Oklahoma City University Online Nursing Blog
New research, technological advancements, and the evolving needs of patients drive constant change in the medical field. Learn how a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree can help you provide the best patient care, support your career aspirations, and open up new job opportunities in nursing.
Elevate your nursing career with RN to MSN programs. Unlock new opportunities and advance your expertise in the field of nursing through advanced education.
Nursing and professional development go hand-in-hand. Not only is there a significant amount of education required to work as a nurse but the field has an expectation for its professionals to stay up-to-date with the latest research developments and to be continually honing their skills to deliver top-quality care.
Registered nurses dedicated to patient care can acquire new skills and knowledge to enhance their clinical expertise and career by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Earning a BSN can be a pivotal step in your career. Read on to explore the benefits and opportunities available to you with a BSN degree.
Nursing is a broad profession that can have an immense impact wherever you want to take it. While there’s no question that bedside nurses play indispensable roles in patient care, there’s a myriad of nursing careers that prioritize a nurse’s other strengths or interests.
Experience and instinct aren’t enough to help you make the right decisions in patient care. Understanding medical research and how it applies to current practice means nurses must be able to interpret statistics. Learn why understanding statistics is critical to becoming an accomplished nurse.
One of the best aspects of this field is the number of opportunities you have to move in a different direction, yet stay connected to the job you love. Have you considered working as a nurse manager? You still have the opportunity to work with patients in a clinical setting, and you also get to represent your team to your organization’s management.
Community-Based Public Health nursing students from OCU begin classes this fall. Learn more about the newest specialization for online MSN students.
Social justice is practically inherent to nursing. In fact, Provision 8 of the Nursing Code of Ethics declares that “the nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public to protect human rights, promote health diplomacy, and reduce health disparities.”
Public health nursing is an all-encompassing field affected by human and natural events alike. While the COVID-19 pandemic taught us that some things are unpredictable, the future of public health nursing is generally predicated on developments and trends in technology, science, politics or society’s shifts and popular culture.
Vaccines are often considered to be one of the greatest achievements in public health. Infectious diseases that once wrought devastating illness, death, and chaos among smaller communities and entire countries, are now considered much more manageable. Keep reading to learn about nurses’ role in the fight against disease with vaccination and immunization, the history of the field and more.
Now that you’ve made the decision to return to nursing school, you need to complete each step of your application–including procuring letters of recommendation. Our guide has advice for who, how and when to ask for recommendations no matter what your background.
Why is it important to understand health care trends? The direction that the health care industry is moving toward, which includes changes in the way things are done and disruptive new technologies, helps health care professionals to understand patients’ needs and how an organization’s business model can be updated to meet them.
Nursing is a profession that has been around for centuries, and it has played a vital role in health care throughout history. From the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Greece to the modern health care systems of today, nursing has evolved and adapted to meet the changing understanding of science and needs of society.
A nursing resume should be thought of as a first impression. Whether a hiring manager is considering you for a job, or an admissions advisor is reviewing your experience for a spot in an academic program, you want to be confident in how your nurse resume represents your experience, education, nursing skills, and soft skills.
You should approach the responsibility of continuing education as an opportunity to invest in yourself. Fortunately, you typically get to choose how you want to earn your nursing CE credits. From figuring out if it's required for your state or not, understanding the importance of CE and what types of things you could learn, let's dive into figuring out how to get the most from your continuing nursing education.
Enhancing diversity in nursing is especially critical for establishing quality healthcare for all patient populations. Find out why diversity in nursing is so important and learn about research that supports the fact that a more diverse nurse staff is likely to be able to provide better professional nursing care.
I'm a nurse first: Meet Pamela Stokes, MHCA, DNP, RN, Kramer School of Nursing’s Business Development leader
Dr. Pamela Stokes knows, “Nursing is never boring.” Read about our business development leader’s journey through nursing from clinical roles to administration and consulting. Learn why Dr. Stokes believes advanced nursing education opened doors for her own career and how it can help yours as well.
Even when you know that nursing school is a good investment for your career progression, covering tuition can still feel like a hurdle. Read on to get some tips on how to find and apply for scholarships and what resources are available at Oklahoma City University.
Beth Pittman awarded OCU Kramer School of Nursing’s first DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty
For the first time, the Kramer School of Nursing at Oklahoma City University bestowed a DAISY award upon a faculty member for demonstrating excellence in instruction. Keep reading to learn more about Beth Pitman, MSN, ACCNS-AG, CNE, and the award.
Wondering what it takes to assume a leadership role in nursing? We’ll unpack what a nurse leader does and what business skills can help you advance in this competitive and lucrative arena.
How do you treat all patients equally while treating them as individuals? This is a crucial lesson for all nurses and especially those who work in settings where the patients they treat are culturally very different from the staff at the clinic or hospital–like nurses working in settings with large Indigenous populations.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics for Nurses considers patient advocacy to be one of the most important roles of a nurse. Provision three of the Code states that nurses are entrusted to promote, advocate for and protect patients’ health, safety and rights.
Ready for a career shakeup or looking for a job that aligns more closely with your interests? The great thing about working as a nurse is that you have highly in-demand practical and soft skills that can take you into all sorts of environments and niche roles.
As you increase your level of education, especially in nursing, your options open up further and allow you to specialize in a certain area of interest or role that appeals to you. Higher levels of education also often correlate with higher salaries and better shift hours. The degree you should pursue depends on where you’re at in your career, your professional goals, as well as practical considerations like how much time you’re willing to spend in school.
Earning a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is a pretty reliable way to elevate your nursing career in a number of aspects. An MSN can lead to more secure employment opportunities, increased responsibilities, the ability to practice in more specialized health services–and of course– higher salaries.
If you needed to receive care from a hospital and had the ability to choose where to go, what sorts of criteria would you consider to find the best option? Would you consider the hospital ranks in regard to its nursing team? Magnet Program Recognition is all about attracting the top nursing talent and improving care.
What if Siri and Alexa became your nursing coworkers? While that might be a bit of an exaggeration, AI is already being used in healthcare settings and researchers are excited at the potential it has to improve care and efficiency. How can you, as a working nurse, expect to see AI show up in your field and how can you take advantage of it? Read on to find out.
Even when you love your career and are excited to progress forward it can be hard to imagine how you’ll balance going back to school among all your other commitments and responsibilities. Fortunately, attending nursing school online has become a viable and respected option for pursuing a higher degree, building new skills and taking your career to the next level.