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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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            Master of Public Health
            • Ranked among the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Ranked 8th among the Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • A private, co-ed college founded in 1821 and located in downtown Washington, D.C.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and 55.1% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
            • Has distinguished alumni including Senator Harry Reid, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and actress Courtney Cox.
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            Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing
            • Ranked one of the Top Public Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Founded in 1766 as a public institution; it has a main campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey and offers many programs online.
            • Has an average freshman retention rate of 91.8%.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 14:1, and 38% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
            • Has famous alumni including chef and restauranteur Mario Batali, author Junot Diaz, actor James Gandolfini, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.
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            RN to BS

            • Offers accredited online bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctor of nursing programs to help both working professionals and recent graduates advance their careers.

            • Provides graduate nursing programs that teach cutting-edge professional knowledge and skills to prepare students for today’s dynamic, evolving health care industry.
            • Teaches through an online learning system that allows students to complete coursework with the flexibility to fit their schedule, while a cohort structure helps them to collaborate with fellow students.

            •Provides scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid to those who qualify.

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            Master of Science in Nursing
            • Allows students to transfer credits from non-U.S. colleges and universities after evaluation.
            • Has students attend one class at a time to ensure easy access to faculty and a more hands-on education.
            • Its main campus is located in Fort Lauderdale, with campuses located throughout the State of Florida and internationally. 
            • Provides a Department of Student Services and Resources that assists students with résumé preparation, interviewing skills coaching, mock interviewing, professional development workshops, and more.
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            Online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Leadership Track (MSN to DNP)
            • Ranked #4 among the 2015 Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Designated as 2015 Military Friendly School by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Student to faculty ratio of 12:1, with an average class size of 21.
            • 85% of faculty holds a doctorate or terminal degree in their field.
            • Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
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            Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP)-Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
            • Ranked among the Best National Universities in 2015 by the U.S. News & World Report.
            • The student-faculty ratio is 12:1, with an average class size of 15.
            • The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83.8%.
            • 90% of faculty hold Ph.D or terminal degrees in their field.
            • Offers more than 75 degrees at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels to students from 49 states and 28 countries.
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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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            Nursing (RN to BSN)
            • Ranked among the Best Grad Schools for Physician Assistants in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Dedicated to delivering quality education and personalized attention to students since 1899.
            • Provides a range of campus experiences and services online including advising, tutoring, student community, and career services.
            • Offers counseling services and a 24/7 crisis hotline to students at no extra charge.
            • Gives students and alumni access to career assistants who help with resumes, cover letters, job hunting, and more.
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            Master of Science in Nursing - Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
            • Ranked 23rd among the Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • A public research university with an enrollment of more than 42,000 students.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 16:1, and 43.1% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
            • Has been the source of many discoveries creating positive change for society including co-op education and the oral polio vaccine since its founding in 1819.
            • Provides distance learning advisors to assist students.
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            Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator

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