Nursing Career News

A study done by the U.S. Bureau of Health Professions indicates that by 2020, the U.S. nursing shortage will grow to more than 800,000 registered nurses. How can we put a serious dent in stemming this dangerous tide unless nurses take an active role in seeking possible solutions to the problem? This blog will attempt to openly discuss and address major issues confronting the nursing profession, health care issues, and nursing education.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Being a Nurse Means Endless Opportunities

I'm constantly disappointed when I see nurses writing forum posts about being burned out, stressed, hating their hospital job, or worse still, saying they're ready to leave nursing altogether. Let's face it, no job is the perfect fit for everyone 100% of the time. That's not to say that nursing as a profession wasn't a good career choice - even for for those feeling ready to throw in the towel. Not at all! If you're feeling sick to death of your present position or nursing specialty take a deep breath and look around within the profession for something different. Nothing is ever boring or the same in nursing. There is always something new you could do within the nursing profession.

Nurses who feel tired of clinical positions in hospitals can easily take their skills and compassion into new directions such as rehab, occupational health, home health, public health, pharmaceutical sales, management positions, research, teaching, or into private practice as well paid nursing case managers, forensic nurses, or legal nurse consultants to name just a few examples.

How many other career paths can lead you in so many different and exciting directions?

Online learning is an ideal way for busy working nurses to keep up to date through nursing continuing education courses, certification in specialty fields such as legal nurse consulting, case management, and forensic nursing, and to obtain a convenient accelerated online nursing degree.

Today's nurses are able to advance from LPN all the way through Master's in Nursing degrees entirely online. Reshape your nursing career while you work and let your employer's tuition assistance plans help with the cost. Nurses wanting to move into nursing management or health care administration can earn MSN degrees online, Master's in Public Health, and even an MBA in Health Care Management from the comfort of home. How cool is that?


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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Making Your Nursing Resume As Versatile As You Are

When you’re job hunting, the most essential thing to have at your disposal is your resume – up to date and ready to impress potential employers.

But how often should you update it?

The answer may surprise you. Although most people don’t update their resume unless they’re actively looking for a new job, not many people realize it can – and should – be changed almost constantly during a job hunt.

That may sound strange, but it could be the key to success.

Now, I’m not advocating you lie on your resume and change it by putting in incorrect information – far from it. And it’s really not necessary. But what I am saying is that you should tailor your nursing resume carefully for each new job that you apply for, so it presents you and your skills in the best possible light.

Try this tactic for every new job you apply for from now on. On a piece of paper, jot down the qualities that the job is looking for in its candidates. What skills are required? What experience is needed? What does this job entail?

Once you know the answers to these questions, you will know which areas of your work experience will be the most important, and which ones you will need to highlight.

If you can show employers that you have acquired and learned new skills from each nursing job that you have had – skills that can now be applied to the job they have available – you stand a very good chance of being shortlisted for an interview.

So you see, rewriting your nursing resume every time you apply for a new job is the best thing you can do to maximize your chances of success.

And to that end, I wish you good luck. Enjoy your new job!


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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Become a Nursing or Healthcare Leader

The ever-changing, competitive, and dynamic field of health care is adding new jobs at a record pace. The explosive demand for additional nurses and allied health providers is destined to continue through the year 2020 at least. If you’re ready to take advantage of today’s opportunities in health care by advancing to a leadership position then a Master's degree in Nursing Science (MSN degree) or a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management is your prescription for success!

Walden University's online master's and doctoral degrees are designed to help students achieve personal enrichment and professional advancement. Graduates, in turn, enrich and advance countless others whose lives they touch.

With Walden’s online M.S. in Nursing program, you can become an agent of change and a leader in your field. This online program focuses on developing leaders and educators to fill critical roles in nursing. Based on educational and professional guidelines from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the American Nurses Association, this program uses nationally known experts to help you acquire the knowledge to educate nursing students, staff and patients—and prepare for current and future career opportunities.

MBA in Health Care Management - Walden University has taken the most in-demand master’s degree — the MBA — and married it with specialized courses specific to the health care industry. The result is a highly relevant, respected degree that reflects the latest in emerging technologies, strategies, and management trends in health care. And it’s available through online study. Get the MBA designed for the health care industry.

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Scholarships for Nursing Students

Do you know what Google supplemental pages are? It could be called Google purgatory I suppose. I've heard some call it Google Hell. It's the place where Google dumps pages they think are "unimportant" and then they never show up in search results.

This morning I discovered that Google thinks scholarships for nursing and allied healthcare professions students are "unimportant" and they put a Nursing Scholarship Resources into Google Hell- aka "supplemental".

Shhhhhh -- what I'm about to show you is secret! That's right - you'll never find this by searching Google for "Nursing Scholarships" because it won't ever appear in the search results because they don't think it's important enough for you to know.

It doesn't matter that I spent days personally searching nursing associations and every online resource I could find, reading new laws to learn about loan forgiveness for nurses going into areas of critical need or anything else. This information is "unimportant". Who cares about scholarships for nurses after all! Why should it be worthwhile to try to help nurses further their education or help other students interested in healthcare professions afford to go to school after all?

There's only a severe nursing shortage - for that matter there's a critical need for graduates of every sort of health profession you can possibly imagine.... but no matter... we'll keep this strictly between us because Google doesn't want you to see this. Close your eyes. Hush. Dont bookmark what I'm about to show you. Don't share it with friends. Don't pay any attention to this because you aren't supposed to know it exists- right?

Scholarships For Nursing Students


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Monday, September 11, 2006

Lessons from 9/11 and Katrina

Where were you on the morning of Sept 11, 2001? I woke early as usual and happened to be watching financial news when a scroller along the bottom mentioned a plane hitting the World Trade Center. I don't know why, but I switched over to CNN and watched in horror as the second plane approached and then struck. It was immediately clear that America had been attacked. We all know about the devastation that followed at the Pentagon as well as the loss of lives in a field in Pennsylvannia as the brave folks on Flight 93 managed to bring their plane down thereby saving the lives of others. Who could possibly watch the funeral processions for New York's brave firefighters with dry eyes?

Sept 11, 2001 is a date none of us should ever forget. In addition to police, firefighters, healthcare professionals, EMS and other first responders, over 40,000 good people from all over the world volunteered to assist in all aspects of relief and clean up efforts.

Fast forward to 2005- Hurricane Katrina devastates parts of coastal Mississippi and Alabama. Levees break in New Orleans resulting in catastrophic flooding and outrageous suffering for thousands.

What do these events have in common and what do they have to do with "Nursing Career News", or career guidance for other healthcare professions?

Everything.

Each of these events accentuate the critical need for Nurses, EMTs, first responders of all types, public health practitioners, healthcare managers, administrators, and allied health professionals of all sorts to broaden their education and career preparedness in all aspects of emergency response and disaster management.

The Jihadists haven't gone away - neither has the potential for natural disasters.

Both events teach us that every nurse, EMT, public health worker, and healthcare manager could find themselves needing to organize and manage massive casualties and disaster management efforts at any time - and at any place. You ARE the front line of survival whether it be a natural event such as fire, flood, or tornado, or whether a man-made event such as 9/11.

Who better to organize disaster management or public health preparedness than those of us who already have degrees or backgrounds in Nursing, as EMT's, Paramedics, allied health, or healthcare management professions? Political appointees like the head of FEMA? I don't think so! Besides, when disaster strikes, you will be the ones who have to cope with it first, and it won't matter whether you're an ER nurse or a labor and delivery nurse - the public will be counting on you.

Nurses and others who might be interested in looking into a degree in public health, EMS Management, healthcare management, or disaster management can find accredited online programs here: Healthcare Management Degrees


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