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Online RN programs: Why Achieve Test Prep may be the perfect choice

Laura Gonzalez felt stuck. A hard-working LPN with a decade's experience, she knew she had the skills and knowledge to do more—and with two kids at home, she wouldn't mind a higher salary, either. But every time Laura applied for a promotion, she got passed over. Instead, the job went to someone who...

How to Get into Nursing School Despite Your Low GPA

Looking to upgrade your career? Look no further. Demand for Registered Nurses (RNs) continues to grow as the Baby Boomer generation ages, adding patients to the network and removing retiring nurses from the workforce. In fact, according to April 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registe...

3 Tips Guaranteed to Make Your LPN to BSN Bridge Easier

So, you've decided to turn that Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) degree into a full-on Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree? Great move. Between the increased career opportunities it enables and the higher pay scale it unlocks, the move to BSN has real potential to launch your career to the nex...

How an LPN to RN program can land you a leadership role (and a raise)

It's safe to say that Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are among the most vital staffers in any hospital or other healthcare environment. They're the front-line heroes who do all the little—and often not-so-little—things that keep a healthcare facility humming, day-in and day-out. It's demanding. It...

FREE Guide: How to Get Financial Aid for your Nursing Program

Nursing is a great career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics [1], the median pay for a registered nurse was $70,000 in 2017. Better yet, demand for registered nurses is expected to grow 15% by 2026, much faster than most jobs, thanks largely to a generation of aging, but still active baby ...

LPN to RN Online Programs: Tips for Sorting Out the Good, Bad, & Ugly

  Are you a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) thinking about taking the plunge and becoming a Registered Nurse (RN)? Go for it! Becoming an RN is a great career move. According to the US Department of Labor, RNs made an average of nearly $25,000 more per year than LPNs in 2017 [1] [2]. (Having more RNs...

Credit by Exam for BSN Programs:  Finish Faster with this 5-Step Roadmap

Whether you're a brand new nursing student or the proud holder of a two-year Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN—and congratulations, by the way) it's likely you've considered going after a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Why? Because as great as an ADN is, once you get your BSN...

Are LPNs Being Phased Out?

As long as there is a nursing shortage, there will still be a need for the LPN. Jobs are still available, and not just in nursing homes. However, if are you are an LPN, now is the time to take a good hard look and consider your future and the options you have in the nursing profession.

Why RNs Make More Money than LPNs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median pay for RNs in 2016 was $68,450 per year. The 2016 median pay for LPNs was $44,000 per year – a difference of over $24,000 per year. For both LPNs and RNs the basic essentials of nursing are the same. They both provide care for people who...

Testing out: Your degree in as little as one year

Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid years in a classroom and huge loans to earn your degree? Programs like the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) allow you to test out of a course and earn the same credit you would in a traditional semester of class. How d...

Battling Stress and Burnout as A Nurse Practitioner

Nurses face stress every day, and the profession has the highest burnout rate in healthcare. Studies show that 43% of newly-licensed nurses leave their first jobs within 3 years, and 17.5% leave within the first year. However, one nurse has managed to stay focused for 38 years in one of the most str...

Tips for the First Year Nursing Student

If you’ve just started nursing school, congratulations on taking the first step to a rewarding career! It's an exciting time in your life, but some find the challenges intimidating – especially since many don’t know what to expect. A recent study found that almost 35% of college freshmen feel overwh...

Fun Facts about Nursing

To become a nurse, you must learn a great deal –and good nurses never stop learning. But it doesn’t hurt to take a break and read about some nurse facts that don’t involve saving patient lives. Here are some interesting facts about nursing that you might find entertaining –and don’t worry, there isn...

The Pros and Cons of a Nursing Bridge Program

If you are an LPN, you may have discovered that an RN has more career opportunities, and receives better pay.  Or as an LPN or RN, you may be concerned about the push for nurses to have a BSN for most positions. Whatever the reason, you’ve decided to continue your nursing education. You may have hea...

The Best and Worst Nursing Programs in Alabama (Based on Pass Rates)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the national demand for nurses will grow by 19% by 2022. Alabama only has half the number of nurses it needs, so the demand will be even greater. Entering a nursing program in Alabama would be a good career choice, but how do you choose which one? One fa...

Avoid Test Anxiety with a TEAS Prep Course

You get to the test site and your mind goes blank. You freeze or can’t concentrate on the questions. You may even have a panic attack. You are having test anxiety, which can be a real health issue and lead to physical and emotional problems, as well as poor test scores. Most students face some anxie...

3 Reasons Why Accelerated BSN Programs Make Sense

Whether you’re brand new to the job market, or a seasoned professional who’s looking to reinvent her career, nursing is a smart—and exciting!—option. For high school graduates, there are many different ways to pursue nursing. Ditto for those who already have some healthcare-related credits and exper...

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

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 inve...

6 Pros and Cons of LPN to BSN Online Programs

The U.S. is facing an enormous shortage of nursing professionals. Not surprisingly then, one quarter of LPNs are heading back to school to earn RN certification. Still, there are challenges that discourage some LPNs from completing an advanced degree or a BSN in nursing.

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