Nurse Training and Dementia Care

Dementia is one of the most common psychiatric disorders in elderly people in the United States. Many nursing students who intend to become geriatric nurses will spend a lot of their time in school learning about this condition and the nuances associated with caring for patients. Because patients with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can experience a number of symptoms and face numerous risks, it … [Read more...]

Nursing School Insights: A Special Kind of Knowledge

Many of us recognize that we have something to give to the world – a caring, nurturing character with a strong desire to make lives better. Of course, we need to learn how to accomplish this desire and going to a nursing school is the first step in obtaining a lucrative and rewarding career in this growing profession. So it makes sense that, early in the process, our minds are overwhelmed with … [Read more...]

How Long Does it Take to Become a Nurse?

Nursing is a rewarding career for those who enjoy caring for others and making a real difference in the lives of those in their community. If you are thinking about becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Registered Nurse (RN), or Nursing Practitioner (NP), you’ve probably considered the amount of time and training involved in achieving this career goal. While … [Read more...]

The Case for Nurse Mentorship after Graduation

Most nursing schools are adept at providing full-scale, lifetime training for students once they exit the program and enter the real world of nursing. But does the education really end when clinicals are over and a licensed RN or NP heads out into the world of care-giving? The obvious answer is ‘of course not’. There are continuing education programs and requirements, updates to medicine, and … [Read more...]

Is a Nursing Bridge Program Right for You?

Bridge programs provide a fast-track for LPNs and RNs to continue their education without the need to start on a degree from the beginning of a nursing school program. Although such programs are appropriate for most nurses, there are some requirements to become eligible. For those who have a background in nursing and at least some formal education, a bridge program is an excellent way to advance … [Read more...]

Tips for Advanced Practice Nursing Students

Planning to become a nurse practitioner or earn your doctorate in nursing? You’ll be interested to know that there is more to planning for your future than securing financial aid and scheduling your first round of classes. Take it from those who have been there, the tips that follow are essential for advanced practice students and those with intentions of earning a specialty degree from a nursing … [Read more...]

Vaccine Reporting for Nursing Students and Professionals

Students in nursing programs learn to take care of ill patients, many of whom have communicable diseases such as influenza. Medical facilities have always done their very best to limit cross-contamination and exposure to these illnesses and many are now taking extra steps to protect employees and other patients. Starting this year, most nurses in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare … [Read more...]

Nurse Specialties: Women’s Health Nursing

Women’s health nurses focus on diseases and conditions that are specific to females. This includes pregnancy, menopause, and other common conditions. Most are RNs with advanced certification and training, and some obtain advanced degrees in the profession. Women’s health nurses work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals and home-health care. Although advanced degrees are not … [Read more...]

Nurse Specialties: School Nursing

School nursing is a specialty available to registered nurses with relevant advanced training and certification. These professionals work primarily in schools and universities, but may be hired by any number of public and private agencies. Special certification is required for this position and requirements vary between states. A national certification is available, but does not negate state … [Read more...]

Nurse Specialties: Rural Nursing

As is the case with many other nursing specialties, rural nursing is facing a critical shortage of professionals. These professionals are needed to help manage health issues and provide direct care for patients who live and work in remote areas of the country. They must be willing to work with fewer resources and possess a greater understanding of general health care. Experts in rural nursing are … [Read more...]