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CCRN Certification Requirements: Everything You Need to Know

Nursing certifications are a great way to hone your skills and advance in your role as a registered nurse. A Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification specifically focuses on caring for critically ill patients, such as those who are admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). This article will break down everything you need to know about what a CCRN certification is, the benefits of getting one, and how to get the process started.

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Doctoral nursing degrees

Doctoral Degrees in Nursing

Obtaining a Doctoral degree in nursing is an awesome accomplishment that signifies you’ve reached the pinnacle of academic preparation in nursing. However, tackling the challenge of obtaining your Doctorate in nursing is not something that should be taken lightly. What you want to do with your Doctoral degree and which Doctorate is right for you need to be considered.

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How much do nurses make

How Much Do Nurses Make?

It is more than reasonable to consider how much money you’ll be making before committing to a career path. Nursing is often regarded as a lucrative career with a high potential for growth, but many nursing students wonder, exactly how much do nurses make?

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Why is nursing documentation so important legally?

Why Is Nursing Documentation So Important Legally?

Chart, chart, chart. It seems nurses are always on the computer charting. You may have heard nursing professors or experienced nurses preaching about how important your documentation is as a nurse.

Have you ever stopped to consider why documentation is always a topic of conversation in the nursing community? Well, the short answer is that your nursing documentation protects your license in a legal sense.

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Nursing student loans

Handling Nursing Student Loans: Options and Resources

Choosing to go to nursing school is serious business, and it can also be expensive. If you decide to take out student loans, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by the amount of student debt you will have to repay once you graduate. Keep reading to learn about nursing student loan options, who qualifies for student loan forgiveness, tuition reimbursement, and how to pay off nursing student loans.

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Becoming an emergency room nurse

What Does an ER Nurse Do – And How to Become One

One of the best things about becoming a nurse is the flexibility and options you have when it comes to choosing where you want to work. When thinking about this, it is important to appreciate that every nursing specialty has its own individual set of characteristics and challenges.

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Questions to ask in a nursing job interview

Questions to Ask in a Nursing Job Interview

If you’re taking the time to read this, you’re probably in the final stages of nursing school or maybe you have finished nursing school. Either way, congratulations, because you’re likely on the verge of finding your very first nursing job.

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5 nursing job interview red flags

Too Good to be True? 5 Nursing Job Interview Red Flags 🚩

As a new grad nurse, you will likely apply to more jobs than you can count before receiving your first interview invitation. Don’t allow your excitement or desperation to take hold and land you in a position you might regret. If you notice any red flags as a new grad nurse during an interview, take them as a warning to run in the opposite direction.

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Nursing night shift

Night Shift Nursing: What to Expect and How to Survive

Hospitals and other facilities are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so work doesn’t stop after 5 PM. To decide whether night shift nursing is right for you, you’ll need to know the benefits and drawbacks, have the tools to manage the difficulties, and understand how to make the most of your days off.

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Travel nursing

What do Travel Nurses Do?

During the early days of the pandemic, a viral picture made the rounds around social media: a plane full of healthcare workers headed into New York City, which at that time was seeing its hospitals collapse and its streets empty. For many of us, this extreme scenario was the first time we heard about “travel nursing.”

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Professionalism in Nursing: A Skill to Start Working on Now

During my first semester in nursing school, a statement by our Dean struck me particularly profoundly: “Nursing school is not just meant to give you the knowledge and a degree so you can ‘find your way’ after graduation. The goal of nursing school is to create a nursing professional.”

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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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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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Nurse residency

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 nursing jobs

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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Nurse talking to nursing home patient

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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New graduate nurse celebrating

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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Nurse just having graduated

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 is hard and working as a nurse comes with many challenges and a lot of responsibility. But if you are passionate about medicine and helping others, it can be a very fulfilling career. Getting a nursing degree gives you so many unexpected job opportunities that looking into it is worth your while in any case!

Alternative careers that you can do without a nursing degree are, for example, being a CNA, a patient tech, a medical receptionist, or completing programs to become a paramedic or pharmacy technician. As a nurse, your options are endless: From travel nursing to telemedicine and desk jobs in insurance, there is something for everybody.

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