Congratulations on your pregnancy. For most it’s a time of celebration and joy, but also a challenge at any academic level in nursing school- often leaving a package gift of joy and stress. I also participated in the unconventional scenario of being pregnant in grad school, formulated so my due date would be timed after graduation. How to Manage Being Pregnant in Grad School Whether your pregnancy was planned or by surprise, these step by step strategies will help bring balance to your … [Read more...] about How to Manage Being Pregnant in Grad School
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If you've ever searched a hospital job board for an ICU nurse job description, you'll likely find something very different than what the job actually entails. Guest Blogger Courtney shares with us the dirt on what being an ICU nurse is a really like. We've discussed what ICU stands for, so now let's look at the ICU nurse job description. Have you ever thought about doing critical care nursing? Or wondered what it is actually like? There's a big difference between the television drama … [Read more...] about The Real ICU Nurse Job Description
Have you ever considered becoming a maker nurse? Nurse inventions are being used by healthcare professionals every day to improve patient care. It really makes a lot of sense, if you think about it. Nurses are natural problem solvers. They think on their toes and work on the fly to solve problems for their patients. If they're short of supplies, they improvise. If an ostomy bag won't stay intact, they find a way to secure it. Nurses are problem solvers. The leap to becoming a maker nurse and … [Read more...] about Nurse Inventions – Could You Become a Maker Nurse?
Becoming a Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is a career goal for many nurses. In fact, when I was in nursing school nearly half of the class stated that becoming a CRNA was their future goal. It's nurse surprising since CRNAs are some of the highest paid nurses with earning potential much higher than the typical registered nurse salary. However, many nurses and nursing students are unclear of the process that must be followed to become a CRNA. In this blog post, we'll discuss some quick facts about … [Read more...] about CRNA: Nurse Anesthetist Career Guide
In 2011, a certified nurse-midwife assisted 7.8% of all births in the United States. Women are choosing midwives over traditional birthing options because of the individualized care they receive, a greater incidence of full-term births, and lower rates of Caesarean sections. Birthing a child in the U.S. can feel sterile, and impersonal; midwives break that barrier by providing compassionate expertise in reproductive health for women. Nurse-midwife assisted births take place in hospitals, private … [Read more...] about Do You Have What It Takes To Become A Certified Nurse Midwife? [Infographic]
No one will argue that nursing is a challenging career.But even with the challenge, there are sometimes when we get tired of doing the same thing day in and day out. The monotony of a demanding routine can become too much for us and we need a change. Unfortunately, for many nurses this is the time when they decide to leave the bedside and pursue different careers. However, nursing has so many diverse specialties in nursing that you can get a breath of fresh air in your career while still … [Read more...] about Interested in a Career Change? Consider Becoming a Flight Nurse!
Guest Blogger: Jenna If you are looking to change careers, consider that there are several opportunities within the medical field. For example, there is a very high demand for medical assistants, and this particular career path also provides ample opportunity for growth and advancement. What is a Medical Assistant? Medical assistants are often the first line of contact between the patient and the physician, and they work in a variety of medical environments, including hospitals and … [Read more...] about Career Options and Outlook for Medical Assistants
It's possible to use your ability to find problems with the world to do good by channeling that skill into becoming an expert nurse consultant. What is an Expert Nurse Consultant? While there are many specialties in nursing that you can specialize to become an expert in, the basic gist of being an expert nurse consultant is having a specialized knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge quickly in new situations through feedback and action plans. In short, you're able to offer … [Read more...] about Become an Expert Nurse Consultant Instead of a Complainer
Guest Blogger: Joe Whyte Healthcare professions are growing at a rapid pace and nursing is projected to be one of the quickest growing careers over the next five years. Certified nursing professionals are in high demand, so if you are considering a career in nursing, you have made a great choice. You can attend courses in a traditional classroom setting or through any of the accredited online colleges. Why Choose Nursing? Because the number of our nation's aging population is constantly … [Read more...] about Things to Consider When Choosing to Become a Nurse
It’s no secret that the nursing profession is one of the most demanding fields in healthcare today. This infographic by University of San Francisco’s Online MSN takes a close look at how obtaining a Master’s in Nursing can help existing nurses further both their education and their careers. Roles as clinical nurse leaders, care coordinators, nurse managers and patient educators are highly sought-after positions and generally require additional years of schooling beyond a bachelor’s or … [Read more...] about Why Get Your Master’s In Nursing? [Infographic]
The nursing shortage and an issue that affects many areas of healthcare. It can cause problems with staffing units safely, paying nurses fairly, and generally caring for an aging patient population. Few people can understand why, when unemployment consistently hovers around nine percent, there is a nursing shortage. When it seems like there are jobs for the taking, why aren’t they being filled? While it seems that hospitals and health care centers should have an excess of nurses when other … [Read more...] about The Nursing Shortage: Behind the Numbers
Nursing has evolved and changed over time. It would not be what it is today without many influential and hardworking nurses. While you may know some of the more famous, such as Florence Nightingale or Clara Barton, you may be less familiar with others who impacted the nursing profession. The following infographic takes a look at 15 people who have made the biggest impact on nursing. Infographic and text via best-rn-to-bsn.com/history/ If you aren’t an infographic sorta person, here … [Read more...] about 15 People Who Had the Biggest Impact on Nursing [Infographic]
When I discovered nursing informatics and healthcare informatics, it was like a dream come true. I was completing my BSN coursework, and I began researching options to further my education in nursing. I realized fairly quickly that I wasn't interested in most of the educational pathways that many of my nursing peers were following. Somewhere in the midst of that research, I stumbled onto "Nursing Informatics" and I knew it was for me. The stars aligned, the angels sang, and the fascinating world … [Read more...] about Becoming an Informatics Nurse: Going Beyond the Bedside
Guest Blogger: Carlie Schneider As a registered nurse, you may have career aspirations that surpass what your RN or BSN degree has prepared you for. You may be aware that the demand for nursing professionals with advanced skills continues to increase nationwide. The U.S. Department of Labor recently reported that demand for MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) degreed professionals in medically underserved areas is at an all-time high. How to Earn Your MSN Degree Requirements can vary from … [Read more...] about Five Exciting Careers for MSN Graduates
Nursing is #1 in many areas which makes it a very attractive career choice. In 2012 “Nurse” was number 1 in U.S. News Best Jobs of 2012. Nursing is ranked number 1 for new jobs between 2010-2020. In a rocky economy, a career with steady rise of available positions is always attractive. My personal favorite reason why nursing is #1 is that nursing has consistently been ranked as number 1 in honesty and ethical standards by Gallop poll for the past 11 years. I appreciate a profession that’s … [Read more...] about Why Become a Nurse? [Infographic]