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Consider a ‘Bridge’ Program as an Online Nursing Student

Some programs allow registered nurses to earn a master’s degree in nursing without holding a bachelor’s in the discipline.

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It Takes A Village to Get Through Nursing School

When you think of being successful in college, you know lots of hard work, hours of studying, and a dedicated commitment will pay off. But if you’re heading into nursing school this fall, there’s also another essential, piece of the puzzle that will help your college years go as smoothly as possible.

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Medicine, nursing programs top national rankings

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Wall Street Journal: Colleges Lock Horns Over Nursing Programs

Four-year institutions try to prevent community colleges from offering advanced programs

When California state Sen. Marty Block was working on a bill to allow community colleges to offer some bachelor’s degrees, a B.S. in nursing seemed like a sure bet.

Most of the four-year California State University campuses that offer a bachelor’s in nursing have to turn students away, at a time when the state’s hospitals increasingly demand that new nurses hold such degrees. But Mr. Block, a Democrat, soon got the message from four-year schools and their lobbyists: Stay off our turf.

So the final bill that passed in 2014 allowed community colleges to offer bachelor’s programs in such subjects as mortuary sciences and ranch management but not nursing.

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The 10 best U.S. colleges for a nursing degree

A degree in nursing equips students with the skills to provide quality patient care. Students are given the opportunity to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world in a clinical setting. These unique opportunities ensure graduates are fully prepared to enter a fast-paced and evolving field. Nursing is also one of the highest paying majors.

All of these colleges offer programs that introduce students to nursing and develop a strong foundation that allows graduates to either enter the workforce or pursue advanced degrees. Graduates of these programs are also qualified to take the National Council Licensing Examination to become a registered nurse.

The list below breaks down the top 10 places to get a nursing degree in the U.S. in the 2015-16 academic year. The list comes from College Factual and is a ranking of colleges based on their overall quality. These schools offer programs that help prepare students for a successful and rewarding career in the medical field.

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Online nursing ranks eighth in US

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Job-Seeking Nurses Face Higher Hurdle as Hospitals Require More-Advanced Degrees

Hundreds of thousands of Americans flocked to nursing schools over the past decade, drawn by the prospect of a well-paying job with a degree that takes as little as two years. But many have graduated only to find the goal posts have shifted, as hospitals seek nurses with more-advanced degrees, partly in response to an increasingly complex health-care system.

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Are student nurses disillusioned with nursing?

In this age of (over)sharing on social media, I am fully aware of the negative impact the proposed changes to the NHS are having on the morale of student nurses.

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This is the best career option if you don’t want a robot to take your job

Robots are taking over our jobs. A 2013 Oxford study estimates that artificial intelligence (AI) will swallow up about 47% of all employment in the United States in the next 20 years.

But there are a few safe bastions left for humans — one of them is nursing.

The Oxford study calculated that nurses have less than a 1% chance of being automated. That’s because nurses have to deal with other people, care for others, and have to solve problems under a lot of pressure.

“If you want to become a nurse — and that’s for men and women — that’s a great profession right now,” Jerry Kaplan, author of “Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence,” told Tech Insider.

Kaplan’s not the only who thinks nursing would be a great career choice for people looking to avoid the coming hoard of robot workers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics identified nursing as one of the fastest growing professions. The BLS estimates that registered nurses employment will increase by 19% from 2012 to 2022, a faster than average increase. For nurse practitioners, who can provide primary care and write medications, it’s almost twice the rate at about 33%.

Nursing is more than just a safe career bet against automation, it’s also a growing field with lots of opportunities — nursing shortages have come and go, but the current shortage is expected to grow far worse.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, many problems are compounding the nursing shortage. There aren’t enough faculty members teaching nursing, many nurses are nearing retirement, and aging baby boomers are putting a huge strain on hospitals.

For those too squeamish for hospitals — or who have heard one to many poop stories from the nurses they know — Toby Walsh, a computer scientist at the National Information and Communications Technology Research in Australia, told Tech Insider the most robot-immune careers are ones where employees have to be creative and be experts at interpersonal relationships.

His advice for a robot-immune career? “Go into the most people-facing, artistic, creative places that you can think of,” Walsh told Tech Insider. “The people who are in the most people-facing, sociological, empathetic jobs are going to be people.”

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Where the jobs are: The fast track to a nursing career

September 29, 2015: A new program is helping students get one step closer to filling the void.

CLEVELAND—There is a very dramatic shortage of nurses nationwide and right here in Northeast Ohio. But the lack of registered nurses (RN’s) also means there is great opportunity for people looking for a career change. A new program is putting students on the fast-track to help fill the void.

A Baldwin Wallace program is the only one of its kind in Ohio. Many people, with at least a college degree, can become a nurse in just one year. The pay is good starting at about $50,000 says the program’s director.

“It’s very intense. But the intensity is so good because it keeps us on our toes,” said Baldwin Wallace University nursing student Krista Zaharewicz. She is one of 32 students in her class with at least a bachelor’s degree, being fast-tracked to a nursing degree.  And with success.

In the last two years, over 90% of B-W’s accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program grads passed the boards, surpassing state and national averages.
Getting more nursing grads into the pipeline is a big deal right now says program director James Fell. “The nursing shortage is regional. It’s more severe in some parts of the country than others.”

The head of B-W’s program isn’t kidding. The prediction is the 17-county region around Cleveland faces a shortfall of nearly 6,000 registered nurses by 2020.  “It’s a transformation and it’s really an opportunity for registered nurses to lead that transformation,” according to Kelly Hancock, who is the Executive Chief Nursing Director at the Cleveland Clinic.

Look no further than the Clinic’s #nursesrightnow campaign, which has offered more than 550 nursing jobs to candidates at the end of three events held here in northeast Ohio.

MetroHealth is feeling the nursing squeeze too, offering opportunities for retired nurses to come back to work - and an intern program, in which they hire about 90 percent of the nurses they train.

The national landscape for nursing is just as promising. If you are educated here in the state, but for whatever reason have to leave it’s not a problem. Nursing is very much in demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nursing is in the top professions when it comes to job growth. And by the year 2022, RN’s are expected to grow by 19%.

If the numbers hold up, a future in nursing is certainly a bright one.

In January, even more nursing students will have a chance to participate in BW’s fast-tracked program. A second group of nursing students will form a hybrid “Designated Education Unit” at University Hospitals.The students will perform all clinical work exclusively at University Hospitals.

They’ll get one-on one training from nurse supervisors during the last semester --- and then have a chance at working for UH right after training.

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