Nurses must be caring and compassionate, capable of upholding the high ethical standards of the profession, and demonstrate excellent critical thinking skills. They must have good communication and interpersonal skills to interact with patients from diverse cultural backgrounds and ages who may be vulnerable due to pain and uncertainty.
The Associate Degree in Nursing provides a fast route to entry into nursing. The pre-licensure program is not as comprehensive … Read the rest
Patients’ health and well-being fall in the hands of nurses. As the state of Illinois revisits the role of nurses in primary care in response to the rising cost of healthcare, state health reform, and changing demographics, nurses will play an even bigger role in providing high quality, cost-effective care. Advanced practice nurses are being called upon to fulfill new roles in the redesigned health system despite the requirement for a collaborative agreement between APNs and physicians. Unfortunately, the shortage … Read the rest
The master’s degree in nursing prepares registered nurses to take on more advanced roles in nursing. The degree program allows nurses to enter specialized fields, such as nursing education, midwifery, or family practice. Program graduates also have the foundational education to pursue doctoral-level study. With additional training and certification for specialized roles, MSN graduates typically earn more than traditional RNs. Nurse practitioners in Illinois earn a median annual salary of $86,86, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. … Read the rest
Aging baby boomers and the looming retirement of more than 50 percent of Illinois nursing workforce are driving the demand for more registered nurses. A survey of 53,000 registered nurses, conducted by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in May 2015, warned of an impending shortage of nurses as over 40 percent of the workforce fell into the 55 years or older age group. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services took an entirely different position by … Read the rest
The Institute of Medicine’s report, “The Future of Nursing” sparked much debate by linking a highly educated workforce to improved patient outcomes. One of the report’s four key messages was to increase the level of education and training for nurses. In line with the IOM, the Tri-Council of Nursing recommended an increase in the proportion of nursing with a BSN degree, suggesting a proposed target of 80% by 2020. At the time of the recommendation, approximately 50% of the registered … Read the rest
Registered nurses play an integral role in patient care by providing safe and compassionate care to support the recovery of the patients who are acutely or chronically ill or injured. Outside of the traditional healthcare setting, nurses may be actively engaged in research, education, and non-clinical activities that support the delivery of healthcare. Applying for enrollment in an associate’s degree in nursing or a bachelor’s degree in nursing program is the first step to becoming a registered nurse. Entrance requirements … Read the rest