“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 from Rush University, College of Nursing.   Tell us a little bit about yourself (background, education, etc.). I grew up in a town just north of Chicago as the first...
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5 Tips to Ensure a Successful Application

Applying to nursing school can be stressful. We understand. But with a solid plan and a little help from NursingCAS, you'll be on your way to enrolling at your dream school in no time. These 5 ways to ensure a successful application will, if followed, set you up for success and make the application process a breeze. 1. Apply early We know that you've probably heard this one before, but there is probably a good reason for that. Starting your application early helps ensure that the finished prod...
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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 starting the spring semester. And of course, being new to graduate studies, I fell out of "practice" of being a good student over my break. Once classes resumed, I strug...
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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 do so in line with the policies, procedures, and technology commonly used at their institution. Tara O'Connor is a resident and...
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What Type of Doctorate is Right for Me?

You've passed the NCLEX, become a Registered Nurse, and have some work experience - now what? Maybe you are looking to level up in your career, switch from practice to teaching, or simply want to expand your knowledge of nursing. If this is the case, you may want to pursue a doctoral degree. Many people come to this conclusion, but figuring out how to start this process can be a significant challenge for many. Nursing is not a linear career; there are a multitude of ways to get to where you need...
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Nursing as a Second Career

Accelerated programs at the baccalaureate and master's levels are a growing trend in nursing education. These programs are geared toward those who have a degree in another field, and want to pursue nursing as a second career. Programs tend to be shorter than the typical four-year nursing degree, which appeals to more experienced students who would prefer to not devote four years to another degree. Joe Gale decided to be a nurse after spending several years in the agricultural sector. He i...
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