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How to Choose Online Nursing Programs

Online degree programs allow students an opportunity to access affordable nursing education without having to commute to school. Here's a closer look at what prospective nursing students need to know about selecting an online nursing program, from evaluating faculty credentials, to considering your educational goals, and thinking about your future career paths.

Interview Tips for Nurses: How to Make a Great Impression

Though nursing graduates will find themselves looking for jobs in a favorable employment climate, it's still important to be well-prepared for job interviews. Researching prospective employers, preparing responses to commonly asked questions, participating in mock interviews, and following up after the interview are just a few tips to landing a nursing job.

6 Professional Skills Needed to Be a Nurse

Nursing is often a fast-paced and high-stress job, and there are a number of skills you may not necessarily be able to master from classroom instruction alone. These six professional skills, from communication to critical thinking and teamwork, can help nurses perform at their best even when trying to get through the final hour of a long shift.

Social Media Do's and Don'ts for Nurses

As our online presences have become ubiquitous, so too has the need for social media do's and don'ts to maintain professionalism and prevent breaches of etiquette. As medical professionals, nurses have additional factors to consider when maintaining their online presence, both to respect boundaries and to protect the privacy of their patients.

5 Things Every Online Nursing Student Should Know Before Their Job Interview

A recent article from US News and World Report quoting CTU’s Dean of Nursing, Ruth Tarantine, suggests that online nursing students may face a few unique challenges when entering the job market. However, there a few simple ways that recent online nursing grads can advocate for themselves and their degree program when talking to prospective employees.

Why Become a Nurse Practitioner?

For many people who have been to the doctor's office lately, chances are you may have been treated by a Nurse Practitioner (NP). With people in the United States making more than 916 million visits to NPs annually, Nurse Practitioners are in high demand.1 Plus, the workforce of NPs is expected to grow by roughly 19% by the year 2020.2 For those who already have a background in nursing, it might be worthwhile to explore the option of becoming a nurse practitioner.

Tips for Choosing an RN to BSN or an MSN Degree

If you’re already a working registered nurse (RN), but haven’t earned your bachelor’s degree in nursing, now is a good time to consider heading back to school. A master’s in nursing may also be an option for you if you are more interested in nursing education and administration than daily one-on-one patient care.

3 Facts Every Nurse Should Know About Medical Errors

This year, the American Nurses Association has chosen “A Culture of Safety” as the theme for National Nurses Week. For CTU, it’s a wonderful opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication of our own nursing students and recent graduates. In this article, Ruth Tarantine, Dean of the College of Nursing, offers some useful strategies for preventing medical errors and contributing to the culture of safety in the healthcare setting.

2016 Nursing Conferences: Choose One and Register Today

Whether you’re just starting out as a nursing student, have been a student for a while, are a new nurse or have been working for decades, one of the nursing conferences we’ve highlighted in this article is bound to pique your interest. From general nursing to ambulatory nursing and critical care, there are many options to choose from this year.

Nursing Career Paths: Your Options

Nurses are always needed, and their career outlook is good. Like all careers, however, simply getting that first job isn’t the end of the career path. We’ll help you navigate the wealth of available nursing career paths and highlight the qualifications for each option.

Three Nursing Tips for Creating a Culture of Safety

This year, the American Nurses Association has chosen “A Culture of Safety” as the theme for National Nurses Week. Ruth Tarantine, Dean of CTU’s College of Nursing, believes that nurses are largely responsible for creating a culture of safety within a healthcare setting. She offers tips on how nurses can improve safety in their workplace by setting examples for care excellence and patient advocacy, becoming better communicators, and educating tomorrow’s nurses with safety best practices.

Stress Management for Nurses: 7 Essential Tips

According to a recent study, over 60% of nurses reported physical or mental side-effects of work-related stress within the last year.1 With long hours, often fast-paced work days, and high demands for patient care, proper stress management for nurses becomes increasingly important. From managing stress during your shift to efficiently de-stressing in your off hours, these tips can help you avoid burnout.

Is the Nursing Profession on the Verge of a Robotic Revolution?

Medical technology is constantly advancing, but a recent article by acclaimed writer, Alec Ross, suggests that the field of robotics could soon play a major role in the world of nursing and patient care. Sound like science fiction? Here are 4 facts that nursing students and graduates should know about the coming age of robotics.

World Health Day: Dr. Ruth Tarantine Discusses Diabetes

Held April 7th of every year, World Health Day covers a specific topic that’s affecting health world-wide. 2016’s theme is Beat Diabetes. Ruth Tarantine, CTU’s Dean of Nursing, discusses the major impact diabetes has on global health and stresses the important role that nurses can play in preventing and controlling the disease.

9 Tools Every Nurse Needs

Being a great nurse is about more than stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, and a pair of comfortable shoes; in addition to those tangible tools, a nurse needs to be equipped with the right tools for success.

We’ve highlighted 9 emotional assets to add to their tool box. Learn more about CTU’s dedication to the continued success of nurses.