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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.


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.


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:


Daytime talk show host Katie Couric recently paid tribute to nurses and the important role they play in their patients’ lives. Her guest, Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, president of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), highlighted another critical role of today’s nurses: decision-maker.

“In 2010, a study from the Institute of Medicine reported that nurses are not being used to their full potential,” Mason explained. “This finding is key because it recognizes that we cannot transform healthcare in our country without tapping into the potential of our nurses and the important role they can play at decision-making tables at all levels of healthcare organizations and for all healthcare policies.”


According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, around 2.3 million men and women are incarcerated in U.S. jails and prisons. It’s a population with complex and diverse healthcare needs – injuries, chronic conditions, even palliative care.

Providing nursing care to this group of patients, and in this setting, is not a job for everyone, said Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN, a correctional nursing specialist and visiting professor in Chamberlain’s MSN program. However, for the right nurse, it can also be extremely satisfying and rewarding specialty.