Educational Resources for Aspiring Nurses

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    Become a Certified Nursing Assisant (CNA)

    Become a Certified Nursing Assisant (CNA)
    h4. What is a Certified Nursing Assistant? Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant is the perfect stepping-stone into a career as a nurse. While a CNA is not technically a nurse, CNAs work alongside nurses, and most progress to LPNs and RNs. CNAs usually work in hospitals and clinics, but they do not have the same amount of training and education as ...
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    6 Reasons to Get a BSN

    6 Reasons to Get a BSN
    Thinking of getting a nursing degree – or advancing your nursing education? Sign up for a BSN program! While the nursing profession has debated the minimum degree for entry into the profession for years (the American Nurses Association first recommended the baccalaureate degree as the "minimum preparation for the beginning professional nursing practice" in 1965), there are still multiple paths to ...
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    Top 10 Best and Worst States to be a LPN/LVN

    Top 10 Best and Worst States to be a LPN/LVN
    There is a projected need for 309,000 LPN and LVNs needed in the United States by 2016. LPN and LVNs 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 ...
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    Management of Care

    The _Management of Care_ section of the NCLEX-RN assesses a nurse's ability to properly manage a patient’s care while still complying within all necessary regulations. Exam takers should err on the safe side and ensure that their answers do not compromise the patient’s safety. Below is a list of terms and concepts that are covered on the exam. h4. Advance Directives ...
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    Learn About Being a Nurse

    Learn About Being a Nurse
    Considering Nursing? Nursing is the largest health care profession in the US, with over 2.9 million RNs nationwide. Because nurses are involved in every type of health care need from basic health to acute care, every nurse has followed a specific path of education to become an RN and develop an expertise. Not sure where you fit? This guide was designed ...
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    LPN / LVN Certification

    LPN / LVN Certification
    Most LPN / LVN programs last about 1 year and are normally offered by vocational / technical schools or community or colleges. LPNs must be licensed to practice in all states, so completing this 1 year program is pivotal. The exam that LPNs must pass is called the NCLEX-PN, which can only be taken after passing a state-approved program. The exam ...
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    Choose the Nursing School That Fits You

    Choose the Nursing School That Fits You
    There are nursing programs in the largest universities as well as the smallest community colleges. There are even online programs! So there's bound to be something for you. Here are the questions to ask yourself when selecting a school. Should I get an ADN or BSN? Deciding whether you want to go for an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree is ...
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    5 Tips to Deal With Nursing School Stress

    5 Tips to Deal With Nursing School Stress
    The stress level of nursing students is higher than those in most other academic programs, and some studies have even suggested that their stress levels are higher than their counterparts in medical school, social work and pharmacology programs. The workload of nursing students is profound—not only maintaining academic studies and a clinical practice, but also a work/life balance that is important ...
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    Pass the NCLEX

    Pass the NCLEX
    NCLEX stands for National Council Licensure Examination and The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) develops it. It is the exam you will need to pass in order to become a registered nurse. You will hear much talk of it during nursing school. Instructors often refer to exam questions as “NCLEX style questions.” Does this mean that they are ...
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    5 Reasons to Get a PhD/DNP

    5 Reasons to Get a PhD/DNP
    Less than one percent of all American nurses have a doctoral degree. But if the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has its way, that will soon change. Last year, the IOM, in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released The Future of Nursing, a summary of its two-year study of nursing and healthcare. The report says nurses need to take on ...
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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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    Comprehensive NCLEX Study Guide - Quiz Yourself!

    Passing the NCLEX exam is one of the most important steps en route to becoming a nurse. Though it is inevitable that it, like all exams, will make prospective nurses stressed and feeling overwhelmed, there are several important tips that may serve to mitigate these pressures. First of all, It is important to remember that the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN are designed ...
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    3 Perks of an NP Degree

    3 Perks of an NP Degree
    Having been a nurse for the past 30-plus years and about to complete my DNP, I wanted to reflect on my career path. I’ve come to the conclusion that returning to school for my MSN and NP was my most satisfying career move. Once I completed my NP, several new career opportunities became available. I’ve been an Emergency Department NP for ...
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    The Nurse Expert Witness: A Professional Legal Nurse Consultant Practice

    The Nurse Expert Witness:  A Professional Legal Nurse Consultant Practice
    Q: So who is an expert witness, and can I be an expert witness? A: There is a difference between a witness and an expert witness. As a general rule, a lay witness, as opposed to an expert witness, usually testifies as to facts and does not give his/her opinion. A jury, however, normally does not have extensive scientific knowledge as ...
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    Neonatal Nursing: An In-Depth Look

    Neonatal Nursing: An In-Depth Look
    With an increase in the number of premature babies requiring acute hospital care, new and experienced nurses are finding more career opportunities in neonatal nursing. Neonatal nurses work in general maternity wards and in neonatal intensive-care units (NICUs). Those caring for premature and critically ill babies spend their shifts diapering and feeding the infants, checking vital signs, administering medications and tests, ...
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    Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Clinical Nurse Specialists develop uniform standards for quality care and work with staff nurses to ensure that those standards are being met. They are required to possess strong managerial skills and an ability to anticipate potential staff/patient conflicts. For more in-depth information check out the article Clinical Nurse Leaders. h4. Median Annual Salary $76,209 h4. Educational Requirements Related Links Article: NursingLink’s ...
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    Advanced Practice Nursing and the 2015 DNP

    Advanced Practice Nursing and the 2015 DNP
    The word is definitely out. Maybe since it’s now 2011, the rumor mill is churning more. The Internet and the bedside seem to be fraught with opinions, questions and down right confusion. From my own circle of the world it seems that everyone wants to know ‘what is up’. Let me clear the air and maybe shed just a shred of ...
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    15 Exciting Careers with an Advanced Nursing Degree

    15 Exciting Careers with an Advanced Nursing Degree
    Individuals considering nursing should carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of enrolling in a BSN or MSN program because, if they do, their advancement opportunities usually are broader. In fact, some career paths are open only to nurses with a bachelor’s or master’s degree. A bachelor’s degree often is necessary for administrative positions and is a prerequisite for admission to graduate ...
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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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    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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