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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Choosing the best online nursing school for your RN to BSN program may be easier than you think.

You can start by doing some research into the top RN to BSN programs of your choosing. Once you’ve found a few schools you feel confident about, you will want to compare them to see which stand out as the right fit to you.

Here are 9 questions you should ask when comparing online nursing schools:


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.


The first day of nursing school is an exciting experience. There’s a lot to take in as you get settled into your classes, meet your professors and fellow students.

But there’s also a lot to learn; beyond what’s in your textbooks. Wouldn’t it be great to know which class will be the hardest? Or to already have tips on how to best take notes in pharmacology?

Earlier this year, we asked our fans on Facebook what advice they would give themselves if they could go back to their first day of nursing school.

Here are some of the top responses: