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    ADN vs. BSN

    ADN vs. BSN
    Twenty five years ago, nursing instructors told their students that in just a few years there would be no Associate degrees in nursing. All nurses who hoped to work as registered nurses would need to be Bachelor’s or Master’s trained. Today, according to Nancy Tucker, Dean at Pacific Union College in Angwin, California, two thirds of nursing graduates every year complete ...
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    Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

    Associate of Science in Medical Assisting
    An Associate of Science in Medical Assisting combines clinical training with classroom education. The program typically takes 1-2 years to complete, and a degree is awarded after successfully passing a minimum number of academic units. While there is on-the-job-training and certificate programs for medical assisting, an Associate of Science in Medical Assisting goes a step beyond by increasing the classroom education. ...
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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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    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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    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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    What Job Should Your Get While Earning Your N.P. Education?

    What Job Should Your Get While Earning Your N.P. Education?
    Is your ultimate goal to be a nurse practitioner? Are you starting with an RN, working for awhile and then moving on to a nurse practitioner license? If your life includes the need to help support the family (or yourself), you will need to decide what kind of job to have in order to give you the best experience to further ...
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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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    State's New Scholarships Help Two-Year LPN Students

    A new scholarship will be available this fall to licensed practical nursing students at Calhoun Community College and other state two-year colleges. The Alabama Nursing Home Association Education Foundation will provide 44 scholarships statewide each semester, Executive Director Louis E. Cottrell said Monday. Each of the state's 22 community colleges offering LPN programs, including Calhoun, will get two $500 scholarships per ...
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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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    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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    Masters of Science in Nursing

    Masters of Science in Nursing
    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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    Nurse Practitioner

    Nurse Practitioner
    Average Salary: $78,000 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, advanced practice nurses can prescribe ...
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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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    The Difference Between LPNs and RNs

    The Difference Between LPNs and RNs
    LPNs vs. RNs: Which role is more important? Who does more? Who works harder? The argument is nothing new. The LPN is quick to tell you she does so much more than make beds, give back rubs, and take vital signs. And the RN counters that she has more education and medical training and is called upon for more advanced procedures. ...
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    Moving Ahead With Your Associate of Science in Nursing Degree

    Moving Ahead With Your Associate of Science in Nursing Degree
    Creating New Year’s resolutions is important for evaluating and guiding your personal, as well as your professional life. And the wisdom for truly achieving resolutions states that small resolves, fulfilled, will take you further than those that are large and un-doable. For instance, to move your career toward a goal, record a resolution that you can accomplish within a couple of ...
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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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    Top 10 Best and Worst States to be a LPN/LVN

    Top 10 Best and Worst States to be a LPN/LVN
    There is a projected need for 309,000 LPN and LVNs needed in the United States by 2016. LPN and LVNs 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 ...
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