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.”

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Love anatomy and physiology? The chance to do innovative things in a highly disciplined environment? Surgical nursing might be the specialty for you.

Lori Armbruster, MSN, RN, is Faculty Chair at Chamberlain’s St. Louis campus and a surgical nurse with 28 years of experience in the OR. She explained that surgical, or perioperative, nursing may have a long learning curve, but for nurses who love technology and organization, it can make for a very satisfying career.

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Long after the final test is taken and your graduation cap has been tossed in the air, you may find your thoughts wandering to friends you made and acquaintances you met during your education.

As new responsibilities and commitments may pull you in different directions, it can be difficult to stay connected and keep in touch with your classmates. Moreover, you may find yourself wondering if it’s even necessary to do so. It might take a little extra effort to maintain those connections post-graduation, but staying in touch with classmates provides many benefits, both personally and professionally.

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Like all nurses, Lynn Elliott, MS, RN, started her career wanting to make a difference in the lives of others. Now, after 40 years of nursing and impacting countless lives, she has been honored by the state of Florida for her contributions to public health, named one of the Sunshine state’s public health heroes.

But when she started out, she was only driven by a desire to help. And it was this drive which brought Elliott to new challenges and helped her overcome them.

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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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No matter what career you choose or how long you have been in your field, everyone needs a resume. As a nursing student, a resume is your way of making a first impression to potential employers.

So what should you include in your resume? While resume formats may vary among industries and individuals, there are some features which are constant. Here are the sections you should include on your resume, and why they are important.

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Did you know that the number of nurses with informatics in their title doubled in the last three years? Or that 81% of nurse informaticists are satisfied with their career choice?

In the latest survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), these topics and others are covered in an in-depth look at the continued growth of nursing informatics. This year’s survey examines current professional status and practice trends while highlighting changes that have occurred over the last decade.

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The Nurse Life series of blog posts examines real world experiences of both current and prospective nurses as they share their stories of what drew them to their career and what has made it meaningful.

Emily Sizemore, senior career services advisor for Chamberlain’s Chicago campus, recently spoke with Chamberlain Instructor Mary Beth Sakis about her career experiences.

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