The final week of winter sends chills of excitement through the nursing community. The next generation of nursing education puts a focus on simulation, Nebraska moves forward with independence for nurse practitioners (NPs) and the technology of patient portals has positive implications for patients and nurses alike.

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The second week of March brings not only the promise of spring, but also positive news for current and prospective nurses. The Institute of Medicine’s 2010 recommendations are examined for progress halfway to 2020. Healthcare organizations everywhere are preparing to celebrate certified nurses across the globe. ADVANCE for Nurses offers their 2015 Focus on Education guide. Drafters of the recently updated American Nurses Association code of ethics weigh in on their decisions. And the American Association of Colleges of Nursing report an enrollment surge in nurses seeking advanced degrees. READ MORE

March 10 is the 10th observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an annual, nationwide observance that sheds light on the impact HIV/AIDS has on women and girls. Each year throughout the month of March, federal, national and community organizations come together to offer support and hope, reduce stigma, share information, and empower women and girls to learn the importance of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment. [i] READ MORE

When I started school online, I was so excited. I had my day-to-day schedule all planned out, which was great until about the third day of school when the unexpected happened — my work schedule changed. I then had to reorganize and create a new school schedule, which also worked for about two weeks until the next unexpected life event happened and I had to change it up again. READ MORE

As February comes to a close, some familiar topics are trending in nursing news. A focus on compassionate care highlights ways nurses can better connect with patients and deliver patient-centric care. One nurse’s experience with volunteering shows the career benefits for nurses. And the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced that three new states are now part of the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program. READ MORE

Ethics, teamwork and diversity are making headlines midway through February during this week’s Nursing News Trending Now. A recent summit on ethics in nursing opens up a bigger discussion in four key areas of clinical practice. The struggle towards becoming a true team is shared in one unit’s story of camaraderie. And recognition of changing demographics puts the spotlight on diversity within nations and among nurses. READ MORE

The focus is on care this week in nursing news. First, take an in depth look at the state of care for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the rising number of women afflicted with the condition. Next, more funding is achieved for a process looking to improve care in a patient-centric way. And nurse-patient shared decision making looks to improve chronic care through evidence sharing. READ MORE

February is here and the latest nursing news looks at the benefits of learning among other healthcare professionals, not just your fellow nurses. An examination of existing research on a nurse’s personality and their chosen specialty offers insight into why some nurses head down the paths they do. And one nurse shares her passion for geriatric nursing to inspire others to find the specialty for them.

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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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