If Lauren Spinasanto’s story was made into a movie, it would have that devastating scene when you are sure she won’t make it – followed by a sequence where she picks herself up, gets back in the game and comes out as a champion.

From an early age, Lauren found herself heading in the direction of becoming a nurse. When she was younger, she helped care for her ailing great-grandparents. She’d also seen other family members struggle with medical issues and always tried to lend a hand.

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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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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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