Healthcare Insights

Each blog, written by our subject matter experts, will explore topics ranging from healthcare news, academics, student life, nursing, career skills and much more.

Career Resource: RN vs Nurse Leader vs Nurse Manager

on Friday, 29 December 2017. Posted in Healthcare Insights, Nursing

Career Resource: RN vs Nurse Leader vs Nurse Manager

When it comes to variety, nursing has it covered. Career opportunities are broad and expansive. According to some reports, there are over 100 nurse specialties! Understanding a few of the basic differences between key nurse positions can help you plan your career. To make it easier, we've broken down the differences between being a registered nurse (RN), nurse leader, and nurse manager below. We hope it's a helpful career resource for nurses like you!

When Career Dreams Change: How One Healthcare Student Found Her Real Passion

on Tuesday, 26 December 2017. Posted in Healthcare Insights, Stories

When Career Dreams Change: How One Healthcare Student Found Her Real Passion

Talking to friends and family members who love their careers can make it seem like finding the ideal field is easy. But, for some people, discovering a dream career takes heading down the wrong path first. That's what happened to Kelly Tharp, who recently earned her healthcare administration degree through Madison School of Healthcare at Ashworth College.

Employer Q&A Video Series Episode 3: Nursing and Healthcare Career Advancement

on Thursday, 14 December 2017. Posted in Healthcare Insights, Nursing

Employer Q&A Video Series Episode 3: Nursing and Healthcare Career Advancement

Nurses continue to be part of the top 10 fastest growing occupations and are expected to be among this group until at least 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. What does that mean for today's nurses? Sustained demand for well-qualified, highly trained professionals. But, that does not mean today's nurses can rest on their laurels (not that any nurse knows the meaning of rest) and simply wait for career advancement to come to them. In our latest episode of Madison School of Healthcare Employer Q&A series, we focus on what employers are looking for in today – and tomorrow's – nurse hires (spoiler alert: it's in large part a bachelor's degree in nursing, so considering an RN-BSN program can be a difference maker).

What CCNE Accreditation Means for Nursing Students

on Monday, 11 December 2017. Posted in Healthcare Insights, Nursing

What CCNE Accreditation Means for Nursing Students

Choosing a school for your RN-BSN program is a big decision. You are likely already researching the experience of instructors in possible programs. You may even be thinking about ways to pay for your RN-BSN program and how to fit school into your current work schedule. But, have you thought about accreditation? Enrolling in a program that is accredited can help you get the right foundation to achieve your educational and career goals. Learning about what accreditation is and why it is important can help you make the most informed decision when choosing to go back to college. 

Why Healthcare Students Should Never Take Out a Student Loan

on Friday, 01 December 2017. Posted in Academic Advice, Healthcare Insights

Why Healthcare Students Should Never Take Out a Student Loan

Bills need to be paid. Dinner needs to be made. Your kids need help with their homework. You have a job and other responsibilities, too. Your plate is full.

Nurse Manager Jobs Beyond the Hospital

on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Posted in Healthcare Insights, Nursing

Nurse Manager Jobs Beyond the Hospital

There is a growing demand for nurse managers, and that expected rise in employment is happening in more settings than hospitals. Employers in a variety of environments are looking for qualified nurse leaders. Have you considered a non-hospital position?

Build a Nurse Shift Stress Survival Kit

on Tuesday, 10 October 2017. Posted in Healthcare Insights, Nursing

How to Manage Nursing Shift Stress

You get to work, review the orders you need to handle and doctor’s notes from the previous shift. You start to make your rounds when you hear the beep of a patient’s infusion pump signaling you need to hang a new bag of saline. You change course, replace the bag then get back to your rounds where you determine one of your patients is ready to go home. So you head back to the station and start to fill out discharge papers, then there’s that beeping again. Another change of a saline bag and you’re off to remove the catheter from the patient down the hall. That’s just the first hour of your shift, on a calm day.

5 Questions to Prepare for During a Nurse Manager Interview

on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in Healthcare Insights, Nursing

5 Questions to Prepare for During a Nurse Manager Interview

As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, nurse managers are increasingly in demand, with employment of health services managers projected to grow 17 percent by 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ambitious nurses wanting to grow with the industry, expand their current role, and who are interested in management, strategy and implementation are encouraged to interview for a nurse manager position. For some, however, interviewing for a new role or promotion can be intimidating. But preparing responses for a few questions that may be asked can go a long way in setting you up for success. We’ve laid out ways to prepare for the interview and five questions every nurse should be ready to answer.

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