On my first day of orientation in OB, I watched a delivery for the first time and was in awe. That day, I watched everything unfold as it should. But that isn't this story. It wouldn't take me long to find out that OB is not always about birth and babies. Sometimes no one is smiling, cameras are left untouched and tears fall freely from faces.
I was fewer than 24 hours into boot camp in the United States Navy, and a drill instructor was trying to kill me, the last time I thought the words "What have I done?" Here I am 20 years later thinking this same think, almost daily. What I've done, this time, is enroll in a top 10 Big East family nurse practitioner (NP) program. I am currently two years into the program with two semesters and 350 clinical rotation hours to go.
The year just started, but already, hospitals around the country are concerned about a projected nursing shortfall in 2016. The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics estimates the nation will need more than 200,000 additional registered nurses for each of the next two years.
One thing is certain: higher education in the United States is never cheap. With this in mind, we’ve decided to compile a countdown of the most expensive nursing schools in the US.
During a busy Sunday evening in my ER two weeks ago, while I stitched closed a laceration to the temple of a two-year-old infant who had run into a door, disaster struck. As is customary in these situations, my attendant nurse, a kind woman who is wonderful with children, had wrapped up the child in layers of sheets to prevent any unexpected movements of arms or legs while we performed the delicate procedure. Halfway through my sewing, our young patient stealthily managed to extricate a right arm from her wrapping, and promptly, before anyone noticed, the injured child delivered a full force punch to the face of my poor nurse.
The nursing role is rapidly evolving as nurses are tasked with an even wider range of health care responsibilities. Caring for the sick has certainly gotten more complicated. Hospitals are understaffed. Budgets are tight.
If you're at all like me, food takes up a significant chunk of your budget each month. And if you care about things like eating whole foods, buying locally grown food, eating fair-trade goods, and eating food that is raised in an environmentally responsible manner, your food spending can take an even bigger bite out of a budget.
The University at Buffalo School of Nursing’s RN-BS distance learning program was recently distinguished as one of the best online baccalaureate programs. The 2015 U.S. News & World Report has ranked it 136 out of 296 schools offering various Internet-based distance education programs leading to a bachelor’s degree.
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Liz Di Bernardo