Rural Nursing — Could It Be for You?

When I graduated from The University of Texas School of Nursing, Austin was saturated with new graduate nurses. Finding the ideal job was next to impossible. Many nurses sacrificed their dream job temporarily in order to stay in a town

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We Are the Change: Welcome to a New Semester

It’s been said: Don’t expect to see a change if you don’t make one. Well, we’ve made quite a few since my last blog. It’s been a very busy and productive time. We’ve changed physically and have launched some great

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Three Life-changing Days

If given three days to learn from some of the greatest public health influences of our country, be provided with evidence-based tools and resources for professional growth, and to receive a mini-grant for planning a community program, how would you

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Did You Hear the One About …

Humor, noun, hyü-mer, the amusing quality or element in something Humor is important in nursing. Some may argue that there is no place for silliness in such a serious field, but I would have to disagree. Humor is a natural

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How to Be New on the Job

Many years ago, my nurse mentor told me, “You’re only new once, so make the most of it.” She was right — it’s important to maximize the advantage found in those first few weeks or months on the job when

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Let’s Raise Our Horns (and Some Money!)

A lot can happen in 40 hours! You’ve not heard from me as a guest blogger before, but I can’t think of a better time to ask for your help for nursing education. This week the School of Nursing will

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Getting Hired (part 2): Preparing for Interviews

Your job search may include both phone interviews and face-to-face meetings. Be sure to schedule these at a time when you are well rested and at your best. Spend some time thinking about what you want the interviewer to know

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Vaccines and the Retreat from Common Sense

This thing of American parents refusing to vaccinate their children makes about as much sense to me as countries that don’t educate their female children. Both are choices based on ideologies that defy reason; both can cause irreparable harm. We

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Getting Hired (Part 1): Maximizing the Online Application

Good news: Soon you will graduate from a highly respected nursing school and then you will pass the NCLEX with flying colors. Bad news: Other top notch recent grads, as well as experienced nurses, will be competing with you for

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Notes from the Jungle: Construction Update

The Law of the Jungle: a system or mode of action in which the strongest survive, presumably as animals in nature or as human beings whose activity is not regulated by the laws or ethics of civilization. Construction continues near

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