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Nursing Career Paths & Options

"Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings. Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people. Advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research, participation in shaping health policy and in patient and health systems management, and education are also key nursing roles." (The International Council of Nursing)

These articles explore various nursing practice areas and are intended to be helpful to practicing nurses who are considering a change of clinical direction, or for nurses in mid-career looking for somewhere new to apply the clinical skills and experience of nursing. Come along and explore the ever expanding, always changing range of career possibilities within clinical nursing practice!

 

Become An LPN - Fast Track into a Nursing Career
What's a person to do if they want to start a career in nursing but can't get into an RN program for years to come, or if they can't afford to spend three to four years in college before being able to start earning a living? Find out why becoming an LPN first might be smarter than going directly into an RN program anyway... "

Nursing Educators Needed Stat!
Despite a critical shortage of nurses thousands of applicants to nursing schools are being turned away each year because of lack of nurse educators! This article profiles the career path of Nurse Educator and shows working RNs how to enter the field without giving up their income along the way...

Nurse Practitioner Career Profile
Nurse Practitioners enjoy unprecedented autonomy, authority, income, and job satisfaction. Learn how to become a nurse practitioner online!

Community Health Nursing: Shaping World Health Delivery
Global Health concerns us all. This article describes the rise of Community Health Nursing from its humble beginnings to today's role in forefront of shaping worldwide health policy and administration.....

What is Legal Nurse Consulting?
A Legal Nurse Consultant is Like Erin Brockovich on Steroids. Discover what Legal Nurse Consulting is all about, what they do, what they earn, and learn how to become one.....

Forensic Nursing- The New Breed of Nurses
Interested in a relatively new specialty that's fast-paced and exciting, with real issues at stake? Consider the challenging field of forensic nursing!

Anatomy of a Flight Nurse
"It looks exciting. The jet-powered helicopter screams across the sky, heading towards the Medical Center with a critically-ill patient on board.... "

Legal Nurse Consultant's Analysis Spurs Record Settlement
How do attorneys make sense of complicated medical records describing devastating injuries? They turn to Legal Nurse Consultants of course! Learn how you can turn your nursing experience into this exciting high paying career!

The Future Of Nursing: Nursing Home Jobs
According to the Occupational Outlook guide, the nursing profession is among the fastest growing of all career paths. Within nursing, the single specialty expected to grow by leaps and bounds is gerontology...

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            Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership
            • Which career path will you take – Business, Nursing, Education, Psychology? Something else? GCU offers more than 100 majors to get you started!
            • Colangelo College of Business: Features more than 25 programs from the bachelor through the master's level, including several high-demand MBA programs and an accelerated accounting degree.
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            RN to MS - Nursing Informatics
            • As a CCNE-accredited school of nursing, Wilkes University is fully committed to preparing our students for a career of lifelong learning and success in a constantly evolving, dynamic profession.
            • We offer online programs for nurses at any stage in their career. From our R.N. to M.S.N., to our Ph.D. in Nursing, choose the program that is right for you.
            • Learn from doctorally-prepared, highly qualified instructors. Our faculty are true "scholar-practitioners," and bring real-world experience to every subject.
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            Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration
            • Liberty University’s online programs ranked in the top 10 out of more than 2,100 colleges & universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility.*
            • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level.**
            • Transfer up to 90 credits into an undergraduate degree program.
            • Up to 50% of your master’s degree can be transferred in to help you get the most out of your hard work and maximize the credit you previously earned.
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            BS – Nursing (RN – BSN)

            Mount Mercy University is a nationally recognized Catholic University that promises students of all diverse backgrounds – regardless of ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives.

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            Doctor of Education - Nursing Education
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
            • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
            • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
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            • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
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            MSN Clinical Nurse Educator
            • Presents stimulating, thoughtful programs for students in every academic field
            • SACS accredited w/many accreditations per program & 14:1 teacher-student ratio
            • 7 colleges with dozens of majors & programs to choose from for undergrads & grads
            • Beautiful 248 acre campus with ¾ mile waterfront located in Jacksonville, FL
            • Named an “America’s Best College” in the south for 10+ years, US News & World Report
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            Nurse Educator Certificate

            Saint Xavier University, Chicago’s oldest Catholic university, has a long history of educating students to prepare them for professional success and lay the foundation for personal fulfillment. Our online master’s degree programs reflect our values: to explore and respect different viewpoints, work for the betterment of the community, and engage students in the pursuit of lifelong learning.

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            B.S. in Nursing: RN to BSN
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
            • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
            • Online courses help make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 24 months and a master’s degree in 12-18 months.
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            RN to MSN Bridge Program

            Take control of your future with education and innovation. Loyola University New Orleans offers three CCNE-accredited online nursing programs—RN-BSN, MSN, and DNP—as well as a variety of career concentrations so you can align your education to your professional interests.

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            MSN: Nursing Education Specialization
            • USM is a renown four-year Catholic liberal arts university founded in 1923
            • Received a 2017 Best Value School Award by University Research & Review
            • USM's 11:1 student-teacher ratio is one of the best in the nation
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