Choosing your nursing school is no small task. Your choice will guide your education and your future career.

But no two nursing schools are exactly the same. Factors like cost, distance from your home and time to completion all vary from one institution to another.

So how can you narrow down your choices and choose the nursing school that is right for you?

Here are the top five factors we recommend considering when comparing nursing schools.

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Apps are a way of life. Everyone knows how fun (and distracting) an app can be. But have you considered how useful they could be if you put them to work?

There are apps for nurses which can help coordinate your schedule, calculate drug prescription amounts, offer news on the profession overall and aid in setting a patient’s care plan. Having these resources at your fingertips (literally) can make your smartphone a powerful tool on the job.

Here are our picks for the top 10 apps for nurses for both Android and iOS.

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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.

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The Institute of Medicine recently published “The Future of Nursing,” an infographic that highlights the growing number of nurse practitioners in the U.S. The number of nurse practitioners per primary care doctor more than doubled between 1995 and 2009. These advanced practice registered nurses will help meet rising demand for healthcare services due to the projected 32 million new insured patients under the Affordable Care Act1 and looming shortage of 63,000 physicians by 2015.2 READ MORE

Since 2010, legislation outlined in the Affordable Care Act has guided the U.S. healthcare system through a series of changes aimed at leveraging innovation and technological advances to better meet the needs of millions of new patients. The industry is rapidly evolving to respond to unprecedented challenges, including the rising demand for patient care. READ MORE

Nurse immigration to the United States has tripled since 1994, to close to 15,000 entrants annually. Recruitment of foreign nurses is one of the solutions to the nursing shortage, and the Philippines is a major source country, accounting for more than 30 percent of U.S. foreign-educated nurses. Despite these benefits to the U.S. healthcare system, barriers prevent smooth cultural and professional integration of Filipino nurses and other foreign-educated nurses to U.S. clinical settings. READ MORE