The multiple educational pathways to entry distinguish nursing from other health care professions. Adults with a desire to enter nursing can choose one of three educational routes to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in preparation for practice: the bachelor’s of science (BSN) is the most favorable for nursing organizations and employers, the associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) is the most common for adults constrained by time and cost, and the less common diploma in nursing offered by teaching … Read the rest
Nurses work with patients during a most vulnerable period in their lives. They share in the joys of birth and offer comfort when patients take their final breath. They celebrate life’s miracles, and as miracle workers themselves, they use their training to nurse patients back to health. Nurses advocate for patients’ needs, use evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes, and meet the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of patients.
As the health care sector undergoes unprecedented changes, nurses will employ … Read the rest
There are two primary doctoral degrees for nurses. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or the Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc) is research-focused and prepares nurses to generate new evidence to improve the profession. The second, the Doctor of Nursing Practice, is a practice doctorate that prepares nurses to function as experts in advanced practice and lead out in the application of evidence to improve practice from a clinical, administrative, or academic point of view.
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The state of the primary care workforce in Mississippi is more critical than other states. More autonomy for nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses have been presented as a viable solution for the acute shortage of primary care doctors –especially for residents in rural areas. A nurse practitioner is an individual who has obtained the authorization to treat certain medical conditions based on the completion of a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) or doctor of nursing practice (DNP) and … Read the rest
You’ve made the major decision to become a nurse. But that’s just the first step. Since there are several paths to nursing (the associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree and the lesser known diploma in nursing), you must explore your reasons for choosing nursing in order to select the right nursing program. The fact is that you’re more likely to succeed in the profession if you set specific goals. Though graduates of the ADN, BSN, and Diploma in Nursing programs are all … Read the rest
Do you need a bachelor’s degree to become a registered nurse? Truly, there are multiple paths to entry-level nursing. In Mississippi, as in other states, graduates of the associate degree in nursing (ADN) and the bachelor of science in nursing programs are eligible to sit the NCLEX to practice as a registered nurse. Graduates of both programs hold the same titles and likely will perform the same duties in a hospital or other medical setting. That said, BSN graduate has … Read the rest
As the frontline members of the health care team, nurses save and improve lives by assessment, caring for, and monitoring patients to determine and provide the help needed to preserve health. Nurses’ role in healthcare is wide and varied, but they must collaborate with other professionals to bring relief to patients. They coordinate care delivery with physicians, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals and determine whether the treatment plan is a success.
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Graduate education is an investment of time and money. If you’re looking to move up the career ladder, you’ll have to decide whether to earn a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The DNP offers special benefits if your goal is to become a leader in the program – and it is a worthwhile pursuit if you can afford it. The completion time for the DNP is approximately three to four years, which is … Read the rest
To effect the change needed to improve healthcare, registered nurses must be willing to change and improve themselves. Graduate nursing programs, such as the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), provide the additional training RNs need to become the leaders of tomorrow. Yet, there are several reasons, besides the desire to effect change, which drives nurses to graduate study. Many nurses seek additional education to boost their salaries, take an active role in the evolution of nursing, or to deliver … Read the rest
The opportunities to serve in administration, education, research, or in a clinical setting make it an exciting time to be a nurse. Nurses are essential in every area of healthcare. They’re making inroads and gaining respect from leaders and healthcare professionals with the help of advanced degrees. The Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) provides a foundation for graduate study that prepares registered nurses for leadership roles. More than that, RNs with a bachelor’s degree or higher can make a … Read the rest