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    Top 10 Highest Paying Nursing Specialties

    Top 10 Highest Paying Nursing Specialties
    After nurses finish nursing school, choosing the right nursing specialty becomes their chief focus. With so many specialties to choose from, many prospective nurses find it difficult to just pick one, but with nearly every specialty requiring candidates to pass a series of exams and fulfill a period of on-the-job training, time is of the essence! Pay should not be your ...
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    5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Nursing Education

    5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Nursing Education
    Anyone who has completed nursing school can tell you where they have floundered in their education. These could be big mistakes, the school they chose, or small mistakes, “boy, I didn’t read that instructor very well.” But, here are five possible pit-falls that, in my experience, might be worth side-stepping… • *Gain some first hand knowledge of the field before choosing ...
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    10 Steps to Becoming a Nurse

    10 Steps to Becoming a Nurse
    Do you want to become a nurse but don’t know where to start out? This 10-step guide will help you find your way. You'll learn about the nursing profession, find out about the educational requirements and certifications, and get tips on how to survive your first year as a nurse. This guide is meant for prospective, current, and second career nurses ...
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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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    ADN vs. BSN: Which should you choose?

    ADN vs. BSN: Which should you choose?
    First of all, let's establish what each one stands for. A BSN is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, while an ADN is an Associates Degree in Nursing. Both degrees lead to getting your RN but there are some differences between the two. The main difference is the length of time and the amount of credits required to complete the program. ...
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    Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Nurse?

    Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Nurse?
    Although people considering careers in nursing come from all walks of life, many potential nurses share a surprisingly common set of questions and concerns, such as “Can I get into nursing school?” and “Am I crazy to become a nurse at my age?” Two nurses and a nursing professor address wannabe nurses’ frequently asked questions. How difficult is it to get ...
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    Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Basics

    Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Basics
    A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist is someone who administers anesthesia to patients. They collaborate with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists and podiatrists to safely administer anesthesia medications. For additional information, please refer to the Nurse Anesthetist discussion thread. Median Annual Salary $134,820 Educational Requirements Related Links Article: NursingLink’s Ten Step Guide To Becoming A Nurse Afraid you can't afford nursing school? Check out ...
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    Take the Prerequisites

    Take the Prerequisites
    If you elect to go the BSN or ADN route, here is a list of the prerequisites you most likely will be required to take: * General Biology * General Chemistry * Organic Chemistry * Microbiology * Anatomy & Physiology * Mathematics * Statistics * Nutrition * Developmental Psychology * English Composition * Multicultural Studies * General Education This list is ...
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    NCLEX Study Guide

    NCLEX Study Guide
    The NCLEX-RN exam focuses primarily on eight _Client Needs_ categories. Each category assesses a nurse's _ability_ to address a patient's primary health needs in a wide range of medical scenarios. The questions are further broken down into four types of _Integrated Practices_ (Nursing Process, Caring, Communication and Documentation, Teaching/Learning), which focuses on the ways that nurses _approach_ client needs. The key ...
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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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    Certified Nursing Assistant - A Closer Look

    Certified Nursing Assistant - A Closer Look
    When most people hear the term "Certified Nursing Assistant" (better known as CNA), the first thing that comes to mind is a career in a nursing home. While it's true that this is probably the industry's biggest demand for CNAs, there are other places to use this certification. But what exactly is a CNA, and how can it work for you? ...
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    Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Clinical Nurse Specialists develop uniform standards for quality care and work with staff nurses to ensure that those standards are being met. They are required to possess strong managerial skills and an ability to anticipate potential staff/patient conflicts. For more in-depth information check out the article Clinical Nurse Leaders. h4. Median Annual Salary $76,209 h4. Educational Requirements Related Links Article: NursingLink’s ...
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    Why You Should Choose a BSN

    Why You Should Choose a BSN
    Whether you have a diploma, an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN), landing a nursing job these days usually isn’t a problem. Advancing in the profession, though, is another matter if you hold less than a BSN, according to experts. But is the BSN always a necessity? Is an associate’s degree alone enough to open ...
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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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    Learn About Being a Nurse

    Learn About Being a Nurse
    Considering Nursing? Nursing is the largest health care profession in the US, with over 2.9 million RNs nationwide. Because nurses are involved in every type of health care need from basic health to acute care, every nurse has followed a specific path of education to become an RN and develop an expertise. Not sure where you fit? This guide was designed ...
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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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    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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    Back to School Guide for Nursing Students

    Back to School Guide for Nursing Students
    It's that time of the year again. Summer is coming to a close, the leaves are turning, and you are beginning to spend your money on books instead of bathing suits. Whether you can't wait to get back to the daily grind of studying and late nights, or you wish summer would last another three months, you need to be ready ...
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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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    5 Top Hospitals That Will Pay for Your Education

    5 Top Hospitals That Will Pay for Your Education
    Many hospitals offer some form of tuition reimbursement or loan forgiveness, but these five hospitals do that, and more. From staff development classes to on-site degree programs, these hospitals virtually pay you to go to school. If you are lucky enough to land a job at one of these prestigious hospitals, you will find not only opportunities for educational advancement, but ...
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