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A Guide to Understanding Nursing Ethics

Every profession is guided by a set of principles known as ‘professional ethics’. It refers to the standards of integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality that have to be adhered to by people pursuing that particular profession. By adopting such a code, the group of professionals is conveying the message that it is aware of its obligations to society. [Read More]

Choosing the Right Nursing School

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Resources for Nursing Students

All nursing programs involve some combination of classroom learning and supervised clinical experience. These programs are often strenuous, causing many students to joke about "not having a life" until graduation. Nursing program are made up of a challenging group of subjects, including anatomy and physiology, biology, nutrition, and behavioral sciences. Students are also likely to be required to take a varying number general education courses, resulting in a more well-rounded education.

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The Nightingale Pledge: Nursing Ethics Oath

The Nightingale Pledge was once taken by all new nurses upon first entering the nursing profession. It was named after the famous nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, who was a championed English nurse. Nightingale laid the foundations of modern nursing with her nursing school at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London (now part of King’s College in London). Though named after this celebrated nurse, the Nightingale Pledge was not written by Florence Nightingale. The Nightingale Pledge was created by a committee chaired by Lystra Gretter, a nursing instructor at Detroit’s Harper Hospital.

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Developing Important Nursing Skills

Nurses play a vital role in healthcare. They are highly skilled professionals trained in caring for patients. Often, these individuals spend more time with patients than physicians and other healthcare personnel, making them largely responsible for patient experience. Though nurses gain much of their knowledge and education from nursing programs, they should take advantage of other opportunities to learn and develop their skills. While some of these are more traditional learning opportunities, other opportunities to grow as a nurse exist in daily activities and the relationships individuals choose to cultivate.

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Nursing Scholarships

Nursing school can be expensive, and often students need all of the help that they can get to pay for their education. One of the best ways to get help paying for college is through scholarships. A scholarship is a sum of money given to a student by a person or organization to help pay for the expenses associated with education. The following is a list a places to find nursing scholarships to help ease the financial burden of becoming a nurse.

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Common Nursing Q&A's

Q: What schools are the best for nursing degrees?

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Many schools have great nursing programs. One resource for choosing a nursing program is the many school ranking publications. It is important to choose a school that is accredited and that has the desired degree program. Applicants should also consider class size, clinical rotations, tuition, and the location of the school. That being said, the "best" nursing school is largely a matter of personal choice.

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The Most Popular Areas of Nursing

Registered nurses who wish to specialize have many different options from which to choose, even without earning an advanced degree. Specializing allows nurses to gain additional expertise in specific areas of the field. Many nurses choose to specialize because they enjoy caring for a specific group of patients, or because they enjoy the unique work environment provided by certain units. In many nursing specializations, there is an organization that certifies those who are trained and experienced in that particular area. More information on the different areas of nursing, along with the certification requirements, is available on the Nursing Job Descriptions pages for each specialization.

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How to Succeed in Nursing School

All nursing programs involve some combination of classroom learning and supervised clinical experience. These programs are often strenuous, causing many students to joke about "not having a life" until graduation. Nursing program are made up of a challenging group of subjects, including anatomy and physiology, biology, nutrition, and behavioral sciences. Students are also likely to be required to take a varying number general education courses, resulting in a more well-rounded education.

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ADN vs. BSN

There are currently several pathways to becoming a Registered Nurse (RN): Through a diploma program (these are typically offered by hospitals), through an associate's degree nursing program at a two or four-year school, or by completing a bachelor's degree program offered by a traditional four-year undergraduate program. As there are three different education levels available for RNs, there is a lot of discussion over whether or not a higher level nursing education produces better nurses.

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A Guide to Preparing for Nursing School Exams

Nursing school exams are often one of the most stressful parts of life as a nursing student. These exams can be difficult, and it can sometimes seem nearly impossible to know what content will be on the exam and what will be skipped. Perfecting one's study technique is a great way to ensure nursing school success, but there are some other methods and tools to be aware of. With the right preparation, students should be able to take exams with confidence and be pleased with the results.

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The NLN PAX-RN Exam

The National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Examination (NLN PAX) is a standardized test that potential nursing students must take prior to being admitted into a nursing program. There are two different versions of the NLN PAX: One for RN programs and one for LPN/LVN programs. This multiple-choice exam is made up of 214 questions that test candidates on verbal skills, mathematics, science. The PAX-PN also has a section on health and first aid. The verbal portion includes both vocabulary and reading comprehension sections. The mathematics portion is made up of word problems, basic calculations, algebraic equations, geometry, conversions, graphs, and application questions. In the science section, the questions include biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science. Out of the 214 questions, only a percentage of them are scored. The remaining questions are included for test development purposes only.

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Preparing For The NCLEX Exam

The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a standardized nursing licensure examination developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN). Currently, this exam is offered in a computerized format. Passing the NCLEX is necessary for licensure for all practical and registered nurses. After completing an accredited nursing education program, this exam is the deciding factor in whether or not an individual can become licensed to work as a nurse in the United States. Due to the importance of this exam to one's career, the NCLEX should not be taken lightly. There are many resources available to help potential nurses to be prepared and succeed in passing this exam.

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The Difference Between Online and Traditional Nursing Programs

One can earn a nursing education in many different settings and at varying degree levels. Many healthcare facilities, community colleges, and undergraduate colleges and universities offer their own nursing programs. Traditionally, these programs are taught on-site in a classroom and clinical environment. Though it is still common for students to participate in these traditional programs, there is increasing interest in online education. Accredited online nursing programs are becoming more and more common, but along with the advantages, there are some limitations to these programs.

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The Benefits of Working with a Career Advisor

Beginning a new career is a daunting task, regardless of one's age and education level. This is true for those just entering the workforce for the first time as well as those who are changing occupations later in life. This is made harder by the current state of the economy because many applicants, with varying levels of experience, are competing for the same jobs.

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