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Ready, set, go…to school!

With 79.6% of employers now requiring or having a strong preference for nurses with a baccalaureate degree and a growing demand for nurses, there’s no better time to return to school. Links in iPad: Set...

Interprofessional education

Combining skills and knowledge from different disciplines enhances patient care. By Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN   In 2003, the Committee on Health Professions Education of the Institute of Medicine released a report recommending that “All health...
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Can nursing meet the 80/2020 goal?

Progress is slow but steady as RNs head back to school to get their BSN. By Janet Boivin, BSN, RN Will 80% of RNs hold a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree by the year...
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Your doctorate and the path to persistence

Completing your doctorate requires support and more. By Nancy Bellucci, PhD, RN, CNOR High attrition rates for doctoral nursing students (reported to be as much as 50%) in the face of an increasing demand for PhD-prepared...
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Lifelong learning: Is a post-master’s certificate the right option for you?

It may be the key to opening the door to new opportunities.   By Meigan Robb, PhD, RN, and Teresa Shellenbarger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF As a professional nurse, you know the importance of embracing...
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Ready to change specialties?

Make sure you know yourself and what you really want.   By Janet Boivin, BSN, RN Deciding to change your nursing specialty can require as much self-assessment and research as transitioning into an entirely new...
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Returning to nursing school? Keys to success

Preparation will help ease the transition. By Teresa Shellenbarger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, and Meigan Robb, PhD, RN   Congratulations! You have decided to pursue additional nursing education and been accepted at the program of your choice....
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Is an accelerated nursing program right for you?

This challenging approach to nursing education offers plenty of rewards. By Janet Boivin, BSN, RN Even with a 3.8 GPA from the University of Florida, Katrina Sherman, a junior majoring in English, harbored doubts that she could...
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Frontiers of nursing education

As student needs and priorities shift, education adapts. By Janet Boivin, BSN, RN In less than half a century, nursing education has advanced from a highly structured model to one with a wide menu of options designed...
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Moving ahead with your nursing education

Take advantage of the resources available to you. By Deborah E. Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN Whether you’re a newly licensed nurse or a seasoned professional, the time is always right to take the next step in...

Consider a career as a healthcare education simulator

Simulations give healthcare professionals and students the opportunity to practice complex skills in realistic settings. According to David Gaba, MD, director of the Center for Immersive and Simulation-Based Learning at Stanford University School of Medicine, “Simulation is a technique—not a technology—to replace or...

The doorway assessment: Reducing anxiety and promoting critical thinking in nursing students

As a clinical instructor, I’m aware of my enormous responsibilities—to imbue nursing students with knowledge, teach them nursing skills, help them hone their critical thinking ability, and acculturate them to the profession by conveying what it means to be a nurse. These...

To Q or not to Q: Engaging students in quality and safety in nursing...

Every nursing student should strive to make a positive difference in health care. Through will, ideas, and execution, QStudent was created as a new component to the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Institute. (See What is QSEN?) QStudent focuses directly on...