Considering a Doctoral Degree?

A group of graduates throwing graduation caps in the air

The following is a guest post by Catherine Pantik, DNP, APRN. Catherine is a member of the Graduate Student Nursing Academy and also serves as Leadership Council Chair. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Read on for her thoughts on pursuing a doctoral degree. Do you hear […]

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Demystifying the Nursing Shortage

The U.S. is in the midst of a lingering nursing shortage that is impacting some parts of the country more severely than others. To ensure that patients have access to high quality care in their home communities, academic and practice leaders are working together to ensure a robust supply of nurses and nurse faculty. Many […]

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The DNP as a Path to Nursing Leadership

The most common terminal degree pathways for nursing are the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy of Nursing), and the DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice). Generally the PhD is a research-focused degree, while the DNP is practice-focused. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, “DNP-prepared nurses are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers […]

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What’s the Deal with Accreditation?

There are a lot of factors to consider when you are searching for nursing programs. One factor that should be at the forefront of your search is accreditation status. If you are interested in furthering your education by attending a nursing program, you should become familiar with the basics of nursing program accreditation and why […]

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“One of the Best Decisions of My Life”

Nursing is unique because there are many points of entry into the profession. Many individuals don’t realize they are interested in nursing until they have already graduated from college with a degree in another discipline. Kevin Hsu is one such student who recently graduated with his Master of Science in Nursing at Rush University College of Nursing. […]

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How Do You Get Ready for the Spring Semester?

It can be difficult to come back mentally from the holiday season. Brandon, a Leadership Council Member for the Graduate Nursing Student Academy, shares some tips and tricks to get ready for the spring semester. During my first year as a PhD Student, I had a 6-week break between the conclusion of the fall semester and […]

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Inside the Nurse Residency Experience

A nurse residency program is meant to help recent graduates transition into clinical practice. Residency programs typically last from 6 to 12 months and serve as an opportunity for graduates to hone critical-thinking and evidence-based decision making skills. Residents have the opportunity to learn not just how to serve patients and families more effectively, but to […]

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