The rapidly changing healthcare landscape impacts the delivery of care in several ways. A worrying issue for health care providers is how to increase the pool of providers to meet demands – especially in the area of primary care. If you’re practicing as an advanced practice nurse, a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree can do much to enhance your career. But before you take the plunge, it is important to understand the plan of study and your career options after … Read the rest
Higher life expectancy and more complex conditions faced by today’s patients create a need for more nurses prepared at the level of the Master of Science In Nursing (MSN). Graduates can apply for approval or recognition as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in North Carolina and work collaboratively with physicians, dentists, and other healthcare providers to treat patients across the life span.
Many states have embraced independent practice for nurse practitioners, a category of APRNs. Sadly, NPs in North Carolina … Read the rest
While all types of nurses are needed, the minimum requirement for registered nurses in hospitals and other settings is the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The BSN may be inconvenient for those seeking fast entry into nursing, but the requirement will ultimately cause many RNs to return to school to obtain the degree through RN to BSN programs. If you’re just starting out and made the decision to secure the BSN from the get-go, you’ll obtain solid returns … Read the rest
While the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for nurses will grow 15 percent by 2026, there’s also the suggestion that registered nurses with more education and greater competencies will have the best job prospects. One of the best ways to improve your practice, boost your marketability, and advance your career is to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing through the bridge RN to BSN program.
Entry-level credentials won’t take you far in the competitive field of nursing. … Read the rest
Job cuts are unavoidable in a sluggish economy, but there’s at least one profession that remains unaffected by recession: nursing. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to switch jobs, a degree in nursing provides job security in addition to all the other great benefits. The aging baby boomer generation in need of greater medical care is one of the primary reasons for the rise in the health care jobs. Hospitals and other health care facilities have to expand their … Read the rest
Take your practice to the next level by building on your knowledge and strengthening your clinical and leadership skill through the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. The DNP coursework covers quality improvement, healthcare policy, patient advocacy, information systems and technology, evidence-based practice, and organizational and systems leadership that will help nurses improve patient outcomes and make a difference in the lives of patients, families, communities, and populations. The emphasis on these areas exceeds the capacity of instruction offered … Read the rest
The need for nurses to continue learning to the graduate degree and beyond is a direct response to their increasing responsibilities in the complex health care system. A decade ago, nurses received more mileage from their pre-licensure education. The training provided by the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) was sufficient for many nursing roles, but today is barely recognized as the ticket for entry into nursing. The shift in health care calls for nurses to build on their education to … Read the rest
There are many paths to a career in nursing. You can choose from the Associate Degree in nursing (ADN), the Bachelor of Science in nursing, or the less popular Diploma in Nursing. The ADN program is offered at community colleges and career-focused nursing schools and is designed to be completed in two years. The four-year BSN is offered at colleges and universities, and like the ADN, prepares students for the Nursing Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The ADN is widely popular … Read the rest
Patients rely on nurses to provide safe and quality care. The mass of tests, equipment, and medical jargon can be overwhelming to patients already bogged down with disease or injury, but nurses can help them navigate the healthcare system if they have the right skills and insight. The nursing community joined forces with the Institute of Medicine in its identification of a need for highly educated nurses who can take a collaborative approach to care. Nurses’ efforts are a vital … Read the rest
A shortage of registered nurses in Maine affects the ability of the healthcare system to meet consumer demands. Nurses within the system face longer shifts and additional burdens, and the quality of care patients receive is less than optimal. Colleges offering the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program are admitting more students to prepare them for employment in hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare institutions. While there are a lot more graduates the gap between supply and demand is … Read the rest