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    The Great Med-Surg Debate

    The Great Med-Surg Debate
    Another clinical rotation has finally finished! ICU was a great experience, actually, it really surprised me. All those pre-conceived notions I had in the beginning were just nerves. Now that it’s over, I’m finally realizing that I only have 9 months left of this program…and then I will finally get to sign, “Ani Burr, RN, BSN!” It seems so surreal, and ...
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    FAQs About a Nursing Education

    FAQs About a Nursing Education
    I hear questions from people all the time about nursing, the education needed, the possibilities of advancement and the kind of person you need to be to become a great nurse. Here are a couple of those questions and as time goes on, I will add to this FAQ list, hoping to capture the questions you may have about this career ...
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    How to Get Back Into Nursing if You’ve Dropped Out

    How to Get Back Into Nursing if You’ve Dropped Out
    As an RN with several years’ experience in acute care nursing and supervision, along with more than two decades of experience in community health and education, my best advice to current nurses considering a leave from the field—for whatever reason— is to stay current with their license and skills. Even if that simply means working per diem one weekend per month, ...
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    Get in to Nursing School With a Degree in Something Else

    It's been said that life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. That's kind of what it's like for people who decide to become nurses after they've already gone to college. Perhaps you loved books so much you became a Literature major, happily earned a bachelor's degree but something didn't feel right. Sure, you could get a job ...
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    The Adult Student

    The Adult Student
    The hardest job I have ever encountered in my life is my job as a mother. Next to being a mother, the most difficult task I have right now is being a mother and a student. My life has never been so demanding as it is at this very moment. I long to be the 18 and 19 year old in ...
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    Nursing Student Checklist

    Nursing Student Checklist
    As you begin your course of clinicals, you will need to be prepared with basic nursing equipment. Plan for this expense along with tuition, books and other fees. Check with your institutions for any specific requirements as to color and design before purchasing. NOTE: Some schools require that you wear a specific uniform and may require that you purchase your basic ...
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    Summer Fun for Nursing Students

    Summer Fun for Nursing Students
    Now that school is out for the summer, it’s time for some much needed R&R. My guess is that although you’re loving your time off, you may be trying to fill the void in your life that was once consumed by mounds of books and endless study sessions. Here are a few ways to make this summer the best one yet! ...
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    Choose the Nursing School That Fits You

    Choose the Nursing School That Fits You
    There are nursing programs in the largest universities as well as the smallest community colleges. There are even online programs! So there's bound to be something for you. Here are the questions to ask yourself when selecting a school. Should I get an ADN or BSN? Deciding whether you want to go for an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree is ...
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    Get Into the School of Your Choice

    Get Into the School of Your Choice
    By now you know that there is a nursing shortage. What people don’t think about is the shortage of nursing instructors that goes along with this. What does this mean for you? It means that you may be facing waiting lists and steep competition among prospective nursing students. You will need to do everything possible to make sure you get 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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    Consider Possibilities For Your First Job

    Consider Possibilities For Your First Job
    So what can you do to make your transition from nursing student to working nurse easier and your first years on the job more satisfying? Here are some issues to ask about and consider before and after taking the job. Ask About First-Year Nurse Turnover Rates High turnovers indicate how the employer treats first-year nurses, Benner says. Turnovers higher than 20 ...
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    Calm Student-Nurse Jitters

    Calm Student-Nurse Jitters
    When it's time to trade mannequins and simulations for real patients, even the most confident student nurse can get a case of the jitters. Many RNs-to-be worry not only about acing their clinical skills but also about getting along with patients and hospital personnel. "I tell students who are [starting their clinical education] that they really know more than they think ...
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    Stuck in a Nursing School Rut?

    Stuck in a Nursing School Rut?
    I’m having flash backs. I’ve been here before. This rut of feeling like, “oh my gosh, how am I ever going to get all of this done!?!” The panic is setting in and despite having a ton of work sitting in front of me, I can’t quite figure out where to start. Everything I need to work on is top priority ...
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    Which Nursing School is Right for You?

    So you've decided you want to advance your education. Now the question is which school is right for you? Some people make their decision based only on finances, but there is more to consider. It's important to consider which careers you are interested in and what the normal career path is. The degrees or certificates required for each career will vary ...
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    10 Things to Remember When Choosing a Nursing School

    10 Things to Remember When Choosing a Nursing School
    It is so great that you have decided to follow your dream and become a nurse. Now what? How do you start? There are many things to consider when deciding to enter the nursing field. Do you want to specialize? Is there an area of nursing that particularly “calls” to you? How will you support yourself and your family while you ...
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    Expanding Acceptance of Nursing Students

    Expanding Acceptance of Nursing Students
    Everyone knows the difficulty in getting into nursing educational programs. The problems with overcrowding in nursing programs have given rise to the use of lotteries and waiting lists. What prospective student has not experienced the problems inherent in waiting and waiting to enter an institution? And we all know the reason. The lack of nursing faculty has diminished the numbers of ...
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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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    Problems With Your Nursing Instructor

    Problems With Your Nursing Instructor
    We’ve all got those teachers we love, the ones that make us look at nursing in a different light. And then there are those instructors that we just don’t get. When you just don’t understand each other, and the more you have to work together, the worse it gets. What do you do? This instructor is plays an integral part of ...
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    Two Qualities for Every Nurse

    Two Qualities for Every Nurse
    Today I volunteered to help out at the senior class pinning ceremony. It’s hard to believe that the upperclassmen that lead our orientation two years ago are now heading out into the real world to become actual, shot-giving, trach-suctioning, care-giving, working nurses! And even harder to believe is that it will be my class going through the same traditional ceremony in ...
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    Go to Nursing School With a Full-Time Job

    Go to Nursing School With a Full-Time Job
    The alarm goes off at 5:30 am, and you could swear you went to sleep five minutes ago. First a quick shower, followed by the finishing touches on that homework assignment due tonight over coffee and breakfast — if there’s time. Then it’s off to work, a solid eight-plus hours of time where you’re busy with charts, rounds and other assorted ...
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