Becoming a wound and ostomy nurse

People sometimes ask how I can tolerate my work, but I love being a wound and ostomy nurse. I’ll admit that, when performing an assessment, I don’t always love looking at infected wounds and other unsightly skin conditions. But I love the ingenuity and independence of my practice. Read more

Tools to improve your collaborative skills

No matter what your practice environment, you need to collaborate effectively with other nurses and other disciplines to excel in your career. Nurses are expected to participate in joint initiatives that embrace research and evidence-based practice. Through collaborative projects, valuable changes can be made to educational processes, administrative practices, and patient-care protocols. Read more

Craft a positive nursing digital identity with an ePortfolio

Take advantage of your digital footprint to demonstrate your skills and experience.



  • Digital identity is the online presence of an individual, including social media presence, profiles and engagement, and any discoverable online content.
  • Professional nurses and nursing students should consider what their digital identity says about them.
  • A well-developed electronic portfolio can successfully create a positive digital identity by articulating professional goals and experiences, highlighting unique skills sets or achievements, and connecting with other professionals who may lead to new opportunities.

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Creating and developing a professional CV

Your CV should highlight the leadership skills you display every day.


  • The CV is vital to showcase your professional career as a nurse and illustrate what you give back to nursing and your community.
  • Your CV can be used for employment opportunities as well as for academic applications.
  • As a new nurse, your CV will be short, but will expand as you progress in your career.

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Ready, set, go…to school!

With 79.6% of employers now requiring or having a strong preference for nurses with a baccalaureate degree and a growing demand for nurses, there’s no better time to return to school. Read more

Interprofessional education

Combining skills and knowledge from different disciplines enhances patient care.

By Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN

In 2003, the Committee on Health Professions Education of the Institute of Medicine released a report recommending that “All health professionals should be educated to deliver patient-centered care as members of an interdisciplinary team, emphasizing evidence-based practice, quality improvement approaches, and informatics.” Thus, a common recommendation was directed to all health professions’ schools to ensure their graduates are competent in these five areas. Through its work in the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative, the nursing community divided quality improvement into two competencies, resulting in a sixth area—safety. Read more

Can nursing meet the 80/2020 goal?

Progress is slow but steady as RNs head back to school to get their BSN.

By Janet Boivin, BSN, RN

Will 80% of RNs hold a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree by the year 2020? Not likely, say nursing experts. But not to worry, they add. For the first time in the decades-old debate over whether a BSN should be required for practice, RNs are heading back to school in record numbers. Read more

Your doctorate and the path to persistence

Completing your doctorate requires support and more.

By Nancy Bellucci, PhD, RN, CNOR

High attrition rates for doctoral nursing students (reported to be as much as 50%) in the face of an increasing demand for PhD-prepared nursing faculty is a growing concern. So, what’s at the crux of this problem and how do we solve it? When I was a doctoral student, I researched how other doctoral students balanced work, family, and school. The goal was to learn more about the strategies used by these students. (See More about the research.) Read more

Lifelong learning: Is a post-master’s certificate the right option for you?

It may be the key to opening the door to new opportunities.  

By Meigan Robb, PhD, RN, and Teresa Shellenbarger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

As a professional nurse, you know the importance of embracing lifelong learning and the value of furthering education to enhance your career opportunities. The Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health suggests that to promote change and enhance population health, nurses must commit to advancing their knowledge and skills. One way to do this is to continue your education and seek a post-master’s certificate—an educational option for both clinically focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and nonclinically focused master’s–prepared nurses. Read more