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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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.

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You’ve been accepted into nursing school and you’re eager to dive into your courses. For some students, one of the first classes, “The Fundamentals of Nursing,” can seem intimidating. But it’s really just another chance to show you’ve got what it takes.

“Students need help with all types of courses,” said Professional Nursing Tutor Nicole Woodby, “everything from the fundamentals to collaborative healthcare.”

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Hannah Byers, a student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Columbus campus, is working to help combat a national epidemic — the rising number of heart attacks and strokes. And she’s doing it through preventative care.

Each year, Americans suffer more than two million heart attacks and strokes.[1] The healthcare industry is evolving to focus on preventive care in an effort to lower healthcare costs and the prevalence of chronic disease such as these. Hannah and her peers hope to prevent these conditions, which are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States.[2]

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Online classes are a great way to learn. Benefits for students include flexibility to attend class from wherever they have a computer and internet connection, access to course materials 24 hours a day and the ability to learn from an institution they might not otherwise have access to.

Still, many students may feel wary about learning outside the classroom.

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Dwayne and Veronica Bryant, now husband and wife student nurses at Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Jacksonville campus, met while they were serving in the U.S. Air Force. Through experiences during their military service, they were soon drawn to careers in healthcare.

When Veronica joined the military 11 years ago, she wasn’t sure which career field she wanted to pursue outside of her service. However, after watching military nurses save lives, she quickly gravitated toward the field of nursing.

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