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2014 New Grad Digital Edition

A guide to jumpstart your nursing career

The New Nurse Graduates and Students edition of ADVANCE for Nurses provides students and recent graduates with the tools and information they need to not only make the most of their education and land their first jobs, but also excel in their new positions as they hone their nursing skills.

The interactive magazine allows students and newly minted nurses to: read articles covering career-focused and clinical topics, access multimedia features, join in the discussions on our community blogs and forums, and much more!

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I feel very lucky to have escaped the requirement to get a BSN- for once, I seemed to have been in the right place at the right time ( born in the 50's, 3 yr. diploma grad in the 70's ). I am nearing retirement soon, & will be putting $$ towards that vs. more schooling. I truly feel for the youth of today !!

jackie January 05, 2015

As a nurse who started as an LPN, I would encourage you to get your BSN for yourself if nothing else. You will never regret it.

Velma  Bailey November 18, 2014
Houston , TX

I understand the frustration you are probably feeling. I have been a nurse for 11 years with my AS. I have recently returned back to school for the RN-BSN program due to changes in the healthcare system requiring a BSN. I suggest that you do return to obtain your BSN. There are many online programs that will help you out. One major insight that I can give to you is to verify the electives that you need prior to signing up for an RN-BSN course. Typically at your community colleges the cost is much less expensive. Make sure you have all of your math, humanities, English, psychology classes. If you chose an RN-BSN program, find out what non-nursing classes are required otherwise you will be paying a lot more money. Trust me I'm in this boat now and will be CLEPing 2 out of the 3 additional classes I need. BTW, NY is one of the 3 states that had wanted legislature to require a BSN in order to work in a hospital. This had fallen through yet all hospitals are still pushing for it. Best of luck to you.

Laurie DeCrotieNovember 04, 2014
Orlando, FL

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