Types of Nursing Degrees

        Recently, I graduated from Nursing School with my 4th degree in Nursing. I was shocked to know people still do not understand nursing education. People would ask me, “Are you finally an RN.” What? I just completed a DNP in Nursing. I have been a nurse educator for the last ten years. People also ask, “Why do you need a doctoral degree to teach nursing?” There is a need to educate the general public on nursing degrees and programs. I have been a nurse for over 22 years. Many people start their nursing career providing basic nursing care. You can start you nursing career with a certificate in nursing. There are a few nursing training programs available to complete. Nursing Training Certificate Programs (CNA) (LPN’s take NCLEX-PN) CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant – takes six weeks-6 months and developed by a technical school. Passing the state exam is required to be certified. LVN/LPN – Licensed Vocational Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse – takes 1-2 years and developed by a technical school. Passing the NCLEX is a requirement to practice. In 1990 after returning home from Desert Storm, I decided to pursue nursing instead of medicine. I started out as a home health aide and a sitter. I did not take a course to do either. I wish I had completed a CNA program. I always knew I would pursue an education in nursing. Many people may be ready to pursue a degree to become a registered nurse. Entry into Nursing Degree Programs (upon completion can take the NCLEX-RN) Diploma in Nursing – takes three years and the...

5 Ways to help with Men’s Health

      5 Ways to help with Men’s Health As a nurse, we have to educate people and men about men’s health. Men have high rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are all on the rise. Also, depression, high blood pressure & prostate issues are common with age. By educating men to stay healthy, they can reduce their risk of stroke, heart attack, and other major complications. This means men have to be proactive and take charge their your own health. It means you have to be responsible on an ongoing basis. Here are five ways you can get started. 1 Get a checkup. Take a man to the doctor. When was the last time you saw your doctor? Regular checkups are an important part of staying healthy. 2 Get moving. Start a weekly exercise program. As a man realize that, exercise is good for you. Exercise can help with weight control and can effectiviely reduce other diagnosis’s such as Stress, Diabetes & High blood pressure. 3 Get hydrated. Let make a daily water drinking schedule. As humans sometimes we are guilty of not getting enough water. Let’s drink enough to stay hydrated. Water can help prevent dehydration & regulate body temperature. 4 Get calm. Have a plan to prevent stress. Remember stress is bad for you and especially men. Stress can lead to serious health problems. To combat stress you can do breathing exercises and meditation. 5 Get to bed earlier. Have a regular sleep schedule. Men have to remember not to cut into their sleep. Most men may need between 7 and 9 hours a...

1st Annual Nursing Success Summit – May 14, 2016

      1st Annual Nursing Success Summit Date: May 14th, 2016  (11am-8pm) Location: Darien Bath and Body 1332 sycamore square, Midlothian, Virginia 23113 This is a Networking Event for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals to Meet & Greet and share information. Below are 3 options for Nurse Entrepreneurs to participate on Saturday, May 14th. This year we are offering FREE Vending located in a retail shopping area to nurses in business (please contact me if you plan to be a vendor). Bring tent, table & chairs. 1) 11-3pm Health & STEM Education Fair (FREE vending) 2) 4-6pm Perfume Making Session for Nurses (Additional Fee) 3) 6-8pm Dinner with Nurses in Business (Additional Fee) For questions and comments, please connect with us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/252554655091040/271570973189408/ The Nurse Dolls would like to introduce the Nurse Nicole Doll & Nurse Linda Doll as nurse gifts for the next generation of nurses. Nicole M. Brown, MSN, RN Founder: The Nurse Dolls Founder: Nursing Success College http://www.thenursedolls.com/ http://nursingsuccesscollege.com/ Submit a...

Top 12 Nurses to Remember for Nurses Week

1. Mary Todd Lincoln was wife of President Abraham Lincoln, during the Civil War worked as a Nurse. 2. Clara Barton is known as the founder of the Red Cross, which began as she worked battlefield during the Civil War. 3. Lillian Wald pioneered public health nursing by placing nurses in public schools & the National Organization for Public Health Nursing. 4. Janet Jagan a Nurse who co-founded the People’s Progressive Party. She was the first woman to become Prime Minister & President of Guyana. 5. Colonel Florence A. Blanchfield was the first nurse granted a regular Army commission in the Army Nurse Corps.  Has a Army Community Hospital in Fort Campbell, KY named after her. 6.  Jane A. Delano was a nurse, administrator and leader who was a pioneer in her field, overseeing the mobilization of U.S. nurses overseas during World War I. 7. Mary Breckinridge focused on Mothers and Babies & founded the Frontier Nursing Service focused on Nurse-midwifery. 8. Margaret Sanger was a Nurse who founder 1st Birth Control Clinic in USA in 1916 in NY, which later became Planned Parenthood. 9. Virginia Henderson is often referred to as “the 1st lady of Nursing” developed nursing theory by Identified 14 basic needs. 10. Dorothea Dix was a Nurse devoted to the mentally ill & lobbyed legislators to establish state hospitals for the mentally ill. 11. Dr. Jean Watson is a Nurse who developed the Human Caring Model with 10 Caritas Factors. 12. Florence Nightingale – famous nurse in history, known as The Lady with the Lamp & The Mother of Modern Day Nursing. During Nurses week from May...

Educators must promote STEM Careers: Nursing is a STEM Career.

        Educators must promote STEM Careers: Nursing is a STEM Career. There is a shortage of almost 1 million Nurses by 2025. We need more nurses and health career professionals!!! Nursing has four primary components of STEM: science, technology, engineering and math. Is a career in Nursing considered STEM? The program includes a number of science courses–primarily in the “hard” sciences, such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry and microbiology–as prerequisites to entry into the program in addition to courses within the program that focus on both the acquisition and application of science-related content. In addition, other prerequisites included are technology and math courses. Educational innovations in STEM are needed throughout the different stages of education, to equip students with the information, skills and knowledge required to promote their choice of STEM studies. The President recognizes the importance of exposing all of our learners to STEM experiences. In his State of the Union address earlier this year, the President challenged all of us to provide every student with authentic STEM experiences to learn subjects like science, math, and computer science. (White House Blog, 2012) Specifically, educational innovations that directly affect the following priority areas of action are necessary: Educational factor: Improving the acquisition of STEM skills: knowledge, abilities and attitudes. Psychological factor: Promoting the active involvement of students in recognizing their skills and interests and matching them with those required in STEM. Also, participation of teachers and families in this process, oriented to positive reinforcement (assessment and communication) of the scientific and technical capabilities of adolescents. Informative factor: Academic and professional advice with the aim of publicizing job opportunities in the...

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