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Nurses who staff the front lines of the pandemic have experienced first-hand what most have only seen on the news. Explore the links below for timely and trending topics.
Nursing Diagnosis Guide
September 8, 2021 | Joelle Y. Jean, RN, FNP-BC
How do I use the nursing process and nursing diagnosis in my practice? In this guide, you will learn what is a nursing diagnosis, how to write and use a nursing diagnosis, and the difference between a nursing and medical diagnosis.
Nursing Care Plans Explained
October 12, 2021 | NurseJournal Staff
What are nursing care plans and how do they improve nursing and patient health? Learn more, including how to develop nursing care plans.
LGBTQIA2S+ Key Terms and Definitions for Nurses and Healthcare Providers
September 8, 2021 | Angelique Geehan
Nurses can use this glossary of terms to help improve their ability to communicate with LGBTQIA2S+ patients and their families. Excellent nursing care requires practitioners to learn about their patients, so while knowing terms does not guarantee excellence, it can help build toward that.
Ask a Nurse: Should I Get an ABSN or MEPN?
October 12, 2021 | Joelle Y. Jean, RN, FNP-BC
What is the best education path, an ABSN or MEPN? This Ask a Nurse series explains their similarities and differences and the faster path to take.
Why Is There a Nursing Shortage?
October 8, 2021 | Kristen Hamlin
The U.S. faces a nursing shortage due to an aging population and retiring nurses, creating abundant opportunities for nurses nationwide.
Ask a Nurse: RN or PA program?
October 20, 2021 | Joelle Y. Jean, RN, FNP-BC
Would it make sense to complete an RN program first or go right into a PA program? This Ask a Nurse series explains the difference between an RN and a PA, costs for both programs, length of time to complete, and the similarities and differences between an NP and a...
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