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    10 Things That College Taught Us About Life

    1. Dorms College is a time of extreme freedom but, let’s face it, not everything about college screams unfettered space. Students don’t usually have a lot of extra money and that means that their personal space is limited. In fact, the average college student has bunked down in a dorm room. According to the 2000 census, about 2 million students ...
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    How to Get the Fed to Pay Your Nursing School Loans

    How to Get the Fed to Pay Your Nursing School Loans
    For several years, the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, specifically, the Health Services and Resource Administration (HRSA) has granted repayment of loans to people who have completed nursing school and will work for two or more years in a qualified facility. The program is called the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP) and this year, President Obama increased the ...
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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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    So You Want to Be A Male Nurse

    So You Want to Be A Male Nurse
    Yes. It can and does happen. Contrary to popular belief and myth, there really are male nurses out there! And yes, we do encounter discrimination every so often – some greater than others, and some more severe. I can remember when I first made the decision to be a nurse… “You want to be a Murse?” “I guess you didn’t want ...
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    Critical-Care Nurses Specialize in Saving Lives

    Critical-Care Nurses Specialize in Saving Lives
    With an ability to think quickly, act decisively and stay calm when lives are at stake, critical-care nurses are among the in-demand healthcare professionals who make life-or-death decisions about patient care every day. Critical-care nurses treat patients at high risk for actual or potential life-threatening health problems and also tend to the emotional well-being of those patients' families. That's no small ...
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    Disaster Relief: Boost Your Skills — and Karma!

    Helping a little can go a long way. On September 26, 2009, Typhoon Ondoy (also internationally known as Typhoon Ketsana) dropped an entire month’s worth of rainfall on the Philippines in a matter of hours. Typhoon Ketsana has already claimed hundreds of lives and destroyed thousands of Philippine residents’ homes and crops vital to the area’s livelihood. It has claimed ...
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    Paramedic Bridge to RN Programs

    Paramedic Bridge to RN Programs
    Another innovation in nursing education and maybe another way to get more RNs onto the hospital floors sooner! If you are a paramedic but have been frustrated by the inability to advance in the medical field, this maybe the way for you to achieve some higher career goals with an abbreviated course of study. You still are expected to fulfill the ...
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    How to Survive (And Even Thrive) in a Skills Lab

    How to Survive (And Even Thrive) in a Skills Lab
    We all know that “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” Nursing students who are taught nursing skills one year will lose some of those newly found skills over the summer vacation. Some experts say it only takes two weeks to begin losing dexterity for a new skill. So, many nursing programs run “skills labs” periodically to keep newly educated ...
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    Nurses Caring for Older Adults in Long-Term Care (LTC): The Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations

    Nurses Caring for Older Adults in Long-Term Care (LTC): The Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations
    Nurses often ask how they can find out what is happening in LTC and how can they get current and reputable information about nursing practice in LTC settings. We suggest that you use a “one-stop” shopping approach and look to the Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations (CGNO) for the information you may need. The CGNO encompasses 8 organizations representing over 28,700 ...
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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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    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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    Being the Nurse Outside Work

    Being the Nurse Outside Work
    Healthcare. A profession where we are all taught how to and expected to respond appropriately in emergency situations, help people in need, and save lives… right? A hefty expectation for any individual, but an honorable one I suppose. When handed the appropriate resources for following out such expectations (hospital setting, nearby code cart, ample hands with comparable "life-saving" experience) although the ...
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    Expanding Acceptance of Nursing Students

    Expanding Acceptance of Nursing Students
    Everyone knows the difficulty in getting into nursing educational programs. The problems with overcrowding in nursing programs have given rise to the use of lotteries and waiting lists. What prospective student has not experienced the problems inherent in waiting and waiting to enter an institution? And we all know the reason. The lack of nursing faculty has diminished the numbers of ...
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    10 Things to Remember When Choosing a Nursing School

    10 Things to Remember When Choosing a Nursing School
    It is so great that you have decided to follow your dream and become a nurse. Now what? How do you start? There are many things to consider when deciding to enter the nursing field. Do you want to specialize? Is there an area of nursing that particularly “calls” to you? How will you support yourself and your family while you ...
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    Summer Fun for Nursing Students

    Summer Fun for Nursing Students
    Now that school is out for the summer, it’s time for some much needed R&R. My guess is that although you’re loving your time off, you may be trying to fill the void in your life that was once consumed by mounds of books and endless study sessions. Here are a few ways to make this summer the best one yet! ...
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    A Day in the Life of a Nurse

    A Day in the Life of a Nurse
    Ever wonder what it's like to step into someone else's shoes for a day? Maybe you are considering nurses and want to get an insider's view of the industry. Or maybe you are already a nurse and want to understand what a different specialty is like. Here's your chance. Our Day in the Life... series will virtually take you into the ...
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    Nursing Informatics- Another Career Avenue

    Nursing Informatics- Another Career Avenue
    As we are all aware, electronic health records, on-line learning and countless other forms of technological assistance tools for the medical professional are here and here to stay. These valuable resources can offer the hospital or ambulatory care nurse the possibility of medical records readily at hand, reminders of allergies, and quick references for patient care essentials. However, all of these ...
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    Is Nursing a Profession or a Trade?

    Is Nursing a Profession or a Trade?
    Is it possible for a profession to have an identity crisis? If so, then nursing does. Nurses frequently fight among themselves about who should be called a nurse, and they fight with the outside world about whether nursing is a profession or a trade. So which one is it? Is nursing a profession? Or a trade? The world needs tradesmen. Even ...
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    The NCLEX: How To Prepare

    The NCLEX: How To Prepare
    You have just completed years of nursing school, you have requested licensure from your state and you have registered to take “the exam.” What do you do now? How can you be sure you will pass the test that will allow you to practice? How do you stop feeling so anxious about the test and your future? The NCLEX is an ...
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    CEU’s- Virtual Learning VS Being There

    CEU’s- Virtual Learning VS Being There
    Now that you have had your license for a couple of years, you may be thinking about attending continuing education courses. Here are some thoughts about how to decide what kind of conference to attend and whether or not to do your learning virtually or in-person. Continuing Education requirements for registered nurses vary from State to State. Some states mandate as ...
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