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. READ MORE

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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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The second full week of 2015 puts the spotlight on some serious topics in nursing. Compassionate care is the goal for Sheila Davis as she teaches nurses in Africa to speak gently. Leaving work at work and disconnecting in an increasingly connected world is just one of the challenges facing advanced practice nurses. And the push for nurses on hospital boards ramps up for the American Nurses Foundation. Read more about these stories in Nursing News Trending Now.

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The end of 2014 brings a time to celebrate as well as to reflect for nurses. Looking back, the profession has been ranked as the most honest and ethical one for the 13th straight year. Looking ahead, nurses consider what changes they would like to see in healthcare in 2015. And as the calendar page turns, it’s as good a time as any to find out more about disaster preparedness in the workplace. Read more about these stories in Nursing News Trending Now.

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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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Emmanuel Patrick Palma Jr., a registered nurse, is an implementation manager at a leading healthcare system north of Chicago. He works with an integrated electronic health record (EHR) system now used in 70 percent of U.S. hospitals that no longer use paper charts to deliver patient care.[1], [2]

“I like to be the bridge between the nursing and IT sides of healthcare, knowing how to clinically and technically operate within the system,” he said. “Patients appreciate that with EHRs, they can go to their primary care physician or the emergency room and all of their healthcare information is available to the nurses and physicians. The care they receive is targeted to address their unique medical history and long-term wellness.”

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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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