Nursing Careers


Advice, articles and answers on nursing careers. Although an entry-level nurse can find a job with a three-year RN degree, there is a growing national movement to require all nurses to hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. An increasing number of nursing schools are offering accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs. There also are a growing number of RN-to-Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and MSN-to-doctoral programs, designed to meet the increasing demand for more highly skilled nurses in the workforce. Learn about nursing specialties and what opportunities they each afford.

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  • Nurse-Recommended NCLEX-RN Tips and Tricks

    The NCLEX-RN is the final hurdle you need to clear before applying for your license as a registered nurse. Learn from Noodle Expert Joan Spitrey what to expect on this exam and how to get ready for a rewarding career in nursing.

  • Want to Make an Impact? Become a Nurse Blogger

    Beyond being health care providers, nurses are also communicators. Learn the role of blogging in the nursing field and why this medium is such an important tool.

  • Is a Job in Community Health Nursing Right for You?

    You can explore how health and wellness affect interactions between people through a career in community health nursing. Learn about this growing field here.

  • Your Nursing Career Begins With Your First Class

    If you thought entering a nursing program was just another step in your education, learn from a Noodle Expert how to use it to launch your future career.

  • Why Geriatric Nursing is the Specialty of the Future

    Nursing offers many career paths, but few have the growth opportunities of geriatric nursing. Learn from Noodle Expert Keith Carlson about why this field holds so much promise for today’s nurses and nursing students.

  • The Differences Between LPN, ADN and BSN Nursing Programs

    If you’ve considered a career in nursing but didn’t know which entry-level path to choose, hear from a Noodle expert about the available options.

  • 10 Expert Tips for Surviving Nursing School

    Nursing school is tough. Read these 10 tips from a Noodle Expert to know what it takes to get through — and on to a fulfilling career!

  • How to Succeed in Nursing School

    Nursing school is a challenging undertaking, but understanding what you’re likely to encounter will help you prepare for the adventure ahead. Hear advice from Noodle Expert Joan Spitrey based on her own experiences as a student and nurse educator.

  • What I Wish I’d Known Before Beginning Nursing School

    If you’ve ever thought about a nursing career, there are aspects of this educational path that you may not have considered. Hear from Noodle Expert Joan Spitrey about the tips she wishes she’d gotten before enrolling in nursing school.

  • What's It Like to Be a Male Nurse? A Personal Account

    Nursing has long been considered a promising career path for women. But what about men? Learn why male nurses are critical for the future of the profession and why men should take another look at a field that is rewarding, satisfying, and varied.

  • Is an Online RN Degree the Right Choice?

    If you’ve always want to pursue a career as a nurse but been prevented by life circumstances, learn how an online nursing program may be the solution for you.

  • What Is the NCLEX-RN?

    If you’ve considered a nursing career and wondered what the licensing exam involves, read a Noodle expert’s overview of this critical test.

  • Nursing Career Paths to Consider in 2015

    Nurses may once have been relegated to a secondary role in caring for patients. Today, nurses are highly-educated professionals who are deeply respected health care providers.

  • Setting SMART Goals in 2015 for Your Education

    If you’re thinking about heading in a new direction in 2015, learn how the “SMART” approach can move you forward on your education pathway.

  • To Nurse or Not To Nurse: Is That the Question?

    When deciding whether or not to pursue a career as a professional nurse, there are a number of questions to consider. Learn from Noodle expert Keith Carlson about where to begin.