Nursing School Programs Nursing Schools and Nursing School Programs Fri, 12 Jun 2009 14:42:28 +0000 en hourly 1 Government Nursing Jobs ../2009/06/12/government-nursing-jobs.html ../2009/06/12/government-nursing-jobs.html#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2009 14:31:09 +0000 Mike ../?p=293 Government nursing jobs are plentiful, varied, and rewarding. As the largest employer of nurses in the nation, the federal government offers a huge range of opportunities and career paths. Uncle Sam is actively hiring RNs, LPNs and nurse practitioners in virtually every clinical specialty. And if you are already a skilled, experienced nurse, government nursing jobs can become empowering careers!

Government employers range from national health care systems like the VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) and the Indian Health Service, to the armed forces, to federal agencies like the CDC (Centers of Disease Control), the NIH (National Institutes of Health), and National Library of Medicine.

There is a huge demand for applicants to fill government nursing jobs in all 50 states. The jobs are available now, and with each position there is also the opportunity to receive high starting pay and exceptional benefits - outstanding educational, leadership development and career advancement benefits that are not always available in the private sector. Many of these positions remain unfilled even after months and sometimes years of recruiting. During the nursing shortage it is up to the available staff to try and stretch themselves to take up the slack.

With the high amount of registered nursing jobs available it is a market of opportunity for those nurses with experience. An experienced nurse will be rewarded by a higher starting pay and extra bonuses. New nurses should not feel overlooked; they are being heavily recruited as well. Having a large number of positions to select from makes it more likely that you will be able to find the type of job that will make you happy. There are nursing positions available in all areas of the health profession and you have only to look for the kind of working environment that you prefer.

Government nursing jobs generally offer very competitive salaries. Whether you’re first entering a nursing school program, currently pursuing an online nursing degree, or are already a licensed nurse or practitioner, Uncle Sam might have just the right opportunity for you. Benefits, pay scale, educational and leadership opportunities with federal and state government health care employers are among the best in the field!

Earning Free Nursing CEU’s ../2009/06/11/free-nursing-ceus.html ../2009/06/11/free-nursing-ceus.html#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2009 18:29:03 +0000 Mike ../?p=291 Earning free nursing CEU’s, or Continuing Education credits is something that RNs, LPNs, LVNs,  critical care nurses, nurse practitioners, EMTs, paramedics, and other health care providers should be interested in. As a nurse, furthering your education is important to maintaining your licensing, staying up-to-date on procedures, protocols, and equipment, and furthering your career.

While each state has different requirements for how many hours of continuing education (CE’s or CEU’s) you must complete, all nurses have to participate in continuing nursing education classes in order to keep their licenses up to date by.

If you belong to an LNC organization, you can receive the CEUs from your national organization. If you are certified as LNC, you can receive the CE at a very reduced fee - some free as well. You can also attend either LNC convention (AALNC or NACLNC) to receive CEUs that way.

Medscape ( that offers free nursing CEU’s on a huge range of specialties such as cardiac care, infectious disease, critical care, and dozens of others.

Many of these courses, particularly the free online courses  incorporate highly interactive seminars and assessment sessions. At the end of any course, the end user can take an assessment test and get his performance evaluated instantly. All these can be done at any time that is convenient to the end user.

As a nurse, meeting your licensing requirements is paramount, and earning free nursing CEU’s is one way for you to keep yourself informed and updated about important topics in nursing  at your convenience, while insuring your requirements and obligations are met.

Choosing ADN Vs. BSN Degrees ../2009/06/09/adn-vs-bsn-degrees.html ../2009/06/09/adn-vs-bsn-degrees.html#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2009 16:25:37 +0000 Mike ../?p=289 Choosing whether to get an Associates Degree in Nursing or ADN vs. BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) degree can be a big decision for nursing will students. Both degrees can lead to getting your RN or register nurse certification however their are some significant differences between the degrees.

The biggest difference between adding a key and person BS is the amount of time and number of credits necessary to complete the program. Typically, an ADN takes 2 years to complete, while a BSN degree can take up to four years to complete.

For students that already, a previous bachelors degree, they are also accelerated BSN programs.

Both degree programs will require similar core curriculum fulfillments: Maternal and newborn nursing, Adult health,  and pediatrics. Community health nursing, psychiatric nursing, and gerontological nursing are often required as well. A BSN program would typically offer more courses in nursing theory than an ADN, including nursing research, and nursing informatics, which is a field of study that examines how nurses use technology.

The starting salaries for an ADN or a BSN prepared nurse are similar, however since  many advanced nursing positions require a BSN, the BSN prepared nurse has the potential to earn more money. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2007 the average starting pay for a BSN was $75,017 while the starting salary for ADN’s was $70,804.

Some of the benefits of an ADN program is that it can be less expensive, and usually quicker, meaning you would become a nurse much sooner.

On the other hand, with a BSN you usually have more advancement opportunities, such as to a nurse manager. You’re also be prepared to enter an advanced degree program such as for a nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist.

ADN vs BSN can be a difficult choice to make. That said, both are wonderful paths for anyone pursuing a nursing career. Both offer excellent opportunities for great pay, job security, opportunities for advancement, and a tremendously wide range of work environments and experiences.

Applying To Nursing School ../2009/06/08/applying-nursing-school.html ../2009/06/08/applying-nursing-school.html#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2009 20:54:23 +0000 Mike ../?p=287 Applying to nursing school can be easy and simple to do if you make some preparations ahead of time. You can find nursing programs that are offered in your area by calling your local college or university. You can also look in the phone book for nursing programs and instruction or go online and browse the web. You will find many online nursing programs and resource guides to help you with the application process.

If you are at least 17 years of age and have a high school degree or a GED you can contact the local nursing programs that you are interested in and find out the process for applying to nursing school. There are procedures that will allow you to grant permission for these schools to have your transcripts from high school or college sent to them. You may have to pass a simple test for some institutions prior to being accepted, but in most cases you can be accepted based on courses, grades and transcripts that are already in the system. If any other classes or tests are needed the school will inform you.

There are some required courses that you must have before you begin the actual nursing courses. These include English, science and math. You should have a good understanding and working knowledge of English before applying to nursing school. It may be necessary to take refresher courses in some of these, especially if you have been out of school for a long period of time. Any of the nursing schools that you are working with will help you you’re your prerequisites.  When applying to nursing school you may find that there is a waiting list of several months or more. You can use this time to take some of prerequisite courses so you are fully prepared when an opening slot becomes available for you. This will also enable you to focus solely on the core nursing classes.

(For information on choosing a school, see Best Nursing Schools 2009.)

When applying to nursing school you will need to have your social security card and a birth certificate so that copies of these can be made for their records. Financial aid applications can be made online as soon as you have decided on a school. The nursing school will be able to provide assistance with this process too.

Online LPN Nursing Classes Grow In Popularity ../2009/06/05/online-lpn-nursing-classes-3.html ../2009/06/05/online-lpn-nursing-classes-3.html#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2009 18:35:46 +0000 Mike ../?p=285 Online LPN nursing classes continue to grow in popularity. Due to the chronic shortage of qualified LPN’s (Licensed Practical Nurse) and LVN’s (Licensed Vocational Nurse), nursing in general has become one of the most sought-after careers, with more and more students considering online nursing classes.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field will continue to grow, outpacing even other fast-growing health care careers. With the continuing shortage of nurses, nursing schools are faced with an influx of new students that they are unable to accommodate. As a result, many schools have developed their own online nursing degree programs.

Getting an online education isn’t necessarily less demanding than traditional education, but the option of learning online allows many nurses to earn an advanced degree at home.

Getting an online LPN degree can be just as good as one obtained in a traditional classroom setting, and the  benefits can be significant:

  • Eliminate the time and expense of commuting to a campus
  • Breeze past material that you already know
  • Create your own study schedule to accomodate a job or parenting
  • Enroll in an accelerated nursing programs
  • Saving money on tuition

Taking an online program means that you’ll complete the non-clinical portion of your course work via online classes. Since you won’t be able to fulfill your clinical requirements online, the clinicals are typically arranged at a medical facility near where you live.

In terms of scheduling, some online degree programs will allow students to complete course work at their own pace, however many programs that are affiliated with traditional campus universities will require online students to maintain the same quarter or semester schedule as on-campus students. Many online classes are structured around a series of assignments and examinations, much like traditional courses. While some classes and degrees may be completed at an accelerated pace, classes are usually structured in such a way that they require a minimum of six to eight weeks to complete.

Some nursing school programs offer a variety of advanced degree and certificate options for students seeking online education, while some schools limit their online degrees to a handful of programs.

Nursing students can expect to pay between $100 and $300 dollars per credit, with average tuition for online programs sponsored by public universities averaging between $110-170. Though additional registration or enrollment fees may also be charged, one advantage of taking classes online is that out-of-state tuition is not typically charged.

Online LPN nursing classes, along with RN-to-BSN programs and MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing) degrees are the most commonly offered online degrees. If you’re looking for a career in health care but are not in a position to attend a traditionally-scheduled campus program, this might be just the ticket for you.

Best Nursing Schools 2009 ../2009/06/03/best-nursing-schools-2009.html ../2009/06/03/best-nursing-schools-2009.html#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2009 21:09:04 +0000 Mike ../?p=269

Best Nursing Schools 2009

By Brenne Meirowitz, B.A., M.S., M.A.

The health care industry is expanding enormously, and finding the best nursing schools 2009 is the objective of many who are looking to enter the field for the first time, or pursue an advanced degree in nursing. As technology continues to grow, nurses will be expected to provide care to patients over great distances via the Internet as well as by telephone. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average, by 2012, the employment rate of Registered Nurses will exceed the growth rate of all other occupations. Therefore, if you are looking to apply to the best nursing schools 2009, you may want to begin your search by determining which schools are pushing technology.

There are several questions that you may want to ask yourself or examine in order to determine which programs are ranking as the best nursing schools of 2009. Firstly, do you want to attend school locally or are you able to travel or perhaps relocate? In the U.S., there are at least 739 nursing schools. Out those, 728 offer full-time programs and 478 also offer part-time programs. In its June 2009 edition, U.S. News and World Report lists top nursing programs across the country. However, this data was gathered in 2007, and is based on ratings by nursing educators, who essentially nominated up to 10 schools for each area of excellence.

There are many professional nursing sites and periodicals where you can get detailed information about programs as well as the most recent awards in your field of interest. One such site is The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), which in November gave out Awards for Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Education. The categories included:

  1. Baccalaureate-Level Curricular Innovation at Harding University College of Nursing (Arkansas) and University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions.
  2. Advanced Practice-Level Curricular Innovation at Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing.
  3. Geriatric Nursing Faculty Champion at the Elaine C. Hubbard Center for Nursing Research on Aging, University of Rochester School of Nursing.
  4. Outstanding School of Nursing Communications at Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University.

For more information on this and other Best Nursing Schools 2009 go to

Telecommute Nursing Jobs ../2009/06/01/telecommute-nursing-jobs.html ../2009/06/01/telecommute-nursing-jobs.html#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2009 05:45:23 +0000 Mike ../?p=267 Telecommute nursing jobs may sound like a contradiction in terms, but there are actually quite a large number of telecommuting jobs available for nurses, including Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s), Registered Nurses (RN’s), and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s). While some of these nursing jobs are essentially medical transcription positions, there are also many jobs offered by insurance companies that require licensing or certification.

One example is McKesson Health Services. McKesson is one of the nation’s largest health care services companies and hires RNs and others as health care agents - essentially telecommuting nursing jobs. (To find a work at home position, search its job. Jobs with no city and state are telecommute.)

Another example is Fonemed, a company that hires registered nurses to work from home to provide telephone triage and health advice to callers from across North America. They also hires customer service reps who only need a minimum of a high school diploma.

Telecommute nursing jobs can be an ideal situation for someone who has disabilities that make commuting difficult, or has difficulty commuting to work in general. For someone pursuing an online nursing degree, telecommuting to work might be the perfect situation to transition from nursing school program to work.

Mental Health Nursing Jobs Are Recruiting ../2009/05/29/mental-health-nursing-jobs-2.html ../2009/05/29/mental-health-nursing-jobs-2.html#comments Fri, 29 May 2009 20:45:10 +0000 Mike ../?p=265 Many of the new graduates overlook the numerous opportunities that can be found in mental health nursing jobs. There is a great need for qualified individuals to fill many open nursing positions in a variety of settings that deal with mental health issues. These jobs will offer you good salaries and benefits as well as provide you with an opportunity to see the important difference that you can make in the lives of your patients.

Mental health nursing jobs are available in state and private facilities, short and long term institutions, and hospitals and also in community out patient settings. There is a great deal of training that will be provided to you at no charge and you will often be paid for attending classes and seminars that will contribute to your knowledge and skills. You will also have the opportunity to gain certification in many areas of mental health and this will give you respected credentials to use on your resume.

For new graduates, mental health nursing jobs provides a good way to become an experienced nurse. Many of the staff members at some of the long term institutions will stay with the job their entire career. State government has many open positions for mental health nursing jobs and they need to find individuals for these slots. The state funded jobs can offer some top benefits including state retirement that you can be vested in within 5 years and take advantage of in only 20 years. Other state benefits include comp time, personal time, family leave, short and long term disability, health and dental coverage and paid tuition for you and your children in many instances.

If you are looking for a good career, you will find mental health nursing jobs that will offer you good pay and great job satisfaction. You can find more information about these jobs by looking online or calling any of the facilities that you are interested in. They will be more than happy to talk with you about all of the open mental health nursing jobs that are presently available.

Online LPN Nursing Classes ../2009/05/27/online-lpn-nursing-classes-2.html ../2009/05/27/online-lpn-nursing-classes-2.html#comments Wed, 27 May 2009 23:04:35 +0000 Mike ../?p=262 Due to the nationwide shortage of qualified nursing personnel, there are more online LPN nursing classes than ever before.  An LPN or LVN is a nurse who works in hospitals, doctor’s offices and almost in almost any other setting.  There are only a few duties that the RN is charged to carry out that an LPN can not do.  The average starting pay for an LPN nationwide is 30-35K per year and this figure will definitely continue to climb, especially in the next few years.

The general qualifications for an individual to be accepted into LPN nursing schools online or at a campus, and be licensed as an LPN is that you be 18 or older and have a high school diploma or a GED.  There are some basic nursing school prerequisites such as courses in science, English and math courses that you need to have completed, and you can take these before you take any of your first online LPN nursing classes.

All nursing students will have to have clinical hours that are performed under RN supervision in the hospital and your school will arrange this for you. Schools with online LPN nursing classes will let you take many of the courses at home and you can arrange these classes according to some fairly flexible times.  Your work is submitted online and graded.  You are always kept up to date on your progress and all of the online courses are completely interactive.

With online LPN nursing classes offered and guaranteed job availability, there has never been a better time to take advantage of being in the medical field.  The online LPN nursing classes can take from 12 months to 2 years to complete.  You will then take the national NCLEX-PN exam.  If you pass this test you will then be licensed as an LPN.  You only have to take the national exam once.  When you receive your nursing license you can apply for your licensure in other states as well.

Registered Nursing Schools Growing In Number ../2009/05/24/registered-nursing-schools.html ../2009/05/24/registered-nursing-schools.html#comments Sun, 24 May 2009 23:16:59 +0000 Mike ../?p=260 The United States has a number of registered nursing schools in different states. These schools welcome nurses to their staffs, there is a great lack of qualified nursing instructors and this is a great way to give back to you r profession. Technical schools, in particular, always need instructors and they pay well for your time. There are private duty jobs in nursing available and this can be structured around your hours. You can choose to work in sales, especially if you have some nursing experience. Many of the hospital supply vendors and pharmacy manufacturers are looking for nurses to work for them.

You do not have to choose a regular four year program; there are some great two year registered nursing school programs at many community colleges and tech school locations. In some states they even let you take many of your courses in the evening and at night. There are even some courses you can take to help you get ready to tackle the nursing school program curriculum. Online you will find many online courses for nursing and there are sites devoted to offering you advice about a nursing career and they can even direct you to programs for nursing that are in your area.

Because of the continuing shortage of nurses, the numbers of certification and degree programs is growing. With your RN degree, jobs in nursing to consider include joining the military. You don’t have to be on active duty, and you can join the National Guard. This offers great opportunities for those looking for interesting and exciting jobs in nursing. There are health spas and free standing plastic surgery clinics that need nurses, and there are lawyers that look to hire experienced RNs as consultants. Schools need nurses and these jobs in nursing offer you the benefit of working 9 months out of the year. For the adventurous you can look at the jobs in nursing which specialize in hyperbaric chambers, many coastal cities will have this type of facility for treating ocean divers with the bends.

The best nursing jobs will have to include contract nursing or travel nurse assignments. These jobs offer you work at different facilities and there is always something different going on. Your assignments can be as long or short as you like. With these positions you have the opportunity to not only work at many different places you can earn from 40-80 dollars an hour.

The entire nursing field has changed drastically in the past 30 years and today’s best nursing jobs are more varied and interesting than ever before. Nursing is expanding and offering many new challenges and the jobs in nursing are brighter than ever. If you are a nurse or just considering becoming one you might want to consider some of the opportunities that await you in the world of nursing.

Registered nursing schools may be the best choice for those interested in the health care field, who want to go beyond CNA or Nursing Assistant, but aren’t ready to go for the more difficult and time-consuming BSN or MSN programs.