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How to ACE your remote video Interview

Follow these guidelines to make a good impression.

By Mary E. Fortier, EdD, RN, CNL

In many ways, remote video interviews, using programs like Skype, are no different than interviewing in person. You want to be prepared, present yourself professionally, and follow up appropriately. However, when interviewing remotely, the first 5 to 10 minutes may be the most influential for the recruiter or search committee conducting the interview. To help ensure you project your best self, remember the acronym ACE—Anticipate, Clear, confident communications, and Evaluation. Read more

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Why your nursing networks matter

Networks help you advance your career, provide high-quality care, and support your colleagues.


  • Professional networks are crucially connected to quality patient care.
  • Building a professional network can take two paths: a network in your immediate clinical environment or one created through an organization.
  • Professional networking has rules, such as adding value to others, building a professional image, and being prepared and positive.

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Welcome to nursing!

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) just released a free booklet—NCSBN Welcomes You to the Nursing Profession—for newly licensed nurses. The goal of the booklet, which is being offered in celebration of NCSBN’s 40th anniversary, is to help new nurses understand nursing regulation and the work of their Board of Nursing. And the plan is to get the booklet in the hands of every new nurse in the United States! Read more

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Professional competencies can ease your transition to a new specialty

THE NURSING PROFESSION offers many specialty roles, including both direct patient-care roles (such as emergency, neonatal, and school nurse) and indirect roles (such as nurse manager, case management, and quality improvement). Transitioning from one specialty to another requires an orientation and learning period. Read more

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Presentations: From commitment to call to action

Making a connection between your opening and closing engages the audience and enhances learning.

By Tresa Kaur, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, CHSE, CTN-A


  • Presentations are most effective when they start with a strong commitment to the audience with measurable objectives.
  • Presentations should end with a restatement of the opening, a summary of information presented, and a follow-up call to action plan for audience members. 

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Preparing for a behavioral interview

Use responses to behavioral interview questions to highlight your skills and knowledge.

By Deborah Lindell, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF, and Debra Hagler, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAAN

Communicating effectively in an interview is key to getting the professional nursing job you want. Prospective employers ask different types of interview questions to learn about your knowledge and skills. Behavioral questions are often probing and specific, so they require careful preparation. Read on to learn how to succeed in a behavioral interview. Read more

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Is advanced practice nursing for you?

Do your research before committing to this career path.

By Janet Selway, DNSc, ANP-BC, CPNP-PC, FAANP

Are you considering becoming an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN)? Healthcare provider shortages, our rapidly aging population, and increasing incidence of chronic diseases have put APRNs in the spotlight for their ability to deliver preventive, acute, and chronic disease care. If you’re thinking of joining their ranks, you’ll need to do thorough research to make an informed decision about which APRN role and education program are right for you. This article describes the four APRN roles, gives current data on each, and offers important points to consider when choosing an APRN education program. Read more

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The consensus model: What current and future NPs need to know

Acute care vs. chronic care is the key.

By Caroline Lloyd Doherty, AGACNP-BC; Patricia Pawlow, ACNP-BC; and Deborah Becker, PhD, ACNP-BC, CHSE, FAAN

As a current or future advanced practice nurse (APRN), you must understand the Consensus Model and its career implications to practice. The model was developed in 2008 by the APRN Consensus Work Group and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing APRN Advisory Committee. It was endorsed by more than 40 nursing organizations, including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, American College  of Nurse-Midwives, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Read more

Promoting professionalism by sharing a cup of coffee

This is the second in a series of articles on promoting professionalism. You can read the first article Nurses’ essential role in supporting professionalism. Read more