• 2014 - Top 5 - Nursing

    Nursing career options are evolving and growing. This year, the Kaplan University School of Nursing brought our community of readers several articles that provided insight into some of the specialty areas that could offer advancement and growth. We also brought articles that provided advice and perspectives from some of our leaders to help further your careers.

    We encourage you to read and share these before the year is over.



    #5 – The Importance of Interprofessional Collaboration and Communication in Nursing


    As the treatment of patients moves toward team-based care, nurses may increasingly find themselves managing a patient’s overall treatment. As a result, collaboration and communication skills, while not new to nursing, become even more important to the nursing professionals and patient care.

    Read some perspectives around this and how nurses can better prepare.

    #4 – Advice for Nursing Students


    For nurses deciding what the next phase of their career is going to be, Barb Gunderson, a 40-year nursing veteran and professor at Kaplan University for over a decade, provides her advice on how to move ahead in the profession. Barb’s career includes a breadth of nursing experience, such as practicing in surgical and coronary ICU settings, and serving as a pediatric nurse practitioner at a community clinic.

     Read Barb’s advice for those interested in moving into the next phase of their nursing career.

    #3 – The Pros and Cons of Telemedicine for Patients


    Technology has become a game-changer for patients and medical professionals and is upping the ante when it comes to accessibility to health care professionals. Patients can now have care delivered by doctors and nurses who may not even be in the same state—at far less cost than an office visit. The research firm HIS has predicted that the U.S. telehealth market will grow from $240 million in 2013 to $1.9 billion in 2018 with increased savings for patients and insurers.

    Read more about the growth and impact of telemedicine and how it may offer rewarding opportunities.

    #2 – Demand for Nurse Educators Continues to Grow


    As a nurse, you may have noticed that entering some nursing schools has become more of a challenge. This is due in part to a shortage of nurse educators. More than half of all nursing schools reported nursing faculty vacancies in 2010. As the demand for nurse educators continues to grow, policymakers and influential nurses alike are urging more RNs to pursue a career in the field of nursing education.

    Read more about how to pursue a career in nursing education.

    #1 – The Nurse Practitioner Is In


    Views differ on whether nurse practitioners are the solution to a growing shortage of doctors. But regardless of personal views, there’s an increase of nurse practitioners today and the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization, predicts the number will rise by just approximately 29% by 2025. Some factors contributing to the need are an aging population and thinning of health care services in rural and underserved communities, such as the veteran community. 

    Read more about the doctor shortage and several perspectives on how nurse practitioners may help address this challenge.



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    And if you are considering pursuing higher education we invite you to find out more about Kaplan University’s programs and explore our undergraduate and graduate degree offerings.

    It is important to note that the nursing profession is a career path with expected growth and our nursing degrees are designed to strengthen your knowledge and prepare our students to advance their nursing careers. But Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Several factors specific to a student’s or alumni’s backgrounds and actions, as well as economic and job conditions, affect employment. Also, keep in mind that national long-term projections covered in articles may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

    It’s equally important to note that the Bureau of Labor Statistics found a direct correlation between unemployment rates and educational attainment. Those in the job market with a degree are less likely to be unemployed and those with a graduate degree have the lowest unemployment rates in the market.

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