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Top Nursing Schools in Texas

January 11th, 2011

The healthcare is a booming industry that shows no signs of slowing down. As the matter of fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics labels the healthcare industry as one of the biggest and fastest growing industries, with 10 of the top 20 fastest growing occupations related to healthcare. Knowing this information, many students are prepared to enter schools that will allow them to pursue healthcare occupations, and nursing schools are no different. Texas alone, has some great nursing schools for students to look into.

The University of Texas at Austin, a 4 year public university in Austin, has nursing programs that are among the best in Texas, according to Education Portal. Being the largest school in Texas, UT offers all level degrees in nursing, which are all fully accredited. Nursing degree programs at UT include associate, bachelor, master, and doctorate degree programs. In addition, UT's nursing school ranks among the top 20 master programs in the country, by U.S. News and World Report.

The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, also known as the CCNE, offers bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees in nursing. The schools also offers programs for nurses to work, while also allowing them to finish school to earn their degrees, catering to different types of nurses. Students in programs at this school had a pass rate of near 98 percent for the nurse licensing exam in 2009, according to the Texas Board of Nursing.

Texas Woman's University has campus locations in Denton and Houston, Texas, and offers bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees in nursing. The school also offers transition programs for students that already work in the nursing field to earn a degree in nursing, which may provide better job opportunities and higher salaries. Texas Woman's University is also accredited by the CCNE. Additionally, this Texas university graduates more new nurses and professionals in the health care field than any other university in Texas.

The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston located in Galveston, offers bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees in nursing. The school was ranked no. 63 in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report, and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. In addition, the student pass rate in 2009 for the nurse licensing exam at this school was 96 percent.

Deciding About Online Nursing Schools

January 11th, 2011

Choosing a career or profession to go into isn't one of the easiest things a person can do. Healthcare is a field that covers a wide variety of sectors and careers, which makes it ideal for many individuals when making decisions regarding their future. Once an individual has decided that nursing is the profession he or she would like to pursue, there are plenty of options available when it comes to schools, programs, and training options. Many traditional campuses offer training and degree programs to qualify individuals for the requirements needed to go into the nursing field. Many online schools also offer the same programs to individuals looking into the field, and may be better for those that need flexible school schedules.

There is a vast variety of online schools available to students that are interested in pursuing a nursing career. There are also different types of nurses in the healthcare field, so it is important to explore all the options available before deciding on a specific school or program. Additionally, programs may vary in length as well, as the time they take to complete can take anywhere from 1 to 4 years. Online nursing schools are beneficial to students because they allow students that need to care for a family, work a full time job, or have other commitments that may keep them from continuing their education, the possibility to earn a degree and have better job opportunities. Online nursing schools offer students flexible schedules and the ability to work and take classes on their own time and at their own pace.

When deciding on attending an online nursing school, it is important to make sure that the school you choose to attend is accredited. Enrolling with a school that is not accredited could mean that you lose the money you pay for tuition, because it is likely that you will not receive a degree, or that the school does not even really exist. Even if you do complete a program and you do receive a degree, it could be likely that an employer will choose not to hire you if your degree is from an institution that is not accredited. Many employers require interested job candidates to have degrees or training certifications from accredited universities or institutions, so it is important to keep that in mind when choosing a school.

Consider Becoming a Pediatric Nurse

January 11th, 2011

Nursing is a broad field that includes many medical specialties and niches. If you are set on entering the nursing field, but don't know in what area you'd like to specialize, consider looking into pediatric nursing. Pediatric nursing deals with the caretaking of children specifically. The profession requires a broad range of skills, but the most important factor is having a way with children—a talent that not everyone possesses. While pediatric doctors have to handle children regularly, it is usually the nurses who are left to do the "dirty" work which children particularly fear, like administering shots. As such, being able to relate to and calm children is an absolute must in pediatric nursing.

So what, precisely, does a pediatric nurse do? A pediatric nurse, also known as a child health nurse, has an array of duties and can work in several different environments. For one, many pediatric nurses focus on holistic treatments for babies, kids, and adolescents alike, as opposed to pediatric doctors, whose emphasis is primarily treating ill-health and relieving symptoms. In other words, pediatric nurses actively work with patients and their families to ensure that the child's health is optimal during critical developmental stages in their lives.

On the other hand, pediatric nurses also may work in intensive care units with children who are chronically or critically ill. In these emergency situations, having a high energy level and the wherewithal to see ill children suffer is imperative. As a pediatric nurse, you may also be required to talk with parents whose children are in dire health situations, so it is likewise essential that you be a skilled communicator and a compassionate comforter.

Some pediatric nurses choose to work within specific pediatric specialties, like dermatology or oncology. Some work at private doctors' practices, while some enjoy the fast-paced environment of a hospital. Pediatric nurses can also be employed in school districts. For those who want the varied options that a career in pediatric nursing opens up, there's virtually no limit to what you can do and where you can go within the medical field.

Although a day in the life of a pediatric nurse can be a harrowing experience, fraught with stress, it is one of the most rewarding nursing positions out there. Much like teaching, child nursing is a noble profession because it makes a substantive contribution to the future. For an in-depth look at the distant places that pediatric nursing can take you, be sure to read a recent New York Times' feature articlewritten by Christian Schuh, a pediatric nurse affiliated with the International Committee of the Red Cross, who currently works at a hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

100 Smart & Surprising Uses for Simple Drug Store Items

January 11th, 2011

In nursing school, you probably have access to lots of advanced medical care items. But did you know that there are many different uses for even the simplest of drug store items? Rubbing alcohol, q tips, nail polish remover, and other simple drug store items have lots of different applications, around the house and beyond.


Keep your home clean and fresh with these drug store products.

  1. Keep your windows frost free: Make a solution with 1/2 a cup of rubbing alcohol and 1 liter of water, then wash your windows with it to keep frost away.
  2. Deodorize your refrigerator with vanilla extract: Soak a cotton ball with vanilla extract and place it in your fridge.
  3. Get rid of fruit flies: Kill fruit flies by misting them with rubbing alcohol.
  4. Clean counters and tabletops with hydrogen peroxide: Spray hydrogen peroxide on your tables and counter tops, or just add it to your dishrag.
  5. Apply polish to small crevices using q tips: Polish your silver with a q tip.
  6. Fight mildew: Soak cotton balls in bleach, place them in hard to clean spots, and leave them there to zap the stains.
  7. Add hydrogen peroxide to your dishwasher: Prevent spreading colds and other diseases by adding 2 ounces of hydrogen peroxide to your dishwasher.
  8. Spruce up china: Clean spots off of your china with nail polish remover-but test a small inconspicuous spot first.
  9. Fade tea stains: Apply diluted lemon juice to cloth with a q tip.
  10. Clean bathroom tiles: Mix epsom salt and dish detergent to mix bathroom tiles.
  11. Rinse your wooden cutting board in hydrogen peroxide: Kill salmonella and other bacteria with hydrogen peroxide.
  12. Dissolve melted plastic: Get melted plastic off of appliances by using nail polish remover.
  13. Remove price stickers: Get price stickers off with the help of rubbing alcohol.
  14. Clean your toilet with antacid: Drop antacid tablets in your toilet bowl and dissolve them for 20 minutes before cleaning.
  15. Remove yellowing from lace: Keep your lace curtains and tablecloths bright by soaking them in a sink with cold water and 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide for about an hour.
  16. Sanitize your cell phone: Wipe down your cell phone with rubbing alcohol.
  17. Remove dust: Get dust off of old frames, statues, and more with q tips.
  18. Get stains out of vases: Clean stains out of vases by dropping an antacid tablet in the water, then wiping.
  19. Clean CDs and DVDs with rubbing alcohol: Wipe discs down with a small amount of rubbing alcohol.
  20. Whiten whites with hydrogen peroxide: Add a cup of hydrogen peroxide to your laundry to get whiter whites, and pour directly on soiled spots.
  21. Clean electronic devices: Use a q tip in rubbing alcohol to clean electronic devices.
  22. Disinfect your bathroom: Mix 50/50 water and hydrogen peroxide to disinfect your bathroom without harming your septic system.
  23. Remove scorch marks: Use nail polish remover on marks left from overcooked bagged popcorn.
  24. Remove ink stains: Soak ink stains in rubbing alcohol before washing.
  25. Get stickers off of glass: Nail polish remover is good for getting stickers off of glass.
  26. Shine up bathroom fixtures: Pour rubbing alcohol onto bathroom fixtures to make them sparkle and kill germs.
  27. Clean your computer mouse: Get dirt and grime off of your computer mouse's ball using rubbing alcohol.
  28. Clean jewelry with q tips: Using q tips and jewelry cleaner, you can get into small spaces.
  29. Get ink stains off: Nail polish can remove ink stains from skin, walls, and more.
  30. Erase permanent markers: Rubbing alcohol can remove permanent markers from most surfaces.
  31. Kill bacteria on fruits and vegetables: Rinse fruits and vegetables with hydrogen peroxide and cold water to kill e. coli and more.
  32. Clean your CD player lens: Clean the lens of your CD player using rubbing alcohol on a q tip.
  33. Remove paint from windows: Nail polish remover can get paint off of windows.


Put epsom salt and rubbing alcohol to use in your car.

  1. Dissolve windshield frost: Spray rubbing alcohol on your windshield to dissolve frost.
  2. Regenerate your car battery: Give life to your car battery with epsom salt.

Health & Beauty

You can improve your eyelashes, remove hairspray from mirrors, and more using simple items from the drug store.

  1. Clean up self tanner: A q tip can clean up self tanner from your cuticles, elbows, and backs of your knees.
  2. Control blemishes: Use witch hazel to reduce inflammation on pimples.
  3. Grow your eyelashes: Put Vaseline on your eyelashes before bed to grow them longer and thicker over time.
  4. Get hair spray off of mirrors: Wipe down your mirror with rubbing alcohol to get residue off.
  5. De-oil your hair: Soak up excess oil from your hair with epsom salt.
  6. Remove foot odor: Soak your feet in epsom salt to get rid of foot odor.
  7. Protect rubber gloves: Put cotton balls under your nails to protect them and your rubber gloves from puncture.
  8. Soften hard skin: Coat feet, elbows, and cuticles with Vaseline to soften them.
  9. Get hairspray out: Remove hairspray from your hair using a hairspray solution.
  10. Get odors off your hands: With rubbing alcohol, you can remove harsh odors from your hands.
  11. Remove excess nail polish: Dab a q tip in nail polish remover to remove excess nail polish.
  12. Massage with rubbing alcohol: Use rubbing alcohol instead of massage oil-it is cooling, but warms up quickly.
  13. Volumize your hair: A deep conditioner and epsom salt can volumize your hair.
  14. Zap zits: Clear up your acne by dabbing hydrogen peroxide onto your zits a few times a day.
  15. Keep emergency perfume on q tips: Spray perfume on q tips and store them in a plastic bag, then apply them to pressure points when you need them.
  16. Stop facial redness: Hemorrhoid cream can be used to clear up facial redness.
  17. Bring out your highlights: Spraying 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water in your hair after a shower can bring out your natural light highlights.
  18. Treat a cold sore: Hemorrhoid cream can help treat cold sores, just be careful not to put it where you'll lick your lips.
  19. Fix makeup smudges: Dip a q tip in makeup remover or moisturizer to remove smudges.
  20. Get gum out of your hair: Work gum out of your hair with Vaseline.
  21. Shrink under-eye bags: Witch hazel can tighten up skin and reduce bagginess.
  22. Treat cellulite: Tighten and shrink tissue using hemorrhoid cream.
  23. Remove ear wax buildup: Flush out your waxy buildup using hydrogen peroxide.
  24. Heal bruises: Dab on witch hazel a few times a day to fade bruises.
  25. Conceal hair roots: Run a q tip with matching eyeshadow over your roots.
  26. Prevent hair dye stains: Keep hair dye from staining your skin by putting Vaseline along your hairline.
  27. Soothe and prevent razor burn: Apply witch hazel to help irritated hair follicles.
  28. Soak your toothbrushes in hydrogen peroxide: Kill germs on your toothbrush by soaking them in hydrogen peroxide.
  29. Whiten your nails: Mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, and swab it over fingernails with a q tip.
  30. Kill foot fungus: Mix 50/50 water and hydrogen peroxide on your feet every night and let them dry to kill foot fungus.
  31. Control unruly brows: Cover a q tip in Vaseline and run it over your eyebrow hairs.


Put hydrogen peroxide and more to work in your garden.

  1. Control mold and mildew in the greenhouse: Spray hydrogen peroxide in your greenhouse to control mold and mildew.
  2. Fertilize with epsom salt: Epsom salt can be used as a houseplant fertilizer.
  3. Keep rabbits at bay: Soak cotton balls in white distilled vinegar, place them in a 35mm film container, poke a hole in the top, and place it in the garden.
  4. Add hydrogen peroxide to plant water: Give your plants extra oxygen by adding hydrogen peroxide.
  5. Use hydrogen peroxide as a fertilizer: Spray hydrogen peroxide on foliage or add it to plant water.
  6. Help sick plants with hydrogen peroxide: Nurse sick plants back to health by adding hydrogen peroxide to their water and spraying it on their leaves.
  7. Prevent slugs: Keep slugs from entering by sprinkling epsom salts.
  8. Prevent tree infection: Spray hydrogen peroxide on tree cuts to prevent infection.

Home Improvement & Decor

These are some useful tips for putting drug store items to work in your home.

  1. Touch up with q tips: Apply touch up paint to walls and cabinets with q tips.
  2. Unclog a drain: Use antacid to unclog drains.
  3. Strip finish details with q tips: Get to details, cracks, and crevices when stripping furniture by using q tips.
  4. Light candle wicks: Light hard to reach candle wicks by dipping one end of a q tip in rubbing alcohol and lighting it.
  5. Scent a room with a cotton ball in your vacuum: Saturate a cotton ball with a fragrance, put it in your vacuum cleaner bag, and it will release the scent as you vacuum.


Clean and fix your clothes with these drug store solutions.

  1. Lubricate sticky zippers: Dip q tips in olive oil and run them along zippers for lubrication.
  2. Get scuff marks off: Nail polish remover can get scuff marks off of patent leather shoes.
  3. Wipe down leather shoes: Prevent your leather shoes from pinching by rubbing them down with alcohol.

Baby & Kids

Use these drug store items for your baby and children.

  1. Clean little baby parts: Warm water and q tips can be used to clean your baby's ear, between toes, and more.
  2. Soothe diaper rash: Apply witch hazel to heal your baby's diaper rash.
  3. Stop diaper rash: Create a barrier and heal diaper rash with Vaseline.
  4. Sling shot with cotton balls: Play indoors sling shots with cotton balls.
  5. Clean your newborn's umbilical cord: Until your newborn's cord stump falls off, clean it with rubbing alcohol on a q tip.

Arts & Crafts

Have fun with these drug store art projects.

  1. Q tips make great small paintbrushes: Give your children kid sized paintbrushes by using q tips, and enjoy easy cleanup.
  2. Remove dried glue: Get dried hot glue off with rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs.
  3. Apply glue with q tips: Apply glue to models with a q tip, and use the clean size to remove excess.
  4. Remove sticky substances: You can get sticky substances off of your hands with rubbing alcohol.
  5. Apply face paint: Use a q tip to apply face paint when playing dress up.
  6. Carve designs with q tips: Add finishing touches to sculptures with q tips.


Clean and protect your jewelry with these smart ideas.

  1. Remove scratches from watches: Rub nail polish remover on the face of your watch to get scratches out.
  2. Protect jewelry: Cushion breakable jewelry by spreading out cotton balls.
  3. Soak in antacid: Soak your jewelry in water and antacid tablets for a great shine.
  4. Remove stuck rings: Vaseline can be used to remove stuck rings.


These are even more bright ideas from the drugstore.

  1. Dilute correction fluid: Get the goop out of correction fluid by using nail polish remover.
  2. Remove dog ticks: Apply rubbing alcohol to ticks before pulling out to make it loosen its grip.
  3. Stop superglue: Unstick superglue with the help of nail polish remover.

All About Nursing Schools

January 10th, 2011

With the internet being such a fast growing phenomenon, and healthcare continuing to expand and expect many high demand professions, it's no surprise there are plenty of nursing schools around, through both traditional campuses and online schools. Some schools are actual schools of nursing, while others offer nursing programs in their schools. Either way, both can prepare students with the skills, training and knowledge needed to excel in the healthcare field. Since there are several different types of nurses in the healthcare industry, there are a number of schools and training programs for several different types of nurses.

Some nursing programs allow individuals that are already certified and work in nursing to continue to work while also working towards a degree in nursing. For instance, a RN to BSN program, which is offered at numerous online schools in the U.S., allows individuals who are registered nurses to go back to school to complete a bachelor degree in nursing, or BSN. These types of programs are offered at both online schools and traditional campuses, with some programs offering both online courses and lab work and other requirements on campus. Earning a BSN may open more opportunities for a registered nurse such as advancements in their job, a higher salary, or to qualify for better nursing jobs.

Other programs such as RN to BSN program include the LVN, which is a licensed vocational nurse, or LPN, which is a licensed practical nurse, to RN program, which allows licensed vocational and practical nurses to receive more training to qualify as registered nurses. While LPNs and LVNs are trained nurses, they are limited on the extent of work they can perform and the duties they are assigned when it comes to patient care. Programs such as this one will help qualify participants for better job opportunities, higher salaries, more skills, and a better training and background in nursing.

Some schools solely offer traditional degrees in nursing to students interested in the profession. Such degrees include an Associate Degree of Science in Nursing, also known as an AS in Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, also known as a BSN. These degrees can take anywhere from about 2 to 4 years to finish and are offered at online and on traditional campuses as well. Many schools base nursing curriculums on health and wellness, disease prevention, illness management and prevention, studies of the human body, and health technology, amongst others.

Degree Programs at Online Schools for Nursing

January 10th, 2011

Like any other field or degree program, online nursing programs are offered at hundreds of colleges, universities, and institutions across the country. With the healthcare fields being one of the fastest growing fields around, with no signs of slowing down, and an increased nursing shortage, its no surprise that nursing jobs are quickly becoming high demand professions. There are also several different types of degree programs offered, with some programs requiring more commitments and course hours and expectations than others.

Many online schools offer entry-level nursing degrees such as degree programs to earn an associate degree in nursing. While degree requirements and credits will commonly vary between institutions, most associate degree nursing programs take about 2 years to complete, and are usually offered through community colleges. Courses in these programs generally involve basic education requirements, in addition to teaching technical nursing skills, and preparing students with the skills and knowledge needed to work in the field. Many students interested in nursing pursue the associate degree program due to it being more cost-effective, and that it generally requires a shorter time commitment when it comes to school credits.

Online nursing schools also offer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing, also commonly known as a BSN. A BSN generally take about 4 to 5 years to complete, and is usually offered through colleges or universities. Typically the first 2 years of the program are general education requirements such as math, English, science, liberal arts, and social sciences. The 3rd and 4th year requirements usually consist of learning the science and principles of nursing, and teaching students the training and skills they will need to practice. BSNs prepare nurses for hospital positions as well as inpatient and community settings.

Other programs offered through online nursing schools include RN to BSN and LPN to RN programs. These programs are offered to individuals that already work as nurses, but would like to have the opportunity to continue to work and go to school so that they may earn a BSN. The RN to BSN program allows registered nurses with an associate degree to earn a bachelor degree with some of the skills they have already acquired through nursing. The LPN to RN program is designed for licensed practical nurses to earn their degree to qualify to work as a registered nurse. Enrolling in these programs and earning degree could open up job opportunities and give opportunities for advancement and/or higher salaries.

What Is a Holistic Nurse?

January 10th, 2011

In the world of health care, all registered nurses have many options when it comes to choosing the work setting or the type of treatment they would like to specialize in. One of which is the role of a holistic nurse. These supportive men and women offer care such as acupuncture, massage and aroma therapy, and biofeedback, which are meant to treat patients' mental and spiritual health in addition to their physical health. This unique practice can serve any patient well, and generally can lead to a speedy and prompt recovery.

No matter the specialty or work setting, all registered nurses treat patients and inform patients as well as the public regarding numerous medical conditions. These nurses are able to give advice and offer emotional support to a patients close friends or family members. Looking more specifically at the description of Holistic nursing, this particular practice involves nurses using their knowledge and instincts to calm and heal those in their care. This practice works with the entirety of the human being. From the mind to the body, each patient's spirit is focused on – holistic nurses are all about helping you find a happy place in your mind. These nurses are the architects of the entire healing process. This type of nursing has less to do with physical actions, but is more about attitude and philosophy. This way of being, calls upon holistic nurses to incorporate self-care, and reflection in their patients' lives.

This practice has the potential to direct any nurse to more awareness of the connections between a person's self and spirit. It is hopeful that this awareness can further enrich holistic nurses' comprehension of all patients and those individuals' relations to the human and overall community. This entire action really centers on the healing of the soul, and calming the minds of the patients in their care. Relaxing a patients mind has been proven to be just as important as the physical healing itself. Holistic nurses have the ability to bring in this type work into clinical practice and then treat their patient's physical, mental, and spiritual needs. This act of going outside of traditional medical book does not disaffirm the validity of conventional medical treatments, however only assists to balance and broaden the scope of nursing practice. In short, a holistic nurse is someone that aids an individual in gaining access to their utmost healing potential.

12 Most Common Kitchen Injuries You Need to Know About

January 10th, 2011

Injuries in the kitchen can ruin a great dinner, or worse, send you to the emergency room. Fires, cuts, slips, and other injuries are among the most common hazards found in the kitchen. Here, we'll take a look at 12 common kitchen injuries, and how you can stop them.

  1. Pepper burns: Hot peppers can burn your skin, and anything else you touch, including your eyes. Be sure to wear gloves and/or safety glasses when you are dealing with, and especially when you're cutting, hot peppers.
  2. Clean up spills: Spills on the floor can lead to accidents. Prevent these injuries by cleaning up spills as you go.
  3. Oven burns: Your oven heats dishes up to hundreds of degrees, so it's important that you're careful not to burn yourself. Brushing the side of the oven, or touching something that's too fresh out of the oven can burn. Be careful when working around the oven, and give dishes time to cool before touching them.
  4. Chemicals in cabinets: Small children and pets can be injured or killed by hazardous chemicals kept in your kitchen. Use cabinet locks to be sure that they can't get in.
  5. Refrigerator falls: Stay organized and not overly stocked in your refrigerator, pantry, and cupboards. Otherwise, objects like heavy jars may fall when the door is opened.
  6. Cutting bagels: Many people cut themselves while trying to slice a bagel. You should cut bagels using a table and cut through on its side. Keep a hand flat on top of the bagel to hold it down.
  7. Falls: Using a chair with wheels, cardboard boxes, or other unstable surfaces to reach higher spaces can lead to falls. Always use a stepladder to reach things up high.
  8. Opened cans: Opened cans leave sharp lid edges that can cut. Use a mechanical can opener that has a magnet to hold the lid instead of trying to handle it.
  9. Cutting board slips: Even if you've got steady hands, you can slip and accidentally cut or chop yourself. Always cut on a non-slip surface, or place a damp towel under your cutting board to prevent shifts.
  10. Fire: Kitchen fires are common and dangerous. Turn pot handles inward, move flammable materials, and stay close when cooking flammables like oil and fat.
  11. Utensil drawer cuts: Place all sharp items away from the front of the drawer, and facing toward the back so that you don't accidentally grab a sharp edge.
  12. Contamination: Dirty sponges, not washing cutting boards, and more can contaminate your food. Always be sure to use proper handling in the kitchen to avoid food contamination.

Nursing Informatics

January 9th, 2011

As computer technology continues to grow, so has a home for nursing informatics. This nursing field that chains traditional nursing abilities with computer proficiency has launched like a rocket and doesn't seem to be slowing down. Nurse informatics handle and connect nursing data and information with the intention of assisting those in making better decisions when it comes to health care. Generally nurse informatics reside in hospital and other health care environments. However more recently there are those that are relocating to more profitable settings with consulting firms and suppliers. The work being done in these offices is comprised of nurses writing and altering computer software, assisting other nurses in discovering any flaws in their current computer system, and if necessary, training others in the ways of handling such systems. With nursing informatics, you assist a patient with getting on to the road to recovery, even when you're not the one physically applying the aid.

Even though this job involves minimal direct contact with patient care, if any at all, you will still need to obtain a registered nurse license. With nursing programs are continually becoming more active in using computers and from the most basic curriculum to advanced levels, having an education with these programs is a must. Depending upon how far you want to go with your level of computer skills is completely dependent upon your own personal desire. The occupation of nursing informatics really does bring technology together with clinical care. They are able to interpret multifaceted medical data and help others comprehend the daunting-looking information on a computer screen. This profession gives any nurse the opportunity to earn a healthy income.

When it comes to obtaining a job itself, there is no person that will argue that the more training and experience a nurse has the more of a commodity he or she could be to an organization. Increasing your skill set only pushes you further ahead of others scratching a clawing for a full-time, highly paying nursing position. In this particular field, computers are the main component. Being knowledgeable with them and having a strong computer technology background can hurdle you over others that may have more medical experience, but less of a technological resume. This rare field in the nursing industry can allow those with less of a passion for medicine the opportunity to be a valuable part of the health care industry while still furthering your own person interest – technology.

The Role of the Forensic Nurse

January 9th, 2011

This moderately new medical practice chains components of law enforcement with health care. Forensic nurses can treat victims of violent crime, execute crime scene investigations or serve as an investigator in a medical venue to assist the men and women of law enforcement in tracking down and convicting criminals. Among the responsibilities forensic nurses have is helping in the recovery (both physical and emotional) of patients whilst defending their rights. As a result of these nurses solid work, the court system has begun to view forensic nurses as dependable sources of evidence. This credit results in further conviction rates and less crime scene inaccuracies. These nurses are specifically educated to identify, gather and preserve evidence as they mend the wounds of patients. Needless to say this job is one that is very multipurpose.

Forensic nurses are educated to keep their cool in heated moments while also being aware to console those wounded as they deal with evidence. This is extremely important in cases when those that were previously harmed are unwilling to give detailed information about their painful experience. Forensic nurses need to be able read people well – gathering the truth from a person's actions, new body marks, and any other signs that may lead to an answering conclusion. If this kind of work seems like something you are capable of doing, then you should begin to look into a nursing school that offers a forensic nursing degree program. This program is comprised of two years of graduate-level courses resulting in a Master of Science in nursing.

Still being a relatively new medical practice, there are a limited number of job opportunities for forensic nurses. Another factor in the small amount of positions available has to do with the costs for a hospital to possess a department strictly for forensic nursing, which leads to this low demand. Generally the type of work you may be able to find is part-time or on-call. However the outlook of the profession seems solid with the legal system seeing forensic nursing as a valuable commodity. The description of the position can be one that reminds you of the role certain actors play on popular television crime shows. And while that is exactly the profession those actors are pretending to be, the work they are performing on your television screen, may not be what your day to day routine would be. Cinematic adventures tend to highlight the more glamorous aspects of the position, but still display the impact a forensic nurse can have on their community.