There are more than a few common nursing mistakes made on a regular basis. To help you avoid some of these common pitfalls, we spoke with experts in the field of nursing and asked them to offer up their advice.
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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.
You've always been interested in becoming a pediatric nurse. But it’s important you know what you’re getting into before you dive into nursing school, so we connected with a handful of medical professionals and compiled information so you can be properly informed.
We talked to RNs who have worked outside of the hospital walls to bring you the inside scoop on seven alternative nursing careers. One of them could be your gateway to a fulfilling career in healthcare!
Now is a better time than ever to pursue a career in nursing. Here is a detailed list with the top 10 reasons why.
For those new to the nursing field, both the certified nursing assistant (CNA) and licensed practical nurse (LPN) positions are great ways to get your start in the field. We created this side-by-side comparison to help you determine which path is best for you.
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.
The various benefits of being a nurse have you considering this career. But what do registered nurses do on a daily basis? Read on to get a closer look at these superheros serving in scrubs.
Where would you be without this colorful cast of characters to care for? Keep reading to see how many of these types of patients you—and just about any nurse—will have treated throughout your career.
Before considering a career as a licensed practical nurse, you need to know what they do and where they work. We did the research and broke it down, so you can get a deeper understanding of this exciting and versatile nursing role.
To help you avoid growing tired and losing your passion, we asked real nurses to reveal their natural tips and tricks for dealing with nursing stress. Keep these in mind so you don’t become the next victim of burnout.
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.
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’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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With over 78 million baby boomers aging into their 60's and beyond, nurses specialized in geriatric care are rapidly becoming a hot commodity.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The back-to-school hustle has begun for both young and old. Children are busy soaking up the last of the summer's rays, college students are preparing for that first semester, and of course, parents are rushing about to schedule their children's necessary vaccination appointments. In fact, August is such a popular month for shots that it is now officially designated National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM).
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.