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Affordable Online RN-to-BSN Programs

By TheCommuter - 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... Read More


Never Give Up on Your Dreams

By AccelCNL2b16 - When I signed up on this site in 2006 I was at my second college and trying to get into the nursing school there. I was not a successful student at my first college (due to college shock and illness). When I transferred I thought things were finally going to change. However, things got worse. In the space of one semester, I went from feeling faint sometimes to passing out almost everyday (and being a well known visitor at the local... Read More


Challenging your own beliefs

By 3aremyjoy - My philosophy of nursing is being written tonight in the room of a dying ALS client. My job tonight: sit, watch and wait. She sleeps nearly constantly. Moments of terrifying choking while refusing suctioning and interventions. The nursing student inside me is crying out. "I can help!" I want to demand. Clearing an airway relieves distress, I'm nearly a nurse and I can help! I find myself changing. My perceptions being challenged.... Read More


Online MSN Program - West Texas A&M University

By TheCommuter - Are you a registered nurse who wishes to further your education by earning a graduate degree in nursing? Numerous colleges and universities offer online MSN degree programs with specialty areas in nursing education and leadership / management. Furthermore, multiple schools in the United States offer several types of advanced practice nursing programs for professionals who are interested in becoming nurse practitioners, clinical nurse... Read More


Evidence-Based Practice by Nurses for Nurses:Encouraging Waiting Spontaneous Labor

By Beth AHRQ - This article describes an evidence-based patient-centered campaign and clinical resources that were developed by nurses, for nurses. Evidence includes an older AHRQ systematic review combined with current and emerging evidence. The topic (early induction of labor) is a high priority across many disciplines and is a strong example of how evidence can stimulate and inform changes in practice that are entrenched routines (you know the... Read More


Top 10 Reasons We Get Fired: Sleeping on duty

By madwife2002 - Sleeping while on duty is the number 3 in my top ten of reasons nurses get fired. In 1910, we slept for an average of 9 hours; by 2002, the average dropped to 6.9 hours per night. Early studies indicate that those Individuals who work nights and rotating shifts rarely obtain optimal amounts of sleep; they may have 1-4 hours less sleep. This could all add up to a sleep deprived night worker, which could cause a night nurse to nod... Read More


Advice for the first year of Nursing

By SandandSandwiches - Being a new nurse is freaking scary. All the time you spent binge drinking coffee, cramming for tests, memorizing lab values and texting under the desk seem so heavenly and pleasant in retrospect, for once you pass your state board exams and set off into reality, thats the actual tough part. After 2pm tomorrow, I have officially 3 more shifts at my job before I hang up my stethoscope, and try some new adventures for a bit. This... Read More


The Army's On Its Way

By SoldierNurse22 - I’ve found over the years that unless I’m working night shift, 0330 is an unpleasant time to be conscious no matter how you cut it. An adamant night-lover, I wondered at my own sanity one particularly early morning as I stood on the parade field at that ungodly hour, better known to Soldiers such as myself as zero-dark-stupid. A massive installation run was scheduled for that morning, and while it was already 50 degrees on Fort Sam... Read More


Why Do People Struggle With Math?

By TheCommuter - Year after year, responses to the annual Gallup Youth Survey reveal that teenagers list math as the subject in which they encounter the most difficulty. The difficulties tend to follow these teenagers well into adulthood, as evidenced by the sheer number of developmental and remedial math class offerings at colleges and universities across the US. According to Lopukhova (2012), mathematics was the most common remedial course reported... Read More


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

By TheCommuter - 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... Read More


Is Online Learning Appropriate For You?

By TheCommuter - Online learning requires an explicit repertoire of skills, savvy, perseverance and capabilities to succeed. Many learners certainly have what it takes to thrive in a distance-based learning environment, whereas other students would be better off in a physical classroom or lecture hall that permits regular face-to-face encounters with course instructors. Now that we've established that not all learners will prosper in a distance-based... Read More


What To Look For In An Online Nursing Degree Program

By TheCommuter - Do you have a desire to further your nursing education? Are you in the process of selecting an online nursing degree completion program? In this technological day and age, prospective students have a multitude of online nursing programs from which to choose. In fact, the choices can seem endless! To find the online nursing program that has the highest likelihood of meeting your unique needs, it is imperative that you scrutinize... Read More


Managing It All: Non-Traditional Student Tips

By ShannonV - My name is Shannon, I am 39 years old, a single mother of three amazing teenagers and what is considered a “non-traditional” student. I laugh to myself now when I hear the phrase “non-traditional student”, however when I first began my college venture, I will admit that every time I was referred to in such a way, I felt singled out as if I had many obstacles in front of me and I was expected to fail at some point. When I was a small... Read More


25 Years and Counting

By madwife2002 - When did I become the old timer? In 1989, I was a young fresh-faced nurse ready to start the first steps to becoming a nurse. I was so excited to begin the rest of my life. We were all young in my group 18-27years old-2 male nurses and 18 female nurses. We wore dresses in blue check, not the men of course, and we wore hats with one single strip, this indicated we were first year student nurses. Roll on to 2014, 25 years... Read More


Nurses Notes: Guidelines On What Not To Chart

By TheCommuter - The medical record is a permanent collection of legal documents that should supply an all-encompassing, accurate report concerning a patient's health condition. Physicians, nurses, social workers, dieticians, mid-level providers and other members of the interdisciplinary team contribute to each patient's medical record to paint a comprehensive picture of the patient's status along with any care that has been rendered. The patient's... Read More


It's OFFICIAL!!! Tips and encouragement from a second timer!

By Lillian11 - I AM OFFICIALLY A REGISTERED NURSE!!!!!! :angrybird5: :nurse: I received the good pop up Monday, and today my board of nursing has posted me to their website, and sent me my RN licensure document. WHAT A BLESSING!!! I am seriously on top of the world!! First of all, I wanted to thank all of you. This forum has helped encourage, motivate and inspire along the way, especially when the going was tough!! You guys are awesome. I... Read More


Under All, is the Human

By Andi777 - This is journal entry of my recent experience as a senior nursing student in the CCU with an intubated patient, labeled as combative and confused. After doing all of the clinically appropriate nursing interventions, I learned re-learned some basic skills. Giving a bed bath taught me an unexpected lesson about the human response. Labeling a patient with derogatory terms can be detrimental to nursing care. How, as future nurses, can we... Read More


The First Time I Had to Tell a Family That Their Loved One Passed Away

By november17 - The term "actively dying" has always struck me as amusing, because in the end we're all going to die. So in a sense, no matter how healthy, we're all actively dying. Of course, when we say it at work, we mean that the patient is probably going to die within the next 1-12 hours. In other words, your patient will probably be dying on your shift. I use the 1-12 hour timeline very loosely, because humans and our will to live can be... Read More