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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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    Failed the NCLEX? 4 Strategies That Will Put You Back on Track

    Failed the NCLEX? 4 Strategies That Will Put You Back on Track
    You've completed your nursing education but didn't pass the test that signifies you're ready to become a full-fledged nurse: The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). How do you bounce back after failing? Nurses who've been there, as well as experts, say it takes inspiration, dedication and diligence. "Don't give up," advises Cheryl, a South Carolina RN who passed the NCLEX-RN in ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Q & A: Becoming a Nurse Educator

    Q & A: Becoming a Nurse Educator
    What is a nurse educator exactly? A nurse educator is a current or former nurse that has become a faculty member at a nursing school. Nurse educators serve an essential role as teachers, trainers, mentors, and role models for nursing students as they pass on their clinical expertise to the next generation. Nurse educators may teach in a classroom setting, a ...
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    PhD in Nursing Explained

    PhD in Nursing Explained
    What would Florence Nightingale think if she came back to life for a day? Would her goal of making nursing a respectable profession have been met? And what of Linda Richards (born Malinda Ann Judson Richards), the first professionally trained American nurse? What would she think if she saw that not only are nurses now trained according to strict guidelines, but ...
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    Breaking Through Assumptions About Nursing

    Breaking Through Assumptions About Nursing
    I had been awake and working for almost 32 hours. I’m an organ procurement coordinator and we frequently work 24-hour shifts, but this day had pushed me past my limits. I was beginning to think that I wasn’t cut out for the world of organ donation, that I was too old for what is clearly a young person’s game. At 35, ...
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    What to Consider Before Choosing a Nursing Specialty

    What to Consider Before Choosing a Nursing Specialty
    From emergency-room and operating-room nursing to pediatric and orthopedic nursing and beyond, there’s no shortage of specialties for today’s ambitious nurse. Besides the traditional specialties – OB/GYN, nurse anesthetist and nurse practitioners – there are lesser-known subfields such as telephone-triage nursing, forensic nursing (the application of nursing science to public or legal proceedings) and correctional nursing (nursing in prison settings). [widget:career_profile_articles_rn_articles_] ...
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    5 Reasons to Get a Doctorate Degree in Nursing

    5 Reasons to Get a Doctorate Degree in Nursing
    A nursing education can take many different forms and can lead in many different directions. Degrees range from an Associate degree in nursing to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. The more advanced the degree, the more flexibility you have to move into management, teaching and leadership roles. Although doctorate degrees in nursing have always been offered, they are increasing in popularity both ...
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    An Argument for Herbal Medicine in Nursing

    An Argument for Herbal Medicine in Nursing
    Herbal medications have been around since the dawn of time. I’m sure that Eve sent Adam out to the Garden of Eden a few times to dig up some Valerian root because she needed something to calm her nerves. Today, herbal supplements are more popular than ever. People are looking to live more naturally, and herbal supplements are especially favored among ...
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    Which Nursing Degree is Right for Me?

    Which Nursing Degree is Right for Me?
    A profession facing a predicted personnel shortage of 1 million by 2012 tends to get creative about helping career changers break into the field. That's exactly why diverse educational options are available to mid-career workers who want to switch gears and pursue a new career in nursing. "The variety is needed to avoid duplicative education efforts on the part of second-career ...
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