Nursing

Employment prospects for nurses in the US are expected to continue to be very strong since job opportunities for skilled nurses are anticipated to grow at a much faster rate than the average. According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 736,000 new nurses will be needed nationally between 2008 and 2018. There has never been a better time to have a career in nursing. With an aging population and longer life expectancies, the outlook is excellent for the nursing field. Choose a FORTIS nursing education to start your career as a nurse.

How To Start Your Nursing Career

----Editor's Note: Updated on 9/7/2018---- If you’re a nursing student or graduate, planning out how to get your career started can be a daunting task. While exciting, the prospect of landing your first job in nursing can be both frightening and ...
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How to Become a Nursing Instructor

If you’re a nursing student, or working nurse, who’d like to share your knowledge and experience as a nursing instructor, there are a few things you’ll need to consider. First, nurse educators are registered nurses who have obtained a...
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Inspiring New Nurse Innovators

Nancy Hanrahan, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, is committed to evolving nursing’s reputation from a passive profession to one of recognized and essential innovators in the field of healthcare. An internationally renowned leader in innovative nursing interventio...
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Why Math Skills Are Important to Becoming an LPN

Do you need basic math skills to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)? In a word: “Yes!” While it’s true programs, pumps and calculators may do most of the math work for LPNs day-to-day, if you need to treat patients at the scene o...
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Becoming a Nurse Innovator Entrepreneur

When nurse Rebecca Love, MSN, RN, ANP, addressed the National Student Nurses’ Association Convention recently, she labeled her herself a “Nurse Innovator Entrepreneur.” Those are three words that typically don’t go together, but ...
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Nursing Among Most Meaningful Jobs

There’s more to choosing a career than just salary expectations. Most people want to do something they really enjoy while achieving the satisfaction of a job well-done. When exploring the top 20 college programs that lead to meaningful careers, Pa...
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Improving Outcomes Through Cultural Competence

Jana Lauderdale, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, identifies herself as “a Comanche Indian and a nurse.” Early in her career, Lauderdale recognized the need to learn more about cultural competence – the process of a nurse seeking the best ways to work...
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Could A Nursing Career Be Right For Me?

Have you ever wondered if a career in nursing could be the right path for you? Nursing, also considered the nation's most ethical profession, remains in high demand and the wealth of job opportunities is predicted to continue growing. If you think this ...
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The Story of Florence Nightingale

All nurses today follow in the footsteps of Florence Nightingale, who is known as the pioneer of modern nursing. Her hard work and life-long devotion to helping others made her a hero, leaving modern nursing candidates with big shoes to fill. Being a nu...
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Healthy Nurses Make Better Nurses

Again this year, we will celebrate National Nurses Week May 6-12.  Last year, the American Nurses Association had designated 2017 as the "Year of the Healthy Nurse." That’s not a redundancy. According to LeAnn Thieman, four of every 10 nurse...
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Nurses Find Gratification in Their Profession

As we look to National Nurses Week, May 6-12, it’s a good time to consider where…and how…nurses are gratified by what they do. From a career perspective, nurses generally feel rewarded and gratified in terms of the joys nursing bring...
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Nurses Represent Diverse Demographics

While we celebrate National Nurses Week each year in May--because of their ongoing contributions to quality healthcare--nurses should be celebrated every day. They’re that important. Since our nation’s population has become more diverse alo...
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What Does a Patient Care Technician Do?

Those who want to work in the medical profession have a number of career options besides being a doctor or nurse. One of those is Patient Care Technician or PCT – often also called a hospital or patient care assistants or orderlies. What is a pat...
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Wanted: Nursing Instructors

The demand for nurses of all types remains strong. As a result, job growth within the nursing profession has been ranging from faster than the average for all jobs…to much faster than average. Some specialty nursing professions, such as nurse ane...
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Six Steps to Becoming a Nurse Anesthetist

Working as a nurse anesthetist can be quite rewarding. The career offers a high degree of personal satisfaction, it benefits others, and the salary can be relatively generous. Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) often do similar work as anes...
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What Surgical Nurses Do

Surgical nurses help surgeons during an operation and look after patients, before, during and after a surgery. To become a surgical nurse, you first must be a licensed registered nurse (RN), then go through a two-year peri-operative training program or ...
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Nursing Programs Designed to Inspire Future Latino Nurses

Nursing diversity is essential to better health and improved patient outcomes among Hispanic patients. Why? Quite simply, patients respond better when their caregivers know and understand them. As a result, nursing diversity is on the upswing; however,...
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Nurses Without Borders

Everyone’s heard of Doctors Without Borders, but did you know those doctors also need Nurses Without Borders? The idea of “nurses without borders” is gaining favor, especially in light of growing health problems in many developing coun...
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Are You Ready for Life After Nursing School?

As noted in an earlier blog (Dec. 31, 2016), making the transition from nursing school to your first nursing job can be nerve-racking. The shifts are long and most new nurses probably will have to stay late multiple times. As nurses, they’ll also ...
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How Long Does it Take to Become a Nurse?

Is this a trick question? It really all depends on what type of nurse you want to become. If you’re thinking about preparing to be a practical or vocational nurse, it takes about a year to a year and a half to complete the program depending upon y...
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