Nursing Education Archives

Somehow with all of the information that is out there on nursing education, sometimes we forget to remember nursing history.  Nurses have a long and prestigious, though sometimes not very glamorous story.   I have done a bunch of research for you and highlighted a few nursing history videos and some blog resources for your entertainment and education.  I hope you enjoy!

Here are some Nursing History Videos I thought you might enjoy:

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World History of Nursing (video Project)

World History of Nursing (video Project) Baliuag University College of Nursing BSN 1-B SY 2009-2010 2nd semester NC100

The History of Nursing – Celebrating our past

While ideas of who is a nurse and what constitutes nursing have changed over time, the rich heritage of nursing provides an insight into its complexity and diversity, as well as how nurses have shaped health care. From an educators perspective, under…

Below are some blogs that have some nursing history discussions.  Feel free to pick and choose for the following posts:

Nursing opens doors for History Week – News and Events

Step back through time and explore the lives of the women who shaped nursing and midwifery in Australia when the University of Sydney’s Nursing History Research Unit opens its doors for History Week, 6 to 11 September. …

Publish Date: 09/06/2010 17:00

UMSL Presents the 4th Annual African-American Nursing History

UMSL Presents the 4th Annual African-American Nursing History Conference. Conference offers the community a chance to explore unique contributions African American nurses have made in addressing health care disparities, identify local …

Publish Date: 01/11/2011 15:08

A short history of medicine

Ever get the feeling that medicine has a circular history? This funny timeline confirms your hunch is right on the money. 2000 B.C. – Here, eat this root. 1000 A.D. – That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer. 1850 A.D. – That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion. 1940 A.D. – That potion is snake oil. … Related Posts. Top 10 reasons I went into nursing · Top 10 ways for nurses to relieve stress · 10 questions I’d love to ask SOME MDs… …

Publish Date: 01/24/2011 17:00

Urgency Amid Violence: What Forensic Nursing History Is Telling Us

Since forensic nursing is a fairly new field in nursing care, not too many people are aware yet of their roles. So many of these medical-legal professionals are already in the field helping victims of crimes by becoming instruments in …

Publish Date: 01/17/2011 17:48

Nursing history is an important part of your heritage and should be part of your nursing education.  So find some time to do a little research on people like Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton and other tid-bits of info. Maybe you will impress the nurses on your floor with some nursing history facts!


Are you starting to apply to nursing schools?

Looking for nursing programs to get your nursing degree can be a stressful task.  Whether you are high school student looking to become a licensed practical nurse or a registered nurse or an RN looking to do advanced practice nursing as a nurse practitioner, you will have to deal with the nursing school transcript process.

Nursing SchoolAs a side note, remember to verify that the nursing programs that you are applying to are accredited nursing schools.  To learn more about this issue, please visit our post about accredited nursing schools.

If you are looking to start your nursing career or just advance it, you will need to have transcripts sent for your previous schools and jump through the application hoops.  It can be time consuming and costly with application fees.

Dealing with nursing school transcripts may be getting a bit easier.

There is a new trend happening at nursing schools as they are beginning to offer unofficial transcript evaluations.  But before we get into that, I suppose we should talk a little bit about what transcripts are.

What is contained in a transcript?

In short, a nursing school transcript contains your academic career record from your High School and/or college or university.  It will itemize all sorts of information.  The primary elements are as follows:

  • Name of Student,
  • Previous Schools Names, Addresses, and Phone Numbers
  • List of Courses You Took – Usually by Year
  • Dual Enrollment and/ or Any Honors – As Applicable
  • Your Class Grades (either letter or numeric)
  • Total GPA [Grade Point Average]
  • Number of Credits Taken/ Achieved Per Semester & Year
  • Grade Scale Used by That School
  • Any State Proficiency Exams [if any]
  • Graduation Date and Degrees Achieved

So as you see, there is quite a bit of information that each school keeps record of and includes in your transcripts.  You will most likely need a transcript from each school that you have graduated from, or at least partially attended and what classes you had learning experiences.

Unofficial vs Official Transcript

There are a couple of types of transcripts that you can order from each school.  Usually there is a resource center at each university and sometimes a location online from where you can order your transcripts.

The official transcript is the type that each program to which you are applying will need from you.  An official transcript is sealed in an envelope by the originating school to prevent tampering.  You can request the official transcript be sent directly to the nursing programs to which you are applying (and some require that) or to your home so that you can package everything together and send off as one unit to avoid missing information later down the line.

An unofficial transcript is all of the same information that is in an official transcript but it is not sealed.  You can order these, and in fact can sometimes print right from the school’s website for your records.

At many Nursing Schools you can now ask for an unofficial or an official evaluation.

An unofficial evaluation is helpful, as some offer this service prior to submitting a full application- thus it gives you a better ideas as to what your chances of acceptance are, and what deficiencies you may need to correct prior to a full submittion.  This unofficial evaluation can give you time to take additional classes, or retake classes with less than desirable grades while you are getting an official evaluation submittal compiled and therefore you will be saving some time.  Most nursing schools are doing unofficial transcript evaluations in less than 24 hours.

Be certain to keep back-up copies of your official unopened transcripts.

You should order and have several copies of official unopened transcripts from all of your schools in a file at home to be ready to send to the nursing school programs to which you are applying.  This is just in case they somehow get misplaced at the intended school, or get lost in the mail from your previous school.  Unfortunately this happens quite often and if you have spare copies of the official unopened transcripts at home, you can provide them right away instead of waiting the weeks it can take to get new ones sent from the originating school.

How to get your School Transcripts


hospitalWe have touched on advanced nursing degrees in other posts like Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Equals More Money and Education For Nurses.  But due to the recent activity that we are sing at hospitals all over the United States, we need to focus on nursing education criteria that is quietly being enforced in the current health care environment.

Many heath care facilities are attempting to obtain Magnet status, a certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  Having more nurses with advanced degrees like the BSN- bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, will help them attain this coveted status.

Then, there is the “BSN in 10″ bills that are in New Jersey and New York awaiting legislation.

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These bills are promoting the requirement that registered nurses being hired must have at minimum a BSN nursing education or be enrolled within two years of their hiring into a nursing program seeking this nursing degree.

The requisite stems from the distinct evidence that the critical thinking skills gained from BSN or MSN nursing education degree programs are more suited to the current healthcare needs of the ever increasing complexity of the health system.

Evidence shows that hospitals with more nurses educated at or above the BSN level have lower death rates.

Now as with all statistics you have to consider- what facilities have over 70 percent of their nursing staff with advanced nursing education?  Perhaps their area of concentration is not a high death probability.  But regardless of this fact- it is the number that the health care system is using.

Thus, we are seeing hospitals and other facilities looking to increase nurse education so they provide full or partial tuition payments and even time off for registered nurses to go back to a nursing school and obtain their BSN.

Clearly this nurse education an increasingly important issue for healthcare providers or they wouldn’t be offering such incentives!

So if you are a registered nurse with just an associates degree, then you should really consider obtaining information on BSN nursing degree programs. Some nursing courses in a higher education program will help advance nursing careers, and you can find online nursing programs that take a little less contact hours in a physical classroom.


Let’s face it, nursing school is a demanding and stressful path.

It pays to be organized and have ready access to good information.  This post has 5 resources to make your life easier on your nursing career path.
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Are you planing on studying to being a nurse?

Well then you will have to do nursing school clinicals.  At most nursing schools, your classes and clinicals will work hand in hand, feeding off of each other.

Often, you will have to have some pre-required classes and may actually need to pass some exams in order to take the clinicals.  Somethings you may be tested on prior to being allowed to take your nursing school clinicals are: catheter insertions, dressing wounds, administering medication, etc.

Not all schools are the same and so your experience may be different from a nursing student at a different school. Read the rest of this entry


Can I Work and be Successful in Nursing School?

I get this question a lot. The short answer is that it is doable, however this is not the most desirable situation. Of course you should check the program that you are considering because some actually have strict restriction against working while in nursing school.

If you are considering to work in nursing school there are a number of things that you should keep in mind. Read the rest of this entry


If You Get a BSN Degree Will You Make More Money?

Ok, this is a common questions full of yes, no and maybe answers. It also tends to be a tender subject amongst nurses because, sometimes it seems to be interpreted as a suggestion that as an Associate’s Degree Nurse (ADN) you might somehow be less competent in your job than a Bachelor’s of Science Nurse (BSN). Let me clear the air regarding this topic, right up front- then we can talk about the actual question about making more money with a higher degree.

To become a Registered Nurse (RN) you need one of 3 degree types and then you must pass the NCLEX. Read the rest of this entry


Accredited nurse programs is an important topic that is often overlooked.

Since we have been talking a bit about education lately, I thought I might follow up with some important information on accredited nursing programs. This is a little discussed and even less thought about topic for most nursing students.  However, Read the rest of this entry


Education for nurses has a tremendous range.

You may be aware of the varying levels of education for nurses, such as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), a Registered Nurse (RN), or a Nurse Practitioner (NP).  Did you know each one of these has to complete different levels of eduction?  And once you have passed your state exams and are designated as a nurse, then you have to take continuing education units!  Plus,

There are numerous certificates you can get to help you in your specialty- some of which may better your pay as well.

We will briefly touch on these topics in this post as a sort of general information guide and then, my intent is to begin to delve deeper into each area of education for nurses.  I am not going to go into what each career’s overview or tasks are here, you can find that in some of my other posts.  I really want to concentrate on what type of education is required for each level of nursing.

Now, keep in mind that depending on the program, the specialty and state regulations, the time required can vary quite a bit.  A little research will go a long way.  However, I will be talking more specifically about each level of nursing so you shouldn’t have to look far to get the info you need.

If you are looking to get into nursing fast- this is the way to go.

Ok let’s start with training as an LPN. By the way, I have found that sometimes people also call it a licensed vocational nurse versus licensed practical nurse.  This is really the fastest way to become a nurse.  Education for nurses desiring their LPN can take about a year. Keep in mind here that this also tends to have lower pay and a smaller amount of privileges to go with it.

Education for nurses that are becoming RNs has a couple different paths.

You can get an Associate’s degree in Nursing, a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a Nursing Diploma.  I tend to see a lot of people go for the Associate’s degree.  This is because it is only a two year program- but usually takes three to complete- which means you can start you nursing career more quickly.  Many nurses that follow this path often go on to get their Bachelor’s.

If you go right into the Bachelor’s program it will most likely take you about 4 years, plus or minus.  The BSN tends to give more options to those nurses whom obtain it.

The Nursing Diploma was once much more popular that it is today.  Back in the day, it was the main way of education for nurses.   Today I hardly see this option.  I have seen a couple of studies that have stated their decline has continued over the years and they now only comprise about 5% of the methods of education for nurses.

Open doors to management and more:

The Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) is an advanced degree.  Career choices like that of the Nurse Practitioner or the Clinical Nurse need to get advanced degrees like the MSN.  This option will open doors to management positions, more privileges like prescribing medication, and even can lead to opening your own practice with out requiring doctor supervision in some States.

Well, this is getting to be a long post and I want to be able to give you quick, concise information- and not bore you to tears- so I am going to end it here for now and will do more posts on Continuing Education Units and Certificates soon.  I hope this info on education for nurses has been helpful to you.  As always I look forward to your comments and questions.  Please subscribe to the RSS feed so you dont miss any of the great information that I have in store for this site!


There seem to be as many types of nursing careers as there are nurses these days!

Below is a list of the 3 most common education levels with a little explanation about them.  Within these levels are many types of nursing careers.  Varying specialties, work environments, and certifications combine with these education levels to create hundreds of nursing career paths. Today I will just be talking about the education levels but we will be talking about various careers in the future. Read the rest of this entry


6 Things to Prepare You for the Nursing Profession

If you are interested in entering the nursing profession, then there are a few things that you should do to prepare yourself.

1.  You need to have a high school diploma.

If you are still in high school, talk with your guidance counselor to see what types of classes your school offers that will help prepare you for nursing.  Most programs like to see 2-4 years of science and math, 2 years of some kind of health studies as well as language and computer classes.

If you have already graduated and have the above referenced classes, you can move on to our next checklist item.  If you are lacking some of these classes, you might consider taking a few your local community college.

2.  You need to search out nursing programs that appeal to you. Read the rest of this entry