Applying to Nursing School

October 25th, 2009

By, Brenne Meirowitz

Before spending the time and effort in applying to nursing school, make a quick self-assessment by asking yourself the following questions.  Do I have the temperament and desire to work long shifts and do the dirty work in hospitals, nursing homes, or doctors’ offices?  Do I have a desire to make a difference in people’s quality of life?  Does beginning a new career in health care sound like a good idea for me at this stage of my life?  If you can answer, “yes” to any of these questions, then applying to nursing school is a good idea.

Once you have made the decision to go into nursing, you will need to decide what kind of specialty you want to pursue, as well as the type of degree program that best suits your lifestyle.  Do you want to go the traditional bachelor’s degree route at an accredited school with an accredited nursing program?  Alternatively, would you rather attend a vocational nursing school?  The decision you make will have a factor in what you will need for the initial application.  Most schools will ask for at least three recommendations or references from either prior professors or employers.  However, your performance on the job, extracurricular activities, or even your grades will not assure that you will be accepted into the school of your choice.  A program selection committee will also review and probably contact your references, order a background check, consider your application essay, and schedule an interview.

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Government Nursing Jobs

October 15th, 2009

By Melanie Ullman
While nursing jobs in general are pretty much extremely secure and layoff proof no matter what the economy is doing. Government nursing jobs are even more secure in that the government does not layoff even in the toughest economic times. There are a number of government agencies that have government nursing jobs available including the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Indian Health Network, National Institute of Health, Center of Disease Control, and the National Library of Medicine and all of the branches of the military. There are government nursing jobs for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nurse practitioners.

The three government entities with the highest demand for nurses are the Department of the Army, Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Currently the average nurse’s salary for a government position is just over $63,000 ranking 20th in the highest average government salaries. You either have to have a family member in government service or know someone in government service to understand just how good a job with the federal government can be.

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Online Nursing Classes – Earn Your Degree While Keeping Your Job

October 9th, 2009

By Melanie Ullman
Online nursing classes may be the answer for you: Do you work a full time schedule and have a full family life but need to make more money to keep you head above water? Have you ever looked into online classes? Online nursing degrees offer you the flexibility of learning at your own pace and not having to worry about competing with the twenty something’s in the classroom settings. You can set your own study schedule around work, the kids, dinner and everything else in your busy life. You can take as many or as few classes you want depending on how much time you have to spare.

You need to do some homework and research which are the best nursing schools that offer online LPN nursing classes. You’ll want to make sure it’s an accredited online school or it may not qualify you for the degree that you want. Also, if it is not accredited you may not be eligible to take the state nursing board exam to get certified in the state you want to work in. There are a number of online institutions offering online nursing degrees but verify their accreditation before you enroll and make any payments for classes.

Another good thing to do is that if you already have an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) and want to up grade to a bachelor’s degree (BSN) and your place of employment offers tuition reimbursement then you can go to the human resources department and get a list of institutions that they will offer reimbursement for. That way your choice can be made much more simply. Just go through their list of online nursing degree schools and find the one that fits your needs the best.

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Accelerated Nursing Degree Programs

October 2nd, 2009

By Melanie Ullman
Accelerated nursing degrees have become increasingly popular, especially for those practicing nurses interested in boosting their career – and income. Accelerated nursing programs offer the opportunity to advance your professional standing without having to leave your job to attend school.

In the nursing profession a registered nurse is at the top of the pyramid. There are certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses and registered nurses. Registered nurses are often in charge of assigning tasks in a hospital or medical situation. Being a registered nurse can be a rewarding and challenging career. Registered nurses can work midnight shifts, head up emergency room trauma teams, and be on call for 24 hours or more at a time. This responsibility comes with a commensurate pay scale. Many well trained registered nurses can pull down salaries approaching six figures with overtime and specialty training.

If you have a care taker nature and enjoy helping other people improve their quality of life a career as a registered nurse would be an excellent choice. Finding the right registered nursing program would be the next logical step for you. There are several different career paths to get to the registered nurse level.

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Finding The Best Paying Nursing Jobs

September 20th, 2009

By Melanie Ullman
If you have been in the nursing career for quite sometime, but are dissatisfied with your current position and pay scales, then it is time you start looking for the best paying nursing job options.

The first and foremost thing that you need to understand is that there are many well-trained and competent nurses in the nursing industry. You may be competing with experienced personnel in your search for some of the top-paying nursing jobs.

Secondly, if you are a fresh nursing school graduate, you would inevitably need to start your nursing career from the lowest trainee level. However, you should keep hunting for the best paying nursing job options and work your way to that job eventually. As you step forward from the entry level, each step that you take forward, should be directed towards that particular job option.

Consider the wide range of specialties and workplaces beyond the hospital, such as  LPN travel jobs, administrative nursing positions, and insurance companies.

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