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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Everything You Need To Know About A Career In Nursing

Nursing Questions In General

What is nursing all about?
The field of nursing provides tremendous opportunities for anyone interested in making a difference in the health care field. The nursing field remains a lucrative one for new hires and for nurses looking to advance within the field. Nurses today are in high demand.

What is the average salary for a nurse?
More job opportunities for nurses translate into higher salary and competitive benefits for you as a future nurse. According to the U.S. government's Occupational Outlook Handbook, earnings for registered nurses are above the national average. The median annual salary for registered nurses in your state can be found out on our homepage at NY NURSE CAREER

How old is the average nurse?
The average RN is 43 years old and more than half of them work full-time. Many of these nurses work in hospitals, doctors’ offices and clinics, nursing homes, home health care and a great many others travel—an option for you not long after graduating from your nursing program. Some nurses today even choose nursing as a second career.

Nursing Programs & Schools

Where do I begin?You've taken the first step. But you might be asking, "What's next?" It's easy to get started once you select a program and a nursing school. There are several options for you to consider before beginning your nursing education. Depending on the type of licensure you want, your personal career goals, and the amount of time and finances available to you for schooling, your education could take anywhere from one to four years to complete.

What options are available for my nursing school requirments?
Most nurses receive their degrees or diplomas through traditional learning methods at community or four-year universities. However, online programs are gaining in popularity, as well as distance education programs.

How do I choose a nursing school?
Once you've decided what type of program will fit your educational, financial and career needs, you'll need to choose a school.Find out which school works best for you and how you can enroll:Universities.com

Financial Aid

Q. Can you tell me more about grants, scholarships, and loans that might be available to me for nursing school?Financial assistance comes in many forms so be sure to do your research to find out what options you have. Most people find themselvs eligible for aid and not even know it.
Check out these resources:
Financial Aid from the U.S. Department of Education

What is the Tuition Abatement Program?
A. Tuition abatement and tuition/student loan reimbursement programs are becoming a popular way for hospitals to attract future nurses. The hospital will pay for your degree if you agree to a work at the hospital for a contracted amount of time.

How can I prepare myself for nursing school?
You’ve been accepted to nursing school, and now you want to get a head start in preparation for your first semester. Here are some easy ways you can prepare yourself without overdoing it.
Medical terminology–if you have not already taken a medical terminology course, consider purchasing a study guide. Having a good grasp of medical terminology will make your first semester go much more smoothly.
Anatomy and physiology–while you have most likely already taken these courses, a brush-up will be helpful before school begins.
Pathophysiology – I don’t recommend trying to learn patho in-depth over the summer, Pathophysiology Made Incredibly Easy is an excellent, user-friendly resource you can look over this summer and use throughout nursing school.

Can you help me prepare and get through my clinicals?
You've made it to clinicals where you can begin putting your knowledge to work. You're probably nervous but it's normal and will soon pass as you become better acquainted with the facility, staff and the tasks you are expected to complete.

Here are a few tips to help you through clinicals: Spend time with the machinery. Does your school have open lab hours during the summer? If so, you may want to stop in a few times to get familiar with the equipment. At the very least, it will serve to decrease your anxiety and help you feel more comfortable with the "tech" side of things.

Watch some videos. Visit your school’s student resource library and browse their offerings. Most schools have videos demonstrating various procedures and techniques. While watching a video is never a substitute for hands-on experience, they are very helpful for giving you a start-to-finish overview of each skill.

Practice your assessments. Often, family members and friends will let you take vital signs and practice your basic assessment skills on them (if you smile big and ask nicely). The simple goal here is to feel less awkward with the tools of the trade (stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, etc.) and more comfortable with your role. That alone will help your confidence on the floor next fall.

Do you have any tips for getting through nursing school?For some, there is nothing worse than studying for and taking tests. However, the process can be simplified by forming solid study habits, creating a plan that works for you, and preparing for exams more efficiently. Here are some tips and tools, and ways to formulate your own study plan to make nursing school more enjoyable!
Stick to the plan. Track all projects, deadlines, exams and other activities relating to work and/or school in a personal planner or a pocketbook calendar.

1.Take notes. Place notes in outline format with headers, subheads and bullet points. Add items your lecturer refers to in the book.

2.Create flashcards. A quick and easy way to quiz yourself right up until test day. Use flashcards for making a file of diseases/conditions and their treatments, listing signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and interventions.

3.Tape record. This is especially handy on "test review" days when instructors share what material is likely to appear on the exam. Remember to check with your instructor first!

4.Compare notes. It's possible that your classmates have information you didn't catch and vice-versa.

5.Use the textbook to your advantage. Outline each chapter, write down questions about concepts you don't understand and refer to other resources for extra help (i.e. the Internet, nursing journals, NCLEX review materials, etc.).

6.Stay informed. Attending class is important. You never know if a question asked by a fellow classmate or a piece of information not found in the book might be found on the next exam.

7.Ask questions. Get answers to questions raised in your book, ideas you're unclear on from lectures or clarify your notes.

8.Stay in touch with your instructor. Visit during office hours, send an e-mail, talk by phone and sit in the front row during class whenever possible.

Be exam prepared.
Find out what the exam will cover and the exam format. Review points emphasized in class, questions in your study guides, past quizzes and end of chapter review sections.

NCLEX Preparation

Who needs to take the NCLEX?
At the completion of nursing school, all graduates are required to take the NCLEX examination in order to practice as an entry-level licensed RN or LPN in the United States. The registration process begins near the end of your final year in nursing school. At that time you will receive an application to take the NCLEX examination. It must be filled out and returned to the Board of Nursing in the state in which you expect to practice as a nurse.

How can I prepare for the NCLEX?
If you've graduated from nursing school, you possess all of the knowledge you need in order to pass the NCLEX examination. Get prepared by reviewing the material you haven't seen in a while. The trick to passing is starting the review process immediately following your final exams when the information is fresh in your mind.

Should I look for an internship/externship while in nursing school?Working as a student nurse intern while in school is an excellent way to get practical experience.And it's woderfull way to develop a positive relationship with, and to evaluate a potential future employer.

I've Graduated Nurse School Now What

I just graduated and am beginning to look for a job. Where do I start?You're ready to start your first job. That's great! Now is the time to polish up your resume, practice your interview skills, and decide what type of job you’re looking for. NYNURSECAREERS IS A GREAT PLACE TO GET YOUR NURSE CAREER STARTED. /strong>

Nursing Specialites

How do I know which specialty is right for me?
There are many nursing specialties from which to choose. You should explore as many options as possible during your clinical rotations and internship programs. Talk to you advisor often - he or she can help guide you in the right direction.

Check out these specialties and career paths for nurses:

Allergy Nurses
Correctional Nursing
Critical Care Nurses
Epidemiology Nurses
Forensic Nursing
Gerontological Nurses
Health, Obstetric and Neonatoal Nursing
Home Health Nursing
Hospice Nursing
Lactation Nurse Consultants
Nurse Anesthetists
Nurse Midwives
Nurse Pain Management Specialists
Nurse Practitioners
Nurse Procurement Coordinators
Nursing Informatics
Nursing Research: From Concept to Care
Occupational Nursing
Oncology Nursing
Orthopaedic Nursing
Pediatric Nursing
Perioperative Nursing
Public Health Nursing
RN First Assistant
Transcultural Nursing
Wound Care Nursing
What are some other nursing related jobs?
Are you looking to take your career in a new direction? Today's economy offers nurses a variety of choices outside the traditional hospital setting.

Here are just a few
Cruise Ship Nurses
Entrepreneur –Consultant
Flight Nurses
Legal Nurse Consulting
Medical Writer/Editor
Military Nurses
Nurse Outreach Educator
Nurse Recruiter
Nurse Sleep Specialists
Sales and Marketing
School Nursing
Travel Nurses
Weight Loss Specialty Nurse


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