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Protecting patient data: Cybersecurity tips for FNPs

Cybercrime is a growing problem across all industriefstrategis, although it has proven to be a particularly rampant issue in the health care sector. A study from the Ponemon Institute found that, in 2015, the rate of cybercrime was exponentially higher — by around 125 percent — than the levels observed in 2010. Furthermore, according to […]

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Tips for applying to Bradley’s Master of Arts in Counseling program

Applying to schools requires a lot of planning and preparation on the prospective student’s part. This step is especially true for online students interested in attending graduate school to earn a master’s degree in counseling or some other psychological treatment field. Submitting a successful application ultimately may depend on paying attention to the tiniest details. […]

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How FNPs can help in the fight against cervical and breast cancer

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) are able to perform many of the same health care duties as physicians, from diagnosing illnesses to prescribing medications. Furthermore, FNPs tend to emphasize preventative medicine, working with patients to ensure they live the healthiest lives possible, in a bid to curtail incidence of chronic conditions such as heart disease and […]

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The intersection of music therapy and counseling

Listening to music can be a therapeutic activity. Whether an individual comes home after a long day of work and puts on his or her favorite music while decompressing or a couple replays their wedding song and memories come alive with the music, the act of listening — and not just the notes themselves — […]

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Career Spotlight: Travel Nurse

For registered nurses looking for a new challenge, one exciting career option is that of travel nursing. Professionals in this field move around frequently, filling positions at health care facilities for a predetermined amount of time, completing their contracts before departing for a new role somewhere else in the country. Furthermore, due to several factors, […]

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Nursing Certification: Why is it important?

For nurses with a passion for a specific area of health care — geriatric care or oncology, for example — there is the option to study for certification in that discipline, explained Jennifer Ward in Nurse Together. Certification is available from various organizations, such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Association of […]

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What career opportunities may you have as a DNP graduate?

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduates experience many unique career opportunities in the health care field. As the health care system grows and becomes more complex, DNP graduates may serve as industry leaders who contribute to meaningful reform, tackle new technologies and transform their workplaces. The career paths DNP graduates pursue largely depend on their […]

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How to manage the costs of a DNP program

When you pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, you are making an investment in your career that is likely to pay dividends in the future. However, you understandably may want to make sure you have a plan for paying for the degree before you commit to a program. If you are interested in […]

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There are a number of strategies that FNP’s can employ to stay organized.

Time management and organizational tips for family nurse practitioners

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) are registered nurses (RNs) who have completed a graduate degree, enabling them to provide many of the same services and responsibilities as family physicians. The additional education that the role necessitates includes studying for a master’s or doctoral degree, as well as logging a prescribed number of supervised clinical hours. Higher […]

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The positive impact school counselors can have on students

School counselors work with students to address an array of issues, offering everything from academic support to college and career counseling, as well as personal counseling. As detailed in an article published by online resource Good Therapy, school counselors can be found at every level of pre-college schooling, from kindergarten through 12th grade. To work […]

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Helping a client receiving end-of-life care

Counselors help clients through an array of difficult circumstances, for example drug addiction, abuse or mental illness. Perhaps one of the most challenging circumstances with which counselors aid clients is a terminal illness diagnosis coupled with the process of receiving end-of-life care. Before an examination of some effective strategies for counselors helping clients through this […]

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Tips for becoming a first-class high school counselor

One career path that graduates of Bradley University’s online Master of Arts in Counseling program may wish to pursue is that of a professional school counselor — either at the elementary, middle or high school levels. Career spotlight: School counselor As explained in a U.S. News & World Report overview, school counselors carry out an […]

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Six health care trends to watch in 2017

Whether you are a new professional or a seasoned veteran in the middle of a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, you should keep an eye on the following six trends in health care in 2017: The influence of Big Data Data use is on the rise in health care. According to enterprise software company […]

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How FNPs can help in the fight against the obesity epidemic

The obesity epidemic in the U.S. has reached a critical level. According to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 36 percent of U.S. adults are classified as obese, equating to more than a third of the overall population. The American Heart Association noted that obesity also impacts children, with an […]

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Basic listening skills for counselors

Qualified mental health counselors must go through years of formal education and hours of clinical practice to attain certification or licensure. The experience gained in these practical areas of study is priceless to counselors crafting a well-rounded foundation of knowledge from which to draw when interacting with clients. However, as important as the hard skills […]

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An aging population could shape careers in nursing

Significant changes and emerging needs in the health care system and practice environment will have a profound impact on future careers in the nursing profession. From the new administration to the looming health care worker shortage, many factors have the potential to shape nursing jobs and educational requirements. The 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, […]

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A look forward at the counseling job market

The economy has largely recovered from the downturn suffered in the Great Recession, but the current jobs picture still can be a bit of a puzzle for students to figure out. Yet one thing qualified mental health counselors can peg their career ambitions to is the fact there always will be a client base that […]

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Three reasons to consider a career as a nurse educator

Upon completion of a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program, you will be eligible to pursue a number of career paths. For example, as detailed on Bradley University’s online MSN webpage, an advanced degree in nursing can prepare you for a career as a nurse manager, a role that involves taking charge of […]

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AACN Student Policy Summit: Bradley student experience

Katelyn Stites ‘10, RN, BSN The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Student Policy Summit is an opportunity for nursing students and faculty from all over the United States to come together as one voice to stand up for the nursing profession. This year the “Summit welcomed 198 students, representing 92 schools in 38 […]

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What do hiring managers look for in FNPs?

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) are registered nurses who have earned a Master of Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and received licensing to practice at a more advanced level. As stated on an information page from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, FNPs are mid-level providers responsible for many of the same […]

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Helping patients improve their health literacy: Effective strategies for nurses and nurse managers

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when individuals understand basic concepts of health and well-being, such as illnesses, bodily functions, regimens of treatment and care, and so on, they are described as having proficient health literacy skills. Nurses and nurse managers, as well as physicians and other medical professionals, play […]

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Managing conflicts with patients: Strategies for FNPs

It is not uncommon for providers, such as physicians and family nurse practitioners (FNPs), to become involved in conflicts with patients. Such incidents are usually a consequence of unreasonable behavior by the patient, although health care providers sometimes can be at fault. Marika Davies spoke to the prevalence of such encounters in an article published […]

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Mediating staff conflict: Tips for nurse managers

Conflict in the workplace is a routine occurrence across industries. It is inevitable when groups of individuals with varying viewpoints come together to work toward a common cause. Workplace conflicts especially are common in the health care sector, where professionals typically work in close collaboration for long hours and the stakes are high. Conflict is […]

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Technology in 2017: What impact does it have on mental health?

Upon completion of a Master of Arts in Counseling degree, individuals can choose to work as mental health counselors — individuals who help clients living with varying mental health and/or interpersonal issues. For example, a mental health counselor may meet with a bereaved woman in the morning who recently has lost her husband, and then […]

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What hiring managers are looking for in counselors

Mental health counselors can be found in an array of settings, from hospitals to private clinics. They work to help clients navigate any number of personal and mental health issues by providing a therapeutic relationship that empowers people to make decisions they wish to make to improve their life experiences. Counselors also typically are responsible […]

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A career in counseling: A closer look at areas of specialization

Although it is possible to work as a general counselor, helping clients in an array of situations, facing a variety of issues, many professionals on the verge of entering the field look to specialize, Lynne Shallcross explained in an article for Counseling Today. Deciding what specialization to select, if any, can be a challenging decision. […]

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Mandatory overtime: What you need to know

Given that there continues to be a nationwide shortage of nurses, it is common practice for hospitals and clinics to request that their nursing staff work overtime. While working overtime can be an effective solution to a nursing shortage, it also can present a number of problems — nurses run the risk of becoming burned […]

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Pursuing a graduate degree after years away from school: Helpful tips

If you are working as a registered nurse (RN) and are interested in developing your career further, one path to consider is becoming a family nurse practitioner (FNP). According to a fact sheet from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, professionals in this field are able to provide a full range of services similar to […]

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Tips for maintaining a work-life balance while studying for an MSN

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is a challenge for students, no matter the discipline. For working nurses looking to study for an advanced degree, such as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), it can be exceptionally difficult. Online programs for advanced degrees in nursing, such as those available from Bradley University, can help working […]

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Time management advice for students in a DNP program

A cascade of reports documenting the extent of human error and poorly allocated health care resources, combined with the desire for better patient-centered care all contributed to the creation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in 2004. One of these reports from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1999, “To err is human: […]

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What you need to know about accreditation

If you are considering returning to graduate school for an advanced degree in counseling, you should keep a number of important criteria in mind. You will have to research the kind of institution that you wish to attend and decide whether you want to study online — an option that presents greater ease and flexibility […]

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Why a Master of Arts in Counseling degree is right for you

Making the decision to further your education can be a momentous one, particularly if you have been away from the classroom for some time and already enjoy a successful career. If you are looking to develop your professional path in the field of counseling, build your knowledge and open doors by applying to Bradley University’s […]

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What should prospective students know about Bradley’s DNP program?

There are hundreds of on-campus Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs that support students in the nursing field. Although such programs have their advantages, Bradley University’s online DNP program meets students where they are — working professionals who want to advance their career but cannot drop everything for an on-campus program. Bradley offers students rigorous […]

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2017 Super Brain Summit Recorded Session Topics

Presentations by Dr. Michael Merzenich, PhD Lecture #1: A Practical Guide to Your Brain’s Plasticity There’s been a revolution in brain science that provides us with a new understanding of the basis of origin of our unique individual personhoods. That science also helps us understand ‘what goes wrong’ in an accounting for developmental or acquired […]

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World-renowned professor bestowed the Garry R. Walz Trailblazer Award

The American Counseling Association selected Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin, professor in the College of Education and Health Sciences at Bradley University and co-director for the Center for Collaborative Brain Research (CCBR), to receive the 2017 Garry R. Walz Trailblazer Award for her efforts in blazing new trails in neurocounseling. The Garry R. Walz trailblazer award, established […]

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Finding a preceptor: A personal journey

Julie Barclay, RN, MSN When I made the decision to go back to school and pursue my online Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, I realized the value of finding a great preceptor. To be honest, I was a bit overwhelmed with the idea of finding my own preceptor, but the more I thought about it, the […]

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Elderly populations, particularly in rural areas, are classified as underserved when it comes to health care.

Why FNPs are a good fit for underserved communities

The role of family nurse practitioner (FNP) first was developed in the mid-1960s as a certificate program designed to equip practicing nurses with more skills and responsibility. The program’s purpose was to educate nurses to provide more comprehensive medical care to children, particularly in areas experiencing shortages of physicians. This FNP certificate program evolved into […]

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Improving your communication skills as a nurse manager

The Bradley University online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program can open up a number of exciting career opportunities, including that of the nurse manager. According to journalist Ellie Williams’ article in the Houston Chronicle, nurse managers oversee teams of nurses, developing their schedules and delegating tasks when necessary. Furthermore, nurse managers will serve […]

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Nursing a patient at end of life can be an emotional challenge.

Helping nurses come to terms with patient deaths: Strategies for nurse managers

Nurses work on the front lines of patient care, and kindness and compassion are crucial attributes that all nursing professionals should exhibit. Consequently, it is common for nursing staff to form emotional attachments with patients and subsequently become affected by feelings of grief after a patient dies. Although grief can impact nursing professionals of all […]

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Why is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree the right choice for your career?

Why is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree the right choice for your career?

Many professionals choose to advance their career in the nursing field by pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. This advanced post-graduate degree is ideal for nurses who want to specialize in a particular area of nursing in a short educational time frame. However, nurses who want to become experts in their particular […]

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How a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree differs from a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree

How a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree differs from a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree

Nurses who hope to advance their career will encounter many different educational offerings along the way. Should they pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree? If they do choose to pursue an advanced degree, what are the various focus areas they could specialize in? Any […]

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FNPs carry out many of the same duties as family physicians.

Why a career as a family nurse practitioner is the right choice for you

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) are registered nursing professionals with additional educational experience that allows them to assume many of the same duties as primary care physicians, including making diagnoses, conducting physical assessments, prescribing medications and treatments and more. This challenging, yet rewarding, career path is open to nursing professionals who are keen to return to […]

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Six reasons to consider a career as a nurse manager

Obtaining a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree can open up a number of exciting career paths. One common role that MSN graduates pursue is that of nurse manager. What do nurse managers do? Nurse managers oversee teams of nurses working within specific departments, usually in a hospital or clinical setting, Ellie Williams, writing […]

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A terminal diagnosis: Strategies for helping patients and their loved ones

Throughout their careers, nurses will work with many patients living with a terminal illness. Nurses are at the front line of patient care and can make an enormous difference to terminally ill patients’ lives, both in terms of the physical care and the emotional support they receive. Nurse managers and nurse educators should ensure that […]

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Helping patients manage pre-surgery anxiety: Important strategies

Nursing staff, particularly in hospitals, work closely with patients who are about to undergo surgery. For patients, preparing for surgery can elicit a range of emotions — most typically fear and anxiety — which usually is caused by worries of the unknown and general concern with the risks involved. Given that nurses will spend a […]

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Recognizing signs of domestic abuse in clients

Domestic violence is, regrettably, a ubiquitous problem in the U.S. and across the world. According to statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, every year, on average, some 10 million adults across the U.S. experience some form of physical abuse from an intimate partner. Incidence rates suggest that as many as one in three […]

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Educating nursing staff to recognize depression in patients

Given that nurses work closely with patients and often provide emotional support along with health care, it may be surprising to learn that there is evidence that nursing staff seem to miss or overlook early symptoms of depression in patients. According to a study from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, in which […]

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Four new technologies that could positively impact health care

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) can lead to an exciting new career with more responsibility, either in nurse management, nursing education or nursing research. Both nurse educators and nurse managers should stay abreast of the latest progress in the health care field and how such changes may impact the profession. One thing that […]

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Super Brain Summit: 2017

2017 Super Brain Summit March 3, 2017 Bradley University • Michel Student Center Ballroom The Super Brain Summit is a one-day conference showcasing two internationally known experts in the fields of neuroplasticity and neurotherapy. Additionally, this year’s event will focus on discussing and teaching emotional and physiological self-regulation, so attendees can learn how to take […]

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Strategies for helping clients cope with depression during the holidays

For some individuals, the holidays are a time of excitement and joy — an opportunity to celebrate and spend precious time with loved ones. For others, however, the holidays can engender feelings of anxiety, depression and isolation. Colloquially known as “the holiday blues,” this form of seasonal-based depression often can be managed well with the […]

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Working with clients living with cancer

Cancer is one of the most common diseases in the U.S. and across the world. According to statistics from the National Cancer Institute, roughly 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year. There are various forms of cancer, ranging in impact from mild to life threatening. Cancers of the colon, […]

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Understanding the quarter-life crisis

Often, the 20s and early 30s are thought to be the best time of a person’s life. Individuals in this age range are generally in good health, have minimal responsibilities and are able to explore opportunities and take chances in both their professional and private lives. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that young adults […]

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Nursing education and advances in simulation learning

Once used primarily in defense, aviation and military training, simulations are becoming an invaluable component of health care education. Learning in the digital age A simulation-based approach to learning has proven to be highly effective across industries because it allows students to develop crucial skills without risk. One field that has benefited considerably from simulation […]

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Three rewarding careers for a nurse with an MSN

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) opens doors for a nurse to pursue a number of additional career options within the health care field. Not only does an advanced degree set a professional apart from the competition when applying for promotions and management positions, but it also is a requirement for many advanced practice […]

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Five ways to make a nursing resume stand out from the competition

It is hard to summarize a lifetime of training and experiences in a single document, but when it comes to a job application, that is exactly what is being asked of candidates. Resumes give employers a quick glimpse into a lifetime of experiences, helping them to decide who to call in for an interview. For […]

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Building trust with counseling clients

One of a counselor’s first objectives when meeting with a client is to build some form of trust. If clients don’t have confidence in their relationship with their counselor, they are less likely to open up about the challenges that they’re facing, much less be open to discussing these challenges with the person with whom […]

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Five reasons to pursue a master’s degree in counseling online

A master’s degree is required to gain certification as a professional counselor. According to the American Counseling Association, common specializations of this higher degree include: Addiction Counseling Career Counseling Clinical Mental Health or Community Agency Counseling Marriage Counseling Couple and Family Counseling School Counseling Student Affairs and College Counseling Gerontological Counseling Counselor Education and Supervision* […]

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Aging baby boomer population: What it means for the nursing industry

Over the last 70 or so years, the baby boomer generation — those born in the years that immediately followed World War II — have reached adulthood, contributed to numerous advancements in the workplace and are now reaching retirement age. Because of the higher-than-average birth rate associated with the period following the war, the number […]

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How can counselors impact communities going through catastrophic events?

In August 2016, areas of Louisiana experienced extreme levels of flooding that destroyed property, displaced residents and caused multiple fatalities. Even though those individuals who lived in the area experienced different amounts of trauma from the natural disaster, people around the world felt its impact, whether by directly experiencing some form of loss or simply […]

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Five myths about online nursing education debunked

Remote learning is an increasingly common option for American students of all ages. According to a 2014 report by Babson Survey Research Group, approximately one in every three college students takes at least one online course for credit. The National Center for Education Statistics further estimated that, in 2013, there were more than 5.5 million […]

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Four ways to sustain a nursing career

Nursing is a career that requires passion and dedication. Those individuals who take on the responsibility make a huge difference in the lives of their patients and the quality of the health care organization they serve. While nursing is a high calling that results in rewarding careers for millions of professionals each year, it is […]

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Advance your career in these nurse-friendly states

While a nurse can have a successful career in most any area in the U.S., some states are friendlier than others when it comes to the nursing profession. In May, the online financial services business WalletHub released its annual list of the best states for nursing professionals to live and work in. WalletHub’s research, combined […]

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Shortage creates opportunities for nurses in U.S.

Adequate nursing levels are critical for the success of health care organizations and patient outcomes. Fully staffed medical facilities ensure that patients receive the attention that they need to secure the best outcomes when they seek health care services. However, the U.S. currently is facing a nursing shortage, which could be exacerbated in the coming […]

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Military suicide prevention: What counselors need to know

Suicide is a topic that increasingly is becoming a part of the public dialogue about mental health in the U.S. A public health concern as well as a topic often encountered by professional counselors, the desire to end one’s life is a complex issue that requires sensitivity and proper training to address. While suicide rates […]

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Five volunteer opportunities for counselors

Every day, counselors help clients to navigate the challenges that they face in their daily lives. However, there are many people living in the U.S. who would benefit from the sessions that a counselor can provide but are unable to gain access to it for a variety of reasons, whether due to personal finances, time […]

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The role of nurses in the eradication of measles and rubella

At the end of September 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that measles had been eradicated from North and South America. The announcement is a tangible illustration of the great strides that have been made in combating the virus globally. A highly-infectious disease, measles at one point killed approximately half a million children around […]

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The nurse’s guide to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As a disease that will affect one in eight women during the course of her lifetime, breast cancer is a high health care priority in the U.S. year-round. October is a particularly opportune time for nurses across the country to educate their patients about the disease, as it is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). […]

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What nurses need to know about the opioid epidemic in the U.S.

Every day, 78 people in the U.S. die from an opioid overdose, according to the American Nurses Association (ANA). Though these deaths often are associated with illegal substances, in this instance, unauthorized narcotics are not the only culprits. Prescription opioids also are playing a role in the rising frequency of opioid abuse and deaths. Because […]

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When the nurse becomes the patient

People generally associate brain tumors with blurred vision and headaches, but those symptoms did not occur in Peggy Flannigan’s case. Associate chair and associate professor of nursing at Bradley University, Flannigan was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2002. Contrary to more common signs, her symptoms began with a small amount of sinus pressure and […]

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What nurses need to know about obesity and prediabetes

Diabetes is on the rise in the U.S. According to a 2014 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of 2012, 9.3 percent of the country’s population was living with the disease, a total of 29 million people. As life expectancies continue to climb and access to care improves, addressing […]

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The importance of CACREP accreditation in MAC programs

Whether you have a background in counseling or are entering the field after a career change, choosing the right Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program can have a huge impact on your career. A MAC program can be a valuable asset, both when applying to jobs and working with clients, and consequently, it is […]

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The revolutionary Boys and Girls Club toolkit: What counselors can learn

Volunteers who sacrifice their time and energy to help others in the community are valuable resources for nonprofits that want to make a difference. However, the men and women who donate their valuable time and energy, while well-intentioned, are not always equipped to handle the challenges that can come from working with individuals who have […]

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Learn about a travel nursing career firsthand

For some nurses, the routine and stability of working in a long-term position in a hospital or other health care organization is highly desirable. But, that preference is not true of every person working in the profession. Do you love your career as a nurse but feel like you could use a change of scenery? […]

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Counseling clients with invisible disabilities

If a person misses multiple days of work because of influenza, an employer likely will understand. After all, no one wants to spread the flu throughout the workplace, and the symptoms are fairly clear. But, what if someone repeatedly calls in sick because of sheer exhaustion, an undiagnosed condition frequently referred to as chronic fatigue […]

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Identifying common settings for bullying

All too often, society’s view of bullying is simplified to no more than mean words thrown between children on the playground. Although this kind of behavior is an all-too-common occurrence among children, the reach — and consequent emotional toll — of bullying is not limited to childhood. Counselors often find that their adult clients are […]

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Zika virus: Developments and future predictions

Since making headlines in 2015 when it began to spread rapidly in Brazil, the Zika virus has become a growing health care concern both in the U.S. and abroad. As the virus appears in more countries, it has become clear that without strong efforts at the national and local levels, the number of infected patients […]

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The benefits of an online nursing education for all ages

As a busy nursing professional, going back to school may seem like a challenge. Between workplace and personal commitments, it can be difficult to find the time to travel to a campus and sit in a classroom for hours during the middle of the day. However, your professional career should not stand in the way […]

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Q&A with Bobby Lucia: On his career as a male nurse

While nursing has been a female-dominated profession for much of U.S. history, that gender imbalance is beginning to even out. According to the Census Bureau, the number of men working as nurses has tripled since the 1970s. One of those men is Bobby Lucia, a Bradley student and nurse at Children’s Hospital of Illinois at […]

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Ten best mobile apps for stress and anxiety

The digital health revolution has changed how clients’ needs are dealt with in a number of ways. While mobile apps are used to improve physical health through strategies such as encouraging exercise and tracking symptoms of chronic conditions, these tools also have expanded into the field of mental health. “Using technology during sessions has changed […]

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Six ways counselors can help clients dealing with major change

Even though everyone goes through change, it sometimes can be difficult without help. Consequently, it is common for individuals experiencing major life changes to seek assistance navigating these transitions through counseling. Identifying major life changes Major changes can come in a number of different forms. They can include moving to a different city, venturing into […]

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The growth of male nurses in health care

Once a predominantly male-dominated field, the career of nursing swung to the opposite extreme in the 19th and 20th centuries in much of the western world. For decades, the image of nurses in both popular culture and the hospital setting in the U.S. has been dominated by women. However, while female nurses have made valuable […]

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How mental health affects physical health

When a person is experiencing emotional or mental distress, meeting with a counselor often is helpful. If the problem is physical in nature, however, a physician typically is recommended. But that does not mean that these challenges are always completely unrelated. Although the mind and the body often are viewed as separate entities, when it […]

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What careers can a degree in Nursing Administration offer?

Over the last decade, health care reform has increased leadership opportunities for nurses in the medical field. From helping determine the direction of patient treatment and care to developing curriculum to educate future generations of nurses, the role of the nursing professional is increasingly becoming more fluid. Now more than ever before, nurses equipped with […]

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How to differentiate yourself in the competitive field of nursing

Nursing jobs are on the rise. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, positions for registered nurses are expected to increase 16 percent between 2014 and 2024, creating 439,300 new jobs for qualified applicants. This news is good for recently licensed nurses and seasoned professionals alike. However, to secure one of these jobs, you […]

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MSN-FNP vs. DNP-FNP: Which should you pursue?

Health care reform in the U.S. has led to increased opportunities for nurses who want to take on leadership roles in medical organizations. Demand for advanced practice registered nurses — which includes nurse practitioners (NPs), nurse midwives and nurse anesthetists — is expected to grow by 31 percent between 2014 and 2024, according to the […]

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The changing landscape of nursing education

Nursing education is critical for ensuring quality patient care in medical organizations. While the value of training in health care is not a new concept, the landscape of the academic field has been significantly impacted by health care reform in the U.S. As medical organizations, insurers and legislators all push for value-based care, nurses and […]

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How NPs Can Encourage Patients to Better Manage Their Health

There is growing emphasis being placed on improving health outcomes through encouraging patients to become more involved in their own care. While these people may not have medical degrees — or really any background in health care — an increasing amount of literature suggests that when patients play are active in managing their health, outcomes […]

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How Does Your State Rank for Well-being?

The area that you live in can have a significant impact on your life. From weather variations to job opportunities and school locations, it would be difficult to argue that the quality of your life is completely separate from your surroundings. And, that concept may extend to the state you live in, as well. Gallup […]

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How to Become a Leader in Your Field

In the current age of health care reform, nurses have increased opportunities to take on leadership roles in the workplace. From positions ensuring that quality care is delivered in large hospitals to jobs at clinics where nurse practitioners work autonomously or in collaboration with other health care professionals to deliver patient-focused care, nursing professionals have […]

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The impact of health care reform on FNP entrepreneurship

Health care is an industry that is powered by the creativity and innovation of entrepreneurs. From the creation of new vaccines to the production of innovative imaging machines, the medical field advances at a rapid rate, constantly looking to improve patient outcomes and lower costs. Today, new and exciting entrepreneurship opportunities are opening for family […]

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Counseling after acts of terrorism

Acts of terrorism affect not only those individuals who were directly involved in the event but also those who experienced it secondhand through its impact on loved ones or coverage in the media. To process through these acts of terror and move forward without living in fear, many people employ the services of a counselor. […]

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Why health IT in the workplace improves nursing staff satisfaction

While technology is advancing rapidly in most industries, technology improvements in the health care field can have life or death implications. Many of these advancements’ benefits are clear, such as improved patient outcomes, reduced overall costs and decreased hospital re-admission rates. However, patients are not the only people who are assisted by improvements in health […]

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How to Convince Your Partner to Attend Marriage Counseling

Partners can be stubborn about many things. However, one area they tend to be particularly obstinate about is attending marriage counseling. Many spouses are unwilling to admit that the marriage needs help and will make negative statements about counselors and claim their services are a waste of money. However, this form of relationship counseling can […]

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How to Overcome Cultural Stigma Surrounding Counseling

Counseling is a useful tool that can help people develop coping skills and process emotions and feelings. But for some, the negative stigma that surrounds therapy sessions is a major deterrent to seeking help. Despite a growing awareness of the benefits of counseling for people of all backgrounds and situations of life, this negative perception […]

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How to Help Your Clients Cope with Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a possible experience that affects thousands of women each year. However, many women and their partners rarely recognize the signs of postpartum depression, and some women understand the symptoms but do not have the resources to seek treatment. This situation can be problematic, as it can affect relationships and care of the […]

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Understand happiness counseling and teach clients how to find it

Many of us wish to feel good and experience a sense of contentment with everyday life experiences, which, in turn, leads to happiness. But, today’s definition of happiness (as a multifaceted construct) is not what happiness meant to the first thinkers who explained ethics and the nature of humanity. For our purposes, we will consider […]

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FAQs: You asked. We answered!

If you are considering going back to school to earn your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), you likely have a number of questions. At Bradley, we want to be a resource to help you navigate the process as easily as possible. Pursuing your nursing education is an important decision in advancing your career, and […]

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How to adjust to changes in management as an NP

Health care is a rapidly evolving field. Whether you are a recently accredited nurse practitioner (NP) or a seasoned veteran, you are likely using different technology and strategies as an NP than when you first begin your nursing career. The structure of management in health care organizations also can go through many alterations in quick […]

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How to Facilitate Process Improvement in Health Care

Like any other industry in the U.S., there always is room for improvement in health care. As technology advances, research progresses and regulations change, tried and true processes need to be updated to keep pace with the changing times and ensure that patients are provided with the best possible care. However, even with the best […]

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How to Teach Clients Self-Regulation Skills

An important role for counselors is teaching clients how to self-regulate. This instruction encourages them to work toward keeping harmful or disruptive emotions in check and thinking before they act. People who self-regulate are better able to see the good in other people, identify opportunities where others might not, act in accordance with their values […]

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Super brain summit: 13 fascinating brain facts

The live portion of the Super Brain Summit is complete. The recorded lectures are now available through May 20, 2016. Register online to watch all the lectures and earn your CEUs. Here are 13 unique and fascinating ideas learned from the lectures: Dr. Leslie Sherlin spoke about peak performance and suggested that we are all performers […]

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Careers for nurses outside the hospital

The nurse practitioner field is becoming highly desirable for graduate nursing students with their Master of Science in Nursing as new opportunities arise and the role becomes a larger part of health care delivery. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioner employment, including family nurse practitioners, is projected to grow 31 percent […]

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Telemedicine in FNP practice

Telemedicine is drastically changing the health care industry, enhancing everything from the way care is delivered to the quality of care in rural areas of the country. The positive outcomes that the telemedicine market — including software, services and hardware — has had so far on the sector has led to an expected growth rate […]

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Student testimonials

Tonya Hunt Online FNP Certificate As a Registered Nurse for almost twelve years, the decision to go back to school for my Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate was not an easy one. Within 24 hours of expressing my interest in the program, I received a call from my Bradley Enrollment Advisor who I spoke to about […]

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Top lesson I have learned as a counselor

Lori Russell-Chapin: Treat all clients with respect I have been teaching graduate counseling courses and practicing counseling for over 30 years. The biggest lesson I have learned, and continue to learn, is that clients come into my office in a vulnerable and tender emotional and physiological state. I am constantly reminded what an honor and […]

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Top lesson I have learned as a nurse

Bridget Welker: Be Your Patients’ Lifeline As a nurse, you are the patients’ advocate; you are their lifeline. We live in a world where productivity is priority number one. It is all about the numbers. Doctors are pressured to see “x” number of patients per day. This push leads to poor patient care and, sometimes, […]

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Leading a Multi-Generational Nursing Staff

As of 2016, there are more than 3,966,000 active nurses in the U.S. Many of these health care workers are recent nursing school graduates, baby boomers or traditionalists who have worked in the profession for decades. Nurse managers are leading teams made up of four generations: traditionalists (veterans), baby boomers, Generation X and Generation Y […]

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Maintaining open lines of communication

When managers and co-workers start to think and treat each other like team members, daily tasks become easier and work ethic improves. Working toward a common goal like enhanced patient outcomes makes it easier to collaborate and improve important factors like patient safety. In order to see these benefits among their teams, managers have to […]

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Fostering Civility Among Nursing Staff

Incivility is a common issue among nursing staff in health care settings. Any rude or disruptive behavior directed toward another nurse or co-worker is considered an act of incivility. Although this inappropriate behavior is not always meant to cause harm, it violates social norms and professional workplace standards. The harm caused by incivility ranges from […]

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Engaging nursing staff through shared governance

Determining how to engage nursing staff has been an ongoing health care issue. Researchers have reported that disengaged staff can impact turnover rates, which increases costs to the institution. One way to improve staff engagement is to introduce the shared governance model. Does your facility have a shared governance model? Here are some reasons to […]

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Super brain summit

Inaugural Super Brain Summit April 28-30, 2016 Bradley University and the Center for Collaborative Brain Research (CCBR) are hosting the inaugural Super Brain Summit: a three-day, online video conference extravaganza showcasing internationally known experts on the many, diverse wonders of the brain. Twelve featured speakers will share distinctive 40-minute presentations regarding a brain-related topic of […]

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Why nurses with a BSN should get a DNP-FNP

Nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) who are considering pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) are surely wondering what kind of benefits this advanced degree will bring. These questions may center on career or salary goals, or a general longing for personal advancement. Regardless of what is desired from a degree, […]

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What experienced nurses stand to gain from becoming a family nurse practitioner

Some experienced licensed nurses who already are practicing in the health care field are headed back to school to become family nurse practitioners. But why? Isn’t being a registered nurse already a fulfilling career? What does an experienced nurse stand to gain? What are the differences between a nurse practitioner and a registered nurse? Education: […]

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Salary and career expectations for nurses with a Master of Science in Nursing in 2015

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree can expand your career opportunities, allow you to work more independently and increase your earning potential. Possible Career Paths There is a broad range of career options available to a nurse with an MSN degree, including leadership positions such as department manager, director of nursing or health […]

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