Take This Job And Love It

DATE: Thursday, November 19



Take a lively and humorous look at the wonderful world of healthcare – comparing what’s old, what’s new, and why healthcare is one of the most respected and trusted professions in the world. Take This Job and Love it will have you laughing your way to reducing stress, improving team collaboration, and managing a healthy and prosperous year in nursing.


  • Discuss the many “hats” we wear as healthcare professionals

  • Distinguish change as a challenge, not as a chore

  • Describe the major changes that have occurred in the healthcare profession over the past 40 years

  • Recognize the importance of collaboration with other members of the healthcare team

Barb Bancroft, RN, MSN, NP, has provided more than 2,800 continuing education events on clinical topics pertaining to pathophysiology, physical assessment, and pharmacology to health care professionals throughout the United States and Canada.

She has been the motivational keynote speaker on health maintenance topics for numerous nursing associations, medical associations and dental associations as well as for corporate groups and events. She has held faculty positions at the University of Virginia, the University of Arkansas, Loyola University of Chicago, and St. Xavier University of Chicago. She has provided courses on Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Physical Assessment to graduate and undergraduate students.

Barb Bancroft is the author of eight books:

  • Medical Minutiae (1999)
  • An Apple a Day: The ABCs of Diet and Disease (2002)
  • Live a Little, Laugh a Lot (2004)
  • Kiss My Asparagus (2012), Geriatric Gems (2018)
  • Focus on Pharmacology (2019)
  • Plants or Pills? (2019)
  • Laughing My Aspirin Off (2019).

Barb is a fascinating, highly informative speaker whose dynamic and humorous presentation style makes learning enjoyable. She provides a wealth of clinical information that can be applied to everyday practice.

Nursing ― This activity has been approved for one clock hour each of continuing education credit for nurses by The Illinois Health Care Association, an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Administrators ― These programs have been approved for continuing education for one total participant hour each by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB): Take This Job And Love It – Approval #20210604-1-A66886-DL; Utilizing Lean Six Sigma to Improve Quality, Reduce Cost & Transform your Culture – Approval Code: 20210611-1-A66957-DL; Know Your Costs To Manage Your Costs – Properly Pricing Senior Living Rent And Services To Mitigate Shrinking Margins – Approval #20210618-1-A66974-DL; Appropriateness Of Drug Therapy – Approval #20210625-1-A66982-DL; Pain Management in Older Adults – Approval Code: 20210709-1-A66983-DL; Update On Covid-19 – Learnings To Date – Approval #20210716-1-A66997-DL.


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