As February comes to a close, some familiar topics are trending in nursing news. A focus on compassionate care highlights ways nurses can better connect with patients and deliver patient-centric care. One nurse’s experience with volunteering shows the career benefits for nurses. And the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced that three new states are now part of the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program. READ MORE

You’ve mastered medical calculations, made it through med-surg and conquered your capstone course. Now there’s just one more thing between you and a career as a registered nurse – the NCLEX- RN®.

For a few pointers on preparing for the licensing exam, we spoke with Stacey Kinney, MSN, RN, CNE, Academic Success Specialist at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She suggested students look at the NCLEX as a challenge that requires a dedicated strategy. READ MORE

Ethics, teamwork and diversity are making headlines midway through February during this week’s Nursing News Trending Now. A recent summit on ethics in nursing opens up a bigger discussion in four key areas of clinical practice. The struggle towards becoming a true team is shared in one unit’s story of camaraderie. And recognition of changing demographics puts the spotlight on diversity within nations and among nurses. READ MORE

The end of 2014 brings a time to celebrate as well as to reflect for nurses. Looking back, the profession has been ranked as the most honest and ethical one for the 13th straight year. Looking ahead, nurses consider what changes they would like to see in healthcare in 2015. And as the calendar page turns, it’s as good a time as any to find out more about disaster preparedness in the workplace. Read more about these stories in Nursing News Trending Now.

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Do you like the idea of working independently, in a varying environment, while making a huge impact on patients and their families? Home health nursing may be the specialty for you.

Home care nurses travel to patients’ homes to treat people who were recently discharged from the hospital or suffer from chronic conditions. A special subset, hospice nurses, treats those who are terminally ill.

Many home care nurses are employed by or affiliated with a hospital, but others work for independent agencies.

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 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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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