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Reality Unscripted

A Holistic Nurse Practitioner is a Registered Nurse (RN) with specialized training. Those thinking of going into the field must first obtain a Registered Nurse license. This means you will need to apply and be accepted into one of the many nursing schools in the country and pass the state nursing boards. Once you obtain your RN license, you will then need to apply to [...]
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Rookie Wit & Wisdom

Although each state educates and regulates its nurses individually, all nurses take the same licensing exam. For practical and vocational nurses, the exam is called the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses, or NCLEX PN. Once the nurse has graduated from an accredited program, she is eligible to take the computerized examination to become a licensed practical or vocational nurse -- an LPN or [...]
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Seasoned with Sage

Here are some interview tips for nurses and candidates to help answer nursing school interview questions.
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Managing Your Career

What To Expect As An International Travel Nurse
International travel nursing can be a great opportunity to experience life in another country. Many of these opportunities also provide the experience of giving service to those less fortunate. Plus, international travel nursing can offer high pay rates.

Many countries today have shortages of nurses. Nursing shortage statistics are quite interesting. Nurses form the largest skill block in the [...]
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Rookie Wit & Wisdom

Nursing is an exciting and rewarding career choice. Registered nurses work as part of a healthcare team to provide care to those who are sick or injured. All registered nurses start their careers with attending nursing school and there is a lot of advice on how to get into nursing school. There are several different types of nursing schools to choose from including diploma programs, [...]
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Rookie Wit & Wisdom

After being laid-off twice since graduating last year, I finally got a job offer as an Acute Care Traveling Apheresis RN (I'll cover 74 hosp in a 75-mile radius). This job sounds awesome---lots of autonomy; I won't be stuck in one place for 8+ hours, 1:1 patient contact; cutting-edge technology in a highly specialized field (which will soon boom b/c of the stem cell stuff [...]
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Seasoned with Sage

To complete my Masters in Nursing Education, I recently finished a clinical instruction with soon-to-be graduated BSN nurses. The students I instructed were very talented, smart, energetic, and ready to face the reality of caring for patients.

But they all had one common concern...

How do they get BSN jobs in the first place?

The current state of the economy has not been conducive for many new nurses [...]
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Rookie Wit & Wisdom

I've been searching for words of encouragement since my first patient death the night before last--anything that will help me get back to my nursing job.

I graduated in May 2009 and began my first nursing job on a telemetry monitored vascular unit in August. I just ventured on my own after three months of orientation. The night before last was just like any other [...]
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Reality Unscripted

I've done a lot of talking over the past couple of years about finding the job that's right for you.  In the nursing profession, there are so many types of jobs in a variety of places, that you don't have to settle for a work environment that you don't love.  Until now.

I confess: I've kind of done a 180 in the area of job satisfaction, [...]
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Reality Unscripted

Love the current proposal or hate it, it's hard to deny that this country needs health care reform.  And as a nurse married to a small business owner, I am certainly interested--and invested--in the topic.

As health care professionals, we have a first row seat to the drama as it unfolds.  We know the stories of patients who have insufficient or no coverage.  Who have not [...]
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