Sunday, August 20, 2006

Career changers choose nursing

In my research and from people I know it was clear that lots of people are changing careers to become a nurse. An article just came out stating this is common and Johns Hopkins University is seeing the increase in nursing students.

Johns Hopkins University says its nursing school is filling up with students switching careers to pursue nursing.

The university, which has campuses in Rockville, D.C., and Baltimore, said Friday that 70 percent of entering students this fall already have a bachelor's degree.

Monday, August 14, 2006

LPN to RN Programs in the US

As I'm considering doing an LPN to RN program I was wondering of my options. From what I can tell there is at least one online school offering a program, but I'm not sure of how many campused based schools offer such programs. I did find a site that appears to list lpn to rn programs in the US but I'm not sure if it's all inclusive. Also from what I can tell they all have nursing degrees, but I'm not sure if the lpn to rn track is always available. Will search more and post.

more news about nursing shortages

It seems daily there is news about the nursing shortage and instructor shortage.

Here is an aritcle about Checking the pulse of nursing

This inevitable rush to retirement poses one of several threats to Colorado nursing programs’ ability to churn out desperately needed nurses.

Add to the dwindling pool of nurse educators a backlog of aspiring nurses and area hospitals’ ability to plug only so many of them into clinical rotations, and traffic bound for nursing school looks to become more congested.

At the same time, those leaving the teaching profession appear to be flying by.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Working in the UK as a nurse

Ok I've just got this great idea (actually been thinking about it for awhile) of living in the UK for a bit and working after I finish school. It may be a year or two after I finish school so I can get some experience near home first, but it sounds fun to me. I want to do some traveling in my life and why not live in another country for six months or a year and work there. Sounds good to me! Some more research to do...


Saturday, August 05, 2006

life of a nurse

Here is an interesting article about some high school students who got to experience life as a nurse.

What is one day in the life of a nurse really like?

Twenty-eight local students recently discovered the answer to that question during a one-week summer camp at Snead State Community College.

Friday, August 04, 2006

No more nursing shortage or no more instructors?

Ok it's Friday and maybe I'm in career panick mode or in need of a beer. First my post below about nurses being brought into the US from other countries. Then checking the news I see that Nursing shortage may be easing. However also looking throught the news I see that a Lack Of Nursing Instructors Worsens Nurse Shortage.

So conflicting information here. So is nursing a good career opportunity or not?

Will nursing jobs in the US be outsourced?

I was just reading an article about nurses in the Philippines going to other countries to work.

The most popular college degree in the Philippines today is nursing. More than 100,000 Filipino nurses have left the country to seek better opportunities. According to the Department of Health, 85 percent of the country’s total number of licensed nurses are to be found in the hospitals of other countries.

What does this mean for current US nursing students? Will they have difficulty in finding a job or will they earn less money in the coming years?

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Should I become an LPN or an RN?

It's no secret there is a huge nursing shortage that is only going to get worse in the coming years.

I feel like we hear about the shortages in healthcare so frequently, that it's easy for the American public to tune it all out.

I am interested in becoming a nurse but there a lot of options to consider such as how long do I want to spend in college and what type of nursing degree do I want to get? I haven't done a whole lot of research yet but I've read you could be an RN with either an associates degree or a bachelors degree. Or you could get training to be an LPN then later complete one of those lpn to rn programs online or some other type of transition to rn programs.

I'm going to do some research about becoming a nurse and try to post it on my blog here. At this point I really don't know which route to go: License Practical Nurse (LPN), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Registered Nurse (RN), or Nurse Practitioner (NP).

Time to do some research...