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    The Ultimate NCLEX Overview

    The Ultimate NCLEX Overview
    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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    Survive Nursing School

    Survive Nursing School
    You’ve gotten through your prerequisites and you’ve gotten accepted to the nursing school of your choice. Congratulations! Now comes the hard part. Remember how challenging your Anatomy and Physiology course was? Now you have to deal with Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (Known as “Path” and “Pharm” to the seasoned nursing student). And on top of your courses you will be attending clinicals. ...
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    Choose the Right Path

    Choose the Right Path
    Did you know that there are different ways of becoming a nurse? How do you know which path to choose? Here is some information from the Department of Labor to help you decide: You can obtain one (or more!) of several degrees in order to become a nurse. The first of which is a Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse. ...
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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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    Decide on a Nursing Specialty

    Decide on a Nursing Specialty
    The good news is that you have a wide range of specialties to choose from. The bad news? You have a wide range of specialties to choose from. How do you make up your mind? Fortunately you will have lots of exposure to each one. In nursing school you will typically spend about a semester in each specialty. Here's a run ...
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    All About Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners

    All About Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
    Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners are advanced practice nurses who provide care and consultation to patients suffering from psychiatric and mental health disorders. For additional information from actual nurses in this field, please see the Psychiatric Nursing discussion thread. h4. Average Annual Salary $95,000 h4. Educational Requirements Related Links Article: NursingLink’s Ten Step Guide To Becoming A Nurse Afraid you can't afford nursing ...
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    Pediatric Endocrinology Nurse

    Pediatric Endocrinology Nurse
    Pediatric Endocrinology Nurses provide care to young children who are suffering from diseases and disorders of the endocrine system. This often involves educating both parents and children on the the physical and sexual development issues that arise from these disorders. For additional information from actual nurses in this field, please see the Pediatric Endocrinology Nursing discussion thread. h4. Average Annual Salary ...
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    Nurse Researcher

    Nurse Researcher
    Nurse Researchers work as analysts for private companies or health policy nonprofits. They publish research studies based on data collected on specific pharmaceutical/medical/nursing product and practices. h4. Average Annual Salary $95,000 Educational Requirements Related Links Article: NursingLink’s Ten Step Guide To Becoming A Nurse Afraid you can't afford nursing school? Check out the millions of dollars available in ! Nurses with ...
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    Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

    Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
    Gerontological Nurse Practitioners (GNPs) hold advanced degrees specializing in geriatrics. They are able to diagnose and manage their patients' often long-term and debilitating conditions and provide regular assessments to patients' family members. Similar to all geriatrics nurses, GNPs must approach nursing holistically and pay special attention to maintaining a comforting bedside manner for their elderly patients. h4. Average Annual Salary $75,000 ...
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    Become a Nurse - Career Specialties

    Become a Nurse - Career Specialties
    Most registered nurses choose to follow a career path focused on a specific nursing specialty that fits their personality and intellectual interests. Some specialties involve being certified by a professional board or association which will often increase a nurse's wages and long-term promotion potential. Below are links to several profiles of popular nursing specialties. Each profile includes the average salary and ...
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    State Licensure Factsheet: State-by-State Information

    State Licensure Factsheet: State-by-State Information
    In the United States, boards of nursing are the administrative bodies responsible for the regulation of nursing in each state and territory. These government agencies administer the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX – RN) and the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX – PN), and issue licenses based on which prospective nurses passed those examinations. Fours ...
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    Nurse Practitioner

    Nurse practitioners provide basic preventive health care to patients, and increasingly serve as primary and specialty care providers in mainly medically underserved areas. The most common areas of specialty for nurse practitioners are family practice, adult practice, women’s health, pediatrics, acute care, and gerontology; however, there are many other specialties. In most states, nurse practitioners can prescribe medications. h4. Median Annual ...
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    Certified Nurse Midwife

    Certified Nurse Midwife
    Nurse midwives provide primary care to women, including gynecological exams, family planning advice, prenatal care, assistance in labor and delivery, and neonatal care. CNMs work in hospitals, clinics, health departments, homes and private practices. Midwives will often have to work unpredictable hours (due to the unpredictable nature of childbirth). They should have good communications skills should be willing to commit to ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    "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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