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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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    10 Most Exciting Jobs in Nursing

    10 Most Exciting Jobs in Nursing
    A cool job…what’s that? The best answer is that it’s a job that lets you do things you love – at work – and get paid well for it. You could also add great growth potential as a criteria, too. Today nursing’s outer limits are expanding hugely, with all kinds of creative, exciting possibilities. From mind-body medicine to leading the hospital ...
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    6 Reasons to Get a BSN

    6 Reasons to Get a BSN
    Thinking of getting a nursing degree – or advancing your nursing education? Sign up for a BSN program! While the nursing profession has debated the minimum degree for entry into the profession for years (the American Nurses Association first recommended the baccalaureate degree as the "minimum preparation for the beginning professional nursing practice" in 1965), there are still multiple paths to ...
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    Complete Your RN Program

    Complete Your RN Program
    Nursing Clinicals clinicals to be stressful at first. You worry about whether you will make a mistake that could actually harm a patient. Nursing students joke about this (“I made it through clinicals today with out killing anyone!”) but the truth of the matter is that you can find yourself in some very stressful situations. Mental Preparation Be prepared for an ...
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    The Benefits of Being a Travel Nurse

    The Benefits of Being a Travel Nurse
    So you are debating whether to become a Travel Nurse and you are curious to know some of the benefits. Here is a brief list covering most of the benefits you can expect: [gate] Travel One of the better travel nurse benefits is the ability to pick assignments all over the country. After all it is called Travel Nursing. If you ...
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    5 Exciting Nursing Specialties

    5 Exciting Nursing Specialties
    It is no big secret that the upcoming retirement of the baby boomers will put enormous strain on the health care industry. While this may not be great times for hospital management, qualified nurses are in high demand and enjoy many job benefits including sign on bonuses, tuition reimbursement, and retention bonuses. There are hundreds of career avenues for nurses, but ...
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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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    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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    9 Qualities of a Great Nurse

    9 Qualities of a Great Nurse
    It takes many great qualities to be a good nurse. Nursing as a specialty requires people to be as smart as doctors, as patient as a mother does, and as compassionate as a friend. A nursing career allows you to experience a level of personal gratification that does not come with any other job. What are the qualities that a great ...
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    Tips for Getting into Nursing School

    Tips for Getting into Nursing School
    Given the nursing shortage, it's unfortunate that nursing schools reject many eager prospective nurses each year. In 2007, nearly 31,000 qualified applicants were turned away due to a shortage of faculty and resources, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. In Maryland, nursing schools are "bursting at the seams," says Tracy Jamison, director of admissions at the University of ...
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    Is an Accelerated BSN Program Right For You?

    Is an Accelerated BSN Program Right For You?
    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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    What Makes Becoming a Nurse Worthwhile?

    What Makes Becoming a Nurse Worthwhile?
    Day in and day out, nursing can take a toll on even the most motivated RN. Staying optimistic while working long hours in less-than-optimal conditions - not to mention dealing with irate patients, colleagues and supervisors - can be a monumental challenge that may at times cause you to second-guess your choice of profession. Thankfully, though, a moment or situation occasionally ...
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    Nursing Specialties to Advance Your Career

    Nursing Specialties to Advance Your Career
    If you're an experienced nursing professional, there are a number of opportunities in advanced practice nursing you could pursue. [widget:301] Advanced practice nurses fall into four categories: nurse practitioners (NPs), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and clinical nurse specialists (CNSes). All require advanced education (typically leading to a master's degree) and clinical experience. After that, certification and state ...
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    5 Nursing Stereotypes Debunked

    The nursing profession has patiently endured some of the most defining stereotypes – many of them gender-related. From typecasting this career of care as female-only, to belittling nurses as wannabe doctors, there are few mistruths nurses haven't heard. Some of these traditional stereotypes may have been true once upon a time. But like most stereotypes, most of these ideas are ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Prepare for Your First Year as a Nurse

    Prepare for Your First Year as a Nurse
    What happens after you get hired? How do you make a success of yourself? The first year on the job is often the toughest for new nursing graduates, especially those who work in hospitals. In fact, new nurse graduates account for more than half of the turnover rate in some hospitals, according to a study published in 2007 by Johns Hopkins ...
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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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