According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the median four-year cost to attend med school is close to a quarter of a million dollars.
And while a growing doctor shortage is keeping med school attractive despite the high cost and long years of training, there are many healthcare jobs that approach some physician salaries, without the extra years (and debt) associated with becoming a doctor.
Here’s a look at five high-paying medical jobs that you don’t have to go to med school for: Continue reading “Top-Paying Healthcare Jobs that Don’t Require Med School”
Online lists stating the average pay for nurses nationwide can vary wildly and often suggest that huge rises or drop have occurred, but what’s the final word on how (and what) nurses actually get paid under various circumstances? We take a look at the most up-to-date numbers and what the statistics can – and can’t – tell us.
Continue reading “Nursing Pay Rates, Explained”
Last year, 200 healthcare HR managers were surveyed about the nurses they aimed to hire.
24% of those surveyed complained that applicants “don’t have any relevant work experience.” Among managers currently hiring nurses, 41% said they were only interested in experienced nurses, not new grads.
What’s more, 22% said they were “only interested in applicants with specialized training.”
The experience and specialty problems seem to be just two of many hiring conundrums for new nurses. Here are some more (and what you can do about them): Continue reading “Five Reasons Why New Nurses Can’t Find a Job”
Night shifts can cause a myriad of challenges that wreak havoc on your body and mind.
Working in artificial light can shut down your melatonin production, which helps regulate digestion, hormones, and your ability to think clearly.
Disrupting your circadian rhythms can interfere with sleep patterns.
And there’s usually no where to go exercise in the middle of the night, even for a brisk walk to help you wake up (assuming you can get away for a break.)
If you plan it carefully, though, your night-time diet can be your secret weapon for to staying awake, being alert, and maintaining a healthy weight. Continue reading “Is This the Best Diet for RNs Working Night Shifts?”
If it’s all you can do to find the hours to volunteer your time to a good cause, but still want to help make a difference in a medical cause on a larger scale than day-to-day work, don’t worry…
There are dozens of charities well-aligned to advance the ideals of nurses and their patients, on a global scale.
Here are 9 of the most effective charities that are especially meaningful for nurses and other healthcare professionals.
Such charities are formally categorized as effective when they spend at least 75 per cent of their budget directly on programs, have open-book status for disclosure of their financial information, and – most importantly – by the amount of good they do through the extent of help they offer to people: Continue reading “9 Effective Nursing-Friendly Charities”
Over the last decade, the number of nurse practitioners working in the U.S. has exploded from an estimated 97,000 to more than 189,000.
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, these NPs are working in all areas of specialization.
Thanks to the triple-headed healthcare challenge that includes sweeping reforms, the looming doctor shortage of 2020 (and-beyond), and the skyrocketing medical needs of baby boomers, nurse practitioners are more in demand than ever: That’s good news if you’re already in this field and better news if you’re considering going into it. Continue reading “A Look at the Nurse Practitioner Salary Explosion”