It’s said you never know where life will take you, and that’s just as true for nurses as it is for anyone. But as a nurse, moving from one state to another can have one complication:  you may not be able to just start interviewing for jobs. Instead, you might have to apply for a nursing license from your new home state.

If you’re a nurse interested in moving, or just going where life takes you, Chamberlain Career Services Advisor Victoria Bennett offers the following advice on preparing to get a nursing license in another state.

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January wraps up with nursing news putting a focus on the importance of credentials to patients, employers and nurses alike. The idea of a buddy system is being looked at as a way to help prevent nurse fatigue, per American Nurses Association (ANA) guidelines. And the ANA has also declared 2015 to be the year of ethics for nurses, as it released an updated Code of Ethics for the first time in 14 years. READ MORE

Midway of January, the new year keeps the focus on many of the same hot topics for nurses throughout 2014. Further details have emerged in regards to the success of nursing education simulation programs, a call for increased hiring looks at some of the reasons healthcare providers operate as they do and the benefits of smartphone technology are examined for ever-busy nurses.

New study cites need for more faculty training in simulation education

A recent study offers support for the use of high quality healthcare simulation as a substitute for up to 50% of traditional clinical time. The findings also reveal a key factor in the success of nursing education simulation programs is a dedicated team of educators who are well-trained in the best practices of theory-based simulation and debriefing methods, according to a news release. Read more at Nurse.com.

More nurses are better for patients. Why is it so hard to get hospitals to hire them?

A growing body of research has tied more nurse attention to better patient outcomes, from lower rates of infection to shorter hospital stays — which ultimately save money and can help hospitals avoid costly lawsuits. But Washington Hospital Center received 6,316 applications last year, and hired just 7.5 percent of them. So why won’t hospitals hire more people?  Read more from the Washington Post.

Smartphone-based mobility for nurses

In the fast-paced, complex healthcare environment, nurses do whatever it takes to manage patient care – despite the risks. But the time and information needed to make complex decisions required for safe care is often inadequate. As the complexity of nursing increases, clinicians need more sophisticated tools to help them do their jobs. Mobile technologies and applications that can capture and transmit data, as well as facilitate communication, are increasingly needed to streamline workflows, increase productivity and improve patient safety. Read more at ADVANCE for Nurses.

The following content is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to substitute for professional medical training.

Throughout their careers, nurse practitioners treat patients with all sorts of medical issues. But there are a few patient complaints which come up more often than others. One of those is the complaint of a non-specific headache.

As with any ailment, there are a few assessment steps which are universal and some which are specific to the nature of the problem itself.

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Pursuing your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) shows a great deal of commitment to your education and to the level of care you want to deliver to your patients. That commitment is perhaps best illustrated by the practicum you’ll take part in at the end of your coursework.

A nursing practicum is the live application of your nursing knowledge and skills in real-life situations and events. After all your graduate courses have been completed, you’re able to bring your abilities to bear and complete activities which support you in producing your professional portfolio.

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In an increasingly complex healthcare landscape, healthcare leaders are exploring solutions for improving patient outcomes and efficiency while managing costs. Many are taking a closer look at person and family centered care, an evolving approach for nurses and other clinicians to streamline and improve care by engaging patients and their families as partners in the care process.

Person and Family Centered Care, published by The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, explores this approach to caregiving with insight from authors Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, Jane Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN and Mary K. Walton, MSN, MBE, RN.

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Chamberlain College of Nursing has announced its newest campuses in Las Vegas, Nevada and metropolitan Detroit, Michigan. These are the 15th and 16th campuses for Chamberlain, after the opening of the Pearland, Texas campus earlier this year.

The Las Vegas campus aims to grow the nursing workforce to meet state demand.

Nevada has the nation’s fourth-lowest number of registered nurses per 100,000 people at 724.7, far lower than the national average of 920.9.[i] Further accelerating a need for nurses is the state’s growing population of residents over age 65, which is projected to nearly double by 2020.[ii]

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 Choosing your nursing school is no small task. Your choice will guide your education and your future career.

But no two nursing schools are exactly the same. Factors like cost, distance from your home and time to completion all vary from one institution to another.

So how can you narrow down your choices and choose the nursing school that is right for you?

Here are the top five factors we recommend considering when comparing nursing schools.

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Apps are a way of life. Everyone knows how fun (and distracting) an app can be. But have you considered how useful they could be if you put them to work?

There are apps for nurses which can help coordinate your schedule, calculate drug prescription amounts, offer news on the profession overall and aid in setting a patient’s care plan. Having these resources at your fingertips (literally) can make your smartphone a powerful tool on the job.

Here are our picks for the top 10 apps for nurses for both Android and iOS.

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Daytime talk show host Katie Couric recently paid tribute to nurses and the important role they play in their patients’ lives. Her guest, Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, president of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), highlighted another critical role of today’s nurses: decision-maker.

“In 2010, a study from the Institute of Medicine reported that nurses are not being used to their full potential,” Mason explained. “This finding is key because it recognizes that we cannot transform healthcare in our country without tapping into the potential of our nurses and the important role they can play at decision-making tables at all levels of healthcare organizations and for all healthcare policies.”

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