When you’re enrolled in an online course, you could have classmates all around the country. If you’re taking a class led by Lennie Davis, MSN, MS, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, there’s no saying where your professor could be. READ MORE
You’ve mastered medical calculations, made it through med-surg and conquered your capstone course. Now there’s just one more thing between you and a career as a registered nurse – the NCLEX- RN®.
For a few pointers on preparing for the licensing exam, we spoke with Stacey Kinney, MSN, RN, CNE, Academic Success Specialist at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She suggested students look at the NCLEX as a challenge that requires a dedicated strategy. READ MORE
If Lauren Spinasanto’s story was made into a movie, it would have that devastating scene when you are sure she won’t make it – followed by a sequence where she picks herself up, gets back in the game and comes out as a champion.
From an early age, Lauren found herself heading in the direction of becoming a nurse. When she was younger, she helped care for her ailing great-grandparents. She’d also seen other family members struggle with medical issues and always tried to lend a hand.
Do you like the idea of working independently, in a varying environment, while making a huge impact on patients and their families? Home health nursing may be the specialty for you.
Home care nurses travel to patients’ homes to treat people who were recently discharged from the hospital or suffer from chronic conditions. A special subset, hospice nurses, treats those who are terminally ill.
Many home care nurses are employed by or affiliated with a hospital, but others work for independent agencies.
As a patient, have you ever felt that a nurse or doctor didn’t ‘get’ you? If so, did you follow the provider’s instructions, or want to go back to see him or her again?
Healthcare provider attitudes are extremely important to a patient’s comfort level, satisfaction and even follow-through, said Catherine Browning, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, a Missouri-based psychiatric nurse practitioner and recent graduate of Chamberlain’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program.
The potential for disconnect between the patient and the provider can be even more acute when the two are from different cultural backgrounds.
Love anatomy and physiology? The chance to do innovative things in a highly disciplined environment? Surgical nursing might be the specialty for you.
Lori Armbruster, MSN, RN, is Faculty Chair at Chamberlain’s St. Louis campus and a surgical nurse with 28 years of experience in the OR. She explained that surgical, or perioperative, nursing may have a long learning curve, but for nurses who love technology and organization, it can make for a very satisfying career.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, around 2.3 million men and women are incarcerated in U.S. jails and prisons. It’s a population with complex and diverse healthcare needs – injuries, chronic conditions, even palliative care.
Providing nursing care to this group of patients, and in this setting, is not a job for everyone, said Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN, a correctional nursing specialist and visiting professor in Chamberlain’s MSN program. However, for the right nurse, it can also be extremely satisfying and rewarding specialty.