It is well known that exercise contributes to physical health and this has been clearly established. Studies have shown the relationship between physical activity and cognitive health in older adults but, not much has been done with young people.
Charles Hillman,PhD. from University of Illinois has done research in this area. His research involves the studies of children age 9 to 10. High-fit kids showed greater hippocampal brain volume, which positively affects how well they perform on certain memory tests, and greater basal ganglia volume, which is related to cognitive control functions underlying action. Translation: bigger brain that thinks better.In one of his studies people were found to perform better on difficult memory tests 30 minutes after doing cardio. They are not sure why. It may be due to increased blood flow to the brain and it improves your ability to learn new things. Preliminary data of his research has shown after exercise, more attentional resources are allocated to tasks, cognitive processing speed is increased, and cognitive performance improves. So long term exercise shows brain changes that help cognitively and even one time cardio sessions help brain performance. Continue reading
You will need to do well on pre-requisite class exams, admittance exams, nursing exams and the final NCLEX exam to receive your RN license. In order to do well on these exams it is prudent to follow what research says is the best way to study for exams.
What does the research say?
What is the most effective way to study?
A research study of 80 undergraduates studying scientific material was utilized. Continue reading
You may encounter the need to write an essay for admittance to nursing school. It may be titled: a personal statement, letter of intent or definition of nursing. Schools may use these as criteria for admittance to nursing school. Points may be assigned to the essay. Or it might be a pass or fail type criteria.
My school of nursing uses an essay not so much as criteria to get into the program but, it could be used as reason to keep you out. How so?
There are no points assigned to the essay we have students write. We use them to identify red flags for non-admittance vs. for admittance. Essays that show limited use of the English language are definitely a red flag. The essay needs to make sense. Be structurally sound. It needs to show that you can write in English, be understandable and have some type of flow to it. You would be amazed at some of the essays we have received, the grammar and formatting told us right away that this student will not be successful due to their mastery of the English language, regardless of the B grade they received in English 101. We are shocked when we see that type of disconnect between a passing grade in English and what is written. Continue reading
Some of them have certifications you can obtain by completing some additional requirements. National professional organizations representing these specialties confer the certification. After completing the requirements and paying the fee you will be awarded the right to wear additional initials after your name and RN initials on your badge. Some nurses start to look a bit over the top when they acquire multiple certifications and insist on putting all of them behind their name on their work name tag. It may require an add on name badge to fit them on. Pick your favorite and the one that represents where you are currently working…..so co-workers will still invite you for lunch and not make fun of you. Continue reading
Regardless of setting or specialty, nurses are usually involved with the care, treatment and education of patients. Some of the above mentioned jobs involve the community as your patient and education would occur to the community. You will provide emotional support to the patent as well as the patient’s family.
I could write a book about each of the above specialty areas of work describing what you would be doing in each area. You will be able to examine a lot of these areas as you are in school and attend clinicals, observing first hand. Ask questions and observe what the nurse is doing and ask yourself if you would enjoy that type of work. Ask them what special training they needed or was on the job training available….do they hire new graduates to the area? And above all impress the heck out of them so when graduation time comes they will want you! Continue reading
I don’t like people, can I be a nurse?
You will be dealing with the public and a good trait for the occupation of nursing would be to “like people” but not a total deal breaker.
I had a student once who came to me for advice after her first quarter of nursing school and told me she was going to quit nursing school….her reason: “she had decided that she really didn’t like people or being around people.” On the surface this sounds like a pretty good reason to leave nursing. Continue reading
Before you get recruited in any undergraduate and graduate nursing school programs you have to meet all the Nursing school requirements. This will ensure that your application goes smoothly with no hitches at all. You need to know all the entrance exams that have to be undertaken and all the components you need during application. Getting tips that will ensure your application is successful is also very important. Continue reading
There are very many good nursing schools all over the United States that offer very good nursing programs. The students in such institutions are trained to be registered nurses, nurse specialists and nurse practitioners. Three of the top good nursing schools that are recognized all over the nation for offering the most comprehensive nursing degree programs include:
- Johns Hopkins University
- The University of Washington in Seattle
- The University of Pennsylvania Continue reading
Accreditation is a self- regulatory process that is voluntary. This is where non governmental organizations will recognize schools and programs which are seen to conform or meet a certain set of standards set for quality education. Attending an Accredited nursing school is very important. Two national organizations are responsible for accrediting nursing education programs they include:
- The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) which accredits all nursing education programs like master’s, baccalaureate, associate’s and diploma
- The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) that accredits programs that offer only master’s and baccalaureate level nursing degrees. Continue reading
There are very many Registered nurses (RNs) in United States, there are over 2.6 million and 60 percent of registered nurses work in hospitals. There are very many universities with god nursing programs. For one to be a registered nurse one may choose to follow three main paths which include: