Continued education is essential to career advancement in nursing. More than that, advanced education is now critical to getting a job in most healthcare settings, as hospitals require advanced degrees from nursing staff. In the United States, the demand for advanced practice nurses is higher than ever. The aging baby boomer generation and the prevalence of chronic illnesses and complexity in care require nurses to demonstrate the skills and learning to meet industry challenges regarding primary care. Add the demand … Read the rest
The increasingly complex health care industry requires nurses with advanced clinical, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and technological skills. A Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing will empower nurses to provide the highest possible care, advance their studies, and map out a career path without limits. The BSN curriculum aims to provide students with critical thinking and leadership skills as well as an understanding of advanced nursing concepts. It is for this and other reasons the program is highly recommended by … Read the rest
The volume and scope of nursing jobs are expanding daily. Nurses have a critical role in the health care process to meet the demands and reduce the cost of delivering care. In light of their role, nurses must consider the advantages and even the necessity of continued education. Conventional wisdom dictates that an associate degree in nursing (ADN) will suffice for those who plan to remain within the confines of bedside care. However, hiring trends reveal a growing preference for … Read the rest
Nurses are always on hand to dress wounds, offer comfort, deliver babies, and simplify a physician’s jargon. The need for nurses swings from one extreme to the next, but as a substantial segment of the workforce (80% according to the Hawaiian Employment Outlook) stands on the threshold of retirement, the sector will need a strategic plan to fill their positions. The AARP projects that the United States will have a shortfall of 1 million nurses by 2020. Though the Hawaiian … Read the rest
Constant changes in the profession of nursing call for nurse leaders who are capable of identifying problems before they emerge and make sound decisions to circumvent potential challenges. To lead healthcare organizations and draft policies that positively impact the profession, nurses must have a broad knowledge of advanced nursing practice, economics and finance, informatics, and healthcare policy.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to develop nurse leaders who can meet healthcare challenges and improve patient outcomes. The … Read the rest
In the Institute of Medicine’s, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, published in 2010, the committee emphasized the need for nurses to reduce gaps in care. As primary care providers, nurses not only increase access to health care services but also implement care plans for diverse patients, reduce infection rates, prevent medication errors, and facilitate the transition of patients from hospital to home.
When nurses are permitted to work to the full extent of their training and education, … Read the rest
The expansive changes in health care resulting from an expected surge in the baby boomer population and greater access to health care coverage create new opportunities for nurses. According to the AARP, 10,000 baby boomers reach the age of 65 every day. The trend is expected to continue into the 2030s and will not only place a burden on the Medicare and Social Security programs but also the healthcare system as many of them are plagued by multiple chronic illnesses. … Read the rest
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.
In 2004, the American Association of … Read the rest