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 This page was last updated on 15-Jun-02

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Introduction

So You Want to be a Nurse...

Part One:  Getting Started

THE SCOOP ON NURSING
Why Nursing is Hot & Why it Will Stay That Way
More Choices Than Stars in the Sky
LPN vs. RN - What's the Difference?

IS NURSING FOR YOU?
Student Nurse Snapshot
But What's it Really Like?
What Makes a Good Nurse?
Testing the Waters Before Diving In
A Day in the Life

FIRST THINGS FIRST
Planning Your Path
The Application Process
Selecting a Program
Writing a Powerful Entrance Essay
A Word on Distance Learning
The Interview
Entrance Exams
Waiting...and Waiting...
Pre-Flight Checklist

KEEPING YOUR PIGGY BANK HAPPY
Work & School - Can it be Done?
Student Loans
Paying for College:  Myths vs. Reality
Still More Types of Aid
Grants & Scholarships


Part Two:  You're In!  Now What?

GEARING UP FOR STUDENT LIFE
Tools of the Trade
Meet Your New Family

STUDENT SURVIVAL SKILLS 101
Getting Organized
Chicken Scratch
Sharpen Your Study Skills
Study Groups
Procrastination - the 8th Deadly Sin

A GUIDED TOUR OF YOUR CLASSES
Nursing School Horror Stories
Core Classes

FRONT AND CENTER: IN THE CLASSROOM
Identify Your Instructor's Style
Ask and Ye Shall be Answered
Learning Objectives
Your Two Cents - It Counts!
Taking it All in
The Art of Public Speaking
Reading with a Purpose
The Written Word

ANXIETY-FREE EXAMS
Strategies for Test Prep
Preparing for Finals
What's the Question?
The Sun Will Rise Again
Budgeting Exam Time

RESEARCH
Finding Information
Drawing Conclusions
Evaluating Sources

THE JOY OF CLINICALS
What Are They Like?
Nursing Diagnoses
What Will I Be Expected to Do?
Holistic Care
Helpful Advice
Cultural Issues in Nursing
Getting the Experience You Need
Interpersonal Skills
Care Plans

MAXIMIZE YOUR EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE
Get Involved
Give Something Back

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Balancing School, Work & Family
Be Assertive
Making Time for Yourself
Motivation
Adjust Your Attitude

GRADUATION DAY
The Pinning Ceremony

What's Next?
Part Three:  Beyond The Classroom

THE DREADED NCLEX
What is it & How Does it Work?
Waiting for the Results
NCLEX Myths
If You Don't Pass
Getting Ready for the Big Day

GRADUATE SCHOOL
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Nurse Practitioner
Community Health Nursing
Nursing Informatics
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing Management
Nurse Educator
Research Nursing
Nurse Midwife

TRANSITIONING TO WORK
Finding Your Dream Job
Salaries, Benefits & Perks
Resumes
Evaluating Job Offers
Interviewing

THE FIRST SIX MONTHS
You Really ARE Ready!
Legal Mumbo Jumbo
The Preceptor Relationship
I Wish They Would Have Told Me...

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
GLOSSARY
REFERENCES
APPENDIX
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