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Social Ideas for Students in Online Nursing Programs

Posted by Dina Francis on Tue, May 19, 2015

Online nursing programs are changing the way new nurses train for careers in healthcare. Online programs help students work toward RN or BSN credentials in a much faster, more convenient way. Online nursing programs for NCLEX or NCLEX-PN test preparation are also much simpler than driving, parking, and schlepping your stuff to a classroom on the other side of town.

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10 Thrifty Thank-You Ideas for Your Favorite Nurse on #NursesDay

Posted by Dina Francis on Tue, May 05, 2015

Attention nurses: everyone knows you’re an unselfish group. Your limitless capacity to care for others is what makes you so qualified to be a nurse in the first place. But you deserve some caring, too…

In advance of National Nurses Day (May 6th), let’s get this list on America’s radar. Let’s remind the folks in our social networks and online communities how much nurses impact our daily lives—and how easy it is to say thank you.


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Future LPNs: NCLEX PN Review Planning for 2015

Posted by Dina Francis on Wed, Apr 15, 2015

In 2014, more than 73,000 people took the NCLEX PN exam. Nearly 70 percent of them passed. But pass rates were much higher among first-time test takers (81 percent) versus repeat test takers (30 percent).

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Your Nursing Degree Plan: 3 Problems that Nurses Can Solve

Posted by Dina Francis on Fri, Mar 13, 2015

Here at ATP, we like to consider ourselves a practical bunch. We believe in education that’s attainable and affordable, because we think everyone deserves a shot at a promising career. But we don’t always talk about financial aid and average RN salaries.

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Tags: nursing careers

3 Big Ways LPN to BSN Programs Are Changing

Posted by Dina Francis on Tue, Dec 23, 2014

Nursing bridge programs have come a long way in the last several decades. Whether you’re interested in LPN to BSN programs or RN to BSN programs, your options and your post-graduate opportunities are much broader than ever before. Here are just a few of the ways bridge programs are getting better:

1. Today’s bridge programs are more cost-effective and less time intensive.

It used to be that an associate’s degree in nursing had to involve two full years of coursework, and a BSN had to involve four. Given the longer timeframe, the cost of earning a BSN was almost always double. Traditional colleges and universities needed to charge twofold on tuition, in order to maintain their physical classrooms, their campus landscapes, and their instructor payrolls. This model simply isn’t scalable, for schools or for students—especially working adult students.

Today, streamlined bridge programs can make the cost and time investment of earning a BSN almost equivalent to an ASN pursuit. That’s because credit-by-exam LPN to BSN programs don’t rely on semester-long courses taught by doctors of nursing. Instead, students complete a quick test prep class. The prep class summarizes the content of a specific college subject, and allows bridge students to prepare for a corresponding exam. When students pass the exam, they earn full college credits for that class, just as if they’d sat in a classroom for four months of old-school studies. Since they aren’t using up four years’ worth of campus space and instructor time, the cost of their program is greatly reduced. Everybody wins!

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Tags: bsn programs, college degrees

BSN vs ASN in Nursing: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Dina Francis on Tue, Dec 09, 2014

You know you need a degree in nursing to solidify your career and bolster your earning potential, but when it comes to BSN vs ASN, you can’t decide what makes sense. You may think you understand the key differences (program cost, time investment, advanced skills), but you’ll probably be surprised to learn how these two credentials actually stack up against each other—especially at a time when BSN bridge programs are changing the rules in nursing preparation.

Here’s a quick look at some of the most important differences:

Broader Skills and Knowledge

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RN vs. LPN Discrimination: 4 Ways to Deal with Disrespect

Posted by Dina Francis on Mon, Nov 24, 2014

If you’re an LPN or an LVN, you’ve probably encountered this problem before: clueless people who don’t understand your title. They think you’re not smart enough or ambitious enough to be a “real nurse.”  They assume you won’t be able to answer their questions. They don’t respect the time you’ve invested in earning your title. And they’re completely unaware that you perform many of the same exact job duties as the RNs on your team.

How can you deal with an RN vs. LPN mentality and the lack of appreciation? Here are four suggestions:


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Tags: nursing programs

7 Things BSN Programs Won’t Teach You

Posted by Dina Francis on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

Today’s RN and BSN programs are better than ever before . With online options, accelerated options, even credit-by-exam programs that can help you bypass long, drawn-out coursework, there are dozens of reasons why BSN programs make sense for your nursing career.

As a nursing student, you’ll study anatomy and physiology, chemistry, microbiology, psychology, math and more. What’s missing from that curriculum?  A long list of everyday realities and practical nursing lessons that aren’t written in any textbook. Here are seven:


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Lots to Love About Accelerated Nursing Programs in Boston

Posted by Dina Francis on Thu, Aug 21, 2014

Nursing is a rapidly expanding, highly desirable area of the healthcare industry. During the past three decades, the number of employed nurses in the United States has increased more than 100 percent. With so much expansion in the profession, it’s not hard for nursing school graduates to find positions in preferred work settings (e.g. medical clinics, hospitals, senior living facilities, and other residential care outlets) in many areas of the country.

Boston, Massachusetts—in particular—offers an exciting array of job opportunities. Many of these roles come with competitive benefits and salaries. In 2012, the median pay for a registered nurse was just under $65,500, which works out to around $31 per hour. But Massachusetts is actually listed second, among the country’s top-paying states for nursing, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Massachusetts, the annual mean wage for registered nurses is upwards of $86,000.

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A Day in the Life: Accelerated Nursing Programs in NY or NJ

Posted by Dina Francis on Wed, Aug 13, 2014

What’s it like to experience accelerated nursing programs in NY? That depends on what you mean by “accelerated.” Because fast-track nursing programs don’t look the same at every institution. In many cases, they’re designed for specific types of students.

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