“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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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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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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A Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Pursuit of a PhD

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion in the nursing community surrounding the impending nursing shortage. As a result, doctorally-prepared nurses are in high demand to prepare a the next generation of nurses and contribute to scholarly research. Nursing students aiming for a doctoral degree may choose between the DNP and PhD/DNS. Many students pursuing doctoral degrees do so while also holding full or part time jobs. Cassandra Godzik is one such student. She is currently employed as ...
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