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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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    Quality Management Professional Certification

    Quality Management Professional Certification
    As a nurse with a certification in healthcare quality management, there are avenues to influence the more global issues facing your organization and ultimately, patient care. This has become a time of cost saving, cost cutting measures. Who determines what budgets are reduced and where the work force adjustments occur? Of course it is not the floor nurses. However, floor nurses ...
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    How Does a CNA Become an LPN?

    How Does a CNA Become an LPN?
    While both Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are both required to work under the supervision of a doctor or registered nurse, LPNs are given greater responsibility and thereby receive higher salaries than their CNA counterparts. LPNs, referred to as Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) in California and Texas, make the natural "second step" between CNAs and RNs. The ...
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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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    The Certification Possibilities are Almost Endless

    The Certification Possibilities are Almost Endless
    Congratulations! You have graduated from nursing school. Maybe you have also passed the NCLEX- RN and are ready to practice. Now, where can you go? What kinds of specialties are out there? And what certifications are offered for the RN? Of course, as a Nurse Practitioner or as a Certified Nurse Midwife there are certifications you can get that validate your ...
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    The Diploma Education for RN

    The Diploma Education for RN
    Another possibility for nursing school is to get a nursing diploma (as opposed to a BSN or ADN) from an accredited school. These programs are often hospital based but have connections with local community colleges. This is a good choice if you are looking for a nursing degree that will educate you to perform well, in an in-patient setting immediately on ...
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    Health-Care MBAs See Brighter Future

    Health-Care MBAs See Brighter Future
    Looking to sidestep the gloomy job market? Consider getting an MBA in health management. Recent findings from Moody's Investors Service indicate that President-elect Barack Obama's health-care proposals, if enacted, could galvanize the industry. The plans, which call for expanding the availability of health insurance and reducing health-care costs, could also increase demand for health-care management jobs. "If more people have health ...
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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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    5 Nursing Certifications to Increase your Value

    5 Nursing Certifications to Increase your Value
    If you want to broaden your nursing knowledge or take the next step in your career, upgrading your degree is far from your only option. Nursing certifications can add value to your degree and help you specialize in one area of the profession. Here are a few popular choices for you to consider: You could be an 1. ACRN (AIDS-Certified RN), ...
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    Advanced Degree: To Be or Not?

    Advanced Degree:  To Be or Not?
    So now, you have been doing hospital or clinic nursing for some time, maybe a year, or three years, or five, and you are thinking about a change of direction. Maybe you are beginning to succumb to the all-too-common “burn out” that new nurses seem to experience. Will more schooling help? Will one of a number of advanced nursing degrees help ...
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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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    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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    LPN / LVN Certification

    LPN / LVN Certification
    Most LPN / LVN programs last about 1 year and are normally offered by vocational / technical schools or community or colleges. LPNs must be licensed to practice in all states, so completing this 1 year program is pivotal. The exam that LPNs must pass is called the NCLEX-PN, which can only be taken after passing a state-approved program. The exam ...
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    Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Clinical Nurse Specialist
    Average Salary: $76,000 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 additional information on this field, please see the entire Clinical Nurse Specialist profile. Next: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Previous: Nurse ...
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    What You Should Know to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant

    What You Should Know to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant
    With the healthcare industry growing every year and with the long term projections expected to continue growing steadily, you can't go wrong choosing a career as a certified nursing assistant. However, there are a certain number of courses and certifications that have to be met in order to become a CNA. Many CNA's work in the long term and residential nursing ...
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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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    Become a Certified Nursing Assisant (CNA)

    Become a Certified Nursing Assisant (CNA)
    h4. What is a Certified Nursing Assistant? Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant is the perfect stepping-stone into a career as a nurse. While a CNA is not technically a nurse, CNAs work alongside nurses, and most progress to LPNs and RNs. CNAs usually work in hospitals and clinics, but they do not have the same amount of training and education as ...
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    15 Exciting Careers with an Advanced Nursing Degree

    15 Exciting Careers with an Advanced Nursing Degree
    Individuals considering nursing should carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of enrolling in a BSN or MSN program because, if they do, their advancement opportunities usually are broader. In fact, some career paths are open only to nurses with a bachelor’s or master’s degree. A bachelor’s degree often is necessary for administrative positions and is a prerequisite for admission to graduate ...
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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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    Top 10 Best and Worst States to be a CNA

    Top 10 Best and Worst States to be a CNA
    There is a projected need for 393,000 CNAs needed in the United States by 2016. CNAs are one of the most in demand professions in America, but with so many job openings, it begs the question: Where should you work? NursingLink is committed to providing its members with the most most pertinent career research available. Below is the 10 best and ...
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