In this article, we’ll dig into the different types of nursing master’s programs and share tips to help you be successful in any program you choose. Completing a master’s in nursing program is a seemingly daunting challenge. If you’re like most nurses, you’ve got a lot going on. Carving out even a few hours a week to devote to academic endeavors may seem nearly impossible. Fortunately, with today’s technology and varying options for earning a degree, there are programs available that will … [Read more...] about 3+ Tips to Keep Your Sanity While Completing a Masters in Nursing Program
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]
Highly-educated nurses are increasingly depended on for primary care due to physician shortages. And, when it comes to the medical field, the number of programs nurses can take to further their education is countless. But, with so many programs out there, how is one to choose the path that's right for them? Looking at factors such as work experience, passions, available time for studying, and financial goals is a good first step. Check out this infographic below, which compares two nursing … [Read more...] about Nurse Practitioner or Doctor of Nursing Practice? [Infographic]
Guest Blogger: Linda Lindsay, BS, MSN, NP-C, Clinical Editorial Director for PearlsReview. Do you know Certified Nurses Day is on March 19? Many still ask, “What are the differences between licensure and certification?” Some use the terms interchangeably, but they both are quite different. Licensure is mandatory and signifies that the licensee has met the minimum standards to practice nursing in a particular state. In contrast, certification is voluntary. By taking and passing a specialty … [Read more...] about Stand out! Get Certified!
If you’re interested in getting into the field of nursing informatics getting a master in nursing or health informatics can give you a competitive edge. It doesn’t guarantee you a position, but it certainly can help you edge out other hopefuls who are BSN (or less) prepared. While I myself am not MSN prepared, I certainly see the value. I also know that one of the primary reasons that many nurses avoid getting their MSN is due to high tuition costs. This is especially true in an unsteady … [Read more...] about 5 Full-Tuition Scholarships for its Master of Health Informatics Program
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
Guest Blogger: Ronald Behr Nurse Managers retain, recruit and manage nurses. They are also responsible for creating a work environment that allows nurses to function optimally. Nurse managers have the most challenging and important role in hospitals, according to Patricia Folcarelli, RN, MA, a member of the board for the Institute of Nursing Healthcare Leadership (INHL). Folcarelli states, “They’re acting as the CEO for the [nursing] unit. They take care of all the needs that a typical business … [Read more...] about What Makes an Ideal Nurse Manager?
Guest Blogger: HEALTHeCAREERS. Many new grads and well seasoned nurses have often asked: “How do I Strengthen my Resume?” "What can I do to set my resume apart from other nurses?" "What are hiring managers looking for when they are looking at a nurse resume?" For most job applications, you will attach a resume to an email or paste it into an online form where it may be an employer’s first impression of you. Here’s how to make that impression as powerful as possible. 1. Make it Easy for … [Read more...] about How Nurses Can Make a Powerful Impression With Their Resume
I have had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with many several nurse entrepreneurs who are using their backgrounds in healthcare and their nursing knowledge to impact nursing and healthcare beyond the bedside. In an effort to better inform nurses of the flexibility of our chosen profession, and to spotlight some examples of nurses thinking out of the box, I am going to start featuring examples of nurse entrepreneurs and nurse owned and operated businesses. A great example of a nurse who … [Read more...] about Nurse Entrepreneur Spotlight: Avoid Medical Errors, Pat Iyer, MSN, RN, Lncc
With the implementation of meaningful use in healthcare, and the requirement of EHR for physicians by 2015, there is expected to be creation of 50,000 new jobs in healthcare informatics. This is welcome news to a struggling economy, and very welcome news to nurses who wish to get their nerd on. After searching through various educational resources, linkedin, job listings, and other opportunities I stumbled upon HITECH and the various grants and opportunities that have been created. HITECH is … [Read more...] about Getting Into Nursing Informatics: HITECH EHR EMR Certification
In this post, guest blogger Chris will exam the typical workday and responsibilities of a Clinical Analyst Consultant (also known as an informatics nurse). Life of a Consultant Clinical Analyst Use this table of contents to jump to any section. My role as a Consultant Clinical Analyst Day 1 in the Life of an Informatics Nurse Day 2 in Informatics Nursing Day 3 as a Clinical Informaticist I am a registered nurse who worked in the clinical setting for about 10 years. I decided … [Read more...] about Life of a Consultant Clinical Analyst In the Nursing Informatics Department