Category: Alumni

How Technology Is Changing Nursing Education and Care

Life has really changed since most of us have grown up. Gone are the days of cabbage patch kids, slinky and Mr. Potato Head. Board games, while still in existence, have been replaced with high tech Wii and Xbox or

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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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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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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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Where Seldom Is Heard

In the late 1800s, an otolaryngologist named Dr. Brewster M. Higley wrote the words to the familiar cowboy song “Home on the Range.” The last line promises that “seldom is heard a discouraging word, and the skies are not cloudy

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The Big Picture

In May my mother-in-law experienced a syncope episode while shopping at the outlets. Luckily she felt dizzy and sat down before she passed out. My father-in-law became paralyzed with fear, but gracious bystanders came to his aid. The emergency medical

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Nurses Need Nutrition, Too

Whether as a nursing student, professor, school nurse, floor nurse or research nurse, at one time or another we’ve all had to eat on the go. There never seems to be enough time in the day to sit down and

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A Letter to Incoming Freshmen

I met a wonderful young lady the other night while watching the Longhorns play in the Alamo Bowl at a local Dallas restaurant. It is common practice at these gatherings to meet with alumni, engage in conversations and tell stories

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A Path Less Taken

Each Veterans Day I have a renewed sense of patriotism and pride in having served my country. I served eight years in the United States Air Force and left the military in 1999 as a captain. Today I believe my