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    California Increases Loan Forgiveness for Nurses

    California Increases Loan Forgiveness for Nurses
    California State Assemblyman Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, recently introduced a bill that allows nurses to eliminate up to $40,000 of student debt — double the previous $20,000 limit.  The Assembly Higher Education Committee unanimously approved the bill. The Knight bill expands a previous loan forgiveness program that repaid up to $20,000 of a nurse’s student loans in exchange for four years of nursing ...
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    Happiest Nursing Moments

    Happiest Nursing Moments
    There are many of them, but two in particular stand out for me. They involve patients I have taken care of (of course). The first patient story I have blogged about previously. Here is an excerpt: During all of my 'normal' routines, this particular patient ever-so slightly placed her warm hand on my forearm, and with the stare of appreciation she ...
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    The Ultimate List of Professional Associations for Nurses

    The Ultimate List of Professional Associations for Nurses
    Whatever your nursing specialty, you can bet there’s an association out there to offer career information, continuing-education credit, networking opportunities and other resources to meet your professional needs. Here are some nursing organizations to check out, listed in alphabetical order: [widget:school_finder_widget__nursinglink] • Academy of Medical-Surgical-Nurses • Academy of Neonatal Nursing • Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association • American Academy of ...
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    5 Reasons to Become a Nurse Practitioner

    5 Reasons to Become a Nurse Practitioner
    If nursing is your passion, why not go back to school? It seems every other nurse is doing just that, and it’s no surprise. An advanced education offers many benefits. For instance, here are five ways that going back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner can take your career to the next level. 1. Open doors to new opportunities: An advanced education ...
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    An NP Goes to Washington

    An NP Goes to Washington
    Nurses nationwide are hoping for the best when it comes to healthcare reform: the best for their patients and the best for the future of their own profession. Fortunately, those who are drafting healthcare reform legislation are being careful to include as many voices as possible as they make their decisions—especially the voices of those who are interacting with patients every ...
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    Nursing is Not For Everyone

    Nursing is Not For Everyone
    Nursing is not for everyone. You must be prepared to work hard. Nursing is both physically and emotionally challenging and draining. With the exception of a few areas, nurses provide care around the clock 24/7. This is usually divided into shifts of 8 or 12 hours, but it includes nights, weekends, and yes, even holidays. You will miss family events, and ...
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    9 Reasons to Fall in Love With Nursing

    In a very basic sense, nursing is a profession of love. Love means giving of yourself, without asking anything in return, and this is what nurses do every day. You never know what you’re going to get at the beginning of a shift. You might get a patient that is an absolute joy to work with and save lives. You ...
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    Top 10 Reasons You KNOW You’re a Nurse

    Top 10 Reasons You KNOW You’re a Nurse
    1. You wash your hands before you use the bathroom. Isn’t microbiology a wonderful thing? My microbiology class scared the be-jeezus outta me. After that class I never looked at another public bathroom, restaurant, or salad bar the same. Things I notice about the ‘cleanliness’ of society leaves me speechless sometimes. If they only knew what they were really touching. 2. ...
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    Emerging Nurse Career: Patient Advocate

    Emerging Nurse Career: Patient Advocate
    I had never heard of a private patient advocate. But I always knew I had more to offer than just carrying out written doctor’s orders, filling out the paperwork and going home. I started brainstorming and searching around online for answers. What I found was exciting: Private patient advocacy is an emerging field that brings together nursing and medicine with social ...
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    Five Things Students Should Do to Pass the New NCLEX

    Five Things Students Should Do to Pass the New NCLEX
    A brand-new year means brand-new standards, at least for the NCLEX. With the December 15 announcement by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to raise the passing standard on the NCLEX-RN exam, aspiring nurses taking the test after April 2010 may find the exam more challenging than anticipated. Historically, new standards have been shown to affect passing rates. ...
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    The Greatest Gift of All?

    The Greatest Gift of All?
    If you could imagine the greatest gift to receive, what would it be? Some would say a winning lottery ticket. Others would argue that the car of their dream or house they’ve always wanted would suffice. And some would stray from the material world and deem that marrying your soul mate or seeing your kids grow up into successful adults would ...
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    10 Hottest Nursing Specialties for 2010

    Registered nurses still constitute the largest health care occupation, with 2.5 million jobs and growing — and 2010 promises to create even more opportunities. 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 ...
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    Math Help for the Adult Student Returning to School

    Math Help for the Adult Student Returning to School
    More adults than ever before are returning to formal education. Some want to learn what they have failed to learn in high school. Some have made the momentous decision to earn a high school diploma or to go to college for the first - or second or third - time. And some, particularly those in mid-life, want additional education in order ...
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    Top Study Tips for Math

    Top Study Tips for Math
    Conquer Math Phobia Now If you are afraid of math, tell yourself that by the end of this semester you won't be anymore. Math phobia is a widespread epidemic in our country, so if you suffer from it, you're not alone. However, if you need to take a math class, you can do well — even if you have historically feared ...
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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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    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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