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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    You Know You're a Student Nurse When…

    You Know You're a Student Nurse When…
    What makes us student nurses stand out from the crowd? The good, the bad and everything in between, you know you’re a student nurse when: 1. You’re walking around looking like a marshmallow in your stiff, unstructured, stark-white scrubs. 2. You are more excited about drawing blood than all the vampires in Twilight put together. 3. Prepping an IV piggyback is ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    10 Ways to Achieve Success in Nursing School

    10 Ways to Achieve Success in Nursing School
    1. Be Prepared In your first semester of nursing school, the only way to be successful is to hit the ground running. The only way to hit the ground running is to be prepared. Make sure you've bought all the required books ahead of time. Make sure you have a plans in place to manage your time. Have kids? You better ...
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    Survive Nursing School

    Survive Nursing School
    You’ve gotten through your prerequisites and you’ve gotten accepted to the nursing school of your choice. Congratulations! Now comes the hard part. Remember how challenging your Anatomy and Physiology course was? Now you have to deal with Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (Known as “Path” and “Pharm” to the seasoned nursing student). And on top of your courses you will be attending clinicals. ...
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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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    The Human Body as a Subway Map?

    The Human Body as a Subway Map?
    What if the systems of the human body were depicted as a subway map? It would look something like this amazing map by illustrator Sam Loman. See the entire map, body, system here. Are You Good to Your Body? Take the Quiz!
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    5 Tips For a Pain-Free Nursing Education

    5 Tips For a Pain-Free Nursing Education
    Anyone who's completed nursing school can tell you where they floundered in their education. These could be big mistakes, such as choosing the wrong school, or small mistakes, like not "reading" an instructor very well. Nobody makes it through school without a few blunders, but if you follow these five rules of thumb, you should be able to avoid most of ...
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    Does Nursing School Equal No Life?

    Does Nursing School Equal No Life?
    I recently helped out at school at the new-student orientation for the incoming nursing class. My friends and I were passing down advice to the “newbies,” all the while finding it hard to believe that we were in their shoes only a year and a half ago. So among the sage advice of “don’t wear colored underwear under your white scrubs,” ...
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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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    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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    Why You Should Go Back to School

    Why You Should Go Back to School
    When I decided, a little over ten years ago, to go back to college to pursue my bachelor’s degree, I viewed it as a necessary evil. I was contemplating starting my own business and believed I should “beef up” my credentials before moving forward. I saw the whole ordeal as a timely, expensive exercise that would yield me little more than ...
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