The world of advanced practice nursing has endured sweeping changes. Among them is the endorsement of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), a terminal degree, by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). This fairly new doctoral degree is a practice-focused doctorate, unlike the traditional research-focused Ph.D. Advanced practice nurses (APNs), such as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists, all benefit from the specially designed degree program.
Up until the AACN’s official endorsement in 2004, … Read the rest
The thought of transitioning from an RN to BSN can be daunting. However, if you’ve been working as a registered nurse for some time and have a passion for the profession, then a BSN degree can take your career to new heights. It’s normal to have questions and more than a few concerns especially if you need to continue working. Fortunately, online courses and flexible program schedules make it easier than ever to advance your education.
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Changes in the way health care is delivered will require nurses to take up expanded duties. As the industry undergoes a rapid rate of change, medical facilities, including specialty providers and outpatient centers, will require highly skilled nurses to serve the public. Nurses with advanced skills will take up new roles, coordinating and delivering quality care. Those with an MSN degree will have a definite advantage in the job market as the advanced degree opens doors to positions in management … Read the rest
Rapid changes and mounting complexities in healthcare require registered nurses to possess the educational background commensurate with the responsibilities to which they’re assigned. More than just using their skills within the corridors of the nation’s hospitals, RNs today are expected to practice across multiple settings and possess the confidence, skills, and experience to lead out in case management, clinical decision-making, and the implementation of patient care plans. Moreover, RNs are called upon to provide and oversee bedside care, supervise unlicensed … Read the rest
Registered nursing has consistently been among the top ten occupations with the largest job growth according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The extent of responsibilities requires nurses to draw on their wealth of knowledge to assess, plan, and implement strategies to promote health and prevent diseases. Registered nurses observe, assess, and record patients’ symptoms and progress. The information collected forms the basis for developing care and intervention plans. They also function as patient advocates and educators, case managers, and … Read the rest