Feb 26

Why You Should Get Published in a Nursing Journal

why a nurse should get published in a nursing journal

For some individuals, nursing is a vocational trade. You learn a set of skills related to hands-on patient care and begin your career in as little as two years (as a Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse at the Associate degree level).

There is nothing wrong with this type of setup. In fact, nurses at the LPN and ASN levels are vital in keeping healthcare organizations running. However, if you have your sights set a little higher, you’ll have to transform your mindset from nursing as a vocation to nursing as an academic career. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 26

Why a BSN Matters in Today’s Nursing World

Why a BSN Matters in Today’s Nursing World

Until fairly recently, the majority of nurses in the United States held a two-year degree (Associate Degree of Nursing, or ADN) that provided all the qualifications they needed to enter the field and become a successful nurse. Traditionally, with an ADN, nurses can sit for the RN licensing exam and then move on to many of the available nursing jobs in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other care facilities.

While nurses with an ADN still can find gainful employment in the nursing field, it’s becoming more common for employers to look first to nurses with a Bachelor’s level degree (Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, or BSN). BSN holders often take precedence over ADNs in the employment pool, and in many cases, only nurses with BSN degrees are considered for promotions, managerial positions, or teaching opportunities.

In fact, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has issued a formal recommendation that by 2020, 80 percent of nurses have a Bachelor’s degree. Because the focus of a BSN is not on vocational training, but on creating a foundation of education that will continue to grow throughout a lifetime, many people feel that BSNs are the future of the field. It transforms nursing from a job to a career—and one that’s on par with doctors and other high-level medical professionals. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 27

A Nursing Career and Mandatory Overtime

why you should pubish in a nursing journal

Although there are countless reasons to become a nurse (and countless resources on the web telling you why it’s a good idea), this career choice isn’t all positive all the time. Nurses are some of the hardest working professionals in the world, spending long hours on their feet in oftentimes hazardous conditions. Still, the emotional satisfaction from this career is high, and many individuals go home every night tired but hopeful.

Which is why it might come as a surprise that some nurses work mandatory overtime. Depending on your terms of employment with the hospital or clinic where you work, you may be required to cover a shift on your day off (usually while you’re on call) or stay late to handle an overflow of patients. The reasons for this are valid, often because there is a staffing shortage, and your absence might mean a patient’s life is in danger. Of course, that doesn’t make it any easier on your body or your spirit. You might also find that you complete your 12-hour shift only to settle in for an extra hour or two of paperwork—also required to get the job done, but rarely part of the job description. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 17

Why do Your Clinicals at a Community Hospital?


Every accredited nursing program includes a hands-on learning component known as clinicals. Usually included in the second half of your education, clinicals are a series of shifts you spend at the hospital, learning various types of nursing and working with patients under the direction of a clinical supervisor.

Different nursing schools are affiliated with different hospitals, which means that where you get your education will define where you do your clinical. Larger nursing schools, for example, are often associated with teaching hospitals, which tend to be big, well-funded, and full of complex cases that can’t be treated elsewhere. City hospitals (especially the ones in urban centers) don’t have the same level of sophistication, but you’ll see a faster pace, a lot more emergency cases, and even be involved in more decision-making. Read the rest of this entry »

May 08

What is a Nursing Director?


If you have goals beyond nursing school and a typical four-year degree, you may want to visit the possibility of a career as a nursing director. Although it can take quite a bit of extra education and experience to become qualified for this position, the pay and benefits can be well worth it.

What Does a Nursing Director Do?

A nursing director is the supervisor in charge of the nursing staff in a large hospital setting. This can mean anything from overseeing staffing and patient care issues in a city hospital or coordinating clinicals and staffing issues in a teaching hospital. Because the focus is more on being in charge of other nurses (as opposed to working the floor), you can expect a lot more paperwork, administration, and bureaucracy than you would find in a lower-level nursing job.

Although every position and employer is a little different, you can expect to:

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Apr 15

Rap Video Created by Emergency Room Nursing Staff

This emergency room rap was put together by nurses and staff members from UAB for a National Nurses’ Week contest. Not only is it a lot of fun, it shows the commitment this group of nurses have for their careers.


Apr 15

Nursing Environment Video

How important is a good nursing environment?

Watch and listen as Angie Ballenger, B.S.N. discusses her own personal experiences as a heart transplant ICU nurse and why her working environment is so critical at UAB Hospital.


Apr 11

A Day in the Life of a Critical Care Nurse Video

If you are thinking of entering the field of nursing, watch Michelle Swinney talk about the what she deals with every day as a critical care nurse. She talks about why she decided to go to nursing school, what it is like to live with life and death on a daily basis.

Apr 11

Nursing Student Interview with Christine Hernandez

When did you know you wanted to be a nurse?nurse_hernandez

Four of five years ago.  I was working in a place were I was always around doctors and nurses.  I loved hearing the stories they would tell and I always had more questions for them.  I loved learning about the medical field and decided that was the road I wanted to be on.

Were there any individuals who were an influence?

Yes! I was a nanny for two wonderful doctors who were always willing to answer questions and share stories with me.  They were a big influence in getting me started in the medical field and encouraging me to go for my RN degree. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 11

Nurse Interview with Johanne Aage


Nurse Johanne lives in central Texas and currently works at research hospital where she says she is “seeing things that most neuroscience nurses only read about.”

She received a two-year ADN (assoiate’s degree) from a local community college and told us, “Texas has a vibrant and high-quality community college system for RN qualification, so much so that bachelor’s degrees often concentrate more on nursing administration rather than bedside care. That leaves the ADN programs for those who want to work bedside, which I did.” Read the rest of this entry »

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