Critical thinking in nursing is the evaluation of information through observation, experience, and communication that leads to a decision for action.
Professional Development for Nurses
Once you’ve got things figured out at work, you may start to feel the itch to discover and conquer your next challenge. Plus, best practices are constantly evolving and new evidence is brought to the forefront, so nurses are constantly in a state of learning and growth. Nursing certifications, advanced degrees, and continuing education are all vitally important aspects of nursing professional development.
These articles are focused on professional development for nurses and will aid in your journey in growing as a nurse.
Nursing Continuing Education Requirements by State
Beyond yearly CEU requirements, there are some nursing CE requirements by state that must be taken before you get your license. Let’s look at them.
Goals for Nursing Evaluations
If you have to write out goals for nursing evaluations during your performance review process, I go over a few great ideas and ways you can structure yours!
How to Become a Better Nurse
Maybe you feel pretty comfortable in your role. Here are some simple things to consider when you want to know how to become a better nurse.
Best Nursing Podcasts in 2022
These highly-rated podcasts for nurses are packed with instant access to the top healthcare experts, academics, researchers, and policymakers.
SMART Goals Examples for Nurses
Goals provide a keen sense of motivation, direction, clarity, and purpose, they are critical to the success of every nurse.
What Is the Difference Between Leadership and Management in Nursing
Let’s discuss the responsibilities, qualities, and characteristics of both positions to determine how they are different.
How to Become a Nurse Administrator
How to become a nurse administrator. Let’s look at this rewarding career choice that can prove very successful.
Is Nursing Sustainable?
I get asked all the time, “Is Nursing Sustainable?”. Well, I go over this and answer that question in the newest episode of the Fresh RN podcast.
Navigate Your First Nursing Conference Like a Pro
Do’s and don’ts of your first nursing conferences, in hopes that it will help you navigate your first nursing conference like a pro!
Becoming An Awesome Nursing Preceptor
Nursing preceptors are a vital component of the nursing education process. Preceptors play a role for nursing students and new graduate nurses as they orient to the floor and get acclimated to the hospital. A nursing preceptor may be involved with a preceptor for a day or several weeks. The preceptor role can vary slightly, […]
The Unspoken Nursing Hierarchy and Why It’s Garbage
By the time we leave nursing school, most of us have a hierarchy of nursing roles ingrained in our minds– that you should want to work your way “up” to the ICU and also go back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner. Well in this episode we are talking about why that hierarchy is garbage and some of the interesting and valuable nursing jobs that you may not have learned about in nursing school.
The CSC Nursing Certification – Your Questions Answered
Find answers to all your questions about CSC nursing certification in this complete guide. Learn how to study for it, how many practice hours you need, and more! CSC Nursing Certification – What You Need To Know Have you ever wondered how to get a CSC nursing certification? I’m going to answer all your questions […]
How to Get Your Cardiac Nurse Certification (CSC)
The Cardiac Nurse Certification is for nurses caring for critically ill adult cardiac surgery patients. Learn how to get your CSC with this guide.
The CMC Certification Process: How To Become a Certified Cardiac Nurse
Read all about the CMC certification process including the eligibility requirements and how to pass so you can become a certified cardiac nurse.
The Hierarchy of Nursing
This post was updated on January 1, 2020 Traditional healthcare settings, including hospitals, operate under a hierarchy of nursing to define the structures of order and organization. Nurses are ranked according to levels of license and education, and by years of experience. This can be kind of confusing to the new nurse walking into the […]
The Ultimate List of CCRN Prep Courses and Books
Originally published October 2019. Updated December 7, 2021. Please check respective websites for updated information on pricing and features, as this is subject to change. Let’s be honest. There are a few CCRN prep courses or CCRN prep books out there, and they can get pretty pricey. Most certification reviews do not provide refunds, so […]
How To Navigate Nursing Conferences
Nursing conferences are fun but can be pretty overwhelming. In this episode, we discuss some practical tips to get the most out of the experience.
Dropping out of the Hospital Rat Race: Nurse Entrepreneurship
I’ve talked to a lot of nurses lately who feel pressure to go back to school and make more money with an MSN of some sort. Obviously, universities are all about the chance to get a few more years of tuition from them. There are other options besides heading back to the classroom, and one […]
Online Continuing Education for Nurses
As a nurse staying up to date on your continuing education is important. But there are often so many options that it can be hard to decide what is the best course of action. This post discusses continuing education for nurses so you can make the best decision for you.