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Posted On: June 25,2014
Getting accepted to nursing school, taking classes, studying for exams, attending labs and clinicals, and finally graduating and starting your career as a nurse. Nursing school is a roller coaster. Some days you feel like life couldn’t get any better, while other days are exhausting and painful.
Grab your iPod and load it up with these songs to carry you through your nursing career, from acceptance into a nursing program to clinicals to working as a nurse.
Show Me What I’m Looking For– On those days where you know you aren’t happy at your current job, Carolina Liar’s song really hits the nail on the head.
On Top of the World- That moment when you are finally accepted into nursing school is a triumph. You have realized what you really want to do in your life, and this is your first big triumph.
Sexy and I Know It- That first moment when you put on your scrubs is amazing. This is your uniform for saving lives, and you couldn’t feel any more amazing.
This Girl is on Fire- You have passed your first exam with flying colors, and you feel awesome. Nothing can sum up your success quite like Alicia Keys.
I Will Survive- Then comes that exhausting day when you feel like you can’t keep your eyes open without the aid of some serious caffeine and maybe a bit of tape. Your day at the lab is challenging and you are just ready to go home.
I Want it That Way- Your friends invited you out for a night of dinner and drinks, but you have to study for another exam, plus you have clinicals. The Backstreet Boys perfectly capture your desire to just go socialize.
The Lazy Song- You know you should spend your free day catching up on laundry or reading the next assigned chapters, but it’s so tempting to lay around and listen to Bruno Mars croon.
Harder Better Faster Stronger- Your next test is coming up and you are determined to ace it. Daft Punk will inspire you to rock that exam. Your teacher will announce that he has never educated a better student and will bronze your exam as testament to this.
Don’t Stop Me Now- You are in love with your classes and labs. You are on a roll and you can’t, you won’t, be stopped.
The Final Countdown- You are days away from graduation, and you are ready to start your career. You can’t wait to start your new job and begin inspiring others.
I’m Walking on Sunshine- As you stroll across stage and are officially pinned as a registered nurse, you know that changing careers was the best thing you could have done.
All Star- You’ve started your job as are officially a nurse, working with patients and learning even more than you did in school.
Hero- You can’t help but sing this to yourself every time you enter the room of your new patient.
Move Your Feet- You have a couple of weeks of 12-hour shifts under your belt and you are worn out. Junior Senior will help you get your energy back.
Respect- Nobody can tell your cranky rude patient how to properly behave quite like the queen, Aretha Franklin.
Popular- When your coworkers love talking to you (which has nothing to do with the three dozen homemade cookies you brought in).
Don’t You (Forget About Me)- Your favorite patient is finally well enough to go home. As thrilled as you are to see him healthy and happy, surrounded by loved ones and returning to his home, you feel a bit sad about saying goodbye.
Part of Your World- When your friends all want to get together for “happy hour,” but you are starting your 12-hour shift then.
Lucky- But then you realize how awesome it is to only work four days a week while they are stuck in offices Monday through Friday.
Happy- When you realize how much you really love being a nurse.
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Posted On: June 18,2014
Sure, twelve hours seems impossibly long. Most people barely make it through eight-hour shifts, and that’s with lunches that “accidentally” run long and extended coffee breaks. But those people are also sitting around all day, Monday through Friday, with their eyes glued to computer monitors and usually have very little schedule flexibility. Starting your career as an RN and working three or four 12-hour shifts a week could be the best thing that ever happened to you.
Although you can choose to working in a nursing specialty that requires a traditional Monday through Friday work week, many specialties offer non-traditional hours. Nurses are scheduled to work three or four shifts per week, so the other days are theirs to do with as they please. Not only does this mean more free time for you, but it also allows you to schedule those pesky dentist and eye appointments when the doctors aren’t bouncing from appointment to appointment on busy Saturdays. And do you realize how awful grocery shopping on Saturday or Sunday is? Use your Tuesday afternoons to enjoy less crowded and infinitely less stressful shopping excursions. Instead of using your ever-precious vacation days to go visit an out-of-town relative for a day, you can put in a request for that time off.
Sitting is Unhealthy
It’s likely that you’ve read (or have at least seen) the reports that sitting is unhealthy, so this probably isn’t news to you. Some reports site constant sitting as unhealthy as smoking. And that could be worrisome if you were spending your 12-hour shifts sitting in front of a computer. But lucky for you, being a nurse requires constant movement and activity. Instead of getting a sore back and nearly arthritic joints, you are on your feet and going from bedside to bedside. Not only do your shifts ensure that you aren’t sitting, but you will be able to easily fit in the recommended 10,000 steps a day to stay fit and healthy.
Your Patients Aren’t Bouncing Around
If you were working an 8-hour shift, one patient could have at least three different nurses taking care of him or her in a 24-hour period. Patient care requires consistency, and there is a lot less room for error when a single nurse is caring for a patient instead of three. During your shift change, you don’t have to worry about important information getting lost between multiple nurses. When you arrive back on shift, you don’t have to worry about patients being flustered after being transferred between different nurses over and over again.
A Longer Break
Very few jobs exist without some levels of stress, and it’s hard to recuperate when you’re right back in the office after only a few hours at home, most of which is spent asleep. Working longer but fewer shifts means you get longer breaks. Instead of organizing your shopping, relaxing and socializing within just two days, you have three or four days to do with as you please. You may even be able to work all of your shifts in the beginning of the week and enjoy three or four days off in a row.
Time to Continue Your Education
Not many people consider spending six years in college exciting. That’s part of the reason so many students choose accelerated nursing programs that only last about 16 months. After you’ve earned a BSN and started working as a nurse, you have the perfect opportunity to continue your education and earn a master’s degree or a PhD. You can take classes, study for exams and attend labs and clinicals on your days off. If you had traditional 8-hour, 5-day shifts, you would only be able to take evening classes, which could mean your continued education will take longer.
Are you ready to start an amazing career and enjoy a better schedule? Find a nursing school to start your education today.
Posted On: June 11,2014
You have likely heard countless references to the United States’ nursing shortage and its impact on the nation’s health care system. In fact, the shortage and the increasing demand for registered nurses may even be what led you to pursue a career in nursing. According to the American Hospital Association’s TrendWatch, the current demand for nurses exceeds 126,000 and is projected to grow upwards of 800,000 by 2020, safeguarding the job security of nurses nationwide. In order to combat the shortage, nursing educators continue to innovate and improve the education and pipeline of nurses prepared to enter the workforce. However, the current education system cannot yet meet the demands of the job market, meaning there continues to be vast opportunity for educated nurses to secure employment across the country.
The nursing shortage is not exclusive to the US. The growing demand for educated nurses is consistent across the globe, especially in developing countries where high population growth heightens the demand on health care systems. The growing global nursing shortage has raised enough concern in recent years that the International Council of Nurses (ICN) launched the Global Nursing Review Initiative to “clarify the extent of the global nursing shortage; provide an analysis of key nursing workforce issues globally; identify priorities for policy intervention; and develop recommendations to address issues.” According to the ICN, an increasing number of countries, the US included, seek to fill the void in their nursing workforces by recruiting nurses from other countries.
The global nurse migration, as it has been termed, has become a source of controversy among the global health care community for not doing much to solve the nursing crisis, but rather simply redistributing existing resources. As an example, although the US employs more international nurses than any other country, the demand for skilled nurses still far outweighs the supply. Even so, nurses continue to leave developing countries, such as the Philippines, Nigeria, India and Russia, for opportunities in the US, perpetuating the shortage in these countries. In reaction to this pattern, many countries have implemented policies to make nurse migration more difficult and expensive for nurses wishing to enter or exit the country.
Bottom line: securing a job abroad as a nurse may require you to jump through some hoops, but there are plenty of opportunities for skilled nurses in every corner of the world. US-educated nurses are highly skilled and well-regarded internationally, and there are several paths for nurses to take to expand their careers globally.
Read on to learn about opportunities and other considerations if you’re thinking of taking your career in nursing overseas:
1. Become a licensed nurse in another country.
- How common is it? United States-educated nurses migrating to another country to pursue nursing is less common than foreign-educated nurses immigrating into the US, although it is possible.
- What does it take? Depending on which country you wish to work, you’ll likely have to apply for a nursing license from the country’s nursing governing body (the Nursing & Midwifery Council in the UK for example), which often includes an application fee. You may also be required to take a language fluency exam.
- What are the biggest barriers? Different countries have various policies and regulations around nurse migration, so there may be several hoops to jump through in order to obtain a license in the country of your desire. If it’s not an English-speaking country, you’ll need to be fluent in the native language in order to communicate well with patients and obtain employment. Be prepared for the process to take 6-8 months or more.
- Things to consider: It may be difficult to find a job outside the US without assistance from a health care recruiter, such as HealthCare Recruiters International. You may also want to consider opportunities to serve as a civilian employee at a US embassy or military base. Finally, keep in mind that the average salary for nurses is higher in the US than in most other countries, so be prepared for a smaller paycheck if you nurse abroad.
2. Try travel nursing.
- How common is it? Again, most travel nursing agencies focus solely on US-based placement, but there are several agencies that offer opportunities for international travel nursing positions in Canada, Australia, the Middle East and more.
- What does it take? You must be an RN to apply for a travel nursing position, and most agencies prefer at least one year of experience in a hospital setting in your specialty area. You may also be required to take a language proficiency exam.
- What are the biggest barriers? Once accepted by the agency, you’ll need to obtain a visa, which can be sponsored by either a hospital or the travel agency itself. Once you have the visa, you can renew it annually.
- Things to consider: Travel nursing is a fantastic option for nurses wishing to experience new places and cultures while still pursuing a career in nursing, as housing and travel are often included as part of the package. However, most international placements require a 1-2 year commitment. While Australia and the UK are popular destinations for travel nurses given their common language, don’t rule out the Middle East, where wages are generally quite good and hospital facilities are state-of-the-art.
3. Serve as a nurse on a medical mission trip.
- How common is it? Medical mission trips are very common, and skilled nurses are highly sought after to serve on both short-term and long-term trips. Because mission trips do not require working visas and other regulatory steps, many nurses use these trips as opportunities to travel abroad and put their nursing skills to use.
- What does it take? Most medical mission trip agencies, such as, International Medical Relief, organize teams of health care professionals to travel to underserved areas for periods of several days to several weeks. You many also learn about opportunities through local organizations such as schools, churches and hospitals. Because of the widespread opportunities, there are generally roles for nurses of all degree levels and specialties to travel abroad as part of a medical mission team. You will, however, need to have necessary travel documents such as a passport, as well as essential vaccinations.
- What are the biggest barriers? Unlike obtaining a nursing license for employment in another country, serving as a nurse on a medical mission trip does not require a visa or other special licensing.
- Things to consider? Medical mission trips often require funding from the volunteers themselves, as well as other donors and supports, to cover the costs of travel and medical supplies. Depending on the trip and planning organization, volunteers may be required to raise as much as $2,000-$3,000 individually. In addition, you’ll need to consider the cost of obtaining a passport and necessary vaccinations before your trip.
The growing nursing shortage is a global issue and educated nurses are in demand all over the world. There are several opportunities to use your nursing degree to travel to new places and serve those in need. If you’re ready to take the next step towards a new career in nursing, then you’re in the right place to find the nursing education program that is right for you!
Posted On: June 4,2014
When you go to the doctor’s office, who is the first person you see? A nurse. Sometimes you see two or more nurses before even talking to a doctor. There are approximately 878,200 licensed physicians in the United States and more than 3.1 million registered nurses. The truth is, no matter what type of doctor you go to see, you normally spend the most time around your nurses. It is these nurses who you interact with the most that can define your healthcare experience.
The level of connection you have with these nurses varies, but I have been lucky enough to have nurses that have gone above and beyond to ensure my health and comfort. Unfortunately, I have not been lucky enough to say the same about some of the doctors I have visited in the past. However, I have chosen to return to a medical office before simply because of the connection I have with the nurses at the physician’s office, rather than because I thought the doctor was the best available. Some would find the rationale of going to an average doctor’s office for the awesome nurses ludicrous, but I have my reasons, some of which I’d like to share with you:
Now, I’m not saying doctors don’t listen too. They do, they just listen to nurses first, before you even speak to them. That’s why nurses really listen. Before your appointment with the physicians, nurses collect your vitals as well as discuss your reason for the visit and any symptoms you are experiencing. The nurse or nurses speak with you in detail to gather information they can relay to the physician to ensure he knows the information imperative to your treatment and provide their suggestions.
Not only do nurses listen to your health information, they also take time to listen to you about your lifestyle, which can be more important than you may realize. For example, you may bring up the fact you have been experiencing high amounts of stress to your nurse before the doctor arrives and not think to mention it to your doctor. This can actually be critical health information that could be the cause of or affect the treatment of the ailment. Because your nurse took the time to listen, your treatment could be made more effective because your nurse took the time to get to know you better.
Nurses Stick with You During Hard Times
When blood work is needed or vaccinations are suggested, it is your doctor who orders them and normally a nurse who carries out the order. No one likes getting their blood drawn and having daunting test tubes filled for sometimes unknown purposes. But nurses are there for you to inform you of the tests and offer a comforting hand during these somewhat uncomfortable yet necessary tasks. The same goes with getting shots. Great nurses will distract you with a joke to mask the pain or simply offer kind words after to comfort you. Having a good nurse who cares about you can help take away some of the discomfort.
Nurses are Great Support Systems
A great healthcare experience starts with a devoted team. I recently had an accident that resulted in a severe back injury with a projected recovery time of three to six months. My treatment has consisted of three to four appointments per month and will soon be including physical therapy sessions in the same office. When I call into the office with questions or concerns, it is always my doctor’s nurse who I speak to, not my doctor. Therefore, in addition to my appointments, I often speak to nurses once or twice a week to track my progress and help me understand my treatment.
Though this injury has been one of the most physically and mentally trying times of my life, I have gained a great support system of nurses to help keep me motivated. I specifically ask to be scheduled when my two favorite nurses are working because they take the time to make me feel special and already know me so well. They are very supportive and have made going into the doctor for something disagreeable as pleasant as possible.
(I would like to add that my physician makes my treatment a lot more bearable and has also gone above and beyond working with me toward a full recovery. His entire team, including my favorite nurses, are an even better support team together.)
Nurses Take their Time and Don’t Rush You
Yes, the day of a nurse is very busy. Some would say even busier than doctors. However, very seldom have I ever felt rushed by a nurse. This is because if a nurse needs to take more time to make you comfortable and get the vitals accounted for at a pace that suits you, they can do that without necessarily being late for another appointment. Doctors are normally the ones running late for reasons such as delayed appointments and so on. There are also doctors who have made me feel I was being rushed out the door because they’re more worried about the next patient. However, you are rarely left waiting by nurses or made to feel like you’re taking too long. Because nurses can take their time with you, you are likely to have a better experience and not feel so rushed.
For all these reasons and a few more, I have chosen to return to a decent doctor just because of the remarkable nurses I have worked with there. I have felt more of a connection to nurses than I have felt to doctors in most cases. If you are ready to make a difference in the quality of healthcare in America and want to become a nurse, let Find Nursing Schools help you. Find a nursing school in your area by using our Search by State tool.
Posted On: May 28,2014
So, you’ve decided to pursue a career in nursing. Congratulations! I’m sure you will find your future career to be rewarding and fulfilling. As is the case with many careers, though, the nursing field comes with its own “rite of passage,” where newbies will experience challenges to which every nurse can attest. We’d hate for you to go in unprepared, though, so here are a few things to expect as you progress through your career as a nurse:
One of your friends wants you to go out:
But then you think:
So you find your favorite spot in the library and stake your claim:
And spend the rest of the night like:
Until you reach the point where you’re all:
And finally as the sun starts to rise:
Working as a nurse:
When someone asks you why you didn’t become a doctor:
When you’re sick, but still considered well enough to work:
When one of the nurses starts to say the Q word:
When a patient makes a mess that you know you’ll have to clean up:
When you ask a patient how often they smoke illicit drugs:
When you’ve had a long day and the next shift arrives:
When your non-nurse friends freak out about something “gross”:
When someone thanks you for a job well-done and you realize you love your job:
But before all of this, when you find that perfect nursing program you’ll probably look something like this:
Posted On: May 21,2014
In just a couple days another superhero film will hit theaters. X-Men: Days of Future Past will unite all of the mutants to battle yet another malevolent force out to destroy all mutant-kind. This is just the most recent on a decades-long list of films that have encapsulated the amazing feats of some of our favorite heroes. And the comic book movie trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Batman vs. Superman is going to be released in 2015, competing with Captain American 3 and Avengers: The Age of Ultron.
And yet all of these movies could have used an additional team member. As amazing as many of these heroes are, a nurse would not have gone amiss in many of their stories.
The Dark Knight Rises
One of the highest-grossing films of 2012, The Dark Knight Rises finds Bruce Wayne secluding himself in his mansion five years after the end of The Dark Knight. After an especially treacherous villain, Bane, threatens Gotham, Bruce is forced to return as Batman to serve his own brand of vigilante justice.
Although he may not believe in killing, Batman sure doesn’t have a problem giving villains a couple of concussions, broken bones and various other injuries. A nurse would have been able to point out to Batman how these injuries could lead to death, and maybe provided pointers on avoiding giving others life-threatening injuries.
Batman’s desire to protect the meek leads to a broken back and isolation in a cell in The Dark Knight Rises. Although his back does heal with the use of an impromptu support systems and a punch to the vertebrae, a nurse would have been useful to aid in the recovery process and helping avoid additional spinal damage that could lead to paralysis.
For those unfamiliar with the mutant universe of Marvel, X-Men revolves around a series of humans with special powers. Some can manipulate fire, teleport, control people with their mind and change their physical form, among many other abilities. Because of their abilities, mutants are discriminated against in the Marvel world, while many, if not all, are considered dangerous. Professor Charles Xavier, a mutant himself, created the X-Men to prove their inherent goodness by protecting humankind. They constantly find themselves at battle with other mutants and humans.
Although some mutants have the ability to heal themselves, most notably Wolverine and Deadpool, a nurse would have been extremely helpful during most of these fights. Battles have medical personnel present to help the injured, so why should the X-Men and other mutants be exempt from those benefits? And when some mutants have metals claws and others have uncontrollable energy beams coming out of their eyes, accidents are likely. One of the mutants should consider going to nursing school to really complete the X-Men team.
In the big battle at the end of 2012’s The Avengers, our titular heroes must save New York City from an invading hoard of aliens. The aliens come armed with weapons galore and are capable of flight, and the only thing between them and the total destruction of New York is a group of five humans and a demi-god. Of course the day is saved, but not without plenty of injury.
As effective as it may have been for Hulk, yelling at someone in need of resuscitation is not typically the best way of going about it. There were probably quite a few injuries sustained during their battle, what with giant armored centipede aliens blowing up right on top of them, Thor getting punched repeatedly by Hulk and Captain America jumping out of buildings and landing on cars. We can only hope that they all got checked out by a nurse or two before grabbing some shawarma. Otherwise we may be left with Tony Stark in a coma for the next Avengers.
Ready to assess Thor and Wolverine? Take a look at the different nursing specialties you can go into.
Posted On: May 14,2014
Caring for a pet requires a lot of time and commitment. Many pets are placed up for adoption or abandoned after their owners have realized they can’t care for them as they had hoped. As much work as a pet is, there is nothing that can compare to coming home and curling up with your favorite fuzz ball after a long day. You can still adopt a furry friend if your heart is set on having a pet, even if you work full time as a nurse or are in nursing school.
Choose the Right Pet
If you haven’t quite decided on what kind of pet you want, take the time to research the different kinds of pets and breeds that fit into your lifestyle. As a nursing student, you will be taking classes, working in labs and taking your clinicals all at once. Once you become a nurse, you might be taking on 12-hour shifts three or four times a week. It’s wise to choose an animal that will be comfortable left on its own for big chunks of time.
Cats- Cats can sometimes seem more like a silent roommate than a pet. While many are happy with some attention, they are very independent creatures. So long as cats have a clean litter box and plenty of food and water, they can be left alone for hours or even over a couple of days. If you still want a cat to cuddle with at the end of the day, try to adopt a breed that is known for showing affection.
Dogs- Dogs need more attention than cats, but you can still adopt an independent dog. There are certain breeds that are perfectly comfortable being left alone, so long as they get plenty of exercise once their owner comes home. Dogs like having a den-like area to themselves, so don’t feel bad about leaving them in a crate. Dogs are always ready to go for a walk or play outside, so you will have plenty of fun with them when you are home.
Fish- If you want to come home to another presence and relax, you should consider getting a fish tank. You can choose to get a full aquarium filled with exotic and beautiful fish, or a simple beta in a glass bowl. Fish can lead to relaxation and serenity, so they may be a great addition for someone who is typically stressed or anxious.
Get the Right Supplies
Because your pets may be left alone more often, it’s important to be sure you have everything they may need when you are gone.
Toys- Make sure your pets are entertained while you are gone. There are many automated toys for cats to keep them busy, most of them designed to tap into their predatory hunting senses. Although dogs may want a bit more interaction, many will be perfectly content with a toy to chew on. There is even a television channel meant specifically to keep dogs entertained while you are out of the house.
Food Dispensers- Some pets are capable of pacing themselves when they have a full bowl of food instead of eating everything at once. Other pets required measured scoops throughout the day. You can get an automatic food dispenser at your local pet store, which will release measured amounts of food set by a timer you can change.
Crates– Some people may consider crating a pet cruel, but certain animals thrive with crates. Dogs like dens, so a crate is a place of comfort and relaxation for them. Crates also help house train young dogs, since they don’t like creating messes in their personal spaces. Cats prefer to have high, open spaces, so try to avoid putting them in a crate. If you need to keep your cat confined for some reason, consider putting them in a room with their litter box and food and water.
Bring in Help
Dog Walkers- As tough as dogs are, not many can last 12-14 hours without needing to go outside. Consider hiring a dog walker to come in the middle of your shift to take your pooch out for some much needed exercise and a bathroom break. You can find a local dog walker through Craigslist, recommendations by local pet adoption agencies or on Care.com or DogWalker.com.
If you have a friend or sibling nearby who is willing to help, ask them to come take out your pup during your shift. If you have a cat, ask your friend to play with him or her for a little bit.
Doggy Day Care- Some cities have pet day cares available. Your day care will help socialize your animals, as well as ensure they are cared for during your shifts. You’ll want to find a day care that has a vet on call, has a full staff and is a member of the American Boarding and Kennel Association.
Now that you know your favorite furry pal can fit into your life as a nurse, take a look at the different nursing school options you have.
Posted On: May 7,2014
Returning to nursing school requires a lot of time and commitment, and you may feel that you are restarting your entire life. However, returning to school does not nullify your first degree. Here is how the most popular majors will help you in nursing school.
It may seem that business and nursing are on completely opposite ends of the career spectrum, but having a degree in business could be incredibly helpful in nursing school. If you already have a degree in business, you’ve learned about budgeting, organizing, hiring and managing employees, as well as basic accounting principles and human resources functions. While it may not be obvious, some nurses use these skills every day.
If you choose to become a nursing administrator, you will be in charge of managing the team of nurses working with you and deciding on a budget. Your communication skills will be beneficial in your labs and clinicals when you work with your peers and real patients. Both business majors and nurses must analyze data to make the most informed decisions for their clients. Business majors are also familiar with working with numbers, so the math involved in nursing will be a familiar area.
Psychology majors typically aim to help people, so choosing to earn a degree in nursing is no far stretch for them. Psychology majors are already familiar with the intensive studying required of nursing majors and are used to learning advanced medical concepts to apply to patients. Psych majors are used to the sometimes stressful atmospheres of the medical field and will be prepared to deal with any situations that arise, whether while taking classes, attending clinicals or working as a nurse. People who work in the psych field must be organized in order to work with multiple patients. Organization is a key skill to have while balancing your studies and later on when working with different patients.
Biologists may have a foot up in returning to school for nursing. Not only do they already understand science, but they may have already completed any prerequisites schools deem necessary before acceptance into a nursing program.
Biology majors have an understanding of basic life functions, and nursing school will refine that education. Scientists are dedicated to solving problems, so nursing school is a natural next step in education. Scientists already understand complex scientific jargon, which will help when taking all classes, labs and clinicals.
Nursing is a never-ending quest to continue to educate yourself. Even once nursing school is finished, many must continue an informal education to provide patients with the best care. Not only are nurses continuing to learn, but they also continue to teach. Teaching hospitals and clinics are meant to help the next generation of medical professionals learn under the tutelage of current nurses, doctors and medical staff. Nursing students work alongside professionals on a daily basis, learning from the senior nurses and doctors. Nurses typically explain medical jargon to their patients and families, helping them understand what diagnoses mean and how to administer medications.
Communication degrees are all about properly communicating, whether in a classroom, a business or a medical community. These highly developed skills will help when working with your fellow nurses and ensuring doctors have every bit of information they may need on a patient. Communications majors are typically comfortable in front of crowds, so explaining a diagnosis to a patient or family may be easier for you.
It may not be obvious how an education in coding and software development can be helpful in nursing school, but being computer savvy is becoming more and more important in our tech-driven world. Nurses who are computer literate become more valuable as manual paperwork loses ground to digital work.
Computer science majors are used to finding the roots of problems they may face with computer software, and it can sometimes be caused by something so minute it’s easy to glance over. The ability to examine seemingly inconsequential data and see how it affects the bigger picture will help in nursing school when taking various subjects, such as human physiology.
If you’re interested in using your current bachelor’s degree in nursing school, take a look at the various schools where you can continue your education.
Posted On: April 30,2014
We’ve said it before: Making a huge life change can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. You may not know it, but you could be prepared to enter nursing school. You may be ready for nursing school if…
You Work in a Healthcare Setting
If you already spend your day working in a hospital or another healthcare setting, you have an idea of what working as a nurse will be like. You are familiar with the ins and outs of the setting, see the different populations you may treat and understand the different roles within that setting. If you work in a healthcare setting with nurses, you have a clear understanding of what nurses do and how they interact with patients and doctors. All of these aspects will help you during your clinicals where your learning will take place in a hospital.
You Are Passionate About Helping People
People do not enter the nursing field simply for a job to make ends meet. Nursing is about caring and helping people live their lives. If you are compassionate, empathetic and patient, nursing may be the perfect field. Not only will all of these characteristics be necessary when you are working as a nurse, but also when you are a nursing student. You will have to be diligent in your studies and when you are working in lab and clinical settings, you will have to be compassionate towards your patients.
You Are Looking for a Challenge
While many professions could require some continued learning, no field requires as much constant education as the medical field. Your nursing education will challenge you both with coursework and during labs and clinicals, when you will put your theoretical education to work. Once you enter the field, you will need to continue to educate yourself to stay up to date on all new healthcare initiatives and to give your patients every medical advantage. Your education as a nurse will never end, and you will be challenged to improve yourself until the end of your career.
You Love a Good Adrenaline Rush
Nursing requires constant movement, quick thinking and physical endurance. When you work in an ICU, ER or other fast-paced specialty, you will have to make life-altering decisions in mere seconds. If you love the thrill of fast-paced sports or dramatic experiences, nursing may be the perfect field for you. You’ll experience every situation you can imagine and some you can’t.
You Want a Change
Nursing is one of the few degrees that can be earned quickly without returning to school for four years. If you already have a degree and are working in a field that is exhausting you, you can go back to school and earn a second bachelor’s degree in just a few semesters in an accelerated nursing program. Other career switches could mean going back to college for four years, keeping you from entering into your new field and potentially building up more debt that will take longer to pay off. If you enter the right program, you could be working as a nurse in as few as two years.
You Like to Inspire
When you work as a nurse, you do more than just give a patient medicine and make sure he or she is clean. You serve as a personal cheerleader, a friend and an ally of the patients and their families. No matter what specialty you choose, your patients will need you to be on their side, encouraging them through every aspect of their care.
If you’re interested in looking more into the nursing field, take a look at the various nursing school options you have.
Posted On: April 23,2014
There’s nothing quite like the anticipation (and anxiety) of waiting to see if you got accepted into the nursing program of your choice. We’ve all played the waiting game at some point, the one where you check your e-mail or the online admissions site obsessively, and you take a sudden renewed interest in snail mail in the hopes of seeing a fat packet with the university seal. But what about that third option that happens to so many students: more waiting? What if you’re waitlisted for your nursing program?
With the demand for nurses skyrocketing across the country, the demand for nursing education has followed suit. Unfortunately, the capacity of our nation’s nursing programs has not. With many programs still only admitting a select group of students once a year, being waitlisted for nursing school is increasingly common. So what do you do next?
Don’t Give Up
First, don’t assume that being waitlisted is the same as being denied admission. It’s not. Most admissions offices are playing a complex numbers game, balancing their desire for the most qualified students with finite financial aid budgets and certain expectations around “melt” (or how many accepted students will end up declining their offers of admission for various reasons). Many times, the difference in actual qualifications between an admitted student and a waitlisted student is miniscule. So it’s important not to give up or assume you weren’t good enough. A lot can change between the day admissions letters go out and the day classes actually start.
Show Your Commitment
There are also things you can do to enhance your chances of getting in off a waitlist. I have some personal experience here: my husband was crushed when he got waitlisted at his first-choice prestigious business school, but his M.B.A. from that same school now hangs on our wall. What did he do? He wrote to the school again as soon as he received the waitlist letter, reiterating why he was a perfect fit for their program and why their program was a perfect fit for his academic interests and career goals. He added new letters of recommendation to his application—not from professors or co-workers, but from students he knew who were already in the program who could testify that he, too, had what it took to succeed there. In short, he demonstrated commitment. He convinced the university that if they accepted him, he was a sure bet to enroll and complete the program.
Move On, If Necessary
Granted, sometimes there’s nothing you can do, and the waitlist letter never does turn into an offer of admission. Hopefully you’ve applied to more than one school and have a backup plan, but what if you don’t? Does that mean you need to give up your dream of becoming a nurse, or at the very least defer it for another year and go through the whole application process again? Not necessarily.
Many prestigious colleges and universities now offer Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs (ABSN programs) that feature rolling admissions, multiple start dates each calendar year and the chance to earn your nursing degree in an accelerated timeframe, thanks to some of the coursework being offered online. Moreover, such programs are typically taught by many of the same faculty that teach the school’s traditional nursing programs, and they offer the same breadth of hands-on clinical experience. And if you’ve already completed the necessary prerequisites for nursing school, you may be able to start an ABSN program within a matter of weeks and become an RN less than 18 months later.
In short, if nursing is your passion, don’t put your future on hold or take no for an answer. With some planning, some creativity and some flexibility, you can green-light your new career and get what you’re really been waiting for: that “yes” from the admissions office.
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