If you’re considering a nursing profession, you already know that it requires a license issued by the state that you work in. The NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN exam is a tough test not to be taken lightly because it is what determines if you will be working as a “licensed” practical nurse or registered nurse. In the December 2011 edition of The Oregon Board of Nursing Sentinel [December 2011] accessible online for free (the official publication by the Oregon State Board of Nursing) includes an article on the process of updating and creating questions for the NCLEX exam. It doesn’t involve flipping through a text book. A lot of effort and thought is put into creating the test, which is why you should put even more effort into studying and passing the test so you can be a highly respected and important member of the health care profession.
For the full article and the publication visit: http://epubs.democratprinting.com/publication/?i=93485. Here you can access archived editions of the Sentinel.
The whole topic of social media definitely has its critics. A good way to keep in touch? Efficient way to share information; important, personal, useless information? ALL of the above occurs through the different social media platforms. Sure it can be fun, but anyone that considers themselves a professional in any trade need to act with caution and really think about what you are posting and who will/could see it before you hit “submit” “post” or “enter”. If you work in an industry that deals with the public, private records and confidentiality, you really should keep the social aspect out of your professional life and conduct.
As nursing professionals you are dealing with sensitive subjects and private records and although it may seem obvious that you shouldn’t disclose or share ANYTHING involving your patients, and what goes on at work..sometimes things happen. Although this is a bit dramatic, this educational video put together by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing paints the picture and may bring up scenarios that you may not have ever thought about but could see happening.. Take a moment to watch and share with your fellow nursing professionals.
The National Student Nurses’ Association also published a set of recommendations for Social Media Usage: http://www.nsna.org/Portals/0/Skins/NSNA/pdf/NSNA_Social_Media_Recommendations.pdf
In what has been stereotyped as a female dominated profession, the nursing
field is seeing an increasing number of males enrolling in programs and joining the workforce. Tess Vigeland of The NY Times illustrated this very situation that is occurring in Detroit, Michigan The decline and layoffs that occurred in the automotive industry is resulting in a positive shift in the nursing field. For the complete article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/your-money/displaced-men-trade-blue-collar-jobs-for-nursing.html
Did you know that if you are a Veteran of the armed forces and are a resident of Oregon, you may be able to benefit from the Educational Aid Program? To learn more about this educational aid program for Oregon’s Veterans you can go to: http://www.oregon.gov/ODVA/BENEFITS. Sumner College is thankful to all of the men and women in our armed forces that serve and protect our nation. The Paralegal, Correctional Officer and Nursing programs at Sumner College are approved by the Oregon Department of Education for Veteran’s education leading to a degree or career specific educational program. We hope we can thank you for your service by allowing us to serve you.