Nursing News & Articles
A minority of states regulate mandatory overtime.

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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As a returning student, you may have familial responsibilities.

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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Find time in your schedule to focus on study.

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 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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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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A healthy professional team dynamic relies on effective communication.

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 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 as […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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