Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

February 4, 2016

3 Reasons to Consider Becoming A Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, only 8.3 percent of nurse practitioners specialize in pediatrics. This leaves a void ready to be filled by the next generation of np graduates. If you’re wondering whether pediatric care could be right specialty for you, consider whether you enjoy working with children, whether you have exemplary […]

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February 2, 2016

Top 6 States for Nurse Practitioners

A nurse practitioner’s (NP) job opportunities vary depending on state laws, according to the National Institute of Health Care Reform (NIHCR). Some states give NPs the authority to practice on their own, without physician oversight, and to prescribe a greater number of medications. Others require NPs to join physician-led practices and restrict their prescribing authority […]

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January 28, 2016

The Evolution of the Nurse-Doctor Relationship

Unlike the nurses of the 18th and early 19th centuries, many of today’s nursing professionals consult on diagnoses, prescribe medication, treat medical conditions, and counsel patients. As a result, the dynamic between nurses and doctors continues to evolve. From Deference to Partnership Image via Flickr by BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives Since the 18th century, the nursing […]

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January 26, 2016

3 Stories About Nurses Making a Difference

Nurses play a vital role in the healthcare community and create tremendous impact on the lives of their patients. But nurses aren’t just hardworking professionals during work hours only, they regularly go above and beyond the call of duty for their patients. Meet some of the amazing nurses who have made a real difference. Image […]

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January 21, 2016

How to Find a Mentor in Nursing

A mentor can be an objective adviser, a teacher, and a trusted friend to turn to when questions or problems arise. Nurse mentors often help their mentees learn their duties and grow in their positions. Mentoring arrangements often go beyond day-to-day guidance. It is not uncommon for mentors to help their mentees along as they […]

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December 23, 2015

5 Nursing Associations Leading the Way in Healthcare

Health care reforms and educational opportunities championed by nursing associations help to move the health care industry forward. These associations also help to move its members’ careers forward with a host of perks, including access to mentoring programs, networking opportunities, and seminars. Discover five nursing associations all nurses should know about. 1. National League for […]

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Why the Need for Nurse Practitioners is Growing

According to healthcare recruitment firm Merritt Hawkins, nurse practitioners ranked in the top 10 most heavily recruited positions in 2013, the first time the profession appeared in the firm’s top 20. In fact, the government’s Health Resources and Services Administration projects that growth in primary care nurse practitioners will reach 30 percent between 2010 and […]

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November 5, 2015

Nurse Practitioners and Healthcare in 2015

Nurse practitioners are highly skilled medical professionals who perform many of the same functions as doctors. Most can write prescriptions, treat illnesses, and administer exams depending on the state in which they practice. Their years of experience and their holistic approach to medicine enable them to provide quality care for patients. However, the role of nurse […]

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June 23, 2015

The States that Allow Nurse Practitioner Autonomy

If you’ve visited a doctor’s office recently, you may have noticed a trend. Doctors are busy. This doesn’t just apply to your doctor’s office, though. The U.S. is in the middle of a doctor shortage, and the problem is only getting worse. One trend that has emerged in the past decade or so is supplementing […]

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How to Get Started on Your Nurse Practitioner Journey

Nursing is a noble profession, and the more you know as a nurse, the better equipped you are to care for your patients and further your career. If you are a registered nurse who is looking to advance your career and becoming a nurse practitioner, how can you begin that journey? Here are some tips […]

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How Nurses Use Technology in 2015

Since the days of Florence Nightingale, the backbone of nursing has remained the same. Nursing is all about compassionate patient care.  The way in which nurses provide this compassionate care for patients is changing, and every year new advancements change the way nurses work. What new technologies are nurses using in 2015? What does the […]

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A Growing Trend: Home Nurse Practitioner Visits

Nurse and Nurse Practitioners don’t just work in hospitals anymore. They’re starting their own in-home care practices that benefit everyone seeking medical care. Benefits of a Home Visit From a Nurse Practitioner The most obvious benefit of a house call is that patients don’t have to leave their homes. Some patients have difficulty moving due […]

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A Comprehensive Guide to Preventive Care

Most people go to the doctor when they feel sick, but many people don’t consider going to the doctor beforehand for preventative care or understand the various ways doing so can benefit their health. When patients schedule regular check-ups, this can allow doctors and nurses to help stop diseases before they start through the use […]

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7 Places You’ll Find Nurse Practitioners

Medical professionals that have earned their Doctors of Nursing Practice (DNP) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) are highly trained nurse practitioners (NPs) who can perform some of the same tasks as a physician. They can prescribe medications, administer exams, treat illnesses, and work in a wide array of healthcare facilities depending on the […]

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6 Tips for Nurse Leaders

Hospital environments and other settings in the world of healthcare can become chaotic if there is not a strong leadership presence. Are you an experienced nurse whom others look up to? If you are, you can advance your leadership skills and provide guidance and inspiration for your team members. Here are six tips to help […]

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January 20, 2015

You Have a Nursing Degree, Now What?

With your education complete, the next step in your career is finding a position you are well-suited for. Your first job will offer you crucial experience and connections that will establish you in the nursing profession. Finding a position that makes use of your skills is easy when you leverage networking opportunities. Here are a […]

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Why Moms Excel As Nurse Practitioners

Many mothers find a way to excel both domestically and professionally, though it does take a bit of planning. Here are five reasons why moms should consider becoming a nurse practitioner. 1. Moms Have Caring and Listening Experience Moms can quickly spot when their kids aren’t feeling well and have the patience to check on […]

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How to Protect Yourself from the Occupational Hazards of Working Around Illnesses

Nursing can be one of the most rewarding career paths, but is also one of the riskiest to health and body. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, in 2011, there were 59,390 lost-time injuries, with the average injury resulting in 10 days out of the office. This means that nurses have a greater […]

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How Hiring a Nurse Practitioner Lightens a Doctor’s Load

While nurse practitioners and doctors are both health care providers, they differ in a few ways. The most obvious is their chosen educational path. A doctor attends medical school, while a nurse practitioner earns a master’s degree or doctor of nursing practice and takes a national certification examination. Although their educational paths differ as health […]

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6 Core Qualities You Need to Work in the Healthcare Field

Healthcare is one of America’s fastest growing industries, with an estimated 3.2 million jobs being created by 2018. This is partly due to the aging ‘Baby Boomer’ population, but also because of recent government healthcare reform. Of all the different options to enter this industry, registered nurses are the highest in demand. According to, […]

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January 13, 2015

3 Hospital Departments that Need Nurse Practitioners

Qualified nurse practitioners are always in demand across the medical field.

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4 Myths About Nurse Practitioners that You Thought Were True

There is a distinct difference between registered nurses and nurse practitioners.

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December 22, 2014

Top 6 Courses for Future Nurse Practitioners

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 31% increase in job opportunities for nurse practitioners between 2012 and 2022. This projected growth, along with a median annual wage of $96,460, is excellent news if you are thinking about entering this lucrative field of nursing leadership. Here are the top six courses that will […]

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Preventing Compassion Fatigue

Compassion is an important part of any caregiver’s role, and it is one of the best, most sought-after traits that any healthcare professional can have. Because it allows nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors, and even technicians to empathize with and understand their patients, it is of utmost importance to not only understand “compassion fatigue” but to guard against […]

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How Nurse Practitioners Can Help Diffuse Stress in the ER

Working in the emergency room presents a unique set of challenges and requires a knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate staff that understands the importance of time management and staying calm under pressure. Because ER staff deals with people of all ages and every imaginable malady, it’s all too easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed. It’s especially […]

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How Nurse Leaders Can Take Initiative and Promote Positive Nurse/Doctor Interaction for Best Patient Results

In any workplace, it is essential to maintain a professional attitude and to foster respectful, cordial relationships with colleagues. This is especially crucial in hospitals and healthcare environments where mutual respect and the ability to work as a team increase the care patients receive from nurses, doctors, and administrators. Nurses and physicians need each other […]

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7 Tips for Choosing your Nurse Practitioner Specialty

Nurse practitioners are to help relieve the strain of the projected shortage of physicians in 2020, potentially reducing the gap from 20,400 to 6,400, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration. Figures like this, highlight the need for more nurse practitioners in the U.S. If you’re thinking of being part of the solution, you […]

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5 Tips for Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioners (AGNPs) Who Work in Nursing Homes

If you are a nurse working in a nursing home, you know your work is making a difference and  bringing joy to many in their last years, however, with that work, you unfortunately, see  patients struggle with various illnesses, ailments and sometimes emotional issues. , Nurses in these environments typically have heavy workloads of daily […]

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5 Pieces of Advice for Future Nursing Students

Ask almost any nurse, and they’ll have tips and tricks for success as you pursue your BSN. Whether the secret lies in eating peanut M&Ms while studying, or having a lucky stethoscope by your side during training, everyone has a secret to how they earned their degree. Here are a few golden ideas that nurses […]

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4 Tips on How to Cope with Night Shift Nursing

Some nurses love the night shift, and some prefer to work during the day. Whatever your feelings about it, at some point during your career you may face a stretch of night shifts. These tips will hopefully help you cope with what can be a more challenging shift to work. schedule. . Get Enough Sleep […]

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4 In Demand Jobs for Nurses with an Advanced Degree or Nurse Practitioners

When people think of nurses at work, they usually imagine the abundance of nurses

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June 18, 2014

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners and Preventive Care

An unfortunate truth of Western medicine is that it places a heavy emphasis on curing ailments after the fact rather than preventing them in the first place. While healthcare professionals often urge patients to schedule regular check-ups, as well as exercise, eat a balanced diet, and otherwise pay attention to their health needs, many people […]

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A Legacy of Mentorship in Nursing

The role that nurses play in healthcare is extremely important, as professional nurses are quite often just as hands-on with patients as the doctors who ultimately treat them. In addition to collecting patient information, running diagnostic tests, and diligently charting everything, amongst other clinical and clerical duties, it often falls to nurses to provide patients […]

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June 2, 2014

What Does It Take To Be An Effective Nursing Leader?

There are many concepts that come into play when we discuss the best strategies for nursing leadership in today’s complex and ever-changing healthcare environment. There are models communicated within the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s “Forces of Magnetism,” behaviors made famous by Steven Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” core competencies for the nurse practitioner, […]

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May 27, 2014

Doctor of Nursing Practice Degrees: An Overview for Today’s Nursing Professional

In 2004, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) formulated a task force to investigate the challenges and opportunities involved with growing the nursing profession via Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees. The goal was to elevate the requirements for advanced nursing practitioners to include a DNP by 2015. Latest available statistics show that […]

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May 19, 2014

Disaster Preparedness: Nurses on the Front Line

Right now there are nurses who are responding to crisis situations around the world. Tornadoes, hurricanes, brushfires, earthquakes, and man-made disasters test even the most highly skilled professionals. Beyond the emergency room and hospital walls, nurses may find themselves serving in a makeshift triage unit or as part of a response team that is picking […]

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May 16, 2014

Evidence-Based Care Remains a Widespread Practice

Over the years there have been naysayers against evidence-based care. These pundits have fallen prey to myths about the practice, suggesting that it makes broad-based assumptions that are not applicable to all individuals. What these skeptics have missed in their argument is that an understanding of patient needs and preferences is also integral to evidence-based […]

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May 2, 2014

Types of Nurses

Meet Your Hospital Nursing Team Every day, across the country and around the world, millions of nurses are at work. They’re functioning in different capacities that make the most of their education, knowledge and skill. The most frequently encountered nursing roles include: Staff Nurses Regardless of the unit, you will find that staff nurses make […]

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Nursing Demographics

Who is Today’s Nurse? A Study into Demographics and More The women and men within the nursing profession have a few things in common across the board. They have chosen a fast-paced career with low employment rates and continued opportunity for growth along a defined ladder. From there it is hard to make assumptions about […]

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April 21, 2014

How Nurses Can Use Social Media to Connect & Learn

Leverage Social Media to Grow & Advance Your Career Nurses, like all other professionals, can benefit from having a strong online presence. It is easy to network with your peers, look for career opportunities, connect with potential employers, and find new educational programs. Let’s take a look at your social networking options and how you […]

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April 11, 2014

Entrepreneurs Who Also Happen To Be Nurses

Nurse Entrepreneurs are Making an Impact The very first nurse entrepreneur was Clara Barton, who founded the American Red Cross in 1881. She went on to lead the organization for 23 years, making an impact that would last until this day. Since then, of course, countless nurses have made their dreams of entrepreneurship come true. […]

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April 9, 2014

Nursing in the Media

A Look at Nurses in the Media Here you are looking for information on earning your nurse practitioner degree online, only to stumble across another subject that intensifies your passion for nursing … Television Stereotypes From Hot Lips Houlihan on MASH in the 1970’s to the modern Nurse Jackie, nurses are played by women. They […]

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March 31, 2014

History’s Favorite Nurses

Meet History’s Favorite Nurses When we think about the history of nursing, rarely do we think back as far as 380 AD when the world’s first general hospital was established in Rome, Italy. To say that nursing is a “long and storied” profession is an understatement. Our favorite nurses, the ones that capture our imagination […]

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Global Nursing

The International World of Nursing The truth is that nurses in Missouri aren’t a whole lot different than their counterparts in Mexico, Morocco or the Maldives. Nursing is a globally understood profession, with a mission to serve patients and families with the best available care. What that means from place to place is where the […]

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March 18, 2014

The Top Hidden Epidemics

Hidden Epidemics Seen by Nurses Everywhere Nurses often choose to pursue careers in large hospitals because they will have the opportunity to “see more” when it comes to their chosen specialization. Some of what today’s nurses are seeing – in healthcare settings of all sizes – isn’t necessarily on the surface. In fact, there are […]

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March 4, 2014

How Does the ACA Impact Nursing?

Nurses and the Affordable Care Act Political views aside, most healthcare professionals agree that there is a need to improve the accessibility to quality care for a large portion of our society. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), while still evolving, is moving the bar forward in ways that make a difference. Nurses as Advocates of […]

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February 21, 2014

Getting a Job in Nursing – Where & How to Look?

Finding the Right Nursing Job for YOU Career paths for nurses are more diverse than ever before, particularly for nurses with advanced practice credentials. Finding that right opportunity, however, can be a bit overwhelming with so many job search strategies available today.  Here are some ideas to help you find the job of your dreams: […]

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February 18, 2014

Five New Technologies Nurses Should Pay Attention To

The Technology of Nursing’s Future Nursing has undergone a great transformation over recent years, and there are many more changes ahead. Navigating the future of nursing will require the advanced skills and preparation that comes from an accredited online nurse practitioner program. Tomorrow’s nurses will also need the open-minded confidence to embrace new ideas like […]

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February 13, 2014

A Nurses Guide to Patient-Centered Care

Three Key Components of Patient-Centered Care Advancing your career within a patient-centered care environment is an opportunity to share what you know best about the nursing profession. After all, the concepts of caring, collaboration and excellence are already part of your repertoire. Dignified Healing Personalized patient care reinforces the importance of dignity and respect within […]

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January 23, 2014

6 Reasons to Become a Nurse Practitioner

When it comes to starting a career, you want it to be one you love. If you have a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. Maybe your dream is to become a nurse practitioner, or maybe you have another goal and a nursing degree will help you get there. Whatever […]

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