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How to Become a CNA

Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or nursing aid is one of the quickest ways to gain hands-on experience in the healthcare field.

Nurse treating patient

How to Become a CNA

Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or nursing aid is one of the quickest ways to gain hands-on experience in the healthcare field.

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How to Become a Nurse Practitioner, and Why 

One of the biggest appeals of choosing to pursue a career in nursing is the opportunity to continuously grow in your field. Being a nurse practitioner is a goal for many nurses who want to gain more autonomy in

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Despite the high demand for nurses, nursing can still feel like a competitive profession. I remember nearing the end of nursing school and realizing that I was in competition with all of my classmates to find a job after graduation, and my head started to spin…

As someone who has completed both a B.A. and a full-time nursing program, I won’t hesitate to say it: being a student nurse is significantly more demanding than pursuing a regular undergraduate degree.

Juggling work and university is nothing new – according to a report by Georgetown University, nearly 80% of college students in the U.S. hold at least one part-time job. However, working during nursing school provides extra challenges: juggling classes, exams, and clinicals means that you won’t be the ideal recruit for most classic student jobs.

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Nurse treating patient

How to Become a CNA

Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or nursing aid is one of the quickest ways to gain hands-on experience in the healthcare field.

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How to Become a Nurse Practitioner, and Why 

One of the biggest appeals of choosing to pursue a career in nursing is the opportunity to continuously grow in your field. Being a nurse practitioner is a goal for many nurses who want to gain more autonomy in their field. Fortunately, there are a variety of paths to becoming a nurse practitioner for those who have been a career-long nurse or for those who are deciding to dive head first into the nursing world.

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Do Nurses Need Malpractice Insurance? Lawsuit Statistics and Advice

One of the most intimidating aspects of being a nurse is the fact that anytime you are performing your job duties, you are running some risk of being sued. Poor documentation and medication errors are only a few of the many reasons why a nurse may get sued. Nurses can protect themselves from hefty litigation fees by being prepared with nursing liability insurance, but many nurses wonder if it is necessary and, if so, how to go about getting it.

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Dating a Nursing Student: Relationships in Nursing School

What does nursing school have in common with a brand new relationship? Well, they both tend to storm your calendar, creep their way into every conversation, and are hard to appreciate from outside. On the other hand, (good) romance doesn’t usually tax your empathy or keep you on your feet for shifts of up to 10 hours.

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How to Create a Nursing Portfolio: Professional from Cover to Binder

Once you are near the end of nursing school, you will quickly feel the pressure to start applying to jobs in order to have your new job lined up soon after graduating. Even though nursing is a field in which there are always plenty of jobs available, it is hard to ignore the competitive nature of applying for jobs as a new graduate.

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Why Can’t I Concentrate? How to Focus on Studying

There’s no denying the fact that we live in a world filled with distractions. In a given day, we may take in more information than our ancestors faced in their entire lives. Both a blessing and a curse, the ability to learn about anything is at our fingertips, yet the modern world is overflowing with constant distractions.

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A Guide to SOAPIE Charting [+ Examples]

One of the most important aspects of working as a nurse is documentation. New nurses are often surprised by the amount of time that they spend behind a computer throughout their workday, charting and writing important nursing notes. Although your charted assessments will likely be documented using a charting program such as EPIC, Cerner, Allscripts, or MEDITECH, you will frequently run into situations when you need to type out a nursing note. Having a template for these notes can make it much easier to relay all of the important information to clearly communicate what’s happening in a given situation.

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Nursing School Entrance Exams: Tips & My Experience

There are many hoops that you’ll need to jump through to get accepted into nursing school. A good grade point average, an in-person interview, and nursing entrance exams are a few of the common requirements for most nursing schools. This article will break down the different types of nursing entrance exams, some tips for preparing, and my experience taking the TEAS exam.

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What is a Nurse Residency?

If you’re a recent nursing school graduate or a current nursing student, chances are you’ve heard about nurse residency programs. Nurse residency programs are a popular choice for many new nurses and for good reason, but they can also present some drawbacks. This article will break down everything you need to know about nurse residency programs and some of the pros and cons of attending one.

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Alternative Careers for Nurses: 5 Unexpected Jobs to Pursue as an RN

Many nursing students can’t wait to work in the acute care setting, thriving off the adrenaline and multitasking that comes with a traditional bedside nursing job. But you may find out that this environment is just not for you–and the great news is, you have tons of other options! Here are 5 unexpected jobs you can do as an RN.

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Working During Nursing School: The Best Jobs for Nursing Students

Juggling work and university is nothing new – according to a report by Georgetown University, nearly 80% of college students in the U.S. hold at least one part-time job. However, working during nursing school provides extra challenges: juggling classes, exams, and clinicals means that you won’t be the ideal recruit for most classic student jobs.
At the same time, if you have enough breathing room to choose, the right job will help you apply what you are learning or even get some extra experience that will put you ahead of the class.

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How to Get a Nursing Job with No Experience: Tips for New Grad Nurses

Despite the high demand for nurses, nursing can still feel like a competitive profession. I remember nearing the end of nursing school and realizing that I was in competition with all of my classmates to find a job after graduation, then I thought about all of the other nursing schools in our area who would be graduating right around the same time…and my head started to spin.

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What Happens After Nursing School? Advice For New Graduate Nurses

There is nothing that compares to the sigh of relief you take when you walk out of your last day of nursing school. With such a huge accomplishment checked off, you are one step closer to your dream nursing career. But what happens next? Here is the inside scoop on some of the most pressing questions you may have fresh out of school as a new graduate nurse.

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How to Wear Scrubs – And Enjoy Them!

Scrubs have grown into the dominant type of hospital workwear and are taken as a symbol that you “work with patients.” From your first day of clinicals onwards, you will spend considerable time in them. At first glance, this can feel like a baggy and unflattering choice, but learning how to wear scrubs is a lot like developing your personal style.

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Taking the Pulse of Your Profession: Nursing Influencers to Follow

Nursing school is an intense and absorbing period. Between your workload, your pending quizzes, and the physical exhaustion of clinicals, it may feel like following nursing influencers on social media adds to the noise. And yet, sometimes, they can be exactly what keeps us sane and prepared for our next clinical!
Why? First, the entire field of healthcare is one of constant change. As a result, many of the “standards” of when you initially applied may have changed when you finally get your BSN. Besides, hospital culture can often be challenging to explain to outsiders – often, our friends just won’t get why an incident is so frustrating.

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The Hardest Class in Nursing School

There’s no denying the fact that nursing school is hard, but prospective students tend to wonder: what exactly makes it so hard? There are a number of things at play that make nursing school an incredibly challenging endeavor.

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Should I Become a Nurse? 7 Questions to Consider

If you are wondering “Is nursing for me?” you might be finding it difficult to gauge what the profession is really like from the outside. Here is a quick rundown of the pros and cons of nursing, along with seven questions to ask yourself before you decide.

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What Is a BSN, and What Can I Do With One?

When it comes to becoming a nurse, there are a lot of routes you can take. It can be difficult to distinguish the difference in nursing degrees and job options that are available. Here are career options available to anyone who completes a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN), the ins and outs of completing a BSN, and my personal experience becoming a bachelor-prepared nurse.

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Nursing School During COVID-19: Staying on Top of Everything

Moving your classroom into your bedroom was confusing for most of us. It blurs the separation between our private and public spaces. It also isolated us from our peers and made collaboration feel different.
Yet, these problems are not insurmountable. The tips below require some preparation and a dash of self-discipline.

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How to Tackle Typical Nursing School Interview Questions

By far one of the most defining moments on your journey to becoming a nurse is your nursing school interview. For many young professionals, their nursing school interview is one of their first ever professional interviews, which can make the process even more nerve wracking. Rest assured, you can do this.

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Things Every Nursing Student Should Have

Most nursing schools include an essential supply list as part of their welcome package, but there are many more things that every nursing student should have.
However, in almost all cases, these lists are just… lists. What will you actually need?

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Going to Nursing School at 30 – It’s Not Too Late!

Switching careers after the age of 30 is often seen as an unorthodox choice. Yet, it is a surprisingly common one in nursing. As someone who will not become an RN before 34, I can shed some light on the practicalities and emotions that come with joining nursing as an older adult.

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