Category Archives: Nursing Education

Seven Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Nursing School Admission Interview

All month we’ve been talking about getting over the first major hurdle of advancing your nursing career – the logistics of applying for nursing school. Once you’ve applied, if you make the top rung of consideration, you may be asked to schedule a personal interview. In this post, I’ll share

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: Which of the Terminal Degrees Do You Suggest for a Nurse Educator?

This month’s career advice question came from a comment on my YouTube video about nursing doctorates. The writer, a hospital clinical educator, asked which terminal degrees I suggested for a nurse educator to pursue.  I could really go into the weeds to answer this question – because it’s more complicated

How to Write a Literature Review

At some point in your graduate nursing program, you will most likely have to write a literature review about an assigned topic or a self-selected topic (e.g., your thesis, dissertation, or capstone project topic). Undergraduate students don’t typically have to write a full-blown literature review; however, the tips in this post

What is Concept Mapping and Mind Mapping?

Concept mapping and mind mapping have been used in science education since the 1970s.  Nursing students in undergraduate and graduate classes are frequently asked to create concept maps or mind maps around a central concept or idea.  These assignments may be used for individual or group projects and as a

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

How I Became a Distance Educator (AKA Distance Faculty, Remote Faculty)

My transition to a distance educator began in June 2007 when we moved 5 hours away from my university campus.  As a long-time faculty member, I had no plans to abandon my hard-won tenure.  At that time, I taught graduate core courses in advanced pathophysiology and applied evidence-based practice (EBP);

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