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Thanks for checking out my profile page. I am a registered nurse (RN) with approximately four years of experience as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN). I enjoy learning new facts on a daily basis. Be sure to read my blog posts and articles, and feel free to comment if something piques your interest.

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Nursing Degrees: The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Registered nurses (RN), of which more than 3 million exist in the United States, are multifunctional professionals who have completed an approved nursing program and attained state licensure to care for patient populations across all stages of the life span. Some of the RN's duties and responsibilities include assessment, development of the plan of care, collaboration, patient advocacy, health promotion, disease prevention, psychosocial support, client and family education, documentation,... Read More →


Are 24-Hour Open Visitation Policies a Bad Idea? (Yes)

Many acute care hospitals across the United States are following a trend of eliminating visiting hours altogether, and instead opting for 24-hour open visitation policies. Nowhere in most hospitals has this trend been experienced more profoundly than within the walls of the intensive care unit (ICU). Are 24-hour open visitation policies a bad idea? I think so. Although open visitation has its benefits, I believe the drawbacks certainly outnumber the good aspects. What is the case for open... Read More →


Networking in Nursing to Achieve Results

When hunting for a nursing job in todayís ultra-competitive employment market, networking is an essential strategy that results in the desired outcome if utilized properly. In fact, the lionís share of positions are never brought to light on traditional avenues such as career websites or the employment ad section of the newspaper. According to the Peace Corps (n.d.), nearly 70 percent of all jobs are unpublished and are found through networking and personal referrals. Even if a job is openly... Read More →


Rehabilitation Nursing: Functional Independence Measure (FIM)

A patient's functional capacity refers to his/her ability to carry out activities of daily living (ADLs). Unfortunately, many acute illnesses, chronic disease processes and major surgical procedures profoundly impact the patient's ability to perform ADLs. Some of these afflictions might even result in temporary or permanent disability. Rehabilitative services are valuable for restoring independence, but how does the clinician capture the burden of care with certainty? For the rehabilitation... Read More →


Nursing Degrees: The Hospital-Based Nursing Diploma (RN)

A registered nurse (RN) is a multifaceted healthcare professional who has satisfactorily completed a nursing program and obtained occupational licensing to render care to patients across the life span. The RN has a myriad of responsibilities including collaboration, health promotion, patient advocacy, disease prevention, client and family education, and formulation of the plan of care. RNs who provide bedside care complete assessments, monitoring, documentation, reporting of changes in... Read More →


Nursing Degrees: The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Practical Nursing (AAS)

The licensed practical nurse (LPN), also referred to as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) in the American states of Texas and California, is a highly valuable healthcare member of staff who has acquired basic nursing education, received training as a generalist nurse, and obtained occupational licensure to render routine care to medically stable patient populations with predictable outcomes. LPNs have been part of the US healthcare system for generations. Be cognizant that the LPNís scope of... Read More →


FAQs For First Generation College Students

Although different colleges and universities have their own assorted definitions for first generation college students (FGCS), the term typically describes an individual who is the first in the family of origin (father, mother, brothers and/or sisters) to attain a college education. First generation college students may face distinctive challenges that do not have nearly as much of an effect on schoolmates whose parents and/or siblings have a history of college attendance. For instance, the... Read More →


Western Governors University (WGU) Intake Interview

Western Governors University (WGU), an online school designed for adult learners who already have some experience with collegiate level coursework, has become exceptionally popular in recent years. The reasons for WGU's explosion in popularity can be traced back to several appealing attributes. Some of these alluring attributes include very affordable tuition, regional and national accreditation, nonprofit status, a myriad of interesting majors and concentrations at the graduate and... Read More →


Nursing Degrees: The Practical Nursing Diploma (LPN)

A licensed practical nurse (LPN), also known as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) in the states of California and Texas, is a healthcare worker who has attained basic nursing education, obtained generalist training, and received occupational licensing to provide routine care to stable patient populations with foreseeable outcomes. The scope of practice for the LPN is completely reliant upon the state in which nursing practice takes place. While some state boards of nursing (BONs) allow LPNs to... Read More →


Warning Signs Associated With Degree Mills and Scam Schools

Until a few decades ago, a high school diploma or GED was suitable enough to secure a good job in the US. Soon after high school graduation, people on the vocational track found entry-level positions at factories, steel mills, construction sites, unionized grocery stores, automobile plants, or insurance firms and often stayed with the same workplaces for 30+ years. In return, these loyal workers relished a number of middle class comforts over the years before retiring with a considerable... Read More →


Tips To Handle Nursing School While Employed Full-Time

As a traditional student or non-traditional adult learner, nursing school can prove to be one of the more demanding ventures that you will ever experience. Nursing school is daunting enough for a student who is not employed; however, the experience can be twice as imposing for people who contend with full-time jobs, family obligations, bills and other responsibilities. In this day and age, many students must maintain full-time employment while attending school full-time to stay financially... Read More →


Hybrid / Online LPN Programs

Many people want to enter the ranks of the nursing profession by becoming licensed practical nurses (LPNs). Moreover, a significant number of these people are busy adults who must contend with full-time employment, family obligations and other issues that lead to pressing time constraints. Thus, a growing number of these candidates would like to complete the practical nursing program via an entirely distance-based format or online delivery platform. However, it is totally impossible for a... Read More →


For-Profit Schools That Offer Online Nursing Programs

For-profit schools, unlike their nonprofit counterparts, are owned and operated by corporate entities or private organizations. Even though for-profit colleges and universities have come under increased media scrutiny in recent years, enrollments have spiked in the six years since the economic meltdown of 2008 because adult learners want to acquire (or retain) marketability in today's ultra-competitive workforce. For-profit schools are becoming increasingly popular choices of educational... Read More →


Affordable Online RN-to-BSN Programs

For a myriad of reasons, many nurses who are educated at the diploma or associate degree level are wanting to return to school to earn a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. For instance, managerial personnel at numerous acute care hospitals across the US are requiring currently-employed nurses to earn the BSN degree within a certain time frame. Conversely, nurses who do not comply with this requirement are faced with the very real risk of demotion or outright termination of employment.... Read More →


I Want To Be A Nurse, But My Grades Aren't Competitive. Help!

You really, really want to be a nurse. In fact, becoming a nurse might have been a lingering childhood dream of yours. Perhaps nursing was never a childhood dream, but you somehow came to the realization that you wanted to be a nurse in adulthood for a myriad of reasons. Maybe you believe you were 'called' to be a nurse by some higher power. For whatever reason, you have the burning desire to join our ranks and enter the nursing profession. You continue to submit applications to local... Read More →



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