Educational Resources for Aspiring Nurses

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    10 Steps to Becoming a Nurse

    10 Steps to Becoming a Nurse
    Do you want to become a nurse but don’t know where to start out? This 10-step guide will help you find your way. You'll learn about the nursing profession, find out about the educational requirements and certifications, and get tips on how to survive your first year as a nurse. This guide is meant for prospective, current, and second career nurses ...
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    Why You Should Choose a BSN

    Why You Should Choose a BSN
    Whether you have a diploma, an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN), landing a nursing job these days usually isn’t a problem. Advancing in the profession, though, is another matter if you hold less than a BSN, according to experts. But is the BSN always a necessity? Is an associate’s degree alone enough to open ...
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    ADN vs. BSN: Which should you choose?

    ADN vs. BSN: Which should you choose?
    First of all, let's establish what each one stands for. A BSN is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, while an ADN is an Associates Degree in Nursing. Both degrees lead to getting your RN but there are some differences between the two. The main difference is the length of time and the amount of credits required to complete the program. ...
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    5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Nursing Education

    5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Nursing Education
    Anyone who has completed nursing school can tell you where they have floundered in their education. These could be big mistakes, the school they chose, or small mistakes, “boy, I didn’t read that instructor very well.” But, here are five possible pit-falls that, in my experience, might be worth side-stepping… • *Gain some first hand knowledge of the field before choosing ...
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    Top 10 Highest Paying Nursing Specialties

    Top 10 Highest Paying Nursing Specialties
    After nurses finish nursing school, choosing the right nursing specialty becomes their chief focus. With so many specialties to choose from, many prospective nurses find it difficult to just pick one, but with nearly every specialty requiring candidates to pass a series of exams and fulfill a period of on-the-job training, time is of the essence! Pay should not be your ...
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    5 Top Hospitals That Will Pay for Your Education

    5 Top Hospitals That Will Pay for Your Education
    Many hospitals offer some form of tuition reimbursement or loan forgiveness, but these five hospitals do that, and more. From staff development classes to on-site degree programs, these hospitals virtually pay you to go to school. If you are lucky enough to land a job at one of these prestigious hospitals, you will find not only opportunities for educational advancement, but ...
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    Complete Your RN Program

    Complete Your RN Program
    Nursing Clinicals clinicals to be stressful at first. You worry about whether you will make a mistake that could actually harm a patient. Nursing students joke about this (“I made it through clinicals today with out killing anyone!”) but the truth of the matter is that you can find yourself in some very stressful situations. Mental Preparation Be prepared for an ...
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    How to Get Back Into Nursing if You’ve Dropped Out

    How to Get Back Into Nursing if You’ve Dropped Out
    As an RN with several years’ experience in acute care nursing and supervision, along with more than two decades of experience in community health and education, my best advice to current nurses considering a leave from the field—for whatever reason— is to stay current with their license and skills. Even if that simply means working per diem one weekend per month, ...
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    Forensic Nursing

    Forensic Nursing
    Is CSI your favorite TV show? Then forensic nursing may be your calling. This broad field includes death investigations, sexual assault victim examinations, trauma centers, or child advocacy. The common denominator is being part of law enforcement. Sample job description: “Provide physical, forensic, and emotional evaluation of sexual assault patients without physician presence...available as needed for courtroom testimony.” More: What About ...
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    How Does a CNA Become an LPN?

    How Does a CNA Become an LPN?
    While both Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are both required to work under the supervision of a doctor or registered nurse, LPNs are given greater responsibility and thereby receive higher salaries than their CNA counterparts. LPNs, referred to as Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) in California and Texas, make the natural "second step" between CNAs and RNs. The ...
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    How to Prepare for the NCLEX

    How to Prepare for the NCLEX
    You have just completed years of nursing school, you have requested licensure from your state and you have registered to take “the exam.” What do you do now? How can you be sure you will pass the test that will allow you to practice? How do you stop feeling so anxious about the test and your future? The NCLEX is an ...
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    Assisted Living and Long Term Care

    Assisted Living and Long Term Care
    Gone are the days when long term care was just for those in their final years. Today’s shorter in-patient hospital stays put many patients – young or old – into 30-day stays in long term care facilities. Nurses who enjoy spending more than just a few days with patients in a hospital setting may find that long term care offers higher ...
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    3 Tips to Boost Your Nursing Grades

    3 Tips to Boost Your Nursing Grades
    Albert Einstein once said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. With all the classes and care plans and tests, it’s easy to get into a study rut, studying the way that makes you feel most comfortable. But if you keep studying that way, and you’re grades aren’t improving ... change it ...
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    Travel Nursing 101

    Travel Nursing 101
    A chance to explore the country is awaiting nurses who decide it's time to give travel nursing a try. Maybe you have always had a secret yearning to see the country, to take off in search of adventure, wherever it might lead you. Maybe you've always stifled that urge because you thought you were tied down by your job. Not anymore! ...
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    5 Reasons to Get a MSN

    5 Reasons to Get a MSN
    Who needs advanced education? Maybe you! While you can have a perfectly wonderful nursing career with a RN or BSN degree, MSN-prepared nurses have additional opportunities and earning power. Plus, healthcare is quickly evolving, and many nurse experts and healthcare organizations are calling upon nurses to increase their education to be on par with other healthcare providers. Physicians complete eight years ...
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    The Ultimate List of Professional Associations for Nurses

    The Ultimate List of Professional Associations for Nurses
    Whatever your nursing specialty, you can bet there’s an association out there to offer career information, continuing-education credit, networking opportunities and other resources to meet your professional needs. Here are some nursing organizations to check out, listed in alphabetical order: [widget:school_finder_widget__nursinglink] • Academy of Medical-Surgical-Nurses • Academy of Neonatal Nursing • Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association • American Academy of ...
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    10 Perks of a Nursing Career

    When someone thinks about what they gain from their job, invariably salary rises to the surface. For nurses, it's no different. However, quality of life isn't solely about money. There's how much one enjoys their work, and of course perks and benefits. Many of the perks and benefits of being a nurse are monetary, either directly or indirectly helping nurses ...
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    Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

    Associate of Science in Medical Assisting
    An Associate of Science in Medical Assisting combines clinical training with classroom education. The program typically takes 1-2 years to complete, and a degree is awarded after successfully passing a minimum number of academic units. While there is on-the-job-training and certificate programs for medical assisting, an Associate of Science in Medical Assisting goes a step beyond by increasing the classroom education. ...
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    Become a Holistic Nurse

    Become a Holistic Nurse
    What is Holistic Nursing? Holistic nursing has been broadly defined by the American Holistic Nurses Association as, "all nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal". The perspective of the holistic nurse is one that takes into account the interconnectedness of mental, physical, and spiritual health into their traditional nursing practice. The holistic nurse draws from a defined ...
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    Top 10 Best and Worst States to be a CNA

    Top 10 Best and Worst States to be a CNA
    There is a projected need for 393,000 CNAs needed in the United States by 2016. CNAs are one of the most in demand professions in America, but with so many job openings, it begs the question: Where should you work? NursingLink is committed to providing its members with the most most pertinent career research available. Below is the 10 best and ...
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