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Best Jobs: UC San Diego Study Reveals Top Ten Hot Careers for College Graduates

May 26, 2011 - In a graduation season of high unemployment rates, a new career path study from the University of California San Diego Extension reveals some of the hottest career plan options for college graduates in this recovering economy. The full study is available at http://extension.ucsd.edu/specialreports.

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U.S. Nursing Schools Transform Master’s Education by Adopting New Standards

April 12, 2011 - In a bold move to transform nursing education at the graduate level, nursing schools affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) voted at the Spring Annual Meeting to endorse The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing, a set of national standards for preparing nurses to have a high impact in the healthcare environment. These Master’s Essentials, an update to an earlier version adopted in 1996, reflect current and future nursing practice at the master’s level, which demands expert application of evidence-based practices, quality improvement methods, outcomes measurement, systems knowledge, and leadership skills. The adoption of the new Essentials comes at a time when leading authorities, including the Institute of Medicine, are calling for educational innovations to enhance the preparation of nurses for contemporary practice.

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Retirees and New Graduate Nurses: The Wild Cards Impacting the Nursing Shortage

February 18, 2011 - While America’s recession raged, many nurses held off retiring, picked up more hours or returned to the workforce, putting the looming nursing shortage on a temporary hold.  But as the economy improves, the population continues to age and more citizens join the ranks of the insured, the country will again face a serious shortage of professional caregivers.

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Loyola University School of Nursing adds D.N.P. Executive Leadership Track

January 19, 2011 - Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing has expanded its Doctor of Nursing Practice program for post-masters nursing students who wish to excel in an executive leadership career. The D.N.P. program already offers a doctorate degree for master’s nurse practitioner students who wish to specialize in women's health, gerontology, pediatrics and family/adult care.

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NCSBN Embarks on Landmark Multi-Site Simulation Study to Examine the Use of Simulation in Nursing Education

December 23, 2010 - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) announces the launch of a landmark, national, multi-site study of simulation use in prelicensure nursing programs. Beginning in the fall of 2011, the NCSBN Simulation Study will monitor students from five associate degree nursing programs and five baccalaureate degree nursing programs in the U.S. from their first day of nursing school through graduation, into their first year of practice.

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AACN: Nurses with Bachelor’s Degrees Are More Likely to Secure Jobs Sooner after Graduation

November 18, 2010 - New data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) show that graduates of entry-level baccalaureate (BSN) and master’s nursing programs are much more likely to receive job offers at the time of graduation or soon after than graduates from other fields. A national survey of deans and directors from U.S. nursing schools found that 65% of new BSN graduates had job offers at the time of graduation, which is substantially higher than the national average across all professions (24.4%). At four to six months after graduation, the survey found that 89% of new BSN graduates had secured job offers.

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