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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We’ve picked our favorite 10 New Year’s quotes to inspire you to embrace the year to come. Whether you’re starting off in nursing school or heading back for another degree, these quotes can offer you perspective and insight in the months ahead.

Be sure to share these quotes with your coworkers or classmates to spread the inspiration. Comment below to tell us if we left any of your favorite quotes out!

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As a student, it’s inevitable that you will have to demonstrate your knowledge by taking tests.

Online testing can differ from in-class testing in important ways. Online tests offer unique challenges including the need for stable Internet connections, a lack of a live professor to ask questions to and the possibility of not knowing how far along you are during the test.

The following tips can enhance your online testing success. Be sure to also check out our 17 Tips for Studying in Nursing School, submitted by students just like you.

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During the week, Professor Daniel Ampomah, PhD, RN, NE-BC, teaches at Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Arlington campus, guiding students who are in their last semesters of nursing school.

On the weekends, his voice travels around the globe as he shares health information through his talk show on Ghana Tourist Coach Radio.

Every Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., from the studios in Alexandria, Virginia, Dr. Ampomah hosts a segment called “Your Health Is Your Wealth.”

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There’s a lot about being a nurse which you don’t always find in other jobs. But did you know that you could travel the country as part of your job as a nurse?

Travel nurses move about the country (and sometimes the world) working in different healthcare facilities as needed. The concept itself originated as a way to help combat the nursing shortage.

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Anyone who has taken a college course online already knows that a lot of your learning occurs through reading. Whether engaged with a lesson, or a book, or a discussion post or a website, chances are that you are reading text.

The good news is that you started reading at an early age and are comfortable with this approach. But you may not be accustomed to reading scholarly textbooks or journals. If you ask, “What did I just read?” and find your answer is, “I don’t recall!” you will benefit from these tips on how to become a successful reader.

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There are few activities which transcend your entire nursing career the way inserting an IV does. And while the general method is universal, there are some helpful tips and tricks you can use to ensure your insertion is spot on the first time, every time.

We recently asked our Facebook fans to share what their best tips were for inserting an IV. Here are the top responses. Have a tip of your own? Comment below and add to the list!

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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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Did you know that over the course of a lifetime, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer? Men are also at risk – 1 in 1,000 will develop breast cancer. And while white women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer, African-American women are more likely to die from the disease.[1]

Rachel Choudhury, MSN, RN, CNE, curriculum and instruction specialist at Chamberlain College of Nursing, sheds light on other risk factors and shares tips to educate men and women so they can be proactive about their breast health.

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If you’re looking into nursing college, you may have a lot of questions on your mind. Everything from, “When do classes start?” and, “Can I get financial aid?” all the way to, “I applied … now what?

You might also be wondering what courses you’ll take in nursing college.

Depending on your collegiate experience, you’ll likely take liberal arts and sciences courses as well classes focused solely on nursing and the skills you’ll need.

Here’s a general breakdown of what to expect in nursing college courses.

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