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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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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