Category Archives: Life-Long Learning

Five Tips for Writing Your Nursing School Application Essay

This month my post theme has focused on issues surrounding advancing your nursing career. Getting an advanced nursing degree has its challenges and writing the nursing school application essay is probably one of those areas with which people struggle. As someone who has read many application essays, in this post, I’ll give

Getting an Advanced Degree in Nursing: The Application Process

This month’s posts focused on advancing your nursing career by deciding to go back to school and get an advanced nursing degree. In today’s post, we’ll talk about first major hoop to jump through once you’ve made the decision to return to school: the application process. Tips on writing your

Getting an Advanced Degree in Nursing: What Type of Nursing Program is Right for You?

Last week we started talking about advancing your nursing career by deciding to go back to school for an advanced nursing degree – be it BSN, MSN, or PhD/DNP. That post covered the types of questions to ask to see if you are ready to go back to school. This post will outline

Career Advice: Making the Decision to Get an Advanced Degree in Nursing

Wow, it’s August already! Of course, that means we’re nearing the end of summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) and getting ready to go back to school. Nursing students may have taken the summer off, but many take classes through the shortened summer semester or summer quarter sessions.  For many nurses,

Expert Advice: How to Evaluate the Credibility of an Online Website

Every month I answer a question from my readers and nursing colleagues. This month’s question is about evaluating the credibility of an online website and its associated content. There are many online websites that look good — but how do you know if you can trust the information they are

Career Advice: How Do BSN-PhD or BSN-DNP Programs Work?

This month’s question about BSN-PhD/DNP programs comes from a hospital clinical educator who commented on my YouTube video on the choice between getting a PhD or a DNP in nursing. Nursing education has changed over the years in response to changes in social trends and healthcare mandates and to improve

Five Tips for Success in Graduate School

This post provides five general tips to help you be successful in graduate school. The same general advice will apply to doctoral students, but those in DNP or PhD programs also have to prepare terminal projects, so I won’t get into any advice about mentors, capstone projects, or original research—I’ll

Habits to Make You Happier

The posts this month have focused on productivity and in forming better work habits so that you can stay focused and get things done.  So I think the best suggestion to help you incorporate these ideas is for you to read a great book on good habits! The book I’m

Giving Thanks for Good Habits

Thanks to my subscribers and those of you who have shared this website with your friends and colleagues!  I’m working very hard to provide you with content that will help you in your personal and professional lives.  I hope you celebrate all the things that make you happy and thankful

How to Outsmart Parkinson’s Law

Parkinson’s Law is the notion that “work is elastic” – that the relationship between the work to be done and the amount of time it will take to do it is related to the amount of time one is given to complete the work (Parkinson, 1955).   In other words,

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