. They don’t understand all the cool and challenging things you do!

    4. Food!

    Eat when you can, where you can. You never know when you will get back to back flights. Most flights from start to finish are anywhere between 3-5 hours. So chipmunk snacks away in your suit or aircraft. Your future hungry self will thank you.

    5. Commute

    Almost all aircraft are stationed in rural areas. We do this because these are the areas that don’t have ready access to large medical facilities. So be ready to commute if you don’t live in the area of your base. It’s ok though, we only work two days a week most of the time. Turn up the tunes, audiobook or talk show, sip your coffee and enjoy the ride.

    My Advice To New Flight Nurses

    Be ready to STUDY STUDY STUDY! The first 3-6 months of your new job as a Flight Nurse will be intense. It is like going back to school. This is not like getting any other nursing job or orientation, this is learning an entirely new field. I can assure you it will blow your mind in all the right ways. The first time you are walking onto a shut down highway for a multi-vehicle MVC, it will be worth it! And lastly, be open to learning. Take in every possible piece of knowledge you can! Flight Nursing is a world unto itself, and we have the fire resistant onesies to prove it!

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    Every Nurse Should Have This One Item

    How are nurses supposed to standout in interviews against other candidates? How should nurses keep track of all their accomplishments? 

    It’s simple: A Portfolio

    Many nurses go into their interviews with a nice pressed outfit and a simple document, their resume. Sure, that is pretty standard and great if you want to present yourself the same way as the other 15 candidates. To standout, a portfolio will not only show that you are prepared but it will give a glimpse into your background and experience.

    Even if you are not preparing for an interview, I highly recommend all nurses have one. It is something that you can develop throughout your career and flip through when you need inspiration. Your portfolio is a great way to keep track of all your accomplishments.

    I’ve listed below the most important things to include in your portfolio. Have fun with this and make it personal. If you want, decorate the front. My only advice, avoid loose glitter.

    1- Cover Letter

    The cover letter needs to be tailored to the specific job you are applying for. It should be brief, concise, and directed to the person interviewing you.

    2- Resume

    Make sure your resume is clear and legible. Try your best to make it one page.  The great thing about having a portfolio is that you can showcase additional content and accomplishments that are not necessary on the resume.

    3- Recommendation Letters

    It’s always important to keep recommendation letters. I have received six over the years but keep the two most recent in my portfolio. Two letters seem like the perfect number. One is not enough and three is too many! Don’t be EXTRA!

    4- Certifications

    Print out and showcase your certifications. Include those required for the job and ones that feature additional skills. Examples are: CPR, ACLS, PALS, TCRN, CCRN, etc.

    5- Research and/or Papers

    Don’t worry! You don’t have to be a writer for the New York Times or researcher at Johns Hopkins to include content in this section. Use a paper you wrote in nursing school. If you have been out of school the past few years, use something you wrote or researched for your unit practice council. If you can’t think of anything, no worries. Just skip this section.

    6- Volunteer and Community Service

    This is my favorite section!!! This is your chance to show you are making a difference out in your community. Include certificates or letters showing your number of volunteer hours. List all the community service you’ve done and with what organizations. Feel free to include photographs!

    7- Participation in professional organizations

    It’s essential for nurses to be involved in professional organizations. Are you a member of the American Nurses Association or a nursing specialty association. Some examples are AACN, AMSN, ENA, SPN, etc.  If you are in school, it could be the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) or your school nursing organization.

    8- Other

    If there is anything else you want to include, put it here. I’d omit photos of your pets. HA!

    _______________________________________________________________________________

    If interviewing, you should always leave your portfolio behind with the potential employer. This will give them something to remember you by. It will also be something they can show their team. With that in mind, put together multiple portfolios. I have 3 ready to go! I also recommend keeping a computer file with all your portfolio documents so that you can print more in the future.

    Having a portfolio will help you keep track of your nursing journey. I hope you take the time to make one and be sure to keep it updated.

    Have a great shift!

     

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    The Pros & Cons of Travel Nursing

    This post was written by my friend, Nurse Mickelyn. Click here for a link to her blog: On The Road RN. 

    Pros:

    Pro #1- We get to spend more time exploring

    Will (my husband) and I had taken two Western road trips when we lived in Florida, but we only got to spend a short amount of time in each place. This way, we get to thoroughly explore the regions that most interest us.

    Pro #2- Finances

    Obviously not every contract in the country is going to load our bank account, but once I found out that it was possible to work 3 shifts a week and make more than our combined income in Florida when Will was full time and I was part time, traveling was a no-brainer!

    Pro #3- Every weekend is like a vacation

    I try to always have 4 days off at a time, and even if that’s a mini vacation, we have four days off as a family to do fun things. Working staff in Florida, Will and I only had 2 full days a week together. Plus, with the added finances and our RV, when I have multiple days off, we travel to places outside of my work city that really do feel like vacations!

    Pro #4- New relationships

    Can I tell you about how much fun it has been to get to know my recruiter? He and I have a stellar relationship, not only talking about my assignments but also catching up on each other’s home lives. And while I probably won’t make best friends at my assignments, it’s so fun to meet the staff and travelers at each new assignment and keep up with them after I leave. People change you, and I love looking back on each contract and discovering who has impacted my life in a meaningful way.

    Pro #5- Learning experience

    There’s something new to learn at each assignment. Sometimes that’s new equipment or charting systems, other times it’s best practices that differ from what you’re used to. I’m finishing up an assignment in El Paso that I took to learn trauma ICU nursing since my background is a cardiac ICU nurse. Now I’ve added a list of new skills to my resume!

    Cons:

    Con #1- Uncertainty

    It’s rather unsettling to be looking for the next contract, hoping you land something before your current contract ends. So flexibility is key! I might not always get to go exactly where I want to go, but there are always options. I just have to be patient and put my name out there!

    Con #2- Market fluctuations

    I’ve heard that the current travel nursing market is flooded, meaning there are fewer jobs and rates are lower than experienced travelers are used to. Doesn’t mean you can’t land a good contract. It just means it might take longer and that you have to be flexible with location and pay.

    Con #3- Being away from family and friends

    I’m lucky that I get to travel with my best friend and our baby, but it doesn’t mean I don’t miss my family and friends back home. Single travelers talk a lot about being lonely in their travels.  But the beauty of traveling is that we have the time and the means to go home if and when we want to!

    Con #4- Learning curve

    Usually travelers only get one to three days to be oriented to the hospital, their policies, and the unit in which they will work. When I had to learn a new charting system in two days, I was overwhelmed. But the job is basically the same everywhere, and I’ve been fortunate that the people at my assignments have been insanely helpful with my millions of questions and pleas for help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

    Con #5- Disdain from staff nurses

    In my experiences, travel nurses have been brought in so that patient ratios are better for the staff and so that they don’t have to work mandatory overtime. The places I’ve been have sent out big ol’ SOS signals because their staff is drowning! But sometimes the staff get upset because they know you make bank and their overtime is gone. It just depends on your location, and you have to grow tough skin and remember you’re there to take care of your patients.

    What is your advice for nurses who want to travel but have a family?

    A lot of the staff nurses that I’ve met in my travels say that they wish they could travel but that it’s impossible with a family. I beg to differ! Obviously not everyone is able to uproot their lives, but for our family at least, we have more time together and better finances with me working as a travel nurse and my husband taking care of our toddler instead of working a full time job. Our son is young enough that school isn’t a factor in our decision, but I have met and read about tons of nurses who homeschool their kids so that the family can travel together. I think it just depends on your preferences, but I can be done!

    What are your travel logistics?

    Our goal with traveling was to A) see as much of the country as possible and B) be financially stable. So my husband and I quit our jobs in Florida and headed to my first travel assignment. Most assignments are 13 weeks, and we agreed that we probably wouldn’t extend contracts anywhere so we could enjoy as much of the USA as possible. After my first contract, we purchased an RV to maximize our income and to make moving that much easier. Plus, we can up and take a vacation practically whenever we want without having to book hotels or board our dogs who also travel with us. We love the Western USA, so we try to go to places with mountains and cooler weather, close to National Parks and outdoor activities.

    I work nights usually, so I sleep 3 days a week while Will takes the baby out hiking, to splash parks or to indoor play places, depending on where in the country we are. I try to clump my shifts together so we always have at least 4 days off together every week. This contract, I’ve been able to have 6 days off in a row three or four times!

    This post was written by my friend, Nurse Mickelyn. Click here for a link to her blog: On The Road RN. 

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    NY Times: I Am a Gay Man From Orlando. Why Can’t I Donate Blood?

    Since 2013, I have been a huge advocate for blood donations. After the tragic Pulse Nightclub shooting in my hometown, I wrote an Op-Ed for The New York Times to share my thoughts about the incident and importance of blood donations. 

    This is dedicated to the 49 lives that were lost on 6/12/2016. 

    Click here to view The New York Times Article

    June 15, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. — GROWING up as a gay man in the suburbs of Orlando, Fla., was a challenge. After I started coming out to friends and family when I was 15, I was moved from school to school and I was subjected to the Exodus program, which attempted to change my sexuality through religious reform.

    In the face of this kind of discrimination, L.G.B.T. people in Orlando have carved out our own safe zones, congregating at bars and restaurants where we can dare to be ourselves, away from disapproving eyes. Pulse, the nightclub that was attacked on Sunday morning, was one of those places. My husband and I got married in Orlando on April 23. The night before, we went to Pulse with our closest friends to celebrate and to feel a sense of love and community. That’s the type of environment that Pulse offered us.

    This week we faced a new challenge: mass violence in the very place we felt most comfortable, accepted and secure. After the attack, the city of Orlando and the state of Florida mobilized. Officials called on people in the area to donate blood for those who were injured in the shooting. Thousands of people have reportedly lined up to donate. But some of them — gay and bisexual men — are unable to.

    As a registered nurse, I know the importance of donated blood. It can save the lives of people with traumatic injuries, and during tragedies like Sunday’s, donation centers are stressed and often lack what they need to treat the wounded.

    But many of the people who felt the tragedy most closely can’t offer their help. That’s because the Food and Drug Administration bars sexually active gay men from donating. This ban is ostensibly in place to protect blood supplies from being contaminated with H.I.V. But it dates from a time before H.I.V. testing was standard practice for blood donations. It is now generally agreed that H.I.V. can be detected in the blood of an infected person within a matter of weeks. Donors should be assessed according to their risk — not their sexual orientation. In the wake of a hateful attack that left over a hundred people from our community dead or injured, this ban must be removed.

    Several years ago, I went to donate blood for a friend in nursing school who suffers from sickle cell anemia. To my shock, I was turned away after filling out a questionnaire that asked if I had ever had sexual contact with another man. According to the F.D.A.’s policy at the time, I was barred from donating blood for life. I was embarrassed and outraged. A few days later, my boyfriend (now husband) and I started a project called Banned4Life to fight this outdated policy.

    Our work quickly gained national attention. Fortunately, with the help of volunteers and other organizations, we pressured the F.D.A. to revisit the banned-for-life policy.

    In 2015, the agency took a step in the right direction and changed its rules. But its new policy still discriminates against gay and bisexual men. In place of a lifelong ban, the F.D.A. now requires a 12-month deferral from sexual contact with another man. This means that sexually active gay and bisexual men are still barred, even if they practice safe sex or are in monogamous relationships.

    Words cannot express my sympathy for the families and friends of those we lost on Sunday. Gay men like me would like the opportunity to give our much-needed, healthy blood to those who are fighting for their lives right now at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

    To make matters worse, some blood centers around the country have still not changed their donor questionnaire to reflect the new recommendations, according to my research. When I called OneBlood, the blood center that serves the Orlando area, I learned that it still vets donors according to the F.D.A.’s old, more stringent guidelines while it works to update its own policy.

    In recent years, L.G.B.T. Americans have made huge strides in our efforts to live our lives in the open. Safe spaces like Pulse are still important institutions that allow young gay men growing up in Orlando to feel comfortable with who we are. The overwhelming sympathy and support we have received from the public and political leaders show how much progress we have made. But the actions of one person can also make a difference. We must choose to use this moment as a catalyst to continue our fight for equality.

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