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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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    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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    Is My Patient Faking It?

    Is My Patient Faking It?
    Unfortunately, correctional nurses must be wary of a variety of motives behind inmate-patients seeking medical or mental health treatment. Malingering is defined as the intentional falsification or exaggeration of symptoms for external motives or secondary gain. There is a high incidence of malingering in jails and prisons. A reported 20% of mental illness in corrections is malingering. Reasons to Fake Illness ...
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    Registered Nurses: Most Trusted Profession

    Registered Nurses: Most Trusted Profession
    In a recent poll, nurses were once again at the top of 21 professions for honesty and ethics. We’ve held that spot for seven years now. That’s according to a Gallup Poll, 84% percent of Americans rate nurses’ honesty and ethics as “very high” or “high.” Understandably, we beat bankers, congressmen, journalists and lawyers, but we also out-perform physicians, pharmacists, teachers ...
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    5 Reasons You Should Become a Nurse in 2009

    5 Reasons You Should Become a Nurse in 2009
    Have you always thought about becoming a nurse? Make your dream profession a reality! Read more about the top 5 reasons why 2009 is the year to break into the nursing profession. #1: Demand #2 Recession Proof #3 Salary Raise #4 Rewarding Profession #5 The Best Time to Go Back to School [page] #1: Demand While the economy might be headed ...
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    Travel Nursing: Tax Home vs. Permanent Residence

    Travel Nursing: Tax Home vs. Permanent Residence
    Travel nursing has many perks. In addition to beautiful locations, elegant housing, awesome hospitals, and more nursing jobs than you have probably ever imagined, there is also tax free money. Tax free money is considered by some to be the biggest perk in travel nursing. However, not all nurses qualify to receive tax free money...legally. So what makes one nurse qualify ...
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    What You Should Know to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant

    What You Should Know to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant
    With the healthcare industry growing every year and with the long term projections expected to continue growing steadily, you can't go wrong choosing a career as a certified nursing assistant. However, there are a certain number of courses and certifications that have to be met in order to become a CNA. Many CNA's work in the long term and residential nursing ...
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    About Accelerated Programs for BSN and MSN

    About Accelerated Programs for BSN and MSN
    Many people decide after they have completed their education they really want to be a nurse. Several years ago, nursing schools started admitting these students, to “accelerated” programs. For those who have completed another course of study and have a degree in another major, these accelerated programs allow for completion of a nursing BSN in as little as eleven months. At ...
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    Alternative Medicine and Hospice Care for LPN/RNs

    Alternative Medicine and Hospice Care for LPN/RNs
    After being reminded of the value of yoga principles and other alternative therapies recently I began some research in the possibilities of these in relation to expanding the career horizons of the LPN and RN. With the aging of the population, hospice care has become a valuable specialty in nursing care. Nurses are needed to provide basic nursing care, to oversee ...
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    Go Above and Beyond as a Disaster Relief Nurse

    Go Above and Beyond as a Disaster Relief Nurse
    Disaster relief nursing allows licensed nurses to utilize their medical skills in the event of a disaster. For days, or even weeks, at a time, nurses help to care for the victims of disasters like Hurricanes Katrina, The World Trade Center bombing and 9/11, and the recent Midwest floods. Volunteer service is exhausting, rewarding, and potentially dangerous. For those up to ...
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