Why pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree?

Today’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) professionals are better adapted than ever to meet the new challenges facing the health care system. Pursuing a DNP degree online with Bradley University places practicing nurses at one of the profession’s newest horizons, giving them the skills they need to transform the way care services are delivered in […]

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What Bradley University’s online program can do for you

For a long time, registered nurses have excelled behind the scenes, quietly performing the essential administrative and clinical duties that facilitate effective health care delivery. However, in recent years, these medical professionals have begun to receive more attention due to growing patient populations and declining numbers of primary care physicians. Over the next dozen years, […]

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Bradley University curriculum: Online BSN to DNP

Clinical and theoretical coursework Nurses who complete Bradley University’s online DNP-FNP will be at the forefront of a health care industry expected to undergo numerous new and exciting developments over the next decade. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 11.8 million workers employed in health care practitioner, technical and support occupations. Among […]

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Top three career outcomes of an online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree

3. Health care lobbyist A lobbyist communicates and advocates certain positions on legal matters to members of the government with the aim of influencing policy at local, state or federal levels. These professionals may be employed by private individuals or large organizations, or represent the general public or special interest groups. In short, lobbyists can […]

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Disparities in health care: How rural populations can be served better

Clinical and technological advances have transformed the American health care industry, giving physicians, nurse practitioners and other caregivers the power to conduct more accurate screenings, deliver more effective treatments and offer better post-operative support. However, not all patients can take advantage of these improved services, leading to health care outcome disparities nationwide. Individuals in rural […]

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Faculty Feature: Peggy Flannigan

Peggy Flannigan Associate Chair & Associate Professor of Nursing Ph.D., Nursing, University of Illinois, Chicago M.S., Nursing, University of Illinois College of Nursing at Peoria BSN, Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing Biography Dr. Peggy Flannigan teaches Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing. She has also taught courses in Nursing Research and Nursing Education […]

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Preventative health: How going digital can help patients

According to mHealth App Developer Economics 2016, there were 259,000 health and lifestyle applications (apps) available last year to global consumers. Those apps were downloaded a total of 3.2 billion times, with new apps launching each day. These apps have benefits that range from general support and instruction to helping people who suffer from chronic […]

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Flu season: Preventing the spread in a clinical setting

It’s impossible to predict how severely each flu season will affect patients, family nurse practitioners (FNPs) and other health care personnel. The only certainty is that the flu will appear, and it will be contagious. The unpredictability lies in the length and severity of each season. In a clinical setting, patients exhibiting flu-like symptoms will […]

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What are the benefits of an online DNP?

Online nursing programs are becoming increasingly popular by allowing busy nursing professionals to advance their academic qualifications while simultaneously working in the field. And in line with this rising adoption among students, employers are also increasingly recognizing the value of an online degree. “I think most employers are accepting of [online nursing degrees],” James Kinneer, […]

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What are the benefits of an online FNP program?

According to research from the National Center for Education Studies, more than 5.7 million Americans are currently enrolled in distance-learning courses. Nursing is the second-most common major, analysts for Aslanian Market Research and Learning House found. Of all the online nursing degrees available, the Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner degree is […]

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Career Spotlight: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Hospital pediatrics departments across the country handled more than 13 million outpatient visits in 2014, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Private pediatricians saw even more patients, handling over 97 million office visits over the same span. While many of the children who attended these appointments saw doctors, a significant […]

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Five ways big data is changing nursing

Big data is changing the way business is conducted in industries as diverse as entertainment, education and finance. Simply defined as very large amounts of data that are analyzed to provide value to a group or individual, these mass quantities of information provide insight into daily staff operations, executive decision-making, consumer marketing and more. Health […]

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Population health strategies that affect patient outcomes

Health care is evolving in two seemingly contradictory directions: the exclusive and the inclusive. Medical services are becoming increasingly tailored to the needs and preferences of the individual. In the current consumer-driven market, patients want to be viewed as people by their care providers, not as just names on charts, which requires greater personalization. And […]

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Faculty Feature: Rachel Borton

Rachel Borton Director Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) online program & Assistant Professor of Nursing MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner from University of Phoenix BSN, Nursing from Bradley University Biography Professor Borton is ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) board-certified, as an Advanced Practice Nurse, specializing in Family Practice. Prior to coming to Bradley full-time, she functioned in […]

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Encouraging immunization adherence: Tips for nursing staff

English doctor Edward Jenner developed the first vaccine in the late 18th century, according to an article published in the medical journal Frontiers in Immunology. Jenner injected nine people with the cowpox virus in an effort to immunize them against its more acute cousin smallpox, which accounted for roughly 10 percent of all deaths recorded […]

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Recognizing nursing hazards: Important safety strategies

More than 2.8 million registered nurses work in U.S. health care centers, according to research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). These clinical professionals see at least 127 million patients per year, analysts for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. This is physically taxing work. In addition to addressing multiple patients […]

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Helping caregivers of patients with dementia: Strategies for family nurse practitioners

An estimated 47 million senior citizens worldwide are living with dementia, according to research from The World Health Organization (WHO). These individuals are not alone in their struggle against this deadly disease. Family members and friends provide support, devoting considerable amounts of time to ensuring their loved ones can navigate life safely. Caring for someone […]

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How are family nurse practitioners changing primary care?

More than 2.8 million registered nurses (RNs) are working in U.S. health care facilities, and roughly 150,000 of them are in practitioner roles, according to research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A large number of nursing professionals are moving into the primary care arena and catalyzing transformation of primary care as a result. Patients […]

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HIV/AIDS: Why are certain populations at a higher risk?

Worldwide, more than 38 million individuals are living with HIV/AIDS, according to research from the World Health Organization. Last year, roughly 1 million people died from illnesses related to the disease, which compromises patient immunity. Since its emergence in the U.S. during the 1970s, innovators in the health care space have rushed to learn more […]

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Underserved populations: What nurses need to know

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 90 percent of Americans under the age of 65 are enrolled in private or public health insurance plans. This figure seems to substantiate the efficacy of the national health care delivery system in the United States. The reality is that many individuals are left […]

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What are the core values of a quality DNP program?

Nursing professionals across the country are influencing health care policy, contributing to the body of existing scientific knowledge and educating a new generation of nurses, all while providing top quality care to patients. Health professionals at every level are ensuring that clinical practice is as efficient, effective and compassionate as possible. To keep pace with […]

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DNP vs. Ph.D.: What’s the difference?

Over the last few decades, the number of nurses pursuing graduate-level degrees in the U.S. has increased dramatically. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduates increased from 4,100 to 4,855 between 2015 and 2016. Enrollment numbers during this period were even larger, rising from 21,995 to […]

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The HPV vaccine: What FNPs need to know

Nurse practitioners are qualified to carry out many of the same duties as primary care physicians , including examining patients, making diagnoses and prescribing medications. In a fact sheet published by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, family nurse practitioners (FNPs) are also educated to provide guidance to patients about preventative health measures. FNPs are […]

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Counseling patients about sexual health: Approaches for health care providers

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) are well educated to counsel patients about preventative health strategies and disease management. From proper nutrition to cancer screenings and beyond, FNPs can help inform patient populations about how to stay as healthy as possible and deal with illness, should it occur. Sexual health is one area of health management that […]

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Rassik Complete Recovery Inc.: Treating Opioid Addiction

According to the New York Times, heroin overdose from opiates is now the No. 1 cause of death in individuals under the age of 50 in the United States. Pain is subjective to each of us individually. There appears to be a social expectation in the United States that experiencing little to no pain is […]

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Understanding regulations: What is full practice authority?

Nurse practitioners (NPs) work as primary care providers in a range of settings, from small independent clinics to larger hospitals. Some NPs specialize in certain areas of medicine, such as pediatric care, while others focus on family or internal medicine. As detailed in a fact sheet from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), much […]

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Working while studying: Is it the right approach?

Individuals can take several educational routes to qualify to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), which allows for entry into the nursing field. As detailed on an American Nurses Association webpage, in the past, students commonly would earn a Diploma in Nursing or an Associate Degree in Nursing before taking the licensure examination. […]

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The positive role nurses can play in preventative health care

According to the American Nurses Association, in addition to duties such as taking vital signs, administering medications, making physical assessments, delivering test results and assisting physicians, nurses also play a significant role in disseminating important health information. By offering education and counseling, nurses significantly can aid in preventative health efforts nationwide. Preventative health refers to […]

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What does the future of the nursing industry look like?

The nursing industry is changing at a rapid rate. With shifting technology, an aging patient population and new challenges brought on by federal legislation, the nursing industry is being forced to evolve to ensure that hospitals and other organizations are able to continue to provide the best possible care. As a nursing professional, you ensure […]

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Graduates can serve as educators for the next generation of nurses

According to a 2016 article in The Atlantic, nurses represent the largest professional workforce. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that there were 2,751,000 registered nurses working across the country in 2014. This number is expected to increase by nearly half a million by 2024. To continue to ensure that these new care […]

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Understanding the challenges of diagnosing fibromyalgia: A guide for NPs

Fibromyalgia is a medical condition underscored by fatigue and varying degrees of widespread musculoskeletal pain, as well as symptoms pertaining to mental health such as depression. Scientists have yet to uncover a definitive cause for the illness. As pointed out by researchers Erica Briones-Vozmediano et al., in a study published by the U.S. National Library […]

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Enrollment guide: What you need for acceptance to Bradley University’s online DNP program

The popularity — and necessity — of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is on the rise. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), as of April 2016, there were 289 DNP programs in the U.S. enrolling students, with another 128 programs in the planning stage. These programs span 48 states, […]

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An examination of racial and ethnic disparities in health care

Despite ongoing societal progress with regard to racial equality across all areas of society, notable disparities remain in the level of health care black, Hispanic and other ethnic groups receive when compared with non-Hispanic whites, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services fact sheet detailed. All nursing professionals need to have a nuanced understanding […]

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What should students know about nursing loan forgiveness programs?

Nursing school is an investment in your professional career. A valuable tool for improving your performance and advancing in the workplace, a degree may be the next logical step in your work as a nurse. But whether you plan to enroll in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, or pursue a Master of […]

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Five ways a doctoral degree in nursing can transform your career

Nursing is a diverse career path with numerous opportunities for growth. Whether you have been practicing for a few months or a few decades, it is never too early — or late — to think about your professional future and the direction you want it to take. Academic credentials are critical in shaping the trajectory […]

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Improving patient satisfaction: Strategies for nursing staff

Given the life-saving significance of the health care industry, it can be easy to overlook a simple truism: Health care, in a U.S. context, is a profit-orientated industry. As conventional wisdom articulates, consumer satisfaction is a significant driver of any business’s success, so it follows that patient satisfaction should be a major priority for health […]

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What nurses need to know about revised mammogram guidelines from the American Cancer Society

As detailed in a fact sheet from the American Nurses Association, a major component of a registered nurse’s job is to focus on educating patients about preventative health measures, such as smoking cessation, eating a balanced diet, reducing alcohol intake and getting regular exercise. Another significant preventative health strategy that nurses often are responsible for […]

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What nurses need to know about PrEP

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is an incurable chronic condition that targets and slowly destroys the immune system over a period of many years, a fact sheet from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explained. It is estimated that in the U.S. alone, over 1.1 million people live with HIV, and although […]

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How do you become a health care lobbyist?

The American public and politicians alike have very strong opinions on health care topics, ranging from insurance policies to federal programs. When these issues reach a point where they may be voted on , health care lobbyists step into the space between the public and government representatives — advocating for the interests of patients, providers, […]

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Understanding the challenges of diagnosing fibromyalgia: A guide for NPs

Fibromyalgia is a medical condition underscored by fatigue and varying degrees of widespread musculoskeletal pain, as well as symptoms pertaining to mental health such as depression. Scientists have yet to uncover a definitive cause for the illness. As pointed out by researchers Erica Briones-Vozmediano et al., in a study published by the U.S. National Library […]

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Protecting patient data: Cybersecurity tips for FNPs

Cybercrime is a growing problem across all industries, although it has proven to be a particularly rampant issue in the healthcare 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 Forbes […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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