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Top Nursing Schools Producing Advanced Graduates

Sunday, December 12, 2010
  Producing Advanced Graduates For Demanding Careers(by:-Kayla Russell)

If you're a registered nurse or a student working toward a nursing degree, you might consider taking your education - and your profession - to another level. At the advanced practice specialty level, you might work more independently, making your own clinical decisions. You might also find that your services as an advanced practice registered nurse are in great demand.
Advanced practice registered nurses include clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and nurse anesthetists. Where nurse practitioners might prescribe medication, and diagnose and treat common minor illnesses and injuries, they also serve at the forefront of primary and preventive healthcare services. Clinical nurse specialists might handle physical and mental health problems and work in consultation with physicians, as well as research, education and administration in their facility, the American Nurses Association notes. Certified nurse-midwives typically work in gynecological and low-risk obstetrical care, helping deliver babies in hospitals, birth centers, and private residences. Certified registered nurse anesthetists, the oldest of advanced practice nurses, administer the majority of anesthetics given to patients each year, according to the American Nurses Association.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates that technological advances in patient care, a rising increase in patient care, and growing numbers of older people are to fuel fast employment growth for registered nurses overall. Registered nurses with at least a bachelors degree are to have better job prospects than those without, and advanced practice registered nurses are to be in high demand - especially in inner cities, rural areas and other medical care challenged communities, the Labor Bureau notes.
Accelerated and online degree components in nursing and advanced practice specialties might make it easier for professionals to further their education without too much employment interruption. There are also many scholarships and grants to help pay the tuition associated with campus and online college and university courses. Job security, as well as attractive salaries, could provide the payoff. Registered nurses, depending on where they live and work, might make $47,000 to $67,000 a year, including overtime, bonuses and profit sharing, according to The average annual salaries for nurse practitioners: About $70,000 to $92,000,
Some campus and online degree programs, including an offering from American Sentinel University, are known as "RN to MSN" programs, and they allow registered nurses to advance directly from a hospital diploma or associates degree to a masters degree. Boston-based Northeastern University, on the other hand, offers traditional and accelerated masters degree programs with a nurse anesthesia specialty, as well as a US Army Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia. Thanks to a Department of Health and Human Services grant to increase its program size and diversity, Northeastern University also provides many of its students, grants, even stipends. Registered nurse anesthetists are also the highest paid nurses, according to the National League for Nursing. In Massachusetts, the average salary for nurse anesthetists is between $130,000 and $150,000 a year, an August article in the Boston Herald noted.
The University of Cincinnati and Tennessee-based Vanderbilt University also provide flexible options for students seeking masters degrees in advanced practice specialties, according to their websites. At Vanderbilt University, an acute care nurse practitioner program for instance, allows registered nurses with two years of experience to work toward a masters degree without having to relocate or give up employment, its website shows. Vanderbilt University students in this nursing specialty program through online conferencing take courses on campus in blocks of time so that they're not away from home for extended periods and, where possible, are placed in clinical programs near where they live.
Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals and, with experience and good performance, often move to other settings or are promoted to positions with more responsibility, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Where 18 percent of registered nurses in 1977 had a bachelors degree, more than 34 percent had at least that by 2004, the American Nurses Association reports. The Tri-Council for Nursing in 2010 suggested that nurses advance their education to the graduate level so that they might help fill an urgent need in areas such as advanced practice registered nursing.

Master's in Nursing Programs For Rewarding Careers in Nursing

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Master's in Nursing Programs (By Scott H C)

That nursing is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling careers is now an undisputed fact. Thanks to the aging Baby Boomers, older nurses nearing retiring age, and a severe shortfall in the number of trained nurses, Registered Nurses or RNs are among the most in demand healthcare professionals.With an excellent job outlook that predicts 581,500 new jobs by 2018, many young people are gravitating toward this profession, and a lot of them make their entry with the basic, minimum qualification of a nursing diploma or an Associate's degree in nursing.
For them and many other Registered Nurses who begin their career at lower rungs of an organization's hierarchy, it's important to know that there is a whole world of advancement opportunities waiting to be explored if they just push the envelope a little. Once they have a strong footing in their present positions, all it will take is an advanced degree in nursing to set their careers soaring.
There are three Master's in Nursing programs that can help Registered Nurses reach the high echelons of a healthcare establishment. You can choose one depending on where your interest and abilities rest.Master of Science in Nursing: This program is best suited for RNs who want to remain in clinical care. With a Master's degree, RNs can move up to senior positions in a healthcare department that may involve leading a team of staff nurses.
A Master's in Nursing degree is also the minimum credential if an RN wants to move from basic nursing practice to advanced practice roles. Referred to as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN), they can choose from four specialization areas - clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse-midwives, and nurse practitioners.A Master's degree is essential if RNs are to make clinical decisions on their own, which many of the senior-level nurses and advanced practice nurses are required to do as part of their jobs.
Master's in Nursing Administration: This Master's in Nursing program is for RNs who are interested in moving to management and administrative roles within a healthcare unit. The program prepares Registered Nurses to manage personnel as well as the healthcare delivery system in a particular unit.
For administrative and management-level roles, RNs need to demonstrate excellent communication and negotiation skills, leadership qualities, and good judgment apart from sound clinical ability.
RNs in management roles can reach the levels of assistant director, director, vice president, or chief of nursing.
Master of Science in Nursing Education: The nursing education degree is meant for Registered Nurses who want to become nurse educators and teach other RNs and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) at various levels.
A Master's in Nursing Education is required to teach Bachelor-level courses, while a doctoral degree is considered mandatory for teaching Master's-level courses in nursing. Besides teaching, the other important duties of a nurse educator include designing and implementing the course curriculum, assessing students' progress, and mentoring and preparing them for practice.

Nursing University of Phoenix

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Nursing University of Phoenix    About Author(Chelsae Su )

With a degree in nursing, you can be more than just "in demand". You will be needed and essential. Earn your bachelor's or master's degree in nursing at a university that has over 25 years in nursing experience and education. University of Phoenix's degree programs can change your RN to a bachelor's degree and lead you to a role in nursing management, education, or administration. University of Phoenix has over 300 locations, so chances are there is a campus location that is convenient to you. If you want to earn your degree online in the comfort of your home or office, University of Phoenix has online degree programs that will give you a thorough education without the need to commute or make major changes to your already busy schedule.
America needs more nurses because the need for health care professionals is growing and growing. In 2009, Phoenix's College of Nursing had over 4,500 qualified nurses. All of the professors at University of Phoenix have advanced degrees as well as real life experience in their fields. This guarantees that you are getting the benefit of your professor's education as well as their real life experience on the job.
At University of Phoenix, there is a wide range of bachelor's and master's degree programs, including RN to BSN program and Master of Science in Nursing. The BSN program is dedicated to enhance the knowledge of registered nurses and to teach more about the social and cultural aspects of a professional nurse, as well as the art of caring as a nurse. The Master of Nursing program concentrates on nurses who are interested in teaching and leaning more towards business in this field.

Nursing School

Saturday, November 6, 2010
Nursing School Is It Right For Me?(By:-Lori Havens)

From high school students to businessmen and women whose job security is on shaky ground, people from all walks of life are taking a look at nursing as a possible career choice. They are doing so with good reason: nursing has, traditionally, offered a solid career with a good salary and job security. But while these things may be the initial "draw" for someone toward the profession, they should not be the deciding factor. Nursing is a job that comes with a lot of emotional intensity, and not everyone is made of nursing material.
The most common questions that I receive about becoming a nurse include:
"Do I have what it takes to be a nurse?"
"How hard is nursing school...will I make it through all the academic work?"
"Am I too old?"
If you're considering nursing as a career, you've probably asked yourself at least one of these, and if you haven't, you ought to.

So, what does it take to be a nurse? It takes a lot of heart. Nurses, good ones, have pretty big hearts. Self-absorbed people do not make good nurses, and they certainly won't love the job. In your consideration of nursing as a potential career, if you're thinking mostly about what you'll get out of it in terms of salary and job-security, you're not yet ready for nursing school. There's a lot more that you still need to consider, and it has to do with what you'll be asked to give as a nurse, not with what you'll get.
How hard is nursing school? Nursing school is very hard. Your grades and your academic performance are important. But so are your attitude and life-experiences. There are plenty of students out there with 4.0 GPA's who would make lousy nurses! If you didn't do well in school, you made need to brush up on some skills before you attempt nursing school. Getting into nursing school is competitive these days because of a high number of applicants all vying for a limited number of spots. If you're considering nursing, take your education very seriously.
Is it realistic to enter the nursing profession later in life? Absolutely! Job changes and even total career changes at any point along the continuum are a simple fact of our working lives nowadays. With age comes maturity, experience, and (hopefully) wisdom...all great qualities in a nurse! Just be aware that nursing is a very physical kind of work. Bending, lifting, long hours on your the emotional stress will take their toll on your body. If you're considering a career in nursing and you're not in the best of shape, whatever your age, you'll want to begin making some lifestyle changes to improve your overall physical health so you can better tolerate the rigors of the job.
Nursing can be one of the most intensely satisfying careers you could ever want if you are right for it; it can also be one of the most horrible jobs you'll ever experience if it isn't right for you. The best advice to those who are considering going into nursing: don't rush this one! Nursing school is difficult and don't want to make a mistake. Take the time to ask yourself the important questions, and find out if a career in nursing is right for you.

Applying to Nursing School

Applying to Nursing School(by:-Mel Ullman)

When you're applying for a nursing school program, it may be helpful to check out both local campus programs and online nursing schools. Accredited nursing schools provide one of four degrees like online RN-to-BSN, Bachelor's, Associate's, and Master of Science (MSN). Registered nurses are one of the fastest increasing occupations in the United States, and you'll need to apply for a nursing school program before you can ever hope to get certification as a nurse and earn a lot of money in this profession.
Online nursing classes are offered by Chamberlain College of Nursing, Kaplan University, Saint Xavier University, and Loyola University. These four colleges comprise the top four online colleges in the nation for providing nursing school education in the United States. There is a current shortage of registered nurses so you may want to start out by getting an entry-level nursing degree. There are three different types of entry-level nursing degrees, and each one is offered by a different nursing school. There is the 4-year BSN, 2-year Associate Degree, and diploma. They are listed in order from highest demand to lowest in priority, and having the one at the top of the list can ensure you the highest job placement.You can also consider one of the various accelerated nursing degree programs.
A BSN is required for many jobs, and you can certify this by looking in your local newspaper. This is the primary entry point for professional nursing practice in the United States. The 2-year Associate Degree, on the other hand, concentrates more technical skills than theory, and this will allow students to earn money more quickly than they could otherwise. This is the entry-level nursing program for technical nursing practice. The diploma was the more common entry-level nursing program prior to the 1970s, and there were hundreds of diploma schools in existence at that time. There are now less than 100 such schools because demand has gone down sharply. A nursing diploma can prepare students for work in a hospital or other inpatient facility. Depending on whether you have certain career aspirations or not, this can seem limiting to you.
Different types of nursing school programs take place in different settings. The diploma is usually a 3-year program, the associates degree is usually a 2-year program, and the Bachelor of Science is usually a 4-5 year program. The diploma is oftentimes located in a hospital that often works with a community college. An associate's degree is usually located in a community college, and a Bachelor of Science  is usually located in a college or university.
Choosing an entry-level nursing program is a very personal choice, and it can take some time to make up your mind. It is often best to simply look through the job listings before applying for a nursing school program so that you can take part in a nursing program that is more amenable to your needs as a job seeker.