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    Is Nursing For Me?

    Is Nursing For Me?
    This is a question that can be extremely easy or horribly difficult to answer. Answering this question is just as complex as the description of what we nurses REALLY do. If I had to carve it down to one simple thought, I think the simplest explanation is: it either IS or ISN’T. There really is no middle ground. There are things ...
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    Air and Surface Transport Nursing

    Air and Surface Transport Nursing
    In the quest to search out exciting avenues that can be pursued using a nursing degree, the “flight nurse” or “air or surface transport nurse” emerged. This path seems to welcome both ADN and BSN educated nurses. But, also, if you are inclined to further your BSN education, there is a Master’s degree offered specifically for flight nursing. The Masters program ...
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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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    5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Clinical Rotations

    5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Clinical Rotations
    School is starting again. It’s back to the books, the studying, the commuting, and, maybe this year you are adding more clinical work to your schedule. It will take a lot of time out of your life and you may be anxious about it, but here are five big pluses to completing those clinical rotations and some pointers on getting the ...
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    "Perfect Fit" Nursing

    "Perfect Fit" Nursing
    Picking a nursing specialty is easy for some–harder for others! New nurses need to ultimately decide what area of nursing fits them intellectually and emotionally, and sometimes that takes real work as well as changing jobs. It is miserable to find oneself in an area of nursing that doesn’t fit–for me that would have been med/surg or ortho. Yet I know ...
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    The 411 on Neonatal Nursing

    The 411 on Neonatal Nursing
    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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    The Trouble With Getting Clinical Experience

    The Trouble With Getting Clinical Experience
    In my clinical experiences, I’ve found that it’s really hard to get the opportunity to perform a new skill. Picture it: New patient admitted to the floor, assigned to the nurse you are following, and needs an IV started. You (the student nurse): Can I start the IV? Nurse: Have you done it before? You: I’ve performed it several times in ...
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    Ethical Dilemmas in Correctional Nursing

    Ethical Dilemmas in Correctional Nursing
    Basis of Ethical Care Two basic principles of ethical care are beneficence (acting only for the benefit of the patient) and nonmalfeasance (do no harm to the patient). In the course of working in a security environment, an ethical dilemma can arise when the goals of custody administration seem to conflict with these principles. A code of ethics specific to correctional ...
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    What About Forensic Nursing?

    What About Forensic Nursing?
    1992 was the first year the term “forensic nursing” was used. In 1996, this specialty was officially recognized by the American Association of Nurses. Today, there are 535 clinical forensic programs available that include graduate degree work, as well as certificate education. There are so many exciting possibilities in nursing and this field seems particularly interesting and worthy of “investigation.” So, ...
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    You Know You're a Student Nurse When…

    You Know You're a Student Nurse When…
    What makes us student nurses stand out from the crowd? The good, the bad and everything in between, you know you’re a student nurse when: 1. You’re walking around looking like a marshmallow in your stiff, unstructured, stark-white scrubs. 2. You are more excited about drawing blood than all the vampires in Twilight put together. 3. Prepping an IV piggyback is ...
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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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    The World of Nursing: Then and Now

    The Mindset List, created by Beloit College in Wisconsin, helps faculty members prepare for incoming students by ensuring that their cultural references are up-to-date and reflect the worldview of current students. Its originators, Humanities Professor Tom McBride and former Public Affairs Director Ron Nief, have published this clever list since 1998 to help faculty stay in touch with younger generations. The ...
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    New Nursing Students and Online Education

    New Nursing Students and Online Education
    There is a new breed of students preparing to enter the healthcare field. Armed with laptops, graduates of nursing degrees are changing the landscape of nursing education and the expectations of the next generation of nursing students. The current nursing shortage may be a supporting factor in the growth of online nursing programs; however, students seeking online nursing degrees may also ...
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    In Her Own Words: A Nursing Student's Story

    In Her Own Words: A Nursing Student's Story
    Erin Downing is a 23 year old University of California, Santa Barbara graduate who will begin an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in September 2008 at Samuel Merritt College. Before pursuing nursing school, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In this interview, she shares her experiences, in her own words, with NursingLink. h4. How did you decide ...
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    Fast Track to a Nursing Degree

    Fast Track to a Nursing Degree
    Whether looking to add meaning to their workdays or find a new vocation after being laid off from a foundering industry, career-changing professionals are increasingly turning to accelerated bachelor's programs in nursing. Accelerated BSN programs train folks with bachelor's degrees in other fields to be nurses in 12 to 18 months. The number of accelerated BSN programs has grown dramatically, from ...
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    Diversity in Nursing Career Paths

    Diversity in Nursing Career Paths
    In 2005, the theme for Nurses Week was "Nurses: Many Roles, One Profession". This easily defines nursing's many diverse opportunities. For some nurses, that first day of clinicals is a defining moment. Some either fall in love with hospital nursing or absolutely hate it. As students travel through the various clinical rotations, it is not uncommon to fall in love with ...
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    How to Choose a Nursing Specialty

    How to Choose a Nursing Specialty
    Your nursing program will include at least one semester on each nursing specialty. This gives you terrific exposure for you to make possible career choices, apart from giving you the much-required hands-on experience. Demand for Specialized Nurses Currently, the United States is going through a severe nursing shortage, which is projected to continue for a long time. This is actually good ...
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    Forensic Nursing 101

    Forensic Nursing 101
    Do you watch shows like “CSI” or “Bones” and wish you had the skills to forensically solve crimes? Forensic nursing lets you catch the criminals without a criminal justice background! Forensic nursing is one of the fastest-growing specialties in nursing and a crucial link between the health industry and the law. Many professionals agree that the CSI television shows don't do ...
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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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