Here you will find nursing articles and blogs from School of Nursing thought leaders from Rasmussen College.
There are many who have gone before you, so rest assured that you’re not alone. We connected with nurses who’ve been in your shoes, as well as other professionals who have experience in the world of nursing. They’re sharing their advice on how to survive starting your first nursing job.
You may be nearing graduation, but the NCLEX is surely on the forefront of your mind. But we have good news — NCLEX pass rates are likely higher than you think. Take a look at the map to see how nursing students from your state performed on their first try.
How important is cultural diversity in healthcare? Could a lack of diversity truly harm patients? Join us as we connect with experts in the field to dissect this growing topic of conversation.
You’ll be happy to hear that nursing is a field with plenty of entrance options to suit your preferences. So if you want to become a nurse quickly, you can find an option to fit your needs. And once you’re working, you can always go on to advance your education further in the future.
You're aware there are countless nursing credentials out there. We created this handy guide to help simplify it for you. Use this to gain a clearer understanding of the different levels of nursing so you can identify which educational path aligns with your career aspirations.
How do you make the decision to give up personal care moments for a leadership position? When will you know if you can be successful or if it's right for you? Your questions are answered by experts right here.
Join us as we explore the definition of transcultural nursing, the need for increased cultural competency in U.S. healthcare and the impact these will have on the future of nursing in our country.
If you have a passion for working in the medical field with the hopes of helping infants thrive, you’ve come to the right place. We compiled the details of three common nursing careers with the hope that this guide will help you choose the right path for you.
To get all the pieces in one place, you need to hear from nurses who have been there and can share advice on how to best prepare for nursing school. Read on as we explain some things you should do in order to walk into class that first day feeling confident and ready for your new adventure.
You may not have “manager” in your job title, but you can still step up as a leader in your current position. We spoke with experts who revealed some practical ways to display your leadership in nursing. Give them a try to prepare yourself for your advanced nursing career!
Choosing to become a nurse is a big decision. Perhaps you’ve briefly considered it before but had too many unanswered questions. Keep reading to finally get the answers you've been seeking so you can decide if this is the right career for you.
To help answer your questions, we spoke with two professionals in the nursing field about their experiences in school and on the job. Here are just a few of the things they said they wish they knew before starting nursing school.
Earning your BSN in as few as 18 months sound great. However this option is not ideal for everyone. So To help you determine if you have what it takes to succeed in this rigorous program, we’re offering some insight into what the ideal accelerated BSN might look like. Keep reading to see if you fit the bill.
We talked to the experts — registered nurses (RNs) and other healthcare professionals who frequently work with them — to find out the must-have skills and personality traits for a successful career in nursing. Here are eight skills and qualities to consider when you think about a potential career as a nurse.
Since doctor’s visits are a vital aspect of supporting our children’s health and wellness, it’s important that we make them as comfortable as possible for our kids. Consider these nine tried-and-true tips from experts in the medical field next time you schedule an appointment for your child.
We’re helping you find the answer the question with 10 questions of our own. Read on to find out if you have what it takes to be successful as a nurse!
The Rasmussen College RN to BSN online program offers plenty of options to support you as you take the next step in your nursing career. Take a look at these eight things you didn’t know about the program. It just might be the next step toward advancing your nursing education!
Many nursing hopefuls avoid the LPN route because of some common misconceptions about the position. So if you’re one of those skeptics, this article is for you! We’re here to set the record straight about five false assumptions that may be deterring you from pursuing an LPN career.
After years spent in the fast-paced, high-pressure profession, a peaceful life in the classroom might be sounding pretty great. Whether you’re starting to feel the effects of nursing burnout or you’re just ready for something new, becoming a nurse educator has a lot to offer. Hear from these nurse educators about what it’s really like being a nurse educator.
When it comes to choosing between nursing versus medicine, there’s a lot to consider. Let us help you as you compare these two fields. We put together a side-by-side breakdown of everything you need to know in order to decide on nursing versus medicine.
If you’re curious about the career paths available for those with an MSN, you came to the right place. Read on to learn more about seven specialized careers you may be able to land with a master’s degree in nursing.
Modern medicine is pretty amazing. But it hasn’t always been this way. Join us as we peruse a handful of the deadly, disgusting and even horrifying ancient medicine practices (and some not-so-old ones) sure to make your skin crawl.
If you are considering earning a degree, why not choose an area in which you already have some skill: caring for others. It may not have occurred to you until now, but as a mom you’ve likely mastered things like monitoring fevers and bandaging skinned knees. Point being, many mom skills can translate into key nursing qualities.
With all the nursing specialties out there, it can be confusing to know what it takes to become a labor and delivery nurse. There’s not one single path to your dream nursing career, but there are some important steps you can take to ensure you’re heading in the right direction. Read on to learn more about a career as a labor and delivery nurse, tips on getting there and what to expect once you’ve made it.
We’re breaking down everything you need to know about quality-based purchasing and patient satisfaction, how it could affect your healthcare career and what you can do to keep patient health your top priority as a nurse.
Are you intrigued at the thought of becoming an emergency nurse? Keep reading to learn more about which specific abilities and attributes are important in this dynamic nursing specialty.
Unleash your inner history buff and get to know these nine famous nurses who influenced the history of America. You’ll be fascinated by the impact their hard work and accomplishments have had on an entire nation.
So you've decided to become a nurse. It's a good career choice because nursing is a life-saving profession that boasts steady job growth. The only question left to answer is: LPN or RN?
With many nurses retiring out of the profession, an aging population requiring more care and the Affordable Care Act opening the doors of healthcare to thousands of new patients, the nursing shortage has never been more alarming. Join us as we examine the nursing shortage and dig into the real reason behind the lingering crisis.
The truth is that it’s never too late to get into nursing—even if you majored in something else or followed a different career path out of school. If you’re interested in becoming an RN, don’t let your non-medical major stop you.
Not all programs are created equal. Familiarize yourself with five RN to BSN online courses included in our program and start to understand how our curriculum stands out from the rest.
Nursing apps can help improve efficiency and enhance the experience for the patients. We surveyed the market and rounded up a list of 25 of the best nursing apps to cover all of your organizational, educational and patient care needs.
It may be scary to think about taking on a nocturnal job, but there are plenty of ways you can make working the night shift a little less painful. Many nurses actually prefer night shifts! We talked to nocturnal nurses who are night-shift veterans to give you the inside scoop on what it’s really like working the night shift — and how to know if this unusual schedule is right for you.
We’re here to provide a rundown of exactly what CNAs do and how to become one. Becoming a CNA is the first step into the field for many nurses. Keep reading to learn if this is the right career choice for you!
Graduates from ADN and BSN programs both become registered nurses — RNs — upon graduating and passing the NCLEX exam. But what differences come with these degrees? And which degree path is best suited for you? Join us as we explore the ADN vs. BSN debate and see if it sets your wheels in motion.
Work-from-home nursing jobs do exist. We got some nursing experts to tell you about the details of their work-from-home job so maybe it can turn into your work-from-home job in the future.
For many considering nursing school there is one hurdle standing in the way - the dreaded TEAS test. These tips will give you the confidence to ace the test on your first try.
It can sometimes be confusing and time consuming when deciding which college to attend and which program you would like to major in. Rasmussen College understands this, which is why we highlighted 10 interesting facts about Rasmussen College's Nursing program you may not know that will hopefully help in your decision-making process.
We compiled three heartwarming stories about nurses who went above and beyond for their patients. These are just a fraction of the thousands of similar stories out there, but it’s our way of saying, “Thank you, nurses!” from patients everywhere!
It can be intimidating to enter the job market for the first time. You don’t have much experience to leverage and you may not have many professional connections to help get your foot in the door. Here are some tips for crafting your nursing student resume.
The American Association for Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is requiring 80 percent of nurses employed by a hospital to have a BSN by 2020. We've compiled a list of 7 in-demand BSN jobs that you cannot wait until 2020 to check out.
If you’ve made it this far, you already know that a little determination and preparation can make your life as a nursing student a lot easier. Handling the workload in nursing school is just a matter of looking ahead and making a plan of attack. We asked nursing graduates and experts for their top nursing study tips.
To help you fight the fear of the unexpected, we spoke with Rasmussen College nursing student Camille Brueggen to share her insight and offer some advice for those following in her footsteps. Keep reading to learn about six things that surprised her during her nursing school clinicals.
Rather than spending your time dreading what’s to come, remember this is a hurdle every nurse has had to jump before earning his or her scrubs. So who better to learn from than those who have gone before you? We compiled NCLEX tips from seasoned nurses to help you pass the test with flying colors. Keep reading to hear their advice.
Who better to learn from than those who have made it through? We gathered advice on relieving nursing school stress from the graduates themselves and boiled it down into seven tips to help you get through nursing school without caving into the pressure.
The statistics around deaths as a result of medical errors are alarming and explain the recent initiatives around general patient safety and well-developed patient safety initiatives. Being up-to-speed on these issues is a must for any new nurse entering the field. Keep reading for an overview on patient safety and its importance. You’ll also receive some important insight from experts in the field as you prepare to embark on your own nursing journey.
There were the Hatfields and the McCoys. The Sharks and the Jets. The Yankees and the Red Sox. And then there was the 8-hour versus 12-hour nursing shift debate. Join us as we take a closer look at the potential benefits and risks at the bedside and in the nursing profession.
Nurses are used to seeing patients who are convinced they’ve contracted a terminal illness because of an online symptom checker. So how can you effectively treat these patients and sort fact from fiction? We spoke with medical professionals who are experienced in treating patients who have received an online diagnosis.
You love caring for others, but are you really cut out for working in a nursing home? Is it that different from other nursing settings? We spoke to seasoned nurses to see what they liked best about long-term care in a nursing home – and their answers may surprise you! Here’s what they have to say.
Whether you’re about to enter the field or are currently working in it, it’s important to understand the importance of teamwork in nursing. Keep reading to learn why it’s essential and how you can be a top-notch team player.
Before choosing the program that best fits with your career aspirations, you have to decipher the alphabet soup of nursing credentials. We created this guide to help you wade through the sea of abbreviations as you start down the path of identifying which one might appear after your name one day.
Being a nurse has its fair share of drawbacks: crazy hours, stressful situation and difficult patients. We asked seasoned nurses to share with us their best day on the job. These are the stories that remind them about why they became a nurse in the first place.
Imagine a large room full of hundreds of people with happy tears in their eyes all rooting for someone who spent the last year completely dedicated to earning their nursing degree? These emotional families and friends are at a pinning ceremony where newly-graduated nursing students are presented with a special nursing pin from their college's faculty as they are welcomed into the nursing profession.
Nursing career advancement shouldn’t intimidate you; it should inspire you! But where do you start? We enlisted some veteran nurses to help us identify seven strategies to help you step up your game in the workplace and achieve your professional goals.
The increasing interest in complementary medicine has many people (including nurses) asking if alternative practices are safe and if changes are in store for the healthcare industry. Read on to learn the seven things you should know about complementary and alternative medicine, according to nurses.
Many students like the idea of becoming an RN, but aren’t sure if they can justify the extra effort, time and money required when an LPN track would put them in the workforce faster. If you’re looking for some tangible reasons to go down the RN path, you’re in luck because there are plenty! We combined government data and expert insight to identify four facts that suggest this is the right route for you.
Whether you follow our weekly blog posts or just visit once in a while, take a moment to look back and peruse our readers’ favorite posts from the past year. You might learn a thing or two, or even find the inspiration to take the leap into the nursing career of your dreams!
There are many paths to a rewarding nursing career, though different paths can offer different experiences and their own set of benefits. Here, learn about an associate degree in nursing (ADN) and why it’s the right choice for you!
Your passion for your own children (or any baby you pass by in the supermarket, for that matter) is drawing you toward a career in neonatal nursing. But it takes more than a love of infants to succeed in this specialty. We gathered the facts about this rewarding position so you can decide if it's the right choice for you.
There are many options to consider when looking at a nursing career, and weighing them carefully will help you make the best decisions possible. Lay your questions about acute care versus ambulatory care to rest in this close-up comparison.
We spoke with Dr. Joan Rich, Rasmussen College School of Nursing Vice President, to get her expertise on this exciting entry option into nursing. See what she reveals about the accelerated BSN and find out if it’s the right path for you!
Finding gifts for nurses is not always easy. So why not start your shopping with this holiday gift guide specifically designed with nurses in mind. We enlisted nurses themselves to find out what’s on their wish list this year. These ideas should get you on track to finding a few perfect gifts for the nurses in your life.
Take a look at this breakdown of careers in nursing and early childhood education (ECE) to make an educated decision about which path is the best fit for you. We can’t make your decision for you, but we’ve got all of the information you need to choose between these two rewarding professions.
There are several educational options from which an aspiring nurse can choose from. But which nursing credential is right for you? Use this flowchart to help guide you in the right direction.
You’ll be happy to hear there are plenty of nursing student resources out there to help you graduate with flying colors. As you prepare for nursing school or are working your way through, make note of the nursing student resources that could be the difference between sinking and swimming.
If you’re a fan of medical TV shows and movies, you might be curious if the portrayal is accurate. We enlisted nursing pros to set the record straight and bust the common myths of movie nurses.
It’s true that nursing school is no cake walk, but you shouldn’t let your past dictate your future. Just because you had less-than-stellar grades in high school doesn’t mean you have to give up your dream of becoming a nurse. Keep reading for a little motivation from nurses who were once in your shoes.
As you've likely discovered in your research, a nurse is never just a "nurse" — a nurse can be a licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), nurse practitioner (NP) or numerous other job titles. We've already covered the LPN versus RN debate, now let's explore RN versus BSN.
When it comes to nursing interview tips, it’s hard to weed through all of the clutter. That’s why we enlisted real nursing professionals to share their best advice for mastering your nursing interview. Keep reading to gain valuable insight from those who have been in your shoes.
Nurses play so many different roles that it’s impossible to encompass it all in just one job title. To refer to them as "just nurses" is not just an insult - it's an outrage! Familiarize yourself with just a few of the many hats nurses wear during every shift.
There are some surefire signs that suggest a nurse is living under your roof. Use this checklist to see if we can determine whether or not you have a nurse in the family.
Nursing is a broad field that’s comprised of many roles – but which one is right for you? If you have the heart and motivation to be a nurse, the first step is deciding between the field’s two branches: practical nursing versus professional nursing.
Nursing has a reputation for being stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. You can use your medical skills to help people without the long shifts, difficult patients and tricky medical situations. We rounded up a list of seven of the least stressful nursing jobs.
Before you venture into a new career, see what those who’ve gone before you have to say about what nursing is really like. Here are some of the hot topics our panel of pros want you to know about.
Put your uncertainties to rest with this overview on earning your RN to BSN online. We heard your questions and concerns and spoke with Dr. Colleen Koob, an online Nursing Dean from Rasmussen College. Learn what to expect and how to get yourself ahead of the class!
It's no secret that nursing jobs are growing. But just because the positions are out there, doesn’t mean they give them to just anyone. It’s important to ensure you possess some important professional nursing skills. Learn about five qualities you need to succeed in the field.
You’ve heard the horror stories about unpleasant patients and will likely cross paths with one someday. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer that applies to every situation, but there are strategies you can use to help navigate tricky interactions with difficult patients. We enlisted seasoned nurses to get their best advice.
Whether you’re already working towards a nursing degree or just exploring the field, get the scoop on this specialty straight from a CRNA’s professional prospective. This insider insight can help you determine if this is the right career path for you!
It's normal to have questions and concerns when considering an RN to BSN program. But there are plenty of benefits to furthering your education as a nurse. We connected with some nursing pros to identify nine advantages that are hard to ignore.
The median annual salary for registered nurses (RNs) in 2014 was $66,640. But what can you do to potential boost your earning potential even more? Specialize! Learn about some of the top earning nursing niches.
It’s normal to feel nervous about the unknown, but a little advice can go a long way in calming those nerves. That’s why we compiled some wisdom and advice from nurses who have been in your shoes. Learn their best tips for mastering your nursing school clinicals.
If you’re looking to gain some practical work experience before graduation, or maybe just want to earn some money while you’re in school, focus your efforts on a position in the healthcare industry. Not only will this allow you to experience the operations firsthand, but it could also give you a leg up when applying for your first job after graduation!
We created this interactive map to help you discover which U.S. states have the most LPN job opportunities and learn which companies are hiring the most. Check it out and see where your state stacks up!
Many nurses and nursing students can experience this feeling of burnout because of the rigor and intensity of their work or program. While nursing burnout may be a reality for some, it doesn’t have to define your career. Numerous studies can be found dealing with this issue, but we compiled all of the information in one place so you can educate yourself. Learn how nursing burnout is affecting the healthcare community and how you can avoid it.
Nursing is one field that offers a variety of credentials depending on your desired career. So, how long is nursing school? There are actually several answers to that question. Take a closer look at your degree options
Nurses have a wide variety of career options regardless of what type of education they earn. But what exactly can you do with an associate degree in nursing? Learn everything you need to know about these careers.
National Nurses Week is a time dedicated to showing appreciation for the men and women who devote their lives to keeping others healthy. In celebration of National Nurses Week, we spoke with integral nursing deans from Rasmussen College about why they entered the field and what they’ve experienced along the way.
This National Nurses Week, honor the nurses in your community. And remember that they pour their heart into their work all year long, so there’s no need to limit it to just one week. We connected with a handful of nursing experts to remind you just how amazing these people truly are.
We talked to RNs who have worked outside of the hospital walls to bring you the inside scoop on six alternative nursing careers. One of them could be your gateway to a fulfilling career in healthcare!
Nursing school is notorious for being demanding, but there are many who have forged the path before you and came out in one piece. But don’t take our word for it—hear from a nurse and a nursing student who can tell you what to expect on your first day of nursing school.
It’s helpful to have a good understanding of the types of nurses out there before taking the next step on your career path. We identified 20 types of nurses you could become, and that's only a portion of your options. Get a sneak peek at these in-demand opportunities.
You need to know how to become a registered nurse (RN) so you can decide which path would work best for you. This guide will help you figure out each step along the way so you can earn your degree and get that RN career you’re seeking.
Why choose nursing? We enlisted five experts in the field to reveal the reasons they picked this profession and reminisce on the moment they knew it was their calling. Get a taste of the unique journeys that led these nurses to the career they love.
There are many obvious traits that people expect a nurse to have, such as compassion for others, a caring and nurturing personality, and the sincere desire to help others along with the unique ability to deal with all those things that others might find, well, stomach turning.
Jobs for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are expected to increase by 16 percent through 2024. But how do you become an LPN and how long will it take? This 5-step guide will help you make a plan!
You’ve always thought about becoming a nurse, but do you really have what it takes? Nursing pros share seven signs that you’re ready to launch the career you’ve always wanted!
Where do registered nurses (RNs) work? The obvious answer is a clinic or a hospital. But the reality is that RNs work in a variety of different settings, specialties and environments—some of which may really surprise and intrigue you!
We are wrapping up a great year of articles full of student-focused information and nursing career education. Find out the most popular nursing articles from 2014.
If you think your queasy stomach makes you a poor candidate for a career in this field, think again! You don't have to be drawing blood and cleaning out a drain tube to get in on this rewarding opportunity. There are tons of other non-clinical nursing jobs to meet your needs if you don't think you fit the bill for a traditional nursing career. Learn about five non-clinical nursing jobs.
Advancing your registered nursing career with a bachelor's degree opens a lot of doors. And knowing the next most sought after opportunities out there can help you plan in advance your specialization.
You're finally ready for a career change so it's time to truly decide if the nursing field is right for you. Rest assured because we're here to help you confront your concerns. We enlisted nursing pros to help you determine if your "buts" are really the roadblocks you think they are.
There aren't many career that offer both spontaneity and security. Traveling nurses enjoy the best of both worlds. Check out the top 10 benefits of becoming a travel nurse.
Becoming an LPN is a great stepping stone for anyone contemplating a career in healthcare. But are LPNs still in demand? Here 6 reasons we say yes!
A nurse in scrubs is pretty easy to recognize in any situation. But what does a registered nurse do? More than the stereotypes give them credit for!
Just hearing the word "interview" might be enough to make your stomach queasy. But the best way to be confident is to be prepared. We enlisted several nursing pros to share their tips on how to ace your nursing school interview.
Nurses are caretakers, good listeners and crafty problem solvers. Find out fifteen more reasons that make them great life partners too.
The struggle to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in Western Africa has been the source of a lot of foreboding-and some would say alarmist-stories about the spread of the disease. As medical professionals, nurses need to be prepared for how to ensure the safety of their patients while also addressing their concerns about this deadly disease. To help we've compiled this list of six Ebola virus facts to help nurses understand the disease and address the concerns of their patients.
What happens when the nation's largest job category runs out of people to fill the demand? Hopefully we'll never find out.
We all think we know what an RN does based on TV shows or our own experiences at hospitals. But what goes on behind the scenes? We enlisted some experts to tell you what they wish someone told them BEFORE they entered the field.
Nurses will be the first to tell you, there are a lot of things you learn in nursing school that will probably shock you right out of your seat.
If you're looking to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in the next decade, the numbers are golden and your future looks bright! Here's the skinny on the LPN career outlook and what it means for you.
LPN jobs are expected to grow at 25 percent through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's even more than the 19 percent expected for RNs and well over the national average of 11 percent. But what do LPNs actually do?
It's easy to keep up on trends in nursing once you have the right tools and know where to look.
The dedication of nurses to the wellbeing of their patients makes it even more shocking to hear that 65 percent of nurses surveyed by American Nurse Today have witnessed some form of nursing incivility.
Tampa LPN graduate Aneta Bigos, like most of her college classmates, decided to attend college in pursuit of a better life. What sets her apart from many others though are the literal and figurative lengths to which she has gone to reach her goals.
If you're looking for some encouragement to take the next step and some assurance that the time and hard work invested will be worth it, take a look at the success stories of four women who got a late start to nursing but are now flourishing in their fulfilling careers.
Check out this go-to guide to learn about nursing school requirements, submitting your applications and prepping for the TEAS test.
We spoke to Rasmussen College nursing faculty who gave us seven specific ways being a student sets you up for success as a night shift nurse.
As our population ages, there is a continuous need for nurses. "From 2010-2020, available RN positions will increase by 26 percent," according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). To learn more about why there is an extreme demand for nurses in our country, check out the below infographic.
How hard is nursing school? To answer this we've asked several nursing students and graduates to tell us what they thought was the hardest part of nursing school, and what they did to overcome these challenges. Here's what they said:
There are plenty of perks to being a nurse that go beyond the feel-good moments from helping a patient. We talked to nurses in the field to find out some of the other great benefits of being a nurse.
We all need some inspiration to make that final push, so take a look at some motivating insight from four men who hold various nursing credentials and have braved the female-dominated industry, effectively dissolving the harrowing male nurse stereotype.
The television series follows a group of nine young travel nurses as they tackle a temporary assignment in California.
Sometimes a school is worth waiting for. Or at least it was for Rockford, Ill., nursing student Kerstein Bracken. She earned an associate degree in medical assisting from Rasmussen College in 2011 and planned to pursue another associate degree in nursing immediately after graduation. Waiting lists at other schools and the news of the nursing program eventually coming to the Rockford campus, however, made her decide to wait.
For someone who has never been to nursing school, the day-to-day environment can be a complete mystery. Here is a first-hand account.
Typically, the results of personality or career aptitude tests should be taken with a grain of salt. But, Rasmussen College graduate Patrick Joyce can look back on the results of an aptitude test he took while attending school to become a police officer as a clear sign of his true calling. According to the test results Joyce's top occupational suggestion was nursing, while police officer was around fifth.
This extensive guide will help you identify the best RN mobility program for your needs based off eight important factors.
Green Bay, Wis., professional nursing student Dana Hainer is more than ready to start her nursing career. She enrolled in nursing school years ago but received a last-minute phone call that would dramatically change the course of her life. The adoption agency she'd been working with for months was calling to tell her that her application was approved and that she could adopt her first child. "I chose to pursue the adoption and put my career on hold," Hainer says. "Little did I know it'd be a long stretch before I could get back to it."
Knowing that job opportunities for RNs will continue to grow is essential so you can have confidence in your career choice. But it's always helpful to know the why behind such statistics. So, why is the demand for RNs increasing faster than the demand for other healthcare careers? Here are four reasons.
When it comes to nursing, there are a ton of great blog options that are filled with all kinds of helpful information. We compiled 24 of our favorite blogs with topics ranging from fun nursing blogs to helpful nursing student blogs to blogs that offer career tips for nurses.
For most people, a trip to the doctor's office is not the highlight of their week, so a frosty nurse making them feel unwelcome can add to their stress. Fortunately for any of her future patients, Brooklyn Park Practical Nursing graduate Melinda Odegard has been making people feel at ease her whole life.
During her career as a military nurse, Lt. Col. Kathy Spangler has experienced firsthand the stamina it takes to work beyond the battlefield.
From Greensboro, N.C. to Las Vegas to Lapeer, Mich., no city is absolutely safe from the immediate problem faced by medical facilities around the U.S. - nursing shortages. As a result, professional nursing agencies are helping medical facilities fill in the gaps with temporary workers.
Pediatric nurses play an integral role in the life their patients who range from infants to teenagers. Find out what makes a great pediatric nurse and how to become one.
The prospect of dealing with blood is enough to deter a lot of people from pursuing a career in the medical field. Rasmussen College student Krystl Taylor is not one of those people. From an early age she was fascinated by medical procedures and the healthcare profession. "As a kid my mom used to watch those real surgery shows on T.V. and I would just stand in the hallway since I wasn't allowed to watch with her," said Taylor. "I've always just loved that stuff." With that early interest in the medical field, it's no surprise Taylor is now well on her way to an associate's degree in nursing.
Now is a better time than ever to pursue a career in nursing. Here is a detailed list with the top 10 reasons why.
With over 78 million baby boomers aging into their 60's and beyond, nurses specialized in geriatric care are rapidly becoming a hot commodity.
There are diploma and associate degree tracks to become a licensed practical nurse. When deciding between the two it's important to consider how you see your education fitting into your lifestyle.
The phenomenon of the nurse-patient relationship and its ability to affect the overall treatment of a patient is a central topic to the study of nursing. The focus is usually on the ability of the nurse to impact the patient, but we often forget how much the patient can impact the nurse.
The Rasmussen College - School of Nursing and the Alumni Association presented a webinar on innovative nursing strategies, applications and healthcare sites.
The variety of jobs in healthcare may seem like a dream at first - there are so many options for those who take school seriously and want to have a successful, fulfilling career. What if, for example, you know you don't want to be a doctor, but you still want to have hands-on patient care, work closely with doctors and spend your days helping the sick and injured? Numerous job titles fit the bill, but for now, let's just focus on: registered nurse (RN) versus physician assistant (PA).
Rasmussen College hosted a Career Chat on Mar. 10 in honor of National Nurses Week. The Careers in Nursing chat used Google+ Hangouts on Air to connect participants virtually. Three Rasmussen College career experts were joined by Lee Bonds, a nursing recruiter with more than 20 years' experience.
For some of our students, the decision to pursue a career in nursing was easy. Some come from a family of nurses or have wanted to be a nurse since they were a child. For others, it wasn't until a life-changing event encouraged them to look into a career in healthcare. What they all have in common is the dedication, passion and compassion it takes to help others.
Pop quiz: Quickly name four different nursing job titles ... ready ... go! How many did you guess? Chances are you knew licensed practical nurse (LPN) and registered nurse (RN), but unless you're already a nurse those last two may have left you scratching your head.
Nervous, excited, energized - Crystal Walker of Sauk Rapids, Minn. says she's full of emotion as she starts her first quarter at the Rasmussen College St. Cloud campus. The School of Nursing student hadn't stepped inside a college classroom for nearly 20 years. However, after major health complications, Walker has beat the odds and is back working toward one of her next dreams.
Spring is here and if you didn't stick to your New Year resolution to lose weight, your summer wardrobe may be all the motivation you need to get back on track. Check out our new infographic below to learn how to eat right for your blood type.
May 6-12 is National Nurses Week across the United States. Rasmussen College is planning to recognize these important healthcare providers with a Career Chat designed to offer more information about careers in nursing.
Whether you're studying to earn a nursing degree or have been a nurse for years, you probably know a career in nursing offers its share of challenges and rewards. If you need a pick-me-up during the day or a small reminder of why being a nurse is so gratifying, you've come to the right place.
It's never any easy question to ask, but it's one of the many responsibilities a nurse holds when a patient nears the end of his or her life - does the family want to donate their loved one's organs and/or tissues?
Do you enjoy being around other people, love teaching patients and staff, and can't imagine yourself as anything other than a nurse? If you answered yes to those questions, you might want to consider becoming a nurse educator.
When someone has the flu, most of us will stay far, far away - and for good reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year we've experienced one of the worst flu seasons in 10 years and sadly, one of the deadliest. As of early February 2013, there have been 127 flu-related deaths in Minnesota alone.
If you're thinking about a career in healthcare, it might be a good time to start considering what it will take to get there. What basic nursing skills and qualifications will you need when you enter the field? How will those qualifications and skills change after 10 years of experience? Of course there are skills and qualifications you'll draw upon throughout your entire career. Some skills you'll learn through coursework and others you'll develop with on-the-job training.
Even with the encouraging job growth expected for registered and practical nurses through 2020, the competition for open jobs in nursing is still quite difficult. To stand out among other job seekers in the nursing field, it is important to brush-up on your cover letter writing skills.
Do you use Facebook? Twitter? Other social media platforms? Chances are you do; the average American spends 6.9 hours per month on social media. While some of that time is well-spent, some of it is likely not. If you're not doing it efficiently, 6.9 hours is a lot of time to waste on social media. How could those sites work to make you more, rather than less, efficient? Following every nursing-related account on Twitter is likely impossible, but following the specific ones we list can help your prepare for your nursing career because they'll help you stay up-to-date on the news, and the latest developments and trends within the field.
Are you thinking of going back to school? Maybe you want to take a shot at a second career? If so, you're not alone - many adults are going back to school these days. And many of them are choosing nursing as a second career. Going back to school isn't a decision to be taken lightly. You've probably put a lot of thought into it. But those nagging questions keep coming back - Will school be too hard? Will I fit in? Or maybe even - am I too old?
Have you decided you want to be a nurse, but you don't want to work in a typical hospital or local clinic? There are unique nursing job opportunities available for both practical nurses (LPNs) or professional nurses (RNs), including ones that offer travel or sun, as well as lock-down and plastic surgery patients.
Rasmussen College School of Nursing has developed novel simulation scenarios that offer nursing students the opportunity to develop competence, safe practice and keener critical thinking skills. Nursing simulations are incorporated into the curriculum that replicates patient care experiences that may not be accessible to the nursing students during clinical rotations.
There are two main types of nursing: one where you provide patients and their families with short-term care; the other -where you take care of patients with chronic illnesses or disabilities for an extended period of time. There are many ways to figure out which type of care is best for your career. This article serves to help you discover the path best-suited for you and your career aspirations by outlining the difference between the two paths, as well as what skills and duties each requires.
Becoming a nurse makes you a member of one of the largest workforce populations in the United States. By connecting with associations, you are able to network, make new friendships, as well as take on new leadership roles in the profession.
Nurses need to complete a variety of tasks daily - and the job requires more than just checking vital signs, doling out medicine, and giving kids stickers. As a nurse, you oftentimes need to react quickly. What would you do if one of your patients had a mental health issue? Or what if there was an emergency during a baby delivery procedure - would you be prepared to help?
Imagine going to college and earning your bachelor's degree after high school, only to realize years down the road the path chosen wasn't necessarily where you saw yourself in the future?
When you first start thinking about your future career, you may immediately be inclined to choose one based on pay and a positive job outlook. But what about choosing a profession that also keeps you interested and happy for years to come? Consider your hobbies - what do you like to do for fun? By narrowing down a few of them, it could lead you to a career in nursing.
Many people believe doctors are the driving forces inside a hospital, but often times that's not the case. Nurses are known to be the "eyes and ears of the hospital," and usually experience more patient interaction than doctors who typically have much shorter periods of time with each patient due to their busy schedule.
Think nursing is just for women? Think again. Men have been trying for decades to push their way past the assumptions, prejudices and myths to tap into the female-dominated field. But even with a nursing associate's degree and a long list of qualifications, it's not always easy for a man to be accepted as a nurse - especially when a strong societal belief is that a man belongs in a suit working in a downtown office, or as a firefighter or policeman.
There once was a time when a degree in nursing meant you worked in a doctor's office or hospital and you were probably a female. In 2012, a degree in nursing can lead to a multitude of careers, and it's no longer a female dominated field. The career opportunities are varied and many can involve law enforcement, IT, travel, medical editor writer, pharmaceutical/medical sales and holistic medicine. Below are some examples that highlight alternative careers in nursing.
Pinterest is rapidly becoming a place where nurses are building their community, sharing procedure knowledge and career tips via infographics, as well as clinical advice, nursing humor, and gift ideas. To help you grow and learn, as well as find a sense of inspiration and community, here is a list of six Pinterest boards every nurse should follow.
Ever wonder how to spruce up your nurse's uniform? Even as a nurse, you have the option to transform yourself into a fashionista during your work day. Here are several ideas to bring a splash of personality into your everyday work.
Leave it to Hollywood to provide a distorted image of what a nurse does in school and on a daily basis in their career. Movies and TV shows often portray nurses as not being as challenged as doctors, only working in hospitals or clinics, and sometimes only doing the "grunt work."
Are you interested in a career in nursing? Check out our latest "What Should I Do With My Life" video to learn more about what personality characteristics are needed to become a nurse, and how to break into a career in this field.
You've made it! You have either graduated or are close to graduating with a diploma or an associate's degree in practical or professional nursing. Now that your challenging LPN or RN courses and clinicals are done, you're probably busy preparing for your National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX. It's the test you need to practice as a nurse. Fortunately, your courses most likely prepared you for these exams. At Rasmussen College, the nursing curriculum has NCLEX prep work built right into it to help you succeed while taking your test.
Are you wondering where you could work as a nurse? Check out our latest "What Should I Do With My Life" video to learn more about the future of nursing and its employment options.
The choice to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree can be a rewarding decision. You've already taken many complicated courses to get you to your registered nurse status, assuming you passed the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse) after graduating with your Professional Nursing Associate's degree. Now, it's time for you to buckle down and put your thinking cap back on because you will soon be back in school.
Are you interested in becoming a nurse? Check out our latest "What Should I Do With My Life" video to learn more about what you should be looking for when choosing a nursing school to enroll at to earn your degree.
Networking among peers and other industry professionals is an important and necessary step for anyone looking to be successful in their career, and with the help of social media, is much easier to accomplish.
Nurses have played an important role throughout history, and many of made substantial impacts in how healthcare is administered.
If you are a nursing student or considering becoming one, you should know you don't have to become an RN in order to find a job. In fact, some health hiring experts say LPNs are really in-demand.
We recently had the opportunity to interview Laurie Hendrickson, Dean of Nursing at the Rasmussen College - Mankato, MN campus. In this interview, Dean Hendrickson highlights nursing degrees and nursing career information.
Whether you're a veteran nurse or considering a nursing career, join us at our Brooklyn Park campus on May 10, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., for an Open House that will celebrate current nurses and provide valuable insight for future nurses.
Some called it a case of wanderlust. Others called it a wild foolishness. However, Annie Brown is convinced it was fate that brought her to Haiti. Whatever the reasons, this Rasmussen College instructor has spent the past four years building a grassroots, humanitarian organization in the poorest country of the western world.
We recently had the opportunity to interview Diana Grubman, Dean of Nursing at the Rasmussen College - Wausau, WI campus. In this interview, Dean Grubman highlights nursing degrees and nursing career information.
Check out the nursing degree options at Rasmussen College in this informative infographic:
We recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Rebecca Rudel, Dean of Nursing at the Moorhead, MN college campus. Dr. Rudel is passionate about delivering quality education to online nursing students, and in this interview she will highlight some relevant wisdom into the nursing degrees and the nursing profession.
Are you thinking about a career as a registered nurse (RN)? This essential information will help you on your path there...
We recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Diana Kostrzewski, Ph.D., R.N., the Dean of Nursing for the RN to BSN and online nursing degree programs.
Check out a few pictures of the Rasmussen College School of Nursing facilities.
We had the opportunity to interview Nursing Dean Kathy Smith, and in this interview she shared her personal experiences as a nurse, her path to success as a nurse, and her insights for prospective or current nursing students.
The Rasmussen College Alumni Association presents a webinar for School of Nursing graduates, practicing nurses, and other healthcare providers that features tips for patient pain management.
We had the opportunity to interview Mary Kohler, the Rasmussen College - Dean of the School of Nursing at the Tampa/Brandon campus location. Do you have interest in pursuing a nursing degree, or are currently enrolled in a nursing school? If so, read ahead:
We recently sat down with Bill Hartman, the Dean of the School of Nursing at the Green Bay, WI college campus. Bill brings more than 30 years of nursing and clinical care experience, and has some great insight into breaking into the challenging and emotionally rewarding career in nursing.
We recently sat down with Lori Steffen, the Senior Dean of the School of Nursing at the St. Cloud, MN college campus where she shared important advice and key benefits of pursuing a career as a nurse.
Learn more about the Director of the School of Nursing at Rasmussen College.
Learn about the various career trajectories and levels of education needed as a nurse.
Becoming a nurse may be one of the best decisions a person who wants to help others can make.
There are many factors to take into account when researching and eventually applying for nursing schools. Here are some suggestions to make sure that you are completely confident that the nursing school you choose is a perfect fit.
Becoming a nurse give you the power to offer patients your help when they may most need it. If you're well-versed in the medical field and are looking to take the next step in your career, why not go back to school?
Admissions representative, Whitney Tilka, shares her story from an admissions role to becoming a nursing student at Rasmussen College.
Here are five specialties outlined below are particularly interesting for a prospective nursing school graduate.
Do you have the instinctual desire to help people, but never knew what career would allow you to put these skills to use? Becoming a nurse may be just what you're looking for, due to the constant interaction with patients and the great pay the job provides
Do you have the instinctual desire to help people, but never knew what career would allow you to put these skills to use?
This 30-minute webinar features the Dean of the School of Nursing at Rasmussen College, who speaks about the BSN program at Rasmussen College.
In this article Rasmussen College Nursing Instructor shares important information about what to expect while pursuing a degree and career as a nurse: like what's in a nurse's job description, nursing degree options, nursing salary opportunities, and even nurse specializations.
Rasmussen College Dean of Nursing discusses National Nurses Week and a recent Rasmussen College School of Nursing Career Fair.
Researching nursing schools can be an overwhelming task. To help streamline the process, we've created this list of tips for researching Wisconsin nursing schools.
The School of Nursing at Rasmussen College shares information about RN to BSN degree paths.
The secret is out: nursing blogs are ever-increasingly becoming amazing resources nurse and healthcare practitioners. The Rasmussen College Dean of Nursing shares her favorite nursing blogs.
The Rasmussen College Dean of Nursing at the Fort Myers, FL college campus discusses the growing need for nurses and the impending nursing shortage. She is joined by two nursing degree students. (Courtesy of WINK News.)
The Rasmussen College - Dean of Nursing at the Eagan, MN college campus appeared on FOX Twin Cities alongside two proud nursing degree students to discuss job opportunities for nurses.
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The last legislative chapter in the Health Care debate came to a commencement when the House passed, for the second time, a package of fixes to the bill that President Barack Obama had signed, on March 26. This monumental decision will change many aspects of health care system in the United States.